Who makes money with Toolbars, and how?

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I have read a lot of articles about making money online, but I have not read any good ones about making money with toolbars, but I see so many CPA offers where you are paid $1 if someone installs the toolbar.

I figure if they pay $1 they must make a lot more, so why don't I just develop my own toolbar and get people to download it so I can keep making money.

I'm curious if anyone here makes money with toolbars, what are the best ways to do so, etc

Also if anyone knows of some good articles around this topic please share links
#makes #money #toolbars
  • Profile picture of the author scraig
    You may want to take a look at this video: hope this helps in developing your tool bar.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Banks
      Originally Posted by scraig View Post

      You may want to take a look at this video: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. hope this helps in developing your tool bar.
      Thanks for that, right now though I am more interested in the most effective ways to make money from the toolbar, that way I can develop one that is near perfect right from the get-go. I would hate to have 5000 downloads only to find out I was leaving money on the table with a poorly created toolbar.
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  • Profile picture of the author magicmarcus
    hi jeremy,

    ive been on both sides of the fence... both promoting others toolbars and making my own toolbars. they are very lucrative. some affiliate programs will pay as much as $5 or more per download if you get good volume.

    the idea of making money on toolbars is mostly from search (its like adwords but the toolbar has a search box that goes thru thier affiliate account and they are paid on clicks to paid ads.)

    there is also the buttons on the toolbars that lead back to your sites which make money as well. the key here is getting more traffic back to your sites.

    all in all this is HANDS DOWN my favorite part of internet marketing :-) toolbars.

    i have some cool webinars about this topic if you want them. pm me.

    PS: to get google adsense to approve a toolbar for search revenue can be difficult but i have had a few approved. you can also use 2nd tier search engines or just give good content and lead people back to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    I giveaway a toolbar to my list.
    Not only does it update my products.
    It has a link to eBay and if they click and buy something
    guess who gets a commission?

    I forgot the software I used to create this.
    It was about 4 years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author magicmarcus
    PS. if you can find it desktop catalyst is a great toolbar maker.
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  • Profile picture of the author goingup
    I.ve been thinking of this as a possible marketing tool as well. There are a lot of free toolbar makers, one of which is conduit dot com. Google 'free toolbar makers' or something like that and you'll find plenty to look at. There are also free giveaway sites
    where you can give away content, ebooks, and so forth. Could you give your toolbars away there as well, if you dont have a list? or even if you do have a list? Probably, but dont take my word for it. I havent tried it yet. There are also places you can give away software (download dot com and many others), and either allow a time period for free usage, and than disable the software if they dont pay, or you have the option of giving it away for free but monetizing the software. I am fairly certain toolbars qualify as software. And monetizing the toolbar is the general idea (pointing to your own sites and so forth) so there you go.

    As for the best way to monetize-that is a matter for testing. Im planning on doing this with cpa offers as you are paid for providing leads, and in a tough economy fewer people are willing to actually open their wallet and buy things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Banks
      Originally Posted by goingup View Post

      I.ve been thinking of this as a possible marketing tool as well. There are a lot of free toolbar makers, one of which is conduit dot com. Google 'free toolbar makers' or something like that and you'll find plenty to look at. There are also free giveaway sites
      where you can give away content, ebooks, and so forth. Could you give your toolbars away there as well, if you dont have a list? or even if you do have a list? Probably, but dont take my word for it. I havent tried it yet. There are also places you can give away software (download dot com and many others), and either allow a time period for free usage, and than disable the software if they dont pay, or you have the option of giving it away for free but monetizing the software. I am fairly certain toolbars qualify as software. And monetizing the toolbar is the general idea (pointing to your own sites and so forth) so there you go.

      Some good ideas there for the promotion of the toolbar, thanks! As for creation I will likely just pay a few hundred dollars to have it professionally coded and designed.
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  • Profile picture of the author cernair
    yep, toolbars like conduit, wybiya, clubfinity do the job. you can monetize your website and design the toolbar yourself, put apps that will surely generate clicks and more revenue (facebook, youtube etc) and them toolbars come for free
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  • Profile picture of the author barbequesauce
    toolbars do generate money, no doubt, but i have recently discarded conduit, too many tech issues and the design was not appropriate. any ideas about a good toolbar?
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  • Profile picture of the author source47
    I've been using toolbars as a way to market my content and products (in various niches) over the past few years.

    Just recently (over the past couple of months), I decided that I am going to share what I've learned about toolbars and it is some pretty awesome stuff. In a few days, I may be releasing a WSO about creating, marketing, and monetizing toolbars.


    I also plan to hold a free webinar very soon about this as well.

    (Hence, the reason why I searched on the WF and found this thread.)

    My opinion is that toolbars have not hit "mainstream" in the internet marketing community even though they have been around for the past 5 years or so.
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    • Profile picture of the author posterchild
      I have promoted other people's toolbars and been paid per download/install... usually about $2 to $3 a pop... and i am curious about whether or not i could make more money promoting my own toolbars. If anyone has experience monetizing their own toolbars can you please share what kind of revenue is possible per download assuming that you are NOT using the toolbar to drive traffic to your money sites. Other forms of revenue might include bundling free software into the installer, running ads in the toolbar, etc. That's what i'm curious about. Thanks for this thread...
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      • Profile picture of the author JewPac
        Hope its ok I am bumping this thread, as a total newbie I would like to get more info on how to start working with toolbar companies via the pay per download model, are there some threads\books\other material which can help me?
        Thanks in advance for the help.
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  • Originally Posted by Jeremy Banks View Post

    I have read a lot of articles about making money online, but I have not read any good ones about making money with toolbars, but I see so many CPA offers where you are paid $1 if someone installs the toolbar.

    I figure if they pay $1 they must make a lot more, so why don't I just develop my own toolbar and get people to download it so I can keep making money.

    I'm curious if anyone here makes money with toolbars, what are the best ways to do so, etc

    Also if anyone knows of some good articles around this topic please share links
    maybe this is what it called pay per install.and yes you can make serious money with this kind of cpa install
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    • Profile picture of the author JewPac
      Originally Posted by internet marketing tools View Post

      maybe this is what it called pay per install.and yes you can make serious money with this kind of cpa install
      yes, pay per install. im the kind of guy who likes to get all the possible data before starting something, so the question is where can I learn more about it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ghoster
    Ugh, toolbars.

    People bundle them with freeware. They are those annoying "offers" you have to be very careful to decline when you're installing any software nowadays. I've had to reinstall Windows twice on my sisters machine because she downloads that crap.

    Some of them are malware. Some of them Adware.
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