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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.
You should know that in most cases, we get referral revenue if you sign up through our links on this page.
RECOMMENDED AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
MyLotto.com - I've been using this affiliate program for many years. It's done well on the Lucky Horoscopes pages. I'm just now getting around to putting the referral link online (March 25, 2013). So, if you use the MyLotto.com link you will become my sub-affiliate and will make at least 10% on those who sign up to buy lotto tickets - and the customers get good deals on the tickets - sometimes a 2 for 1.
The Latest Update March 5, 2013: Revenues plummeted about 80% in February and still into March, ($10 a day down to $2) even though my impressions increased. A rep at Dynamic Oxygen said that some of their advertisers dropped out because they weren't seeing enough traffic through their ads. I have kept their links online, hoping to see a rebound, but that hasn't happened yet. Another batch of advertisers is needed to boost revenue rates again, so it could be worth keeping their ads on some pages. But as I update pages on AstroStar.com, I'm slowly removing Dynamic Oxygen ads.
Updated January 5, 2013: I'm hanging on to DynamicOxygen. I signed up Aug 14, 2012, through a friend's referral code. (She will earn 5% of my revenue indefinitely). She owns a recipe site and is happy with the high ecpm rates, so I thought I'd try it. The code is easy enough to place; it goes in the "head /head" block where your meta tags are.
BTW, if you haven't placed your Google Analytics code on your pages, you should. Get that and then copy/paste both codes together to save some time, especially if you have a large site. (See the source code for this page.)
I was using the "message" banner but am transitioning to the floating banner you now see on the right. More clicks from this banner will get you higher eCPM rates. Currently, AstroStar.com is getting $.64 eCPM while Astrology-Recipes.com is at $1.16 eCPM. It's definitely worth trying.
Casale Media We signed up in April 2004. They pay web publishers 70% of their ad revenue, which is the highest I've come across. Casale Media is our favorite revenue sources. One of my favorite features is the ability to auto-format your ads to not show "excessive animation," "gambling," or "political," if you choose. The 728 x 90 ad at top of page is from Casale Media. Other ad sizes are available. No adult sites or warez.
VibesUp.com- 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.
Spiritual Singles pays "30% for every subscription generated, for the life of the subscription! (Subscriptions are automatically renewed every 30 days until the member chooses to cancel.)" Affiliates are paid on the 15th of each month. We're doing better with them (finally) and even getting a few tier sign-ups. It took awhile and I had to put more ads on the right pages. Because I admire web owner Jill Crosby, and might even use her website someday, I'll continue promoting Spiritual Singles.
ClickBank The affiliate program is a breeze, one of the easiest to use, sign-up, 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.
ValueClickmedia.com ValueClick Media bought Fastclick in 2006. I didn't like the old Fastclick enough to keep it on this page. But the new operations and accounting of ValueClick seem more finely tuned now.
For every ad impression that you serve you know exactly what you will earn. Payments are through PayPal.
It's working well to combine Casale Media ads with ValueClick's. As you look around AstroStar.com, you'll see both.
Refer a publisher to receive 5% commissions on your ad earnings for the 12 months following the referral's sign up.
Refer an advertiser and get 5% commission on all their campaign buys for the 12 months following the referral's sign up. For example; if an advertiser you referred bought two $10,000 campaigns, you would get $1000 commission.
LinkShare For years, Linkshare was on my Not Recommended list, even though I used them reluctantly to advertise 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.
AllPosters Affiliates Program Earn up to 30% of sales. They have over 50,000 poster and art print images. It's easy to sign-up, track your sales, and build links and storefronts. Some months we earn more on our second tier referrals than we do on selling the posters!
FriendFinder.com We've used this program successfully since AstroStar first went online in 1997. It's mostly been on our Romantic Realms pages which aren't as high volume as the rest of the site. But FriendFinder has been consistently a good payer while our links are tucked away quietly racking up commissions. So we finally added it here July 2004. Checks are issued monthly with a $50 minimum.
ShareaSale This is a very easy affiliate program for web publishers to use. They offer per lead and per sale referral commissions. It's simple, clean, fast-loading. Merchants are rated. We have used this program since April 2003.
BBS Radio - 55% affiliate program. You will earn 55% Referral Commission on every sale you refer plus a further 10% Affiliate Commission.
NOT FOR US at this time: Chitika.com - I'm disappointed because they looked so promising. I'll be removing their ads and replacing them with Casale Media Ads. Chitika might work better for a more mainstream website.
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