The Top 3 Secrets to Influencer Marketing

We are now the denizens of a world where the Internet is the connecting fabric of all of us. It influences us every decision and in fact most of our purchases begin here as well. While it has been decades since online marketers have been trying to harness the collective buying power of the Internet.

Recently though their efforts have been met with some strong opposition as traditional methods of advertising like banner ads or even media ads like rich text content or self promotional videos have been tanking. The people on the Internet do not trust brands anymore and traditional forms of digital marketing are being affected by Ad Blockers.

Influencer Marketing

So what is the way forward? Well a new form of disruptive marketing is taking the world by storm. Influencers are the new age celebrities and while traditional celebrities like footballers and film stars have a sizeable influence, there is a new crop of social media celebrities on the rise.

The young audience especially 70% of the teen demographic trust YouTube stars and are willing to base their purchase decisions off their recommendations. And 86% of women count on social media for their buying choices as well. So now that you understand how powerful influencer Marketing can be for you, let me just let you in on a few industry secrets so that you too can reap the rewards from this new powerful tool!

Celebrities are not always the best choice

Influencer Marketing scares many people away because they assume that he brand will have to spend big bucks and rope in a huge celebrity to endorse their product. However that is something that rarely works out in reality. Sure for a giant brand like Nike with a colossal marketing budget, it may be a good idea but for a brand that can afford something like 10,000$, spending it all on just one Instagram post may not be the best decision.

Microniche Influencers Get the Best Conversions

In fact, while getting a million eyeballs on your product is a good start, it doesn’t turn into profits unless you have a good conversion rates. This is specifically where micro niche influencers shine! Although their social media following may only reach into the thousands, they have through their content and interaction built up a devoted community around them which if tapped into wisely can provide a lot of value for the brand. Also working with smaller influencers is easier on the wallet as well.

Influencer Marketing is Highly Scalable

Once you get some traction with Influencer Marketing most brands are scared that they will not get much more returns even if they invest into acquiring more influencers. At the same time working out individual contracts with several influencers can be tedious and disrupt scalability. However just for this express purpose are several platforms like Viral Nation and Ninja Outreach that act as the medium between brand and influencer and helps scale brand influence and popularity way more easily.

If you had been afraid or on the edge about Influencer Marketing till now, after reading this, you have the inside edge to go out there and get your brand the publicity it deserves!

10 Affiliate Marketing Blog Themes to use in 2017 

Hey guys , This is one of the most interesting question what is the best theme for an ideal affiliate marketing blog, The answer is never simple and has been always very difficult to answer, As there are many themes and choosing a few of them is a very difficult task and also you can use any theme you like for the affiliate marketing purpose so this really doesn’t matter.. SO lets see which ones are my favorite affiliate marketing themes.

wordpress Themes for affiliate marketing blog

wordpress Themes for affiliate marketing

1. Optimize press

Optimize press is old, There might be many alternatives but I always loved this product and still love and use it, This is one of the most affiliate friendly themes making our life a lot easier. I have been using Optimize press for years and never had any problems, I even Used Optimize press with Super fast traffic from PPV traffic networks as well. It makes an affiliates life easy by providing your opportunity to build Landing pages, Squeeze pages, Sales pages in fact you can easily build whole funnel using this theme and that’s the reason it’s always my number 1 choice.

2. Geo deo

Specially build for affiliate marketers it allows you to include special discount codes, deals and coupons. Its easy to manage and has its own theme options panel to make your customization tasks easier.

3. Clipper

Clipper is another affiliate marketing theme which allows you to include deals , discount codes and coupons but the biggest plus is that it also offers you link cloaking and tracking which can be very helpful.

4. Echo

Echo is another great theme with a lot of flexible options, It can be a great theme for advertorial style CPA campaigns  and also its responsive and retina ready design with multiple SEO options is a great plus.

5. Games Zone

It could be a great games review niche blog for gaming enthusiast affiliates. One of the best themes available for gaming niche, It is highly customizable and can be used to create an authority review blogs/websites.

6. Smart Passive Income

As its name suggests it is a good theme to start your own affiliate blog and earn 8. Smart Passive Income using this theme for building in all kind of niches, However specially this one can work great in Business opportunity niche. Its based on Genesis framework and has responsive design with lots of customization options .

