Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

8 Questions Every Begining Affiliate Should Know

Here are some questions I found from Here.org.uk. I often get questions from people that follow along these same lines. Here are the questions from that post with my answers.

1. What is the best affiliate network?

There are several networks that I am apart of. It’s like an addiction. When I see that sign up page I sign up. HAHA. You can check out a list of my favorite networks by clicking here. Most of the networks that I am apart of are apart of the “direct track” networks. Direct Track is the company that puts the direct track script out.
The coolest part of direct track is the fact that offers can be published to other direct track networks. This “CrossPublication” allows for the offers to be placed on hundreds of networks. This means that you can essentially ask an affiliate manager from your favorite network to grab the offer and place it on their network.
My favorite of all the networks are these: Convert2media, Market Leverage, and Hydra. Yeah I use other networks. But those are on the top of the list for me.

2. What is a good CTR for PPC?

That really depends. Just like the article mentioned above says you can have a CTR of 70% with poor conversions and a CTR of 2% with an excellent conversion rate. So it’s really just an issue of how well your clicks convert that’s important. Although you should expect no less than 2% and to be on a more realistic don’t expect higher than 15%. Not saying higher isn’t possible. Just don’t expect it right off the bat.

3. Should I start on the Search or the Content network?

Content network is the way you want to go when you start. Content network cost is cheaper, and overall beginner friendly. You just need to be prepared to pay for the search network. That being said, I will only move an offer to the search network after I have made it convert on the content network.

4. How many clicks should I send to a merchant to see if they convert?

You want to place for yourself a limit. Whether that be a specific amount spent or a specific amount clicked. Personally like to see a minimum of 100 clicks to the offer. Not 100 clicks to the landing page/poll, but to the actual offer itself. 20-30 clicks I am not getting clicks to the offer then something is wrong with my landing page.

5. Are there any eBooks I should read to learn about affiliate marketing/PPC/SEO?

NO. Just read this blog and visit the forum. If you really want to be successful on the fast track with the right tools I say sign up with PPC-Coach and buy Poll Factory. PPC-Coach has the tools you need and poll factory is just a kick @$$ poll generator for CPA offers.

6. What is the best niche to promote? What makes the most money?

In my opinion you can make anything successful if you know what your doing. That’s the problem though. So again, PPC-Coach will show you how to make anything successful with PPC. Also read the blog and forum. Asking questions is the way to go.
As a side note. Health, Weath, and Relationships. Those are the top CPA offers across the board. Just find a product related to one of those are you’ll be good to go.

7. I don’t know anything about HTML, PHP, coding, web design, graphic design, datafeeds or anything remotely technical. So how can I build a website and make money?

Poll Factory will create the site for you. You just have to know how to upload the script to your server. If you have questions on how to do that then just goto a forum and ask someone.
If you want a different style of landing page and still don’t know how to code a webpage then ask someone that does. Jump into the forum and post a request. Or you can jump over to Prozines.com and Nonstopgraphics.net can get you custom LPs if you want them.
Oh and don’t forget about lpelite.com. I use that guys templates all the time. Just figure out the route you want to take and you’ll be good to go.

8. Should I pay for a SEO company to optimize my site?

No. Take it from someone that knows SEO. You can do it yourself. Optimizing an LP is good because you WILL get natural traffic. Don’t let anyone tell you that you won’t. Poll factory is SEO optimized so that is a good route to go.

That should be it. I hope those questions have helped you out. If you have a question please feel free to jump over to the forum and ask away!

Category: General Blabbing / PPC
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20 Responses

September 30, 2008

Looking at question #2 and #3… Are you saying that you would expect no less than 2% CTR for content network too? I’m guessing you’re talking about the search network since CTR’s don’t matter too much on the content network.

Also, I found it interesting that you would start on the content network first. It seems to make sense since clicks can be cheaper on the content network. And if you can make it convert on the content network, it would just make it an easy transition into the search network.

I’d love to hear your strategy for making offers convert on the content network. Would you direct link first, determine overall conversion rates and then try to add LPs to try increase CRs? Then after optimizing that, would you then scale to the search network?

Awesome blog by the way, you’ve got some great content

September 30, 2008

I am not into PPC affiliate and CPA marketing so I can’t comment on most of the questions.

As for my favorite CPA networks, Market Leverage and Hydra will take the lead. I like the variety of offers on Hydra but I guess their user interface has to be improved though.


October 1, 2008

Nah.. Thanks for answering the basic or FAQs about Affiliate.

October 2, 2008

Yup. same questions I hear all the time. Good answers.

October 3, 2008

Thank you for this very informative article, I really liked the three networks you recommended for affilliate marketing, they are the best out there.

I have bookmarked this page ;-)

October 3, 2008

As for #5, of you should read as much as possible. Some sources are more reliable than others but read them nonetheless; knowledge is power.

If you want a website to make money you need to know how to make the website; cut down on the cost by doing it yourself.

October 3, 2008

Finally, a good site that i can refer my friends to, i hate explaining it too them.

October 3, 2008

Nice article :) this is what the most beginning affiliate should know. Btw, have you ever post about: what is the first step (and the next steps) to start affiliate marketing?! Thanks

October 6, 2008

Just got the latest update on Poll Factory, ironically, I havn’t used the first one very much. So many projects going on I really need to prioritize them and focus on getting on each profitable before moving on to the next. Seems like it should be easy.

What do you do to stay focused?

October 7, 2008

Great guide.

But you have not answered a more common question
which offers to promote for begineers ?
email submits
zip submits
credit card free offers

October 9, 2008

To the above, just pick one and get started. For beginners Facebook or Myspace ads is easier to start imho. You don’t have to worry about QS and you can split test easily.

As for network, Market Leverage is definitely not in my fave list. I’ve been trying to reach my AM to set up payment and so far no reply yet. Neverblue, copeac, a4d, hydra are my fave network. They are incredibly easy to communicate with and their offers are golden.

October 9, 2008

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October 18, 2008

That is a nice point you made about whether someone should read any e-books about this material. It is a straightforward answer, and is not the one you would expect from a site writer. It is the kind of material that viewers like to read.

October 27, 2008

You have some great information on your post. Thank you the information. I am just getting started with this SEO and internet marketing. I have bookmarked this page and I will read what other valuable knowledge you have for the readers.

October 30, 2008

Very true points. If newbie’s would follow these outlines above, they’d have more success and become more motivated.

November 21, 2008

Re: the choice of networks, I’m increasingly promoting networks where I have a relationship with the affiliate manager.

This works whether you’re new or an experienced affiliate.

A new affiliate can get tips from a good affiliate manager, while an experienced affiliate might get offers in advance of when they’re officially launched (when the network is doing internal testing) and get super affiliate comm bumps because the manager is pushing for it.

I’ve had experiences of having affiliate managers from some of the top networks who do stuff like turn off their IM clients and i have to email them to turn them on.

When this happens, I just move on to another network.

November 30, 2008

Choosing an affiliate network is not important for me. We can use CJ, Clickbank, Linkshare or any network you like

December 14, 2008

well honest I’d rather to join ppc than cost per action … PPC much more effective than cpa :)

May 16, 2009
Money Bins

Some great information for new affiliate marketers. I really liked your recommended affiliate networks, this is a great resource. I personally am happiest with Clickbank, and would recommend it for those starting out or experienced marketers alike.