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How to Make Your Own Affiliate Site

1 Dec

It never fails. Everytime that I show my site to someone and tell them how
much money I have made off of it over the years, they always say “You gotta show me how to do this!”. Well, I’m tired of
wasting my breath on this subject so I’m going to write down everything that’s needed and just point people to this article
from now on.


First off, a little history may be in order. I created my site about seven years ago after a friend told me of someone he knew that was making something like $60k a year from his own
website. I checked out the website and saw that it was an affiliate site. An affiliate site is a site where there are
special links to online stores and if someone clicks on one of those links and then buys something from that store, the
site owner gets paid a percentage of the sale. It seemed easy enough to do and I knew enough about html to do it, so I
decided to give it a try.


I couldn’t afford to risk much in trying to create a new business as I didn’t have a lot of money. The only site I
had created up until then was just a free site on Geocities, so I didn’t really have any knowledge about what it took
to set up a “real” website. After doing a little research, I found out that you really didn’t need a lot of money to set
up a site and to get your own domain name. Basically if you have $150 (a year) to spare and some free time, you can create
your own online business site to make extra money with.


How much money? I can’t say that I have been able to quit my day job (yet), but I have made significant amounts of money
from my site. How significant? Some months I have made nothing. Some months I have made thousands. 2005 was my best year
ever- I made over $25,000 from my site! How much you make really all depends
on the fickle nature of the search engine gods and on how much work that you want to put into your site. Some people have made
fortunes from affiliate sites, but I assume that the ones who do have made it their life’s work and spend most of their time
working on their site, studying the search engines, and how to beat them. I put very little work into my site (and it shows),
but it has still provided me with a good deal of extra income.


Still want to know how to do it yourself? Here’s how:


Step 1 – Learn HTML


Most of the friends that I have showed my site to already knew how to make webpages with HTML. If you don’t know anything
about HTML, don’t worry; HTML is easy to learn and you don’t need to know much to get started. If you can make a simple webpage
with links on it, that’s all you really need to know to begin building your site. If you need help with this, I suggest reading a book like
HTML in Easy Steps. I’ve had good luck with the other books
in the Easy Step series. They’re small books that give you just enough info to get started without confusing you with theory and
they’re cheap- only $10.


You don’t need to spend any money for a tool to create web pages in. You can use any text editor, even Notepad works. If you do a search on Google for
“free html editor”, you’ll find lots of free tools that you can try.


Step 2 – Set Up Your Website


Ok, now that you know how to create a webpage, its time to start setting up your website. To run your website you will
need a webhost. That’s a company that hosts websites on their servers. You can get a lot of webhosting bang for your buck
if you know what to look for.


The main things that you will need to think about as you choose a webhost are: price, language support, and database
support. If you only know HTML, all you have to worry about is price. If you need support for ASP, PHP, MYSQL, etc., you
will need to do a bit more research before you make your choice.


What’s a good price for webhosting? You can pay hundreds of dollars a month for dedicated hosting, but your site will
work just as well with a webhost that costs less than $10 per month. Another thing you need to consider when comparing
the prices of the different webhosts is how much they charge to register domain names for you. This can range from free (yay!)
upwards of $20 per year.


Getting set up with on your chosen webhost should be an easy task. It usually requires no more than filling in some personal
info and your credit card number. The only hard part is picking a domain name to use for your website. Unfortunately, most
good, short names are already taken. Either make up a new word altogether or combine two or more words into a name.
That’s how I ended up with Bargainstrike as a name.


Some sites chain words together with hypens in order to gain an advantage
from search engines. An example of this would be: [http://www.buy-cars-online-cheap.com]. While this may help your search ranking
on some search engines, I would advoid naming your site like this. It’s a practice that’s likely to be penalized by Google
and others someday. Fixing a problem with a domain name problem like would not be easy to fix.


Step 3 – Register with Affiliate Companies


Affiliate companies are the middlemen between online stores and you. They provide you with the links
to different stores, record the amount of traffic and sales that your links send to those stores, and they send you
your payment for this. You really can’t run an affiliate site without registering with at least one Affiliate company as
very few major stores run their own independant affiliate program. There are lots of different ones that you can sign up
with, but there are only three major ones that you really need to registered with. They are Linkshare,
Commission Junction, and Performics. And of
these three, Linkshare is by far the most important one to belong to. At least 90% of my money comes from Linkshare links
as more major stores with affiliate programs use Linkshare than any other affiliate company.


