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Watch for #ASE14 Free Passes from Boost Affiliates

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Whether you are a seasoned affiliate marketer, or just interested, Affiliate Summit is the place to go. With vendors, networking, and keynote speakers, Affiliate Summit is a great place to be. This year Affiliate Summit East will be at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York, NY. It is a 3-day event, that is jam-packed with everything affiliate related.

Affiliate Summit East (#ASE14) will start on August 10th, and run through August 12th. Affiliate Marketing Experts will be there to share advice, and share their wisdom. It’s a great place to learn what is trending this year, and what is new in affiliate marketing. The networking that you can participate in at ASE14 is priceless.

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Boost Affiliates will be giving away 3 passes to attend Affiliate Summit East 2014. The Boost Affiliates ASE14 Sweepstakes will launch on April 2nd, 2014, and will conclude on July 31st, 2014. The first winner will be chosen around the first of June. That winner will be awarded a pass to Affiliate Summit East, as well as a limo ride to and from their hotel room on the first day of ASE14.

Towards the end of July, Boost Affiliates will pick two additional winners, to get the passes to the Affiliate Summit. These passes are Networking Plus Passes, and have an ARV of $549 a piece. A Networking Plus Pass gets you access to Exhibit Hall, the Meet Market, the Keynote Speakers, and more.

To enter for your chance to be one of the lucky winners, just go to Boost Affiliates’ Facebook Page. There is a Sweepstakes Tab that is easily accessible. You can enter the Sweepstakes daily, and gain additional entries by tweeting about the giveaway, or sharing your link with your friends. The more that enter through your link, the more entries you will gain. The Sweepstakes is now live, so go enter now: Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 72 hours after the Boost Affiliates Sweepstakes ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email, or personal message. 

PC HealthBoost Starts New Computer Technology Scholarship Program

Written by: Erin Walsh

Boost LogoPC HealthBoost, a top registry cleaner created by Boost Software, just started a brand new scholarship program for college students. The objective for doing so is to encourage students to pursue their interests in computers and technology careers.

What is the Award Amount?

A grant for $1,000 will be awarded to interested students. A new award will be offered each semester.

Who can Apply for the Scholarship?

Any student who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational program can enter to win. Previous scholarship winners also can keep trying for a new financial award every semester.

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PC HealthBoost Scholarship Award Guidelines

Interested students can write an essay of between 750 to 1500 words or prepare a two-minute multimedia video about the importance of computers in daily life.

When creating the content for submissions, students can answer one or more of these questions:

  • Why do we need computers in college?
  • For what tasks do employers most need current technology?
  • How does a PC increase profits and productivity?
  • What is the most challenging troubleshooting scenario you resolved?
  • Why do most people use a computer?
  • What are some creative maintenance tips you can share with others?

Note: Persons submitting a video instead of a document will need to provide a live link to the video stored online when entering the scholarship contest.

Application Deadlines

For the fall semester, students must submit their scholarship contest entries by July 31st of the same year. For spring-semester applicants the deadline for turning in their scholarship entries is December 1st for awards to be issued shortly thereafter.

How will Scholarship Winners be Chosen?

A special PC Health Boost Scholarship committee will make the decision after reviewing all recent video and essay submissions. Students who have been selected as a $1,000 scholarship award recipient will receive an email notification the second Monday following the scholarship application deadline date.

Any Questions?

Please direct all questions about how to enter the PC HealthBoost Scholarship Award to scholarship@boostsoftware.com. We will be happy to answer all your questions.

PC HealthBoost Now at $50 Commission for Affiliates

Written by: Pete Futchko

Are you making more than 50 sales of PC HealthBoost™ every month? If so, you’re probably eligible for increased commissions. How does $50 per sale sound?

This is available only  to our affiliates who make 50 or more sales of PC HealthBoost per calendar month. That’s actually not too hard to make, once you get going–it comes out to about one-and-a-half sales a day.

We’re running this special to increase our brand recognition while being good to our affiliates. Most registry cleaners stay at the $30 and under range (and most of those hover around $21).

Speaking of those other guys, a $50 commission will let you outspend most other brands’ affiliates to capture the sale–and still make a profit. You can easily spend more per sale that most other companies’ affiliates make per sale.

I can only think of one other registry cleaner that comes close to this commission rate for its affiliates–and you won’t get the kind of personal attention with them that you will with us.