7. Compass

Compass is another great theme which can be used for Advertorial style blogs and affiliate marketing , It’s a great theme which can be used to create viral affiliate sites and websites for advertising on Native ad networks.

8. Locales

It can be a great theme for local directory style blogs and affiliate campaigns, For example city based blogs targeting a specific city, Both for affiliate marketing and PR purposes. It also contains directory system so that’s another plus and can be used to build a regional PR giant as well a successful Affiliate Marketing Blog too…

9. Alpha

It’s another great theme specially for amazon review style websites which can be used in any niche. It comes in news site style and magazine style so you can easily change how you want your blog to look like.

10. aReview

Free theme which can be used and customized to full fill your needs, Its super awesome theme for promoting affiliate programs like amazon or comparison blogs where you can review and compare different products.

Win $30,000 cash with Hot Summer Rally from admitad & AliExpress

Hey guys, today I wanted to tell you about Hot Summer Rally from admitad & AliExpress. Hot Summer Rally is a promotional competition, aimed at rewarding affiliates, which ends on September 15, 2017.  Since June 15, 2017 every dollar you earn by promoting the AliExpress offer, you will receive one point towards the give away of the grand prize; $50,00, with the total cash rewards worth $30,000 throughout the 3month period.

admitad & AliExpress Rally

admitad & AliExpress Rally

Affiliates are put into 5 classes, based on performance categories (As shown below);

  • Class 5 – an increase of 0.5% of your current compensation
  • Class 4 – an increase of 0.4% of your current compensation
  • Class 3 – an increase of 0.3% of your current compensation
  • Class 2 – an increase of 0.2% of your current compensation
  • Class 1 – an increase of 0.1% of your current compensation

The rally has 3 stages..

The first stage starts from June 15th until July 14th and 5 winners (one from each class)  will win $1000.

At the 2nd stage ( from July 15th to August 14th) the winners in the 1st class will win $3000 , affiliates in the 2nd class will be fighting to win $2500, the affiliates in the 3rd class will compete for $2000, the 4th class  will be competing for $1500  and finally, the affiliates in the 5th class will fight for $1000.


The third and the final stage will last from August 15th till 15th of September 2017, and winners will get  $5000, $4000, $3000, $2000 and $1000 respectively.

You can join the AliExpress Rally here: http://aliexpress.admitad.com/en Or to know more about admitad you can visit their blog .

Some special news about the current Rally

On July 4th The AliExpress Rally participants from the Class A have already earned over $ 900k! In terms of revenue, affiliates have reached over $1 million in less than 20 days, so the stakes are quite high!

Information about AliExpress

Launched in 2010 AliExpress is an online retail service mostly used by small Chinese businesses to sell their products. It is the new ebay of our era, and it provides a unique opportunity for affiliates to receive the best affiliate commission rates.  AliExpress is one of the hottest and best converting offers, with 8-9% conversion rate on admitad affiliate network. It is a huge money maker for the affiliates promoting the offer.

A few words about admitad

admitad

admitad

admitad is an International CPA network that delivers all your affiliate marketing  needs. admitad offers reliable sources of sales and publishers with new business models to ensure monetization of traffic. Established in Germany in 2009 (Launched in 2010), the network has over 1300 advertisers, and 540000 publishers. admitad has offices in Germany, India, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Turkey with 230+ staff on board. admitad is now introducing incomparable benefits such as WEEKLY PAYMENTS!

admitad is known for its honesty and transparency in working with both advertisers and publishers, so with the tracking tools and strong stats offered, you can be sure to get the results you are working towards.

