phpfox is obviously a great platform for any community of web surfers but hosting and domains aren’t free. Most phpfox site owners I’ve take the easy route and stick Google Adsense ads on their sites in hopes to recoup the costs of hosting or even to make an income. While adsense used to pull in a decent income years ago, it seems the big “G” has been taking a bigger piece of the pie every year. Ad costs are going up and payouts are getting smaller.

So how can you make more money without hacking up your site?

Affiliate marketing. In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is selling products or services for other companies while they pay you a commission percentage on the items sold. While most of these companies only pay for sales completed, the commission amounts can be pretty hefty depending on what you’re promoting.

Obviously the best approach is to promote a product relative to your user base. Just off the top of my head, promote a learning French software like Rosetta Stone on your foreign language website.

The beauty of affiliate marketing is that there is an affiliate program for just about every kind of product or service you can think of.

Personally I like to promote “eProducts” or products that are delivered over the internet because of the big commissions. You can find a wide range of these products on sites like Clickbank.com or eJunkie.com.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, just do a Google search for what it is plus the words “affiliate program”. Most programs are free to sign up and they will provide you banners and images to put on your site with a special “affiliate link code” for tracking your sales.

For more information on affiliate marketing, you can go to Digitalpoint which is the largest internet marketing forum on the net and there is most than enough information there to get you started.

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