Whenever you see a list of ‘home-based businesses to start this year’, you can almost guarantee that affiliate marketing is going to be one of the main options and this is because it has grown in popularity in recent years. However, as those that have tried it will know, it isn’t as easy as it first looks. Of everyone who starts in the industry, only a rare few make a career from it and this is why I’ve have compiled a list of superb tips today!
Lose The Excuses
Before we go any further, we have to start with the many excuses that exist today. Whether it is ‘I’m too busy’ or ‘I don’t even know where to start’, you need to lose these from your mind straight away because they give you an easy way out as soon as things start to turn for the worst. Over the years, many people have succeeded with affiliate marketing from worse positions than you right now. For example, I recently read a success story on one of the forums about a 52-year old guy succeeding and we I’ve also seen results from those that are pregnant, have full-time jobs, have five children, have no qualifications, and even living in a third-world country.
Always Look For a Solution
One of the best lessons you will ever learn in life, let alone affiliate marketing, is that dwelling on the past will never get results. If there were a way to go back in time and fix mistakes or bad situations, we would all be doing it constantly. However, there isn’t and this means you need to look ahead for the solutions rather than worrying about what has already gone; you wouldn’t drive a car looking in the rear-view mirror (I hope)!
Once again, this leads back to forgetting the excuses. If you can’t design graphics, there is no point repeating this fact time and time again. Instead, you need to find out how to make your own graphics or simply use a site like Fiverr where you can get them made for an affordable price. In life, there are people with no opportunity at all so you should have no excuses entering one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. If you are serious about making money, go out there and make it happen.
You Will Fail
Along the journey you are about to begin, there will be mistakes and failures along the way and this is just something you have to face. However, it is your job to be different; rather than giving up after a month, you will be one of the rare people who rise above the challenge and learns a lesson from the failure. Once this lesson has been learned once, you become stronger and you reduce the chances of it happening ever again.
If you ever need inspiration, think about restaurant owners. Initially, they take out huge loans just to get started. Over the first few months and maybe even years, they work for 16 hours each day before even making a profit. If they can do it, so can you!
One Campaign is Enough
As the great Thomas Edison once said when inventing the light bulb – I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Not only is this quote amazingly beautiful, it sums up the approach you need to take. With a simple search online, you will find unlimited examples of people who lost money over time on numerous campaigns. However, it took just one campaign to right all of these wrongs and get on the right path. Knowing that you are just one campaign away at all times, you can use this as motivation every single day.
Despite this word being just three letters long, it is one of the hardest things we find to do. When starting in affiliate marketing, we know how it feels but there is only a certain amount of research you can do. Instead of researching the same things over and over again, you eventually have to take the jump and act.
With affiliate marketing, there is no plan to follow which many people find scary. On the other hand, though, you have an opportunity to find success in a way that nobody else ever has. If you have ever watched baseball or cricket, each batter has their own individual stance when at-bat and this is because they have found what has worked for them; this is part of the reason why they have found success. Instead of copying others, they found what worked for them and have stuck with it ever since and this is what you also need to do. Although there are various websites and blogs giving advice, they will never be able to find what works for you as well as you; this is a bit of a mouthful but it is completely true!
Practice Makes Perfect
When you first pick up a guitar, you don’t expect to be able to play it instantly. In the same way, you can’t expect to master affiliate marketing in an instant because it is a skill. As I said earlier, you will keep making progress as long as you are willing to learn from previous campaigns. If you look at the top people within the affiliate marketing industry, they all got there the same way; hard work.
When you launch your first campaign, the likelihood is that it will be poor and you won’t see results. However, you learn what worked and what didn’t for the next campaign. If the next one is a failure also, you go through the same process of learning what was right and what was wrong. Eventually, you will have held on to all the rights whilst correcting all the wrongs.
In the affiliate marketing industry, there has been a huge boost to the amount of opportunities available in recent years. Even when working on one campaign, you will have your manager approaching you to discuss new opportunities. At times, this can be a little overwhelming but you have to remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and this leads nicely onto the next tip.
Stick to Your Plan – If you are in the middle of launching a new campaign, you need to set your initial plan and then stick to it. Just as you would with any other campaign, choose where the traffic will come from, set your budgets and timings, keep a journal of how things progress, and have an ultimate goal for the end. Once you learn how to say ‘no’, it will be one of the best things you have ever done!
If you are in the middle of launching a new campaign, you need to set your initial plan and then stick to it. Just as you would with any other campaign, choose where the traffic will come from, set your budgets and timings, keep a journal of how things progress, and have an ultimate goal for the end. Once you learn how to say ‘no’, it will be one of the best things you have ever done!
