It’s always better to be getting paid more, but increasing your profits is easier said than done.
On paper, I can write, make it so you’re being paid $13 a lead, while other affiliates are on $7 a lead, but to actually get to this can be tricky.
When we talk about increasing profits we immediately think about increasing output, which is true, but we can also think about cutting back; making more by doing less, which is how I often increase the profits of my campaign.
- Exclude certain devices or ISP’s = 12% higher ROI
- Split test 3 or more landing pages and go with the best performing =17% higher ROI
- Optimize your landing page for speed = 6% higher ROI
- Split test 5 offers and run with the top one = 23% higher ROI
But, the above is a technical way of increasing profits, but it can and does work.
An easier way of increasing your profits, and possibly the easiest way is to do it, is to get a bigger payout on your offer, whether it’s from an advertiser or your affiliate manager. Keep reading.
Getting a bigger payout
When an affiliate manager increases an affiliate’s payout it affects their own income, which is why they are often reluctant to do it.
If you’ve tried getting a larger payout from your affiliate manager before, then you’ve probably come across the various reasons affiliate managers use for not increasing your payouts, I won’t list them here, but, unless the network isn’t making much at the time you ask them then they can give you a bigger payout. You just need to make yourself more important.
How affiliate marketing works
When an advertiser gets a conversion, they pay the affiliate network. Afterwards, the affiliate network pays you.
For example: if an advertiser gets a conversion, and they pay the network $10 as a result, the network may go on to pay you $5. Increasing your payout means increasing this number.
Now, ideally, continuing from the numbers we used above, an affiliate network wants to generate large volume at $5 so that they can take $5 per lead.
But if another network can offer you $6 per lead then why settle for less? At the same time every network knows this and is still trying to gain profits, so they don’t want affiliates leaving. This means they have to be open to increasing payouts, but only to worthy affiliates.
You need to have a reason for your affiliate manager to increase your payout. Think about your relationship with them: have you been beneficial enough to them for them to consider listening to your request?
Send more volume
One of the ways to increase your value is by sending more volume to your network.
Here’s how I increase my volume in a few steps:
- Duplicate profitable campaigns multiple times within the same ad account.
- Duplicate profitable campaigns across multiple ad accounts.
- Use all other available ad formats.
- Scale profitable campaigns to similar traffic sources.
Different things will work for you but whatever you do you have to reach a point where you’re maximising an offer and sending out as much volume as possible with the payout you’re getting. Once you’re doing this, you can say to your manager that you’re breaking even and need a larger payout to so that you can increase your output and send even more volume their way and in turn make them more money. They should be happy to bump you up.
Increasing your volume isn’t easy, but there are other ways to make your contributions to your network bigger so that your manager can increase your payout.
Use there competitors
For this, to work you have to at least be breaking even. If you are, you can contact your affiliate manager and, with a bit of finesse, tell them that you’re breaking even. You can say that in order for you to bring in more volume you need more money, but you also mention that Network B is offering a bit more per conversion.
Here’s an example. Don’t just copy and paste this, write one that’s unique to your manager, this is just to give you an idea.
“Hey . . .
Thanks for letting me know about the Z offer, but I’ve been working it and it’s only allowing me to break even. I’ve been running it for [HOWEVER LONG YOU RUN ON AN OFFER FOR] and I can’t generate more profit without getting more per conversion.
Network B is currently offering $X per conversion, which is what I’d need to make this offer far more profitable for both of us and do more volume. What do you think? . . . I’ll get you a free round of drinks at the next Affiliate World Conference :)”
That should give you an idea. Don’t be arrogant or bossy, it’s better to give your affiliate manager hints and let them decide for themselves 😉
Have and maintain a good relationship with your affiliate managers
If your affiliate manager likes you, it makes life a lot easier. This is common sense and honestly goes without saying, but I just want to quickly remind you of the importance of it.
A good relationship means that they can offer a higher payout per conversion rate from the start and make you aware first of any opportunities popping up. So, be good with them, keep in contact with them, thank them when you know you should and if you have a chance to meet them in person get to know them.
Sending a large number of leads is important, but what’s more important is how much the advertiser generates from them.
For instance, if you send 350 leads and make $6 that’s good for you as the advertiser will pay you $2100, but if the advertiser only makes $1050 from it then it wasn’t lucrative for them, which is why affiliates get paused or removed from offers.
You want the opposite to happen. You send 350 leads, you make $2100 from it, and the advertiser instead generates $4200 because your leads were targeted and of high quality. Because of this, the advertiser will want more leads and pay you more per lead.
This is how thorough and high-quality traffic sources can increase your profit.
What to do once you get a higher payout
Do whatever you want with the money you generate from getting a higher payout. Seriously, it’s your money.
But, and it’s not hard to guess what I’m going to say next, think about reinvesting it, flipping it, doubling up, whatever you want to call it, but use it as a way to make even more money.
