The blog of affiliate marketer HeavyT

StackThatMoney Forum and what its worth to you.

StackThatMoney Forum and what its worth to you.

May 2, 2011

A bit ago Jordan sent out an email saying that there were a couple spots that opened up on his private affiliate forum and I decided to check it out and see what was going on there. I’m a member of a couple private forums for affiliates where we share info but for this post I’m going to focus on StackThatMoney’s private paid forum. Well I have been signed up to jordan’s aka stackthatmoney’s forum for a couple weeks now and I must say its one of the best resources I’ve come across in a private paid aff forum. The forum is filled with tons of useful info for the beginner and the seasoned marketer such as myself. I’ve known about his forums for a while and just recently was able to get into the forums as a member and contributing member. Among the various members Jordan and other individuals share info and ideas. Topics in the forums range from well documented case studies and traffic sources, to better techniques and ways to attack campaigns. A Lot of the topics in the forums covers facebook but there are also guides and studies for ppv. I must say its definitely a forum where everyone contributes. Different ideas are discussed and everyone is very open in sharing their results and how much they made on their campaigns. The thing is there is always room to somehow squeeze out more from someone elses campaign. These forums aren’t about just copying a campaign and making money, its about teaching a man how to fish, not giving him one for a day. When more spots open up be sure to grab one, I highly recommend...

Are you optimizing? How much revenue are you losing?

Are you optimizing? How much revenue are you losing?

Apr 27, 2011

When it comes to servers, landing pages, and content, optimizing is everything. Finding the best places to host your servers, finding the best places for your content, and finding the best plugins and modules on your servers for delivery. Just recently as I’ve been in vegas since adtech I’ve had some time to sit down and talk to my aff friends about this into some detail. We’ve gone over the datacenter discussion with some talking about liquidweb, others rackspace, some even hostgator and the planet. Whatever your preference is the one thing is common has been performance and optimization. Server wise its good to have a host that have alot of upstream providers, you want to host with someone who is well connected and uses tier 1 bandwidth providers. A lot of the good ones mentioned above are on backbones and can give greater availability and smaller access time for the content you are serving. If you are running a huge buy or advertising on ppv traffic and your host goes down you only really have yourself to blame. I’ve heard countless stories where affs get shitty hosting or don’t really allow themselves to understand the difference between a vps and an actual server and the big differences they have. Content delivery is another thing to consider. With CDN companies popping up all over its worth it to take a look around instead of just staying with a big guy like Amazon s3. There are so many networks out there which can do it better, just because its amazon doens’t always mean they know fully what they are doing. I’ve tested a coupel and found that s3 isn’t the best, its good but who wants to be good when you can be great. Look around there are better cdn’s out there. What http client are you using on your server? What modules have you installed? You’ll hear people talk about nginx, lightspeed, lighttpd, apache, and a couple more but which is better, what if you don’t install the correct caching module? The problem is all of these can be a great strength or it can be a great fault depending on how you configure...

If an affiliate ran over six figures, how important are they to you?

If an affiliate ran over six figures, how important are they to you?

Apr 16, 2011

Why am I posting this before my adtech recap you might ask, because I think its an important topic that begs the question, If an affiliate ran over six figures, how important are they to you? Let me ask this question, pose it to my readers. How important are affiliate relations to a company? How bad would it be to have an affiliate not taken care of who ran over 6 figures since the last conference. There is an affiliate that ran alot of traffic to a certain company that I know of. This affiliate cares alot about the manager/affiliate relationship as any should. But it seems that through out the last show his manager continually blew him off, as well as ignored attempts he made for them to meet with this manager. Now both individuals were there for a whole week, even tho the show wasn’t as long. Some background info, this affiliate who I “know” even 3 or 4 weeks ago made flight plans to go visit this company where there are located, to which the company agreed to put him up in a hotel for running as much money to the company as he did. This manager was supposed to show him the town he had never been to before, take in the sights, work at the company during the end of the week on his campaigns, and the weekend it was dinner, business, and being a tourist. This affiliate was then informed that because another pub could not decide what and where he wanted to meet this other manager, ie this manager was flying out to see this pub when he visits to the usa, that the other was more important and couldn’t lock down any time since she, oops, they wanted to keep their schedule open. Now back to adtech. This company, despite asking many times asking didn’t have anything planned but at the last minute a meet and greet was arranged but unfortunately this affliate had his meetings schedule booked a week or two in advance of the show so something so spontanious, last minute, and well short notice wouldn’t have been even considered with the ppv playbook...

