How Make Internet into a Profitable Media

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Internet have become a media for the people to make money. A lot of people earn cash from the internet. They choose to established a home business on the net instead of seeking a job. Did have tried to make money online ? Maybe you have tried to make money on the net but it doesn't give you the result you want. Is there something wrong ? Or maybe you have no idea to make money on the net ? Actually, the net money making formula
is simple. I'll try to explain the 3 steps about how you can established a online business. I'm not giving you a promise you'll succeed. It need a lot of effort from yourself. I'm just
going to tell you the formula and you do the rest!

The first secret of the formula is to find the product to sell such as ebook, software or
anything that can be download from the internet. You have to choose a digital product. You
can made the product by yourself or buy resell rights. Buying a resell right will make a lot
easier for you than made a product by yourself. Click
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Let's assume that you have a product to sell. Now you have to create a website to promote
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don't know how to create website. What kind of website you have to create? A website that
have a persuasive sales letter! A persuasive sales letter will make your website's visitor
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Now we're jump to the step 3.) This is the last task to complete your first home business.
Just grab visitor as many as you can to website! Now let's assume your product's price is
$ 14.) What will you get if you have 100 people visit your site everydays? If the 10 % of
your visitor buy your product, you will get $ 14 x 10 % x 100 = $ 140/Day. And in a month
you could get $ 140 X 30 = $ 4200/month. Not Bad! You can found an ebook about getting thousand
visitor at home-biz.tk.

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alan213006 16.01.2008. 16:10

Is creating sub domains a good way of building a profitable Adsense empire? Is creating sub domains a good way of building a profitable Adsense empire? I have read that it saves you money if you just add a subdomain to your main site, rather than fork out more on a new domain and webspace for a different niche.

alan213006

Admin 16.01.2008. 16:10

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A sub domain is one way. To build profitable Adsense empire you need quality content that is updated often and growing web traffic.
You can do several things to increase traffic flow.
When making your own web site do some research on how to optimize your site so that you get a good ranking with a natural search. You do this by embedding smart key words.

You need get your web address in as many locations as possible on the net. You do this by article submission, link swap and free classifieds.

Here is a comprehensive list of Classifieds http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20080114075709AAtlrLP

Here goes a link to a teenager that has large volume of webtraffic based on her quality of content. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/118/girl-power.html

Here goes an article of successful adsense program
By Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES ? Jerry Alonzy figured he'd be working into his 70s at least.
As an independent handyman at the mercy of weather patterns near Hartford, Conn., he'd always made a decent income that rarely grew.
Then he found Google (GOOG), and his life changed. Alonzy, 57, now makes $120,000 a year from the ads Google places on his Natural Handyman website, and he couldn't be more thrilled.
"I put in two, maybe three hours a day on the site, and the checks pour in," he says. "What's not to like?"
In return for placing its ads on websites and blogs, Google pays Web publishers every time one of its ads are clicked. Those clicks help keep Alonzy and his wife living comfortably and talking about moving to Hawaii. "All I need is a laptop and a high-speed Internet connection, and I can live anywhere."
FIND MORE STORIES IN: Google | Adsense | Bjork | Web publishers | Jennifer Slegg
The Internet may be a young person's medium, but the retired and those nearing retirement such as Alonzy have found that they can work the Web just as well. Sometimes, such "Gray Googlers" can live a richer, more financially rewarding life than when they were supposedly working.
"Google isn't just for kids anymore," says Google executive Kim Scott, who runs the company's AdSense program, the ad platform that provides the income for Web publishers such as Alonzy and others.
Take Jerrold Foutz. The former Boeing engineer, 75, started a website a few years ago devoted to one of his passions ? switching mode power supplies, which help drive, for instance, the inside of video cameras.
He put Google ads on his smpstech.com site four years ago. After just one month, the first Google check was for $800. The second check totaled $2,000.
"I thought, 'Wow,' " he said. "This was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. Something I thought would make $50 a year now equals my Boeing retirement check."
That comes out to around $25,000 yearly.
Foutz's experience is not an anomaly.
After Hope Pryor's four kids left home, she grew intrigued with the Internet and learned how to design a Web page. She didn't want it to focus on just her, so she posted some of her favorite recipes on the site.
Now, her Cooks Recipes site is bringing in nearly $90,000 yearly, mostly from Google ads. The holidays are the biggest-producing months of the year.
"Last December alone, I netted $30,000 from Google," she says. "There's not too many people I know who can walk into a car dealership and buy two vehicles at one time. I did just that recently."

