Jim 247 http://www.jimw247.com Just another WordPress site Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:34:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Ad Blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It? at Affiliate Summit East 2016 http://www.jimw247.com/ad-blocking-the-end-of-advertising-as-we-know-it-at-affiliate-summit-east-2016/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:34:21 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/ad-blocking-the-end-of-advertising-as-we-know-it-at-affiliate-summit-east-2016 This was a conference session titled Ad Blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It? at Affiliate Summit East 2016, which took place July 31st through August 2nd, 2016 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Session speakers: Jonah-Kai Hancock, Marketing Director, TUNE Session description: With the potential to disrupt the entire economy of the […]

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This was a conference session titled Ad Blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It? at Affiliate Summit East 2016, which took place July 31st through August 2nd, 2016 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Jonah-Kai Hancock at Affiliate Summit East 2016

Session speakers:

  • Jonah-Kai Hancock, Marketing Director, TUNE

Session description:
With the potential to disrupt the entire economy of the Internet, ad blocking is on the rise—especially for mobile. See how marketers are getting around ad blocking and what to expect in the future.

Experience Level: Beginner
Target Audience: Affiliate/Publisher, Merchant/Advertiser, Network
Niche/Vertical: Ad Blocking

Slides: Ad Blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It?

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Note: the companies and positions listed above were current as of the time of the conference. Some of this information may have changed since then.

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FTC Publishes Cryptocurrency FAQs http://www.jimw247.com/ftc-publishes-cryptocurrency-faqs/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:34:11 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/ftc-publishes-cryptocurrency-faqs FTC Publishes Cryptocurrency FAQs

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FTC Publishes Cryptocurrency FAQs


There are hundreds of cryptocurrencies on the market – not just bitcoin – which are a type of digital currency.

Cryptocurrencies are widely publicized as a fast and inexpensive way to pay online. However, many are marketed as investment opportunities.

The FTC has recently published some guidance that it wants consumers to consider before they decide to purchase cryptocurrency as an investment.

First, cryptocurrencies are not backed by a government or central bank. Unlike most traditional currencies, such as the dollar or yen, the value of a cryptocurrency is not tied to promises by a government or a central bank.

Second, if you store your cryptocurrency online, you do not have the same protections as a bank account. Holdings in online “wallets” are not insured by the government like U.S. bank deposits are.

Third, the FTC reminds consumers that a cryptocurrency’s value can change constantly and dramatically. An investment that may be worth thousands of dollars, one day, could be worth only hundreds, the next. If the value goes down, there is no guarantee that it will rise again.

Fourth, nothing about cryptocurrencies makes them a foolproof investment. Just like with any investment opportunity, there are no guarantees.

Fifth, nobody can guarantee that you will make money off your investment. Anyone who promises you a guaranteed return or profit is likely scamming you, according to the Commission. Just because the cryptocurrency is well-known or has celebrities endorsing it does not necessarily mean it is a good investment.

Lastly, the FTC reminds consumers that not all cryptocurrencies or the companies behind them are the same. Before consumers decide to invest in a cryptocurrency, the FTC recommends that they look into the claims the company is making. For example, conduct an online search with the name of the company and the cryptocurrency with words like review, scam or complaint.

In December 2017, the SEC issues a statement on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, stating that “[t]he world’s social media platforms and financial markets are abuzz about cryptocurrencies and “initial coin offerings.”

According to the SEC, a number of concerns have been raised regarding the cryptocurrency and ICO markets, including that, as they are currently operating, there is substantially less investor protection than in our traditional securities markets, with correspondingly greater opportunities for fraud and manipulation.

Investors should understand that to date no initial coin offerings have been registered with the SEC. The SEC also has not to date approved for listing and trading any exchange-traded products (such as ETFs) holding cryptocurrencies or other assets related to cryptocurrencies.

The SEC has issued investor alerts, bulletins and statements on initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency-related investments, including with respect to the marketing of certain offerings and investments by celebrities and others.

These markets span national borders and that significant trading may occur on systems and platforms outside the United States. Invested funds may quickly travel overseas without a consumer’s knowledge. As a result, risks can be amplified, including the risk that market regulators, such as the SEC, may not be able to effectively pursue bad actors or recover funds.

The SEC has stated that activity that involves an offering of securities must be accompanied by the important disclosures, processes and other investor protections that our securities laws require. A change in the structure of a securities offering does not change the fundamental point that when a security is being offered, our securities laws must be followed. Said another way, according to the SEC, replacing a traditional corporate interest recorded in a central ledger with an enterprise interest recorded through a blockchain entry on a distributed ledger may change the form of the transaction, but it does not change the substance.

