Top 10 Earning Affiliate Programs for May, 2015

Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest ways of making money online in Canada and it can be very lucrative if you focus on the right programs. Merchants may have an in-house affiliate program or join networks like Share-A-Sale, where thousands of website owners may partner up with them for a percentage of sales they make. Affiliates add the merchants’ banners to their website, or write content around a text link. They can also promote merchants in their newsletters. Clicks on the links are tracked and commissions are paid through the network or directly if the program is independently operated.

There are thousands of affiliate (partner) programs available to Canadian website owners and bloggers, which makes it difficult to select a few to focus on. Read more »

10 Hot Product Niches to Sell or Drop Ship Online in Canada ©

Product Niches to Sell or Drop Ship Online in Canada

One of the most challenging parts of starting an online business in Canada is choosing a profitable niche. We have less competition within our borders than we would in large markets like the US. However, we still need to select products that are in demand, while not being in a saturated niche or easily obtained locally. We also have to stay away from items easily obtained from the US (such as those that ship inexpensively in an envelope). Read more »

Canadian Retailers Facing Omnichannel Challenges (Statistics & Slides)

Canadian businesses have struggled with eCommerce in general, which in turn has left many of them overwhelmed by the omni/multi-channel experience today’s consumers want. 2015 statistics from a survey done by Deloitte and Tulip Retail, indicate a storefront is still a popular purchase point, but shoppers also want digital options. This data suggests that while eCommerce and multichannel options are expected as part of a satisfying shopping experience, they aren’t replacing the in-store experience. In fact, 70% claim that over 50% of purchases are still made in their store. Read more »

Top 10 Earning Affiliate Programs for April, 2015

Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest ways of making money online in Canada and it can be very lucrative if you focus on the right programs. Merchants may have an in-house affiliate program or join networks like Share-A-Sale, where thousands of website owners may partner up with them for a percentage of sales they make. Affiliates add the merchants’ banners to their website, or write content around a text link. They can also promote merchants in their newsletters. Clicks on the links are tracked and commissions are paid through the network or directly if the program is independently operated.

There are thousands of affiliate (partner) programs available to Canadian website owners and bloggers, which makes it difficult to select a few to focus on. Read more »

Top 13 Reasons Canadians Shop Online (Statistics) ©

The fact that Canadians are shopping online isn’t news, but details are scarce. The more insight we can gain regarding how and why Canadians shop online, the better we can serve them and ultimately gain their business.

Statistics from the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) 2015 Total Global Retail Consumer Survey, indicate Canadians embraced online shopping in a big way in 2014.  54% bought something online at least once per month, and 78% of online shoppers in Canada have been doing so for at least three years. Read more »

Listen Up, Brands: What Online Canadian Moms Want (Statistics)

A survey of 1674 Canadian Moms (including 5% dads and 8% “other”) has revealed some interesting insights into what they want from brands online, and how they want it. While respondents weighed in from across the country, the overwhelming majority (60%) were from Ontario. This group loves social media and social sharing, but most feel that brands aren’t engaging them as much as they could be. Consequently, brands are missing out on valuable sharing opportunities and social sales. Read more »

Canadian Grocery Shoppers Hungry for Omni-Channel Savings and Convenience (Statistics) ©

Canadians are increasingly enthusiastic about their Smartphones, with 67% of us owning one and 38% of us admitting we can’t imagine leaving home without it. 49% of Canadian grocery shoppers would also like to use their Smartphone to save money at the store with app’s, according to research by Mintel, but only 13% actually do so. Just 12% of Canadians have shopped for groceries online, even though 71% are experienced online shoppers. Grocery stores will have to work slowly and steadily to improve the internet shopping experience and educate consumers. Read more »

Checklist: Choosing a Website Host for your Canadian Business ©

I’ve been doing a lot of research into website hosting lately, as I prepare to move to a more robust, reliable host. In doing so, I have come up with a list of considerations involved with reviewing each hosting option. I’ve expanded upon that here in the hopes of helping more Canadian companies find hosting that will provide a solid foundation to build their internet business on. Read more »

Is Canada’s Publishing Industry Headed for an “eBookalypse”? ©

Print book sales revenue is on the decline. That has many Canadian publishers, book retailers, and even literacy advocates in a panic. The good news, however, is that people aren’t reading less, they’re just reading differently. Read more »

Top 10 Earning Affiliate Programs for March, 2015 ©

Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest ways of making money online in Canada and it can be very lucrative if you focus on the right programs. Merchants may have an in-house affiliate program or join networks like Share-A-Sale, where thousands of website owners may partner up with them for a percentage of sales they make. Affiliates add the merchants’ banners to their website, or write content around a text link. They can also promote merchants in their newsletters. Clicks on the links are tracked and commissions are paid through the network or directly if the program is independently operated. Read more »

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