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scraggle_aggle_baggle_laggle 22.07.2007. 12:33

How does the sale of vinyls compare to that of the CD nowadays? Has the sales of CDs been affected by the internet downloads?
Does anybody manufacture vinyls anymore and is it profitable to do so?
Are cassette tapes still available? (Surely not)
Is Digital Audio Tape (DAT) still been sold?
I love downloading music and feel that I deserve this luxury as I have paid twice for the music I own - Once when I bought the vinyls then for the second time when I upgraded to compact disc. I am glad I never got talked into buying the DAT version.
I am also paying twenty quid a month for my broadband connection which enables me to download music. Over a life time this would probably mean I have spent more money doing this than the fortunes I have spent on discs.

What is the next step in this cultural and technological revolution going to be?

scraggle_aggle_baggle_laggle

Admin 22.07.2007. 12:33

Vinyl - sales are still quite healthy and have actually increased by 15% over the last five years. Not a huge rise admittedly, but considering vinyl was regarded as 'dead' 20 years ago, it's pretty respectable.

Audio cassete - almost, if not totally defunct as a pre-recorded medium and not very healthy as far as home recording goes. It only ever had convenience as its selling point anyway, as the sound quality from tape was never very good.

DAT - as the dodo.

Minidisc - fossilized.

CD - sales have slumped due to on-line downloads, but it will not go away as a music medium until something better comes along.
Some people actually like to have decent sound quality - iPods and mp3 players do not have decent sound quality, due to their compressed formet.
Until a music medium comes along that can improve upon the sound quality of CDs (DVD-A and SACD have never really taken off), the humble silver disc will have many years of life left in it.

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Sumanta 13.04.2006. 05:44

How to take Cartooning as a profession through Internet? I want to switch from my software engineer career to full-time cartooning. I draw good cartoons (in science, politics, computer, environment)and got some of them published also. Please suggest me how to sell my cartoons worldwide as I reside in India(scopes are limited here). Will I earn decently so that i can give up my current job? Cartooning is my childhood hobby. Please help me with your valuable suggestions.

Sumanta

Admin 13.04.2006. 05:44

If you want to publish and sell books of your cartoons online you can use CafePress.com
Just set up a free account in less than 5 minutes.
Then upload your art as PDF's
Determine the price of your product and you have an online store open for business and selling your books. YES, you can publish and sell online - for free! It's amazing. I swear I don't work for them.

There are syndication companies that will syndicate your comics in a variety of publications for sale and publication around the world for maximum earning potential. King Features is the most well known, I will provide a links about them and other syndication companies below.

Whenever you get a new comic published you can send out press releases using PRWeb.com. Your own website with regular updates and emailed newsletters can do this for you too. If you know how to animate you could eventually make your own cartoons come to life and offer them online as programming or viral elements like e-cards as another poster suggested.

If any of your cartooning ideas would make good longer form animated art it might be useful to tap into your local film community and offer your illustration services to a post production company in exchage for film animation training. Also it would be good for artists in other high profile media to become aware of your work so creative business relationships and opportunities can grow.

Use the internet to reach out to organizations that would find your cartoons favorable to their cause. Let them know about your work whenever you publish new cartoons related to their effort. They have a tremendous potential to really get your work out there to passionate people who will pass it around again.

Have fun pursuing this new path in your life. Cartooning was my childhood hobby too and technology was key in helping me find ways to make it profitable. Best of luck to you!

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Blue 15.12.2012. 21:01

How much capital would I need to start my own restaurant? It would be a small little place, maybe a 10 table restaurant.

we would not be serving alcohol so no need for a liquor license.

i live in south western ontario...

i imagine i'll be needing fda or those kinda people whatever approval but anything else? oh and ofcourse a legit business license, but any other licenses i will be needing?

