Advantages and Disadvantages of Purchasing Your Own Affiliate Tracking Software

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Millions of business owners rely on affiliate programs to help increase their sales and in turn their profits. If are the owner of an online business, especially one that sells a particular product or service, you may be able to benefit from the use of an affiliate program. If properly implemented, they are a great way to increase your business’s revenue without having to do a large amount of extra work The first step in getting started is to find an affiliate tracking software.

An affiliate tracking software? If you have never heard of this product before, you may be wondering exactly what it is. Affiliate tracking software is the actual program behind your own affiliate program. If you start your own affiliate program, you will be relying on your banners and links to help increase your websites traffic and its sales. These banners will be placed on the websites of your affiliates. With affiliate programs, each time that one of those links is used to generate a sale, the website owner, webmaster, or website publisher, whoever you are partnering with, will receive compensation for their part in the sale.

To be able to compensate your affiliates, you will need to have a way to determine if, when, and who helped you generate a sale. This can only be done with affiliate tracking software. Therefore, if you are interested in starting your own affiliate program, you must have affiliate tracking software. When it comes to affiliate tracking software, you will have a number of different options. Two of those options include purchasing your own affiliate tracking software program or using someone else’s.

If you use someone else’s affiliate tracking software program, you will most likely end up doing business with an affiliate networking company. These companies not only provide you with tracking software, but they also help to track the sales of your affiliates, and even pay them. The payment feature is unique because it is not offered on most software programs that you have to buy on your own. With software programs that you buy on your own, the software should calculate how much you owe each of your affiliates, but you are required to take care of the rest. Depending on what your business is and how busy you are, you may not have time for this.

Having to pay your own affiliates may seem like a disadvantage to buying your own affiliate tracking software; however, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Even though you are still required to send out your own payments, you will generally find that this process is easy to do. That is because most affiliate tracking software programs are designed to automatically calculate the amount of money each of your affiliates make. Whether you choose to pay your affiliates on a weekly or monthly basis, you should be able to find out, right away, how much money you have to pay them. If you are paying them with a check, you can simply write the check and move on to something else.

A potential disadvantage to purchasing your own software can actually turn into an advantage. That disadvantage is customer service support. A large number of affiliate tracking software programs do not come with customer support. Almost all will come with a detailed user guide, but customer service support is not guaranteed. Despite the fact not all software programs offer customer support, there are even more that do. This means that if you want to have access to customer service support, you just need to find affiliate tracking software that has the support included. If free customer service support is included, it should be outlined in the software description or software features section.

The above mentioned advantages and disadvantages are important when determining whether or not you should purchase your own affiliate tracking software or do business with an affiliate networking company. Whichever decision you make, you should be well on your way to seeing an increase in profits. The affiliate tracking software program you choose will not have a direct impact on how much money you make, but it will have an impact on how easily your affiliate program flows.

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Focus – the key to creating great video products

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Lack of focus is the main cause of failure in business. This is true no matter what business you’re in. Focus acts like electricity-you can’t see it directly, but you can see how it affects companies and people when it’s running through them. To be a successful video producer and Internet marketer, you must make yourself an expert in one field or niche-the best way to do that is by sharpening your focus. Before you start to create your next video product, consider these simple tips to put the power of focus to work in your business:

* Focus increases your self-discipline. Focused people are able to distinguish between the jobs that bring them closer to their desired goals and the daily demands that only waste their time. They don’t get overwhelmed by all the urgent but unimportant jobs that demand their attention.

* Focused people know where they want to go. When you have a focus, you have a vision of what you want to achieve. Above all, focused people concentrate on reaching their goals. Focus helps you measure your results and readjust your game plan when necessary.

How to increase your focus
Post reminders for yourself. Hang your favorite motivational signs where you’ll see them when an idea for a video product seems to be going nowhere. Written reminders can help you recover your focus.

Set daily priorities. Be sure you have an action plan for every day. As you become more skilled at video production and as you learn from your mistakes, this will become second nature to you. But you will always need to do this. Always go back to your list of priorities before you jump into a new task.