Use it in your campaigns, use it in more split tests, use it to test new verticals and use it to outsource grunt work or work you’re not good at such as designing and building new landing pages.
Remember, not every affiliate network can afford to give a higher payout, so if you pester them for it they can create the illusion they’re giving you a higher payout by reducing your conversions and increasing your payout. This is called scrubbing, or shaving. So despite it looking like you’re getting a higher payout, you won’t be as your conversions will be less.
This is why affiliates split-test networks, this involves testing similar offers across 2 or more different networks as a lot of networks work with the same advertiser or broker offers from each other.
Getting a larger payout is what you should be aiming to do, but you need a strong reason for your affiliate manager or advertiser to do it.
Add some weight to your name before you ask for more, and, if anything, people will be happy to pay you more if you’re giving them more.
In the west, internet speeds are generally pretty fast, whether you’re on the phone or your laptop websites load quickly, but in South America, Africa or parts of Asia, not everyone’s speed is as fast.
Imagine this scenario: someone in Thailand goes to your landing page and clicks it. They’re using 3G, and after waiting a couple seconds for it to load they go back and begin browsing something else . . . before they’re redirected.
The longer your page takes to load the fewer conversions you’ll get. Preferably, you want everything to load within a second, any longer than three then there’s a good chance you’re losing a number of conversions I wouldn’t even like to think about.
In brief: increase the speed of your entire conversion process. Remember, affiliate marketing is often interruptive, especially when you’re mobile marketing: ads usually appear when someone is looking at something entirely different.
On Adwords, it’s a different story as you may target the keyword computer software and you’re trying to sell an ebook on coding, so surfers may be more forgiving. But most of the time we redirect.
On a regular website with good SEO that’s on the Google rankings people casually click through it with more often than having no redirects. Being an affiliate it isn’t that easy: our ads are on other domains we don’t control, and the CPA [cost per action] offer is on another domain we don’t control.
Here’s an example of a common affiliate conversion process:
– Advertisement is placed on a website
– When someone sees our ad, it has to go through your Voluum link, the tracker
– If they click it they’re taken to your landing page
– Once someone clicks your CTA [call to action] they go back through your Voluum redirect link and through the affiliate network, although the clicker doesn’t see this part.
– Then, they reach the offer.
You can see why making sure all of the above is done quickly is important. As users go through so many hoops, having a slow moment can ruin a whole conversion, but luckily there is something you can do to increase the speed at each stage:
Have multiple web servers for your landing pages on each continent.
This actually is not as expensive as it may sound you can create servers in multiple locations across the globe for as little as $5 a month each, on cloud hosting platforms such as Digital Ocean and Vultr.
Having your landing pages hosted on servers as near to your visitors as possible can increase landing page load times by as much as 1 or 2 seconds, which is huge.
Prerender the next page the user will go to.
If you do not know the exact URL the user will go to when they go through your affiliate link you can ask your AM [affiliate manager] for the final destination URL of the offer and use the prerender script below but DO NOT use it on your CTA [call to action] make sure to use your tracking link as normal.
<link rel="prerender" href="http://cpa-offer.com">
Ask your affiliate manager for offer links that are geographically nearer to the audience.
Having your servers as close to the audience you’re trying to reach as possible. If you’re running a campaign in India, then you want your VPS and your server to be hosted as near there as possible so that landing and offer pages don’t take too long to load, so ask your affiliate network if they have different links for different countries.
It’s even worth going through the process under a VPN in the country you’re targeting so you can see just how much faster it all moves.
And plug-ins like HTTP Headers can show you how your process is redirecting and services like WebPageTest.com can show you how long your pages are taking to load.
For any campaign, the faster your process works the better. There’s a lot of information out there and people’s attention spans are becoming more and more intolerant, so you need to be as fast as they expect everything else online to be.
If you’re running a campaign that doesn’t take people to something they’re looking for then speed is paramount. And, sometimes, it’s the one thing that decides whether or not your campaign is going to be successful.
If you ain’t trying to ball out then what the fuck you work for? – King Chip
The first time I made a profit from affiliate marketing, I felt relieved. Before that I wasn’t sure if I was wasting time by entering the world of affiliates and that any chance of making an income from it was a fabricated dream pedalled by phony millionaires posing in front of rental cars and homes they didn’t own so they could trick people into paying for their services, but in reality, their income was an average wage.
When I made my first $50 in profit I thought maybe I was being pessimistic and it wasn’t a lie, but I still had a lingering thought: if it isn’t a lie then why are some affiliates trying so hard to force their success down your throats? The real rich, your Bill Gates’s and Steve Jobs’ didn’t have to tell you they were rich. Other people did that for you. Your friends told you how much money they had. Not someone who couldn’t put a sentence together without telling you how much money they had . . . Long story short, despite making that small amount of money I was still skeptical, but now, it’s my living.