Blue

Admin 15.12.2012. 21:01

Short answer: assume at least $15k, but ranges from $10k to $250k (or more)

Long answer: the amount of capital you need depends on a lot of things. Below are a few things to consider when determining how much capital you need. At the bottom are 2 links to pages that have checklists for people interested in starting a restaurant in Canada to walk you through all of the specifics.

*Misc. startup costs ? deposits for electricity, garbage, phones, internet, etc.
*Insurance & licenses (to name a few ? business number from Canada Revenue Agency, Employer Health Tax registration for full-time workers, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, etc.)
*Space ? rent or buy or build? A quick check of rent on commercial spaces in Ontario looks like you?ll need between $1000 and $2500 per month to rent a space
*Equipment ? commercial kitchen equipment, furniture, decorations, point-of sale system, etc. If you rent a space that has had a restaurant, you may be able to save a lot of money on not having to renovate and on huge costs like kitchen equipment.
*Employees ? this depends on how many employees you?ll need and whether you would be serving one meal a day or whether you?d be open all day. Assume about $11/hour per worker.
*Marketing and advertising ? manage costs using word of mouth and social media if you don?t have a large budget for marketing
*Beginning inventory ? finding and securing a reputable food vendor will help you manage costs here
*Working capital ? people in the restaurant industry commonly say you?re your costs will be 1/3 more than you think, and recommend that you have a year of working capital until your business (hopefully) takes off and becomes profitable. This includes rent, equipment, wages, food and supply costs, marketing, and other expenses for the entire year.

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2747/
http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/guides/how-to-start-a-restaurant-or-catering-business-in-ontario/

One thing to consider if you don?t have the startup money you need and don?t want to go to a bank ? crowdfunding sites (like Rocket Hub, Indiegogo, and others) lets people with a great idea get started without digging themselves into debt. Some of these sites are restricted to individuals, but ClickStartMe, a brand new crowdfunding site, allows businesses to raise money through crowdfunding also.

Best of luck!

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patrick a 15.01.2009. 19:12

Do you know the best and most profitable way to make money online legally with or without your own website? I'm doing research for an upcoming television documentary.
Imolina, good info, I'll check it out. Thank you so much,

patrick a

Admin 15.01.2009. 19:12

Hi patrick a
Google AdSense is a top player in the pay-per-click market, but there are many others out there. Google AdSense also provides training and tutorials on "how to optimize" once an account has been set up.

Affiliate Websites

Selling other people's products for profit is another great way to earn money on the Internet. By setting up an affiliate account, the savvy Internet entrepreneur doesn't have to worry about web page development or creating any of his or her own products. The goal here is to get people to click the link and have them redirected to an affiliate web page.

The E-book

Write your way to success! Writing for content on the Internet is one of the BEST ways of generating revenue. If a person has a good grasp of the English language and can construct sentences into paragraphs, this is a goldmine just waiting to be tapped. One of the best things about online writing is that anyone can write complete original content or purchase rights to other's works and make them their own.

Online Auctions

Another great way to earn money on the Internet is to buy and sell products
through online auction sites such as e-Bay, e-Bid, OnlineAuction, and others. These products can either be physical or digital. Physical products require maintaining an inventory and shipping costs. On the other hand, digital information media (e-books) require no inventory and can be downloaded instantly once the bidding has ended.

List Building (Mailing Lists)

List building is in effect obtaining names from visitors to a website with the intent to follow-up with subsequent mailings. The most common of these are the monthly e-zine article, newsletters, and the "5 week mini course".

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SapphireZz 12.07.2008. 00:15

Is getting 100 views on my Youtube video in an hour really good? I just posted a music video that I made an hour ago, and I've already gotten 100 hits. Is this really good??
It's been 8 hours since I posted the video, and I have 585 hits now!
It's been 8 hours since I posted the video, and I've gotten 585 hits. Also, I've recieved 4 honours for the video too!

SapphireZz

Admin 12.07.2008. 00:15

yes! that's very good for you! congratulations! and if you wanna submit some more videos, than you need to know EVERYTHING about youtube, so i typed you up something to read!


YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. YouTube was created in mid-February 2005 by three former PayPal employees. The San Bruno-based service uses Adobe Flash technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur content such as videoblogging and short original videos. In October 2006, Google Inc. announced that it had reached a deal to acquire the company for US$1.65 billion in Google stock. The deal closed on November 13, 2006.

Unregistered users can watch most videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Some videos are available only to users of age 18 or older (e.g. videos containing potentially offensive content). The uploading of videos containing pornography, nudity, defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct is prohibited. Related videos, determined by title and tags, appear onscreen to the right of a given video. In YouTube's second year, functions were added to enhance user ability to post video 'responses' and subscribe to content feeds.

Few statistics are publicly available regarding the number of videos on YouTube. However, in July 2006, the company revealed that more than 100 million videos were being watched every day, and 2.5 billion videos were watched in June 2006. 50,000 videos were being added per day in May 2006, and this increased to 65,000 by July. In January 2008 alone, nearly 79 million users had made over 3 billion video views.

In August 2006, The Wall Street Journal published an article revealing that YouTube was hosting about 6.1 million videos (requiring about 45 terabytes of storage space), and had about 500,000 user accounts. As of April 9, 2008, a YouTube search returns about 83.4 million videos and 3.75 million user channels.

As of Q1 2008, YouTube is not profitable, with its revenues being noted as "immaterial" by Google in a regulatory filing Its bandwidth costs are estimated at approximately $1 million a day. It is estimated that in 2007, YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000, and that around ten hours of video are uploaded every minute.

Before the launch of YouTube in 2005, there were few simple methods available for ordinary computer users who wanted to post videos online. With its easy to use interface, YouTube made it possible for anyone who could use a computer to post a video that millions of people could watch within a few minutes. The wide range of topics covered by YouTube has turned video sharing into one of the most important parts of Internet culture.

An early example of the social impact of YouTube was the success of the Bus Uncle video in 2006. It shows an animated conversation between a youth and an older man on a bus in Hong Kong, and was discussed widely in the mainstream media.[13] Another YouTube video to receive extensive coverage is guitar, which features a performance of Pachelbel's Canon on an electric guitar. The name of the performer is not given in the video, and after it received millions of views the New York Times revealed the identity of the guitarist as Jeong-Hyun Lim, a 23-year-old from South Korea who had recorded the track in his bedroom.[14]


Terms of service
According YouTube's terms of service,[15] users may upload videos only with permission of the copyright holder and people depicted in the videos. Pornography, nudity, defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct are prohibited. The uploader grants YouTube a license to distribute and modify the uploaded material for any purpose; this license terminates when the uploader deletes the material from the site. Users may view videos on the site as long as they agree to the terms of service; downloading through one's own means or copying of the videos is not permitted.

Further information: Censorship by Google#YouTube

Domain name problem
YouTube's success unintentionally affected the business of an American company, Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp., whose original website address, utube.com, was at one time frequently overloaded and shut down by high numbers of visitors unsure about the spelling of YouTube's domain name.[16] At the beginning of November 2006, Universal Tube filed suit in federal court against YouTube,[17] requesting that the youtube.com domain be transferred to them.[18] As of June 2008, the web address utube.com is showing a simple placeholder page, while Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment has moved to utubeonline.com. According to a WHOIS domain name search, Universal Tube still owns the domain http://www.utube.com.[19]


Criticism
Main article: Criticism of YouTube

Example of a copyrighted YouTube video claimed by Red De Televisión, Chilevision SA.YouTube has been criticized frequently for failing to ensure that its online content adheres to the law of copyright. At the time of uploading a video, YouTube users are shown a screen with the following message:

Do not upload any TV shows, music videos, music concerts or commercials without permission unless they consist entirely of content you created yourself. The Copyright Tips page and the Community Guidelines can help you determine whether your video infringes someone else's copyright.