Amongst the wide variety of benefits of working with admitad, a few are;

  • Unique stats and analytical tools that allow you to track effective traffic channels, which in turn can improve your conversation rate and boosting your revenue
  • High conversion rate offers and attractive advertiser deals
  • As a publisher with admitad, you get access to domain parking, obtaining sub-ID, a link checker tool, ad server, a ‘retag’ tool, access to an extensive list of coupons and deals and product feeds, postback URL, admitad API and many more.
  • You can also earn money every time a user performs target action, for example application sign-up.
  • Regardless of the size of your business, admitad gives the tools you need to fit your needs. For example, deep link generator, Coupons & Deals, Adserver, Retargeting tags etc .      
  • In terms of payments amitad is affiliate friendly network with minimum payment amount of $10 and weekly payments  and variety of payment options, amitad payments policy is unbeatable.
  • Dedicated personal account managers to provide you best possible support and help.
  • antifraud technologies, cross-device tracking, fingerprint tracking, advertiser toolbox, anti-cookie technologies, deep linking options, in-house platform;
  • the “lost orders” tool might be particularly interesting for cashback services — it may be used for sending to the advertisers the information about the orders that were not recorded in the system for some reason, or were rejected by the advertiser by mistake. Please attach a scan of the receipt to the application, and wait for the advertiser to check and confirm the order.

Amazon Affiliates Use These Tips For Explosive Growth

I honestly believe the Amazon affiliate program is the best possible choice for physical product affiliates. There is plenty to like about the program and very few downsides.

Yes – it would be nice if the commission was a little but higher, but 8.5 percent isn’t too bad when you’re selling expensive products.

I’ve been making the bulk of my online income from the Amazon affiliate program for several years, and I find it’s the easiest to implement and profit from.

Amazon affiliate program

Amazon affiliate program stats

Maybe you already know that Amazon is the top ecommerce marketplace on the planet. One of the main reasons for this is trust. Consumers trust Amazon – there is no other way to put it.

Since I’ve been an affiliate for the company for a few years, you could say I’ve learned a thing or two about how to make as much money as possible from the program using my Amazon niche sites. Below, I’ll share some of my top tips with you.

Get More Clicks

Amazon is a site that MOST people are familiar with. Heck, there is a good chance that you’ve bought something from them recently.

What’s not to like about the best prices, easy shipping and reliable customer service? Other people also realize these benefits, so as an affiliate, your job is to send people to Amazon’s website.

Yes – you do need to provide some amount of value, but once the value transaction is complete, all you need to focus on is sending people off to Amazon.

What a lot of affiliates don’t realize is that Amazon has spent millions of dollars perfecting their site, and they’re constantly spending more money to increase conversions. In other words, Amazon is a nearly-perfected selling machine.

Once you send visitors to their site, it’s hard for them to NOT buy something. If you want to make even more Amazon affiliate income, then you need to find ways to send more clicks (people) to Amazon. One way you can do this is by adding a few more in-content affiliate links to your product reviews.

You can also experiment with ways to increase the CTR on your affiliate links, such as experimenting with colors. Get creative and think of how you can send more clicks to Amazon.

Get More Social Proof

Have you ever browsed Amazon and noticed how much social proof they have? It’s not an accident that they display so much social proof. Plain and simple, it works.

By adding social proof to your affiliate site, you’re conveying trust to your visitors. One of the most effective ways to do this is with a bestseller list.

After you send visitors off to Amazon, they don’t want to feel alone during their purchase. Even if they trust your recommendation, they usually want a little bit more proof that they’re making the right decision.

The use of Amazon bestsellers lists is powerful because it provides social proof for your visitors, so they’re far more likely to make a quick purchase decision. There is a lot of psychology behind this tactic, but all you need to know is that it works.

When visitors can see that others are purchasing the same product they want to purchase, they’re much more likely to purchase that product. If your website gets enough traffic and sales already, you can actually create a bestseller list based on your own Amazon stats.

Create Genuine Reviews

One of the top ways to promote products is with product review articles. These types of articles give you plenty of places to drop your Amazon affiliate link. In an ideal world, you should actually try the products that you review.

The most important point here is that the reviews are genuine. It doesn’t matter if you own the product or not; what matters is that you’re giving your visitors some form of value. For individual product reviews, you should make sure to provide an unbiased analysis of the product.

The end goal is to make sure you’re saving your visitors time, even if it’s only a minute or two. Another way that you can help them is by providing some entertainment value.

You could write reviews in a way that is far more entertaining than what the merchant site has to offer. In other words, make the description of the product more in-depth or enticing. The main goal is to make sure your reviews are genuine. You don’t want to come across as being too sales-y.

Don’t Underestimate Information

You should never underestimate the power of informational articles for your affiliate site. I’ve found that many visitors who went on to purchase someone through my affiliate links actually read some informational content that influenced their decision.