Complete the video project you’re working on before you start a new one. We all want to create as many revenue streams as possible-this is a basic part of what we do as Internet marketers. But you’ll only make money by getting video products online one at a time. People who lack focus find themselves getting excited about a new idea before they have finished a project. If you have fallen into the habit of leaving projects undone, you suffer from a lack of focus.

Keep an idea book with you. When you’re working on an idea for one video product, it’s not uncommon to get a stream of ideas that could be a starting point for other great video products. Don’t let your next “great idea” cause you to lose your focus. Jot it down and keep working on the first project-stay focused on one project until it’s completed. Don’t start work on another idea until the last project is up and running on the Internet.

Stay focused on your vision. Write the vision for your video product where you can see it every day. Remembering your vision will keep you from drifting. If you get stuck, narrow your options and choose a single point to talk about. If you find yourself throwing out all types of different solutions and ideas at your viewers, you’ll only create chaos.

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Blogging Tips for Wahms

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Blogging is one of the best ways to start a Wahm business because it is so easy to get going. However, that does not mean that it is easy to make money from your blog. Don’t start a blog and expect to see money rolling in immediately. Blogging is an activity that will take time to build up to a profit level. It’s a good thing to start while you are working on other Wahm opportunities to let it build to a profitability level. With time and attention, your blog (or blogs) will grow into a business.

When you are blogging for profit, you’ll want to pay close attention to how you present yourself in your blog. There are literally hundreds of thousands of blogs out there, and there may be several hundred blogs that are related to your topic. If your readers can’t understand your blog and have trouble reading it, they’ll just move on to the next one. The following tips can make your blog more user-friendly and help you gain consistent readers.

First, pay close attention to the format of your blog. Readers want to understand how your blog works right from the start. Most blogging platforms have similar formats, with links and tags on the left or right margin, and the most recent post on top. Make sure to use the links wisely. Only put links up for blogs or content that is truly related to your blog’s topic. The point is to give your readers additional information on your topic. Keep the list short and sweet. There is no reason to overwhelm them with links to other sites.

Also, take careful consideration when choosing your blog’s background and font color. Although there are a lot of color choices that blogging programs offer, its best to stick with a light background and dark text. Studies have shown that the human brain can process this type of format better than light text on a dark background. Think about this before you commit to a black background and white text. It might look striking, but readers might not want to stay there for long. Also, use a solid background color instead of trying to use a pattern or design.

Proofread your entries before you post them to your blog. There is nothing that reduces your authority in the eyes of your readers’ more than bad spelling and grammar. The online world is a world of text, so take some time to learn commonly misspelled words and grammatical errors.

Keep your blog fresh and interesting by posting at least once per day. With so much information available on the Internet, your readers may go elsewhere if you aren’t supplying daily content. If you aren’t sure what to write about, try posting a poll, a link to another blog, comment on a news story or post of list of helpful tips. Not every post has to be long and complicated, but you do need to post something everyday.

These tips will help keep your blog readable and interesting to your visitors. The more visitors you get, the more your blog will grow in profitability and importance. Just make sure to present yourself in a professional way and keep your readers coming back for more new content each day. In no time, you’ll have a profitable blog and then you can move on to create two or three.

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A Brief Overview of the Most Popular Work at Home Jobs

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There are quite a few legitimate work-at-home opportunities for those who want to start a career at home. Many of them involve the use of the computer, writing, or customer service. Some are for other companies and some would be for you working on your own for another company. Some of the most common tasks that work, as home professionals will do are as follows:

Answer inbound phone calls: You can provide an answering service for busy companies who do not have the time to answer all their calls. You can be either directly employed by the company who you would do the services for or you could contract out your services for a flat fee.

Make sales calls: These are calls that you can make to potential prospects in order to convince them to buy a product or service. You can contract your services out or you can find a company who will hire you on. They will either pay you buy check or they will pay you electronically.