Despite this advice, there are still many unauthorized clips from television shows, films and music videos on YouTube. YouTube does not view videos before they are posted online, and it is left to copyright holders to issue a takedown notice under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Organizations including Viacom and the English Premier League have issued lawsuits against YouTube, claiming that it has done too little to prevent the uploading of copyrighted material.[20][21] Viacom, demanding $1 billion in damages, said that it had found more than 150,000 unauthorized clips of its material on YouTube that had been viewed "an astounding 1.5 billion times". YouTube responded by stating that it "goes far beyond its legal obligations in assisting content owners to protect their works". Since Viacom issued its lawsuit, YouTube has introduced a system of digital fingerprints that checks uploaded videos against the original content as a means of reducing copyright violation.[22][23]

In July 2008, Viacom won a court ruling requiring YouTube to hand over data detailing the viewing habits of every user who has watched videos on the site. The move led to concerns that the viewing habits of individual users could be identified through a combination of their IP addresses and login names. The decision was criticized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which called the court ruling "a set-back to privacy rights". [24] US District Court Judge Louis Stanton dismissed the privacy concerns as "speculative", and ordered YouTube to hand over documents totalling around 12 terabytes of data. Judge Stanton rejected Viacom's request for YouTube to hand over the source code of its search engine system, saying that there was no evidence that YouTube treated videos infringing copyright differently. [25] [26]

YouTube has also faced criticism over the offensive content in some of its videos. Although YouTube's terms of service forbid the uploading of material likely to be considered inappropriate or defamatory, the inability to check all videos before they go online means that occasional lapses are inevitable. Controversial areas for videos have included Holocaust denial and the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 football fans from Liverpool were crushed to death in 1989.[27][28]


Blocking
Main article: Blocking of YouTube
YouTube has been blocked in several countries since its inception, including Tunisia, Thailand (which has since been lifted) and Iran. Certain video pages were banned as of October 1, 2007 in Turkey, but this was lifted two days later. More recently on January 22, 2008 Turkey banned YouTube once again but this ban was lifted after three days. There is currently a ban on YouTube in Turkey since May 5, 2008. Certain pages are also banned in United Arab Emirates.

On February 23, 2008, Pakistan blocked YouTube due to "offensive material" towards the Islamic faith, including the display of pictures of the prophet Muhammad.[29] This action by the Pakistani authorities led to a near global blackout of the YouTube site for at least two hours.[30] Thousands of Pakistanis undermined the 3-day block using a VPN software called Hotspot Shield.[31] The YouTube ban was lifted on February 26, 2008 after the "offensive material" were removed from the site.[32]

YouTube has been subject to threats of censorship by various countries because of the content it hosts. It was blocked from Mainland China from the 18th October due to the censorship of the Taiwanese flag. URLs to YouTube were redirected to China's own search engine, Baidu. It was subsequently unblocked on the 31st of October.[33]

Schools in certain countries have begun to block access to YouTube due to students uploading videos of bullying behavior, school fights and racist behavior as well as increased bandwidth usage and other inappropriate content.[34]


Spamming
Main article: Spam targeting video sharing sites
With recent improvements to e-mail spam filtering technology and their wider use, spammers have begun using YouTube as way to advertise: popular videos frequently have comments with links to irrelevant external sites, usually with some enticing statements (such as "Great video, go to for

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oldblueberry1991 15.05.2011. 12:54

When did Jukebox be a popular machine and when did telecommuting appear? When did Jukebox be a popular machine and when did telecommuting appear?

oldblueberry1991

Admin 15.05.2011. 12:54

Coin-operated music boxes and player pianos carved out a place for automatic pay-per-tune music in fairgounds, amusement parks and other public places (such as train stations in Switzerland) a few decades before the introduction of reliable coin-operated phonographs. Some of these automatic musical instruments were extremely well built and have survived to this day in the hands of collectioners and museums. In the long run they could not compete with the jukebox since they played the same instrument (or instruments) over and over again and could not reproduce the human voice.

