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What is LinkSmile?

LinkSmile is a service that brings together all the pieces of online advertising in to an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand service. With LinkSmile, web site owners can make more money from selling their traffic or can generate more sales by buying the highest quality of traffic available online today.

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ADVERTISERS (buyers - Watch Video Tutorials)

Will buying text link advertisements hurt my site?

We believe that advertisers placing ads on relevant websites -that would be placed regardless of search engines- cannot be faulted for doing so.

Since buying and selling advertising in the real world is acceptable, the same is true of buying and selling advertising online. There is no difference of your business buying a proper ad online compared to buying an ad on a billboard on the side of a highway.

Having said that, buying text link advertisements should not hurt the "ranking ability" of any site -as long as that site is advertising ethically. The main thing to remember is that it is possible that a website upon which you purchase advertising may not help you rank higher. This is why we target and identify advertising that will pay for itself -regardless of search engine rankings. Increased search traffic should be considered a bonus.

Additionally, we have no preference on using the "rel=nofollow" tag to "help identify paid links" that should not count, so we will notate when a publisher wishes to place its ads using this method. However, we understand that it is a search engine's responsibility -not the webmasters- to build a functional and scaleable algorithm, so we are open to either method. To learn more, read our article titled: Don't Fear the Google.

I am an Advertiser and need real, quality traffic that will convert. How can LinkSmile help?

Our network of sites are of the highest quality and are therefore able to drive the highest quality traffic to your site. LinkSmile network partners offer a variety of ad types (i.e. banners, traffic links, SEO links, etc), and you can easily find what you need with our live inventory search.

How do I know LinkSmile lists quality websites?

We manually review each web site that is submitted for approval, and we look at several factors to decide if a site is a good fit for our approved program.

We are very strict in the quality of sites listed within our inventory, and we almost always open a direct line of communication with each publisher.

How does LinkSmile compare with PPC, email, and other forms of online marketing?

LinkSmile services transcend any other site's online advertising offers. There is no comparison.

All of the pay-per-click (PPC) sites (that are largest enough to actually send traffic) are so plagued with fraud that it is no longer cost effective, and there is little to nothing that can be done about it. Our business model eliminates click fraud issues.

Email marketing is largely ineffective for most small online businesses -especially due to ISPs now blocking more legitimate mail than spam! Buying traffic from the LinkSmile network is also much safer and keeps you from being tagged as a spammer and losing your hosting altogether! We run newsletters on other sites of ours, and only about 30% of signups confirm their subscription (due to deliverability issues most likely), and only about 15% of those are even active!

Buying "visitors" from traffic sites is also worthless because we have tried every one that we could find, and after extensive testing; we have found that only a few had any conversions, and even those did not cover their costs.

Buying expired traffic is a great idea in theory, but you have to buy the expired domains yourself -which is a tricky game and is also plagued with scammers who will take your money and never deliver the domain. The alternative is to bid at auction for expiring domains and spends thousands for any domains that are even remotely worthwhile. Sites claiming to sell expired traffic have never converted for our advertising campaigns.

I would like to advertise on the LinkSmile network, what does it cost?

Membership to LinkSmile is free. The individual webmaster of each network partner decides what they want to charge for various types of advertising. You can pick-and-choose, mix-and-match, and search by a variety of criteria to find what best suites your need.

You pay no fees to buy -only the stated cost of the ad space. And, our business model is designed in such a way as to significantly lower webmaster costs -which drives down the price as compared to other venues such as text link auctions and link brokers.

 

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PUBLISHERS (sellers - Watch Video Tutorials)

Can I display ads on pages with Google Adsense or Yahoo Ads?

YES, you can display Text Link Advertisements on any pages serving Google AdSense, Yahoo! Publisher Network, or any other contextually served ads.

Our Text Link Advertising product is not a pay-per-click or contextually served ad system and so does not violate any of their terms of service.

Will I be banned from Google for selling text link ads?

The answer depends on your situation.

If you are buying links from other sites for the sole purpose of boosting your own site's PageRank, then selling links from your site probably will -and should- get you banned from Google. This would be necessary to keep people honest and keep from skewing search engine's algorithms.