Sell Insurance: If you are an insurance agent you can work out of your home selling insurance. You can also offer yourself to be available to new clients who are in your jurisdiction. You usually would represent a much larger company who wants to expand their territory, or a new company, which wants to begin selling insurance.

Complete Writing or Graphics Projects: These are projects that are usually done on your computer for a company. This is usually contract work that is assigned to you for a fee that you would charge. You can work for clients regularly, and you can also work for clients a few times. Writers will often complete manuals, website articles, stories, books, and other items that they would sell to someone who would purchase their work. Graphic artists will do similar, except that they usually sell computer art. Sometimes traditional paintings and drawings can be sold online as well, but a majority of the graphic arts opportunities posted online are for designing business logos, creating pictures for books, and similar art.

Sell Crafts and Greeting Cards: If you are very artistic, especially if you can combine your artistic talent along with technology, you can make money creating and selling your own greeting cards, and other types of stationery for gifts. You can also sell gift baskets as well.

Sell Computer Software: If you are a computer genius (a.k.a. computer geek) you would be proud to know that you can sell your newly created software packages online. This takes quite a bit of testing at first, and you have to find the right market for your products, but it can be done. You can make quite a bit of money designing new software.

Sell items at Online Auctions Sites: Some people have made a few thousand dollars a month just cleaning out all their storage spaces in their homes.

Schedule Appointments: You may have to take clients’ appointments for your boss if you work at home as well.

You can also start a variety of businesses that would reach out to your community that can be started at home. For instance, you can start a janitorial service by giving out your home phone number to people who would be interested in your services. Not only that, but you could also start an interior decorating service from your home, or any other service where the office can be located in your home, which reaches out to the community. You can also start a day care in your home where your customers will come to you. You have quite a few options when it comes to working at home, or starting a business out of your home.

Many work-at-home jobs where the client or business never has to see the inside of your home, with the exception of you talking through a web camera (yes other industries besides adult ones use them) is a safe way for you to do business. This is especially true with people you don’t know. In fact, you can even have a telephone number connected to your computer in which the IP address of your computer is hidden, or you can use an unlisted, untraceable phone to conduct business. This will help ensure your safety.

If you would like to work at home you will also need to watch out for home business scams. In order to avoid being taken aback by a company offering you a lucrative work-at-home opportunity you can watch out for a variety of attributes of that company’s promotions. For example, they may promise you unrealistic results in a very short time, such as “Make a Million Dollars in One Month”. Although this is possible, you need to read the find print to find out how much work you need to put into a business to reach that income bracket.

You also want to be wary of companies that place fake testimonials on their ads. The best way to know if their testimonials are fake is to try to research the names signed below the testimonials. You will also notice that many testimonials talk of too-good-to-be true results. If any opportunity seems as though it is unrealistic, chances are it is, or they are just not telling you the full cost of making those results happen.

Beware when jumping aboard any work-at-home opportunity. That warning applies to both freelance and direct hire home positions.

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10 Easy Ways to Promote Your Website.

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Promoting your website can be a daunting task: it feels like there are thousands of ways to do it, but all of them take a lot of time or money for no guaranteed return. To help solve this problem, I’ve compiled a list of ten easy ways to promote your website.

1. Advertise in the Media. Now, you might have already ruled out advertising in newspapers and the like as too expensive, especially since the chances are your audience doesn’t live in any specific local area. That mostly rules out radio, too, and TV is even more likely to be out of your reach. What you might not have realised, though, is that you should stop looking at the general media and start looking at the specialist media for your area. For example, if you run a house-buying website, you could advertise it in specialist property magazines, and even on ‘lifestyle’ cable channels that show programmes about moving home.

2. Write Your Web Address on Things. If your business has any physical objects, whether it’s a product, a carrier bag or just the front of your office, make sure to write your web address on there. Even if people don’t keep or remember the exact address, it at least lets them know that your website exists.

3. Give Out Leaflets. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of old-fashioned paper promotion: leaflet as many areas as you can. The chances are that your website is targeted to a specific demographic rather than an area, but the post office will be surprisingly helpful when it comes to getting your leaflets where they need to go, if you ask them.