After you have registered with an Affiliate company, you will need to sign up with the companies that you would like
to affiliate with. This can be tricky expecially when you are just getting started. Some companies check out each applicant
by hand to make sure that your site meets their standards. Since your website isn’t even built yet, you will get rejected
by these companies. The good news is that there are a lot of companies who automatically accept all applicants without
checking anything. These are the ones that you are looking for at this point in the game. Later, when your site is actually
running and getting some traffic, come back and try registering for the ones who declined your application before.


After you get accepted into a company’s affiliate program you can then get the links that point to that company’s
products and promotions. These links contain the affiliate tracking codes that are necessary for giving you credit for
sending them a sale. Take care that when you copy them to your site that you get the entire code for the link.


Step 4 – Build Your Site


Ok, this is where it all comes together. If you haven’t built a website before, it can be an intimidating task. What
should it look like? What colors should everything be? What fonts should I use? The best advice I can give about the look
and feel of your site is to look around the internet, find some sites that you like, and try to copy the look in your design.


A thing to remember is that since you only get money for sending people to another website, your website is not a
final destination. It is a conduit. It should be functional and fast. The best way to achieve this is to keep your design
simple and keep graphics to a minimum. When in doubt, look at how Google or Yahoo designs their pages.


Your home page should contain links to all the rest of the pages on your site. Its main function is to allow search
engines to easily spider your entire site. It should also be easy for users to find what they are looking for, but don’t be
fooled- most people will never see your homepage. If you build your other pages correctly, users will go to them much more
often than your homepage.


All of the other pages on your site are where you make the money. Build a separate page for each companies affiliate program
that you belong to. Put the name of the company along with what ever search term that you want to key on in the TITLE element
of the page. The title of the page is by far the most important thing that search engines will rank your pages on. Now
get some links to their site from the affiliate site that this company uses and put them in the page. Add some text describing
the company that you are linking to and perhaps their banner image. Do this for each of the stores that you want to link to
and your basic site is done.


Once you have your site done, ftp all of it to your webhost. There are some free programs to do this with, but I usually
just use the one that built into Internet Explorer.


One final thing, don’t use pop-ups, pop-unders, or any other devious tricks on your visitors. Don’t spam people with
emails. People who do these things are assholes. Don’t be an asshole.


Step 5 – Promote your Website


Now that you have a working affiliate site on the web, the money is just going to start pouring in, right? Not exactly.
First off, nobody will find your site until you get listed by the search engines. To get started, use a free automated URL submission service like Sitesearchsubmit [http://www.sitesearchsubmit.com]. Fill in your website’s URL and email address and Sitesearchsubmit will submit your site’s address to many of the top search engines automatically. Next, you will need to manually submit the address of your page to the search engines that don’t allow for automated submission like MSN and Yahoo.


Now be patient. Some search engines can take 3-4 months to list your site. Some will have your site indexed within a month. Just do a search for your site’s name once a week on each search engine to see if has been listed yet.


Once your site has been listed you can start testing to see how you are being ranked for the keywords that you are using.
If you would like to find out what keywords are important to ranked high for, do a search here for suggestions.
Do some research on how to optimize your pages for search engines. I won’t go into that here as search engines are constantly
changing how they rank pages and such info is quickly outdated. Make some changes to your site and wait until they re-indexed
(Google will usually index your site every month) and see whether or not your changes made a difference. Keep doing this
until you have the ranking you want or until you give up in frustration.


Search engines are fickle beasts. Be patient as it will probably take at least a year before you see your first check.
Also, don’t give up when the search engines leave your site high and dry sometimes. I’ve had an entire year before where
my traffic almost dropped to nothing and then the next year it went through the roof- all without me making any changes to
the site at all. Stay in it for the long run and you will make money.


by


Ocsha

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3 Tips For Increasing Your Affiliate Marketing Income With Ease

1 Dec

Affiliate marketing isn’t easy. With the growing number of affiliates each day eager to claim their share of the affiliate marketing pie, you have to be more clever than ever in order to get sales. So in this article, we’ll take a look at 3 tips to increase your affiliate marketing income and close more visitors – so that you can earn more money. Here’s tip number 1:


TIP #1: Offer an email newsletter


All super affiliates that you hear about in the affiliate marketing circles have an opt-in newsletter that get them the bulk of their income. And it makes sense. You can follow up on a prospect multiple times thereby increasing the chance that they’ll buy your product or service.


