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My Opinion of The Best Affiliate Networks

January 21st, 2013

As somebody who has dealt with some pretty shitty affiliate networks in the past, I figured I’d use this post as an opportunity to share what I think are the top CPA and affiliate networks around today. What you will not find on this list are networks that are brand-new or so small that nobody even knows who they are. There are no fly-by-night companies listed here. If one thing is for sure, it’s that you can’t go wrong with any of these networks.

CPA Networks

  1. Neverblue – NB is the first CPA network I ever signed up to and they are as strong as ever. They have the best interface in the business and when it comes to payments, they pay when they say they are going to. Neverblue is pretty much everybody’s top 3.
  2. W4 – Hands down, W4 has the best array of offers of any CPA network I’ve seen. While most CPA networks have the same offers as each other, W4 has got a bunch of unique ones! They are strong in pretty much everybody category. I’ve never had, nor heard of, anyone having any issues regarding payments with W4. Highly recommended.
  3. Ads4Dough – I know at least 3 or 4 affiliates who call A4D their favorite network. What’s cool about A4D is their willingness to work with you and help you succeed. If you’ve got an awesome campaign, A4D is the kind of network that will pay you faster so you can scale (just ask them!). Very approachable and very reliable.
  4. Maxbounty – damn-near bulletproof when it comes to payments and just being an all-around honest, reliable network. Even if their offices were burning down, I get the impression that Maxbounty would still manage to get your payments to you on time (they are that solid). MB also pays weekly by default (which is absolutely critical for most people).
  5. Mediawhiz – A hidden gem. Home to my favorite offer of all time. I’ve never had any problems with Mediawhiz. While they aren’t as well-known as some of the other networks listed, they are certainly respected. As a matter of fact, as I’m writing this now, the ex-CEO of Neverblue just became the CEO of Mediawhiz. Check them out for sure.
  6. Clickbooth – Probably the biggest network of them all. The reason Clickbooth is so highly rated is because they have offers you can’t get anywhere else. And a lot of times those offers are the highest converting offers in their niche. I’ve had a fantastic experience with Clickbooth myself and would recommend them to anybody.
  7. Convert2media – C2M is one of the best networks out there. They are 100% reliable and the crew there knows what they are doing. If you’re new to this, DON’T sign up with C2M. They cater to more advanced marketers, specifically paid traffic affiliates.

Honorable Mentions

The networks listed below are ones that I don’t have much personal experience with, but I’m including them here because I know they are legit and have great reputations.

CPS Networks

  1. Clickbank – My favorite network of all time. A lot of CPA marketers like to talk trash on Clickbank, but that’s mainly because of all the scammy “make money online” crap that tarnished has Clickbank’s reputation a little bit. Clickbank has a lot to offer, especially for newer marketers. Stable offers FTW.
  2. CJ.com – Again, a lot of CPA marketers like to hate on CJ, but if you’re looking for quality affiliate offers, go set up a CJ.com account right now. Big brands work with CJ, and they have arguably the best quality offers of any network.
  3. RevenueWire – I love these guys. If you’re a software marketer, you probably already know them. If not, do yourself a favor and go check them out. RW is like the Clickbank of software offers.
  4. OneNetworkDirect – Just like RevenueWire, OneNetworkDirect is a network for software offers. And like CJ, you’ll find the big brand software offers here (like Kaspersky and McAfee).

Have I missed any? Disagree with me on anything? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Watch Video of Visitors Interacting with Your LP

January 8th, 2013

A few weeks ago I got turned on to a service called inspectlet.com that lets you record a screen capture of your visitors’ sessions (they offer heatmaps too).

The way it works is simple: Register your domain in the dashboard, paste some Javascript code before the ending </body> tag, wait for some traffic to come to your LP, and a few minutes later you are given a video of those people interacting with your landing pages.

There is something about watching a real visitor wave his mouse around your LP (and not clicking your CTA ) that really brings things home. Before I was done watching the first video, a flood of ideas hit me over the head of things I need to test!

They have a demo you can check out here and a free plan for those who would like to try it before investing in it: https://www.inspectlet.com/plans

A Keyword Goldmine

November 1st, 2012

I think keyword research is one of my strongest points as a PPC/SEO marketer, but at the end of the day everybody searches differently. It’s quite crazy how two different people will search for the same thing. Some people type full on sentences while others type just the most important keywords.

With that said, a solid way to get a feel for all the different styles that people search is to actually sit down and read peoples’ search histories. Whaaaat? You didn’t know that was possible? Well, it is.

» Read more: A Keyword Goldmine

Great Stuff on the SiteScout blog

September 4th, 2012

If you’re into display advertising, check out the SiteScout blog – there is some great stuff posted there! http://blog.sitescout.com

SiteScout is a real time, self-serve advertising platform for buying banner ads from all the major ad exchanges (now including Google Doubleclick!). Basically, it’s thuper awesome.

Super awesome

Easily Fetch the Top Keywords in any Market with this…

August 21st, 2012

Konichiwa, bitches.

A few months ago I made myself 2 helper files which help me quickly locate the correct subcategories for both the Google Keyword Tool and the Google Insights for Search Tool … and I figured I’d let you guys use them.

In order to quickly grab a list of top keywords in any market/niche, you simply need to find the correct subcategory that represents the niche/market you wants keywords for, select it and search with a blank keyword. Doing this returns a nice list of top keywords without you having to do any mental thinking whatsoever.

