Archive for February, 2009

February 27th, 2009

Landing Page Tutorial Update

February 23rd, 2009

Landing Page Tutorial Part 3

Review – Landing Page Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2

Ok people, sorry for the lack of posts the last week or so, things have been busy busy. The private and Free PPC Mentoring section of the forum is alive and well and I will be posting some hot stuff in there this week! I’ve already answered tons of questions that would have taken a lot of trial and error to figure out, so if you haven’t joined our Free PPC Mentoring yet, better hurry. I’ve already talked about finding your targeted demographics and designing your landing pages accordingly. And in part 2 we identified key components in a landing page. In this post I want to cover some basic optimization tips and things you need to continually focus on to improve your landing pages. So let’s begin!

Landing Page Testing and Optimization

Here is a very important tip when you are first about to launch a campaign. You want to create atleast 3-4 different landing page designs. And when I say different, I mean completely different. Each one should have their different colors, header, layout, HEADLINE (the attention grabbing one), different approaches, so instead of saying “Check out these Reviews”, a secondary test would be “The Most Trusted Products are” or whatever creativity you want to put into your market. Try with a picture of your product, try without, try with a video, try without, test it all.

So the Basic Steps Are:

1. Create atleast 3-4 completely different LP designs, with different approaches, colors, looks and headline. (Most of the time you can keep the same body content but it wouldn’t hurt to test different body copy too.)

2. When you launch the campaign you should immediately be split testing 2 LPs, run them until each LP has received at least 70 clicks from the LP to the offer and a minimum of 3 conversions. Take the LP with the best CTR and CR and test the LP #3 with the winner of round one, the find the best of those two and repeat the same process with LP #4. After you have chosen the best design/layout concept of atleast 3-4 different LPs, you can now begin the next step.

3. Split testing the same LP and changing one variable at a time. So now you’ve identified the best layout/design concept for your LP, so you duplicate it. Now you have an Original LP (the winner of all your designs) and the Test LP (which is the exact same LP as the original except we are going to test one change at a time on it.). The first thing you want to test is the headline. On the Original LP you never touch a thing, on the Test LP, you want to change the headline to something completely different and test it against the original LP. Take the best performing LP of the two and repeat that a couple of times. (By the way, after each test you run, the best performing LP then becomes your Original LP and you duplicate that LP and test a new change.) Then work on testing your call to action that is above the fold. Then maybe add or test different images if you have some on your page. Try adding a video to your LP if it would be relevant. Test different color schemes, test the location of the call to action, maybe add an arrow pointing to it. Test absolutely every single thing but do it one at a time and NO more than ONE at a time.

4. Test different offers. If you are running a single offer landing page, if you are aware of similar offers in your niche, test each offer to see which one converts the best. If you are doing a review style landing page, test the positions of the offers you are running. You might have the best performing offer in position #3 when it could be the only thing keeping you from being profitable, if you had it in position #1, you could very well be banking!

5. Use tools like CrazyEgg, Clickheat and Clicktale to help you better understand what type of interaction is going on with your landing page. Exactly where are they clicking, what they are doing, what attracts them the most. That is priceless data.

6. And be creative, try split testing your normal top converting LP against the same LP but with an exit pop that auto redirects to the offer, might be able to gain a few more conversions that way. Or make the exit pop ask them leaving visitor for their email address and name, so that you can inform them of special offers or related information to what they are searching for. Then you can do email marketing on them later. And email marketing is highly effective!

7. Final Point – TEST EVERYTHING ONE AT A TIME! And don’t give up so easily!

Landing Page Optimizing for Great Quality Score

Some people make the biggest deal about getting a high Google quality score. I can honestly say I’ve rarely had a problem with my QS. The reason is, I’ve fed the hungry beast of an engine, GOOGLE, and they are always satisfied with my cooking. And believe me, you’d probably have already found your first successful campaign if you would focus on your landing pages and quality score and do it right. There are many point of views about how to get a good QS with Google, I’m merely going to list the things that I do to get a good QS. This mostly applies to Google’s terms because Yahoo and MSN QS is VERY simple to please.

1. I almost always build my websites/affiliate sites from a WordPress foundation. I’m not an extremely great designer/web programmer so I tend to take the easy route. I put a WordPress CMS (Content Management System) in place, which essentially means I make my wordpress blog look like an actual website even though it is powered by WordPress. I make static pages, remove the blog posts from the front page and relocate them to another page typically names ‘Articles’. WordPress is superb when it comes to being SEO friendly, which helps it get indexed quicker, more likable by Google, tons of nifty plugins to manipulate things however I want. Both SEO and non-SEO. Another reason why I use wordpress as my foundation is because its so easy to update. I can teach literally anyone to update new content or whatever else that needs to be done.

