Merchants Ban Affiliates Based on New York Tax

Affiliate marketers in New York have reason to follow politics – and it’s not the presidential race. Instead it’s a new law (pdf of law) that has retailers collect taxes for sales through affiliate marketers based in New York. The law applies to all online transactions for companies that have no physical presence in New York. It starts June 1, 2008.

The bad idea started with Governor Spitzer, and was recently signed into law by New York’s new governor David Paterson. They figured it would be an easy way for them to collect more taxes. Affiliates make money by referring people to products and services online. They get a commission when someone makes a purchase.

Turbo Charge Your Traffic With Flickr Groups

By Julie Gallaher

Like many bloggers, I dream of a day when I can leave my 9-5 job and make a great living on the internet. My travel recommendation site, Things You Should Do, will reach the milestone of 500,000 unique visitors during the next few weeks. I’ve experimented with lots of different methods to grow my traffic and recently discovered Flickr as a power tool.

My strategy of using Flickr groups to build community and create stickiness is paying good dividends. I’ve only just begun, and I’m receiving about 100 visitors per day from Flickr with an incredibly low bounce rate of 12.14% and an average time on site of over 4 minutes.

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Live in your world, play in mine

By Robert Cerff

A while back the question came by as to what it was that I wanted to when I grew up. I just laughed and replied, “I’m most likely never going to grow up, so there is no need to think about it!” Going back to my first childhood though, I can recall wanting to play computer games for a living – didn’t we all? This got me thinking which, as most know, is quite a rare occurrence.

Remember those classic old arcade games? I’m talking long before anyone even knew what a CD was let alone a DVD, so PlayStation is out the equation. I’m talking about the likes of Space Invaders and Packman. These were games that never ended; you kept playing until you finally lost. The ultimate goal was to aim for a score you knew that nobody could ever beat or at least one that wouldn’t be beaten anytime soon.

5 Steps (minutes) to Assessing your Client through their Web Site

By Lydia Mazorol

Every now and then my sales team will come to me to ask if I think a web site will make a good SEO project for us. To have a successful SEO project with a client’s web site, I found that it is necessary to be able to not only assess the web site but your client as well. What I have found are 5 steps, which take about 5 minutes, which will allow a quick glance at assessing a web site, but also, from these same steps, be able to see what it will take to deal with the client of this web site. Will it be “easy” to optimize the web site and will it be “easy” to deal with the client during an SEO project or not?

Top 12 Ways to Blow Your Chance of Making Digg’s Front Page

By Neal Rodriguez

Let me guess: all you submit is stories written by you and published on your own website to digg.com; you get 3, 4 diggs on average; 11 if it’s a good story with a hot title. Don’t bother going through all the work of building a reputable account. The following will almost guarantee you’ll never see the front page of digg.com:

1. Make no friends:

This way your stories, although worthy of being on the front page, will gain no traction – 50 to 60 diggs – to get the attention that will allow the rest of the community to see how good it is and vote it to the front page;

2. Don’t digg anybody else’s stories:

Link Juice: How to make people link to your website

By Paweł Szulencki

Inbound links are one of the most important factors that determine your websites worth in the eyes of search engines. The more quality inbound links you have pointing to your website the higher you get in SERP’s. The more inbound links the higher your PageRank is. But how to make people to link naturally to your website?

Tip #1: Organize a contest.

Contests make a great link bait. Couple of hundred of dollars prize can result in thousands of dollars worth of traffic, inbound links and interest to the organizing body.

Excuse me, may I have my cheap clicks back?

By Dave Rigotti

Many companies, who in the past, relied heavily on discounted bid prices due to the lack of competition, are finding it to be more and more difficult to push through the noise (and higher costs) of search engine marketing. In this article, I’ll discuss how advertisers can reduce the costs of clicks, optimize their campaign, and justify higher spend for maximum performance.