Most prospects need to be mailed about 7 times before they purchase a product, so keep this in mind when creating your email newsletter and getting a little impatient about sales. In your email newsletter, you will want to provide great tips on how to do something that your prospects will find useful. All you want to do at this step is build your credibility so that your prospects can view you as an expert in your niche.


Here’s another tip for closing more visitors:


TIP #2: Have your own website


Without your own website, you face a number of problems in affiliate marketing. The first problem is that your affiliate links won’t be masked and more than likely, visitors won’t click on them since they don’t look attractive. Another problem is that article directories and pay-per-click search engines like Google AdWords prohibit the use of linking directly to an affiliate page from your ad or article. Another problem is that without your own website, you can’t pre-sell your prospect efficiently in order to further the chance of closing the sale. You can’t even offer an email newsletter for visitors to opt-in to because you don’t have your own website to host the form on! And plus, you can’t host Google AdSense either!


To be successful in affiliate marketing, you need your own website – regardless of what anyone else tells you. With your own website, you can offer great content that’s designed to close your prospects on a particular product or service. They’ll read your articles, find your recommendations useful, and will click to find out more. This is a great way to earn money using affiliate marketing, and with a lot of your content pages out there, the higher your chances are of closing your prospect on the sale. Here’s tip number 3:


TIP #3: Generate traffic using free methods


It’s getting more and more expensive to advertise online so you need new and creative ways to get traffic to your affiliate presell page without breaking the bank. Free advertising methods online allow you to do that.


One of the best ways to get traffic to your webpages is with article marketing. With article marketing, you simply write articles about a topic in your niche and submit them to the article directories. This is a great way to get free traffic since website owners come and pick your articles up and publish them on their website. Plus, the top article directories receive high search engine rankings, so you get free search engine traffic from your articles too.


But article marketing isn’t the only way to get free traffic to your website, you should implement video marketing also. With video marketing, you provide help information via video that users can see and interact with. You allow you visitors to learn and understand easier what you are saying since they can see what you are talking about. To get traffic back to your presell or content page, simply include your website information at the bottom of the article to get visitors back to your website.


Another great and time-tested way to get traffic to your website is through the use of forum marketing. Forum marketing is great because many forums online have thousands of members – something that you can’t have instant access to with a lot of other marketing methods. When using forum marketing, you will want to only provide helpful tips and advice that their users can benefit from.


Remember, it’s not you who they care about – it’s your advice. So dish out your advice and include your website information in your signature line. If the members find your information worthwhile, they will more than likely visit your website for more helpful advice. And then when they land on your presell, article, or review page, you can mention a few products that they should use – and also include your affiliate link in there.


Is all of this making sense to you? Do you see how easy it is to set all of this up? I hope so.


One last thing I want to mention is that you should purchase the affiliate product that you want to promote first. You want to do this because you want your readers and visitors to truly benefit from a product that they purchased – especially if you recommended it. This way, they can trust your recommendations in the future and you can earn more sales simply because your expert advice is valuable.


Keep these tips in mind when embarking on promoting an affiliate product. Once you implement the techniques in this article, you will be well on your way to seeing more sales and profits from your affiliate marketing efforts. Good luck!

5 Free Ways to Promote Your Affiliate Schemes

1 Dec

When starting out, a lot of affiliates are keen to use free methods of promoting their chosen affiliate schemes – possibly because they don’t have the funds to pay for traffic, they’re not sure how to create cost-effective advertising campaigns, or simply because they want to test out new offers before they invest in paid-for marketing. There are a number of options for promoting affiliate schemes for free, and even successful affiliates, who can afford expensive advertising campaigns, still use some or all of them. Here are 5 of the most popular ways to generate affiliate commissions without spending any money.


Article Marketing


By writing short articles, and posting them on popular article directory sites like EzineArticles, ArticlesBase, and Buzzle, you can get traffic to your affiliate schemes in a number of ways. Firstly, people will visit these websites looking for information. If they find your article and like what they read, they will click on the links to your affiliate offers. Also, other site owners will use content form these directories on their own website, which they are allowed to do, as long as they don’t remove the links to your affiliate schemes.


