Posted on March 30, 2007 in CPA Affiliate Announcements p>
I wanted to give my readers a heads up that a new look will be coming to CPA Affiliates (Don’t worry the same great information and news will remain). I have been using a Free Word Press design for tool long. So I decided to do some revamping. First CPA Affiliates will have a logo and a new design in the coming weeks. Here is a sneak peak at the new logo. This is also a heads up that in the next two weeks if you experience any issues in viewing this site, we might be messing with the back end and appologize ahead of time.
Also once the new look is complete and launches I will be giving away some Goodies!!!
Ok Guys since this is my blog you get some good tidbits of information but you also get to hear some rants from me. Well I have to Rant about Affiliate Managers. I will state there are GREAT affiliate Managers out there but even the great ones can be better. Hopefully a Few affiliate managers will read this and catch a clue as i get hit up daily by new and old networks wanting me to push their services, somtimes i give them a try and sometimes i don’t. So here are my rants:
1. IF i signup for your network and i tell you how i promote my offers don’t keep asking me to try other things. Now I don’t mind the heads up; hey this offer is running hot on our network. But here is an Example. Lets say the offers you are running with the company are search only. Why would the Affiliate Manager contact me with information to push offers that arent even available for search? Or an area that you have told them you have no interest in promoting. This happens often!!!
2.Do Your Homework on the offers your Network Promotes. Example: (lets say i am a person that only promotes via existing websites, No search or email) I HATE getting an email saying, hey this offer is going great you should try it. Then i go into there system get ready to pull the offer then notice that the offer is for EMAIL ONLY!!! or even better yet they didn’t email me but they hit me up on Instant messenger give me the offer speal then of course i am like great what banners sizers are available… then the AM comes back and says sorry it is only available for Email only…. Come on DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
3.You OVER EMAIL ME. Don’t get me wrong, I like to be contacted every once in a while from my AM. Especially if they are coming with info on a new hot offer, or they get an offer i asked for etc… But Geeze some of these networks seem to send you an email every 3 days then on top of that you have your AM emailing me every two days… So STOP OVER EMAILING ME!
Okay I got my rant out… feel free to leave your comments or Complaints about Affiliate Managers.
At CPA Affiliates we try to provide up-to-date information and news you can use. This week I will discuss a little about Google’s CPA or Google’s PPA whichever you want to refer to it as, Profit Margins on PPC to CPA Campaigns, and discuss What to do when Volume traffic isn’t there.
First on to Google’s CPA / PPA. If you haven’t heard yet you must be under a rock but Google have officially announced their PPA (Pay Per Action, basically same and CPA Cost Per Action) model for their advertising system. I think this is a good move fore google and an opportunity for advertisers but don’t think this will kill off all (if any) the CPA networks out there. There are MANY reasons why it won’t kill them off and honestly Shoemoney (Jeremy Schoemaker) made a great post adressing 6 reasons why Google’s model isn’t going to knock out CPA Networks. No reason for me to reiterate what he said so check out his post.
Now on to PPC to CPA profit margins. I get asked all the time what profit margin should i shoot for. Well the best answer is the highest you can get. BUT with that said sometimes there is SOOOOooo much competition their isn’t a whole lot of margins out there. This is the key though. If you have the money profit is profit no matter how you look at it. But if you want most bang for your buck and have limited budget you want to go after bigger return items. There are many offers out there that you can get 3:1 4:1 2:1 and 1:1 returns. The key is trial and error. Some campaigns i am happy to making 50% profit for what i spend while other campaigns i want 200% profit for what i spend. But to be honest if you got the money, i have a few on autopilot that i on get 10% return on it (better than any bank would give you for your money) but I leave it run because i have the spare cash and it doesn’t stop me from promoting other things or trying new projects.
Lastly I want to talk about volume traffic. This one is a kicker as people will contact me and say I got this campaign running I am getting good return but the traffic isn’t there i am only getting 1 or 2 or 3 leads a day. First off i tell them congrats on turning a profit some people go a month or two without much of any profit. Then I ask them what are you targeting and how many keywords are you using, usually the answer tha comes back is they are going after less than 100 keywords. Well there is the reason you aren’t getting volume. But many times by adding more keyowrds etc.. your return goes down and doesn’t make it worth while. But most importantly try adding more keywords targetting keywords that are a littl out of the box for what you are targeting sometimes you will be surprised with the converts, other times you won’t. Here is the real KEY if you can’t get volume and increase return stick with the low volume but try to replicate it with another offer. 10 dollars a day profit times 100 offers is 1K profit a day.
