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Affiliate Programs & Resources for Webmasters
Big Kudos to MailerLite.com! - March 2017
MailerLite.com is what I've been waiting for! - This is my favorite company for our newsletter --- Finally!!!
It's been a long, arduous journey to find them. For those who have been getting the AstroStar newsletter these past 20 years, you know the trials we've gone through:
Yahoo Groups was fine for the first decade but often got hacked and was buggy.
Then I tried MailChimp - they're now quite pricey and notorious for blocking newsletters if you have one of their spam "keywords" in your newsletter. (You might never know why you got banned either - and they ban often without warning).
Then I tried Mail-List PHP for a few months. It's free on some server hosts but is not for the faint of heart to figure out. Oh, and it's easily hackable, which happened 3 months into using it. Neither my hosting company nor I could figure out how to get it running again. Not only is Mail List PHP NOT user friendly, it couldn't/wouldn't send the newsletter to my Gmail subscribers. Frustrations again. Back to searching for the perfect one.
Send in Blue was confusing. I couldn't figure out their import address interface for starters. So much for that one...somewhere is the perfect newsletter service for me...
And then Eureka! I found it - MailerLite, my new beloved newsletter service. The best things in life sometimes are worth waiting for! I'm so grateful and so relieved.
In a nutshell, here's what I love about MailerLite:It's SO user friendly. Why couldn't the others get on board with something like this???
It's amazingly simple but powerful. Play around with it. You'll be hooked like I was.
They're adding features all the time. (They obviously care about their product and customers)
It's free for the first 1000 subscribers. I knew that wouldn't apply to me. I have 1900+ subscribers, but after seeing how great MailerLite is, I signed up for $84 for one year which is a super good deal (compared to the others).
A nice bonus for all is that if you share MailerLite with others, you and they will get a $20 credit when they sign up. If they end up upgrading as I did, you'll get a $20 credit, too. Give $20, Get $20. I'd recommend them anyway!
So far, I haven't found anything I don't like about them.
Our Favorite Affiliate Programs
Based on payment rate, high CTR or CPM, fast loading banners if using their banner server, timely stats reporting, web publisher protection, referral commissions, ease of use, reliability, and reputation and recommendation from other webmasters.
The following sites are NOT listed in order of preference. They are all programs that are used on AstroStar.
In most cases, we earn referral revenue if you sign up through our links on this page.
RECOMMENDED AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
If you no longer see a program that was once here, it means we are no longer using it or phasing it out.
Vibrational therapy products are becoming increasing popular and doing well on metaphysical sites such as ours. I have met Kaitlyn Keyt, the owner and creator of VibesUp.com and was impressed with her own high vibration and gentle ways. I use and wear many of her products. I love them! I signed up for the VibesUp.com affiliate bandwagon as soon as it was available and have been advertising Kaitlyn's entire line of products at AstroStar.com since May 2009.
Commission is 15%; then 5% referral sales for affiliates who sign up from your site. VibesUp received the 2008 Visionary Award. Sign up here.
Natural News Store
This is our most recent affiliate partnership since August 2015. Originally, I was interested in their cutting products for myself. Then I finally discovered they have an online shop for affiliates AND sub affiliates, so I signed up right away.
I've been a subscriber to their "Natural News" for a few years. They are a "science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger." I love promoting their products that help our bodies fight the environmental toxins we're exposed to these days.
If you'd like to sell NaturalNews.com products on your site, too, this link takes you right to the affiliate sign-up form. They hand-pick affiliates for the NaturalNews.com store, so it might take a week to hear if you've been accepted. Sign up here.
Give people who come to your site a fun and safe way to play the lottery.
LottoElite.com offers two sales programs: Revenue Share (RevShare) and Cost Per Acquisition (CPA).
In the Revenue Share modality you will receive a commission for each purchase done throughout the customer's life (up to 15% of the value of the purchase done by the customer you referred). This includes not only the initial purchase, but all the purchases done throughout the customer's life.
If you prefer the CPA sales modality, you will receive a commission for each new client that you refer who buys in (up to $45 for each new client you refer and purchases). This is a convenient model if you want an initial high commission, beyond the client's purchases in the future.
For referrals you will receive up to 3% or 1% of each sale that your referrals generate, listed as "Sales Tier 1" or "Sales Tier 2" on all reports. Sign up here.
A long-standing favorite for banners and text ads on the Lucky Horoscopes pages. They always pay on time and are a reliable source of revenue. Your web visitors will enjoy an easy and trustworthy source to buy lotto tickets. Multi-tier revenue for referrals. Sign Up Here.
The affiliate program is a breeze, one of the easiest to use for sign-ups, fast loading, view your live stats, etc. They offer dozens of astrology and metaphysical merchants. For awhile I had this in the NOT RECOMMENDED category, but Clickbank has changed their tracking system. This program used to be better for the advertiser because it didn't always track referrals, but now that they've changed their codes, I recommend it BUT with reservations. They will DEDUCT $2.50 every two weeks from your account if you don't meet a quota. So check the Terms and FAQ. Sign up here.
For years, Linkshare was on my Not Recommended list, even though I used them reluctantly to advertise Hay House, Sierra Club, Gaiam, Alibris, and some other favorites I couldn't part with. We've used Linkshare since 1997. Since early 2006, I realized they were doing much better on all fronts - reporting, linking accuracy, and ease of linking. Not once did I have to track down a glitch or code mistake as I had in the past. I'm grateful for their improvements.
We've used this program successfully since AstroStar first went online in 1997. Their ads have mostly been on our Romantic Realms pages which aren't as high volume as the rest of the site. But FriendFinder has paid consistently and has done well through the years. They have all those terrific niche sites like Italian, Asian, Jewish, Outpersonals, Bondage, Amigos, Adult, German, Indian, French, Big Church, etc.
My Other Favorite Webmaster Resources
This my new favorite for domain registration. It's so much easier to use than many other registrars out there. It's a clean interface without a lot of in-your-face advertising to buy what you don't want. They always have a deal with promo codes that are easy to find with a simple Google search. Recently, I renewed with a promo code that dropped the price from $12.99 to $9.99. Not only that, refer a friend and get $5.00 in Bearglecoins if they spend $10.00.
Square is our payment processing tool. One thing nice about Square is that their mobile card reader is free. And when someone else activates a Square account through our link, like this, they can process up to $1000 in credit card sales for free.
PayPal is now charging $14.99 for their Mobile Card Reader. It used to be free and their new reader with chip capability is $149.
HireWriters.com - Hire talented native English speaking writers to create articles for your website.
Email for Small Business with Constant Contact
TinyURL.com - It's free. We use TinyURL.com to shorten those l-o-n-g affiliate links in our newsletter. If you use it, please make a donation at their website, so we can all keep using it.
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