Were all those affiliates shouting about how many millions they had lying? I don’t know, and I’m not concerned about them. I make a living and travel the world through this, and the amount of useless information I had to plough through to get here I honestly wouldn’t wish on anyone, which is why I started this blog, to begin with: so you don’t have to deal with all the noise and have a chance to make a living from affiliate marketing too. Anyway, I’ve gotten a bit sidetracked so let’s get to it.
In this article I’m going to tell you how you can increase your profits and how I still increase my profits now; scaling.
Scaling is when you increase the volume of an already profitable campaign.
For example, recently I ran a campaign that made me $250 in profit a day. Through scaling, I transformed this into $1050 a day. I’ve had campaigns far more successful than this, but that’s just a recent example.
Before I started scaling the campaign my profits, or return on interest (ROI), was quite large. I had an 80% ROI on this campaign. If you scale when a campaign is at, let’s say 20% ROI, you’ll have to work harder and you’ll make less.
If you’re struggling to make much profit try…
• Using better ads, angles, and landers
• Testing offers
• Removing bad placements
I separate my scaling into two parts.
This is when you expand your campaigns on its current traffic source. You can do this by:
Scaling your campaign to a different country, but be aware that your campaign will perform differently in different countries because of several reasons, culture, language, traffic and so on. Because of this, some affiliates like to scale to countries that are similar to ones they’re already scaling to first, for example from the United Kingdom to the United States.
Coming up with a system of new ad uploads so that you can improve the click-through rate on them.
Increase your bids and see how your traffic is affected
Pausing sites that aren’t making a profit.
Trying different types of traffic, for example, scaling from mobile web banner traffic to mobile app banner traffic on AdWords.
If you’ve done all you can with your current traffic source the next thing you can do is to scale to similar audiences.
If your campaign is profitable on Google Display Network, scale to another simply network such as Avazu mDSP
If you If your campaign is profitable on Zeropark, scale to another pop traffic network such as AdCash.
Done testing out similar traffic sources, then you can try the ones that much more different.
Example: Scaling from Google Display Network to Facebook Ads
Don’t get so caught up in scaling that you ignore your other campaigns and other ways of making profit. And don’t overreach, there’s a limit to how many campaigns you can run. If you overstretch you run the risk of having less effective campaigns, so be consistent in the management of your campaigns.
If one, or more, of your campaigns, is extremely successful and others aren’t, then you can pause those campaigns and focus on vertically/horizontally scaling the most profitable campaign(s).
So if you five campaigns on one traffic source two were doing really well, then you could pause the less performing three and focus on the well performing two, but don’t forget about the remaining three. Come back to them. But the extra time you have means you could do more tests in the well-performing areas. Remember, profit is the goal, so even a campaign that has a big ROI could be making less profit.
One campaign could have 100% ROI but only have a profit of $50 a day while another campaign could have 30% ROI but a profit of $1000 a day.
Act your wage – Lethal Bizzle
Scaling costs money. Don’t go broke trying to scale.
Side note: I’m not big on debt, so I don’t use credit cards for any aspect of affiliate marketing, and I really wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not making serious money. Serious means you have the choice of being paid weekly, so more than $1000 a week, that kind of money means your manager will have to listen when you suggest being paid weekly.
Scaling is an excellent way to increase your profits. Having the income to do it often means you’re actually making good money through affiliate marketing, and that your attempt at becoming financially better off wasn’t just a dream. If you’re scaling isn’t leading to as much as you like, don’t worry, if you stick to it you’ll get there. There’s a lot of noise in the affiliate marketing world, so stay focused on what you’re doing and don’t let the exaggerated glamorous life so many Affiliates are pushing distract you. There’s a lot of noise in the affiliate marketing world, but remember the start of this article: the richest people you know and that you’ve ever heard of never had to tell you they were successful.
Before I became an affiliate I worked in sales for over four years. It was my first job, and I had no understanding of how to sell things in the ‘professional’ context. I’d sold things before, like maybe convincing a student in school to buy a pack of sweets I had but didn’t want or selling an old bike of mine to a friend. We’ve all done something similar. It could’ve been our services or our time we’ve sold: you’re selling yourself in a job interview or job application, so all of us have some experience.
When you think about it like this selling isn’t scary. Even if you think you’re not good at it or are petrified of the idea it’s the same as everything: if you practice you’ll get better.
Affiliate marketing is about selling. Throughout your campaigns you’re selling to people, even if it’s not the type of selling you in films and on TV. All because you’re not in a suit in an office filled with high-powered professionals doesn’t mean you’re not a salesman. The people in the car-boot sale are salesman, so is your dentist.
Selling is about knowing your customer. The hard kind of selling people immediately picture when they think of selling is usually only used when:
- You don’t know your customer
- You’re desperate
- You’re selling stuff that isn’t good
Seeing affiliate marketing as sales can do a lot for your campaigns, so continue to read to learn how you can apply ‘sales techniques’ to affiliate marketing.