Market professionals are urged to read closely the investigative report the SEC released in 2017 (the “21(a) Report”) and review its subsequent enforcement actions. In the 21(a) Report, the Commission applied longstanding securities law principles to demonstrate that a particular token constituted an investment contract and therefore was a security under our federal securities laws. Specifically, the SEC concluded that the token offering represented an investment of money in a common enterprise with a reasonable expectation of profits to be derived from the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others.

Following the issuance of the 21(a) Report, certain market professionals have attempted to highlight utility characteristics of their proposed initial coin offerings in an effort to claim that their proposed tokens or coins are not securities. Many of these assertions appear to elevate form over substance, says the SEC. Merely calling a token a “utility” token or structuring it to provide some utility does not prevent the token from being a security.

Tokens and offerings that incorporate features and marketing efforts that emphasize the potential for profits based on the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others continue to contain the hallmarks of a security under U.S. law.

The SEC has also cautioned market participants against promoting or touting the offer and sale of coins without first determining whether the securities laws apply to those actions. Selling securities generally requires a license, and experience shows that excessive touting in thinly traded and volatile markets can be an indicator of “scalping,” “pump and dump” and other manipulations and frauds. Similarly, the SEC also cautions those who operate systems and platforms that effect or facilitate transactions in these products that they may be operating unregistered exchanges or broker-dealers that are in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

On cryptocurrencies, the SEC has emphasized two points.

First, while there are cryptocurrencies that do not appear to be securities, simply calling something a “currency” or a currency-based product does not mean that it is not a security. Before launching a cryptocurrency or a product with its value tied to one or more cryptocurrencies, its promoters must either (i) be able to demonstrate that the currency or product is not a security; or (ii) comply with applicable registration and other requirements under our securities laws.

Second, brokers, dealers and other market participants that allow for payments in cryptocurrencies, allow customers to purchase cryptocurrencies on margin, or otherwise use cryptocurrencies to facilitate securities transactions should exercise particular caution, including ensuring that their cryptocurrency activities are not undermining their anti-money laundering and know-your-customer obligations. Market participants should treat payments and other transactions made in cryptocurrency as if cash were being handed from one party to the other.

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement will continue to police this area vigorously and recommend enforcement actions against those that violate federal securities laws.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, or if you are the subject of a regulatory investigation or enforcement action you can contact the author directly or follow him on LinkedIn.

Richard B. Newman is a Federal Trade Commission compliance and defense attorney at Hinch Newman LLP focusing on advertising and digital media matters. His practice includes conducting legal compliance reviews of advertising campaigns, representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the FTC and state Attorneys General, commercial litigation, advising clients on promotional marketing programs, and negotiating and drafting legal agreements.

ADVERTISING MATERIAL. These materials are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be considered legal advice, nor do they create a lawyer-client relationship. No person should act or rely on any information in this article without seeking the advice of an attorney. Information on previous case results does not guarantee a similar future result. Hinch Newman LLP | 40 Wall St., 35thFloor, New York, NY 10005.

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Mike Carney on Bobbleheads, Mooyaks, and Gary Vaynerchuk http://www.jimw247.com/mike-carney-on-bobbleheads-mooyaks-and-gary-vaynerchuk/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:46:30 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/mike-carney-on-bobbleheads-mooyaks-and-gary-vaynerchuk Mike Carney, President of Golden Sky ROI Recruitment Network, joined me to chat on my podcast, This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins. I wanted to learn more about the real Mike, so I asked him a variety of questions I figured he had not been asked in previous interviews. Topics included… Being a hall […]

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Mike Carney, President of Golden Sky ROI Recruitment Network, joined me to chat on my podcast, This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins.

Mike Carney at Affiliate Summit West 2018

I wanted to learn more about the real Mike, so I asked him a variety of questions I figured he had not been asked in previous interviews.

Topics included…

  • Being a hall of fame soccer player
  • Definition of a mooyak
  • Dreams of being a cartoonist as a kid
  • His favorite bobblehead
  • Eating haggis
  • Going to the Masters
  • Gary Vaynerchuk
  • How he became a Red Sox fan

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On each episode, Shawn interviews a new guest related to the industry, so you can learn more about the people of affiliate marketing.

After all, affiliate marketing is about the people; not the companies.