4. Go to Specialist Events. If there’s some kind of trade fair for the industry your website is in, turn up to it and promote your website. While there might not be all that many people there, the ones who are there will be influential, and can get your site talked about.

5. Put it on Business Cards. It should go without saying, but once you’ve gone to all that trouble to set up a website, don’t forget to put it on your business cards. After all, if you’re relying on them to get people to phone you, why not give them the option of reading more about you on your website?

6. Astroturf on Forums. An often overlooked way of getting traffic to your website is to participate on forums related to the subject and put your web address in your signature. This gets you more traffic than you’d think, especially at very popular forums.

7. Create Controversy. A great trick to promote your website is to use it to say controversial things: as the saying goes, any publicity is good publicity. This works best if you say something that you know will be provocative to a certain kind of person, getting it linked from all over the place. Bear in mind, though, that this strategy is better for advertising-driven websites than it is if you’re trying to build a reputation and make sales directly.

8. Keep a Good Blog. While more and more businesses are starting blogs, few of them are doing it right. If you’re using your blog to publish product announcements in corporate-speak, it’s useless. You need to remember a simple mantra, ‘views not news’ – make sure your blog has something interesting to say.

9. Buy Search Engine Ads. Many people seem to think it’s some kind of admission of defeat, but search engine advertising can work very well, especially with keywords that aren’t already cluttered with ads. If you do it right, you can get very targeted ads very cheap – indeed, ironically, the more targeted the ads, the cheaper they tend to be.

10. Start an Affiliate Program. Finally, if you’re selling something, don’t forget that old standby of web marketing: the affiliate program. Offer visitors a cut of the profits if they can sell your products for you, and all of a sudden you’ve got a crack sales team raring to go. The only trouble with this plan is that everyone is doing it, so you’ll need to offer a high percentage of your profits to your affiliates to make the offer attractive to them.

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Evaluating the Response to Your Internet Marketing

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Starting an Internet marketing campaign is only the first step in the battle. Sure it is a good idea to start an Internet marketing campaign if members of your target audience are likely to use the Internet to research or purchase the products you sell or the services you offer but these marketing efforts may turn out to be a complete waste of time if you are not diligent about evaluating the response to your Internet marketing.

This means each time you implement a change to your marketing strategy; you should evaluate the results of the change to determine whether or not it generated a greater profit for you. This is important because it can help you determine what is working and what is not working for you.

Evaluating the response of your Internet marketing can be done in a number of different ways. Customer surveys and embedded HTML code are two of the most popular methods of evaluating the effectiveness of an Internet marketing campaign.

Customer surveys can be as simple or as complex as you like depending on the amount of feedback you would like to receive. However, one of the most effective ways to find out how well your different marketing tactics are working is to include a question asking the consumer where they first learned about your products or services.

This is important because if you find a great deal of your customers are learning about your products or services through a particular venue, it is a good indication this method of advertising is working quite well for you.

Embedding code into your advertisements for the purpose of receiving feedback is also a popular method of evaluating the response to your Internet marketing strategies. Advertisements can be coded so the business owner receives feedback each time an Internet user clicks through a particular advertisement.

This is useful for letting the business owner know which of his advertisements are attracting the most attention. If the business owner is using two different designs for his advertisements he may discover one design is attracting more attention than others and may make the decision to convert all of the advertisements to a more effective style.

Similarly a business owner who is running the same advertisement on several different websites may discover he is receiving more traffic from one website than others. He may also discover some websites are not attracting much attention at all. This would give the business owner an indication of which advertisements to cancel and which ones to keep running.

Finally, the response to an Internet marketing campaign can be evaluated by carefully reviewing website traffic statistics after implementing changes to the marketing strategy.

This information is useful because an unusual spike in the amount of website traffic immediately after implementing a stage of the marketing campaign can provide positive feedback that the change was well received by potential customers. While this method of evaluating the response to an Internet marketing campaign can be effective it is important to note implementing multiple changes at once will make it difficult to determine which changes were the most effective.