Search using no keywords to get them ALL

The part that is an absolute bitch is finding the correct subcategory to begin with, without stumbling around within the tool itself, so I made 2 helper files to help you with this part…

  1. Category Map: Google Keyword Tool
  2. Category Map: Google Insights for Search
  3. ( both tools have different category structures unfortunately )

Using these helper files, you can use CTRL+F to search the page for keywords and hop from section to section easily. Once you find subcategory you are interested in, take a mental note and then go to the keyword tool and waste no time navigating to that subcategory. As soon as you get the category selected, you got niche specific keywords!

The Google Keyword Tool does allow you to search by keywords in the interface, which is awesome, but I made a category map for it anyways. It’s nice to be able to casually scroll around and look at the entire category structure without clicking anything.

This tool is best used with the information I posted here and the strategy explained here. Wappah!

A Great Way to Find Affiliate Offers…

February 3rd, 2012

Just look at the most popular sites on the web using the Quantcast top sites list. It’s time consuming to manually look at thousands of different websites, but on the flip side you can gain a lot if you keep your eyes out for things like…

one-does-not-simply-become-a-top-5000-website

  • sites with affiliate programs
  • which ad networks are on what sites
  • sites that have self-serve advertising systems
  • what advertisers are running ads
  • etc…

You’re looking exactly where the traffic already is. Think about it: if a website is in the top 5,000 most popular on the entire internet, they’re probably doing something right, right?

Popularity is a crude measurement of quality, but it’s good when you’re looking for affiliate programs. The more popular a website is, the more you can be sure they have something that people actually want and the more you can be sure their offer actually converts.

Check out the Quantcast list and start investigating. Hopefully you can find yourself some new offers to promote and think about niches that you never knew were so popular. Just watch out for all the disturbing sex fetish porn sites that you will encounter in your research if you’re scared of that kind of thing :o

Need Coding Help? StackOverflow FTW

December 29th, 2011

stackoverflow.com logo

From basic HTML/CSS to advanced programming, StackOverflow.com is THE best place to get coding help on the entire internet bar none! Shit, just take a look at some of the response times…

stackoverflow response time

Questions answered in under 1 minute! They’ve got an Alexa rank of 156 so pretty much every serious programmer is on there. This place has saved my ass a few times now.

All the talented people on StackOverlow are extremely helpful and will help out when you’re in a bind. If some coding problem is keeping you from making teh monies, now you know where to go! Best website ever and I had to post about it because it’s so damn useful.

TheGaryHalbertLetter.com Organized

November 25th, 2011

gary halbert

If you want to learn how to write high-converting adcopy then you need to study Gary Halbert, one of the greatest copywriters who ever lived. The thing is, if you’ve ever been to his site at TheGaryHalbertLetter.com, you know that the website is terribly organized. The content is amazing but all the newsletters are completely out of order.

You’ll be reading one where he refers to the last newsletter and you’ll be like damn, I haven’t read that one yet. So I did my best to organize it a bit. I did this for myself but then figured it would benefit everybody so I posted the links here.

For the most part, everything is pretty organized from 1986 (the year the newsletter started) to the 2000′s. All the misc. stuff at the bottom was taken directly off the website, but since there are no dates posted, is impossible to organize.

Note: Since some of the newsletters seem to be missing from the website (or just not indexed in Google) I uploaded the PDF here where you can read the missing pages. If you also hate reading 1,000 page .pdf documents, here are the links so you can read them online.

» Read more: TheGaryHalbertLetter.com Organized

My New Favorite Place to Scout for Headlines

September 18th, 2011

Lately I’ve become quite addicted to Reddit.com. It’s an awesome site for wasting time on … wait … or is it? If you work in the Health market for example, take a look at the Fitness subreddit.

reddit copywriting

That looks like a great headline to test on a landing page or in a PPC ad. You can adapt it to fit whatever: “How to _____ quickly and easily without going broke or insane”. There are a SHITLOAD of subreddits on Reddit.com – surely you’ll be able to find relevant ones. If not, you can always search via the Goog with the site: operator for something more specific.

reddit yoga

What could be any better? Well, it gets even better.

You get to read all the OBJECTIVE comments from users about specific topics in the category/thread you are researching. (Twitter is also good for this.)

If you are in the dating market, you can find a thread that talks about the different dating sites and SEE exactly what people think of it, with nothing held back. And from a reasonably intelligent person. These threads are filled with OBJECTIONS (why somebody wouldn’t sign up and convert), and you can address them in your ads in order to overcome them. Go check it out for yourself: Reddit.com

Improve Your Landing Pages with KISSInsights

September 17th, 2011

UPDATE: Total FAIL on my part. The service I am referring to in this post is actually KISSinsights, not Kissmetrics like I originally posted.

Just the other day I was browsing when I saw an ad for a service that I may be interested in. I clicked on the pricing options page to get a feel for how much this thing was going to cost.

But the price wasn’t there.

What was there, on the bottom of the page, was a KISSMetrics KissInsights box asking me “what other information would you like to see on this page?”

Kiss Insights

Completely out of the way. Not in the way at all. Seeing this, I answered by saying “unclear pricing”. It didn’t send me to a thank you page or anything, so it wouldn’t distract from conversions.

I have no doubts that if you put this KissInsights box on the bottom of your landing pages that droves of people will fill them out.

Just like I did.

And you can use that info to create way better landing pages.

Surveying your visitors is nothing new. But KissInsights is probably the cleanest (and easiest) way to implement it.

It’s pretty cheap too. The $29/month plan should do the trick for most people. And there is a 30-day free trial which doesn’t require your credit card to sign up. Check it out.