Make it about the customer. It’s common knowledge that everyone’s favourite topic, or at least their main priority, is themselves. Make it about them.
If you’re unaware who your demographic is then do a little a research. Once you have a picture, ask questions in your campaigns that you know your customers want the answers to and write in a way they’ll understand.
For example, when running an online casino campaign you need to sell the visitor on the idea that they could really win a jackpot with CashMoney Online Casino so the questions they want the answer to are have other people won, do they get free spins or there first deposit matched and how much could they win. To make sure the visitors your targeting understand you can measure the readability of your copy by using https://readable.io/
Directly related to research is finding out what drives the customer emotionally. If you can find that out and then appeal to it then it can make your campaigns far more effective.
To help you do this, go on forums, reddit, discussions and blogs to find out how your customer thinks. For example, if your customers are gamers then look at gaming blogs and look at the topics they discuss and the issues they have. Join groups as well and interact with them.
From doing this you’ll understand what your customer desires. You’ll be able to write in a way that connects immediately and not sound like a machine that’s trying to cater to everyone who comes across them.
Use their language, but keep some level of formality. If you know your audience well this won’t be a problem and will come naturally.
People are more concerned with suffering a loss than enjoying themselves. This is why you often see adverts telling you what you’ll lose if you don’t take up their offer. Take a look at these kinds of ads and see if they can help your campaign as well.
You’re trying to be the perfect marketer for their demographic.
Here are some essential things to do that people often ignore that will make selling easier for you and make your campaigns as straightforward as possible:
- Personalise your landing pages and as much of your campaign as possible so that’s it’s for the customer base you’re aiming for
- Don’t have too much information available at one time
- Have people do one thing the moment they come across your campaign. Keep it simple.
- Have your CTA (call to action) button be a different colour to the background and have it slightly larger than the text. Only have one button a page and few other links that go to the destination.
- Ask for the sale. Example: Click the button below and get 100 free spins with CashMoney Online Casino.
Keep your campaigns clear and simple. You often see landing pages that limit visitors to only one option, maybe by presenting the other offers as sold out, which also increases urgency, or by offering a single option.
You can do this by
- Offering what you have for a limited time or by making it available for free for a limited time
- Use examples of people who didn’t take action but lost out.
A lot of the above is why the landing pages affiliates copy convert.
It’s important to remember that only a fifth, if not less, of your audience will be interested. This is a general rule in selling. For every 100 people who come across your campaign maybe only 20, or 10, will have an interest. It goes without saying that those are the people you want.
Have your customers agree with you
It’s common practice to have trial questions in an ad, where the advertiser asks three or more questions that it knows the customer is going agree with:
Has your car ever broke down?
Have you ever had a flat tire?
Have you ever been in accident that wasn’t your fault?
The advertiser would then go on to sell you something.
I don’t use this tactic often as it’s the kind of advert that I’ve never seen to be effective, but you can try this in your campaigns and see if it works.
Don’t make your ads look overly corporate. Adverts that look a bit amateur are less intimidating and don’t conjure up stereotypes in people’s heads. They seem smaller and more personal.
Stories often sell better than facts
Look for ads where storytelling is used to great effect, for example, this Zodiac Casino Advertorial…
If it’s done well it can have tremendous effect (if it’s done wrong it can look fake and forced).
If you’re story’s good then you won’t have to rush to get to the point. Try and make it humorous.
Really do a lot of research into ads that use stories well and find out what makes them work. That’s the whole point of imitating. Once you have it down you can make your own.
Selling is an activity that has had tons of research on it. You’d be a fool not to look into it if you want to get better, but this article, hopefully, has it made it clear to you that it’s isn’t as difficult as it seems, and you can consciously add it to your campaigning as well.
To know more about selling try reading Ca$hvertising by Drew Eric Whitman and Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini.
How do you make your dream materialize when there are countless obstacles in your way and millions wanting the same thing? Not to mention reality, children, bills, illness and everything else often halts every attempt and reminds you that what you’re gunning for is a dream, nothing else. But people dream for a reason, and it’s difficult, but not impossible, to achieve them.
There are things anyone determined to achieve a goal needs to keep in mind no matter how bleak things get. This is the purpose of this article, and I’m going to tell you how you can begin to make your dream materialize.
The competition isn’t as big as you think
Everyone’s dealing with setbacks of reality the same way you are, and their dedication to achieving their goal varies. Most will quit early on and begin something else or learn to live happily in the world they’ve built for themselves without a desire to achieve the dream they once had.
Only a few people remain consistent. They are the top 10%. That’s where you should be, and it’s the people there who you should be competing with.
Begin as a novice
What often puts people off chasing their dream is that they know they’ll have to spend an unpredictable amount of time as a novice at what they do. This is intimidating and almost embarrassing: everyone knows what you’re trying to do, and they know you haven’t got there.
