Cheap Hosting

What are we always on the watch for?

Cheap Web Hosting!!!

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I’ve been hosting a few sites with this host for almost a year now and I LOVE THEM! Unlimited addons, unlimited mysql databases, loads of space and loads of bandwidth.

At what price?

CHEAP!

The current package I have with Chris over at Emax is $5.95 per month for 500 MB of space, 30 gigs of bandwidth and unlimited addons, databases, email addresses and all the rest of the goodies.

But the best part is that this guy is here for the long haul and really striving to build a reliable, consistant business. No fly-by-night cheap webhost here.

eMax Hosting

Also has a great affiliate program, view details here:

Web Hosting 2 Tier

Affiliate Marketing Forums

I can be a forum junkie for sure. I don’t normally post on too many, but I do enjoy reading all the fine folks at these boards:

AffiliateBoards

It’s a quieter board that seems to be more geared to the established or not as “green” aff marketer. Great information to be found here!

ABestWeb

This is one board that you need to unplug the phone, put on a pot of coffee and read, read, and read some more. Phenom amount of information here and quite newbie friendly too.

UK Affiliate Marketing

No matter where you live in the world – this is one great board with lots of valuable info.

Dodging Those Ad Blockers

Thanks to all those super affs out there who stormed their visitors with masses of popups, harsh/flashing banners and drive-by downloads, browser and anti-virus developers are working around the clock to catch up and take you out!

However, the rest of us pay the price for that by having our ads blocked.

Gee, thanks a bunch!

Here’s a great page with more information as to what’s happened with Norton’s and ideas to work around them.

Norton’s Ad Blocking Info

From what I understand now, Norton’s is no longer setting ad blocking by default.

The method I prefer to use is the link cloaking.

Here are some scripts you may like to try with this:

Maian Links

This was free when I got a hold of it, but there’s a minimal fee now the last I checked ($8). Right now the site seems to be down til January, so I can’t double check that price. It works great with everything I’ve tried so far:

CJ, ShareASale, Perfomics, Linkshare, BeFree, ClickBank, and others I don’t recall.

PHP Click Counter

This one is much easier and simpler to use, no categories to worry about and adding links is fast fast fast! However I can’t get ShareASale links to work with this, not sure why. CJ is working just fine with it. Haven’t tested any others yet.

Cost: Free!

Directory Script

Keep copies of all your favorite scripts, ebooks, software, etc., uploaded onto your webhost for safe keeping. At least that’s what I do! I hate scrounging around my cds looking for that elusive script.

This script is *GREAT* to upload into the directory you store stuff so you can easily search for what you’re looking for:

PHP Easy Download

It’s also easy to edit the page so it’s nicer to look at. Mine’s peach toned!

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But it’s also a nice download tracker if that’s what you’re needing.

Cost: FREE!

Traffic Stat Scripts

This is a great freebie php/mysql website traffic stat script. It won’t replace the more detailed programs such as awstats, but it’s a nice one to have on hand if you’re just interested in peeking at your daily activity and watch what’s happening.

Web Stats Tracker

This is the demo:

Demo

And you can download here.

Download

Another one I’m trying out is:

Web-Analiser Lite

The pro version looks good, but the lite version is more limited. I like what I see so far, but it is a bit more complicated than the one I listed above. It all depends on what you’re wanting – I just like seeing quick stats 100 times a day! πŸ˜†

Does Google Hate Affiliates?

It seems the great debate online lately is whether or not Google is determined to wipe affiliate datafeed sites out of its index, or at least penalize them so bad that they don’t show up anywhere in the results.

When we stop to think that affiliate datafeeds are producing 1000s and 1000s of pages that provide the same content or near the same content across hundreds of websites, wouldn’t it be *wise* for Google to boot them? If that isn’t spamming a search engine, I don’t know what is.

However I don’t agree that Google has done this. Yet.

If I search online for a common affiliate product website, such as:

Bargain Shopping

I see several sites in the first few pages that are loaded with affiliate links and are database driven.

But where are some affiliate sites disappearing too? And why?

Is it simply competition? Algo burps that need settling down a bit?

Time will tell but I think this great debate is another wake up call. We really need to look at and focus on finding more than organic search results to provide our traffic. If we depend on Google or Yahoo or MSN for our visitors, we’re playing with fire.