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Sales Statistics

How can I improve my sales? 

  • Don't make the classic mistake of putting up a few banners and expecting your visitors to click on them. This option is the least effort and will yield the least reward, as users simply ignore adverts. Compare how many times you click on a banner (a couple of times a year?) to the amount you click on text links or search boxes (hundreds of times a week?) and you'll see why text links in the body of your text, or search boxes that offer users a facility, perform much more strongly.
  • Make the links relevant to the pages they are on, and use them on as many pages as possible. A good tip is to place them in your navigation bar - not only will this ensure they appear on all your pages, but that they are also in the area most likely to be clicked by users.
  • If you don't want to link on all your pages, try and link on those as close to your homepage as possible, and those that receive the highest number of hits. Links closer to the tops of pages have also been shown to perform better than those further down.
  • Get as much traffic as possible. The best way to do this is to provide a high-quality website, with relevant, on-topic information, that people will want to visit again and again - but high search engine rankings also helps! For tips on improving your search engine rankings click here

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What Products Qualify for Commissions? All competition entries qualify for a 15% commission. New subscriptions qualify for a 1.05 commission each. Book and magazine sales do not generate commissions as they are sold by third parties through firstwriter.com, and not by firstwriter.com directly.

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My statistics don't show any sales, why is this? The most likely reason is that you have not generated any sales. For tips on how to improve your links' performances click here. Also, please note that commissions are only available on competitions entered and subscriptions taken out, not on books or magazines purchased through the site. If you think you have generated competition entries or subscriptions which have not been tracked then please ensure that your links are correct, as incorrect linking could result in a tracking failure, for which we cannot be held responsible. Please log in to the members area and go to one of the linking sections for details on how to build your own unique links. If you are not using your unique links your sales will not be tracked. Please also be careful when using WYSIWYG HTML editors such as FrontPage, as they can often alter HTML code without you knowing. Always edit the HTML code directly to be sure of linking correctly.

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If a user doesn't buy straight away will I lose the commission? No. After you have redirected a user to our site there is a period of 100 days before the cookie expires. If they enter a competition or take out a subscription any time in this period you will receive your commission.

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Click-throughs are not being recorded, why not? Unlike other affiliate systems, our software will only register one click per visitor - so if someone on a slow connection keeps clicking your link it will still only register as one click. Once a user has clicked on your link it will be 100 days before they can click on your link and affect your statistics. To test your own link you must delete your cookies (see "Tools", "Internet Options") and then click on your link.

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Sales are not being recorded, why not? Only the first sale generated by a user will result in a commission. After this the user is deemed to already be aware of our site, and so no commission is paid. If a user had already been directed to our site by another affiliate within 100 days prior to being redirected by you then the commission would be credited to the affiliate who originally directed us the user.

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My total sales have gone down or disappeared, why? At the end of a period where your total commissions exceed 50 this sum will be deducted from your overall earnings and sent to you by your specified method.

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Payments

When will I receive payments? Payments will be made quarterly at the end of March, June, September, and December, when accounts exceed 50.00

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What are the options for method and currency of payment? Payments will be sent through PayPal unless you change the preferences in your account. All funds will automatically be converted to your own currency by PayPal. Since PayPal accounts are free there should be no reason not to adopt this option (if you do not already have a PayPal account you can open one for free by clicking here). Sending a cheque or foreign currency cheque demand a great deal more time and expense than sending payment via PayPal, so should you demand either of these options a charge will be made against your commissions earned (5 for UK cheques, 10 for foreign currency cheques). Since this amounts to 10% / 20% of your entire earnings you are strongly advised to receive payment via PayPal.

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Why do my account details still read in GB Pound Sterling, when I selected a different payment currency? Account details are always given in GB Pound Sterling, whatever options you select. If you are being paid through PayPal your commissions will be automatically converted to your currency. If you are being paid by foreign currency cheque your fees will be converted to your currency in accordance with exchange rates at the time of payment, after a 10 charge has been made against them. To avoid charges adopt PayPal as your preferred method of payment.

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My account has exceeded 50 but I haven't received payment, why not? If your account has exceeded 50 then your payment will be sent out at the end of the next quarter, which will either be the end of March, June, September, or December. If the end of a quarter has elapsed, and you have allowed sufficient time for processing and / or postage, e-mail support@firstwriter.com with the details of your account and query.

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I didn't receive payment at the end of the last quarter, why not? Cheques will only be sent out for sums greater than 50.00. When your account exceeds this limit you will be sent payment at the end of that quarter. If your account has exceeded 50.00, and you have allowed sufficient time for processing and posting, please e-mail support@firstwriter.com with details of your account and query.

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How Can I Make More Money from my Website?

What advertising opportunities can you recommend? An excellent means of generating advertising revenue is offered by ExitFuel - they offer an impressive $5.00 per 1,000 impressions, and what's best is that the adverts only pop up when a visitor leaves your site, leaving your pages pop-up free! For more details click here

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What other affiliate programs are available to join? Our sister site, MusicSocket, operates an affiliate program at www.musicsocket.com/affiliates. For writing sites there is often a limited range of options for joining affiliate programs - one you might like to try is run by the IP Rights Office, and offers $10 for every new registrant you refer to their Copyright Registration Service. For more details click here. Another good one to check out is run by ilovepoetry.com, where you will receive 50% of new sign-ups you refer to them. You can join here. AGiftofPoetry also run an affiliate program where you can earn 15% (minimum $15!) on sales. Click here for details on joining.

An excellent range of affiliate programs are also available through LinkShare. To visit their website, click here 

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