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SocialRide Review http://www.jimw247.com/socialride-review/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:25:41 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/socialride-review SocialRide is a new WordPress Plugin and theme that lets you find, curate and publish the best content on social media. Grab it now at a discount and get my huge bonus package. 12 products!… What Is SocialRide?

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SocialRide Review

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7 Toy Affiliate Programs for the Naughty and the Nice http://www.jimw247.com/7-toy-affiliate-programs-for-the-naughty-and-the-nice/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:56:03 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/7-toy-affiliate-programs-for-the-naughty-and-the-nice I have a love-hate relationship with children's parties.

I love them because, like any other party, it's a time to get together with friends over food. Your kids are entertained while you catch up on the latest with your circle. At the end of it, your kid gets a loot bag and hopefully has tired himself out playing, meaning you'll get some quiet time while he naps on your way home.

At the same time, I hate it. Like any other party, it can get loud. Then there are the games. It's like an alarm clock that tells you that, like the birthday celebrant, you're turning a year older.

On top of it is the gift-giving which I am absolutely no good at.

It was while searching for a good gift for a godchild that I was inspired to see if there are toy affiliate programs. There has to be one, I thought. We live in an age of online shopping and 24-hour Disney channel. Parents can now buy their kids stuff online and the children are now more aware of the new toys out there thanks to TV commercials.

As soon as we got back from yet another children's party, I put my little girls to bed and proceeded to check out toy affiliate programs.

And I was right on the money. There are toy affiliate programs. I can shop for toys, and at the same time, earn from them!

Making Toys Make Money

The Toy Industry is a serious money-making business.

The toy industry is an old and very lucrative trade. This infographic claims that the toy industry is worth GBP £2.9B. Yet another infographic, Toying with the World, claims the US toy industry alone is worth USD $21.5B, with an average of USD $280 spent on toys per child. That is just in the US. According to Statista.com, the UK spent around USD $499 per child on toys in 2011 alone.

Looking at how many toys I bought during my recent Christmas toy shopping and how much they cost ... those figures seem not too far from reality. And I am not the only one. Recent articles like this one on how much parents spend on toys is a clear indication that there is a high demand for quality toys. This only means these toy affiliate programs can make you serious cash.

Playing With Keywords

It's a bit of hide and seek when looking for target keywords.

I didn't stop with just that thought. As soon as I had spare time, I got into Traffic Travis and looked up "toys." This is a very broad keyword and, not surprisingly, has high competition. I tried to narrow it down to "educational toys," but no luck. Toys and its variations have mostly high competition. There are only a handful of keywords that are in the medium competition area. 

 

Educational Toys - Traffic Travis Results
 

I went to KeywordBuzz to get more keyword ideas, typed in "educational toys" and checked out the results. The keywords I got from there gave me a good idea of the kind of search words my target market is using. I could target some of them, but the high competition is a bit intimidating. 

 

Educational Toy - Keyword Buzz Results
 

I decided to check out product keywords like "Fisher Price educational toy." This keyword brought about more encouraging results. I can definitely put this and its variations on my list. I would also be looking at the toy affiliate programs and their sales pages as well, so I'm bound to pick up more keywords to target there. 

 

Fisher Price Educational Toy - Traffic Travis

The Toy Affiliate Programs

A mixture of the big and small in the toy industry.

You know how when you search for something on the Internet, you get more information than you really want or you get information that you didn't know was related to your keyword? 

It happened exactly like that when I was doing my research on this niche. Apparently (and so silly of me not to realize) "toys" are not just for children. There are those vintage toys and never opened boxes of action figures for adult collectors. Then, there are those toys that adults play with. Yes, that's right. Those toys and their affiliate programs came up too. I'm sure there are marketers promoting such and I thought to include them in this post as well, since they are toys. But no. This post is for children's toys. Those "special toys" will have to be in a separate post, if ever I will be allowed to write about something that risqué. 

Now that I got that lengthy explanation out of the way, let's continue with this niche. I looked at ClickBank first but they don't have the toy affiliate programs I'm looking for. They did have a few of the other toy affiliate programs, but again, that's for another post. 

So, I moved on to looking at big-name toy brands like Mattel and Little Tikes, then took it from there. 

Mattel.com - Toy Affiliate Programs

1. Mattel

Mattel is one of the biggest toy makers in the US. They are the creators of big brands like Barbie, Matchbox and Monster High.

How much can I make?
Commission varies depending on the affiliate network but it is between 2.99% to 4% of each sale.

How do I apply?
Go to the Mattel Shop, scroll down the page and click on the “Affiliate Programs” link on the bottom. A page to sign up through LinkShare/Rakuten will pop up.

