Yahoo! Search Marketing Ambassador Program

AmbassadorThe Yahoo! Search Marketing Ambassador Program was specifically developed to help search engine marketers (SEMs), agencies and other resellers drive targeted sales leads to their clients through Sponsored Search.

By receiving training and professional recognition from Yahoo! Search Marketing, Ambassadors can enjoy enhanced credibility and competitive advantages-along with financial compensation for each account signed up.¹

  • Comprehensive web-based training and resources²
  • No minimum monthly spend
  • An Ambassador logo to verify your accreditation and help promote your expertise
  • Promotional credits for your clients
  • Financial reward for each new Sponsored Search sign-up
  • Customizable marketing materials

Completion of all web-based training and passing score on final test².


For more information, visit our FAQs.

Beyond the Ambassador Program, there are two additional tiers for those who qualify:

Certified Ambassador

An enhanced level for higher performing agencies and SEMs

Strategic Ambassador

The premier level for top-tier agencies and SEMs

  1. Earn $30 for every new advertiser Self-Serve account sign up. Referral commissions will be sent from affiliate vendor, Kowabunga Technologies, Inc. Yahoo! Search Marketing Publisher/Affiliate Terms and Conditions apply. See the Yahoo! Search Marketing Terms and Conditions when you sign up. Subject to approval and acceptance into the Yahoo! Search Marketing Ambassador Program.
  2. $50 registration fee must be paid at sign-up in order to participate in web-based training.

Google Advertising Professional

Gain AdWords knowledge. Get Google recognition. Make more money.  Designed for professionals who currently manage or want to manage multiple AdWords client accounts, the Google Advertising Professionals program can help you become a more successful ad manager – for free.


Google Advertising Professionals receive tools, training, and promotion for their AdWords business.

Want to join the Google Advertising Professionals program?

  • Increase productivity with a more advanced AdWords account.
    Save time and money with your new My Client Center. Manage multiple clients more efficiently through one interface.
  • Build your expertise with training.
    Access our Learning Center, where you’ll find training lessons chock-full of up-to-date information. Use these materials to expand and hone your AdWords knowledge so you can better serve your clients.
  • Promote your business with Google’s name recognition.
    Become Qualified at the individual or company level to distinguish yourself as a skilled professional. Plus, receive the Google Advertising Professional Logo and other benefits.
  • Attract new clients with special promotions and features.
    Use program features, such as promotional credits and marketing tools, to help bring in new clients.

Certain program features and requirements vary by country. Read our FAQs to learn more.


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Convert A Local WordPress XAMPP Installation Into A Live Site

I recently found this quick and easy tutorial on installing XAMPP Lite locally on Windows XP. This provides a great environment for testing and developing WordPress websites from your PC. The next logical step is converting this nice local installation into a live site as quickly and easily as possible. I found some excellent instructions from The Tamba2 WordPress Guides. These guides contain almost all the information used in this tutorial. I really just combined a bunch of the provided information to accomplish this specific task. I put all the instructions together here in a quick, and (hopefully) easy to follow tutorial. Let’s get started.

Prepare Your Database

Backup your local XAMPP MySQL database using the WordPress Backup Plugin. If you have the latest version of WordPress (2.03) this plugin is included. Just login to your WordPress Admin area, activate the plugin, go to Manage, and download a backup.

Find and isolate your *.sql file by unzipping the backup you just created.

Use SCR(a simple program that will search a large document and find and replace text) to search your *.sql file and replace all instances of



Save and close your SQL file.

Note: You could also use the find and replace feature in Wordpad if your database isn’t very large.

The Import

Log on to your hosting account or your webserver and create a new MySQL database for WordPress, call it whatever you want.

Once you have created your new database, find PHPMyAdmin, and open it.

Click the name of the database you just created from the dropdown menu.

At the top of the screen it should say “Server: your_server(probably localhost) Database: your_database_name”

Click the Import Tab.

Now click the Browse Button and browse to the location where you saved your *.sql file in the first part of the tutorial.

Click Go at the bottom.

You should get a message at the top stating: “Import has been successfully finished, XXX queries executed.”

Your new database is now ready to go, exit PHPMyAdmin.

Important: If you are importing an extremely large database, over 5MB, you may suffer from a timeout and failed import. If this is the case you need to manually upload your data in parts. See Podz detailed instructions for restoring if you are having this problem

Edit, Upload, and Go!

Browse to your local WordPress installation.

Open up your wp-config.php file and input the MySQL details (username, password, etc.) of the new database you created in the previous step.

Note: If you want to continue using your local installation you will need to change wp-config.php back to what it was originally. You could also save a copy before editing.

Save and close wp-config.php.

Upload the ENTIRE contents of your local WordPress folder to the new location on your webserver. This new location should must be the same one you used in the first part of this tutorial when making changes to your *.sql file. This is important. If the locations are different, it will not work.

Your done, navigate to your new “live” WordPress powered website and enjoy.

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