2. Absolute must have pages: Home, About Us, Contact Us, Privacy Policy, Disclaimer, Terms and Conditions, Resource Links and Articles.

3. You need to have at least 5 (preferably 10) unique article pages on the site as well. It helps if they are written were they sound factual and professional with external reference points. As you begin to optimize your campaign and realize that it has profitable potential, you need to continually add more articles to it. Two articles a week is a good number (ex:1 on Monday, 1 on Friday.)

4. On your landing page, at the very bottom, you want to link to the following pages: Home, About Us, Contact Us, Privacy, Disclaimer, Terms and Conditions, Resource Links and Articles and 3 additional links to high authority external sources, like Wikipedia, CNN, FOX, .edu’s, etc.

5. Perhaps put A, as in 1, one, numero uno, Adsense box, that blends extremely well with your website and is nowhere near the call to actions so they wouldn’t effect it and only place the Adsense on your CMS section, not the landing pages. My theory behind it is if Google sees you are also trying to monetize by Adsense, you are continually adding new content, getting organic traffic, you are looking to be around a while and not just throw up a page and a campaign for a one night stand.

Those tips right there are some important steps that will put you way ahead of the game and competition. Feel free to ask whatever questions you have about this tutorial series in the comments below and I will answer them on my next part in the serious, which will include some rather fun stuff, so stay tuned!

February 18th, 2009

No revenue needed… Azoogles PBM party!

Okay okay… I know you’ve seen it around. Azoogle is having a Play Boy Mansion party. Well… I normally wouldn’t post about this because it’s one of those contests where you have to make money to win. However, Azoogle is giving those pubs that don’t generate to much cash a chance to win!

Here is what you have to do…

1. Be an Azoogle pub. If you aren’t a pub it’s too late to join for this contest (sorry)
2. Log onto twitter and add AzAdsInfo.
3. Keep an eye out for hints to questions.

I don’t know all of the details… but I do know that it will involve some sort of trivia. Starting at 11am 2/19/09 Azoogle will be dropping hints to trivia questions. I don’t know how the answering will take place… Maybe you will have to do an @reply in twitter or maybe they will have an online survey… Anyways, the winner will be announced on Friday at noon. And what does the winner get? Yeah you guessed it… A ticket to the Play Boy Mansion Party!

Check out http://www.cuatthemansion.com/ for more information.

I don’t know what the questions are about… But I do know that I will be calling my AM at Azoogle just before 11am to get the answers ;) Yeah … I do plan on winning this…

In other news… since your going to be jumping onto twitter to add AzAdsInfo, you should also take the time to find CashTactics.net on there. I’ll give you a hint… _cashtactics_

February 15th, 2009

Update on Free PPC Mentoring – Must Watch

The Landing Page Tutorial will continue soon, I promise :) Please watch this video.

February 9th, 2009

FREE PPC Mentoring Apply Now!

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The Landing Page Tutorial will continue later this week.

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February 6th, 2009

CashTactics.net Interviewed on TV202.com

Just wanted to let you know that during ASW 09′ Andrew and I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the Wes Mahler of Tracking202. You can check out the vid on their new site TV202.com or just click play below.

Stay tuned for theses up and coming interviews:

  • Jason Akatiff ( Smaxor ) – Network Owner ( A4D )
  • Ryan Pamplin ( Ryactive ) – Affiliate Operations & Affiliate Deals
  • Ralph Ruckman ( Ruck ) – Network Owner ( Convert2Media )
  • Charles Ngo ( Dr. Ngo ) – Media Buys
  • NickyCakes – General Affiliate Marketing

If you haven’t already, you can catch the recently posted interviews for these guys as well:

February 3rd, 2009

Landing Page Tutorial Part 2

In Part 1 of this tutorial we went over a few things on market research and understanding your demographics, that not only applies to landing pages but to your entire marketing efforts. A very important step. Glad to see there were some questions asked and many comments made. You can find the Questions & Answers from Part 1 at the end of todays post. Let us jump right in to today’s topics.

Styles of Landing Pages

1. Review Style – Shows and reviews mutliple products in the same niche.

2. Comparison Style – Similar to review style except you go more into detail on the pros and cons of each product and do a cross product comparison.

3. Single Offer Style – Focused on promoting a single offer or product.

4. Multi-Offer Style – Pitching mutliple offers such as a main offer and a complimentary offer, in an attempt to increase EPCs.