Procrastination can be a result of this anxiety. It can also be a result of a learned fear of failure. The latter is paralyzing and you can spend far too much time calculating or even worse, imitating what’s popular to avoid criticism and failure.
Don’t be afraid to be a novice. Everyone who is successful in the field you want to succeed in was a novice at some point as well.
When you decide to take your dream seriously, you need to learn about it. Get coaching, get a teacher or at the very least read around it and do research. Grow a thick skin and pick out what could help you improve from any piece of criticism – no matter how harsh.
Without learning as much as possible about what I wanted to do and then applying it, I wouldn’t have seen the success I’ve seen now.
Without being taught or without learning about the area you want to succeed in your dream won’t materialise.
Getting to the top 10% in your field can only be done by following principles taught by other people who have been through the journey to achieve the same aim as you, but at some point, in order to become the best at what you do, you’ll have to become an innovator. Remember this.
Don’t live by the results of other people’s thinking
Playing by the rules can dangerously halt your performance. Traditional ladders are often rigid and can slow you down and make you average. Just think about mainstream education: they punish error therefore making you afraid to try anything different and keeping you trapped in a certain way of thinking. If what you’re doing seems risky or even crazy to others and yourself (at least initially) then you should keep doing it. Follow your heart and the voice inside of you. Stay faithful, stay true to yourself and good things will follow if you persist.
Persist until you get to where you want to be
Be patient. Ermias Ashgedom, AKA Nipsey Hussle, has often described the road to success as a marathon, not a sprint. This analogy says it all: keep running until you get to the finish line.
Make your life optimise your performance
While you’re away from work, like sleeping, spending time with friends, or other activities, your subconscious is working through problems you want to solve. Leverage your subconscious so that it’s constantly concerned with how to achieve your dreams.
This is why when you wake up the first thing you need to do is act. This may be returning to work you started the day before or by beginning something new. Do this before anything else so that you can capture the work your subconscious has been doing while you were asleep.
Being physically and mentally healthy is crucial for enhanced performance as well. Our body and mind work in unison, so when we’re healthy we’re more prone to inspiration, so ensure your mind and body are free from tension.
Allow time for recovery
Give yourself time to rest and recover. What occurs in fitness occurs in all activities; if you never take break from what you’re doing you won’t build strength, stamina, and endurance. Recovery can take place in different forms, it can be listening to music, spending time with friends and family, preparing and eating food or whatever it is that rejuvenates you.
Be positive when you work
Many people experience emotional resistance before starting a task. This can be due to fear, uncertainty, and feelings of inadequacy. You don’t want these emotions to be present while you work as they will negatively influence how you perform. Turn your emotional state into a positive one because how you feel during the time that you’re working can determine the quality of it.
Don’t be afraid of fear
To be fearless is impossible, but you can use it to drive you. Use the fear of whatever it is you’re going to do make you stronger so that when it arrives you can sit and perform comfortably beside it.
In psychology there are four stages of motivations, fear is the first one, everything you do is to prevent punishment and negative outcomes, so you do what you think others want you to do.
The second one is reward, where everything you do is for the result. The danger here is that you become unable to truly collaborate or take in feedback as you’re fixated on the rewarding outcome.
Duty is the third stage, and the first of the intrinsic stages, which is a stronger motivator than the extrinsic first two stages. Duty is when you act whether you receive a reward or not, and you’re not afraid of punishment because you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the result, whether that means changing initial mindset, ideas, or strategies.
Love is the final stage. You act because of inspiration and you enjoy performing solely because you enjoy doing it. This is when you’re happy to collaborate and sacrifice rewards, ignore fear and go beyond your duties to achieve goals.
You can do what you love for a living if you’re willing to work hard enough, make sacrifices and remain forever consistent.
If you want it bad enough, I don’t need to tell you what to do; you’ll do whatever it takes. You’ll reduce time with friends, lose sleep, take risks, find a mentor, get educated, and look foolish.
If you want it bad enough, you won’t even need to read this article.
Strategy #1: Cheap direct buys
This is one of the most lucrative strategies I use to generate a near passive income from Monetizer. The best part is you can pretty much outsource most of the work to a virtual assistant (VA).
Researching direct buy opportunities
The first part of this strategy involves finding sites with high traffic volumes that would be open to adding popup, popunder and back-button scripts to their site for a set monthly fee, usually referred to as a ‘direct buy’.
The types of sites that are most open to this are free movie sites, free/download music sites, torrent sites, porn sites and Android APK sites. You can usually use it on sites where Google Adsense is not a viable option.
Some of these sites may already be working with networks like Popads, but understand that pop-traffic sources like Popads pay the webmaster of these sites peanuts so the majority of the time they are more than happy to take me up on my offer to buy their traffic.
Google is the best tool to find these sites. Yep, Google, the everyday search engine you use 24/7.
