Friday, July 01, 2005

Useful links

[Tags: , ]. Some useful online tools from PC World's '30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet'. Here's a rundown:

"For as little as $15 a month, Constant Contact makes it a snap to create HTML-formatted e-mail newsletters, sign up visitors to your Web site, manage subscriber lists, find out who reads what you're sending out, and identify your most successful marketing campaigns. But don't even consider using it to send spam--Constant Contact monitors outgoing messages and will terminate your account at the first sign that you're abusing the service.

"Design Your Own Business Cards

"Forget about schlepping down to Kinko's to order business cards. At IPrint you just choose a card template and start filling in text. You can pick fonts, colors, graphics, and paper, preview your work, and place an order with a few clicks. A box of 250 is $18 and up; you can also get matching letterhead, envelopes, labels, coffee mugs, and more.

"Become a T-Shirt Titan

"Want a quick and easy way to promote your business? CafePress will put your corporate logo on T-shirts, caps, coffee mugs, mouse pads, and more. You can give the items away to customers or sell them directly from a CafePress-powered page on your site. The site handles everything from production to payment, and then gives you a cut of each sale.

"Shop for the Best Advertising Venue

"Advertising on the Web doesn't have to be complicated. Adbrite makes buying banner ads as easy as shopping at Amazon.com. Just pick a site where you want your ad to appear, and add it to your shopping cart. Prices range from 1 cent per click to $6000 for a week-long text ad campaign, depending on the site you're targeting. You can also sell ad space on your site to others; Adbrite takes 25 percent of the cut.

"Become a Blog Snob

"It doesn't matter how brilliant your blog is if your mom is your only reader. Get the word out with Pheedo's Blogsnob. Simply add a small piece of JavaScript code to your blog template and create a pithy, one-sentence ad that will appear on other blogs in Pheedo's network. The service works with blogs created in Blogger and TypePad (but not LiveJournal).

"Make $$ From Your Site

" Programs like Google AdSense let you carry text ads relevant to your site's content. Every time a visitor views or clicks an ad, you'll earn a few pennies.

"Many online merchants depend on networks of affiliate sites to move product. Affiliate aggregators like LinkShare or Commission Junction let you pick from hundreds of affiliate advertisers, some offering commissions as high as 40 percent.

"You could charge users for access. But be aware that subscription management services like VisionGate or MemberGate can cost from a few hundred to several thousand dollars a month, depending on the number of subscribers."

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