Make sure you have a good mix of helpful, informational articles alongside your product reviews. While the informational content might not draw buyers in directly from the search engines, it can have an indirect effect on sales because many visitors who plan on buying something will be influenced by what they read.

You can also flip this technique and use it to talk about products that are about to be released. For example, let’s say a new digital camera is about to be released.

Since it hasn’t been released yet, you won’t be able to write a review for it, but you can use the informational content to announce the camera and add affiliate links that let visitors preorder the camera. By doing this, you’ll get commissions on the sales when the camera is finally released.

As mentioned earlier, contextual links are king when it comes to affiliate links. Ideally, you’ll want the majority of your affiliate links to be in-content links.

These links are highly trusted by visitors and result in more clicks and better conversions.  These are some of the best tips that I’ve learned over several years as an Amazon affiliate.

They have helped and continue to help me earn more income from the program. However, an additional bonus is that they help me to think outside the box when it comes to increasing the income I make online. I hope they will do the same for you.

Julian Thomas loves affiliate marketing with Amazon, and he mans the ship over at CloudFortunes.com. He loves running SEO tests on niche affiliate sites and helping others earn income online.

From going Homeless to building a Brand!

Its been over 2 months I haven’t posted anything on my blog. The last two months were quiet eventful. First of all, I was left homeless for a week or two due to a fire in my building and for the very first time, I realized how long it takes to recover from such unfortunate events. However, complaining aside, I am thankful I escaped the fire safe without any kind of physical harm to myself.

Due to this, I wasn’t able to give my business proper time for almost a month. Luckily, thanks to my awesome team, everything was taken care of whilst I handled my situation, except the fact that I couldn’t write anything for you guys for a while. After recovering from the fire accident I began working towards one of my old projects, which I started 3 years ago in partnership with miss rocker. The project is what we are going to discuss today.

I have a habit of continuously buying good domains that interest me or spark me with potential. Normally I buy at least 2,3 domains a month and the majority of them I never use and they are just left sitting with my domain registrar or expire after a year or so. During similar adventures I bought a domain www.dubaiblog.biz.

One of the reasons I bought this domain is myself and Miss Rocker are very passionate about Dubai and wanted to share our experience of relocating business here. The original idea was to help investors establish their companies in Dubai and assist them with the visa, and company registration procedure. To summarize, we bought the dubaiblog.biz, generated a few leads, made a few sales and then eventually we lost interest and this seemed to be the reason it failed! During this time, we bought another domain www.dxbblog.ae where we could share our experience about Dubai and basically document things and create guides related to Dubai, etc. This was a very interesting topic for me and Miss Rocker as well as our passion for Dubai, we started to generate a passion to make this blog something big, we knew where it was headed.

In September 2014 we attended Adsimillis Meetup and learned about a travel blogger Clelia Mattana and looked through her blog Keep Calm And Travel. From there we picked up some awesome tips and decided to keep our blog’s topic mainly travel and to keep the purpose of the blog as a place where people can learn about Dubai. This included; What hotels to stay, what places to visit and what activities to participate. In fact, we wanted to create a blog where we can tell people what they can do in Dubai to make their holiday memorable and also to provide information to UAE residents about how they can spend their holidays locally.

We also stick by the rule that we will only provide first hand information to our readers, which means write and discuss places, services or hotels which we have personally visited and stayed in to give our readers a better prospective, rather than multiple random reviews.

We have been working on this project slowly, as for us this project is more of a hobby than a way to make money. I must admit we have been going with a really slowly pace. So far we have reviewed a couple of hotels in the UAE and the United Kingdom and also other services /activities, (Mostly free of cost and we were invited by hotels and the tourism services providers to review their services). We also participated in two travel industry exhibitions so far World Travel Market and Arabian Travel Market. Recently I visited Arabian Travel Market .

360° Image by IMG World's At Arabian Travel Market 2016

360° Image by IMG World’s At Arabian Travel Market 2016

World Travel Market was our first event we participated in so we couldn’t do much except learning more about the industry. However, Arabian Travel Market was a huge success.