Need an ad scraper? I use this, what peasant scraper you use?

Need an ad scraper? I use this, what peasant scraper you use?

Apr 7, 2011

Did you ever want a hand up on the competition to the point where you knew what they were running, where, and for how long? How about all the domains and or landing pages an affiliate is using? I’ve been given exclusive access to the scraper of scrapers that has been in the making for over a year. A group of very talented individuals in the aff space has decided to take adbeat on and slit their throats with this software offing competitive pricing and features that even rival the competition. While looking around this software the features are pretty amazing. I’ve been able to find some of the ads I’ve been running and even been able to find a couple domains that I been running on and my lp’s. The ease of use this software has is amazing. Just being able to cut down on the amount of actual money you spend testing by seeing what others are doing is a life saver. Whats better than seeing whats working now and has been for a couple days, no guess on which niches are working, just do a search see how long its been running and duplicate if you are that type of affiliate. http://www.whatrunswhere.com/ For internet marketers there’s nothing more important than data. It guides our every decision; from the places we advertise to the creatives we use to the pitches we use. It’s value is recognized by most, so this information is kept a closely guarded secret. WhatRunsWhere is your opportunity to open these secrets. We organize the chaos, monitoring text ads, text/image hybrid ads, and thousands of banner ad sources spread across tens of thousands of the most popular internet destinations.   Searching for ads By Company WhatRunsWhere makes it easy to search by traffic source, even without keywords. This will give you a clear idea of which ads are performing highly on which ad networks, creating the potential to spot trends on their way up, before they’ve been saturated by other advertisers. product.   Searching for Ads by Keyword/Topic WhatRunsWhere allows you to search not only the domain and ad text, but the text of the landing page behind the...

Sometimes you find surprises if you don’t open your mail in 2 months.

Sometimes you find surprises if you don’t open your mail in 2 months.

Feb 22, 2011

So typically the mail comes to my house and we have a table by the door that I just toss it into, sometimes I flip through it before I do and sometimes I don’t. Every so often the basket I put it in overflows to the point where i have to go through it. So whats in this basket that piles up over a 2 month period you may ask? Local weekly newspapers, various magazines such as website magazine departures feedfront, bills, bank statements for all my companies (yes I have a few), and the occasional phone book or two. Well amongst all this unopened mail there was a Christmas card from Dan Buontempone over at Globalizer and much to my surprise was a starbucks gift card in it. Now some affiliates may not think its a big deal but it is to me, by going that extra mile and writing me a hand written card talking about the ase aff dinner I threw and that he was looking forward to the vegas one among other things stood out in my mind. Now I myself have not done alot of traffic with them but when it comes down to it and I’m looking for an offer just making that extra effort will make me look towards their network instead of some of the others. Why you might be asking, just cause he sent a card with a gift card in it? I’ve always believed this since the day I started in aff marketing that the network is only a small percent of it but a large part is your manager. Does he or she work only 9-5, do they work all hours, can you reach them on the phone anytime you need them as long as they aren’t sleeping, do they wake up in their sleep to answer you call, do they randomly hit you up and text you just to shoot the shit, do they text you on holidays giving you warm wishes? Besides their regular duties does your affiliate manager go the extra mile? Its not always about the money sometimes its about building a personal relationship with your manager. Some managers...