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May 11, 2013

Free Link Cloaker Script

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 12:56 pm

We are pleased to announce the release of “Quick Link Cloaker”, an easy-to-use PHP Script for cloaking your affiliate links. The purpose of this script is to hide your affiliate id in a link, so as to prevent other people substituting in their own affiliate id (so as to “steal” your commission), or removing your affiliate id (since some people wrongly believe that if an affiliate earns commission that they end up paying more).

The nice thing about this script, is that you can generate an unlimited number of cloaked links with virtually no effort. Simply log-in to the admin area of the script, paste in the affiliate link, and you immediately get a cloaked version of the link back.

Quick Link Cloaker script also has the advantage that you are not dependent on some third party service (like URL shorteners) that could be down, go out of business, have incompatible terms of service, etc.

Quick Link Cloaker works on pretty much any host that supports PHP. The installation procedure is basically upload the files to your webhost, go to the admin page and follow the instructions. No editing of text files or anything like that. So, in other words, it is very easy.

Example of cloaking a link….

Before cloaking, say your affiliate link could be something like

http://www.someaffiliateprogram.com/link.php?prod=123&aff=yourname

After cloaking your link might look something like

http://yoursite.com/lc.php?j=aC3-mt./mmmm_6_/2.ng4-74/mtcM6_5mrfIng4-8JOjijjim/mmmmJnp-945/mt.

or

http://yoursite.com/cloak/lc.php?j=aC3-mt./mmmm_6_/2.ng4-74/mtcM6_5mrfIng4-8JOjijjim/m

Please note: if you need cloaking and tracking of your links performance - then please check out our ad tracking PHP script - click/counter tracker.


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May 1, 2013

ClickBank Payment Button Graphics

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 12:27 pm

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank Vendor and Affiliate, and has been for more than 14 years. We earn money by selling our own products through ClickBank, as well as earning affiliate commission on other products sold by ClickBank, including ClickBank’s own products/services.

Regular readers of this blog, will know that our company offers two great packages of graphics for webmasters:

  1. Internet Marketing Graphics Pack - A great package of graphics and web-design elements for eCommerce and small business websites.
  2. ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack - A collection of graphics and web-design elements, especially designed/chosen for ClickBank vendors, that is people/businesses who are selling their own products through ClickBank.

We are please to announce a major enhancement to the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack:

Our company (Answers 2000) has just signed a special agreement with ClickBank (as an Addendum to the standard ClickBank Client Contract). This agreement allows us to include ClickBank’s trademarked logos, as part of the graphics included with the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack.

The result of this is the package now includes some really cool ClickBank-specific payment buttons as shown in the examples below (obviously the real payment buttons included in our ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack are not watermarked).

And don’t forget as well as well as payment buttons like these, the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack includes more than 300 different payment/download/join/action buttons, and more than 1,000 graphics in total. The graphics also include guarantee logos, money graphics, check marks, bullets, arrows, price stickers, badges, and tons of other stuff that can enhance your ClickBank pitch pages.

Check it out! ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack


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March 11, 2013

The Ultimate Ad Tracker - tracking ads, banners, website visitors, conversion rates, and more

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Click/Counter Tracker version 4.00. This is a powerful PHP script for tracking all your advertising, marketing and sales - including tracking website visitors, ad-tracking, conversion rate testing. split-testing sales-letters and squeeze-pages, and tracking your banner advertising campaigns.

The most important new feature in the script is a special feature for tracking banner advertising campaigns. You can use this feature to track all your campaigns, and so as to test out different banner ad designs, and different venues for banner advertising. With the information the script collects, it’s as easy as pie to know which banner designs generate the highest click-thru rates, and which venues/ad-networks are the most effective for banner advertising. Using this information, you can maximize the Return On Investment (”ROI”) of your advertising campaigns.

Here’s a video showing the new banner advertising campaign features of the script:

Other features of Click/Counter Tracking include

  1. Tracking clicks on your advertising links

  2. Tracking visitors to your websites and web-pages

  3. Measuring the conversion rates of your squeeze-pages, opt-in forms, and sales-letters

  4. Split-Testing (also known as “A/B testing” - except we don’t limit you to testing only 2 items at a time!) multiple versions of squeeze-pages, opt-in forms, and sales-letters.


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March 7, 2013

How to track Banner Advertising Campaigns [Updated]

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 1:58 pm

In my last post, I talked about how to create banner images, in this post I will talk about demonstrate how to track banner advertising campaigns.

First of all though, why do you need to track your banner advertising campaigns?

Here are some reasons:

  1. So you know which banner designs are being click on, and which are not. This allows you to test out different banner designs, so as to find the most effective one.
  2. So you know which websites containing your banner generate a response, and which don’t. This allows you to test our different advertising venues, so you can tell the difference between those that are profitable to advertise on, and those that are not.
  3. So you will know if you are getting the number of clicks/impressions that you paid for, when paying for advertising.

In short, what you want to do is separately track the impressions (i.e. displays of your banner image) and the click-throughs, for each of your banner advertising campaigns. You can then different images and different advertising campaigns.