Choose Your Circle
Furthermore, I also advise choosing a close circle of people to have around you throughout the process. Both in your career and personal life, you will need a close circle of friends that push you forward and keep you motivated. Rather than surrounding yourself with negativity, you and your group can all face your fears together and see results.
Within this, I would also say that you should close the gates a little too. If you are used to trusting everyone you come across, I highly advise closing the shutters because some people will happily use you as a climbing frame to boost themselves up the ladder. Once again, stick to your close group and learn from each other every day.
When people feel as though they are never going to progress or make something of themselves, they tend to bring all those down around them. If you are nodding your head and can instantly associate this with someone you know, you need to cut them from your life completely. With these negative people, they will highlight your downfalls rather than praising you on the good points and this can be extremely damaging. Also, these people can be found within strangers and some people make a living from scamming people so be wary of who you trust as I said before.
On the other hand, you will also have people who try and get back into your life once you start seeing success. For example, this always happens with lottery winners because people will think ‘I know them, maybe I can get myself back in there’. Whenever this happens, you just need to focus on your own close circle of friends and forget those you left behind. If you haven’t spoken to someone for eight years, there is probably a good reason for this so trust your younger self.
When entering the affiliate marketing industry, you will have to give it all you have. During the limited free time you do have, you will soon find out who your true positive influences are by who tries to stay in contact. While others are out in nightclubs spending money on something that brings no return longer than a couple of hours, you will probably be in the office or in bed getting ready for another tough day tomorrow. When one particularly young successful affiliate marketing expert was asked why he was able to succeed, he told an audience to phone him and ask that question on a Friday night because he would still be in the office making it work.
Quest For Knowledge
Before you even start, you need to have the thirst for knowledge which is something that doesn’t exist within most people that give this industry a go. If you aren’t learning, you are simply being left behind and surely you don’t want this to happen?. From just a few dollars and hours of your time, you could learn lessons from books that will last a lifetime.
After this, i also recommend talking to as many people as you can. If you happen to get in contact with someone who has seen success, ask them questions and make the most of the opportunity rather than letting it go to waste. If possible, find a mentor who is willing to take you under their wing and teach you all they know.
Finally for this section, i also recommend attending as many conferences on affiliate marketing as you can. Once you start to get information from multiple angles and perspectives, you get to learn the industry inside-out. As soon as you have this luxury, you will be in a much stronger position to succeed!
Know Your Demographic
Considering you need to appeal to your chosen demographic, do you know everything there is to know about them? If you lack the knowledge here, how do you expect them to pay any attention to what you have to say? With the most successful affiliate marketers today, they have Facebook groups and scan through forums to learn everything there is to know. Furthermore, you should be looking at the advertisements that are targeted towards this audience to see how they differ to your own.
Just as we discussed before, this comes back to the theory of learning from mistakes and wanting to learn as much as you can. As you begin, you will soon find that there is always something to be tested. Whether it is new angles, landing pages, traffic sources, wordings, phrases, angles, perspectives, pop-ups, bidding prices, web hosts, countdown timers, and so much more. As you learn what works through testing, you won’t have to waste time with processes that will fail and you won’t have to rely on new offers and the latest trends.
At all times, you should be keeping an eye on your competition because this is…well, who you are competing against. If you make more than the competition on the exact same offer, this means that you will see more traffic from outbidding, you can grab the high CTR pages, you will always be more profitable, and you can continue to survive whilst they struggle. According to research, 20% of affiliate marketers make four-fifths of the money and testing allows you to reach the top 20%!
Over the years, we have seen many people get excited when their first campaign starts to do well. As their income increases, they treat themselves to a nice car, new house, holidays, and fashionable new clothing. However, the campaign comes to an end or it takes a turn for the worse. Suddenly, their cost just to maintain their lifestyle has rocketed but they have no means to continue paying for it all. After doing well for a couple of months, they end up in debt and go back to the 9-5 job they were trying to escape in the first place.
When the first campaign does well, you will feel good but you need to remember to spend your money carefully. If it all falls down, at least then you will have money saved to continue living until the next successful campaign comes around. Additionally, I highly advise testing more than ever during this phase. If you want this hot streak to continue, you need to pinpoint exactly what you’re doing right so you can utilise it. Rather than just letting it happen, find out why it is happening and it will occur again time and time again.
When a successful campaign is occurring, you have an opportunity to take a couple of risks and this means launching a second campaign as opposed to resting on your laurels. Just because you have had a successful campaign, this doesn’t mean that you are now set for life. Sure, it might mean that you can afford an assistant and a slightly better laptop but you still have to collide with the competition with each new campaign. If you are currently paying out for the minimum web hosting account possible, don’t go out spending all your money on fancy dinners and limo rides. Once you learn to reinvest, you will continue to accumulate income.