Speaking of personal attention: Feel free to email me (just click the link) at pfutchko at boostsoftware dot com if you need any help or advice making it to the $50 commission mark.

Boost Affiliates Roundup January 25 2014

Written by: Erin Walsh

Are you making all of the money you would like? Even seven-figure affiliates typically aren’t–everybody always wants more!

This week you’re in luck. Boost Affiliates Roundup has unearthed three affiliate news nuggets for you that can help you boost your income, and won’t cost you any money at all. It’s time to learn to use Pinterest in ways you might not expect, discover how being awkward at a party can make you a better marketer, and learn more about an important demographic for online software sellers.

Pinterest Just Got Even Better for Affiliates

Pinterest has long been known as a good way to rank well in search engines. Yes, Google did give the image-sharing site a minor slap in 2013 as things got a bit out of control. But Pinterest is still going strong as a way to attract customers to your site–and not just because of search engines.

ShareThis just released a helpful infographic about Pinterest that shows how people use the site. According the the company’s research, Pinterest has finally surpassed email as the #1 preferred method of sharing online!

There are also other ways to get more traffic with Pinterest that don’t involve ranking its pages in Google. Click here to see how you can angle the world’s favorite image sharing site to boost your campaigns.

How College Party Confusion can Help You Be a Better Marketer

If you’ve ever gone to a college party (or for that matter any party where you didn’t already know everyone), you already know five valuable marketing lessons. Don’t worry if you felt awkward–that actually helps.

The way many of us struggle to connect at parties is actually a good thing when it comes to marketing. That’s because it gets us asking the same kinds of questions we need to ask in order to know our target market online. You can read more at Adotas, an affiliate marketing news source.

An Insight Into Our Target Market

Boost Software serves a number of demographics and customer profiles. One that we’ve been growing lately is the younger Baby Boomer and older Gen X mom market. (Check out the MOMenvy blog, for example.)

A new report by Adroit Digital reveals buying behavior and otehr elements of this demographic. While not everything in there is applicable to marketing , PC HealthBoost™ you can certainly find some useful nuggets. You can also find a summary of the report at Adotas.

 

 

Boost Affiliates Roundup January 17 2014

Written by: Erin Walsh

 

Bummed By Google’s Absence of Keyword Data? This Could be a Solution

Google took a big bite out of everyone’s game last summer when they stopped showing keyword data for organic search. Luckily, there is a new solution that can help you better understand which keywords bring your site the most traffic, and therefore which ones you should target the most.

(For new affiliates who never used Google Analytics keyword data, I highly suggest you check out the link below. This kind of data can easily make the difference between quick success and slow failure, especially if you don’t have the budget for large amounts of paid traffic.)

Learn more about Searchmetrics.

Content AND Keywords

Speaking of keywords…

Keywords always have been important. Probably always will be. But as of Google’s Hummingbird update, what’s most important is how you “put them in the mix” of your content.

In other words, context matters more than ever. Content that offers solutions to problems and/or vital information is going to rank higher, more quickly than less useful content that features the same keywords. (A bonus is that once they realized how much is involved in keeping up their PC, they’ll understand what a value that PC optimization software like PC HealthBoost really does offer.)

This is the kind of content that Google bigwig Matt Cutts has been telling us to create all along–but he hasn’t always had the algorithm to back him up. Now he does.

Personally, I feel the title of this linked article is a little overstated. Keywords still do very much matter. But the article below explains how they are only one (albeit one very important) part of the mix:

Content and Keywords.

Boost Affiliates Attends Affiliate Summit West 2014 Las Vegas

Boost Software Affiliate Manager Pete Futchko, Vice President of Business Development Brock Bourne, and myself attended Affiliate Summit West 2014 in Las Vegas last week. It was a blast, and lots of good contacts were made. Plus rap stars Flava Flav and B Real showed up at the Affiliate Ball, with surprise guest star Coolio in attendance as well.

I’ll have more about it soon, and how it affects our affiliates. Until then, here is a news piece by Warren Corpus on Affiliates Summit West 2014, Las Vegas.

http://www.adotas.com/2014/01/affiliate-summit-west-what-happens-in-vegas/

 

 

Meet Us at Affiliate Summit West and Earn 90% Commissions #ASW14

Written by: Erin Walsh

We’re giving out 90% commissions on a trial basis to new affiliates who meet us at Affiliate Summit West 2014 Meet Market #ASW14. We’ll also give welcome packages to new affiliates. These packages include a iPhone speakers, as well as a chance to win a new iPad!

