When I was 18 or 19, I knocked doors on a traveling sales crew and sold magazines across the US (hahaha I know) for about 1 year. Lately, I can’t help but think how much magazine sales is like affiliate marketing. If door-to-door sales was marketing 1.0, then the affiliate model is marketing 2.0.
The set up is virtually the same.
Armed with a sales pitch, the affiliate does all the heavy lifting and is the one actually out there making everything happen, just like the door-to-door magazine guy.
The affiliate manager is like the one who drives the van, and reports back to the network. Both the affiliate manager and van driver are incentivized to get their affiliates to do well with the offers.
The CPA network collects all the money and distributes it, much like the sketchy guy sitting in the back of a cheap hotel room counting all the cash his affiliates fetched that day (yes this is really how it goes down).
Every new apartment complex or neighborhood is a new place to get traffic. Kicked off Google? Just go to the next one or sneak back in.
Biggest difference? Affiliate marketing pays better 😀
Man, I love this industry
Awhile ago I found a big list of traffic sources, so I went through and categorized them, removed dead sites, and added some of my own. I will be keeping this list as up-to-date as possible, so make sure to hit CTRL+D to bookmark it.
I’ve also prepared a PDF that contains all these traffic sources for easy reference. Just click the link below to download it:
Green = top traffic source
WhereGoes.com is a free tool that I’ve been using for the past year or so when I want to trace redirects – It basically shows you a breakdown of the redirects that occur in a nice format. This is useful for:
Here’s what it looks like in action:
This is useful when your CPA offer automatically redirects based on country and you are having a tough time getting it approved, or when you are optimizing a campaign and need a way to redirect traffic from a certain country to a different offer.
A lot of times traffic sources will send you some international traffic even though your campaign is set to a specific country, so it makes sense to send those visitors to an offer that accepts their country.
(some people are saying they can’t download the file. I don’t know what the hell they are talking about, but it’s on this page if the link above fails)
I like to store all my outbound links in its own folder, so for this example let’s say the folder we are working in is domain.com/links – here is what it should look like.
Now, whenever somebody goes to domain.com/links/redirect.php they will be redirected to the links you set based on the country they are in. Here is a full list of country codes.
Tested Advertising Methods is my favorite book on the subject of copywriting.
When I’m planning a new campaign and taking notes/getting organized, my success rate goes way up when I scan through this book for a few hours and jot down ideas for headlines and copy appeals. According to this review on Amazon, find the 4th edition (the one with this cover) for max ROI 😀
The reason I like this book so much is because of how it was written – John Caples was an engineer before becoming an Ad man, so he is very methodical about writing and split testing his advertising.
Drop that hot pocket and track down the 4th edition!