They also have a link through VigLink.

Lego.com- Toy Affiliate Programs

2. Lego

Another popular toy brand, Lego is enjoyed and bought by kids and kids at heart. They are now more popular than ever thanks to their movies Ninjago and Lego Batman.

How much can I make?
3% commission.

How do I apply?
Their affiliate program is through LinkShare/Rakuten. To know more, and to register, visit their Lego affiliate page.

Toys R Us- Toy Affiliate Programs

3. Toys R Us

Toys R Us is a global retail toy store. Unlike Amazon.com, they have physical branches in the US and in some countries.

How much can I make?
3% commission. They have the shortest cookie ever at 5 hours though. This means that a visitor that clicks on your link needs to make a purchase within 5 hours of clicking your link, or else you don’t get the sale.

How do I apply?
Visit their affiliate page for more information.

Melissa&Doug - Toy Affiliate Programs

4. Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug is another popular toy brand. They make educational but fun toys for children of all ages.

How much can I make?
12% as listed on VigLink

How do I apply?
Their affiliate program is through Linkshare/Rakuten but you can go to their affiliate page for more information.

Fat Brain Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs

5. Fat Brain Toys

Another creator of fun educational toys, Fat Brain Toys has a wide selection of toys for kids of all ages.

How much can I make?
Undisclosed.

How do I apply?
There is no mention of their affiliate program on their website, but you can sign up with FlexOffers for more information.

Firestar Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs

6. Firestar Toys

Firestar Toys is a UK-based online store that sells Lego minifigures and custom mini sets.

How much can I make?
10%.

How do I apply?
Firestar Toys has an affiliate page or you can go directly to Webgains.

Toyday - Toy Affiliate Programs

7. Toyday

Toyday is another UK online toy sore but their focus is traditional and classic toys.

How much can I make?
10%.

How do I apply?
Check out their affiliate page for more information but you need to register through Webgains.

How to Play Up Your Site

Toy affiliate programs need some serious marketing methods.

Once you've taken your pick of the above toy affiliate programs, the next step is to form a link-building or marketing strategy of sorts. This is so that you can get started on promoting your site as soon as it is up.

These are just recommendations, of course, and you are free to try any link-building method. In fact, it's best to try your hand at all link-building and off-page SEO methods. It's all trial and error, and spending a bit of time learning each method helps you determine which works best for your site. 

Social Media Marketing

Again, it's important that your site has a strong online presence, and one of the ways to do that is to have an active social media page on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I think Pinterest would be the best social site for this niche because you can post images of toys on Pinterest under "Gift Ideas" or "Christmas Gifts" and link back to your site. You can do the same for Facebook and Twitter too. I think you can try this same method on Instagram as well. 

Forum and Blog Commenting 

This is another link-building essential. Not all niches have forums, but most likely there are blogs or sites about them, so always find out if the niche you're going into has blogs or forums you can participate in. If it does, then go ahead and join the conversation!

Forums and blogs are great ways to learn more about the niche, and to become part of the niche's community. Not only are you building links, but your site's reputation as well. Keep in mind that users are more likely to purchase from you if they "know" your site and trust it. 

You can promote your site on parenting forums and blogs where parents may be looking for specific toys and special deals. 

Reverse Engineering

This is one of those niches where competition is high. You can find out what sites your competition is building its links on and build your links there too. You can use tools like Traffic Travis and AffiloTools to find out which sites you can build links on. 

Are Toy Affiliate Programs Child's Play? 

You need to get down to some serious link building and inbound marketing before the fun starts.

 Mattel.com - Toy Affiliate Programs Lego.com- Toy Affiliate Programs Toys R Us- Toy Affiliate Programs Melissa&Doug - Toy Affiliate Programs Fat Brain Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs Firestar Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs Toyday - Toy Affiliate Programs
2.99% to 4%
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3%
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12%
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Toys are definitely in demand, particularly during the holidays, but it's not an easy niche with its high-competition keywords. The commissions aren't much as well. There's also the question of how you can review these toys. I don't think any of the affiliate programs listed above are willing to provide review copies.

Another thing to consider is that the affiliate program provided by these toy stores and toy brands may, and can, restrict you from targeting certain keywords and brands (like in Mattel's case, you can't use brands like "Barbie"). 

Then again, if this is a niche you're interested in and would want to try, then by all means. I suggest that when you do, you pick a specific sub-niche, like educational toys for toddlers or dollhouses for children 6 years old and above.

Consider the site you're going to put up as well. I think a parenting blog would work for this niche. A site where you share information about children—raising them, how to care for them, etc.—would also work. 