Don’t Be Afraid to Imitate – Before we head any further, we are not saying, under any circumstances, that you should copy someone else step-by-step. Instead, you can look to successful campaigns for ideas and inspiration. Back to the baseball example or even cricket or golf, you might start by imitating the professionals on the TV. Eventually, though, you have to innovate and find what works for you.
When building an email list, you might sign yourself up to some popular email lists just to get a sense for the correct style and information. Once you get the right style, you can add your own unique features. Once in this stage, you can use the tips I have already provided such as testing and learning to make sure you succeed for longer than one week.
Be Willing to Adapt
Despite the affiliate marketing industry being relatively young, it has aged considerably. If you were to look back at what worked early on, you could be fairly certain that none of these same tactics work today. For example, the very early landing pages are now very different. Therefore, you need to be willing to adapt as the changes come. If something that worked for a year isn’t now seeing results, always look for solutions as I explained at the very beginning; holding on to the past will get you nowhere.
As long as you are willing to put in the necessary hours, there is no reason why you can’t see success regardless of how many people are now trying. If you work harder and longer than your competitors, you will see results. If I have helped here today, please feel free to share this around and I wish you the best of luck in your efforts!
Over the last 2 years pop and redirect traffic has become much more competitive and more difficult for affiliates to make the $x,xxx a day they used to. This is primarily because of spy tools specifically Adplexity one of the most advanced mobile spy tools on the planet.
Affiliates running on pop traffic would find a winning campaign after testing dozens of landing pages and offer combinations and within a week or 2, the competition would spot their campaign on Adplexity rip and profit from their hard work.
The good news is the age of the spy tools may be slowly coming to an end, a new cloaker called Magic Checker is the only cloaker currently on the market that I have personally tested that can consistently hide affiliate marketers pop/redirect campaigns from advanced spy tools such as Adplexity as well as from Facebook, Google Adwords and other traffic source review teams.
In this guide, I’ll be showing you how to setup and use Magic Checker
They are currently offering a 14-day FREE trial once the trial comes to an end they have 3 pricing options 1 month, 3 monthly and Yearly. I would recommend going with the yearly one as you get a saving of $480 over the year. However, if you’re a newbie stick with the monthly option.
The great thing about Magic Checker is that every plan they offer has unlimited events this means you can send as many clicks through the cloaker and what you pay will not increase.
1. Upload your SAFE PAGE and MONEY PAGE
The first thing you’ll need to do is upload your safe page and money page on to your domain and put them both within the same folder.
You want your SAFE PAGE (the page you want the spy tools, ad approval team and affiliate network to see) to be compliant and your MONEY PAGE to be your real landing page that you want your actual visitors to see. For example, if you were running a super aggressive antivirus campaign you would want your SAFE PAGE and MONEY PAGE to look like the example below.
Let’s say your domain is http://www.yourdomain.com
You need to upload the SAFE PAGE and the MONEY PAGE in the same directory:
Once you’ve uploaded them onto your server i suggest you got to the urls and check over everything to make sure any scripts and functions are working correctly and the pages are rendering how they’re supposed to.
2. Create a Campaign in Magic Checker using your Safe and Money pages
Go back into your Magic Checker account and click the orange button that says “ADD CAMPAIGN”.
This is where you create rules to block unwanted traffic. The general tab is the most important, here you need to put a name for your campaign, Select the “Show dynamic content” option for both the safe page and the money page. You want to put your safe page and money url in the URL field for that option.
Next, you need to set the rules you want in place to protect you from unwanted visitors.
Let’s say we want only real visitors from the UK who use iOS phones, we need to go to the visitors tab, choose “Allow only” and find UK
We also only want iOS visitors so we need to go to the devices tab and select the iOS platform.
These are just a few examples of the different rules you can create with Magic Checker. Once you finish setting up everything make sure to save your first campaign.
3. Download the PHP file that Magic Checker generates and upload it to the same directory that hosts both your SAFE and MONEY pages.
Your first campaign has been created. You now need to download the Magic File for the campaign and upload it onto your domain.
You can download the file by just going to “Actions → Get file”
Once you’ve download the Magic Checker file you need to upload it up to your domain in the same directory as your SAFE and MONEY pages. If you remember your page were here:
So we have to upload your Magic Checker File to this directory:
The Magic Checker file is a PHP file so the URL string will look like this
Even if you don’t link directly to the index.php URL Magic checker will detect the file by default. So you could keep the URL like…
You could also rename the PHP file as well so the URL would like this
But in this case, you would have to use the full URL.
We now have our Safe page, Money page and Magic file in the same folder:
4. Copy the URL that links to the Magic Checker PHP file and add it to a landing page in tracking platform.
You need to add the Magic checker PHP file URL to your tracker this is how it looks in Voluum.
