Annies Home Journal

Annies Home Journal contains information and articles, about working from home, as well as business opportunities, and what it takes to make a home based business work.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Affiliate Tracking Software Solutions Makes Recordkeeping Easy

Affiliate programs are a great way to increase traffic to your web site, which in turns create sales. There are several affiliate tracking software solutions that keep track of sales, clicks, and commissions.

Affiliate tracking software solutions come in a variety of packages. Software for a click-based program allows you to pay affiliates a set rate for each visitor to your web site. Look for click-based software with helpful features including click-through tracking, link code generation (keep banners current and linked correctly), referral tracking, and detailed stats.

Other software lets you set up a commission or flat rate pay for each potential customer sent via your affiliate member. You can also customize the commission schedule for individual affiliates. Commission-based programs can be more economical because you only pay affiliates when their referrals generate sales.

You don't have to choose between click-based or commission affiliate tracking software. Programs are available that let you use both pay arrangements. Decide which works is best for you.

Many affiliate tracking software solutions now have private affiliate network capability. This feature is helpful for those with multiple web sites. It lets you run one affiliate program for all your web sites on your own private network as opposed to setting up affiliate programs for each site.

So, you ask how does it work?

The basic premise of affiliate programs is the same for all affiliate tracking software solutions. An affiliate joins your program by logging into the members area on your web page. There the affiliate can get the tools needed for linking to your site such as banner codes, text links, and product images.

When a visitor clicks from the affiliate's web page to yours, the tracking software places a cookie on the visitor's computer to track him as he browses your web site. If the visitor buys a product or service from your web site, the tracking software notes the affiliate responsible for said visitor and records the sale in a database. The Administrator and the affiliate are both notified of the sale via email.

Affiliate software makes its easy to monitor the success of your affiliate programs by tracking the number of times banners or links are displayed, number of visitors who linked to your web site, and how many of these visits resulted in a sale. In addition, the software keeps account of commissions earned by and payouts to affiliates.

Helpful Features include software packages that are easy to install and manage. However, software companies will gladly lend a hand to technically challenged web entrepreneurs. Look for affiliate software tracking solutions that provide reliable tech support and don't charge setup fees or monthly charges. The software should be easy to customize for your specific needs.

Some other helpful features include:

Unlimited affiliates categories
Automated fraud protection
Performance rewards for your best affiliates
Lifetime upgrades
Multi-level marketing (affiliate program promotes itself and your web site).


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Affiliate Wiz (
Quality Unit (

In the end, you will need to decide which software program has the best features and benefits that suit your needs. As always, do your “due diligence” first.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

A FREEBIE From The Goals Guy

I want you to be fully prepared to make the New Year your best year ever, so here's a little help from Gary Ryan Blair to help you make your resolutions and build your personal strategic plan. Gary is better known as "The Goals Guy" and the creative genius behind the runaway success known as In his quest to gather 10 MILLION RESOLUTIONS, from people all over the world he is offering you a FREE Goal Setting Toolkit.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Did you get your FREE membership in Agloco yet? If so, GREAT!! You are on your way to owning a piece of the "Net." Like I said, Agloco is going to be the next big thing to hit! The members can earn money simply by doing what we already do...surfing the "Net." And of course, referring people. But the unique thing about Agloco is that there will NEVER be a membership fee. It is absolutely, 100% FREE.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Own The Internet

I recently joined AGLOCO because of a friend recommended it to me. I am now promoting it to you because I like the idea and I want you to share in what I think will be an exciting new Internet concept.

AGLOCO’s story is simple:

Do you realize how valuable you are? Advertisers, search providers and online retailers are paying billions to reach you while you surf. How much of that money are you making? NONE!

AGLOCO thinks you deserve a piece of the action.

AGLOCO collects money from those companies on behalf of its members. (For example, Google currently pays AOL 10 cents for every Google search by an AOL user. And Google still has enough profit to pay $1.6 billion dollars for YouTube, an 18-month old site full of content that YouTube’s users did not get paid for!

AGLOCO will work to get its Members their share of this and more.

AGLOCO is building a new form of online community that they call an Economic Network. They are not only paying Members their fair share, but they’re building a community that will generate the kind of fortune that YouTube. But instead of that wealth making only a few people rich, the entire community will get its share.

What's the catch? No catch - no spyware, no pop-ups and no spam - membership and software are free and AGLOCO is 100% member owned. Privacy is a core value and AGLOCO never sells or rents member information.

So do both both of us a favor: Sign up for AGLOCO right now! If you use this link to sign up, I automatically get credit for referring you and helping to build AGLOCO.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Creating Smart Goals

Creating SMART Goals

True goals, unlike wishes or resolutions, should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time sensitive.

Be Specific

When formulating a goal, it should be as specific as possible. Exactly what are you trying to do or accomplish? Use clear, exact terms to define your goal.

Make It Measurable!

Every goal should be measurable. Whenever possible, quantify your goal with numbers that define how much, how long, how high, etc. A quantifiable measurement takes the goal out of the fuzzy abstract and brings it into clear, sharp focus. When a goal is measurable, you can clearly see whether you met, exceeded, or fell short of the goal—and by exactly how much. Goals that suggest you want to become “good,” “better,” “successful,” or “the best” at something are not measurable.

Aim for What’s Attainable

Goals must be attainable. Setting a goal too high only ensures failure. Be honest with yourself—up front—about how much time and energy you can devote to achieving your goal. Then set a goal that you have a reasonable probability of reaching. Stretch yourself a bit, but don’t stretch yourself so far that you lose hope of attaining it.

At the same time, don’t limit yourself by setting your goals too low. Remember that your level of desire and your willingness to work toward your goals are directly proportionate to your ability to achieve them. Set goals that you really want to achieve to realize dreams that are really important to you! Your motivation level will be higher, you’ll be willing to spend more time to achieve those goals, and you’ll be more persistent.

Note: You can create attainable goals for even those “impossible” dreams. Keep reading.

Be Realistic

Goals must be realistic. Goals are something you work to achieve. They aren’t miracles or magic. Set goals that you can reasonably achieve based on your background, skills, and talents as they currently exist. As you grow and develop, you can adjust your goals higher accordingly.

Some of your goals may even be to acquire more background information, improve your skills, and exercise more of your talents to move you further along toward the achievement of your goals. Don’t be afraid to call on outside resources to help you achieve your goals, too. There’s no rule that says you have to do it all on your own! What may be “unrealistic” for you to achieve may be easy for someone else to do.

Think outside the box. Do you have to incorporate your new business yourself? Do you need a law degree to incorporate your business? No! Instead, your goal could be to locate a qualified attorney to incorporate your business for you. Hire help if you need to. Draw on local and community resources. Look on the Internet. Ask your family and friends. Leave no stone unturned.

You can often achieve the “unrealistic” with the help of others!

Set a Timeframe

Goals must be assigned a particular timeframe. How long do you have to complete the goal? If you don’t set an expectation of how much time it should take you to accomplish it or when it should be finished, you will never feel a sense of urgency to complete the goal. It could hang out there forever. Setting a timeframe also provides a built-in checkpoint so you can reassess your goals and make sure you are progressing toward your dreams.

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