You’d better hurry, though: spots are limited, and filling up fast. To set up a meeting with the Boost Affiliates team, just email advertising@boostsoftware.com.

Speaking of iPads, Boost Software will also be giving an iPad away at the Affiliate Summm it West 2014 Las Vegas Meet Market. If you’re already in (we hear that registration is closed), come by our booth, register for a free iPad, and find out how you can make 90% commissions on a product with a “greased chute” sales funnel!

Is SEO Worth The Effort?

Written by: Guest Author

Is SEO Worth the EffortOne of the most exciting and engaging things about the SEO industry is how fast-changing and dynamic it is. For those who are new to the industry or are only just starting to learn about how SEO can make a difference to their website, those same characteristics make it a frustrating industry, too.

A common feature that anyone connected to or interested in the industry in recent months, in particular, will have noticed is that many are claiming that “SEO is dead”, and that algorithms like Google Panda and Google Penguin serve to do nothing else but tighten the noose.

Moving On With SEO

Ask yourself this: if SEO really was dead, would Google continue to put out blog posts, videos, and issue webmaster guidelines that told you the best ways to optimize your site? Of course, there are many who think that Google is simply pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes.

Simply head over to Search Engine Land and check out anything related to a Matt Cutts video to see what we mean!

These issues cause many people to question whether SEO is worth the effort. After all, in a ‘”real life” situation, people would think you were mad to be doing something now that might not have any impact in 6-12 months’ time, so why change anything for SEO purposes?

SEO Works

Whatever you think about Google and the SEO industry in general, it cannot be doubted that white hat SEO works. The reason it works is because it involves little more than consistently producing excellent content and making sure your website is set up to run correctly, at the most basic level.

If you bring all the elements of SEO together, from keyword research and on-site optimization to content marketing and social media, you’re sure to enhance your search presence. If you’re doing it right, then whatever changes in six months’ time, you’re still going to be well positioned.

Avoiding Temptation

It is difficult for many to get their head around the fact that SEO takes time. However, if you’re tempted to try anything black hat to gain a quick advantage, it is best to resist.

Reputable SEO agencies like Bough SEO regularly use their blog to talk about the problems caused by even a little black hat SEO, especially when they’re then contacted by potential clients who want their mistakes eradicated as quickly as they made them.

Accepting the Industry

SEO is not an exact science, and no one is ever going to say the search industry is perfect. However, by accepting what needs to be done, businesses of all sizes can benefit from SEO, and they should certainly be making an effort to optimize their site and make it as user-friendly as possible.

Yes, Google might change the rules in a few months’ time, but when an average of 70% of browsers use Google to find what they’re looking for, you can either accept it and make the best of it, or risk your business being an online nonentity.

Guest Author: Daniel is a marketing student who is amazed at how many businesses question the value of marketing in general, but particularly the more effective methods such as SEO. Daniel is planning to launch his own website in 2014 where he will provide research and case studies related to the industry.

Beginner’s Tips for Online Marketing with Email and Newsletters

Written by: Guest Author

In order for a business to thrive in today’s world, online marketing has to be a part of the plan. The world is far different from what it was twenty years ago, and without a good method to market on the Web, a business is likely doomed. The online marketing plan that you utilize needs to be robust, but it also needs to be smart.

You do not have to spend thousands of dollars on your website when you can have a site that looks and works just as well with Premium WordPress themes . You can have a great site and market with the best of them without spending a fortune. Utilizing email and newsletter marketing is a good way to help.

Tips for Making Email Marketing Work for You

To make email marketing work well, you do have to adhere to certain rules, and you will want to make sure that you use the tips herein to do it right.

First, you always have to have permission to market through the email with newsletters or even simple emails. People are highly accustomed to getting junk emails, and if you do not make it clear to them in the header who you are, then they are likely to dump the message in the spam folder or delete it.

Get email permission through signups on your site and in other locations. Make sure the header is nice and clear.

Make It Simple

newsletterYou want to make sure that the email is simple to read and understand. This means that you do not have to use overly flowery language when something simpler will do. You should also make sure that the email is clear and that it offers something of value to the recipient. If they are getting a newsletter from you, make sure that the articles included are helpful or interesting in some way.