When searching for direct buy opportunities, I use the local search engine. For example, if I was looking for sites in Brazil I would use www.google.com.br not Google.com as www.google.com.br would bring up the localized search results.
Next, I use Google translate and search for sites using translated keywords the locals would use to find free music downloads. I repeat this with free film sites, torrent sites and so on.
Once I have a list of potential sites to proposition I email them every few days (I use an autoresponder for this) until I get a response.
Here’s a copy of the stock email I use 🙂
You can download the email template I use here
Once I get in contact with them, I arrange for a small test to evaluate the traffic quality. The number of tests and the duration of them usually depends on the amount of traffic volume I receive.
Note: Sometimes these webmasters will have absolutely no idea how to install the scripts you need them to run, such as the popunder and back-button scripts, so you may need to talk them through it.
When setting up the campaign in Monetizer for these types of buys I prefer to select the top 3 – 5 converting offers in each vertical over seven days rather than wait for the system to auto-optimize. As far as I’m concerned it’s already done that using all the traffic other affiliates have sent through their links.
Once I’ve started working with a few of these site owners I like to get them to recommend me to their other web masters and get the word out that I’m looking to buy traffic directly. I’ve had some introductions and they’ve proved very lucrative.
Strategy #2: Add cash generating scripts to your landing pages.
The second lucrative strategy I use to make money with Monetizer is by adding several cash generating scripts to all the landing pages I use on my standard campaigns.
These are scripts you want to be adding on all your landing pages:
Popunder scripts (this should execute when the user clicks your CTA button)
Back-button scripts (this redirects the user when they hit the back button on their browser)
Delayed meta refresh script (redirects visitors after a certain amount of time.)
Here are some numbers from a campaign I’m running in Hungary right now. By adding all the scripts listed above and sending the traffic to Monetizer I’ve made an extra $522 over the last seven days. This is probably as close as you’ll ever get to free money.
Okay, I’ve given away enough cash generating methods for one day. Go and join Monetizer and start making those dollars. Cha Ching!
I remember five years ago when I first started doing affiliate marketing the only way to spy on your competition on mobile was to have several phones from different brands and a dozen or so SIM cards on different networks.
I would come home from work and spend hours swapping out SIM cards into different phones entering a list of URLs one by one for websites where popups would appear, hoping I would find a good antivirus or sweepstakes landing page. I would spend hours taking screenshots and copying landing page URLs to rip later. . . Times have changed.
One of the best and worst things that have happened in the last two years is the development of advanced spy tools such as Adplexity.
As affiliates, we can now see thousands of campaigns that our competitors are running all across the globe with a few clicks.
However, the majority of affiliates don’t really know how to use this powerful tool to its full potential. The majority of affiliates signup to spy tools like Adplexity and get overwhelmed by the massive amount of data available and have no idea how to use it, or the landing pages, placements and offer information to maximize their returns.
So I’ve decided to write this guide and give you my three secrets to stealing the competition’s best converting landing pages with Adplexity.
SECRET #1: Understand what makes a good landing page
Before you even consider paying the $199 a month it costs for Adplexity (click here to get it for $149 a month – COUPON CODE: CASHMONEYAFFILIATE) you need to understand what actually makes a good landing page GOOD. That way you know what you’re looking for.
Below I break down three things that make a good Antivirus, sweepstakes, and Advertorial landing page
1) A strong sense of urgency, so this could be a count down or a warning that the user’s device could cease working if action I not taken immediately.
2) A sense a familiarity, using familiar logos and colors is a great way of instilling a sense of familiarity and trust in visitors.
3) Warning colors and signs like red and yellow and signs such as exclamation marks or stop signs.
1) A strong sense of urgency so this could be a count down or a warning that there are only x number of gifts reaming.
2) Authentic looking testimonials. You want to appear to your visitor as if they are happening in the moment.
3) A sense a familiarity, using familiar logos and colors is a great way of instilling a sense of familiarity and trust in visitors.
1) Must be easy to read and translated correctly if running in non-English GEO’s
2) Authentic looking testimonials 10 or more with a few negative ones
3) A sense a familiarity, using familiar logos and colors is a great way of instilling a sense of familiarity and trust in visitors.
SECRET #2: Search for phrases on the landing page in the local language
Mini case study
A few weeks ago on the EPC reports, I was getting from my affiliate networks, a Turkish Antivirus Vodafone offer kept popping up.
I had no idea how affiliates were running this as the offer was only accepting Vodafone traffic, but I knew that an affiliate had probably seen another affiliate running it and ripped the page before another affiliate had seen them running it and proceeded to rip it too – without bothering to cloak it, so Adplexty had probably done its job and catalogued it.
I found out what type of landing page affiliates were running by using local language phrases that were likely being used on the landing page. I ran the same campaign (landing page and Clickdealer offer) on Avazu DSP pop traffic because they have access to most of the major pop traffic sources via a single platform, meaning I didn’t have to waste time setting up the same campaign across similar traffic sources again and again.
