I don’t know about you but I get tired of the same run around from every network… “we have the best/exclusive offers”, “the best payouts”, “best affiliate managers”, etc…
If you are looking for an affiliate network that is different then you should check out the Escalate Media Affiliate Network.
High-paying, brand name affiliate offers for Women bloggers and women’s oriented publishers. You’ll earn more from your web site with our responsive affiliate managers and hands-on approach. Join the Escalate Network today.
5 Reasons You Should Join Escalate Network
1. They have REAL name brand offers. I am not talking about sign up to get a $500 Gift card at retailer X. But truly name brand offers like sign up to get a coupon for free appetizer at food chain X (Sorry I can’t use the brand names but trust me you have eaten there) or sign up to get email alerts of new sales or discounts at a Large retailer (Again i cant use the brand name). Plus some of the best Free sample, Coupons, and survey offers around!
2. The Affiliate Managers are really responsive… Not 48 hours later responsive but many times you get an email back within minutes!!!
3. Great payouts…. I am not going to make myself a liar and state that they always have the top payout but they always strive to have the top payout for all the offers they run (Usually they do ).
4. Quick payouts! They pay Net 7 -15 meaning you make 500 in August you get paid by September 15th. If you choose to be paid via paypal you get it by the 7th!
5. They truly have unique offers that other networks don’t have. If you are in the coupon, survey, freebies, samples, frugal or deal space you should Join Escalate Network as they have exclusive offers that no other networks have!
Start Earning more with Escalate Network Today!
Posted on May 26, 2009 in Affiliate Information p>
From time to time I get the question about Affiliate marketing as a Business model. So of course i give my opinion. My opinion is that it is one of the easy ways to start a business, you need little cash on hand (you could even start with none using free services squidoo, blogspot etc.. (although i don’t recommend it for long term)). Some comparisons of Affiliate Marketing Business and the so called standard business model.
Affiliate Marketing $0 to $5,000 (While you could startup with more you really should be able to make a go at affiliate marketing with 5K)
Standard Business $5,000 to $100,000 (or more)
Defining Customers and Target:
Affiliate Marketing – 1 day to 2 weeks choose the offer and your customer target is basically defined, plus some research on your end using free tools (Google Adwords, search engine trends, etc..)
Standard Business – up to 6 months or more as at time with a standard business to find and attract your customers and narrow down your real target audience.
Affiliate Maketing – you can be profitable from day one but lets be a little more realistic that within a month or so you should be profitable, even if it is only like 1/2%.
Standard Business – Many standard business don’t plan on making a profit until the 2nd year!
As you can see from the information about starting a business with Affiliate Marketing is much faster paced and cheaper. Which is part of the reason i got into it. But as with any business if you aren’t determined to succeed and willing to fight even when things are going bad your business will fail. You must learn to adapt to new ways much quicker online than you would in standard business but thats part of the fun.
I have gotten a few emails lately asking me why so many affiliate marketters mainly super affiliates end up doing ebooks, classes or setup private forums. The ultimate reason is a simple one. They do it for the money. They fall into two categories when they do this:
1. Desperate: They were a super affiliate made a ton of cash on a few select offers and that well dried up, so they are making a last ditch effort by offering their services at a cheap rate.
2. Bored: They are bored with affiliate marketing and want to try a different area of making money. Consulting is billion dollar industry, get paid to talk about what you know… sure why not as you have a captive audience.
I am not going to comment on any of the affiliates/super affiliates doing any of these things mainly because i haven’t used or tried their services because to ME it isn’t worth it. As in most cases taking the money you would spend on the ebook, private forum would be better spent testing out campaigns. As you have to realize the stuff they are putting in ebook, forum is all old news for the most part do you really think they will share their 100K a month maker, even Shoemoney admits one of the dumbest things he did was talk about ringtones, but he also states would he be who he is today without spilling the beans…. my thoughts are probably not but i bet he would have made a lot more off of ringtones.
IF any of affiliates/super affiliates read this, I am not bashing anyone that is trying their hand at other things just remember you will fall into one of the two categories and from my experience it is usually #1.
To my surprise and delight I got an email from MSN adcenter today concerning bidding and using trademark terms. (cough Google… I hope your listening) The stance from my point of view is in favor of publishers and puts the responsibility where it is back on the trademark owners and not using the Search engines to police their trademark for them. The Official email:
Microsoft adCenter is changing the way we manage our trademark policy starting September 10, 2007. While no change will be made to the trademark policy itself, this update aligns better with marketplace practices, speeds up editorial review to get your ads live faster, and ensures consumers see relevant ads.
Microsoft adCenter’s Trademark Policy
As stated above, we are not changing the trademark policy itself. You may still use trademarked terms
in your ads when you, as the advertiser, are the owner of the trademark, an affiliate or reseller of trademarked products or services, or a site that uses the trademarked term in an informational,
descriptive, or non-competitive manner. Infringing use of trademark terms by direct competitors remains a violation of Microsoft adCenter policies.
It will now be the advertiser’s responsibility to obtain permission from the trademark owner to use a trademarked term in their ads. It will also be the trademark owner’s responsibility to address ongoing
incorrect usage of their trademark term(s) directly with third-party advertisers. Microsoft adCenter will no longer intercede to obtain permission for the advertiser wanting to use a trademarked term.
What does this mean for my search advertising?
Your ads may display next to other ads that contain your trademarked terms.
Affiliates, resellers, and third parties may show up against queries for your trademarked terms.
Competitor’s ads may show up in search results against queries for trademarks in certain scenarios, due to match types other than exact.
For example, if a generic term is included in the overall search query, advertisers who bid on the generic term may show up in the search results.
If you are a trademark owner and you believe your trademark is being misused in Microsoft adCenter, you can submit a report by following the instructions on our Trademark Concern Form.