Therefore if you plan to use website traffic as feedback for how well your marketing strategy is working it is important to only implement one major change at a time so they can each be evaluated separately.

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Making Money with Articles: Becoming an Affiliate

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If you can either write articles or have the promotion and marketing knowledge to publicize articles that others write, becoming an affiliate for several companies may be a great way for you to generate a good income right from your own home. You can do this by receiving part of the revenue off of sales that the company gets from people who “click through” from your website via the company’s links that are placed on your pages.

Since you will be promoting a product or service, you will need a killer sales pitch and website content to get your readers interested in the product, convince them that they cannot live without the product, and to keep them coming back to your website time and time again for more recommendations and your useful content, which will get them clicking on your links once again. Although many affiliate companies only give you money off of the first sale you make from each customer, you have the option of promoting a good range of companies so that you can still make a profit off of your returning customers.

If you cannot write this kind of content of your own, there are many ways to pick up free or paid content to place on your affiliate website. There are many reasons why paying for such articles would be to your advantage. First, you will be able to tell the writer exactly what you want, what product you are trying to sell, and what direction they can go in to keep your readers interested and informed. On the other hand, when you search for free content, you are limited to what is already out there. Secondly, you will own the copyright to this content. That means that no one else can reuse it without your consent. If you opt for free content, you will be sharing that content with an unknown amount of other affiliate websites, plus the original author will be able to place their byline at the bottom of the article which could result in them stealing your traffic.

There are many products that have nice affiliate commission rates for those who know how to pre-sale their product and deliver click through customers who are ready to buy. As long as you choose to promote a product or service that can be very useful to a wide variety of people, then pre-selling your chosen company may not be that hard at all. The key in this situation may likely be getting those customers to your website so that they have a chance to see your recommendations and click on your affiliate links.

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An Introduction To Selling on eBay for Profit

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Most people know it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make some cash on eBay. You really don’t need to know any special computer techniques or lingo either. You don’t have to be a professional marketer because eBay does most all the work for you. They bring the customers to you.

With over two million page hits per month and thousands of categories to choose from, who needs advertisement? There is always someone looking for what you are selling. You can’t mess up on eBay. Well, the catch is you have to have a great sales pitch to get people interested in your auctions. This is not always easy.

You will be competing with many other sellers on the same or similar item. Some of these people are also experts in marketing. You want to know how to compete with these online marketing masters. They have perfected the eBay selling advantage and you can learn, too.

There are a few things you will need to know to get ahead on eBay. These will give you an instant edge over your competitors. With these tools, you can make eBay your marketing ground with amazing success. You will first need to sign up with an eBay account.

This is free, of course. Make sure to enter all the information requested and submit. You will now be prompted to get a user name and password. Your user ID can be a great marketing tool. Use your company name or name of your product line as your ID. So, instead of using JanG1973, use a company name like Jans_Great_Candles_4_Less.

If you don’t have a company name, just make one up. You can easily say something to the effect of Jays_Buys_4_less. You just want to look like a professional and having a business name is important. You want people to think of you as an expert in what you are selling.

Once that task is successfully accomplished, you will receive confirmation e-mail from eBay. They will give you a copy of your eBay user name and password, which you should save somewhere in case you forget. After that information, there will be a link to confirm your account. Once the account is confirmed you may now buy and sell on eBay. It is as easy as that to get started.

That is just the start of eBay buying and selling opportunities. You must have a way to receive payments and make payments to others. Not everyone will choose to use a credit card and you may not want to deal with people sending you checks and/or money orders. The best way to be available to all people for buying and selling is to set up a Pay Pal account.

EBay actually owns Pay Pal, which makes it even handier. The people you sell to can transfer you the money for their purchases in many ways. They can send a direct Pay Pal to Pay Pal transfer, credit card to Pay Pal transfer, or a bank account Pay Pal transfer. Sign up is easy and free.