5. Testimonial Style – Usually involves a personal testimony (most of the time its a fictional story) but be careful with fake testimonials, the BBB can come and bite you on the butt.

6. Email Opt-in Style – The main purpose is to develop a list of emails that are related to a certain niche or theme for later email distributions that you will send offers to.

Key Elements of Landing Pages

There are a few very important elements to consider when designing a landing page.

1. Color Scheme – Be sure to use coloring that best fits your demographics of people. For example, if you are targeting elderly people, ages 50+ don’t use a lot of colors that blend really easy together. Instead choose more bold colors with better contrast. We all know that with age comes the deterioration of eyesight.  Make your landing page easy to read and easy on the eyes for your demographics.

2. Above the Fold – For those of you who may not know what ‘above the fold’ means, it refers to the portion of your landing page that shows when a visitor first visits your landing page, without scrolling down. Be sure to consider the various screen resolutions that will be used, 800 x 600 will show differently than 1280 x 800, etc. Design with that in mind. Review the two screenshots below. These are the portions of the landing pages that show up on my 14″ Dell laptop with a 1280 x 800 resolution.

Acai Berry Detox – Convert2Media

acaidetoxAcaiPure – Convert2Media

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Want to know the 2 big factors as to why these two offers are the absolute best Acai offers to run and the reason they out perform all other similar offers? Reason 1: They both list easy to read benefits with a strong call-to-action arrow pointing (this is important) to the free trial sign-up box. Reason 2: They don’t list how much shipping and handling charges are on the front page, so more people sign up and don’t completely realize they have to pay a couple bucks for shipping until page #2 or #3. That’s a little tricker method to achieve leads but those two reasons are huge factors as to why those offers are HOT! Check out the MONSTER payouts on Convert2Media.

3. Qualifying / Attention Grabbing Statement – If you noticed, both of the offers above are using the statement, “Flush pounds from your system with the power of Acai!” That is a pretty solid attention grabber. You want to qualify the visitor and at the same time keep their attention. Here is why, the purpose of qualifying the visitor is to ensure that they indeed are taken to a page that relates to what your Ad copy suggested. That way they find what they are looking for and don’t just click the back button immediately or close out. Why you want to keep their attention is pretty obvious, you want them to read the rest of your ‘sales pitch’. And yes, your landing page is a sales pitch of sorts in whatever fashion you are using it in. You want to encourage them to continue reading and take action with a belief of trust and confidence with your offer.

4. Call-to-Action – Don’t overlook this, one thing I learned when working for Dell computers, always ask for the ‘sale’ (lead or sale in this case). Provide quality and accurate information and then don’t be afraid to ask for the sale, ask them to sign up, ask them to try it out, tell them how much they will benefit from it. The point is you basically want to TELL THEM WHAT TO DO! Customers/visitors are usually influenced by the recommendations you make based upon the ‘trust’ factor you’ve built with them and what YOUR opinion is. So if you have a review style page listing 3 different offers and you title offer #1 as “Voted #1” or “Top Ratings”, etc. Chances are, more people will choose that offer just because you recommended it. And have a call to action more than just once. You might have a main call to action like the Acai offers above use the arrows and point to the sign up box. You want to hyperlink text within your pre-sell content, ALL of your images should link to the offer and then you still want 2-3 main call-to-action places (depending upon the type of offer).

5. Professional or Realistic Design – Without a doubt you want a professional or realistic design. It can’t look like my grandmother built the landing page. And believe me, my grandmother probably has more landing page design abilities than alot of you. Some of these landing pages floating around are just horrible. Doesn’t have to be professional as in Gucci catalog website. But make it believable. Simple. Clean. No clutter. Only the information you want the visitor to know about. Good LP Design and Bad LP Design . Notice the difference? See the simpleness of both but the difference of functionality and the less confusion the Good LP has over the Bad LP? There is a clear decision to be made and you are pointed to what needs to be done in the Good LP, were as the Bad LP, its just their main website and tons of other links that you can click on. So without a doubt they get less leads for their business.

6. Content and Pre-Selling – I kinda hit some tips when it comes to pre-selling but copywriting and LP content is a whole tutorial on its own. It boils down to this: list the most important benefits or advantages, have accurate information, show facts, studies, reports, statistics, true testimonials, videos, pictures and call to actions. Thats a brief overview of what you need. I can’t write the content for you word for word. Once you find a LP design that works, you want to continually test your LP copy, starting with the attention grabbing statement. Just look at each of the items above and consider them when doing your copywriting.

