Yahoo To Crack Down; How Doomed Are You?
You Can Earn $XXXX/Day On Twitter! Only 56 Kits Remaining
Anti-Aging For Pets: It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Yahoo To Crack Down; How Doomed Are You?

Affiliates make Baby Jesus cry, didn’t you know?

Google caught some headlines last month for banning a bunch of affiliates on the back of a rebill offer. Now word has caught the wind that Yahoo is about to drop an axe on the same bruised and battered floggers. It was supposed to be “Black Friday” for affiliates. Well, a few days have passed, and it seems that a whole bunch of guys are scraping by undetected from the alleged editorial clampdown.

Some very reliable sources have stated that the “Yahoo slap” is only a matter of time.

If you’re one of the guys who got dislocated from Google, you’ve probably taken a rapid interest in Yahoo. It’s decent volume at decent value and it’s self-serve.

A lot of affiliates are going to be pissed off to hear it, but the whole self-serve marketing strategy is about to bite the bullet on this one. If you’re really set on selling rebills, you’re gonna have to get used to breaking the budget on CPM based display ads. It’s just inevitable.

Okay, so when Yahoo finally does clamp down on the rebill offers (and they will), you’re gonna have a bunch of affiliates crowding the MSN space. I’ve advertised with MSN for a while now and I can tell you that the volume isn’t all that…and that’s WITHOUT having a massive influx of affiliates looking for homes for their campaigns.

I’ve said this over and over again. If you want to have success slinging a rebill offer, you better get smart about promoting it.

There are legitimate ways of getting these offers not just on Yahoo and MSN, but on Google too. It just requires a little invention and the guise to see beyond the “one shot” conversion. If your marketing expertise boils down to “I bid on this term and show them this page”, you’re going to get royally raped in the next few months – many times over.

You want to know the easiest way to build a long term campaign for a rebill on the big three PPC platforms? It’s simple. You don’t put your fucking rebill on the landing page.

Squeeze pages, opt-ins…whatever you want to call them. This is what you need to be doing – and doing well – to slip through the net and stay kicking in the search game.

It’s time to start collecting emails and taking on real-life business principles.

So you’re a promoting a bizopp which is getting scrubbed out of profitability – what do you do? You retain the lead. You design a business strategy where your only hope of converting that lead isn’t a one-time exposure to a flog.

Forget about your inconsequential clickthrough rate to the offer.

The second you start focusing on collecting emails instead of redirecting clicks to an offer – your clickthrough to the offer page is going to take a nosedive. That’s just the way it is.

But put it this way. If you have 50% of your 100 visitors going through to the offer page, is that really the best you could do? That’s 50 clicks to an offer.

What about if from those 100 visitors you collect 25 emails instead?

That lead is yours. It’s not going to get scrubbed and it’s not forever lost after it decides that your flog is a misleading piece of shit.

If you work your email list right, you could get 5 future clicks to another offer from each of those 25 emails. That’s 125 clicks to an offer. Instead of 50 – from the same original source of traffic. Your chance of converting the traffic no longer hinges on whether the prospect has his credit card in his pocket.

Of course, the real benefit of squeeze pages comes from the fact that your shady rebill isn’t immediately exposed. As soon as a Google intern reviews your flog, it’s gonna get marked with a low quality score. We’re hearing the same story coming out of the Yahoo camp. If you’re not seeing your ads slapped now, that’s no reason not to act now.

Jesus, I stumbled across Wickedfire earlier and I saw a bunch of affiliates shrugging and insisting that their campaigns were still rosy. Well, good for them. But I hope for their sakes that they’re moving fast to avoid the next slap – because it will inevitably come.

Staying one step ahead is what separates the earners from the eternal broke-as-shit learners.

I’ve spoken to several guys who are still reeling from the Google crackdown. I’d say the group is pretty much divided between those who are battering Yahoo and MSN with their old campaigns, and those who are trying to move on to display ads.

If you’re moving in to display ads and media buys, you’ve got one hell of a journey ahead of you. It’s possible to lose money rapidly when you switch from CPC to CPM. You can’t rest your hopes on an awesome landing page compensating for a poor clickthrough. You need top notch creatives, probably a professional designer, and enough moolah in the kitty to see it all go to burn many times over.

I strongly suggest you dip your feet in slowly with “monthly tenancy” offers and CPC banners where you can get them. You’re also about to discover just how much shitty traffic it’s possible to buy when you step away from Google. Be prepared to lose a lot of money before you make any. Be prepared to deal with sneaky asshole webmasters who’ll pull any string to make you believe that their traffic source is more valuable than it really is.

But for those of you who want to gut it out on the big three PPC platforms – I’ll say it one more time. You better get smart about it.

You Can Earn $XXXX/Day On Twitter! Only 56 Kits Remaining

Tweet, tweet.

It’s been a while since I posted an update, and with good reason. I’ve been a little preoccupied with things going down outside the world of affiliate marketing – and I’ve also been away at a festival. Anybody go to Latitude? I reckon I’ve copped the Swine Flu, you know. Sniffling all over WordPress this morning.

Anyway, it was the first proper break I’d taken since I visited Amsterdam last year (now THAT was a break). One of the scariest things that dawned on me was simply how pivotal my own presence is to my business.

