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Alice Yoo is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Metropolis, a Ning Network and community blog where artists, trendspotters and design lovers share today's best modern day experiences. Alice shares some great tips with Ning on welcoming new members and rewarding active members.
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Here's a handy way to load Ning Creators from your iPhone's home screen as a fullscreen standalone app (rather than a window within Safari):1. Visit https://creators.ning.com/fullscreen.html from Safari on your iPhone. You'll immediately be redirected to the iPhone version of Ning Creators.2. Click the back button in Safari and you'll go to a blank white page. Don't panic, this is normal.3. From this blank white page, press the "+" button at the bottom of the screen and choose the "Add to Home Screen" option. You'll see a preview of the Ning Creators icon and an option to edit the name. You can leave things as they are, then click the "Add" button in the upper-right corner.4. All done. You can now click the newly-added home screen icon to experience Ning Creators as a fullscreen standalone app.Enjoy!

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Welcome to the first in a series of Ning Creators blog posts focusing on simple design tricks you can use on your network.Trick #1: Adding an Arrow Indicator to Navigation DropdownsThe pulldown menus created by our Tab Manager feature are extremely popular, however some Network Creators have expressed interest in displaying an arrow indicator next to tabs that have a dropdown menu (to make it clear to members that there's more content inside that tab). You can see this in action on Enrique Iglesias' official social network.To achieve this effect, visit the "Manage" tab, then the "Analytics" section. Paste in the following snippet underneath anything else that may already exist (don't delete anything):<script type="text/javascript">if (typeof(x$) != 'undefined') {//Adding "dropdown" class to nav tabs that have subtabsx$("li.xg_subtab[dojotype='SubTabHover']").addClass("dropdown");}</script>Save the changes. Now visit the "Manage" tab again, followed by the "Appearance" section. Click on the "Advanced" tab.If you have a light background color on your network, add the following code underneath anything else that may already exist (don't delete anything):.dropdown {padding-right:5px;background:url(https://static.ning.com/creators/design/black-arrow.png) no-repeat right center;}If you have a dark background color on your network, add the following code underneath anything else that may already exist (don't delete anything):.dropdown {padding-right:5px;background:url(https://static.ning.com/creators/design/white-arrow.png) no-repeat right center;}Save the changes. You're all set. You can adjust the "5px" number above to tweak the spacing that appears to the left of the arrow, and if you want to use a different arrow image or support legacy web browsers, you can create a new image with an image editing program, then swap out the existing black-arrow.png or white-arrow.png URL with your custom image's URL.Note that this technique works best on themes in which tabs don't have a separate background color when selected, though certainly feel free to experiment. Happy dropdowning!

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Finding the right ads to post is easy... if you know where to find the advertisers. To help save you some time, or maybe give more work then you were expecting, here is a list of 232 Affiliate Ad Networks. I personally have experience as an Advertiser on Commission Junction and multiple internal affiliate programs for my employer. As a part-time affiliate publisher in my free time, I get links to monetize my personal sites and Ning Networks from Commission Junction, LinkShare, PepperJam, Amazon Associates.

Links to apply to all of these networks plus reviews and opinions from other affiliate marketers on which is the best programs or ad networks to work with, I find OfferVault to be extremely thorough. That site will also help you find which network the company you want to promote is found on and where they are paying the most.