The way to do this is to use our Click/Counter Tracker script. This is a PHP script that you install on your website, and which can be used for tracking all your advertising links, conversion rates, and split-testing of sales letters.

To fully track a banner advertising campaign, you need to create two trackers: one for counting impressions, and one for counting the click-throughs. The impression tracker is set with a destination URL of the banner image, the click-through tracker is set with a destination URL of your landing page. Then you simply use these URLs when activating your banner campaign. That’s it.

At the moment, on the current version of Click/Counter Tracker, version 3.02, you need to do 2 steps to setup the 2 trackers, but now this issue has been brought to my attention, we will look at reducing that to one step, which will make this kind of tracking even easier.

In the meantime, here’s a video showing the 2-step setup process, and the kind of information you can get back:

Update:

A new version of Click/Counter Tracker is now available, which I describe in more detail here.

Here’s a video showing the new version of this powerful PHP script makes tracking banner advertising campaigns even easier, while providing truly comprehensive tracking information:


   

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How to Create Banner Ad Images

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 1:16 pm

Disclosure: The links to third party products in this article lead to other websites owned by our company. We may earn an affiliate commission if you buy a product after following a link to a product from any of these websites.

Advertising banners are graphical adverts that you can display on your own or other people’s websites (you usually have to pay other websites if you want them to display your banners). Some people may tell you things like “banners are dead”, and while it is true that average response rates to banners have fallen over the last few years, this is very much an exaggeration - there are still lots of opportunities for profitable banner advertising campaigns.

The first issue that you want to consider before embarking on a banner advertising campaign is what your objectives are. Some people claim that a benefit of banner advertising is “branding” - even people who don’t click your ad, will still see your banner, and may remember your brand. There probably are cases where banner branding works, but generally speaking, I am skeptical of these types of claims - I’ve must have seen thousands (possibly millions?) over the last 16 or 17 years of using the Internet, but I can’t personally remember more than a handful.

Your mileage and opinion may of course differ from mine, but generally speaking, I think for small business at least, the main goal of banner advertising campaigns should be to generate more traffic and/or sales to your website. You need to factor that in when designing your banners and creating your banner advertising campaigns, for example by:

  1. By creating banners that look like they are supposed to be clicked (sometimes banners just look like graphical elements, and people don’t even realize they are supposed to be clicked).
  2. By testing different types of banner design to see which gets the best response.
  3. By placing your banners on sites which relate to your own intended audience.

If you have an unlimited budget, you can simply pay a graphics professional to design a banner for you. Do bear in mind that the designer should be working to your requirements, rather than just producing nice-looking images! Moreover, you will need to pay for many different banner designs, so you can test and find the ones that produce the best results in terms of traffic, sales and profits.

For the rest of us, we probably need a solution which produces good results, but without the expense. What are the options?

  1. You can use a general purpose painting/graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, or Corel PhotoPaint. Of course, producing good results with these programs may require quite a bit of time and skill.
  2. Rather than starting from scratching in a painting/graphics program, you can use templates to get you started. This is definitely a time-saver, and allows a non-expert to produce good results quickly. Check out Easy Banner Maker which works with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
  3. You can buy a program specifically intended for creating banners. You not need Adobe Photoshop or any other graphics program to use these, and you do not even need any real graphics skills. The main options are Banner Generator Pro and Easy Banner Creator. The latter, Easy Banner Creator, looks like it has a few more options than the other one, but they both look like decent programs.

   

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February 8, 2013

ClickBank Vendor Graphics - Turbo-charge your sales letters and pitch pages

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank Vendor and Affiliate. We earn money by selling our own products through ClickBank, as well as earning affiliate commission on other products sold by ClickBank, including ClickBank’s own products/services.

If you want to sell a product online such as an eBook, software. or access to a private member’s site, then becoming a ClickBank Vendor is one of the most effective ways to automate your sales process, and boost your marketing efforts… our company has been a ClickBank vendor for nearly 14 years for this reason!

Advantages of using ClickBank include:

  1. Customers can pay you via credit card, debit card, or using PayPal, including in multiple currencies.
  2. Easy to setup.
  3. Compatible with most web sites/hosts.
  4. Reliable and pays regularly - up to weekly if you choose direct deposit, or biweekly if you choose to be paid by check.
  5. You never need to directly expose your own PayPal account to customers around the world. I personally feel more comfortable with this given all the reports of people having trouble with PayPal locking accounts because of customer-fraud and so forth.
  6. ClickBank handles all the complicated ecommerce SSL stuff for you
  7. ClickBank handles all the complicated stuff about US sales taxes, VAT rates, etc. You sell to them (they act as the retailer), and they deal with the tax complications of selling to end-user customers in different locations.
  8. ClickBank has an extremely good anti-fraud systems
  9. ClickBank has a huge network of affiliates who will promote your product in return for a percentage commission. ClickBank handles all the complicated affiliate tracking, and pays affiliates reliably (this is important as it takes a hassle of your hands, plus since affiliates are confident they will be paid, they are prepared to promote harder).

