Just popped on over to AzoogleAds and noticed their brand new design. Nice work guys.
Now let's hope they can change things up on the inside.
This question comes from one of our readers.
A Zip Submit offer is a lot like an Email Submit offer. In an Email Submit, visitors would submit their unique e-mail address for you to get the credit for the lead. However, with a Zip Submit, customers would simply need to enter their US Zip Code for your lead to qualify for credit.
That means offers like the ones discussed in this post would generate money based on a simple zip submission from a unique US-based IP address.
Hope that clears things up.
You are a sexy network with brains to boot, but lately I've been craving something more. You see, while your affiliate managers, lead tracking and offers in general are second to none, there is something that is lacking: your interface.
I know, I know ... I said you were perfect just the way you are and asked you to never change, but I lied. I was just trying to get into your pants ... offers. Now that we've grown closer, I feel we can be more honest with each other. So here it is.
For starters, let's talk about your offer interface. I can sort by everything I don't care about, but what about the things I do care about?
Look, if I'm mistaken, I'll gladly apologize but I don't think I'm out of line asking for three measly sorts on the things that matter most to me.
Next? Reports. You have so many amazing reports but to see them, I have to wait until they show up in my email-
And what about your beautiful Toolbar? Once you started giving me the money, I was able to buy a fancy new Mac. Look at where that got me:
Requirements? Windows XP? Where's the love?
Look, no one is perfect. Not me. Not you. But let's get past this little bump. Relationships are about compromise. I'm ready, are you?
I started affiliate marketing at the beginning of 2007 but it didn't really take off until I started pushing, as you might guess, ring tones. It took me from a few sales a day totaling about $50-60 on Clickbank to a couple hundred per day on Azoogle.
Starting ring tones wasn't my idea. It was my friend Paul's idea and one of the things he told me he'd done to be successful with ring tones was to stay away from the content network as the conversion rates were extremely low. At the time, I had very little experience so I wasn't about to test the waters against the good advice of an established marketer. Well, needless to say, I started to do very well and here I am.
But, what I've learned lately is that I should have taken the affiliate marketer philosophy a little more seriously. When we say split test everything, we mean split test everything. Everything you can, anyway. The content network (Google, Yahoo or otherwise) is definitely one of those things you should split test on every offer.
The stigma with content matching fall along the lines of:
So it's not difficult to see why people would steer their campaigns away from content-based ads, but along with the bad, you should always consider the good:
Aside from the good and the bad, there's the reality of the situation. Until recently, I honestly hadn't even touched the content network. Crazy, I know. That was until I found out that the mega affiliates are doing tons of business there and preaching about how it's a terrible place to convert. A-ha! It was a classic "IIIIII'm dumb" moment but a welcomed one.
My advice to you is that you should take nothing for granted when it comes to your business. Split test the search network and the content network. Learn how to track specific sites/ads and you'll be fine. Also, check out Google Lady's post "Adwords Content Network Tip."
As of this morning, I received an email from the people at Affiliate Radar, announcing that Offer Vault is now free. Yeah, that's right. You can now cross-compare offers from multiple affiliate networks for free.
Here's the email they sent out:
Dear Scott Weaver,
After much heated debate between my partner, Raakesh, and I, we have
decided to allow free access to OfferVault.
In case you are not aware, OfferVault is a research tool for
affiliate marketers that contains a database of over 10,000 offers
from the top CPA and affiliate networks, updated daily.
You can sign-up at http://www.offervault.com
With this powerful tool you can:
Compare offers and payouts between networks
Receive optional email alerts based on your own search criteria to
stay on top of new offers as they come out
Preview landing pages (this is huge!)
Quickly sign up for new networks
This tool was formerly available only as a component of our paid
membership site, Affiliate Radar. Now you have the opportunity to
access it free at www.offervault.com, so don't pass it up!
Get your free membership now at http://www.offervault.com
What does that mean for you? It means you no longer have to log into each different network to see where the highest payout is. What it also means is that yet again, I've increased your profit margin. But hey, that's what I'm here for.
Now you can see what networks are offering before you even bother signing up. Apparently, all that OfferVault is asking in return is that, much like on my blog, you sign up using their referral links to new networks you join.
Just this morning, I've found several higher paying offers than the ones I'm currently running and those are the default prices. Not even the negotiated prices.