This way, the site owner gets great content for their website, and you get more people seeing your article, with could mean more affiliate commissions. Finally, these directories are well-respected by the search engines, so if you write a good, keyword-rich article, you could find it gets onto page one of Google, which will mean a lot of traffic to the affiliate schemes you are promoting. Some directories won’t let you link directly to your affiliate offers, but blogs are a free alternative to having to build your own website


Blogging


Blogging has become a very popular way to promote offers and earn affiliate commissions, and with platforms like WordPress, Blogger, and Blogspot letting anyone create their own blog for free, they can be a great way for you to promote your affiliate schemes. You do have to be careful however, as these sites aren’t keen on people creating blogs just to promote an offer and generate affiliate commissions. You can link to your affiliate offers, but make sure the content of your blog has some merit in its own right.


Providing useful and informative blog posts will not only keep the site owners happy, it will mean your readers are more likely to click on the links to your affiliate schemes. Again, Google loves these sites too, so if you get your keyword optimization right, you could find your blog getting a high ranking in the search engine, and even more traffic.


Forum Marketing


Marketing your affiliate schemes on forums does take a bit of skill, as a lot of the people who use these forums are wary of individuals who are obviously just using them to try and make Affiliate Commissions. You need to build up your reputation so people start to trust you. Be helpful, offer advice and free information, rather than trying to promote your offers. Sure enough, when you’ve built up a good reputation, people will be interested enough to check out the links in your profile and signature field.


These will will send them to the affiliate schemes you are promoting, where some of them will buy. Of course, you need to make sure you are marketing offers that are relevant to the forum, and as a general rule, the more you give (in terms of information and advice), the more you are likely to get out of forum marketing.


Viral Marketing


Viral marketing is similar to forum marketing in that it relies on you giving something away, in the hope of generating affiliate commission in the long run. Firstly, you create a small report, or mini-ebook on a key topic or issue in your chosen niche, with advice and ideas about how to solve this problem. Amongst all this great information, you also include links to the affiliate schemes you want to promote. You then give this report away on your blog, for free.


This might sound a bit crazy, but if it’s free, more people will want it; and the more people that read it, the more clicks on those affiliate links you are likely to get. Successful affiliates can generate thousands in affiliate commissions using this technique, and you can increase its effectiveness by making people give you their e-mail address to in return for your free report; which means you can then continue to promote your affiliate schemes to them.


Video Marketing


This is one of the most effective methods many affiliates are currently using to promote offers and generate large affiliate commissions. With the popularity of sites like YouTube, anyone can upload a video, and in just a few minutes, they could have people clicking on the link you get to include in the video summary, which sends people to the affiliate offer you are marketing.


Most computers have the capability to create simple videos reviewing a product you want to promote, or offering advice on a particular topic. The more popular the videos are, the more traffic you will get; which should mean more affiliate commissions. YouTube videos also show up in Google’s search results, so affiliates can also benefit from good search engine rankings too.


Promoting your chosen affiliate schemes doesn’t have to be expensive, if you are rich in time but poor in money, these free methods should allow you to generate enough traffic to your offers, so you can start making decent affiliate commissions.

6 Criterias To Select And Make Money Online With Affiliate Business Program

22 Nov

To make money online with the affiliate business program requires that you will get targeted web site traffic to your principal´s web site ( or to your own ), who will purchase. To be successful at the affiliate program marketing business and to make an income online, you´ll need two things: a strong will and a successful affiliate business program, which matches to you, i.e. you like the kind of affiliate business and you already know a lot of the topic or are willing to learn.


As a proven affiliate program entrepreneur, I have a list for you, which includes the affiliate program selection criteria, which you need to make money online with affiliate business program.


I believe that you have done a strong decision to make money online with affiliate program, so I leave the mental part away and concentrate on the selection criteria of the affiliate business program.


1. The image.


Every single affiliate business program has an image, a good or bad one. Your first job is to find the affiliate business programs, which have the best possible reputations. So go to some internet marketing forum, like the Warrior Forum, to get the picture. You´ll meet thousands of affiliate business programs marketers discussing. Try to evaluate, if this is the kind of internet marketing forum, which matches you.


