Are you thinking about getting a banner designed? Attractive banner designs can make people click on them, so it’s an excellent marketing strategy. However, to increase your click through rate, you must design a really good looking and attractive banner.

There are two types of banners. One is for your own website, where you can divert visitors to different internal pages. The second type is to drive visitors from other people’s sites to your site by displaying your banner on their sites.

So, the first thing you need to decide is the purpose of your banner design.

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Members of the Taliban gather at the site of the execution of three men accused of murdering a couple during a robbery in Ghazni Province April 18, 2015.
Stringer/REUTERS

Fears over the rise of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan are spawning some unlikely alliances in the region.
According to
a report by the Wall Street Journal, which cited Afghan and U.S. officials, Iran — a Shiite powerhouse currently engaged in proxy and direct wars with several Sunni states and groups — is now providing weapons, ammunition and funds to the Taliban.
�Iran supplies us with whatever we need,� a Taliban commander named Abdullah told the Journal, claiming that he was approached by an Iranian intelligence official during his detention in the country.
�He asked me how much money I made, and that he would double my salary if I went to work for them [Iranians] in Afghanistan.�
Abdullah claimed that the Taliban were receiving weapons such as 82mm mortars, light machine guns, AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and materials for making roadside bombs from Iran. These weapons are allegedly shipped into Afghanistan through the common border between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Journal reported.
Toward this end, the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has also helped smugglers, who can now cross the porous border undetected.
Shia-majority Iran and the Sunni militant group Taliban have long been foes and almost came to a full-blown war in 1998 when Iran deployed more than 70,000 troops along the Afghan border in response to the killing of its diplomats. The Iranian officials were allegedly killed by the Taliban, which was then in complete control of the Afghan government. A full-scale conflict in the region was prevented only after the United Nations intervened.
However, recent reports
have hinted at the formation of an alliance between the two ideological foes, spurred by the rise of a common enemy in eastern Afghanistan.
ISIS militants.
AP

�Iran seeks to counter Daesh [ISIS] with the Taliban,� an unnamed Afghan security official told the Journal. ISIS, which currently controls regions in Syria and Iraq, has the potential to unite splintered militant groups in Afghanistan under a common banner, Nicholas Haysom, the U.N. envoy to Afghanistan, warned
in March.
Earlier in January, local militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan had released a video
, claiming that several groups from the two countries had pledged their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS.
�Iran is betting on the re-emergence of the Taliban,� a Western diplomat, whose name was not revealed, told the Journal. �They are uncertain about where Afghanistan is heading right now, so they are hedging their bets.�
The Institute for the Study of War

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A business sign can take on different shapes and uses.

For example, teardrop flags and banners are not often seen in business settings, but that does not mean they aren’t useful. These modern-looking signs can be used at fairs, amusement parks, grand openings, car dealerships, and golf tournaments. In fact, these specialized business signs are being seen with increased frequency around golf tournaments and baseball stadiums during corporate outings, as well as retail locations announcing specials.

So why not use a teardrop flag or banner for a business sign at your next corporate outing?
Teardrop flags can be brightly colored to attract attention, and made big enough to place a suitable company name and logo on it. They can be installed with a heavy platform to prevent them from being blown over in a high wind, or staked into the ground to keep them secured on a more permanent basis, thus making them an inexpensive business sign option.

One frequent use for teardrop flags is a sponsorship flag for golf tournaments. Since most golf tournaments, especially those conducted as fundraisers and chamber of commerce events, offer sponsorships for each hole. Teardrop flags are a great chance to offer underwriting messages for hole sponsorships.
Mark the start of every hole with this fabric business sign, and help the sponsors share their corporate message to the golfers throughout the day.

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The Tuscany region of central Italy is quite well-known for its wine and food.
Tuscany is proud of their white truffles, one of the tastiest and most expensive “mushrooms” in the world. On the second, third and fourth weekends November, visit La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco (Festival of the White Truffle) in the medieval hilltop town of San Miniato.
Besides the food you can enjoy craft displays, theater performances, and marching bands. You may be able to get a room at the Convento di San Franceso, and have more money to spend on those delicious truffles. San Giovanni d’Asso, near Siena, hosts a truffle festival the second and third weekends of November and is home to a truffle museum open on weekends.

The thousand-year old town of Suvereto holds a ten-day wild boar festival in late November culminating a feast on or about December 8. They showcase other local products such as honey and olive oil. This festival includes historical reenactments, archery competitions and exhibitions, and other costumed medieval competitions.

Wines traditionially accompanying boar include Tuscany’s Brunello di Montalchino and Barolo from neighboring Piedmont.

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Website owners who want to take advantage of Internet marketing strategies such as banner ads but are on a limited budget may find banner exchanges to be very useful. Since most of the top search engines and other pay per click programs are charging up to $5.00 per click. Especially if it is a highly competitive niche. If this is you case, you may find banner exchanges to be an affordable alternative. But, what are banner exchanges and how do they work? Banner exchanges are a group of sites that exchange banner advertising with one other. After joining a banner exchange you will be provided with a unique html code to insert into your website. This html code will automatically display banner ads from other members of the exchange. In return you will generate advertising credits for your own banner to be display on all members’ websites.

The most appealing factor of banner ad exchanges is the cost effectiveness. Most banner ad exchange groups are free to participants. Unlike placing a banner ad independently, there is no financial cost for the appearance of the banner ad on another website. But you will be require to post banner ads on your website in exchange for having your banner ad displayed on another website.
The banner ads typically include graphics and text which entice Internet users to click the banner ad. Once click the user will be taken to the website to learn more about the service or product advertised on the banner. If you don’t have a banner, you can easily get one for free at many banner exchanges or on many other websites offering a free banner maker.

As you can see, there are ways to increase your website traffic for free and therefore your income. Join a free banner exchange now to start getting the traffic your website needs.