5. Create an affiliate campaign in your Tracker
Simply create a campaign as you normally would in your tracker putting your PHP file from Magic Checker as your landing page and adding an affiliate offer. Once you’ve done that you need to get your tracker’s campaign URL
6. Test your Tracking link
You’ll want to make sure that everything is working. So copy your tracking platforms campaign URL and check it on your mobile and desktop browsers. If you don’t meet the requirements you set in Magic Checker you should see your SAFE page.
You can check your log after your test to view the data as well.
7. Set campaign to Under Review mode
Before you set up your campaign on the traffic source end you want to set your campaign in Magic Checker to under review mode:
You also want to set a limit on the number of impressions, do that go to
Actions → Edit → Campaign status tab:
After the campaign hits the number of impressions that you set it will automatically switch to active mode.
8. Send your tracking link campaign URL to the traffic source for approval.
At this point you need to create a pop or redirect campaign in the traffic source of your choice and add your tracking link campaign URL and wait for your campaign to approved.
9. After campaign approval check your log in Magic Checker
When you campaign has been approved I recommend checking your statistics and log information at Actions → Statistics/Log. Magic Checker will show you the information of the traffic moderation team and most of the time they will block them from seeing your MONEY page. As a precaution I recommend adding their details to your rules as well.
10. Activate your Magic Checker campaign
Once you’re ready to start your campaign change the status of your Magic Checker campaign to active, unless you setup the option “Set Active after impressions”.
11. Keep an eye on you Statistics and Logs
You want to check you Statistics and Logs to make sure you’re getting the right visitors to your MONEY page.
Going to keep this nice and short, I have recently added 2 New Master Classes that are available at all membership levels to the Mobile Immersion Area. I’ll be adding new Master Classes every month the courses will vary in level some beginner, some intermediate and some advanced. These classes are in-depth video guides almost like mini-courses.
Below is a breakdown of the 2 Master Classes I’ve already added if you haven’t had a chance to check them out already make sure you do I have no doubt you are going to get a ton of value from it.
Video #1 – Introduction To Sweepstakes On Facebook
Video #2 – What Sweepstakes Offers To Run On Facebook
Video #3 – Landing Pages And Angels
Video #4 – Creating High CTR Images
Video #5 – Campaign Flow And Setting Up Your Safe Site
Video #6 – 3rd Party Cloaking Services
Video #7 – Setting Up Your Campaign In Traffic Armour
Video #8 – Setting Up Your Facebook Article Ad
Video #9 – Setting Up Your Facebook Page And Attractive Character
Video #10 – Publishing Your Article Ad To Your facebook Page
Video #11 – Audience Research
Video #12 – Running Your Facebook Sweepstakes Campaign
Video #1 – Intro To HTML
Video #2 – Hacking HTML
Video #3 – Open And Close Tags
Video #4 – Headings
Video #5 – Break Tags
Video #6 – Basic Formatting
Video #7 – Lists
Video #8 – Images Tags
Video #9 – Hyperlinks
This obviously just the begging it’s going to be an exciting year and I have a lot more planned.
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I know it’s been awhile, I hope you’re doing great and having a good start to the new year.
Over the last 2 months I have been quiet as I decided to take a very long needed break from the stress of been an affiliate day in and day out.
Chasing 100%+ ROI campaigns, going apeshit mad when a pimple-faced Facebook ad rep disapproves your ads and all the other crazy stuff that comes with been a full-time affiliate, can start to take its toll after a few years.
I’m finally back on the hustle and it feels good to be launching campaigns again.
I’ve got a lot planned this year and most of it involves helping you and other affiliates improve and learn how they can run better and more profitable mobile CPA campaigns.
The mobile immersion area will be getting weekly updates once again (I know I slacked off a bit), an update to make it more newbie friendly, as well as new in-depth guides on more advanced stuff.
I’ll be keeping you updated with all the new developments as and when they happen.
I’m extremely excited as a good friend of mine Oliver has just relaunched a tool that has helped me over the last 4 years tremendously, considering that I’m not a coder by nature and can just about edit a landing page.
This tool has been a lifesaver for me whenever I have needed to add a countdown to my landing page a back-button redirect and loads more, pretty much anything that would help me squeeze an extra ROI out of my campaigns.
He has just relaunched it and it is 10x better than before even newbies are getting incredible results with this:
Instead of investing $1,000+ in all of the tools we need to make more money online….
….things like exit intent pop-ups, geolocation, and more…
You now have the rare opportunity to get 20+ tools, all in one beautiful easy-to-use web-based interface… for less than $50.
19 incredible, necessary tools! for less than $50!
This deal is ending soon, though, so check out all of the tools you’re gonna get right here:
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