The commissions in this niche are some of the lowest I've come across, so you really need to make sure to get plenty of traffic on the site. This will help increase your chances of making a sale. This is a tough niche, but not so difficult that you won't earn from it. It's just going to take its sweet time. 

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I have a love-hate relationship with children's parties.

I love them because, like any other party, it's a time to get together with friends over food. Your kids are entertained while you catch up on the latest with your circle. At the end of it, your kid gets a loot bag and hopefully has tired himself out playing, meaning you'll get some quiet time while he naps on your way home.

At the same time, I hate it. Like any other party, it can get loud. Then there are the games. It's like an alarm clock that tells you that, like the birthday celebrant, you're turning a year older.

On top of it is the gift-giving which I am absolutely no good at.

It was while searching for a good gift for a godchild that I was inspired to see if there are toy affiliate programs. There has to be one, I thought. We live in an age of online shopping and 24-hour Disney channel. Parents can now buy their kids stuff online and the children are now more aware of the new toys out there thanks to TV commercials.

As soon as we got back from yet another children's party, I put my little girls to bed and proceeded to check out toy affiliate programs.

And I was right on the money. There are toy affiliate programs. I can shop for toys, and at the same time, earn from them!

Making Toys Make Money

The Toy Industry is a serious money-making business.

The toy industry is an old and very lucrative trade. This infographic claims that the toy industry is worth GBP £2.9B. Yet another infographic, Toying with the World, claims the US toy industry alone is worth USD $21.5B, with an average of USD $280 spent on toys per child. That is just in the US. According to Statista.com, the UK spent around USD $499 per child on toys in 2011 alone.

Looking at how many toys I bought during my recent Christmas toy shopping and how much they cost … those figures seem not too far from reality. And I am not the only one. Recent articles like this one on how much parents spend on toys is a clear indication that there is a high demand for quality toys. This only means these toy affiliate programs can make you serious cash.

Playing With Keywords

It's a bit of hide and seek when looking for target keywords.

I didn't stop with just that thought. As soon as I had spare time, I got into Traffic Travis and looked up "toys." This is a very broad keyword and, not surprisingly, has high competition. I tried to narrow it down to "educational toys," but no luck. Toys and its variations have mostly high competition. There are only a handful of keywords that are in the medium competition area. 

 

Educational Toys - Traffic Travis Results
 

I went to KeywordBuzz to get more keyword ideas, typed in "educational toys" and checked out the results. The keywords I got from there gave me a good idea of the kind of search words my target market is using. I could target some of them, but the high competition is a bit intimidating. 

 

Educational Toy - Keyword Buzz Results
 

I decided to check out product keywords like "Fisher Price educational toy." This keyword brought about more encouraging results. I can definitely put this and its variations on my list. I would also be looking at the toy affiliate programs and their sales pages as well, so I'm bound to pick up more keywords to target there. 

 

Fisher Price Educational Toy - Traffic Travis

The Toy Affiliate Programs

A mixture of the big and small in the toy industry.

You know how when you search for something on the Internet, you get more information than you really want or you get information that you didn't know was related to your keyword? 

It happened exactly like that when I was doing my research on this niche. Apparently (and so silly of me not to realize) "toys" are not just for children. There are those vintage toys and never opened boxes of action figures for adult collectors. Then, there are those toys that adults play with. Yes, that's right. Those toys and their affiliate programs came up too. I'm sure there are marketers promoting such and I thought to include them in this post as well, since they are toys. But no. This post is for children's toys. Those "special toys" will have to be in a separate post, if ever I will be allowed to write about something that risqué. 

Now that I got that lengthy explanation out of the way, let's continue with this niche. I looked at ClickBank first but they don't have the toy affiliate programs I'm looking for. They did have a few of the other toy affiliate programs, but again, that's for another post. 

So, I moved on to looking at big-name toy brands like Mattel and Little Tikes, then took it from there. 

Mattel.com - Toy Affiliate Programs

1. Mattel

Mattel is one of the biggest toy makers in the US. They are the creators of big brands like Barbie, Matchbox and Monster High.

How much can I make?
Commission varies depending on the affiliate network but it is between 2.99% to 4% of each sale.

How do I apply?
Go to the Mattel Shop, scroll down the page and click on the “Affiliate Programs” link on the bottom. A page to sign up through LinkShare/Rakuten will pop up.

They also have a link through VigLink.