To get started selling your own products with ClickBank you need 3 things:

  1. A product you can sell, such as an eBook or software (if you don’t have one, you could start by using a resell rights product.
  2. A ClickBank Vendor account.
  3. A website to promote your product - containing the sales letter (known in ClickBank’s terminology as the “Pitch Page”), and the web-pages that deliver the product (known in ClickBank’s terminology as the “Thank you Page”).

How much can you sell through ClickBank? There’s no limit, but the amount you sell will depend on three main factors:

  1. The quality and value-for-money of your product
  2. The amount of targeted traffic you can get (the number of people who see your sales-letter on your pitch-page)
  3. The quality of the your pitch-page - so effective copywriting and a killer-presentation are absolutely crucial.

The new ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack can go a long way to improving your ClickBank pitch pages. It contains over 1,000 ready-to-use graphics files specifically chosen for ClickBank vendors, including:

  • Add-to-cart buttons, order buttons, join now buttons, order buttons, Belcher buttons, etc.
  • Guarantee badges and seals
  • Membership card graphics
  • Sales, special offer, and price, labels and stickers
  • Feature and alert notices
  • Money clip-art, stars, arrow, bullet points, check marks
  • And much more…

Here’s one example graphic:


…but you can see a lot more examples, and a lot more detail, by going to the page about the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack.


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September 25, 2012

Updated PHP Poll Script - 2.00

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 11:53 am

Answers 2000 is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an updated version, 2.00, of their PHP Poll script. This PHP script provides a powerful and easy-to-use method of adding web polls, and beautiful graphics of the results, to websites.

The script is able to handle an unlimited number of polls, each with up to 10 responses, each of which can be voted on by users. There is no limit to the number of voters in any poll, but a built-in anti-cheating mechanism prevents people from voting multiple times. The voting forms can easily be customized with the webmaster’s choice of colors, fonts, etc., and inserted into existing web pages.

Results of polls can be displayed as beautiful graphics - bar charts, pie charts, or a combination of both. The results can be shown on a separate page, or, as with the voting forms, the graphics can be incorporated into existing web pages.

Administration of polls is done through a password-protected administration interface, which provides an intuitive method for creating and managing polls. New polls can easily be created, voting and results displays customizes, polls can be locked when completed (to prevent further voting), vote counts adjusted, and more.

The Poll script, which is compatible with most web hosting services, comes with complete documentation including setup/installation instructions.

For detailed information and to see the script in action, please go to http://www.scriptrocket.com/tspoll.php


   

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Updated PHP Email Forms Processor Script - 2.00

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 11:45 am

Answers 2000 is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an updated version, 2.00, of their PHP email forms processing script, Feedback Form.

This PHP script provides a powerful, easy, and secure method of adding email forms processing to websites. The script processes user input on forms, and emails what is entered to an address of your choice. Unlike some competitor’s scripts (including some versions of formmail), Answers 2000’s script can not be subverted by spammers to send email to third parties.

The script is able to handle an unlimited number of different forms, each with a potentially unlimited number of fields. Field types supported include text, long text, password, hidden fields, dropdown lists, radio buttons and check boxes.

Furthermore, simple-to-setup validation functions are built-in which allow the webmaster to setup individual fields as being required or optional, or as requiring certain types of data-entry such as digits, a number, an email address, a website URL, a phone number, an email address, a US Zip code, a UK postal code, etc. Once set up as such, the forms then provide helpful prompts to the user helping them fill out forms correctly.

The Feedback Form script, which is compatible with most web hosting services, comes with complete documentation and six example forms, including address collection, feedback forms, sales inquiry forms, and more.

For detailed information and to see the script in action, please go to http://www.scriptrocket.com/tsfeedback.php


   

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January 10, 2007

Need More Traffic? Must Read Case Study for Web Site Owners

Category: Internet Marketing — Answers 2000 @ 9:39 pm

Practically every web site owners wants more traffic, but it can be tough to get it. It’s extra tough, if your site is in a very competitive niche, because not everybody can make the top 10 organic search engine results, and advertising in Google AdWords and pay-per-click search engines can cost a fortune. So what can you do?

Clever use of an autoresponder like AWeber could be the answer. Here’s a new must-read case study about how one web site owner increased her traffic by 300%.


   

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October 4, 2006

CBRocket 2.00 Released

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 11:17 pm

ClickBank have recently revamped their web site… and I have to say it’s a big improvement on the old version. Unfortunately the changes to ClickBank’s site meant that the old version of CBRocket, our script for displaying ClickBank products on your web site, stopped working. We’ve just released a new version, 2.00, that resolves this problem.

Previous customers with the previous 1.02 version, can download the new version by going to the admin screen in their copy of CBRocket and following the instructions. If you’re a customer but have the 1.00 version, or don’t the script installed on your server at the moment, then email us at webmaster@ebookcompiler.com, including giving us your name and receipt number in the email, and we’ll email you back ASAP with the ZIP of 2.00 version attached.

The latest few days have been pretty hectic, so I must apologize for getting slightly behind with email. If you have sent us email, we will reply - but feel free to send it again if you do have concerns. I intend to finish catching up with the remaining email by the close of business tomorrow, Thursday October 5th. Thanks again for your patience.


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