After getting such an awesome response from these conferences, and learning so much, I have decided to work on Dubai Blog and build its brand. So now me and my partner miss rocker are going to make it a successful brand, I thought it would be a great idea to also document and build a case study for you guys.

Firstly, the gains from the latest travel exhibition, we were not only able to get some good business from different travel companies, but also we talked with different tourism boards from different countries about collaborations. I hope we will be able to secure something with at least 2 of the countries. Also we have secured some lead generation deals with some luxury tourism related companies and my company would be their only authorized lead generation partners. With not much competition in the region, and niches, I hope this will prove to be a great success for us and we would be able to make some good revenue from lead generation campaigns and we will get an opportunity to learn more about the travel niche!

This was just a little intro about the project Dubai Blog, I will try to keep updating you with its progress at least once a month and also post about other topics as well! Do not fear! KJ is back!

Guest Post By AffEngineer – Six Figure Marketer

Hello all, Mateen from Affengineer.com here.

Firstly, I’d like to thank KJ for having me on his blog.

I still remember reading his blog when I hadn’t earned a single dollar and being motivated by his case studies and blog posts. They were what I needed to keep going and make this work!

I’m here to tell you my short story how I transitioned from a full-time graduate engineer stuck in the corporate office to a full-time internet marketer.

Before I continue, I wanted to set the tone.

Internet Marketing is hard. Very hard. If you want to make this your full-time career, you have to make it your number one obsession. Your reason to live and breathe. Especially at the start, when your learning curve is enormous.

Sure, you can get lucky and stumble upon a profitable campaign right off the bat but that’s rare and you don’t want to depend on dumb luck. You want to build a skill-set so you’re able to maintain an income for the rest of your life. That’s what I realised.

I remember my last year of work like it was yesterday. Over the two years I was employed, I went from being ridiculously passionate about building a career in construction to hating being in a 50m radius of my office.

You build fake relationships, have to go through with stress levels no one should be dealing with and work long hours hardly having a life of your own.

I remember going from endless conversations of fun to boring conversations of work. Nothing was new in my life anymore. I’d get up, go to work, come home, eat, sleep and repeat.

What was the point of this? How can anyone be ok with this? Forty more years of this? No way!

In my second year of employment I had lost all interest. I was still there but my mind was out. It was at this moment I started to be interested in business as a full-time career.

I was a hustler at school, selling USB’s, Phones, Playstations, anything I could flip for some extra income. It was exciting and where people saw fun and excitement, I saw opportunity to make money.

Anyway, I finally quit my job and entered the world of entrepreneurship. For six months I tried everything. I started some random blogs, made iPhone apps, bought and sold things from eBay, Went yard sale hunting, started a YouTube channel and all sorts of things I thought would make me money.

They all ended the same. I’d lose interest and give up. Mostly it was my fault for giving up too early but there was an element to all this that was making me fail time and time again.

Marketing.

I was creating all these awesome websites, but had no clue how to get it in front of people! How do I go about doing this?

That’s when I decided to stop all projects immediately. What’s the point on working on a mobile phone app for 3 months only to launch it and see hardly any downloads. I realised a business with no marketing plan is not a business. It’s a dream.

That was the one thing I was missing.

That’s when I researched on marketing, stumbled upon Affiliate Marketing and immediately fell in love.

I could learn good marketing and make money at the same time? That’s perfect!

For the next month, I worked 12 hour days learning simple design, coding, WordPress and setting up tracking. I read everything Affiliate Marketing related like a mad man. There were days I forgot to eat. My hair and beard were grown out and I looked like the biggest hobo. I had also lost some weight.

I was obsessed. It was unhealthy but it was necessary for me to evolve. Everytime I came across a great post I saved it. I’ve got a massive database of random threads and success stories that helped me greatly.

I eventually found the right people to guide me and started to see results. After a month in, my 12 hour days paid off and I saw conversions. Three months after that, I had my first $200/profit campaign!

I even wrote a success story on AffPlayBook about it!

success

It was crazy. It was a massive puzzle at the start but when it all clicked and came together, it just made so much sense.

Everyday I had a new challenge and as I asked questions, read around and learned, I got better and better. Every month, I’d look back and if I had learned a lot, I knew I was on the right track.