If you are running a legitimate website with unique, quality content and have an eager audience, then selling a text link ad or banner ad for a related product/service is a great idea! Selling advertising for the purpose of offering an outlet for cross-selling is what the Internet (and many businesses in general) is all about. This is not a new concept and is not governed by Google.

Therefore, no search engine should "ban" a site for doing good business. The only caveat is when a webmaster takes advantage of the system and tries to dupe others into "buying" PageRank. We are strongly against the buying and selling of PageRank, but we just as strongly endorse -without hesitation- the buying and selling of premium advertising in the form of text link advertising or banner advertising.

Having said that, selling text link advertisements should not hurt the "ranking ability" of any site -as long as that site is advertising ethically. However, it is up to each individual search engine to decide how to view advertisements. Some search engines have not figured out a proper way to deal with paid advertisements (which is a market that has been around since the early 90's), and so they may keep a site from being able to "send" any outbound "ranking ability" to other sites to which it links.

Additionally, we have no preference on using the "rel=nofollow" tag to "help identify paid links" that should not count, so we will notate when a publisher wishes to place its ads using this method. However, we understand that it is a search engine's responsibility -not the webmasters- to build a functional and scaleable algorithm, so we are open to either method. To learn more, read our article titled: Don't Fear the Google.

How much will I get to keep using LinkSmile services?

It is free to join and to list your inventory.

Whenever a sale is generated, you will earn your specified sale price minus a nominal commission used to pay for bringing in buyers for you. The industry average paid out for text link and banner ad sales is roughly 40%-50%, but a typical LinkSmile publisher will earn between 60%-85% of their sales.

To make it a no-brainer decision to join now, we also cap all commissions per site. So, if you're paying more than our commission cap for a domain's ad sales at a competitor, you should definitely switch now and keep more of your earnings!

Check out our commission cap and services comparison chart...

I am a broker myself, will LinkSmile deal with me?

Absolutely. If you are a broker and manage a network of sites, we may -in most cases- be willing to work with you AND offer a better commission structure (inquire within).

What kinds of sites does LinkSmile work with?

We work with any type of site in any category except for adult and gambling. However, the sites that will have the most sales (and repeat sales) are those sites with decent traffic, unique content, fewer on-site ads, and a quality design.

However, LinkSmile takes quality control very seriously. We do not allow sites that offer worthless or de-valued text links or 'hidden' ad spots. The following sites are not allowed and will be denied a listing:

- low quality sites (or too little content*),
- sites with too many outbounds (by page or by site),
- sites blatantly set up to sell PageRank, generate AdSense revenue, etc.

I currently sell ad space on my site and I keep all the profit. Why should I use LinkSmile?

First of all, you can continue to sell your own ad space on the side and keep all the profit. If you choose to use our fee-free service to manage billing and ad placement for ad space you sell directly; the cost is a one-time, nominal setup fee of $9.95.

No more managing billing from a spreadsheet... Say "goodbye" to the long-time headaches of link auctions and direct link sales. The fee is nominal compared to the time savings you will enjoy. ;)

So, you can automate your business and increase sales of your unsold inventory risk-free. Our service offers numerous benefits such as automated banner / direct text link management, increased exposure (i.e. more sales), and eliminates the headache of billing and invoicing. (more)

I currently sell direct text links through a broker. Why should I use LinkSmile?

LinkSmile eliminates the need for a traditional text link broker. You no longer have to worry about managing links yourself, letting someone else have access to your site, using limited technologies, or finding new clients. We do it all for you!

I currently sell direct text links through a similar site. Why should I use LinkSmile?

LinkSmile has no problem with you using another "marketplace" to sell your ad spots. We are interested in your success, and the more exposure your sites get; the more successful they can be. If you are a broker and manage a network of sites, we may be willing to work with you AND offer a better commission structure (inquire within).

Where will the buyers be coming from?

Not very many sites can afford a marketing campaign that will generate enough revenue to pay for itself. However, LinkSmile leverages the advertising space of numerous sites to make it feasible to launch a tremendous, large-scale marketing campaign bringing highly targeted, high volume traffic to our site.

Since our inventory is varied, our ads appear on several different genres of sites. Generally speaking, we advertise on high profile sites or highly targeted, niche websites. Our members get all of the benefit of that marketing effort.

What types of websites do you accept into your inventory?

Visit our LinkSmile Approved Guidelines page.

 

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Last Modified: 2007-09-15

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