After running the campaign for eight hours and pausing underperforming targets I had the campaign making an easy $250+ in profit a day for almost 12 days. Not bad for thirty minutes work.
Now let’s imagine I was an affiliate with little experience and not willing to invest the $199 a month it costs for Adplexity (click here to get it for $149 a month – COUPON CODE: CASHMONEYAFFILIATE) technology that is proven to save affiliates time and money, I would’ve lost out on $3000+. How much have you lost out on because you weren’t willing to invest in your business?
SECRET #3: Don’t just copy what works improve on it and innovate
In secret number #1 I showed you what elements make a good landing page in three specific verticals.
One of the biggest mistakes most affiliates make when using spy tools is simply ripping pages and running them without adding improvements. I cringe at the thought of the number of affiliates that have not added these basic improvements to the landing pages they’ve ripped and then gotten frustrated when the CTR / CVR is not as great as they expected.
live comments sections (sweepstakes and advertorials),
back button scripts,
delayed meta refresh scripts,
Better color combinations (https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/)
Intro / exit scripts
Improving loading speed by removing or editing bad code
Basic Adplexity Traning
1. Only search by the last four weeks
Audiences become blind to certain banners and ads quickly, so to be a successful affiliate you need to know what’s working right now and what’s not.
Of course, you won’t really know what’ll do well until you test it, but spy tools are useful as they can paint you a picture of what’s currently bringing results in the affiliate marketing world and what’s not.
Rather than waste time by creating and running landing pages, look at what people are using right now, and this will allow you to see what’s really making money in the current affiliate landscape.
2. Cut landing pages that aren’t affiliate run from your results
To do this you need to filter by tracking tool and by affiliate networks. This will cut out landing pages that aren’t run by affiliates. After this you’ll find that some of the results will be branded campaigns. See example below:
Don’t waste time spying on these as they’re not affiliate run, but feel free to use them as inspiration.
You can also filter by the affiliate networks you’re in and then see what offers other people are running, then run the same offer.
3. Download landing pages from Adplexity
You can test out a landing page you find on Adplexity:
#1 Select the landing page you want to download
#2 Click Show More
#3 Click Download this landing page
It’ll then save all of the images in a zip folder. Unzip it and click on the right HTML or PHP file to open it.
Use whichever code editor you use to change the links, then check for malicious code and upload it to your server and see what happens.
4. Look at the data in the filters for a rough guide
Have a look at these screenshots from Adplexity Mobile.
The data shows that pop-up and pop-unders are the most popular ads Adplexity Mobile has found, but besides that, there’s not much else you can do with the data.
You could use it to look for areas of lower competition as GEOs with lower results in the spy tool have lower competition.
Conversely, you could choose not to run on AdCash in a big GEO because it will be extremely competitive.
How to use this information
Bring your current angles into new GEOs
You might see a good angle running on NZ traffic, so you could then translate it and use it in tier two and/or tier three countries.
You could look at places where there is far less competition and make a move there.
Use the tutorial
Adplexity has a great tutorial to help you understand it. Use it.
Spy tools will make your work easier and allow you to be more efficient. They give you an extra eye on competitors and other opportunities, but ensure you test your own ideas against the ones you find in spy tools, and remember, spy tools give you a useful insight, but the unique ideas you come up with always have the most potential to be the most lucrative, so be creative.
You’ve got to speculate to accumulate
You need money to make money
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way
Although there are a million ways of saying it, they all have the same premise; we should never fear the loss of money. When you’re trying to make it on your own and no-one is around to give you feedback, it can be incredibly hard to lose money and we have all been there. If we take the marketing industry as an example, the most successful people in the market are known for spending hundreds if not thousands each and every day. However, they are still seeing a return otherwise they wouldn’t be the ‘most successful people in the market’, right?
Currently, the success rate in the industry is at a low point but not because of some external factor that is preventing everyone from succeeding. No, the biggest barrier right now is the mindset of the people entering the market. Of course, we should note that this isn’t weak because some of the strongest minded people in the world can be afraid to lose money; it just seems to be a little kink that we have in our armory as humans.
If we look at our own bodies, they would be quite happy staying in the same position all day. If we could, our bodies would love to lay in bed playing video games and surfing the net but it is our minds that get us up and to the office at 08:00 every morning. As with anything, this is a kink that can be ironed out and I have compiled a few handy tips today!
Starting a Successful Campaign – When starting in the industry, you will want to avoid one habit that many beginners have and that is throwing out numerous campaigns and just hoping that one will be successful. Instead, you need to approach every day with a strategy and each campaign with a plan. Below, you will find a good layout for a strategy when starting a campaign;
Step 1: Launch – To start, you will need to collect data from your first launch. If you were to spend £90 and it returned £25, it is easy to think ‘well, that’s a £65 loss’ but the truth is that you earned some revenue. Knowing that this campaign will convert, the only possible way to go from here is up.
