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Clickbank Now Offers Weekly Payments for Affiliate Marketers & Publishers

Do you sell digital products or monetize your websites through affiliate sales? If so, you can now get paid faster through Clickbank! I have to say that while no platform is perfect, Clickbank has consistently tried to make their publishers happy by meeting them on their terms. First, they added a subscription payment option, then a direct deposit option – which reduced time to receive checks and took the admin work out of depositing check, and today they have announced that they are offering a weekly payment option. I logged in and updated one of my accounts just to make sure it was live – and it is.

If you are looking for a payment processor that you can count on to handle all of your payments (and returns) internationally, I recommend checking out Clickbank.

Affiliate Marketing through Clickbank Just Got Easier

If you sell affiliate products through Clickbank you can now elect to get paid by direct deposit. No more waiting for check and going to the bank to deposit them. I was going to write on this a bit ago when it came back, but today I logged in my business bank account and saw three direct deposits. I figured it was some soft of affiliate marketing revenue, but I just didn’t recall who keynetics was (it’s the parent company for Clickbank). That is one of the greatest parts of making affiliate marketing a part of your Internet Marketing Strategy – you often get checks and don’t know where they came from. A week or so I got a check from a company that didn’t look familiar, but it turns out it was a paper check from a company that I had signed up with several years ago, and put up a simple web site and just left it alone. I never really promoted it, but I did redirect a domain that was in DMOZ to it, so perhaps it will send me checks every month.

If you have incorporated affiliate marketing info your business model, I strongly urge you to. If you don’t know where to start, I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Super Affiliate Handbook, by Rosalind Gardner. It is one of the best books written on the topic of affiliate marketing – if not the best.

If you are an affiliate marketer or have an affiliate program that isn’t , but you are not having the success you want, stay tuned for my upcoming post ony why affiliate marketing doesn’t work for most people. Also, you can pick up a free copy of my ebbok, What The Affiliate Marketing Gurus Don’t Tell You.

How to fail at blogging

Well, this isn’t really a difficult post to write because there are so many blogs to look at and see how people are doing them poorly. I wish I had the time to prioritize th points below in order of how badly they affect your site, but again, it would be a subjective list. I will start by saying I visited a site today that had a very pointed message, followed by an annoying message asking me to register to comment. I know lots of people have this feature, but it is a barrier to posting, and that’s not what people are looking for. If it’s an established community, that’s one thing, but if you are just getting started and have little following, it’s not likely to change soon if you make everyone register.

Here are my blogging pet peeves:

1. Not allowing comments. If you don’t allow comments, you can say what you want and the only way people can object is to blog and point to your blog. Isn’t the purpose of blogging to have an interactive voice with your community? If you dont have time to manage comments, then maybe you shouldn’t be blogging.

2. Making you register to comment. (see intro)

3. Infrequent posts. If people like what you say and are inclined to come back, their interest will soom diminish if they see the same post on the home page, or look at your time line and see that it your last post was two years ago (I am not exaggerating, I have seen this).

4. Not using tags. This is one of the best known “secrets” of blogging. The ability to “tag and ping” your blog to maximize your positioning in the search engines.

5. Ignoring Social Media. Ahh, if you don’t know what this means, you need to learn some more blogging basics before you start to blog. Social Media sites have grown significantly and aren’t just for techies anymore. This can be a huge source of traffic to your blog.

6. Ignoring (not using) RSS feeds. If you don’t know how to set this up, go to feedburner.com.

I guess you need to ask yourself why you want a blog anyway. If it’s to make money, then you clearly need to address the above issues, but you will also need to keep these in mind.

1. NEVER use a WordPress hosted blog. End of story. They will shut you down if you get on their bad side. I have seen some people get away with it, but I had a profitable blog shut down by them before. Sure some will tell you it’s the best way to take advantage of their traffic, positioning, taggings, etc, but trust me, that stuff is only good to you if your blog stays live.

2. Learn to monetize your blog. Google’s AdSense is probably the simplest way to do this, but there are a host of sites such as Clickbank or Chitika that can help you monetize your site.

So that’s this Fridays Rant… I will try to do a Friday Rant at least once a month.

Have a great weekend!

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