I can’t hold your hand and guide you through step-by-step when designing your landing pages. Basically it comes down to you either, learning how to use Photoshop CS and Dreamweaver (or Fireworks, Frontpage, Expressions Web, etc) so you can design your own landing pages to gain experience or secondly, you search for a LP designer until you find a good one. The best place I know of to learn how and to get familiar with Photoshop and the rest is at Lynda.com. Its not free but its by far the fastest route to learning those programs. Also, there are a ton of photoshop tutorials online that are completely free. That show you step by step what to do and how to create specific things, just Google them. Don’t complain about having to challenge yourself. Affiliate marketing is nothing compared to going to school to be a doctor or lawyer, and it even has equal to or better compensation opportunities. To hire an LP designer, just look on places like Elance, GetAFreelancer, ODesk, 99Designs, etc. Its costly though. Best to get an understanding of how to use those programs yourself and as you grow, start outsourcing or hire a full time designer.

Questions & Answers

Allen

a) So say you were trying to target this demographic and offer in Facebook… how would you focus in on race such as African-American? The female part would be easy but I’m very curious to know if it’s possible to do so for race.

b) In the landing page series, can you tackle the issue of fake blog-style landers… if/where do you think affiliates should draw the lines in terms of deceptive testimonial/results, comments, etc.

A. As I’m not too experienced on facebook marketing, I asked my friend Neil from NeilsWeb.com this question. He said there isn’t a way to specifically target groups by race but you can target groups of people according to their interests. For example, if you are using keyword targeting on facebook, targeting keywords that you know the african american population would have a strong interest in would be a way to capture a portion of that type of traffic. Using words like “Lil Wayne”, etc.

B. To tackle the the fake blog style landing pages is something more of a personal moral conviction. To say I’ve never done it would be lying. However, I do not support or promote that method of landing pages publicly and there can be severe consequences to those who in the past/present/future use those style of landing pages. I think each affiliate should try their best to provide truthful, adequate testimonials, comments and statistics.

TipJar

I haven’t got a clue on how to create one. I’m decent at graphic design so I tried creating one in Photoshop, slicing it, and then coding it in Dreamweaver. But I realized I had no clue what I was doing (especially when trying to add text with divs and css). I could outsource this task, but I don’t have the money, and would like to be able to create my campaign from the ground up (demographic-keywords-landing page). Once I know what I am doing I can always outsource it later.

Not to mention the fact that I’m not sure how to do DKI (dynamic keyword insertion), split testing, or PHP. Do you have any recommendations as to where I could learn how to design these myself?

Refer to my suggestions about Lynda.com, that is going to be one of the best ways to learn how to better design landing pages. You just need to better understand how DIVs, CSS and the other coding aspects work. Join a few design/graphic forums and you will learn alot. Also, don’t forget to Google the questions you have and you will be amazed to find how many different tutorial there are out there. Then over a little bit of time you have gained all of the skills necessary.

As far as DKI, split testing and PHP. Those are things that you will learn more about in the future, once you completely understand the basics. In the near future I will cover DKI and Split Testing.

I is Celebrities

Hey Andrew, love your case study series. A quick question, do you test the offer first before building a landing page, or do you already know for sure that it’s a good offer without first testing it? Thanks

Most of the time the offers that I chose to run, I start with landing pages. I rarely do direct linking because its not a solid business model. I don’t build out the website until I see that it converts well enough to make profitable. But I almost always use a landing page.

Thomas

That’s a great article. Even though Facebook has great targeting options I always had a really low CTR. I guess you almost have to have multiple offers/ads going on the network to make it really worthwhile.

I had a question though. When creating landing pages/sites for offers how much time do you initially spend on any one offer? With more content I know you have a better QS but if it takes you 2-3 days it’s hard to test multiple offers at the same time. Any ideas? Thanks Tom

With facebook, if you are running one offer, you want to test a bunch of ads and really narrow groups of demographics. Find the best version of your ad and focus exclusively on the best demographic with the best ad. For a better reference, again refer to this video interview of my friend Neil, Video Interview.

Not sure if I totally understand your question, however, to answer it to the best of my interpretation. It typically takes me 1 day to prep an offer for lauching and I launch it on day 2. That is for a test. If you are new, I would focus on testing one offer at a time. And if you want a shortcut start with Yahoo as their quality score requirements are much much easier than Google.

Joe Schleswig-Holstein

Very good post, I ll come back to your blog. Thank you also, i just discovered quantcast, whichis a very good tool!
I wish you showed a concrete example how you reach your audience, after having done such a research on that target audience.

I do not understand what your question is about the audience? If you can explain in more detail I will try to answer it.

That will be all for tonight. I will continue this series later this week.