2. Research the top affiliate business programs.


Do this part very carefully, without any hurry. This is the key if you really want to make money online with the affiliate business program. The first criteria is that the affiliate programs have been online over 5 years. This quarantees that the affiliate program owners know how to make an income online and can share their know-how to you.


3. Research the internet marketing training courses, which the affiliate business programs offer.


The training courses are extremely important to succeed to make an income online. They must match to you, you have to understand the affiliate business marketing terms and the copy must be enthusiastic. When you have started to promote your web site, the affiliate business program must offer the rapid 24/7 email support, so that you can get answers to your questions right away.
It is useful if the internet marketing courses are also in DVD, like Newbie Training Videos.


The affiliate business program must give you free affiliate marketing ebooks about the possibilities to make money online with your affiliate program, about SEO and for instance Google AdWords advertising.


4. Research the internet marketing forums.


If the affiliate business program has not an internet marketing forum, it is sign of bad affiliate service. Most profitable internet marketing tips come from other affiliates. It is useful that the internet marketing forum has thousands of members from all levels of internet marketing experience.


5. Research that you´ll have many sources to make money online with the affiliate business program.


The truth is that you need several affiliate business programs to make an income online, which is big enough. The ideal affiliate business program includes several “sub-affiliate programs”, which means that when you´ll promote your affiliate program, you actually promote several. One work, multiple internet income.


6. Research the affiliate business program’s marketing team.


Can you meet the owner at the internet marketing forum? Is he a respected affiliate program marketer in the Internet? Can you ask questions directly from him? Does the affiliate business program offer marketing assistance, what about technical support (change of HTML)? These are essential issues, if you want (or when you want) to make money online with the affiliate business program.

4 Key Online Marketing Tools For Affiliate Marketing

22 Nov

If you know the 4 ready and hands-on online marketing tools, your affiliate marketing can witness immense success. With so many internet marketers selling their products and services, some great systems can really help if you know how to use them. Making money online is not much of a problem these days as the tools are there to help you out. They are basically the capture or the squeeze page creator, autoresponders, the ad tracker and the URL rotator.


Squeeze page creator


For building your opt-in list, the squeeze page creator is something you cannot compromise on. An attractive web page is the first thing that catches the eye and keeps the traffic coming to your site more engaged. If your webpage is full of twitches and animations, the real subject matter of your web page could get hidden. And visitors to websites do not have the time to check out if you are really worth or not. Without a good opt-in list, your material will simply float and you need an expert capture page creator for the job.


Autoresponders


The first impression is the best impression and everyone wants an automatic response from the website they visited once they check it out. Attractive web pages are simple and they allow the visitor to stay engaged rather than get distracted from the real issue. To get the most out of the prospect list requires putting an auto responder which can do loads for affiliate marketing. You need to develop an ongoing relationship to turn prospects into customers. It can help educate your prospects regularly about your products or services.


Ad tracker


By just putting in an ad doesn’t help for affiliate marketers as you need to keep track of them. You need to know how much is generated and without it, you would be a blind advertiser in online marketing. Affiliate marketers need to known how their advertisements are working and what they need to do to ramp them up. You need to know whether the ad got zero hits or a substantial number of hits. It is not at all difficult to use a tracker, but you need to know how to analyze the results of the ad tracker to know how effective marketing is and how it is running.


URL rotator


You need the URL rotator for doing split testing and promoting multiple affiliate products on a rotational basis. You need to do that for establishing ad-coops for your down line affiliates. Your best bet would be to get an easy to manage URL rotator like the plug in profit stuff. It is an excellent marketing tool that can do loads for your online marketing, advertising and promo needs. By using the 4 tips including the ad tracker and the autoresponder, your affiliate marketing can be helped in loads as these are great online marketing tools.

7-Day Internet Affiliate Marketing Overdrive – Don’t Ever Stop!

20 Nov

If you are an internet marketing newbie, perhaps you can’t stop from scratching your head on the voluminous information that you have to learn to start your internet affiliate marketing career. Information overload is a reality in online marketing. You need to have a plan on how to tackle the first things that you need to learn doing internet marketing.


Well, good news! I would like share to you a simple 7-day plan to get your started making money online with internet affiliate marketing.