About a year after this campaign, I had my first 10k Revenue day and six figure month.

It was after this day that all the limitations I had in my mind were unlocked. No more did I think about making just $500 a month or $100/day I wanted to make $1,000s a day.

Anything is possible in this industry and I learned that eventually. You just need the right skill sets to capitalise on opportunities when the time is right and the ability to never give up.

You may think I know a lot more than the newbie marketer. Maybe I do but the biggest difference was I work a lot harder than most people and I spend my time doing the right things.

While people are reading and watching YouTube tutorials, I’m spending real money and learning from my mistakes.

I might lose $200 in one day, but a month later it will help me make $1,000s.

I’ll launch 10-20 campaigns a day sometimes just to see what happens. My success rate is low. Very low.

Probably one in every 100 campaigns I launch is profitable. In fact, I’d call that lucky. So what do I do about it? Launch as many campaigns as quickly as I can. If I launch 100-200 campaigns a month and get 1-2 profitable campaigns out it with the occasional unicorn, I’d be on easy six figures. That’s how this industry works.

You spend, You Learn, You earn.

Right now, I’m doing a ‘100 Campaign Launch Challenge’ which I’m blogging about almost every day. I launch campaigns and tell the world what happened with them. Did I lose money or did I make money? There’s some very valuable gold nuggets in there for newbie marketers.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop by and say hello. Hopefully, I’ve opened your eyes to the realities of this industry. It’s not a fairy tale but it’s not easy either. If you’re ready to put in hard work, you’ll get there I guarantee it.

Cheers and thanks to KJ for having me here.

Mateen @ Affengineer.com

FTC Releases Report on Proper Use of Big Data

“Big Data” is a buzz word that is tossed around a lot today and is typically used to talk about the collection of large amounts of data, typically from multiple sources.  That data is then used to make predictions, connections and assumptions that can be used to benefit your business.  The data that is collected is typically analyzed using complex algorithms that will produce usable information for marketing and other business efforts.

While big data can certainly be useful, the FTC has some concerns.  They have recently released a report that discusses how big data can and should be used.  Their main concern seems to be that some companies end up using this data in discriminatory ways that may not be legal.

Their report, titled, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” was made as a recap and review of a public meeting they held back in 2014 to discuss and learn about potential issues related to big data.

In the report they discuss legal compliance issues including how big data can impact the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Opportunity Laws and the Federal Trade Commission Act.  It also looks at a variety of policy considerations that companies should look into when analyzing how they use big data.  This could include things like determining whether or not there are missing sets of information that could cause them to misuse the data, reviewing the data, including humans in the process of analyzing the data and much more.

This report was released for people in all types of businesses, but those who engage in digital marketing of any type are some of the biggest consumers of big data.  With that in mind, it makes sense to take a look at the report and see what types of things the FTC is going to be watching out for in the future.

You can view the entire report from the FTC HERE.

Does PPV Traffic Still Work in 2016?

One of the most common questions I have been asked for years and still people ask me; Is PPV traffic still worth investment and does it still work, especially for CPA offers?

I have been promoting CPA offers for 4 years now. I started off with 7Search in the times when people were talking about how bad quality 7Search traffic is and how it never works for them. However I choose 7search because it was affordable for me ( I had low budget) and also the fact that there was little competition as most of times people were scared of loosing money on 7Search and they considered it as a bad quality traffic source. From there after, building a handsome budget, I moved onto PPV traffic as 7search was working well for me. However, there was also not much traffic volume on that traffic source.

Since then I have been promoting PPV and I still am promoting my campaigns on PPV traffic. I have seen many PPV networks come and go and what I want to say here is that we are in an industry where things keep evolving. Things keep changing and what you need in order to become successful is to keep adopting new trends.

Now to the answer weather PPV is dead or not, Of course for the people who used to simply direct link campaigns all the time, PPV is really dead. Those days are almost gone, specially if you are thinking you can make profits by direct linking same 3 years old offer, that is never going to be possible.

So here are a few things you should consider if you want to become successful with PPV in 2016 …

How to make PPV traffic work for you in 2016

Learn about your traffic network.

