We have just 66 days to go until Christmas.

Times are hard and consumers are being even more prudent with what they are buying this Christmas, which means they are on the hunt for a bargain. There are plenty of offers out there if you look hard enough and we thought you might like a few tips as to how you could help boost your own site traffic and possible income by helping consumers find those bargains.

Sign up for to become a 123-reg affiliate. The programme is simple and free to join. Once you have signed up you can choose from a wide-range of pre-prepared buttons, banners and links to use on your site advertising 123-reg products. If your visitors click through to us from them and make a purchase, you can then benefit from commission based on those sales.

Other sites offer similar schemes. As well as banners and buttons, online bookseller turned superstore also offers Amazon widgets to use on your site. These rich, interactive mini-applications bring Amazon functionality to your website. Select a preferred look to the widget then customise your widget to offer the kind of goods you think your visitors will be interested in. Then just insert the small piece of HTML code into your page. You’ll need to have an Amazon associates account to use the widget functionality.

If you are keen to offer a hub with a diverse range of product links consider signing up for an affiliate account with a multi-advertiser programme like Commission Junction. Via their programme you can earn commission from sales via websites, big brand and high street names including our sister web hosting company Webfusion.

If you are not as concerned about earning commission directly and are more interested in helping people find a bargain why not add an RSS feed to your site from one of the many bargain hunting sites. HotDealsUK offer both an RSS feed and a Twitter feed which can easily be incorporated into your site using free tools like Twitter’s own Profile Widget.

Christmas is a great time to bring in new traffic, as more and more people are expected to go online to look for inspirational present ideas. Remember not to clutter your site up too much with banners and links directing people elsewhere or you will detract from your own products or services, but offering that ‘added benefit’ to your visitors is a great way to get them coming back again in the future.

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