HOW TO PLACE A BANNER IN THE
Before ANYONE joins the banner exchange they need two
1. A url address -- www.worldprofit.com
is an example
2. A banner that is exactly 468 pixels wide by 60 pixels
high EXACTLY (we have some free ones at http://www.worldbannerexchange.com/freebanners.htm)
If you don't know what either of these are or
can't get a banner then you will need to hire a webmaster to use the exchange.
After a person clicks on the "JOIN NOW"
link on your main page at www.yourdomainnamehere.com/wbx (see figure #2 above) they will get another link that
welcomes them with some text (which you can control in your admin area or just
leave the default in tact) then they are asked to click on a button that says
"BEGIN". When they click on the begin button they are shown some terms
and conditions which they are expected to read then click on a button called
"accept". If they don't like the conditions (just some legal mumbo
jumbo) they can decline to place their banner. Most likely they will click on
the "accept" button at which time they are taken to a screen that
looks like this:
Here is where they are asked for account information, a
password, site url, description, type of site, where they would like their
banner to display and if they would like to receive Worldprofit's Traffic Tips
What's important on this screen? Well, they should know
their account info, type of site and all the other stuff but they may have
trouble with the url. A url looks like this:
These are what we call base urls. If someone enters www.worldprofit.com/here.htm
it is not a base url and will not be accepted by they system. Why? The .htm
represents a page url and not a base url. Simply put, since they can have up to
three banners under one account and one account is allowed one base url you
can see that a .htm cold not then be followed by anything else for the other two
banners like this
Neither of these urls will work. The .htm at the end makes
the url terminate and is therefore NOT considered a base url. If you don't
understand this then don't worry, just remember the url must not have a .htm or
.html at the end.
Let's say your visitor enters www.worldprofit.com
The next screen will assign a user account number and ask
your new banner exchange client to classify their banner further. Some of the
|Business & Economy
|Computers and Internet
|Education and Training
|News and Current Events
|Recreation and Leisure
|Shopping and Services
They are then asked for sub categories and taken to a
page like this:
You have now completed the setup of your account.
Proceed to the banner
placement page for details on uploading your banner.
||Saturday, October 16, 1999
||a great site
||Saturday, October 16, 1999
||Shopping and Services - Bargains
|Display my banners on
|Show on my site
||Traffic Tips Newsletter
Here we see a summary of what we just entered into the
system to join the exchange. We are now officially in the system with an account
number. Most people will think they are done now and leave the site. They will
forget to read the "Proceed to the banner
placement page for details on uploading your banner." at the top of the
page. Tip: if you find out that your client hasn't put a banner into the system
just have them visit www.worldbannerexchange.com
and click on the "members" link along the left side. It will take them
back to the next screen which we can see below:
Create a new banner listing.
Finally we are at the coup de gras of this whole thing!
Two things need to happen here and may be considered the most important part of
your journey to join the exchange.
1. The banner code
<!----- Banner Exchange Code (BANNER) ----->
<TABLE BORDER="0" WIDTH="468" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TD>
<A HREF="http://links.worldbannerexchange.com/scripts/bnmap.cfm?xch=147&c=23134-12253&cr=" TARGET="_top"><IMG SRC="http://links.worldbannerexchange.com/scripts/bnimg.cfm?c=23134-12253" WIDTH="468" HEIGHT="60" ISMAP BORDER="0" ALT="World Banner Exchange Banner"></A><BR>
<A HREF="http://links.worldbannerexchange.com/scripts/brmap.cfm?xch=147&c=23134-12253&cr=" TARGET="_top"><IMG SRC="http://links.worldbannerexchange.com/scripts/bnlft.cfm?c=23134-12253" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="20" ISMAP BORDER="0" ALT="World Banner Exchange Banner"><IMG SRC="http://links.worldbannerexchange.com/scripts/bnrht.cfm?c=23134-12253&ty=1" WIDTH="467" HEIGHT="20" BORDER="0" ALT="World Banner Exchange Banner"></A></TD></TABLE>
<!----- End Banner Exchange Code ----->
This comes out of the box you see above and must
be copied by the new banner exchange member and placed on their web site after
they load a banner into the system. They
should place this code on any page at their web site that gets traffic. The more
traffic or hits to the page they place this code on the better. When their page
is called up by a visitor to their page it will display Figure #1 like above but
YOUR strip banner will show up.
2. Clicking on the "New Banner" button
at the bottom of the page
This button will lead to a banner upload sequence
that starts like this:
|Enter the URL (i.e. http://www.mysite.com/index.htm)
that you want people to reach when clicking on your banner.
Note that new banner images will be placed on the PENDING list.
While a banner is PENDING, it will not be displayed on other sites
until approved by our content assurance team. You will still collect
credits for displaying banners on your site, however.
PENDING banner listings will be reviewed within 1 business day.
The client is now asked for a url (notice how the
base url http://www.worldprofit.com is
showing) ending which should end in .htm or .html. You should now see the
significance of why before you couldn't enter a base url ending in .htm. That is
because you are NOW asked for that ending. This is the url that people will get
taken to when they click on your client's banner.
Once this url ending is added they will click on
the "proceed to upload" button which goes here:
|Remember the following when
creating your banner:
- The banner dimensions must be 468 pixels wide by 60 pixels high
- Banner file size is restricted to a maximum of 10K
- Your banner cannot have a transparent background
- Your banner must be in GIF or JPEG image format. As a general
rule, use GIF for images that consist mainly of text and
illustrations or are animated, and use JPEG for images that
consist mainly of photographs or true-color images. If you need
further information, refer to our banner
This is the final step in the process of adding a
banner to their account. Notice the url above we entered www.worldprofit.com/default.htm
which is the main page of Worldprofit.
Aside: I should place the banner code from step 1
on that page to complete the code part of the process. I could place the code on
more than one page. The system doesn't care where you place the code, just place
People can take the banner off their hard drive
or from their web site. Both methods of loading a banner are supported by the
exchange system. A few notes appear at the bottom to confirm banner size and
some limits on the file size. There is a Frequently Asked Questions link at the
very bottom to help them out if they are not clear on these things.
The biggest error we find here is that people
either don't know what a banner is or they don't know how to get one the right
size. Worldprofit has supplied some free banners for anyone to use at http://www.worldbannerexchange.com/freebanners.htm
so if a client needs a banner they can use one of these at no charge.
For more information log
into your account at http://www.worldbannerexchange.com/members
and click on the HELP button.