Now it is time to start selling. First, you will need to set up your eBay seller account. Once that is done you will have you will want to fill out a sell your item form. There are several steps to go through so make sure you read them carefully. The first thing to do is choose a selling format. You will choose between online auction, fixed price, best offer, store inventory, and/or ad format. Online auctioning allows people to bid on your item for a specified length of time.

The highest bidder will them pay you the amount they bid for in a specific time frame you set up. You are also able to include a buy it now feature in your auction that will give the first bidder the chance to buy outright. This will cut the risk of losing to someone else. Once the first bid has been made this option will disappear. A fixed price displays your items for a specified amount. Buyers can purchase immediately without bidding.

You may also add in a best offer option to get offers from buyers directly. This feature can also be used alone and is the only selling option that is free. You can also make your own eBay store.

This will allow you to list items for purchase immediately and auction at the same time. You can also keep your items listed longer than with other options. You will need to list a minimum of two items for this option. Ad format offers you to make direct contact with potential buyers. All of these options have their own specified time limits and fees. Make sure you check into what works best for you. Once this is done you are on your way to being a successful eBay seller.

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Google Adsense: Dos for Using the Google Adsense Program

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Google Adsense is a fun and easy way to make extra money. It’s important to follow the rules though as Google is serious about the integrity of this program. Not following the rules could result in your Google Adsense account being terminated. Here are a few Dos for using the program:

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Read the Terms and Conditions and Program Policies thoroughly.

Read everything you can about Google Adsense. Learn from others’ experiences and mistakes.

Learn how to optimize your site for the most enjoyable and profitable Google Adsense experience. Realize it does take some time and hard work. That’s why it’s so important that you write about something you care about. Hard work is even harder if you don’t like what you’re doing.

Visit other sites that are benefiting from Google Adsense. Click on the ads only if you are truly interested in the product or service being advertised. Read other people’s blogs and comment on them. Only offer a comment though if it is truly sincere.

Hopefully, these helpful tips will ease you into using the program and help you avoid mistakes that could possibly cost you a lot of time or money.

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How To Make Use Of Videos To Maximize Your Online Profits

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Using videos to promote an online business has become an integral part of Internet marketing over the last few years. But the way you present your videos to your website visitors will make a big difference as to how they respond to them, so it is important to get some of the simple things right.

There are three points that are worth bearing in mind when preparing a video for publication on your website. They are:

1. Make it pleasant to watch.

No, you don’t have to spend a fortune on setting up a studio. All you need to do is to pay attention to the small variables that can make a big difference to the quality of the video.

For example, make sure that there is no background noise – or as little noise as possible. Shut your windows, turn off your television, shut the door of your room and turn off any noisy appliances while making the video.

Think about the lighting. If you are indoors, avoid glaring lights, and minimize shadows. Take some trial shots and check them out first. Then, adjust the lighting to suit your environment.

For outdoor shots, don’t have the sun either shining straight in your face (unless you are playing a cool dude and wearing eye shades). Also, don’t have the sun shining into the camera. A shady spot on a bright day makes good sense.

2. Provide your viewers with a script.

This is something most people neglect to do, but providing a script of the video has several advantages. Firstly, if you use a script it will help you to make a smoother presentation even if you don’t stick to it word for word. No one wants to have to sit through a 5 minute video that consists mostly of humming and hawing.

A script will also prevent you from forgetting key details and having to do a retake.

You can also publish your script alongside your video, or offer it as part of an upgrade package.

3. Don’t force people to watch your video.

You might be tempted by the auto-play feature when you upload your videos. Try to avoid this temptation because not everybody who visits your website will want to watch your video. If they click on your link and hear a video start to play automatically, they will probably disappear very fast and not come back!

Offer people the choice of watching the video or not. Add some text that introduces what the video is about. Again, if you have published a script, people will then be able to choose whether to watch or read in order to get the information you are providing. You might also want to think about offering an audio-only version of your recording for those people who prefer to listen without watching.

There are numerous ways that you can make online video much more effective (and profitable); but offering a comfortable viewing experience, with text and audio alternatives, without trying to force visitors to view your video will make the overall experience more attractive to your website visitors.

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