How many times have you contacted your account manager with your traffic source? Have you ever asked them about their traffic inventory or what kind of tracking tokens are available etc? For example, I would like to mention most people complain about bad quality traffic from leadimpact. You can easily put a stop to bad quality by asking your account manager to only give you leadimpact’s own inventory traffic, without third parties and also by using %brand% token to filter bad quality publishers and ask your manager to block the bad quality publishers.

Adopt new offers /niches.

When ever you have a new type of offer, you get better conversions; as those offers are not saturated or those products/services which are popular but not yet available on CPA Networks. For example, one of the well-known offers is booking.com, we have been promoting that offer directly with booking.com for a long time before they were available on CPA Networks. Many popular brands have their own affiliate programs so if you can not find an offer on a CPA Network make sure you contact that brand directly and ask them if they have their affiliate program.

Use Landing Pages.

Last month we created over 100 landing pages and the total size of that folder was above 3GB. One thing I always advise to people is to keep improving your landing pages, once you have created landing pages do not stop and keep improving those landing pages and keep editing them. As I said before, the days of direct linking are gone, If you are looking for examples etc. we have are offering 40+ landing pages as an upsell to PPV Rocker V4 Buyers ( The new Updated PPV course I recently launched)

Focus list building as money is in the list.

This is no secret, money is always in your list, If you have a proper funnel and you can get started with building your lists you can make 5X of what you make by sending your traffic directly to the advertisers. List building offers you two advantages; 1. You can reach your prospects whenever you want without any additional costs. For example, if you are sending traffic to an offer without list if you want to advertise again to the customer you will have to pay again to the traffic source. 2. By building list you have full control over your subscribers and you can send them emails anywhere anytime you want.

The second advantage is that you can promote multiple products to your list, from CPA offers to click bank products or any other traditional network products as well and earn commissions.

Try new traffic networks.

One of the biggest problem of using traditional top networks is that the are full of competition. As when people start learning about PPV they only come to know a few big names, which increases the competition and makes it hard for some people to make profits specially for starters. So if that is what your problem is, start looking out of these networks and you will find many other networks out there which you can use. In fact, there are many networks which share their inventory with the bigger networks as well so you will find many small networks with same traffic quality like the big networks.

Never Give Up.

This one is specially for those who are just starting out and are about to give up, this is normal and happens with all of us. Be it Facebook, PPC, Media buying or any other traffic source you will have to learn the ropes, no one can become a millionaire in just one day and it takes countless sleepless nights to become successful so if you are just thinking to give up because things are not work for you, It would be worth it to find your mistakes and find an expert who can help you with your campaigns.

Native Advertising Guidelines Released from the FTC

Using native advertising practices has been one of the most effective options for marketers for quite some time now.  The reason they are so effective, of course, is because they look and feel very similar to the rest of the content on the page.  Even if consumers can see that it is a sponsored post, the content has the same feel as the rest so they naturally seem to trust it more.

Unfortunately, many marketers don’t go far enough in ensuring that the visitors to their page can easily see whether they are reading a normal post or it is an advertisement.  This is where violations to laws and regulations can come into play.  Unless you have an attorney to review every native ad you post, however, it can be hard to determine whether you are in compliance with laws or not.

To help address this concern, the FTC has just released a new guide called, “Native Advertising: A Guide for Business” that will go through this potentially complex form of advertising to help marketers learn what they can and can not do.  According to the FTC this report was designed to, “help companies understand, and comply with, the policy statement in the context of native advertising.”

Any marketers who are using native advertising will want to go through this report to learn whether or not they may be in violation of any laws.  It is written in an easy to follow format that will allow you to quickly gain the information you need without having to waste hours of time (or hire an attorney) trying to figure it out.

Director of the Bureau Consumer Protection, Jessica Rich, said of this report, “The FTC’s policy applies time-tested truth-in-advertising principles to modern media.  People browsing the web, using social media, or watching videos have a right to know if they’re seeing editorial content or an ad.”  This set of guidelines will help make marketing using native ads much easier and less risky.

If you are a marketer who uses, or is thinking about using, native advertising make sure you take some time to read through this new set of guidelines.  It can be found on the FTC’s site HERE.