If you're worried about a product monopoly (even though it's free), don't worry. I'm aware of another site that is whispered to have a similar product coming out soon.
For now, Offer Vault takes the cake as the cat's pajamas. Incidentally, if you want to go right to registration, click here.
The name is William. I've known Scott for awhile now and I love his blog, so I thought I'd ask him to let me do a guest post because I used to own a blog long ago but sold it for quick cash. I've been trying to get my new blog set up but every coder I've tried to hire ran off and I've never heard from them again, so I miss writing to the masses.
Anyway, here's what I want to talk about today: with my recent success at Affiliate Marketing (which you can read about on the forums here "Killafawks Journey"), everyone was interested in how I did it and really how I started killing it over night.
Well, I'm going to tell you how I set up my campaigns and how I went about turning profits over night.
But first we've got to clear some things up...
Affiliate marketing is a tricky business and can be rough to break into but it's not impossible. If you're going to tell yourself that you can't do it then you probably shouldn't be in the field. I used to tell myself that affiliate marketing was too "big" for me and that it was already saturated. I blew it off for years and spent most of my time trying to make that next big hit website. While I read stories of people making $100, $500, $1000 a day doing affiliate marketing, in most cases within months, this amazed me. So of course I wanted to know how to do it.
I finally gave it a go and failed at it and lost a good $100 or so. I left affiliate marketing never giving it a second thought. I went back to Adsense and was fighting just to reach $10 a day. Still, people where showing up every day on forums like Digital Point and writing out their success stories all over the forum, and it wasn't long before I saw Scott's success story on there. Scott and I used to share website ideas and whatnot months before and to see Scott now take a huge step up the ladder with affiliate marketing really intrigued me. Scott was in a similar boat as me not to long ago trying to make money through Adsense and to sustain a suitable income online and now he's posting about making $1,000 a day with affiliate marketing. That just told me that this stuff is real and possible. I gave it a second chance and with the help of Scott starting me off on the right path I was on my way to where I am right now.
Anyway, I am carrying on way too long. The point is - we live in the technology age and since the internet is still young in terms of the possibilities it holds, RIGHT NOW is your only shot to make it big unless you plan on going to college for 4-6 years and trying to secure a high paying job cutting people open. Even then, some 17-18 year olds make more money than some of the best doctors in the world.
Let me repeat again - most likely, never again will you get an opportunity like the present to take a chance and make money from the internet. They may say the markets are saturated and from an online marketers view, some markets are. But not in terms of how many people are actually in them. Right now I would guess the number of online individual marketers is insanely low in terms of how much money can be made from it. The rest of the offline world thinks making money off the internet is a ridiculous idea; most still think it's either from porn or you've gotta own something like YouTube to make money. We are fine with that because there is more money than anyone could imagine and we don't need any more people trying to mine from the money pit. This is a once in a life time chance to make it big, GO FOR IT.
You can't do this half-assed. Dedicate yourself to it. Once you have gotten yourself motivated and dedicated to do this, hold to it. The money is real and the possibility of living in that dream house could be a couple days or months down the road. Not 4-6 years.
Let the Journey Begin
Once you are ready to start this exciting adventure, there are some things we are going to need to make you successful.
1. Website (in this post we will be using ringtones).
2. Affiliate Network (I suggest AzoogleAds or NeverblueAds).
3. Advertising Network (Google or Yahoo; I suggest Yahoo because of its ease of use and it's not as strict as Google).
4. Advertising Budget (I know everyone wants free free free. Sorry, no free lunches. You either fork up money to spend or you can sit at your computer desk for 5 hours a day writing articles to drive traffic to your website. Either way, time is money. Is your time justified by writing 10 articles a day to only get 1-2 sales a day or would you rather fork up $50 and make $100-150 back in 1-2 hours of setting up and testing?).
Now I am going to run through the steps one by one on how to get you up and running for Ringtones (which we will be covering in this topic, you can use the method for any niche just make sure you test).
1. Website / Domain - You're gonna want to register a domain at your favorite domain registry. We all know how to do this I hope but make sure when you register a domain to make it related to your niche. Since we're doing ring tones, do something with ringtones in the domain.
2. Affiliate Network - Azoogle has the best offers for ring tones and Neverblue has its own strong points. I suggest you sign up with both just so you can switch whenever you feel like it and test offers from both networks.