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AdOptim
AdPerio
adreporting.com
adrevolver.com
Ads4Dough
adscendmedia.com
adsmarket.com
advibrance.com
advtise.com
Aff.Biz
affbot1.com
Affiliace.Com
Affiliate Future
Affiliate Lounge
Affiliate Teer
Affiliate.Com
AffiliateBot
AffiliateNetwork.Com
AffiliateShop
affiliateventuregroup.com
AffiliateWindow
Affiliator
agamimedia.com
ampedmedia.com
andesnetwork.com
aquasismedia.com
ATM Interactive
Avangate
Axill.Com
Azn network
bestpriced.com
bigtopnetworks.com
blitzads.com
bloosky.com
bluephoenixmedia.com
BluePhoenixNetwork
bountycpa.com
bridaluxe.com
bulletads.com
cactusmedia.com
Canadian Sponsors
capitallnetwork.com
CashEngines.Com
cleafs.com
ClickBank
ClickBooth
clickkingdom.com
clickmount.com
Clicksor
clickXchange
clixGalore
ClixSense
Commission Junction
Commission Soup
CommissionXchange
Convert2Media.Com
copeac.com
coprosper.com
Cosmic Affiliates
CPA Junction
CPA Lead
CPA Shine
Cpa Universe
cpaadstrategy.com
CPABoo
cpabullet.com
cpaemarket.com
cpaflash.com
CPAPark
cparev.com
cpathunder.com
CX Digital Media
CyberBounty
Dale Network
Dark Blue Network
digitaltargetmarketing.com
Direct Leads
Direct ROi
directagents.com
dmipartners.com
dpowermedia.com
eadvertising.com
EarnReal
ecomleads.com
eggressivenetwork.com
e-Junkie
empyremedia.com
enjoyclicks.com
Epic Edge Media
exclusivecpa.com
expressrevenue.com
filinet.com
firelead.com
FlexOffers
floatinteractive.com
Flux Ads
fusionwhiz.com
fxcash.com
globaladrevolution.com
globaldirectmedia.com
go2directads.com
Google Affiliate Network
gptmedia.com
guppymedia.com
holidayaffiliates.com
hooqy.com
hybrydads.com
Hydra
icommissions.com
ideamamaadnetwork.com
idicampaigns.com
ilogins.com
iMedia Team
incentreward.com
incentvalue.com
income-list.com
instantdollarz.com
interactivebrands.com
internetmediaaffiliates.com
Inuvo (Kowabunga)
Iron Offers
Joe Bucks
join.eu
jumboaffiliates.com
Kolimbo
Lead Flash
leadcreations.com
leadexpose.com
levelclick.com
LinkConnector
linkmo.com
linkoffers.net
linkrevenue.com
LinkShare
LinkValu
Logical Media
lvntracker.com
MaxBounty
media202.com
mediadnet.com
MediaTrust
Merchant Zoo
metarevenue.com
Modern Click
Monetize It
money3affiliates.com
More Niche
motiveinteractive.com
mysavingsmedia.com
ndemandaffiliates.com
NDustryClix
netpartner.com
neverblueads.com
nivanetwork.com
Offeratti
Offers Direct ADS
offersquest.com
OfferWeb
OfferWise
OMG Network (UK)
Our Free Stuff Net
paidonresults.net
Panthera Network
partnerstats.net
payaff.com
PayDotCom
peerfly.com
PepperJam Network
perfectpaycheck.com
platinumpartner.com
Plimus
pntra.com
pokeraffiliateworld.com
Primary Ads
ProfessionalCash
profitcenternetwork.com
profitistic.com
quadrantnetwork.com
rapidresponse.com
ReferBack.Com
RegNow
responsivedata.com
Revenue Loop
Revenue Street
revenue500.com
revenueads.com
revenueco-op.com
revenuegateway.com
revenuehill.com
revenuewire.com
revresponse.com
Rextopia
rocketprofit.com
ROI Rocket
roibooster.com
search4clicks.com
Share a Sale
shareblossom.com
sharecpa.com
Share-It
shareresults.com
Silvertap
Spark Network
Sprin Trade
superaffiliatesoft.net
synervation.net
tarsus-media.com
The Web Gem Network
ThinkAction
TML Affiliate
topaffcash.com
Trade Doubler
trafficpayouts.com
trafficsynergy.com
trafficvenuedirect.com
triadmedianetwork.com
Uffiliates
uniqueleads.com
Valued Network
VHM Network
vintacore.com
VIP Profits
vtarget.com
Web Clients
WebGains
WebJamAds
Webmaster Life
worldofoffers.net
xorclicks.com
yahyahmedia.com
YEP Revenue
yottacash.com
Zanox
AdOptim
AdPerio
adreporting.com
adrevolver.com
Ads4Dough
adscendmedia.com
adsmarket.com
advibrance.com
advtise.com
Aff.Biz
affbot1.com
Affiliace.Com
Affiliate Future
Affiliate Lounge
Affiliate Teer
Affiliate.Com
AffiliateBot
AffiliateNetwork.Com
AffiliateShop
affiliateventuregroup.com
AffiliateWindow
Affiliator
agamimedia.comampedmedia.com
andesnetwork.com
aquasismedia.com
ATM Interactive
Avangate
Axill.Com
Azn network
bestpriced.com
bigtopnetworks.com
blitzads.com
bloosky.com
bluephoenixmedia.com
BluePhoenixNetwork
bountycpa.com
bridaluxe.com
bulletads.com
cactusmedia.com
Canadian Sponsors
capitallnetwork.com
CashEngines.Com
cleafs.com
ClickBank
ClickBooth
clickkingdom.com
clickmount.com
Clicksor
clickXchange
clixGalore
ClixSense
Commission Junction
Commission Soup
CommissionXchange
Convert2Media.Com
copeac.com
coprosper.com
Cosmic Affiliates