Sounds like good news for publishers/affiliates when it comes to bidding on trademark terms. While I agree using trademark terms without persmission is bad but there is no reason that for instance a Target ad shouldn’t show up when someone is searching for Wal-mart.
Well it has been a whirl wind week for me. Had some server issues and trying to get some sites ramped up and going, thus had very little time to post. But i did catch a very interesting post about Google and Performics on the Pepperjam blog. What is Googles motives are they going to dissolve Performics…. Find out by reading the Post here. and you can read my comments on the post their. Also i am taking the weekend off and Going to Celebrate my Birthday!!!
As Many of yall know I attended the First Elite Retreat, I am sure i will attend others in the future, but I am still to busy implementing things from the first Elite Retreat to attend this one. But i was searching the internet and came across two blogs that are updating with some of the information they are sharing at the Elite Retreat. So far Jeremy Schoemaker and Neil Patel have spoken. Of course they aren’t giving the real goods in their updates, but maybe even the blog tidbits will spur on some new ideas, or maybe it will tease you enough that you go to the next one (More than worth the money).
Why are you working online? Doesn’t get much simplier than that.
Just curious as to why some of yall are doing work online?
Are you just trying to make an extra buck in your spare time?
Do you Hope to make a living working online full time?
You already make a living online but enjoy your day job to much to quit?
You are making a living online and plan to do so in the future?
You are making a living online but thinking of going back to your day job?
You are after a quick buck and heard you can do that online?
You are doing it just for fun and what little money you get is just a bonus?
I am curious as to why some of you guys and gals that read my blog as to why you do what you do online. I personnally do it as a full time job and love it as a full time job. I plan to NEVER go back to a 9 to 5 B&M (Brick & Mortar) type job ( I was an Electrical Engineer). There is too much freedom with working online and for yourself. I can work anywhere there is internet, could be my home, Starbucks, my relatives in another state etc.. Plus there is Money to be made and not just money but if you do it right you can make a LOT of money online. This can be done part-time or full-time. I also enjoy the freedom of knowing if i need run errands with my wife, I can. I don’t have to ask anyone if i want to go on vacation or call in if i am sick. I guess 2nd to the money is the freedom for me.
So why do you work online? Leave a comment and tell us why.
Posted on January 23, 2007 in Affiliate Information p>
Of course the biggest thing happening at affiliate summit is the announcement that Myspace is suing CPA Empire. Article about it on CNN. Snippet from article below.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — News Corp.’s MySpace said Monday it has sued an e-mail marketing executive for an unspecified amount of damages, saying he and his company were behind millions of junk e-mail, or spam, messages sent to its customers’ accounts.
MySpace, the largest Internet social network with more than 150 million user profiles, filed the lawsuit against Scott Richter in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles last Friday.
But that’s not the biggest news, the rumors are circulating that many other CPA Networks (maybe even affiliates) may be getting a knock on thier door. With a letter from Myspace. Again this is just rumors but i am sure more will come to light over the next few weeks. Shoemoney made a post about it also. Read it Here.
For those of yall here at Affiliate Summit West it was great to meet you, you know who you are. For those of you that didn’t make it you are missing an AWESOME opportunity to Network with other Affiliates and Networks. As i stated in my agenda post I was planning to network, network, network and thats what i have done. I attended two sessions so far besides the openning stuff. Went to the session Marketing Your Affiliate Site – Outside of the Box It was so great I got up and left after about 15 minutes into it. I was hoping it was going to talk about new methods etc.. but instead started talking about making your website user friendly but also going back to old way of selling with flyers, sponsoring events, newspaper advertising. Yes these are all good means and possible ways to get traffic, it was just stuff I already knew and was hoping for more. The second session Ask the Experts: Super Affiliates was entertaining to watch, Jon F., Jeremy Schoemaker, and Andrew Johnson were doing a Q & A. In my opinion Andrew Johnson was not the greatest speaker to be joined with Jeremy and Jon. He may know his stuff and maybe he is better one on one but from what he was saying in Q & A, just didn’t seem like he was in the ranks. Maybe he just doesn’t do well with public speaking. But in general the session was good, but no real nuggets came out of the session. Just answers you would get from reading Jon or Jeremy’s blog. I only have one session on the agenda for tomorrow but i may be skipping it to do more networking, as so far, the sessions were more of a buzz kill. I will post more about the different networks and networking i did later but wanted to give yall a quick update.
I get asked all the time how I would rank different pay per click networks on how they perform. So I decided to run a test with me and some friends that are part of various pay per click networks. They were all tested with the same ad copy, keywords, pricing (.15 per click) and landing page. (Remember this was a test case and results with vary depending on the offer.)
Scoring for search engine networks are as follows:
• Traffic Volume (Most volume = 10 out of 10)
• Conversion Rate (Best conversion rate = 10 out of 10)
• Click Pricing (Lowest pricing = 10 out of possible 10)
For a Total Score of 30.
Many will ask, why didn’t I rate the interface? The main reason being if it converts well and the price is right we can live with a horrible interface, well maybe not horrible but you get my point (It’s about the $$$$).
Traffic Is King and as you can see Google is still #1 when it comes to traffic! But if you can’t afford the traffic it does no good which is why it isn’t #1.
Conversions are key to an Affiliate which is why every affiliate should give MSN a try as it converts better than the rest.
I think the numbers speak for themselves, in general use the ones near the top and stay away from ones near the bottom, EXCEPT 7search and enhance because with the right offer I have had these SE networks convert extremely well.
This also proves a point that every offer is different and you should aways test on your own.
Also check out a Directory Vault Blog post about a .12 PPC campaign they ran across different PPC networks. (Had similar results)More Affiliate Information »