3./4. Advertising Networks / Advertising Budget - I suggest you set up a Yahoo Search Marketing account for this experiment. Go search online for the free $100 Yahoo voucher. There are higher ones I think but you might have to pay to buy those off of someone. I wouldn't suggest it because of the amount of scamming that goes around from this kind of thing. Just pay the 30$ sign up and get $130 in your account and move on to the next step.
Get Your Campaign Going
1. The first thing is to get your website content. What you're gonna want for this test is a Ringtone Carrier Page. You can either get one professionally designed for about $80 or make your own... or if you're feeling bastardly you can look at other landing pages and copy their templates from their own site and change it up enough to not seem obvious.
Once you've got your template set up, make sure you have buttons for all major carriers. Just look at other landing pages to get an idea of what the top carriers are and model it off that. Get everything set up and when your template is complete with buttons and everything is looking good, head over to your affiliate network (in this case, Azoogle).
2. Once you're in Azoogle, look up ring tones in the offers page. Now you will notice there are all kinds of offers for ringtones. Personally, I've had good success with Thumbplay and Dada Mobile. So go ahead and look up those offers and click "promote these offers by search," the little blue button on the bottom of the offer page.
*Important* This is one thing I overlooked when I first started: For most offers you will notice that they have more than just one landing page. I never noticed this since the landing page changer was a drop down menu and it's on the very bottom!
Also Remember that not every offer accepts all carriers. The top paying offers only accept the top tier carriers like Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. So pick a high paying offer like Thumbplay for your top tier sites and Dada Mobile or another offer for your low tier offers.
Once you have looked through both offers' landing pages and you've got the two landing pages you want to use for your top tier and bottom tier, save the affiliate links and put them in their corresponding places in your landing page (Example: For the Sprint button, put the top tier offer jump link so when they click, they get sent to the top tier offer).
Once you have sorted out all the links to each button you can go ahead and close up your template and you're finished with it, unless you want to add some things to it like click tracking software (I'll cover this later on down the line).
(Optional) iFraming. Personally, I just started using this method not too long ago and it's shown some great results. iFraming will basically make it look as if the affiliate landing page is part of your site, which is great way to improve trust and conversions among visitors and it hides your affiliate link at the same time. I highly recommend it but iFraming doesn't work too well with a lot of offers, so test test test.
Here's some example code for iFrames:
<title>Sprint Ringtones - Step 1</title>
<script>window.status = ' ';</script></head>
<frameset rows="100%,*" frameborder="0" border="0">
<frame src="affiliate link" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="auto" noresize>
<noframes><p>Sorry, but it appears you are using a Web browser that does not support frames.<br></p></noframes>
Let's say your site is coolringtonesdude.com. Make a carrier for each sub page, like "Sprint, Verizon etc." so it will look like this: coolringtonesdude.com/sprint.html. In your button links, point your jump link to that page so when they land there you can put something like "Sprint Ringtones" as your title and if they see the address bar, it looks legit.
Do this for each carrier and watch your conversions increase!
3. Next let's get your Yahoo campaign going. First thing you're going to want to do is get some keywords for your campaign. Since we are doing ringtones, you want something related to ringtones.
Now for keywords. If you have a Wordze subscription that would be great but I actually like to use Google Keyword Tool more; it displays search volume along with advertiser volume.
For this experiment, we want ringtone-related keywords, but don't aim for the high volume ringtone keywords. They are way too saturated with other advertisers and it's very easy to lose money with them. Let's try getting keywords for popular artists and songs. Start typing artist names in and download the 150-keyword-return list and save the keywords. Get about 15-20 of these going. Now once you have 15-20 groups of different keyword groups for different artists or songs, we can set up the campaigns.
Go back to Yahoo and set up a campaign and ad groups within for each artist. Input the keywords and bid anywhere from 10-30 cents (whatever you feel safe with). For me, it's about 15-25 cents depending on the volume of the searches Yahoo predicts. If it's low, I'll bid higher to secure top position, so when ever it does get searched I can get top 3 spots. If it's a lot of clicks I can lower it and get a good amount of clicks still.
Once you have set up all your campaigns, talk to your affiliate manager over at Azoogle and go into your Yahoo account and get your tracking code. This is where my click tracking comes in handy. They can place the tracking code in the actual landing page you are sending people to so you can find out exactly what keyword was it that converted for you! This is all I use to track keywords.