One more thing to keep in mind is that if the FTC has taken the time to put together this set of guidelines to help marketers, you can be confident that they will be taking a closer look at digital marketing practices in this area in the coming months.  Marketers who continue to violate their set of standards will likely face fines of some sort.  The publishing of this from the FTC may be a signal that they will be taking greater enforcement efforts against violations related to native advertising in the near future.

Pinterest Shoppers Buy More than Other Users

Marketers are always looking for the best ways to attract new customers, and that is especially true on Black Friday.  In addition to being one of the biggest shopping days of the year, however, it is also going to be one of the bigger advertising days of the year.  With millions of marketers trying to get their products in front of perspective customers, it is important to know where to go to get the best return on investment.

Businessman drawing ROI (return on investment)

According to Pinterest, their users are going to be shopping more on Black Friday than the average users.  This means if you can get your ads shown on that page, you’ll have an increased chance of it converting into a sale.

Pinterest has released new stats that support this claim as well.  Of course, most marketers know that when done properly, Pinterest can really do a great job at generating sales.  The trick is to make sure you’re marketing to the right groups of users (of course, that is the trick with any marketing).

According to the information released, Pinterest users are spending four times more than the average user on things in the ‘toys and games’ category. This is a massive number when you really think about it, a 400% increase over the average internet user.  That’s not all though.

Their users are three times more likely to spend money on housewares, clothing and accessories.  2.2 times more for electronics and media.  Another interesting point is that those using Pinterest are 50% more likely to spend the most on their Black Friday shopping at specialty stores and local businesses.

This is all very interesting information that can help marketers learn where they should be investing their ad dollars.  For an affiliate marketer who is promoting a wide range of different products, for example, putting ads up on Pinterest may be a great idea.  These ads can be for those categories mentioned above and can help to generate a much higher ROI than would otherwise be possible.

Of course, many different platforms will have great results, but finding those areas where you can get even a small bump over the competition can help in many ways.

If you’re not already an advertiser on Pinterest, it may not be too late to get your account set up and ads running for Black Friday.  You’ll have to hurry though as this major shopping event is just around the corner.

Innovative Data ‘Co-Op” Now Offered from Skimlinks Affiliate Network

The UK based affiliate marketing network Skimlinks has just announced the launch of a new ‘data provider’ service to affiliates promoting products through them.  The interesting thing about this new service is that they are using their own publishers to help collect the data, which is then aggregated and distributed back out for use in advertising and other efforts.

big data word cloud

The service is being called, “Audiences by Skimlinks” and is an advanced programmatic ad targeting service that can be used to improve the results from a variety of types of ad campaigns.

The system collects data from all the publishers who are participating.  The data is pooled and made anonymous, then aggregated into useful formats so that it can be used for targeting ads.  The revenue generated from this service is then shared with all the publishers who contributed to the system.  The revenue share is based on the amount of data each publisher provides.

The Skimlinks network collects information about clicks and conversions from publishers in their network.  They say that this includes 1.3 billion unique users from around the world.  The data is pulled from about 55,000 publishers and 20,000 merchants.

Last year Skimlinks had about $625 million in e-commerce revenue generated.

The idea to involve publishers in this system was developed based on an effort to break into the big ad data system that is currently dominated by major players like Facebook and Google.  Those systems are naturally able to collect massive amounts of data because of the huge number of users they get.  This had effectively eliminated the ability for other companies to compete at a similar level.

With this concept from Skimlinks, however, thousands of publishers can contribute their unique data to the co-op, which will then compile it so that the total amount of data can rival the big players.  While they are certainly not there yet, this is far more than just a proof of concept.  As the total number of publishers and merchants sign on, the amount of data will continue to grow.

This is not just a co-op of small publishers either.  Skimlinks reports that they have large, high quality publishers on board including Time Inc, Huffington Post, Gawker Media and many others.  Interestingly, however, it will likely be the fact that they are able to draw data from publishers and merchants of all sizes that will make this system the most powerful.  While big name publishers get the largest volume of data, the smaller sites can contribute unique data as well.  Most people visit a variety of types of sites both big and small, so this collection format will produce a more accurate picture of what users are actually doing.

While this system is still very early in its efforts, the results are looking very positive.  If it continues to grow like this in the coming weeks and months it is very possible that the Audiances by Skimlinks platform will be a major player in the industry.