Lego.com- Toy Affiliate Programs

2. Lego

Another popular toy brand, Lego is enjoyed and bought by kids and kids at heart. They are now more popular than ever thanks to their movies Ninjago and Lego Batman.

How much can I make?
3% commission.

How do I apply?
Their affiliate program is through LinkShare/Rakuten. To know more, and to register, visit their Lego affiliate page.

Toys R Us- Toy Affiliate Programs

3. Toys R Us

Toys R Us is a global retail toy store. Unlike Amazon.com, they have physical branches in the US and in some countries.

How much can I make?
3% commission. They have the shortest cookie ever at 5 hours though. This means that a visitor that clicks on your link needs to make a purchase within 5 hours of clicking your link, or else you don’t get the sale.

How do I apply?
Visit their affiliate page for more information.

Melissa&Doug - Toy Affiliate Programs

4. Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug is another popular toy brand. They make educational but fun toys for children of all ages.

How much can I make?
12% as listed on VigLink

How do I apply?
Their affiliate program is through Linkshare/Rakuten but you can go to their affiliate page for more information.

Fat Brain Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs

5. Fat Brain Toys

Another creator of fun educational toys, Fat Brain Toys has a wide selection of toys for kids of all ages.

How much can I make?
Undisclosed.

How do I apply?
There is no mention of their affiliate program on their website, but you can sign up with FlexOffers for more information.

Firestar Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs

6. Firestar Toys

Firestar Toys is a UK-based online store that sells Lego minifigures and custom mini sets.

How much can I make?
10%.

How do I apply?
Firestar Toys has an affiliate page or you can go directly to Webgains.

Toyday - Toy Affiliate Programs

7. Toyday

Toyday is another UK online toy sore but their focus is traditional and classic toys.

How much can I make?
10%.

How do I apply?
Check out their affiliate page for more information but you need to register through Webgains.

How to Play Up Your Site

Toy affiliate programs need some serious marketing methods.

Once you've taken your pick of the above toy affiliate programs, the next step is to form a link-building or marketing strategy of sorts. This is so that you can get started on promoting your site as soon as it is up.

These are just recommendations, of course, and you are free to try any link-building method. In fact, it's best to try your hand at all link-building and off-page SEO methods. It's all trial and error, and spending a bit of time learning each method helps you determine which works best for your site. 

Social Media Marketing

Again, it's important that your site has a strong online presence, and one of the ways to do that is to have an active social media page on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I think Pinterest would be the best social site for this niche because you can post images of toys on Pinterest under "Gift Ideas" or "Christmas Gifts" and link back to your site. You can do the same for Facebook and Twitter too. I think you can try this same method on Instagram as well. 

Forum and Blog Commenting 

This is another link-building essential. Not all niches have forums, but most likely there are blogs or sites about them, so always find out if the niche you're going into has blogs or forums you can participate in. If it does, then go ahead and join the conversation!

Forums and blogs are great ways to learn more about the niche, and to become part of the niche's community. Not only are you building links, but your site's reputation as well. Keep in mind that users are more likely to purchase from you if they "know" your site and trust it. 

You can promote your site on parenting forums and blogs where parents may be looking for specific toys and special deals. 

Reverse Engineering

This is one of those niches where competition is high. You can find out what sites your competition is building its links on and build your links there too. You can use tools like Traffic Travis and AffiloTools to find out which sites you can build links on. 

Are Toy Affiliate Programs Child's Play? 

You need to get down to some serious link building and inbound marketing before the fun starts.

 Mattel.com - Toy Affiliate Programs Lego.com- Toy Affiliate Programs Toys R Us- Toy Affiliate Programs Melissa&Doug - Toy Affiliate Programs Fat Brain Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs Firestar Toys - Toy Affiliate Programs Toyday - Toy Affiliate Programs
2.99% to 4%

Commission
3%

Comission
3%

Commission
12%

Comission
Undisclosed.

Commission
10%

Comission
10%

Commission

Toys are definitely in demand, particularly during the holidays, but it's not an easy niche with its high-competition keywords. The commissions aren't much as well. There's also the question of how you can review these toys. I don't think any of the affiliate programs listed above are willing to provide review copies.

Another thing to consider is that the affiliate program provided by these toy stores and toy brands may, and can, restrict you from targeting certain keywords and brands (like in Mattel's case, you can't use brands like "Barbie"). 

Then again, if this is a niche you're interested in and would want to try, then by all means. I suggest that when you do, you pick a specific sub-niche, like educational toys for toddlers or dollhouses for children 6 years old and above.

Consider the site you're going to put up as well. I think a parenting blog would work for this niche. A site where you share information about children—raising them, how to care for them, etc.—would also work. 