Now that you got all your campaigns up and your landing page perfect, go pass some time, watch a movie or if it's late go to bed early and pray for good stats in the morning to look over.
4. The big day! When you wake up, it's always exciting to see where you are in your daily earnings. Here are things to look out for:
a. Total spending vs Earnings - If you're in the red, don't worry it's normal. Don't get mad and quit. Getting profit the very first day is pretty damn rare. If you're converting, that's the best thing you can hope for at this point. If you had your tracking code installed, check which keywords converted and write them down. Typically I will only let a keyword rack up to around the amount of a payout before I trash it. So if there are high volume keywords that haven't converted for one payout yet trash it and repeat step 3 (keyword part) again. The point here is to eliminate needless spending and get converting keywords.
b. Your Bounce Rate and eCPC - Look back at Scott's bidding calculator and find out what you should be bidding and go back and tune your campaigns to match it. Not exactly but roughly.
c. Delete the 100 or so keywords you know didn't convert well and add more keywords and repeat the process. You might be thinking: how am I going to get rich over night doing this? This is gonna take forever! Well, you aren't going to get rich over night and you won't get rich at all unless you do this, so no excuses. This is how people generate keyword lists that convert at 1:10 and they've got hundreds and thousands of them so do the math.
5. If you're a total control freak, you can even make sub pages for each keyword group with detailed content for each ad group. This is recommended to improve conversions. It can be tedious work but it could pay off in the end. It's worked so-so for me but I no longer do it. You should test it though as it's highly recommended but honestly I hate dealing with anything website-related so I tend to stay away from it.
6. Remember, try testing out new ads. Higher CTR is good because it means you get more clicks and if those clicks are converting keywords it's just more money every day. Never stop testing and this goes for your landing pages, too. Add some nice little tricks to your landing page, like putting high trusting logos with text related to your site on there, like a Forbes logo that says something like "ring tones are a new way to express yourself." People who will notice the logo will think your site is trustworthy and will feel safer putting in their cell numbers.
Just test new keywords every day and delete ones that don't work and next thing you know, you've got 20-50 keywords in a week that convert and you're making 2-3X the money you put into it. It's really that simple. The same method can be applied to any niche. It's really all about a decent landing page and good converting keywords. Once you reach a certain point like $100 a day pure profit from ringtones, you can go into the dating market with the same approach and work till you get it right. Next thing you know, you've got ten offers that bring in $100 a day each and you're earning $1,000 a day profit.
What are you waiting for? Go test!
Hope you enjoyed the long article and I hope it helps everyone who's new and wants to get into the field.
Right off the bat, I'd like to point out this portion of their Publisher Terms and Conditions-
Company reserves the right to change any of the terms and/or conditions of this Agreement at any time, with or without notice to you.
Some people are saying that Azoogle is a promise-breaker and that they have basically rendered themselves untrustworthy as they broke their "promise" to pay out referral money unconditionally. I have two responses to this point-
I realize that there are people who are going to take it personally no matter what and I realize it does suck that you can't just let the income roll in on autopilot as I wrote about recently. And also, it might bug you that Azoogle is moving its staff into fancy shmancy new headquarters as UberAffiliate showed us when he was flown out to see them and you might even think it's the reason behind the updated policies, but even if it is, that doesn't make Azoogle any less trustworthy.
What matters is that they accurately track sales and pay you correctly and (hopefully) on time, every time. As I realize it's my assumed duty to help out the little guy to get started and maximize profits, I will say this: don't look at this as a road block, look at it as an incentive to generate more money for yourself. Let this be the fire under your ass that pushes you into financial freedom.
You'll be a lot happier.
No, they didn't get rid of it completely but they sure took a few whacks at it to beat it into something a little less pretty. A friend mentioned this to me earlier as I didn't catch it in my email box because I was insanely busy today, but it's true. CPA Affiliates blog also posted about this and xboxundone posted about it on Digital Point Forums.
Here's the actual email-
Thank you for participating in the AzoogleAds Publisher Referral Program, and for connecting us to your friends, family, and acquaintances.
Starting February 1, 2008, we are introducing some changes to our current Referral Program which may affect you:
? Referral commission will continue to be 2% of referred publishers? revenue but will now expire after 6 months.
? Start date is the day first penny is earned, and expiration date is 6 months after first penny is earned.