I get asked this all the time which CPA Network is the best? Well honestly it is a tough question to answer but yet it is easy. It is easy to say what CPA Network is best for me but it is hard for me to say for sure what CPA network is best for you. I use MANY CPA Networks, but i do have a few choice networks that are my bread and butter. But this post isn’t about me it is about you and what CPA network will work best for you.
First, search the CPA networks, see who has good reviews and reputation with other webprenuers. You can do this by visiting blogs, forums and even searching for review of CPA Network X. Once you narrow your list down to 20 or 30… yes there are hundreds of CPA networks out there but the key is finding the right one for you.
Second, DON’T automatically signup for all those networks. Contact them and ask them about their offers, ask for a list of there offers (with links if possible) and even rates (not all will give you the list of rates but if you ask about specifc offers they will tell you). Now go through them and compare the various networks. See what networks have offers you want.
Third, ask about those specific networks in forums like digitalpoint or earners forum. People will tell you their thoughts and experiences. Don’t let one bad apple ruin it for you. Meaning if one poster is adimant about not using Network X but everyone else is posting good things most likely the guy was promoting spam or illegal stuff and got caught and didn’t get paid (for some reason these types also love to flame networks after they get booted).
Fourth, Make sure there terms and payout terms are to your liking, Signup and start promoting. If you start doing well ask for higher payouts, many people don’t even know they can ask for higher payouts. You can and will get them especially if you can send a nice number of leads. Also you can ask for quicker payouts which helps when promoting via PPC.
Fifth, If you find you don’t like your AM at the network ask for another one, or try another network. Find one that appreciates you and just doesn’t treat you like every other 2 bit out there.
Lastly, There are times Exclusives are Truely Exclusives, when that is the case and you know you can promote that offer well signup for that network. I have signed up for 3 different networks only for 1 offer as they were the only ones that had it. BUT the more you are in the Affiliate market you will realize that even Exclusives aren’t always Exclusives. Meaning that another company may have that same offer but the exclusive may be on the design or layout (this can make a huge difference in your conversions at times, I was promoting one offer on one network then tried same offer with similar but different landing page and my conversions increased by 10%!).
I hope this helps those in their search for the best CPA Network. In the upcoming weeks I will post a list of all the CPA networks I currently use, notice i didn’t say signed up with as there are some networks i signed up with tried some things and never used them again.
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).
At CPA Affiliates we try to provide up-to-date information and news you can use. This week has had a few interesting happenings in the world of CPA networks and tips for your promotions.
First, Many people ask why do you need to use a landing page? Well instead of rehashing it here on my blog I am going to point you over to Shoemoney.com as he recently made a post titled When to Make an Landing Page – Affiliate FAQ. In that post he points on the best reasons for making a landing page which include Stats, Geotargeting, Targeting the Offer to specific audiences, and of course to boost Quality Score. You can read all the details in his post.
Auction Ads another option for Marketers to make a buck! Basically instead of having to signup for CJ, then signup for Ebay, then go to Ebay to setup your ad etc… bascially just go to Auction Ads Signup and once approved choose the keywords for Ebay auctions you want to target, choose colors of your ad etc.. then click get code, paste it into your site then watch the money roll in. What makes Auction Ads so good? The main thing is they make it EASY to customize the look and feel of the Ebay Ads. This is great as before you had to be a good programmer or just live with Ebays templates. What website couldn’t make money from this as you can target any niche, group for stuff on ebay. If your interested click here to Signup for Auction Ads. (if you scroll down on the right I have put up an example of auction ads with it targeting laptops)
Yahoo Search Marketing is a blessing and a curse. They keep updating their system to make it look/feel better but it appears they are just more blindly following Google. I wanted to gives those running in YSM a tip as it states when you input keywords to only put 50, what they don’t tell you is you can do up to 500 and it will accept them. If you put in over 500 you will get a message. So you don’t have to take hours to upload your keywords only half hours. I wish they would implement an easier way to bulk upload besides emailing them and asking them to upload the keywords (which they will do). But for now stick 500 in at a time.