The commissions in this niche are some of the lowest I've come across, so you really need to make sure to get plenty of traffic on the site. This will help increase your chances of making a sale. This is a tough niche, but not so difficult that you won't earn from it. It's just going to take its sweet time. 

I hope you enjoyed this week's Niche of the Week! Please make sure to share this post on your favorite social media sites using the share buttons below. Please be sure to let me know what you think by leaving a comment! 

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Effective Digital Content Generation http://www.jimw247.com/effective-digital-content-generation/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:33:04 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/effective-digital-content-generation The Key To Effective Digital Content Generation

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The Key To Effective Digital Content Generation


Various known individuals have introduced us the idea of making money online, from its possibilities down to doing it effectively. Among them is the famous success coach John Calub who was personally trained by world’s top mentors Jack Canfield, John Maxwell, Robert Kiyosaki, and multi – billionaire Donald Trump.

Obviously, gone are the days where earning money is only done through traditional methods of day jobs. In today’s case, modernization has opened varieties of ways to earn bucks, even virtually. One latest buzz is through digital marketing, mainly of generating effective digital contents.

For starters, many companies have mistakenly believe that being on social media is all it takes to deliver significant results. Without their knowledge, it requires creating relevant digital contents across different online platforms. Apart from social media, it needs to reach to blogs and websites, too.

Moreover, it’s important to note that the every digital planning should depend accordingly to a certain company. After all, digital management is about knowing the target first before shooting them.

If you’re eyeing for an effective digital content, then below are the schemes you should know:

Post Updates

Probably, you’ve heard about the two posts a day on Facebook marketing. Are you practicing it? Did you know that said strategy doesn’t apply to all?

As articulated from Hubspot, “pages with more than 10,000 followers were the only ones for whom posting more often increased the number of clicks per post.”

It is also added that companies with less than 10,000 followers which post more than 60 times a month receive 60% fewer clicks per post than those who post 5 or fewer times a month. Instead of procuring better results, your often Facebook postings might be losing the clicks it deserves. Every digital marketer or company must take consideration of this.

Social Media Metrics

Whereas the numbers of followers and subscribers can tell you you’re making progress, it is also recommended to utilize social media metrics. Available online are varieties of social media metrics you can use for free; there are also paid ones which offer more services that can greatly help you keep track of your progress.

Through social media metrics, you’ll get to see the amount of people visiting your site/s. Even more, it can tell you what certain page they are viewing thus making you aware what type of contents are effective to your audience.

Infographics and Videos

According to a recent research conducted by Barbara Miller and Brooke Barnette, “Combining text and graphics allows communicators to take advantage of each medium’s strengths and diminish their weaknesses.”

As explained, both text and graphics are useful. However, each has weakness. Texts or written language have said to allow almost infinite number of word combinations that allow deep analysis of concepts but relies heavily on the reader’s ability to process that information. Graphics, on the other hand, may be easier for the reader to understand but are less effective in communication of abstract and complicated concepts.

Though you have the most awesome contents on your site, it possibly didn’t receive proper engagement all because of mere text and no visual aids.

Most to all can agree that it’s more fun to watch cool videos and look at pretty pictures than to read a plain text. And so, start putting infographics and videos to your digital contents. As you do, you’ll surely notice greater engagement.

 

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Affiliate Summit West 2019 Will Be January 6-8 http://www.jimw247.com/affiliate-summit-west-2019-will-be-january-6-8/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:22:23 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/affiliate-summit-west-2019-will-be-january-6-8 We’ve gone through the feedback from Affiliate Summit West 2018, and the most popular city in the western US for another year was Las Vegas. Affiliate Summit West 2019 will be January 6-8, 2019. We’re going to be back at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel for Affiliate Summit West 2019. After going through the feedback […]

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We’ve gone through the feedback from Affiliate Summit West 2018, and the most popular city in the western US for another year was Las Vegas. Affiliate Summit West 2019 will be January 6-8, 2019.

Matti loves wearing Affiliate Summit badges

We’re going to be back at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel for Affiliate Summit West 2019.

After going through the feedback from this past January, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel got high marks.

We are overlapping with CES again, so it will be essential to get your hotel booked early to guarantee the group rate.

Hotel rooms at the special Affiliate Summit group rate will be available soon to book at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

By the way, if you were thinking about exhibiting at Affiliate Summit East 2018, the booths and tables are nearly sold out.