I know some guys have set up offices and started taking on employees to handle the day to day chores of affiliate marketing – not me. It’s a solo effort, with a helping hand from sub-continent article scrummagers.

But in a situation where I’m several fields and a thousand sheep away from the nearest Internet connection, it becomes a major concern to be running any significant PPC campaigns. Anybody got any tips for dealing with personal vacations? I’d be happy to hear them and it might just save my phone battery in future.

Before I left, I decided that I needed to keep some kind of income ticking over. And that brings me to the topic that I was going to talk about here: raping Twitter for cash.

Unless you’ve been living under a brick for the last few months, you’ve noticed that Twitter is going from strength to strength. The reality is that when an online trend emerges, affiliate marketers will jump the fuck over it until it’s milked so hard for cash that there’s no sense in running it anymore.

Twitter is a relatively untapped source for affiliate marketers. I say that in full knowledge that some guys are creaming enough profit to buy every reader of this blog a luxury yacht. But in terms of how saturated Google, Facebook and the usual suspects are – it’s new and fresh. That’s not going to last for long so if you want to get ahead of the pack, you’ve gotta be moving faster. Simple as that.

Twitter automation is rapidly becoming one of my favourite methods for promotion online. Not least because it’s free and relatively easy to slip through the net. I’m not going to write up a step by step guide of what you need to do because the quicker the entry level gets lowered, the quicker it becomes another Facebook.

Now while I have no doubt that peeps are making money with rebill offers on Twitter, the quickest way to see Twitter’s earning potential is to find a relevant email submit and start thinking demographics. An email submit is dirt easy to make tidy cash from if you’re targeting the right people, at the right time, with the right talk.

I thought I’d wait before posting this so that I didn’t blow anybody’s campaign out of the water – my own included. But take Michael Jackson for an example.

Following his death, you could find his name trending on the front page of Twitter for over 3 weeks. I was seeing hundreds of Tweets every MINUTE with his name or some variation in the text.

I put in requests on several affiliate networks for new offers with Michael Jackson’s name attached. Didn’t really matter what the offer was. As long as it had some kind of incentive for the average MJ fan (free collection, free t-shirt, whatever), I wanted to promote it.

This was one of my first experiments with Twitter. I opened a new account manually, threw up a few tweets, then dumped a link to my offer with something like this:

lol i love Michael Jackson, #MJ rules! Just got his collection for free, check it out: [My dirty aff link]

Guys, it helps when you’re creating these fake Twitter accounts to grow a pair of boobs and act like you’re 16 all over again. People respond to barbie doll whores getting freebies.

This was a tiny test to see whether anybody would click through. That single tweet generated 3 clicks to the offer and lo and behold: a conversion. Marketing on Twitter is free so we’re talking 100% profit here.

Now it’s all good to be able to sit at your desk and send out manual tweets for 8 hours while posing as a teenage girl. Personally, too much of that would detract from my larger goals. And it’d probably give me issues on a worrying level.

The second I saw the conversion, my intentions immediately switched to automating the living shit out of the process and scaling it up to leap on the Michael Jackson trend with tweets firing out left right and center.

To do this, you really need automation software.

You may have noticed the Tweet Adder banner at the top of the page. It’s not just a token gesture to fund my next pint of Stella. It’s a product that I genuinely recommend as a brilliant way of automating the entire process of marketing on Twitter.

If you can setup a whole bunch of accounts and start nailing your target markets with relevant email submits, you’re in the money.

I’m not going to discuss the potential of dating offers, work from home opportunities or anything else because you should be thinking that already.

As with any form of automation software, a measured approach works best. There are factors to consider when you get involved with marketing in this fashion, but it’s an option. An option that many guys are making a lot of money from at the moment. The learning curve is pretty much hinged on how quickly you can learn to scale – and how effectively you can avoid the ban.

Check out Tweet Adder to see if it gets the imagination frothing.

Anti-Aging For Pets: It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Okay, what the fuck is this?

I decided to check in to Advaliant after a couple of months of not running any of their offers. I managed to stumble across this absolute gem of an offer. I can only assume that it’s geo-targeted to America.

The niche? Anti-aging…for pets.

I shit you not. Check the link.

Petipaaws: Your Pet’s Gonna Live 30% Longer, Or Ya Money Back

Click here if you ain’t American.

I’m sorry but this takes the rebill business model to new lows. I can half understand the principle behind an anti-aging product for, you know, humans. Because Average Joe might just notice that he feels ten years lighter after popping a few pills. But your pet dog? How’s woof woof for a testimonial?

My favourite part of the landing page is this:

Anti-aging for dogs


The thing that really boggles my mind is the idea that this product is actually being packaged in to a monthly rebill. I’m guessing the customer simply pays until his pet cops it, then cancels his credit card to get out of the monthly charges.


Please, somebody.

Define the criteria of a successful 30 day free trial when it comes to pets and anti-aging. Do I assume that if Rocky is still wagging his tail after four weeks, and still eating as per the norm, it’s been a raging success and he’s going to live forever?

I don’t know.

I do know that I’m going to promote it.

Sign up to Advaliant here and push your own anti-pet-death Resveratrol today.

It’s shit hot. 35 bucks per victim guaranteed.

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