? You must maintain a minimum revenue level of $1,000 in your primary account on a monthly basis in order to receive any referral payouts for that month.
? If you earn less than $1,000 in any given month, you will not qualify for a referral payment that month. However, you will be eligible for any month thereafter, up to the 6 month cutoff date.
? $1,000 threshold must be for revenues that you have earned from regular offer promotion, not referred sales.
? You may not refer another account belonging to you.
? When the 6 month expiration date has ended, you cannot refer the same publisher again.
? Referral payments will be on net 60 terms
? Referral payments will be paid out to parent accounts, not children accounts
These conditions will be listed under our FAQ section starting February 1st 2008.
Thanks again for your support and keep spreading the good word about AzoogleAds!
As always, we?d love to hear any questions or comments that you have; please send us your thoughts at [email protected].
Vice President of Network Distribution
Well, Mitchell, that blows and here's why.
Just last night I wrote up a nice little post on how my affiliates can essentially refer people for a living and let their income roll in on auto-pilot. That is no longer the case, at least as far as Azoogle is concerned.
If I'm interpreting the e-mail correctly, you have to earn $1000 within 6 months to qualify for a referral payment or you will LOSE all referral moneys accrued. But it's not even that simple. They want you to maintain a minimum of $1000 a month in your Azoogle account in order to qualify for referral payouts. Yikes.
On the flip side, I can completely understand this notion. First of all, it doesn't take much to do $1000 in a month's time; it's pretty negligible if you're earning the numbers discussed in my previous post. Second, if you look at it from Azoogle's perspective, they are saving money that can be used elsewhere (like their pockets). These new rules guarantee that all people receiving a payout will be earning Azoogle money while they do so, while people who may have referred internet marketing giants while doing nothing will wallow in a pit of nothingness.
There is a bright side to all this though. If you keep reading this blog, you will never have to worry about not making enough to qualify for the minimum referral payout, so stay tuned and you'll be happy.
Despite the cheesy title, I am dead serious about this. What I'm talking about is doing your best on a daily basis to refer new people to affiliate networks and giving them a hand at getting started.
Your immediate thought might be that this is just creating competition for yourself and in a way, you're completely right. But the flip-side to that is if you successfully create a worthy opponent for yourself from someone you referred, you will earn around 2% for that person's sales whether they profit or not (as long as they stay on that network).
The idea is to refer someone to several big networks and hopefully create a few super affiliates. Just imagine if you referred one or two super affiliates who did $15k to $30k per day.
Now I was able to sit for a while with my phone today, so I was wondering just how much it would take to live comfortably off of other people's success based on a 2% referral base. Using $6,000.00 as a baseline for what most younger people would consider a good replacement for a job, you can divide that amount by .02 and you come up with $300,000.00 (per month).
While this might sound like a large number, it works out to around $9900/day in sales and depending on how many decent affiliates you refer, that's not completely impossible to do. I know I sound like a referral program in action, but if you were to refer just five decent affiliates within a year's time, they'd each have to do around $2000/day in sales for you to earn $72k/year without lifting a finger. Or ten affiliates doing $1000/day would suffice, or twenty doing $500/day ... you get the picture. Did I mention you get paid whether or not they profit? That's right, they lose money, you still make money.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a true auto-pilot income. You literally do not have to do anything but continue referring people (if you want) to increase your monthly income. Networks like Azoogle, Neverblue, Copeac, etc. will do direct deposit straight into your account, so you don't even have to deposit any checks.
Affiliate marketing itself still requires plenty of work and should be run like a business, if done properly. That means long hours and continuous monitoring and adjustment to keep it working right. While you might make a ton of money doing it, it's still a risky business that is definitely far from auto-pilot (other than the fact that your ads will run 24x7).
All I'm saying is-- what makes more sense in the long run? You working your ass off for a year to make $75k profit or you working your ass off for six months referring people to make $75k profit?
Click on the image to the left to get a close-up of my first $1600 day as an affiliate back at the end of November 2007. Not bad for a day's work and I ended up profiting more than 50% that day. This is an example of what can be done when you start using the tactics discussed in this blog.
I am transparent about most tactics and speak from experience when giving you advice on affiliate marketing. That's why I wanted to show you a screen shot from my stats I had in my documents folder just sitting.
In fact, I challenge you to compete with me and outdo me. If you do surpass me, please let me know!