If you have new products that are coming out soon, or if you have news that you want to share, then you can include it. The recipe for your aunt’s famous chocolate chip cookies might not be necessary if you are usually promoting a law firm though!

One should always have a clear call to action in the emails as well. Let the reader know what you expect of him or her, such as “Download this free e-book”. You should have some type of call to action in a newsletter as well.

Have links right in the email that will lead the readers to where they need to be. Utilize links liberally with your newsletters as well.

Reduce the Number of Images in Emails Not Newsletters

When someone receives an email, you have to remember that many customers are not going to see images in it. The images that you are including with the emails are just wasting space that you could utilize much better. You can save your images for your newsletter. Still, you do not want to flood someone with images. They can take up file space and be slow to download with some types of newsletters. You can use images, but use them wisely.

Have an Opt Out Button or Link

While you might believe that you have the best content out there, some people might not want to receive your emails or your newsletter. You have to make sure that they have an easy way to opt out of receiving the items. An easy unsubscribe link is perfect.

The preceding are a few of the tips that you will want to incorporate when you are utilizing email for your online marketing. Email marketing and newsletters really do have quite a bit of potential still. You just need to make sure that you are using them the right way.

About author: Anny Solway is a creative writer at ThemeFuse.com. She is passionate by WordPress, SEO and Blogging. Don’t forget to check out stunning Premium WordPress Themes

Illinois Supreme Court Declares “Affiliate Nexus Tax” Invalid

Written by: Brock Bourne

Good news for affiliates coming your way today! This is especially huge news for Illinois-based affiliates. When the Illinois Supreme Court overturned this tax law as unconstitutional, it set a precedent for taxing affiliates and affiliate programs. The law was originally proposed to even the playing field with brick and mortar businesses and online merchants but effectively crippled one of the fastest growing business sectors in the nation, affiliate marketing.

According to a recent press release from Performance Marketing Association [PMA], “The PMA filed its original complaint with the United States District Court, Northern District on behalf of its members in an effort to reverse the Illinois affiliate nexus tax and to set a precedent for other states considering similar measures.  According to the PMA, the law exceeded the limits of the state’s power to regulate interstate commerce under the Commerce Clause, as established in the 1992 Supreme Court ruling in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which states that a state cannot impose a tax on a company if it does not have a physical presence in that state. Additionally, the PMA asserted the law discriminates against electronic commerce in violation of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which states that Internet sales cannot be discriminated against with Internet-only taxes.”

Assessing the Affiliate Nexus Tax Damage to Illinois Affiliates

With over 9,000 Illinois affiliates, accounting for $744 million in advertising revenue, these affiliates experienced economic turmoil when out-of-state retailers dropped them like a hot potato because they wanted to avoid sales tax collection from the state. Instead of increasing revenue for the state, online merchants simply ended their relationships with Illinois-based affiliate marketers.

The PMA reported that 1/3 of businesses either left the state, downsized, or went out of business. Major companies like Amazon and Overstock are now opening their doors to affiliates based in Illinois. Hopefully, this is good news for Illinois affiliates, but it’s hard to tell since the law has been around since 2011 and already done its damage.

Online Retail Taxes Nationwide

It’s important to mention that almost 25% of the U.S. has passed some sort of an affiliate nexus tax. This means that 12 states have laws concerning either Click Through Tax or Control Tax. Four states, including Florida,Oklahoma, Michigan and West Virginia have proposed laws that haven’t been passed yet, while nine states have defeated or overturned the proposed legislation. To see an updated graph, please refer to Commission Junction’s Internet Tax page.

If you want to have a voice in the proposed online retail taxes, join Performance Marketing Association to keep abreast of the most recent news and have a voice in this issue.

The Illinois Supreme Court decision can be found here:

Summary: http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2013/Summaries/114496s.htm

Full Decision: http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2013/114496.pdf

 

 

 

 

Meet Boost Software™ at PubCon Las Vegas 2013

Written by: Erin Walsh

I’ll be representing Boost Software™ at PubCon this week from Tuesday, Oct 22 to Thursday, Oct 24. If you have any questions, want to discuss SEO strategies or how Boost can help your site get some publicity, or just want to say hello, email me at: erin at boostsoftware dot com. It’s going to be a great week!