Step 2: Initial Testing – Once again, your goal here will be to collect more data. For example, this can begin with splitting five separate offers to see which one brings in the highest revenue of the lot. If number three is seeing good results, you can then direct all of your traffic in this direction. At this point, you might spend £90 but your return increases to £40.
Step 3: Get Creative – So now you have an initial idea of what works, you can get creative with images. As you find the images that convert, you can start to lower your bids and you might even break even. However, the next step is one of the most important because you need to start pushing into profit.
Step 4: Finishing Touches – At this point, you might wonder what is more effective from direct linking and landing pages. In my opinion and experience, I would say that the latter is far more important so optimise your landing page as best as possible. After you do this, you might start to enter profit. Over time, you can play around with different features and keep the things that work whilst changing the things that don’t. As long as you don’t give up, you know that the campaign and future campaigns will only ever get more effective. If you’re lucky, you might hit a goldmine on the very first day but this doesn’t mean that you have mastered the industry; you still need to work out WHY it is working and how to improve even more.
If I use diamond mining as an example, some rocks will stay rocks but you have to move past these to make progress. As you continue to progress, you will eventually find those rocks that can be polished into diamonds.
Investment into Learning – If you are currently making loss after loss or maybe and this is something that concerns you, you have to realize exactly what this money is doing. Despite popular belief, this money hasn’t just been thrown down the drain. Instead, it has been an investment into your learning of the industry. Sure, you might have lost over £1,000 since first starting but you have learned some valuable lessons and mistakes that you will never make again.
As you have already made the decision to start affiliate marketing, there is no reason to back out after you have made some progress. When you make losses, you have two options; back out and give up or suck it up and keep learning. Ultimately, your passion for affiliate marketing will decide which one you choose.
Running Out of Funds – If you feel as though your funds are running low and you have no other option than to quit, I completely understand because I have seen it happen time and time again. Especially if you are above your twenties, you are likely to have rent, loans, expenses for a car, and you need the bare essentials to survive. If you are to get through this crisis, there are only two options; generate additional income or reduce your expenses.
Don’t worry, I know that this is easier said than done but I advise starting by writing down exactly where your money goes. After a week or so, you should spot where you are wasting money. For example, some people stay at home a bit more, pay less for takeouts and cook at home, loan books from the library instead of buying, etc. As I have said many times before, you need to invest just as much time as money so cut back on the nightclubs or meals in restaurants. If you work hard enough, you can resume this life once you start to see success (but not too much)!
In terms of generating extra income, why not look around your home and sell items you don’t need. For example, what about the old gaming systems you no longer play or the music system? If everything is within walking distance, why not sell your car and walk about town?
In the past, I have seen some people fund their campaigns in silly ways and this is something I never support. For example, I never advise funding your campaigns using a credit card because this increases your debt and there is no guarantee that you will see success at any point. If you don’t have the money, do not spend it. For sustainable growth, look towards the tips above for cutting back on your expenditure or generating additional income. Finally, I should also note that you should only spend disposable income. Once you have paid your rent and other vital payments, the rest can go towards whatever you please.
Have Confidence – If you have no confidence at all, there is no point in even continuing. When starting, you need to have full confidence that you will make it as an affiliate marketer and that everything that happens from now is just on that path to success. At the beginning, set some goals for how much you want to be making and break it down into days. For example, you might want £500 a week that is about £71 a day.
Also, pay attention to the 10,000 hours rule which says that anyone can become a master of anything as long as they have 10,000 hours of practice. Once you set realistic and achievable goals, you can take the right steps and get the hours under your belt. If you played the piano for this time, you would become a master of the piano and the same is true for internet marketing.
Lose the Attachment to Money – One of the biggest problems and why we don’t like to lose money is because we grow an emotional attachment to it. If we lose £x amount in a single day, we feel sad, annoyed, and demotivated. However, you need to lose this attachment if you want to move forward. When you invest this money into your business, you don’t need to think of the opportunity cost because you have learned lessons as we discussed earlier and you should have all of your bills paid beforehand.
Lower Your Needs – Another reason why we fear losing money is that we don’t want to lose the current lifestyle we enjoy. In life, we have all met people who overspend just because they feel as though they are constantly being judged by others and maybe you feel this way too. Therefore, you need to cut the cord between net worth and self-worth. No matter how many material items you own, you are still the same person; it just so happens that you are working hard now for a greater future.
Ultimate Goal – When the times get rough (and they will), you need to keep the end goal in mind. In truth, the definition of success will be different for all of us. While some want a huge house with a games room and a pool, others just want to put their kids through university and set them up in life. With this in mind, you need to find your definition of success and keep this in mind at all times. Once you have this clear objective in your head, you will have the strength to overcome every hurdle and pick yourself back up after getting knocked down!