The immediate ancestor of the jukebox, called the "Coin-slot phonograph", was the first medium of sound recording encountered by the general public, before mass produced home audio equipment became common. Such machines began to be mass produced in 1889, using phonograph cylinders for records. The earliest machines played but a single record (of about 2 minutes of music or entertainment), but soon devices were developed that allowed customers to choose between multiple records. In the 1910s the cylinder was superseded by the gramophone record. The term "juke box" came into use in the United States in the 1930s, derived from African-American slang "jook" meaning "dance". The shellac 78rpm record dominated jukeboxes until the Seeburg Corporation introduced an all 45 rpm vinyl record jukebox in 1950.

Starting in the 1980s, compact discs became the norm for modern jukeboxes. Towards the end of the 20th century several companies started introducing completely digital jukeboxes which did not use CDs, downloading the tunes from a secure signal sent over the Internet or through a separate, proprietary transmission protocol over phone lines. In addition to automatically downloading a potentially larger selection than what is available on CDs in a single machine the digital jukeboxes also send back information on what is being played, and where, opening up new commercial avenues.

Jukeboxes and their ancestors were a very profitable industry from the 1890s on. They were most popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s, particularly during the 1950s. Today they are often associated with early rock and roll music, but were very popular in the swing music era as well. As a result, stores and restaurants with a retro theme, such as the Johnny Rockets chain, include Jukeboxes.

Early forms of telecommunication include smoke signals and drums. Drums were used by natives in Africa, New Guinea and South America whereas smoke signals were used by natives in North America and China. Contrary to what one might think, these systems were often used to do more than merely announce the presence of a camp.

In 1792, a French engineer, Claude Chappe, built the first fixed visual telegraphy (or semaphore) system between Lille and Paris. However semaphore as a communication system suffered from the need for skilled operators and expensive towers at intervals of ten to thirty kilometers (six to nineteen miles). As a result of competition from the electrical telegraph, the last commercial line was abandoned in 1880.

The first commercial electrical telegraph was constructed by Sir Charles Wheatstone and Sir William Fothergill Cooke and opened on April 9, 1839. Both Wheatstone and Cooke viewed their device as "an improvement to the [existing] electromagnetic telegraph" not as a new device.

Samuel Morse independently developed a version of the electrical telegraph that he unsuccessfully demonstrated on September 2, 1837. His code was an important advance over Wheatstone's signaling method. The first transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully completed on July 27, 1866, allowing transatlantic telecommunication for the first time.

The conventional telephone was independently invented by Alexander Graham Bell and by Elisha Gray in 1876.[20] Antonio Meucci in 1849 invented a device that allowed the electrical transmission of voice over a line. But Meucci's device was of little practical value because it relied upon the electrophonic effect and thus required users to place the receiver in their mouth to ?hear? what was being said. The first commercial telephone services were set-up in 1878 and 1879 on both sides of the Atlantic in the cities of New Haven, Connecticut and London.

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Cyber 26.03.2010. 07:44

How do I market my new product online so it can reach millions of customers? Product is herbal medicine for sinus.

Cyber

Admin 26.03.2010. 07:44

Have it sold through an affiliate marketing network, where thousands of seasoned internet marketers can put ads on their web sites and sends out announcements to their email lists. If you have a large company's assets you could capture new customers at a short term loss, smaller companies should consider making the affiliate payout equal to your projected profits, so you effectively get trial samples into the consumer's hands at a zero cost.
Be aware the weight loss, tooth whitening, akai berry products that are so heavily marketed through CPA offers all use shady credit card re-billing practices that make paying a large affiliate commission a profitable proposition.

It's also possible to get the software to allow a store site to manage their own affiliate program, those with ambitions to reach millions need to employ the advertising network of established marketing company. I don't have any great leads on representation, just as an example I found Commission Junction has it's affiliates helping 12 natural herb companies sell their products for a 7% to 25% sale commission (plus administration costs)

If your going on your own, don't bother with pay per click advertising, you need a more cost effect method to reach millions and get your brand burned into their subconscious, using media buys to place your banners on thousands of sites would be the way to go.

