AzoogleAds Reduces Referral Program

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Posted on January 25, 2008 in Azoogleads, CPA Networks  

I use Azoogleads and like them because they carry some good offer with good payouts, but today i got an email from them that dissappointed me.  First off several months ago AzoogleAds took away the Rewards program, I loved getting my Amazon Gift Certificates, Now they are limiting referral income to only 6 months!!!! Wow I have some referals earning me hundreds a month so this was bad news.. Read the Email for yourself:

Dear Publisher,
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 AZreferral@AzoogleAds.com.
Sincerely,
Mitchell Richler
Vice President of Network Distribution

Also i don’t know if there were many people out there doing this but literally promoting the network only for referral income. Well you can’t do that anymore unless you make 1,000 a month with them. To me this discourages you from refering people… but maybe they feel they get enough signups they don’t need it. While i won’t stop using them it does make there referral program less appealing.

What do you think?

How NOT to do a Media Kit for your Website

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Posted on January 23, 2008 in Working Online  

I was surfing around the Internet looking at some website media kits that were local to my parents (Louisiana). I came across this media kit (http://www.redrivermoms.com/media/RedRiverMoms_Sales_Brochure.pdf ) and I got a large chuckle out of it.

First off it doesn’t give any real stats about the site. It just talks about women online in general and what they spend. While i think this is good information to have, it gives me no gauge if these type of women are on your site, nor how many visitors even come to your site. It could be a 100 a day or 100,000, I guess they want you to call them to find this out.

The best part comes when you check out the advertising rates on page 2.

adrates2

As a website owner you want to give advertisers a break for the longer they commit to advertise on your site… but look at these numbers.
Calendar Sponsorship  6x$450=$2700  12x$250=$3000 ( so for $300 more you get 6 months additional)
Photo gallery Sponsorship 6x$500=$3000  12x$350=$4200 (this is more like what i would expect to see, still seems cheap to me for 12 mo. Compared to 6 mo.)

But here is where it starts to make you wonder if a 6 year old did the rates.
Channel sponsorship 6x$400=$2400  12x$200=$2400   Hmmm should i take 6 months or 12 months….. They are the same price! I wonder if anyone has just bought a 6 month….
The dynamic tile and skyscraper spots are the same way whether you get 6 months or 12 months it is the same cost!
But here is the ultimate topper.
Run of Site Leader board 6x$125=$750 12x$50=$600  WHAT! Ummm i think i will take 1 year! Thats right 1 Year of advertising is less than 6 months.

bush scratchin

CX Digital (Incentaclick) CPA Network Interview

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Posted on January 17, 2008 in Affiliate Networks, CPA Networks, CX Digital  

The next CPA Network up on the Interview list is CX Digital formerly Incentaclick. 

1. How many offers does your network have?

We usually try to maintain a minimum of 300 offers on the network spread along various verticals and areas of interest – we also have private offers not public on the network that we reveal to specific publishers depending on the requests of our advertisers. 

2. What is the Average Payout of all your offers?

It ranges too much based on the offer type (ie email only vs. incentivizable CPA’s) our offers typically range from $1 – $50

3. What is your highest Paying offer and how much?

Discover card pays out to affiliates $64

4. How much a month does your average affiliate earn?

The average affiliate earns $10k / month – but its variable there are many reasons for mini fluctuations 

5.Do you have a rewards program (If Yes What Rewards do affiliates receive?)?

We have our own loyalty program its probably one of the best in the
industry. We have different tiers based on earnings where publishers canselect their own prizes from prize list that we provide online. We keep them quite current as well the points accumulate yearly so everyone has a chance to get the top tier prizes

6. Do you offer second tier/referral commission (If Yes what payout or percent and for how long?)?

Yes we pay 2% for ever merchant/affiliate you refer.
7.What are your payment terms?

We pay biweekly net 10

8.Do you offer Special terms for big earners?

Definitely we can pay out weekly or even daily depending on volume

9.What does it take to get weekly payments (if you offer it)?

10k min / week. Conditions may apply.

10. What makes your CPA network stand out from the rest?

We have a great team – everyone knows what they need to do and what it takes to get there.  It wasn’t that long ago that we were a smaller network – where we could give publishers more time and attention, you don’t usually get that from the bigger networks. But now that we have become one of the largest affiliate networks we still strive to maintain that level of detail with our publishers
11. To be in the Top 10 Affiliates of your network how much Revenue would you have to bring in a month?