I personally prefer the convenience of working with the networks, but remember, companies with internal affiliate programs pay more then those that are listed on ad networks. The ad networks will charge an extra 20 - 30% fee to the advertisers on top of your commission per transaction. So that means if you can partner directly with the company you can earn 20 - 30% more.

Website Hosting Affiliates earn $90 - $150 per sale, among the most profitable type of ad you can run. Often retail affiliate programs only provide a 10 - 30% commission; average sale less then $100. But don't be discouraged by smaller commissions per transaction, a popular retailer, especially one your audience is interested in, can generate significant traffic and commissions, from your members online shopping.

Strategy Tip:One idea that plays on affiliate ads is to start a page for Member Discounts. Collect the best coupons and special offers you can find then keep your members updated with online savings to help them pinch their pennies. Not only will this strategy ad valaue to your network's content, it will give your members another reason to return frequently to check out the latest deal that you have uncovered.
If anyone finds a great printable coupon affiliate program. Please write a review, as I am in the search for the best places to find that type of offer to run.Happy Ninging,ben

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I had no idea, when I started my social network, it would turn out to be an almost full time job, requiring leadership without social networking experience, management like an offline organization and communication without any of the normal cues.I didn't anticipate the responsibility or time involved, or know what I expected to happen over time.
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Perhaps you're not sure how to or are having a hard time landing sponsors for your Ning Network. If you can't afford an agency or are not a marketing company with rate cards, site metrics, and a large enough audience to justify a monthly fee for sponsors, making money by obtaining and placing the right ads on your websites is not a secret.
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Building Strong Ties

World AIDS day is observed every year on December 1st to raise awareness and cultivate a strong community of support. Network Creator Robert Breining has taken these values online with his network, POZIAM. Robert is dedicated to developing a welcoming and supportive community, and it really shows. Since creating his network, Robert has established techniques for building strong ties within POZIAM. Thank you Robert for sharing!
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Meet Greg from Ski Dazzle

Let the Network Creator interviews begin! Each week, we would love to spotlight a new Network Creator to find out how they have built their network in a unique way. The interviews should be yet another way to share tips and best practices.I recently had the opportunity to interview Greg Hendrickson, the Network Creator of the Ski Dazzle networks.
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NC for Hire

I have to say, I couldn't be happier with the interaction Team Ning has given, on the new Creators Network! It's been a while since I felt so connected with Ning and fellow Network Creators - - and most of all, "heard".I hope fellow NCs feel the same. I see Team Ning jumping in, continuously, to address our concerns, answer our questions, and ask our thoughts and opinions. Even Gina has offered a helping hand.Thanks Team Ning!I think the new Creators Network is fantastic. And, I want to thank you for creating this network.Best Regards,Jen

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Making the Ning Blog awesome

If you read the Ning Blog regularly, you'll know my name — I write a lot of the posts, along with Nick (he does most of the product updates). We're constantly working on making the Ning Blog full of interesting, fun and relevant content, but I know we can always do more. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on what types of blog posts you like seeing... highlights of awesome Ning Networks (besides your own)? Tips and advice, like how to create a custom gift? Interviews with other Ning Network Creators? If there are things you'd like to see more of, please let me know!
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As part of a recent update, I noticed Ning implemented a very nice feature: the ability for admins to reset a member's profile photo.Come to think of it: how many times have you seen a member join and slap a profile photo in violation of the guidelines for your network. Until this update, you were only able to "deal" with this by messaging the member and/or banning him/her.
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