An Introduction to Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

As the global economic situation continues to deteriorate, more and more people are beginning to look to the internet, seeking a way to make themselves a little extra income. There are many possible ways to make money on-line; arguably the most established form is through affiliate marketing.

Most people wrongly assume that affiliate marketing is a new buzz phrases cooked up by internet users, which is entirely incorrect. Affiliate marketing has been around for a long time, anyone who is familiar with the concept of commissioned based sales will already understand what affiliate marketing is all about.

o Definition of affiliate marketing – Quite simply, affiliate marketing deals with the promotion of a third party product, in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds from any successful sales. In the past these sales would have been tracked on paper, the internet changed all that. Modern affiliate marketers have very little involvement in the allocation and payment of contracts, as everything is now automated. Instead they are free to spend their time on the actual marketing of the affiliate products.

o Choosing a program – The most common way that an internet marketer will attempt to generate an income stream through affiliate marketing is very straightforward. They will sign up with one of the major affiliate product networks, the most prominent being ClickBank. Once they have an account set up they will try to find suitable products that they can market, from within the affiliate network. Once they have located a product that they feel would be successful, they will begin the marketing process.

o Marketing process -The marketing process can consist of either paid forms of advertising such as PPC (Pay Per Click), or it can consist of free forms of advertising, such as writing articles and publishing them to large article directories. The article contains a tracking link to an affiliate product, anyone reading the article may be likely to click on the link, and hopefully make a purchase.

o Website created – Quite often the affiliate marketer will actually create and operate a website, which will be used to attract visitors. Upon the website the affiliate marketer will place advertisements and offers for a range of affiliate products. Once again, when a visitor clicks on a banner or a text link, and proceeds to purchase the product, the site owner will receive commission from the sale.

Overall, affiliate marketing is an exciting and challenging way to attempt to generate an on-line income.

Displaying Photography on the Web

Getting Started:

When deciding to display your photography online, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account as presenting imagery on the web. What I will cover today is image scan quality, the dimensional size of the image, and the impact of image file formats.

Image Scan Quality:

Resolution is the image quality measured in terms of how many pixels make up your image. It is commonly referred to as “ppi”; (pixels per inch). One of the common dilemmas when scanning photo transparencies to digitize them for use on a person’s website is how detailed of a scan do you need to provide your webmaster to post your imagery online. I’m going to sidestep the issue of image copyright concerns for the time being as I’ll cover that in an upcoming article on its own. However, because your images are to be viewed on a screen, all web graphics should be no larger than 72 ppi and thus anything higher has no improved effect, and only creates longer download times. This will also reduce what an individual could do with the image file if they had alternate motives.

Image Dimension Size:

Pixels are the unit of measurement for the screen and most webmasters design a website to fit one of the standard display sizes. Based on statistics that can be looked up on the internet, we have found that most people today have their monitor’s set to display at least 1024 x 768, if not larger.

Why this is important, is that if your scan dimensions in Adobe Photoshop say that the image is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, saving the file at those dimension will not allow a user at 1024 pixels by 768 pixels to see the image in its full presentation without scrolling both vertically and horizontally. Adobe Photoshop provides the ability to resize the image to a size that will fit within your website design. As an added bonus, it will also reduce the download size of the image that the view of the image will experience without losing image quality. This is something that you will need to work with your webmaster to come up the proper tradeoff between file size and the presentation size of the image in your portfolio. It is important to realize that not everyone has broadband connections, so thumbnails are very much appreciated by those who use dialup connections. One thing I would recommend is to come up with standard dimension sizes for your horizontal, vertical, panoramic and thumbnails and stick to them as it will make your life, and your webmaster’s much easier.

Image File Format:

There are two types of color that can be used in Web graphics. The colors can be associated with the Web graphic file formats we just mentioned: GIF and JPG.

GIF:

GIF is short for Graphics Interchange Format and consists of the 216 common colors found on all computer monitors and within all Web browsers. These common colors reside in a Web palette and its advantages are that it is supported by practically all web browsers, can include transparent backgrounds, supports interlacing (providing a low-resolution preview of the graphic to the viewer while it downloads), and can be used as an image map (allowing the viewer to click on the graphic as they would a regular link to another site).

JPEG:

JPEG is short for Joint Photographers Experts Group and is superior in rendering color and detail found in photographs or graphics using blends, gradients, and other tonal variations. JPEG files use red, green, and blue (RGB) for graphical color. The strength of these colors is set in from zero to 255 with zero being the least intensity and 255 being the highest intensity. When red, green and blue are combined at zero intensity the result is black. At full strength, high intensity, where the values are set at 255, 255, 255, the result is pure white. As a photographer, it is important to utilize photographs as much as we can within your Web portfolio to present your work in the best possible quality so that it captures the true spirit of the subject work.