150k / month and you will be in the top 10-15 range

12. What was your hottest offer across your network for 2007?

True.com -email and Xerox – for web and search

13.   What will be hot in your network for 2008?

Yet to be determined what looks good during Q1 may be get dwarfed by the happenings in Q4 We had no idea True.com would be the winner for the network

14.   What conferences do you usually have a booth at?

Adtech’s – Aff summits – Ecom Expo – we had one a pub con this year as well

15.   Give one reason why EVERY Affiliate out there should join and be a part of your network?

We have a ton of offers and talented staff – We know our stuff and we can get you the answers, we hands down have the best reward program and without a doubt will help you get what you need. EPC’s not backing out we can give you options weather it’s our own in-house creative team etc.

I have been an affiliate for years with Incentaclick. They recently changed names to CX Digital and i started using them more. Due to the fact with the change over I received a new account manager that is more proactive than my previous AM. I would suggest you give CX Digital a try especially if you are promoting dating offers.

Pepperjam Launches an Affiliate Network

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Posted on January 15, 2008 in CPA Networks, Pepperjam Network, Working Online  

I have had the privilege over the past few months to help beta test the Pepperjam Network. I have to say they are truely a company by affiliate marketers for affiliate marketters.  They are still building up their list of offers (new ones added daily), but for being a company out the gate they have plenty to keep you busy. They are catering to both the Lead affiliate and the Sale affiliate, so you will find a nice mix of both types of offers. 

The creation of Pepperjam Network represents over eight years of research and development and the combined ideas, feedback, and intelligence of hundreds of affiliate marketers and advertisers.

Here is a list of some Highlights of Pepperjam Network:
 
- Pepperjam Network addresses two of the most significant shortcomings found on other existing affiliate networks: (1) poor, unreliable communication tools and (2) lack of affiliate transparency.
- With Pepperjam Network, affiliates and advertisers can communicate in real-time via Pepperjam Chat™, thereby providing a reliable communication system to build stronger, more profitable partnerships.
- Pepperjam Network provides advertisers with an unprecedented measure of affiliate transparency, which helps to establish trust, protect brand integrity, and lays the groundwork for open, long-term, profitable relationships.
- Pepperjam Network uses Web 2.0 technology to provide affiliates and advertisers with an easy-to-use, clean interface.
- Pepperjam Network offers industry leading SID-level tracking and reporting (great for sophisticated search marketing affiliates)
- Pepperjam Network introduces pepperjamADS™, which is a first-ever affiliate marketing widget that affiliates can use to serve customized contextual ads from multiple Pepperjam Network advertisers at the same time.
- Pepperjam Network contains a knowledge vault, which is exclusive to Pepperjam affiliates.  The vault contains exclusive access to a list of tools and educational resources used by Super Affiliates.
- Pepperjam Network represents over eight years of research and development and the combined ideas, feedback, and intelligence of hundreds of affiliate marketers and advertisers.
- Pepperjam Network launched with over 100 merchants and growing quickly, including Blockbuster, Jelly Belly, AeroGrow, Oscar de la Renta, BabyPhat, Rocawear, Ben Sherman, FlyCell, SinglesNet, SEOmoz Premium, and many more.
- Pepperjam Network has its own affiliate program that pays out up to $7 per approved publisher application
- Check out the Pepperjam Network Blog for videos, commentary and updates on Pepperjam Network and the broader affiliate marketing community
- Pepperjam Network is FREE to join.

I suggest that every affiliate give Pepperjam Network a try, otherwise you could be leaving money on the table.

Maxbounty CPA Network Interview

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Posted on January 10, 2008 in CPA Networks, Maxbounty  

First up on the rounds of CPA and Affiliate Network interviews is with Maxbounty.

1. How many offers does your network have?

- MaxBounty currently has about 200 campaigns that are live on the network.

2. What is the Average Payout of all your offers?

- To be honest, I’m not quite sure what the correct answer for this would be. Since we have many different types of campaigns (such as 1 field submits, full survey signups, per-lead offers, trial-with-credit card offers, etc.), with many different payout ranges, an average doesn’t really mean anything as it doesn’t give an accurate picture of how much we pay per campaign.

3. What is your highest Paying offer and how much?

- Our highest paying offer right now is the Tickle IQ Test campaign, which pays out $56.00 when the surfer purchases the IQ Test results.

4. How much a month does your average affiliate earn?

- Again, this is a question that doesn’t have a great answer. The amount an affiliate earns is dependant on the amount of work they put into promoting our campaigns. There are several other factors which would be included in an average number which does not give an accurate picture as to how much an average affiliate could earn with us (such as dormant affiliates, and the 90/10 rule). The Average Active Affiliate Earns 1K a month, some earn less but some earn much more.

5. Do you have a rewards program (If Yes What Rewards do affiliates receive?)?

- No, we do not offer a rewards program. We prefer to offer better rates to affiliates. They can then use their higher commission cheques to obtain their own rewards.

