Frequently Asked Internet
If you're marketing
a product on the Internet, developing a successful advertising campaign is
an important part of your success. However, this is an area in which many
Internet marketers struggle.
For this reason, I have devised a list of the most frequently asked advertising
questions I have received.
Question: I'm new to the Internet and have
been seeing a lot of terms I'm not familiar with. Can you tell me what ROI
Answer: You can find just about any Internet
term you can imagine at Net Lingo
Here are a few common advertising terms used online:
ROI - Return on Investment
USP - Unique Selling Proposition
Conversion Rate - The number of visitors compared to the number of sales
CPM - Cost Per Thousand (Associated with ezine advertising)
Question: What, in your opinion, is the most
effective form of Internet advertising?
Answer: In my opinion, pay-per-click advertising
the quickest and easiest way to reach your target market.
per click advertising program, AdWords
generates web traffic through the use of their search engine and partner
sites. AdWords provides advertisers with highly effective text ads that are
displayed with the search results and/or on related content
Yahoo's pay per
click advertising program, Sponsored Search
offers specialized pay per click advertising. Sponsored Search prominently
displays your ad in search results on leading sites, such as Yahoo!, AltaVista,
iVilliage, InfoSpace, CNN and HP.
Ezine advertising is also an effective form of advertising used on the Internet.
Not only is it cost-effective, but it also provides a great way to reach
your target audience.
The key to using ezine advertising effectively is to target your audience
and track your response. You must test the effectiveness of both your ad
and the publication in which you're advertising. This will enable you to
determine which ads are pulling the most response and which publications
are providing you with the highest response rates.
The Directory of Ezines provides a complete online searchable database of
ezines that accept advertising. This directory contains all the information
you'll need to effectively place your ads. There is a $39.95 per year membership
If you're looking for a low cost alternative for purchasing ezine advertising,
Ezine Ad Auction will enable you to bid on ad space in targeted ezines.
Question: Is banner advertising still
Answer: Although banners are no longer as
effective as they once were, they're certainly not obsolete.
A few months ago, I tested the effectiveness of several different banner
designs and click through rates. The overall results of my test concluded
that the effectiveness of banners has definitely declined over the past few
years. However, with over 12,000 click throughs delivered, banners can still
be very effective.
The banners used
in my test were as follows:
=> Static banner with a text ad
=> Animated banner with a text ad
=> Static banner with text and the words "Click Here"
=> Static banner with blue underlined text
=> Static banner with text and a drop down box image with submit button
Can you guess which banners were the most and least effective? The results
may surprise you.
Here's how the banners preformed:
3.0% - Static banner with blue underlined text
2.2% - Static banner with text and a drop down box image with submit button
1.0% - Static banner with text and the words "Click Here"
0.9% - Animated banner with a text ad
0.2% - Static banner with a text ad
Question:When designing advertising banners,
is there a standard size used on the Internet?
Answer: Yes, here are the standard banner
and button sizes used on the Internet:
=> Standard Banner Sizes:
=> Standard Button Sizes:
Question: Can you tell me how I can test
the effectiveness of my banners?
Answer: In order to test your banners, you'll
need to use a script to display your banners and track the number of exposures
and click throughs.
To test the effectiveness of your banners, divide the number of exposures
by the number of click throughs.
100 exposures divided by 25 click throughs = 4:1 ratio
A 4:1 ratio specifies that the banner is clicked on once for every four
exposures. The lower the number of exposures compared to the click throughs,
Question: I know that ezine advertising is
an effective form of advertising, but can you tell me about some other
Answer: There are many forms of advertising
you can utilize on the Internet. For example, there are a number of programs
referred to as "Pay Per" programs.
These programs include, pay-per-click, pay-per-lead and pay-per-sale.
Pay-per-click programs will enable you to advertise to your target audience
and only pay for results -- you pay a set amount for each visitor that is
sent to your web site. The most popular pay-per-click program is the
pay-per-click Search Engines. You can learn more about pay-per-click Search
Pay-per-lead programs will enable you to only pay for leads. These leads
may be potential customers that fill out a registration form, enter a
sweepstakes, or download a free product trial.
Pay-per-sales programs are simply affiliate programs. Affiliates are paid
a set commission for each qualifying sale.
You can find a number of Pay-Per programs here:
In addition to the above Pay-Per programs, you can purchase pay-per-click
banner ads. There are several companies online that will place your banner
within their network and charge you a set fee for each click through.
Another popular advertising technique used on the Internet is pop-windows.
Although the effectiveness of pop-windows has declined (due to software programs
that prevent them from loading), pop-windows can still be an effective
For further information on using pop-windows, you may read the following
Create Your Own "First Visit" Pop-Window
Pop-Under Windows - The Latest Pop-Window Trend
Question: I'd like to track my advertising
response rates, but I'm not sure how to do it. Can you help?
Answer: The easiest way to track your
advertising strategies is to use a script that will track the number of clicks
a specific link receives.
Below are some ad tracking resources to assist you in your testing and tracking
Ad Tracking CGI Scripts
If you're looking for a simple way to track click throughs, then LnkinLite
may be your answer. This free script will enable you to easily keep track
of the number of clicks a specific link receives. Instead of using your standard
link within your advertising, you can use a link created by this script.
It will track the number of click throughs and instantly redirect your visitors
to your URL.
This powerful script is a link creator, tracker, disguiser and manager all
in one. It will enable you to create uniquely coded links that redirect to
any URL you specify and count all hits and referers. Cost - $45.00
When testing your advertising strategies, keep in mind, a strategy that produces
results for one person may not produce results for you. There is no 'set
in stone' strategy that works for everyone. You must develop your own style
and technique and test your results to determine what works for you.
Take your time and develop a strategic advertising plan that produces results.
Testing and tracking will be the key to your advertising success.
Copyright © Shelley
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Shelley Lowery is the author of the acclaimed web design course, Web Design
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