Choosing between the two image formats:

These full color images should not be saved as GIF files because of the limited number of colors. By having limited colors, the full color image will represent the true colors using the existing Web palette of 216 colors and will create a poor, dithered, and ugly image. That is why it is very important to use the right file format for each specific graphic. Sometimes it’s obvious that a graphic on someone’s web page was saved in the wrong file format. Photos may look too grainy, or flat-color images may look too fuzzy. When selecting GIF or JPEG for your graphics conversion, it is important to consider the type of image you will be working with. Use a GIF format if you’re graphic consists primarily of line art or flat colors without gradients. JPEG-converted graphics are best for photographs or images with fine tonal variations in colors, such as images with gradients or metallic images. Choosing the right file format is not only important for the quality, but for keeping your images file size to a minimum.

Summary:

With proper usage of image scan quality, the dimensional size of the image, and the correct image file format, you will be presenting your web portfolio in a manner that the rest of the world can fully enjoy your work.

Sterling Silver Jewelry: The Standard For Quality, Reliability and Beauty

Sterling silver jewelry comes in various forms such as bracelets and chains including sterling silver figaro, curve, ropes, box, and snake, charms, lockets, earrings, rings, omegas, pendants and slides. Sterling silver jewelry also includes silver rings, earrings, charm bracelets, ear cuffs, sterling silver belly chains, thumb rings, and more.

Sterling silver jewelry is always made of silver which is 92.5% pure, it is composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Sterling silver jewelry always has the stamp of sterling silver on it, accompanied at times with the name of the designer or jewelry manufacturer. The word "sterling" is the most respected in the jewelry business today. Since pure silver by itself is too soft, another metal such as copper is added to it, to give the silver its added stiffness and other qualities. The resulting mixture which results is composed of 925 parts pure silver in every 1000 – this proportion never promises – it is fixed by law. This is referred to as sterling and is often incorrectly called or referred to as solid silver.

The sterling silver jewelry is made from this sterling silver, which is a white and highly reflective precious metal. It is of superior quality, which reflects in its look and feel. Although less durable than stainless steel and other precious metals, sterling silver is often employed in watches that coordinate or look like sterling jewelry. A protective coating may be added to prevent tarnish. Sterling silver jewelry is not very cheap, yet is also not beyond reach. It has a very distinct look and can be easily distinguished. There is no mistaking the high reflective shine of this jewelry, which is one of its characteristics trade marks.

It adds a sophisticated charm to your personality. Sterling silver jewelry has a very stylish look and lends an incredible elegance to your entire look. The inedible stamp of quality along with the chic sophistication makes it a wonderful must have product. It is a very versatile ornament which crosses all barriers of age, cast, creed etc. It can be worn by anyone wherever young or old.

Some care has to be taken of any sterling silver jewelry that you own. This jewelry does tarnish with time. To clean the sterling silver jewelry use a polishing cloth or sprinkle a fair amount of dry baking powder on a soft cloth and hold it in the palm of your hand. Rub carefully to avoid scratching stones or glass components. When done, shake the powder off.

Sterling silver jewelry has a unique air of class, sophistication and style surrounding it. It is a wonderful thing to own and also to gift to people who matter. It says a lot about your personality and taste. Wearing sterling silver jewelry can immediately enhance your over-all persona. It is available for both men and women being one of those essential pieces of jewelry which you must have in your collection.

Its versatile look allows it to be used on many occasions and the feel as well as texture is quite fashionable as well as glamorous.

Dedicated Server Hosting for Ecommerce Sites

Web hosting has become an integral part of the corporate world, since selling products via ecommerce websites has become possible with the advent of internet. It has provided sellers and resellers with the perfect platform to sell their goods to people located in another city, state or even country. And, an ecommerce site runs best on a dedicated server because it possesses the resources that are needed to run the site efficiently and to take care of the tremendous footfalls of the potential clients. This kind of server can easily provide the users with the ability to install all types of software and upgrade hardware as and when required.

The corporate hosting service providers give complete control, including maintenance & software configuration, of their dedicated servers to the clients. This would allow you to take charge of the tremendous power of the server, which would include OS, RAM, hard disk storage space etc. Windows hosting is the preferred choice of all corporate organizations, especially the ones that have well developed ecommerce websites. The Microsoft proprietary operating system is known for ease of installation and user friendliness, even though it is a tad costlier than other software. All sites that are developed with the help of tools created by MS can be hosted only on servers that operate on Windows OS.

Next, the users get ample monthly data transfer limits from the company that leases the dedicated server to them. A transfer limit that runs into GBs per month (and can be increased) and is in line with the requirements of the ecommerce portal that is being hosted on the server is typically provided to the users. And, since new products are added on a regular basis by sites that sell products online, a sound backup needs to be maintained for safekeeping. Fortunately, backup is typically provided by the web hosting India company to the user as part of the standard deal, even though if it is not provided, then having the paid service is still worth the money.

As all seasoned users know, monitoring a server is important for all ecommerce websites, and it is important to have dedicated corporate hosting providers that can monitor the server within short durations of time. Ideally, the hosting server should be checked every five minutes for problems, and the user should assess what measures are taken to cater to the problems that arise. And, amateurs who have a dedicated server for hosting their ecommerce websites can enjoy the best experience with a web based automation that allows the user to have full control over the server without being proficient with the technical aspects.