I know many bloggers have put up [tag]Text Link Ads[/tag] [tag] Affiliate [/tag]referral link on your[tag] blog[/tag] but are sceptic if they really pays. I too never give much thought to referral links because my Google Adsense referral links never see any income at all. In fact, I have removed almost all my Google referral links for Adsense and also Picasa.
But I can assure bloggers that with a resounding YES! TLA pays. This is what they said on their site:
We pay out a flat $25.00 for any referred visitor that results in a sale or gets accepted into our publisher program.
You will get paid the first of every month and have the option of receiving a check or being paid via Paypal. We feature a 60 day cookie on all referrals.
I received four referrals in the month of September which totalled to USD100. I must thank TLA for the fast payment and the four guys who used my affiliate link. Teh tarik on me, folks. I would have wanted TLA to issue one cheque, instead of two because now I have to pay for two bank charges. (I got another cheque for my Text Link Ads commission.)
Many bloggers who signed up with TLA lamented that they have not sold a single link so far. Well, don’t be disheartened. I know TLA advertisers like niche blogs with specific topics. The topics do not have to be high tech and the more mundane things that the common people use, the better the chance. The second thing to note is to write a convincing sales pitch for your blog. Like for e.g. “If you have (mentioned potential products), this is the site to advertise because (mention your PR ranking, traffic and how often you update.) Target the pitch to potential advertisers and make sure you have a public stats meter for them to peek at. I know potential advertisers do pop by my sites to look-see before they buy the text link ads on my site.
Another point to note is – Don’t get too engrossed reading the latest SEO gurus tips and Web 2.0 what nots because….remember, many of these advertisers are regular guys just like you and I and therefore, they still stick to the traditional method of looking at Alexa, PR and the real content of your site.
So, good luck with your TLA links!