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    advertising with banner ads

    Until now we have used recommendations, word of mouth and local business to get customers. We are now thinking of starting a small banner advertising campaign to see what extra traffic it might create.

    How do i go about finding somewhere to place my banners ?

    Is it worth going through a merchant to do my banner placement for me .. or should i find a site and offer them a price to display my banner...

    I need some help to get the most hits for my $ ...

    Im just thinking of $50 or so for the first month.. then ill check the stats.. so if its made any effect..

    help and advice welcomed....

    cheers...
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    not quite related, but may help.. an affiliate program. Paying people to stick banners on their sites is often a pretty cost effective solution (paying per sale that is).

    Other than that, try some forums that might not have a lot of exposure to webhosting, but contain people that may just be looking for it. That should be as easy as grabbing a term you're thinking of and adding forum after it. Just stroll through Google for a few days and see what pops up

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    Do you know of any affiliate programs that do not have a huge signup fee that are basically free? I cant see paying 300 setup fee then 10.00 per customer, It would take to long to get ahead but if there was something offer that was free signup and 10.00 per signup that would not be too bad..

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    I just started an affiliate program yesterday for my logo design business at shareasale.com. The people there seem pretty nice and it is only $150 to sign up. Since I am on Day 2, I can't really give you much feedback but I did have 6 or 7 people sign up for my program already.

    http://www.shareasale.com

    The stats seem pretty good and they have a nice signup page so you can advertise your program.

    http://www.shareasale.com/shareasale...erchantID=2831

    Anyways, I don't have the cash to use cj.com so this was the best place I could find.
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    Me goes to look at sharesale
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    you could always run it in-house:
    http://www.groundbreak.com/ua_overview.html
    is what we use, and it's a nice little script.

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    sharesale

    I use sharesale and I like their setup. I have been getting a lot of fraudulent orders so be careful who you approve Overall they are a nice deal - and cj.com would be nice too if you can afford it. I have also used fineclicks with limited success..

    JDT

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    batcavenet - Did you tell the shareasale staff about the fraud orders? How did they respond? I think fraud detection/prevention/resolution is what makes or breaks an affiliate network. Hopefully shareasale.com will prove to do this well :-)

    I am only using the affiliate program for our logo design service so I am not that concerned about fraud orders. I generally call each client anyway just to verify they exist and I know what they want.
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    Originally posted by akashik
    you could always run it in-house:
    http://www.groundbreak.com/ua_overview.html
    is what we use, and it's a nice little script.

    Greg Moore
    Do you know if there is any way to purchase just the script alone? Without having to pay 200.00 for the script just a one time thing?

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    Go check out the free script sites. I looked into it about a year ago and there definitely are free scripts out there to handle the affiliates, BUT, you would have to deal with payments, taxes, etc., and I think that is where the convenience of an affiliate network kicks in.
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    No offense but can we stay on track.. I was asking for advice on starting a paid banner ad campain.. nothing to do with affiliates.

    anymore comments......
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    Originally posted by bjseiler
    Go check out the free script sites. I looked into it about a year ago and there definitely are free scripts out there to handle the affiliates, BUT, you would have to deal with payments, taxes, etc., and I think that is where the convenience of an affiliate network kicks in.
    Thanks.. Yeah I will head on over to hotscripts see if they have anything.. Thanks for the advice... As far as your banner ad's 50.00 will get you maybe a couple spots on some forums for a month or so.. You can also run a PPC campaign and maybe we some traffic that way.. And then there is always posting a sticky here at WHT for 75.00.. All are pretty much in your price range..

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    UH-Matt,
    For $50 to start you might find some sites in this forum that will place a banner for you, cause advertising companies or web host directories they usually start at few hundred dollars.
    Hotscripts offers 50.000 banner impressions for $300...
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    FWIW, Matt, we've tried some small time banner ads ($50-$200 a pop) and haven't had anywhere near the amount of success as we've had with text ads. I know I ignore banner ads, but perhaps that's what happens from being on the internet too long...

    Also keep in mind all of the "banner blockers" out nowadays.

    Anyway, we got a good amount of traffic but very few signups.. We're going to stick to text ads - much more cost effective for us. Perhaps button-sized ads would be good as well, haven't tried those yet..

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    Banners are getting increasingly lower CTRs as web surfers are getting banner immunity symdrome ... the newer bigger ads and/or Flash banners are worth the shot though.
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