So many people have given to me through knowledge, emails, posts, advice etc.. I feel like giving a little back this week. So I am going to give away some keywords for PPC campaigns. All you have to do to get some keywords is leave a comment with the topic you want keywords for, I will choose alteast one comment maybe two or three depending on the time i have and email them with a keyword list. The keyword list will be emailed in Excel to the email that the comment was left with. I will not be filtering the keyword list or fine tuning it as thats where the work comes in for you but for someone having a problem compiling keywords here is your opportunity to get some for free. I will use all the tools and programs to compile keywords just like I would as if I was going to run a campaign.
Please note, do not ask for Ringtone keywords or any Adult Oriented Keywords other than that all requests are fair game.
No more comments. I have already selected the two lucky ones. Weight loss and online dvd rental. If i have time i will try to do another one or two.
At CPA Affiliates we try to provide up-to-date information and news you can use. This week has had a few interesting happenings in the world of CPA networks and Promotions.
First off, up and Coming CPA Network Millnic Media is having a Mad Money March for Easy Submits. So if you do volume on Email or Zip submits you may want to check them out. I have tried Millnic Media and will be posting a review of them in upcoming weeks. So far I can say they are a hands on affiliate network and can be reached just about any hour of the day. I can also vouch that they pay and pay fast. If you do $1,000 in a week they will pay you weekly and will pay you by Wire, Check or Paypal. The money usually hits your account every Thursday if not Wednesday. Below are the details on Millnic Media Mad Money March.
Starting at 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Thursday March 1st 2007 and running until midnight and Wednesday March 14th 2007, we invite you to slam the following offers until they go crying home to their Momma’s.
[Total Combined Leads across all campaigns]
If your total combined numbers for those days
0-500 Payout = $1.30
501-1000 Payout = $1.35
1001-3000 Payout = $1.40
3001-10000 payout = $1.45
10001-25000 payout = $1.50
25001-50000 Payout =$1.55
50001+ Total Combined leads for that 10 day span = $1.60 payouts!
On To Ringtones. If you have noticed lately that there have been a lot of posts on ringtones volume going down. Well it is in general people are searching less for “ringtones” (but are they just searching for more specific ringtones (IE Fergie Glamorous Ringtone) and less general ringtones……), but this is also do to the after Christmas, presummer slump. With that being said there are some new ringtone offers coming out lately not for the US but for other countries. The payout is less but to advertise in these countries it is DIRT CHEAP! Azoogle has Ringtone offers for various countries available:
(UK Ringtones & German Ringtones but these have been around)
So If you have tried or haven’t tried ringtones in the US, you may want to try other countries ringtones while the competition is LOW.
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.
Over the years of me doing business online I have made my share of mistakes and hear from others about their mistakes.The key is learning from your mistakes or better yet learning from OTHERS mistakes. This mistake is one that occurs usually with a new person just getting into utilizing PPC advertising via adwords, Yahoo search marketing or MSN Adcenter. What you don’t want to do is setup a campaign an leave for hours without checking things out, as you would be surprised how fast your money can be spent. Especially if you are utilizing content or targeting high traffic terms like myspace, ebay etc… So on a new campaign check every few minutes to make sure everything is going right and you are turning a profit, or set your Adwords spend for the day of what you can afford to really spend.
This is VERY simple thing to do but you would be surprised how many new people contact me saying they burnt their budget in an hour. I know, I know where is the rocket science post that tells you how to make millions… well this isn’t it but if this post helps one newb not to blow their budget within hours on a new campaign and lose money this post is worth it.
Here is a second tip free of charge. Double Check your URLS!!!! About a year ago i was helping a friend over aim getting a campaign going in a high volume market and he had accidentally made a typo in his urls and was sending traffic to someone elses site the good news is he had only wasted 50 bucks before he noticed it.
Tell us about a mistake you made in PPC or CPA promotions by leaving a comment.