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harold harold 17.03.2013. 01:19

Two strangers tell you conflicting stories, a scientist and a fossil fuel executive. Who do you believe & why? You're in a strange town, you've never met these people before. They're both dressed identically. They're explaining something with serious consequences, but the stories are conflicting. Who do you believe and why?
Ok, so there is no evidence. Their stories are equally good. All you have to judge them by are your preconceived notions and cultural prejudices, your knowledge of what scientists and fossil fuel executives do and have done.

harold harold

Admin 17.03.2013. 01:19

Really, the only way to judge the veracity of any claims people make as far as their credentials and knowledge is by nuance influenced by your own experience. Also relevant to your question is the fact that information is not knowledge, and on the internet anyone can google just about any topic and share that information, commenting on topics in ways that imply knowledge they do not possess.

Here's my experience-and I am a business executive, by the way. I have found that many of us in business tend to overreach because of success in one field, supposing that because we have made decisions and managed things well in one field that we are able to apply that experience in another field with equal success. I have also seen this in other fields-in particular medicine and information technology-but you are specifically targeting fossil fuel executives in this question, which I believe emphasizes the 'business executive' side of the equation I am responding to. The media is certainly rife with stories of executives who have been incredibly successful in one industry and failed miserably when they tried to apply themselves to another industry...generally, I think, there is a tendency to be overconfident in such circumstances. And it has happened to me as well...so when it comes to a business executive at any level I watch very carefully for signs of overreach. Getting into fields that are unrelated to their areas of expertise and assuming that their keen sense of logic and experience will fill in knowledge gaps provided the information they deem is important-but it is all shaded by their agendas.

The scientist, on the other hand, is more likely to have in depth knowledge of a particular subject or issue related to his field and is analytical about that particular subject. One may also assume more objective on the subject in most cases, but not all. The business executive has a vested interest in managing an enterprise profitably, so the background story is one level removed from the primary agenda. The scientist has a more vested interest in the background story itself-if he is wrong, he puts more at risk. The business executive may be wrong about a particular issue, but as long as his company is profitable or he makes decisions that resolve problems, the details don't matter as much and are quickly forgotten-almost the opposite of the situation the scientist has to deal with. The advantage the scientist has is he may be wedded to a hypothesis, but as long as he doesn't do anything fraudulent in his research, if the hypothesis turns out to be wrong he can maintain his credibility within his industry and move on to another hypothesis-it isn't tied to profit.

But you have two guys here who are dressed identically, who tell equally good but conflicting stories, and the only absolute you really specify is that somehow or other, you know that one is a scientist and the other, a fossil fuel executive. Here is how I would interpret their stories in terms of credibility: first, if the story is about economics and profitability, I would give more credence to the business executive. If the story is about science, I would give more credence to the scientist. I would understand that one is taking a position based on profitability, and the other is taking a position based on the hypothesis he supports, and that neither is going to be 100% pure or altruistic in his or her opinions. Second, in the course of the storytelling by each, I would fact check based on my own level of knowledge and experience. Third, I would verify by research after the fact, based on the specifics each mentioned in the course of telling their stories. Fourth, if either or both diverge from the issue at hand and start talking emotionally in terms that express political philosophies-e.g. Marxists and Bleeding Heart Liberals or Totalitarian Right-Wing Extremist Knee Jerk Jack-Booted Thugs and just demonizing the opposition rather than making relevant points, their credibility is diminished in my view and whomever talks like that becomes an object of entertainment rather than a serious contender for my attention. I understand that any issue can become an emotional one and allow for some spirited disagreement that might require I allow for some wiggle room for either or both to spit out invectives in the heat of the moment, but anyone who cannot focus enough to return to the issue at hand that is being discussed does not qualify as a credible resource regardless of their credentials. In the business world, one example I can think of is Donald Trump-he doesn't discuss issues; in the world of science, James Hanson's position is questionable in my view. Each tell us more about what we DON'T want rather than more about what we should support.

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Ashleigh Hunter 10.01.2011. 11:50

How to Start up a Small Online Business? I would very much like to start up my own small business that is easy and cheap to start up.
I would like to base it online, e.g create my own website.
Then I would like to sell Jewellery and Make-up etc, But where could I buy this cheap and in bulk ?
Also to start this would I need to do any legal documents ?
Thank- you.

Ashleigh Hunter

Admin 10.01.2011. 11:50

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