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Q4 Merchant Discovery Box: Most Popular Merchants http://www.jimw247.com/q4-merchant-discovery-box-most-popular-merchants/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/q4-merchant-discovery-box-most-popular-merchants Each quarter the ShareASale Merchant Discovery Box ships out to lucky bloggers with tons of awesome product samples and recommendations of new Merchant programs to join and promote. Each box recipient chooses their favorite programs to join and then gets to choose a deluxe gift from one featured Merchant (up to $50 in value). If […]

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Each quarter the ShareASale Merchant Discovery Box ships out to lucky bloggers with tons of awesome product samples and recommendations of new Merchant programs to join and promote. Each box recipient chooses their favorite programs to join and then gets to choose a deluxe gift from one featured Merchant (up to $50 in value). If you missed out on the Q4 Merchant Discovery Box, here is a sneak peak into some of the quarter’s most popular featured Merchants. Join these programs for yourself and incorporate them into your next blog posts. 
 

Don’t forget to sign up for the Q2 2018 Merchant Discovery Box to get the inside scoop!

 

Food-Huggers

Food Huggers

Food Huggers are reusable silicone food savers that help keep your leftover fruits and veggies fresh. Less wasted food. Less wasted money. Less wasted plastic wrap!
JOIN NOW  

 

Loog-Guitars

Loog Guitars

Loog is a line of small, 3-string guitars designed to make it fun and easy for anyone to play music. They come with an app that gets kids playing songs on day one. 
JOIN NOW

 

Erin-Condren

Erin Condren

Erin Condren is a lifestyle brand making life not just about scheduling each day, but celebrating each day! We strive to spread this idea through the creation of inspirational and organizational products that make life just a bit more fun. 
JOIN NOW

 

FabFitFun

FabFitFun

FabFitFun. A limited edition, seasonal gift box curated by Giuliana Rancic. The best in beauty, fashion, wellness, and fitness delivered to your doorstep four times per year. 
JOIN NOW

 

InkHead

InkHead

InkHead is the Web’s premier provider of custom promotional products and specialty advertising services, offering superior customer service, speedy turnaround times and unbeatable prices.
JOIN NOW

 
 

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Tip of the Day: Easily Find Broken Affiliate Links http://www.jimw247.com/tip-of-the-day-easily-find-broken-affiliate-links/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/tip-of-the-day-easily-find-broken-affiliate-links   Broken or dead links are a nightmare. They affect your visitor’s experience on your website and can even hurt your site’s SEO rankings – no one wants that! The Invalid Links Report allows Affiliates to quickly see any links that aren’t working or that might need to be replaced. No more hunting, randomly clicking, […]

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Broken or dead links are a nightmare. They affect your visitor’s experience on your website and can even hurt your site’s SEO rankings – no one wants that! The Invalid Links Report allows Affiliates to quickly see any links that aren’t working or that might need to be replaced. No more hunting, randomly clicking, or ignoring these dead links! Use the report to see the Merchant, Banner ID number, the reason that the link is invalid, and the full link. Not only that, but you can also see the exact date and time that the link was clicked.

 

*Pro Tip: Prefer to receive the invalid links report automatically? Run a request via API.

 
 

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Affiliate Marketing: Why Data Matters at Affiliate Summit East 2016 http://www.jimw247.com/affiliate-marketing-why-data-matters-at-affiliate-summit-east-2016/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:51:36 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/affiliate-marketing-why-data-matters-at-affiliate-summit-east-2016 This was a conference session titled Affiliate Marketing: Why Data Matters at Affiliate Summit East 2016, which took place July 31st through August 2nd, 2016 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Session speakers: Dave Stewart, CTO, CAKE Kristen Pulver, Director Performance Media, Horizon Media Session description: Affiliate marketing can generate new revenue opportunities. Explore how […]

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This was a conference session titled Affiliate Marketing: Why Data Matters at Affiliate Summit East 2016, which took place July 31st through August 2nd, 2016 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Kristen Pulver at Affiliate Summit East 2016

Session speakers:

  • Dave Stewart, CTO, CAKE
  • Kristen Pulver, Director Performance Media, Horizon Media

Session description:
Affiliate marketing can generate new revenue opportunities. Explore how data provides insight into a campaigns performance and how to leverage data to make smarter digital investments.

Experience Level: Beginner
Target Audience: Affiliate/Publisher
Niche/Vertical: Data

Slides: Affiliate Marketing: Why Data Matters

If you liked this video, be sure to register for the next Affiliate Summit.

Note: the companies and positions listed above were current as of the time of the conference. Some of this information may have changed since then.

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