Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Check Out NetShops

A couple of days ago I told you about NetShops - the Affiliate Network that I chose to use for my new dart supply site. I actually did quite a bit of research on affiliate programs for dart supplies before going with DartBoards.com at NetShops - the pickings are slim in this market for some reason. By the time I found NetShops, I felt like I'd hit the jackpot!

Not only do they have a great set-up for DartBoards.com, but they also host programs for a great variety of physical products in other niches. Bakers racks, patio furniture, bar stools - you name it!

They also offer data feeds for each of these merchants... which really got the wheels turning. Their August Newsletter got my attention too - here's a snippet:

DynamicWebSource Datafeeds
We have recently partnered with DynamicWebSource, a service which provides affiliates with code for building a spiderable website based on datafeeds. Unlike Goldencan, DWS technology gives you a fully indexable website, including self-guided navigation for the user. Buy a domain name, plug in the code and you're done. It's that simple.

Once I got my dart site up and running I decided to log back in and check things out a bit. I looked at DynamicWebSource - which is a fee based service - but I also found that NetShops offers you copy & paste code to use the data feeds on your site in three different formats.

I decided to test it out. I chose PHP because it looked easiest, and copied that code. I pasted it into a blank page, and saved it - naming it "test.php". I did have to edit two little things within the code, which were the datafeed I wanted to use and my affiliate ID. That's it. It took all of 3 minutes tops... and that included uploading the file and taking a look at it.

Here's an Example: Bakers Racks

Now, obviously that needs some work. Customization, formatting, etc. But to have a merchants entire product list in HTML... already embedded with your affiliate link... in less than 3 minutes? That's hard to beat! And if you already have a program that you use for datafeeds, even better.

But even the totally do-it-yourself wont-spend-a-dime person can get great use out of this feature. Very nice! I also did a quick look at the merchants within NetShops - every single one that I looked at had a decent market.

If you're looking for products, programs, or opportunities to make more money online... Join NetShops!

Oh - and I almost forgot to mention: they offer excellent stats! I can look at the impressions and clicks across all merchants at a glance... but I can also click through to look at exactly which products were clicked on. This is a valuable option to any serious affiliate marketer.

You can also refer new affiliates to the NetShops network, and earn 2nd Tier commissions on the sales that they make. This month (August '05) they are offering a $50 bonus on your commission check if you make at least 10 sales... Not bad! ;)

There are a lot of good reasons to join NetShops - take a moment and check it out. I'd love to hear what you think!