Posted on January 30, 2007 in CPA Affiliate Announcements p>
Well Blog tagging finally caught up with me as I was tagged by Lee Dodd. So now I have to write about 5 things that you don’t know about it me.
- I Own Every Episode out on DVD of Seinfeld and would watch it 24 hrs a day. (ok maybe not 24 but I love the show)
- I have always wanted a Dodge Viper ( and may just get one soon, If I can fit in it).
- I was an Electrical Engineer at a Design Firm in Houston before going Online Full Time.
- I have a Gym membership but have only used it twice in past year!
- I have been married over 4 Years and 2nd Year of marriage my wife and I basically lived apart while she finished getting her degree in Ruston LA while I worked in Houston TX. (I don’t recommend this to any married couples)
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)
Posted on January 16, 2007 in CPA Affiliate Announcements p>
This week I have been getting ready for Affiliate Summit West. I even got some pens made that have www.CPA-Affiliates.com on them to hand out to people that are interested. More importantly than promoting this blog is to make more connections with networks and with people.
First, I plan to meet with all my existing Affiliate Networks that will be present at Affiliate Summit. I will be stopping by the following network booths in no particular order.
- CPA Empire
- MillNic (even though they won’t have a booth I will be meeting with the owners)
Of course I plan on stopping by the others but I plan on sitting down with the above networks for a few minutes to see what they can do for me and what I can do for them.
Second, I plan to attend at least of the few classes / sessions offered. I am planning to attend the following sessions.
- Opening Remarks & Keynote
- Announcements on Industry Initiatives
- Marketing Your Affiliate Site – Outside of the Box
- Ask the Experts: Super Affiliates
- The Confluence of Search and Affiliate Marketing (maybe)
I may be attending other sessions but these are ones that I plan to make an effort to attend to help gain a little extra insight or help spur on some of my current projects with new ideas.
Thirdly, I plan to network, network, and network! While all of the things mentioned above are important to me, but most importantly is making more industry and personal connections. While the sessions are good, some of the friends and connections I have made in the past have taken me much further than I could have imagined.
If you are going to be at Affiliate Summit West and would like to chat with me in person just leave a comment and I will email you at the email that the comment is left with. I can’t wait for Affiliate Summit West, if nothing else I come away with great contacts.
Posted on January 10, 2007 in CPA Affiliate Announcements p>
Do you want a Google Digital Picture Frame? I have two but I am only using one so I decided to give the extra one away to a lucky reader of my CPA Affiliates blog.
If you want to win the Google Digital Picture Frame all you have to do is leave a comment to this post. Now I will be deciding a winner based on the content of the comment. Maybe you have a CPA tip or trick you want to share. Talk about an experience in affiliate marketing that you made a mistake and learned from. The only disclaimer is that the comment must be relevant to Online Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, CPA Marketing, Google Adsense, YPN, etc…
Look forward to reading your comments and choosing a winner. This give away will run for one month from date of post. The winner will be contacted via the email that the post is made with, I will pay for shipping to the winner.
I did some reflecting over the holidays of what I did right this past year and what I didn’t. I was glad to reflect back on my successes and my failures equally as I always try to learn from my mistakes. With the start of a new year I decided to continue with my current approach but also try some new ones.
First, KISS principle must always be applied. I like the KISS principle Keep It Simple Stupid. I try to do this in all sites and landing pages I promote. Why you may ask because it has worked for me in the past. Many people sink hours or days into creating a fabulous landing page or a site that leads to not one conversion. I have kept it simple and that has worked great for me, even some CPA offers I just use their banner or ad on a page and push PPC traffic to it and it converts, sometimes at 75% but sometimes it doesn’t.
Second, I am hiring people to do things that aren’t worth my time. As webprenuers a lot of the time we try to do everything our self when we shouldn’t. Find out what you do well and what you can hire people to do for you that is cheaper than doing it yourself. To do this you have to figure out what your time is worth. I have found I am just ok at web design so I have connected with people that are great at it. I pay them for doing the work; it is usually done within hours where if I would have done it, it would have taken days and usually their final product is better.
Thirdly, I said this last year and will say it again this year; don’t limit your revenue to one source. I do my best to try to spread across networks to gain additional offers, compare payouts, plus just to diversify incase one network should happen to go under. I still recommend my Top 5 CPA Networks to anyone trying to get into the affiliate marketing game.
Lastly, I am in the process of applying a new technique or initiative called no visitor wasted. For most of my traffic I pay for it so that visitor is paid for and well I want to profit from them. I am trying some new tactics to help better monetize them even if they aren’t interested in the offer they came to by offering alternatives. But not in their face alternatives, as my goal is to sell the main product but if at the bottom of the page or on exit I put another offer or Google adsense or YPN and I make money from it, then it’s worth it.
I wish everyone the best with their Affiliate Marketing in the year 2007.