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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Am I dumb or what???
    Hi,all!
    I have some questions and I think they are dumb.
    Anyway here they go...

    I've been trying to add my merchant's banner to free banner exchage site
    and it asked me to type:
    (The web site URL where you want to send people to. Maximum 150 chars. Must start with http://)
    (The URL where your 468X60 banner resides. Maximum 150 chars. Must start with http://).
    I loged onto merchant's member area and copied the banner code,it's pretty lengthy:

    <A href="http://www.myaffiliateprogram.com/u/cross/b.asp?id=3009&img=DC Banner No Selling Required.JPG">
    <img src="http://www.disciplescross.com/images/DC Banner No Selling Required.JPG" border=0></a>
    <img src="http://www.myaffiliateprogram.com/u/cross/showban.asp?id=3009&img=DC Banner No Selling Required.JPG" border=0>
    WHICH ONE IS THE BANNER URL?

    I'd like to send people to www.disciplescross.com and the banner resides in same URL.My question is if I type the URL above by itself how my merchant is going to know which affiliate's benner was...since there is no ID#'s and stuff...I currently don't have my website and I want to link directly to a product page at my merchantís site. Can I do that? If so, how do I go about doing it?
    Sorry about the lengthy post and any feed back would be welcome!
    Have a great day!

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    1) You should check with the merchant first to see if they allow you do use traffic exchanges that place their ads on sites that you have no control over.

    2) The URL contains your ID number, assuming that you are "3009"

    3) If you do not have a website, you will not get any traffic from a banner exchange, as it is an exchange: "You show ours this many times on your site, and we'll show yours this many times on our site"

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    There are three URL's listed above, not one.

    The banner location URL and the link URL to refer someone through are not the same. Affiliate codes are in the link - not the banner location url.

    So the link is whatever the merchant tells you is your affiliate link. It's the first url you listed.

    The banner location is the second url you listed - the image source.

    I think I got it but someone may correct me. Try it, in any case.

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    That's a scam!
    First, make sure your merchant's TOS allows you to run their banners through an exchange. Many don't allow that due to the possibility of having ads end up on sites they don't want to be associated with.

    I currently don't have my website and I want to link directly to a product page at my merchantís site. Can I do that?
    Oh wait a minute, hold the phone!!!

    I just looked at that site. One of those "work at home doing crafts and make a bundle" deals. Most, if not all, of those do-crafts-make-fortune type things are scams. So they probably wouldn't have a problem with the possibility of their ad showing up on a non-family-friendly site!

    Sure enough--a quick Google for, "John Raymond" scam, brings up THIS, from RipOffReport.com:

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff149992.htm

    Excerpts:

    You buy supplies for 100 crosses, there is no way to make 100 crosses. You will bend at least 10% of the nails incorrectly and scratch the wires. So you spend $100 on supplies and make about 80 crosses and mail it to them. They reject 75 crosses. Send you back 75 crosses and deduct the shipping costs off the 5 crosses they decide to accept.

    Stay away from this scam!!! They will not return your money when you return the starter kit and supplies. Make sure to mail back what you ordered and dispute them on your credit card. They are counting on people just to keep the start kits and supplies and give up on their money.
    Check out the BBB report:

    http://www.houma.bbb.org/commonrepor...385&national=Y

    This company has had a pattern of complaints involving refunds or exchanges.
    THAT is what someone else (on another site) talking up that program called satisfactory? It does also say,

    The number and type of complaints are not unusual for a company in this industry.
    What the BBB isn't saying, is the rest of the story: So to put that in perspective: THAT INDUSTRY typically generates tons of complaints! So, the number of complaints (TONS) and type (RIPOFF!) probably is typical.

    From the FTC.gov's page on work-at-home schemes (scroll down, about halfway down the page, at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/invest/homewrk.htm ):

    Assembly or craft work. These programs often require you to invest hundreds of dollars in equipment or supplies. Or they require you to spend many hours producing goods for a company that has promised to buy them. For example, you might have to buy a sewing or sign-making machine from the company, or materials to make items like aprons, baby shoes or plastic signs. However, after you've purchased the supplies or equipment and performed the work, fraudulent operators don't pay you. In fact, many consumers have had companies refuse to pay for their work because it didn't meet "quality standards."