There are many ways to make money online but we will only touch on affiliate marketing. Here’s what you need to do in a 7-day time frame:


Day 1


Do a research on the product that you want to promote or sell online. Perhaps you should go to ClickBank.com, learn how it works, and choose a product that you want to make money with.


Day 2


You should set-up a website/sales page to feature your product. There are simple and free programs out there that will let you build a website from scratch in no time.


Day 3


Drive traffic (increase website visitors) to your site. This is one of the most important things that you should consider in internet affiliate marketing – driving traffic to your sales page. There are many ways and strategies to drive traffic to a site, some of these are article marketing, pay-per-view (PPV), pay-per-click (PPC), search engine optimization, forum commenting, product reviews, and the list goes on..


Day 4


Continue driving traffic to your site.


Day 5


You should try to learn some more on what you can do to maximize your traffic-generation efforts. Try visiting some internet affiliate marketing forums where you can get some insights and advanced techniques on how to generate traffic to your product’s sales page.


Day 6


Continue driving traffic. Check your affiliate account if you have made a sale already. If not, continue the process of increasing the number of visitors to your website.


Day 7


Of course, you need to take a rest. Evaluate your campaign results. Check the methods and techniques that works best for you and what you are comfortable with applying these to your internet affiliate marketing. Rinse and repeat the 7-day process until you get your first sale.


Affiliate marketing is a cyclical process. If you know what works for you, then you just have to replicate this. Success will come eventually. Some of the successful internet marketers of today have formulated an online marketing plan and followed that plan to the letter. They have since become the internet marketing millionaires of today. You can too.

Income on the Side – Affiliate Marketing Guide With ClickBank

18 Nov

I know generating a small income on the side is hard to do, and I’m sure for a long time you’ve been trying out different methods of how this can be done online.

In all your searching you must have come across Affiliate Marketing at least a dozen times, right?

It’s everywhere, and a lot of people have been able to make small, medium, big, and even HUGE amounts of money promoting someone else’s product and receiving a commission on a sale.

Take a look a the ClickBank website and you’ll notice a running counter of the amount of money the site makes for its affiliates. It’s ridiculously big. But they do have hundreds of thousands of people, just like you and me, promoting and selling products everyday.

Let me walk you through a basic step by step to show you how you can get started and start earning your first commission.

Admittedly, this article won’t be able to go in to depth for everything that you need. It takes a lot of other research to acquire some of the skills necessary to make a decent profit online. But if you take these steps, it will give you a great outline on how you can start the process of becoming an affiliate marketer and start generating income on the side.

– First sign up for a free account with ClickBank

– Find a product you would like to promote

This stage has various factors.

You should choose something you have even a slight interest in, as you’re going to have to write about that product in a later stage.

And you should choose a product that has a reasonable commission (most on ClickBank are more than reasonable), and one that people are actually buying.

To know if the product you are choosing is a popular choice and people are buying, check the ‘gravity’ rating ClickBank gives to the product.

The higher the better as this means this is a ‘hot’ product and that affiliates (people like you) are selling, and that customers are buying. (this can also mean that there is lots of competition for affiliate sales of that particular product, but don’t let that put you off.)

– Once you have a product to promote, you are given a special link to offer potential customers. If they use this link and buy, you receive a commission.

– Take that code, and save it for now. (copy, paste, and save)

– Start a free blog with blogspot, WordPress, any of the many free blogs available.

– Write a short blog post reviewing the product you want to promote, and in the blog post, include the special link you were given.

– Now whenever someone who reads that blog post clicks on your link, and then buys the products, you receive a commission. So make sure you write something favourable.

– Repeat that process for other items and you’ll soon be on your way to receiving commissions through online affiliation.

The great thing is, once you write the article and include your link, your done! And that has potential to make you money even when your not at your computer. Even when you’re asleep!

Imagine earning $25 commission on one product per day, which is a reasonable estimate. That’s $175 a week!

Now imagine earning $25 commission on four different products!

You’d be earning $100 a day just for writing a couple of articles and promoting various products.

It’s very very doable, and there are lots and lots of great systems and programs to help you on your way.

Just do some research and you’ll find the little income on the side you wanted, isn’t so little after all!

And keep posted, click the sign up button on the top right corner of this page to keep updated and learn more on this amazing  topic!…

Regards Ocsha.

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