6. Do you offer second tier/referral commission (If Yes what payout or percent and for how long?)?

- Yes, we pay 5% of a referred affiliate’s earnings to the referring affiliate for a period of one year from the time the referred affiliate joins the network.

7. What are your payment terms?

- We pay on a monthly net15 basis. We pay via Check in the affiliate’s local currency, direct deposit, or PayPal.

8. Do you offer Special terms for big earners?

- Yes, we offer special terms to big earners. These are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

9. What does it take to get weekly payments (if you offer it)?

- We are willing to make weekly payments to affiliates if they earn at least $5K on a week-in-week-out basis.

10. What makes your CPA network stand out from the rest?

- We firmly believe that our attentiveness to the needs of our affiliates is the best in the business. Our AM’s are available through IM, phone, e-mail and respond to any requests in a timely manner. In addition, the owners of the network are also available to speak with affiliates should they find themselves in a situation where they need to escalate an issue.

11. To be in the Top 10 Affiliates of your network how much Revenue
would you have to bring in a month?

- Our top affiliates are earning $20K and over per month. I hesitate to give the exact top 10 “cutoff” as this could discourage affiliates. I’d rather give a target that an affiliate who works hard (and well) could realistically achieve.

12. What was your hottest offer across your network for 2007?

- Due to the constantly changing environment we work in, there was no single named “hot offer”. Categorically speaking, survey sites and ringtones were the hottest campaigns for us.

13. What will be hot in your network for 2008?

- I expect survey sites to remain hot and also expect dating/social networking campaigns to get very hot this year.

14. What conferences do you usually have a booth at?

- We usually have a booth at Affiliate Summit West and Ad-Tech New York

15. Give one reason why EVERY Affiliate out there should join and be a part of your network?

- Because we have direct relationships with just about all of the merchants who actually own the campaigns, we are not stuck in a position where we have to rebroker the campaigns of other networks. This allows us to *honestly* say that we can offer some of the best payouts in the industry.
Unfortunately, all networks claim to offer the best rates, so EVERY affiliate should join MaxBounty so they can see for themselves that our rates are indeed the best.

I want to thank Steven Sauve of Maxbounty for taking the time to answer my questions. They are one of the first CPA networks I joined several years ago. I actively use Maxbounty and I am pleased with their service and offers. If you aren’t signed up with Maxbounty you should check them out.

Do you use Maxbounty? What are your thoughts or experiences with Maxbounty?

CPA Network / Affiliate Network Interviews

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Posted on January 8, 2008 in Affiliate Networks, CPA Networks  

I get asked all the time about different networks which one is the best? how many offers does X network have? I decided to interview/poll many of them to see what they have to say. I am asking them the following questions and over the next few weeks will be posting the answers on my blog so you can make a better decision about a network you are considering to join.

1. How many offers does your network have?
2. What is the Average Payout of all your offers?
3. What is your highest Paying offer and how much?
4. How much a month does your average affiliate earn?
5. Do you have a rewards program (If Yes What Rewards do affiliates receive?)?
6. Do you offer second tier/referral commission (If Yes what payout or percent and for how long?)?
7. What are your payment terms?
8. Do you offer Special terms for big earners?
9. What does it take to get weekly payments (if you offer it)?
10. What makes your CPA network stand out from the rest?
11. To be in the Top 10 Affiliates of your network how much Revenue would you have to bring in a month?
12. What was your hottest offer across your network for 2007?
13. What will be hot in your network for 2008?
14. What conferences do you usually have a booth at?
15. Give one reason why EVERY Affiliate out there should join and be a part of your network?

Landing Pages are Key to Making it in Affiliate Marketing

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Posted on January 3, 2008 in Affiliate Tips, Landing Pages  

People ask me and in the various forums all the time – “Do I need a Landing Page?”. While you don’t need a landing page, 98% of the time i can make a campaign better and convert more with my own landing page than a direct link. Here are a 3 main reasons why a Landing Page is Key to really making it in affiliate marketing.

1. You control the content.

  • Helps with keyword/phrase stuffing
  • Placement of words and phrases for adwords quality score
  • Inform the user or just push the user to the page
  • Highlight the big points of the offer (Free Shipping, 20% off, Free Trial, Completely Free etc..)

2. You control the spin of the product. Let’s face it while some of the offers own page rocks, some just plain suck and are just a form to fill in, this is when your Landing page is critical to presell or get the user ready to hand over their information.

3. You can split test content, images, text, links.  Remember you want to split test an offer that is on several CPA networks. You will be surprised in the difference of conversions, sometimes even the lower paying network will convert better. It’s wierd how it is always different, which is why you should split test the links. Also try different landing pages and see which ones get you more clicks onto the offer page but also which ones get you the converts.

I personnally almost always use a landing page and can attest it works! Do you use landing pages?