    Unfortunately, no work is ever "up to standard," leaving workers with relatively expensive equipment and supplies - and no income. To sell their goods, these workers must find their own customers.
    So rather than running ads for them, getting away from there seems like a much smarter move!
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    Thank you soooooooooo much for your post and save my a$$
    I almost fall a trap coz I was about to order the starter kit.
    I am so sick of internet/work from home scams.
    I've spent too much money on these **** and am so fed up uke:
    I thought DISCIPLE'S CROSS would be different.
    Are there any TRUE,GENUINE WORK FROM HOME??? or should I give up here?

    Well, guys thanx for your info it was vary nice of you.
    Especially leader,good work
    Have a great weekend.

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    "Are there any TRUE,GENUINE WORK FROM HOME???"

    There's this thing called affiliate marketing. I hear lots of people work from home doing it

    "I currently don't have my website"

    That would be Step 1.

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    that was a nice good deed from you leader ..
    well done.
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    Thank you soooooooooo much for your post and save my a$$
    I almost fall a trap coz I was about to order the starter kit.
    Glad I was able to help--and that I posted before you bought in!

    Like Trust said, affiliate marketing is good (overall). While some crooks do sneak into the industry (and generate a lot of noise and complaints here), there are enough legit players to keep many of us, including me, away from having to do empl*yment.

    Since you're brand new, I will suggest you read some of the other threads here in the Newbie FAQs area, first. There's too much info to try to explain it all in one or even a few posts. Remember that what shows on the first screen of a forum here usually is not all there is to see! You may have to go through a few pages to find the threads relevant to the questions you'll probably have...

    I will say, though, that while getting rich or making a substantial amount IS very possible, don't expect "quick" to be a part of it unless you're really lucky. It's fairly fast--compared to trying to get wealth out of a "real job"--but certainly not presto-magico...

    Another thing I'll let you know is, a legit affiliate program WILL NOT charge you to participate, or make you buy "supplies," or any of that kind of thing. Joining a legit merchant's program is free--legit merchants don't charge you to join up. The payments flow from them to you--not the other way around. You provide buying customers, they provide you with money...

    The one expense that actually comes with the territory is domain names and hosting--you do need to have a website--but you don't have to get that at any particular place. Legit merchants won't try to force you to buy their hosting/web design/etc.

    "I currently don't have my website"

    That would be Step 1.
    Definitely.
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    [QUOTE=alohaoahu1978]Thank you soooooooooo much for your post and save my a$$
    I almost fall a trap coz I was about to order the starter kit.
    I am so sick of internet/work from home scams.
    QUOTE]

    Seems like you should make a site about all the scams you have tried that failed. Bet you would get a lot of traffic and could make some money off adsense or by directing ppl to legit deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alohaoahu1978
    Are there any TRUE,GENUINE WORK FROM HOME??? or should I give up here?
    Yes there are.
    I have been doing just that since 1997.
    My recommendations would be.
    Do a personal evaluation and document your strengths/weaknesses.
    If you have a passion or ability for something, use it as a base for your website.
    Turning a hobby into a business is a good way to start.

    I started by doing in home and computer repairs and web design from a commercial mall in '96 and built an internet presence that was generating enough to abandon the mall location in '97.

    Web design led to hosting, SEO, management, marketing, database management/design, security, and 100 other facets of running an online business.
    I lease servers, (We just got the third on Friday - an 80 gig co-located to use for more hosting.)
    I sell products, Top Level Domain icons, Swarovski Crystals, Children's Books, Graphic Filters, and more. Some of my sites offer associate sales programs.
    I sell services, Web Design, Management, Business Management, and related.

    Define what you want to do.
    Build a website around it.
    Pick affiliate programs to promote that are complementary to your site.
    Promote your site constantly.
    Good Luck.

    Reg
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