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Posted July 18th, 2012 | Posted In Affiliate Tips, Network News

We studied 3,800 affiliates and over 200,000 coupon print-sessions to find out how to get the most out of a coupon post. Here’s an infographic summarizing our findings:

6 Tips to push past writers block.

Posted July 10th, 2012 | Posted In Affiliate Tips

As bloggers, sometimes we are so busy trying to produce content for our sites/blogs, we forget what really matters. We wonder why we have writers block, or can’t come up with that next great post or article. Don’t get me wrong, we all have our bad days, but Escalate Network has some tips that will help you overcome those mental blocks, so you can produce content people will want to read again and again.

1. Don’t Just Follow! – So many blogs/sites are just copycats… taking one idea or post and just rehashing it. Sometimes you can’t help but rehash a topic.. but don’t just follow what others do. Give new perspective and provide your own unique insight or opinion. This will keep visitors coming back over and over again.

2. Your Personality Must Shine Through – Sure, you can write for rankings and keyword stuffing… but what will that get you? One time visitors. You want readers, not just visitors. Let your “voice” shine through your articles/posts. Open up and let them know the real you. When a visitor feels a connection with the author, they become more than just a visitor.

3. You Must Connect – When you’re small you MUST CONNECT! If you get 1 comment, don’t just think “I shouldn’t reply because its only one”… think “this person took their time to leave a comment I should take my time to reply” Connect!

4. You Must Love It! – If you don’t love it, throw in the towel now. Put up a “Closed” sign on your site and let someone who does love it succeed… SO MANY get into the internet space for the money and end up wondering why they are not succeeding. It’s because they are chasing money and not their passion. Does that mean stop blogging?No. Maybe you were trying to start a site about “Colleges” but your passion is “Clothing”. Write about what you love and people will come to it. Many of the biggest blogs/sites started out of passion/love not for money.

5. When You Love It! – You won’t hit road blocks (Let me rephrase… road blocks will become speed bumps because if it’s something you love, nothing will stop you). Take my Dad, he Loves Fishing. He could talk/write about fishing 24/7/365 and it would never get old to him and he could get just about anyone excited about it. Not just fish tales, but true stories, the who’s, what’s, when’s, and the where’s. Do that for your readers and they will come back not just daily but hourly.

6. Have Fun! – Just like my Dad shares the funny stories of getting hooked with lures, share your funny experiences. Live it up. Don’t be afraid to go off topic on occasion (look at #2). But have fun with it… do crazy contests… with funny pics or funny stories… but start it off by sharing one of yours first.

I hope this helps some of you blog/site owners out there!

A Full Cup

5 Tips to become an Unsuccessful Affiliate

Posted March 30th, 2011 | Posted In Affiliate Tips

We have decided to make a better effort to inform our affiliates and on occasion provide useful content that they can use to help grow their marketing efforts, website or blog. So lets get this started with 5 Tips to Become an Unsuccessful Affiliate. You read it right an unsuccessful affiliate… why would we do that… well read the article and I can almost guarantee that you are doing 1 of the 5 things. Or if for some reason you don’t want to be a successful affiliate this will help you get there. :)

1. Procrastinate as Much as You Can
We put off so many things these days as we always have something vying for our attention. So if you want to be unsuccessful put it all off until tomorrow. Why not as there will always be tomorrow so why do it today? Make that post that could make you money wait till tomorrow (it doesn’t matter if it’s a hot offer and will be gone tomorrow then you can just not post about another offer). Should I make a Facebook page for my site? …Naaa… Facebook will be around tomorrow.

2. Just Post Every Offer on Your Site as a Banner.
Just get those offers posted as a banner, and then forget them as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter that you have new visitors everyday, why would you want to inform them about great offers and make a lot of money each day when you can do nothing and might make a $1.00 in a month?

3. Read About Great Ways to Promote Offers but Never Do Them.
That’s right, read every blog post out there. Get all that great information then sit in your office chair reading more blogs about how to make more money or better engage with your audience. Just keep reading and clicking all day then before you know it all you will have done is read great posts and have done nothing else.

4. Never Change Anything.
You want to be unsuccessful, so don’t change a thing. Who cares if your site looks like it was made on Geocities… or every single image on your page is animated… people love things that never change… this will guarantee you to be unsuccessful!

5. Ignore Emails and Advice from your Affiliate Manager
Your affiliate manager knows the ins and outs of the affiliate business, plus they know what offers are converting like fire and which ones aren’t doing so well. Plus if you never communicate with your affiliate manager how are they going to know what you need to be successful? If your goal is to be unsuccessful, you should just ignore any and all advice that comes from your affiliate manager.

In all seriousness, I hope none of you ever do these 5 things listed above because they will cause you to be unsuccessful and we want you to succeed. We want you to provide your visitors with offers that are relevant and useful to them and make you money along the way. Do you have some really bad advice that no successful affiliate should follow? Submit a comment and let us know.