Archive for June, 2009

June 30th, 2009

40 min video on niche research

This video has been long over due. So I’ve been planning on making this vid for the last week or so and I really wanted to get it done yesterday before I went off to bed.  Well sure enough I was busy all day yesterday.  So… I ended up making this vid at 1am.  Now for most affiliate marketers thats no big deal.  But for me it is… I usually go to bed pretty early so I was pretty tired towards the end of the vid. Anyways… Enjoy!

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June 26th, 2009

BAM! Good ol’ Logan Thompson in the first CT shirt.

-1 I have said plenty of times that I was going to get shirts made up. I finally did! And good ol’ Logan Thompson happened to be the first to try one on. I haven’t even worn one yet… Lucky punk.

Anyways, several of the shirts have gone out in the mail to people already, and more will be going out on Monday.  I’ll be holding contests for the rest of the shirts and maybe I’ll print up another batch for ASE!

Anyways, Thank you guys for keeping Cashtactics alive and being apart of our great community.  We really appreciate all of your comments and for helping out in the members forum.

June 24th, 2009

A Matter of Image Building in the Mind of Customer

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This is a guest post by Ben Johnson. Ben is in charge of Marketing & Business Development with LogoInn

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In this day and age, one of the most crucial tasks for any business is to stand-out among the immense market competition. Therefore, businesses have to make extra efforts in order to create a unique brand image in the mind of prospective customer.

When we talk about image building, a great logo can help business to create a positive image, while a poorly designed logo can bring a negative impression about a company and its product/service. For many companies, a logo is the only identifiable mark a potential customer may ever see, so it needs to be memorable, describable, and easily recognizable.

The overall design of a company’s logo is crucial to its success. There are hundreds of business logos that have been overlooked or quickly turned away due to nothing more than appearance. When a logo lack in proper designing, it can actually lose a potential customer. When an individual first time sees your business logo that is poorly designed, he is not likely to do a business with you. This is especially true if the logo fails to portray the right image and purpose of a business to the prospect. Hence, as a business owner, be sure to put some time and effort into overall logo design.

Getting a suitable logo may be a daunting task, but it is this crucial initial investment that will ensure your company’s success in a long-run. You should start off by brainstorming about the image your company represents, or the message you want to convey to the public. This will help you to develop a perfect branding tool that will create a strong brand positioning in the mind of a customer.

Conclusion

In times when budgets are slashed, businesses are more focusing towards customer retention. But with customer retention, businesses have to focus on making new customers as well. Your custom logo design can help a lot in this regards. Thus, make sure to develop such a logo that will become a true representation of your business.

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Now I have to agree… A logo is at the forfront of your business.  Everything you have should be branded with your logo…That reminds me… Cashtactics.net shirts finally arrived.

Ben would like to offer you 15% discount on any service ordered at http://www.logoinn.com. All you need to do is enter this code “MKT-01” while placing an order in the promotion code section.

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June 22nd, 2009

What I like to see in a CPA network.

stussy-naomi-glasses-kotake-cyobei-sakuNot that anyone cares… but here is a little run down of what I like to see or receive from an affiliate/CPA network. This is just my biased opinion and in all honesty I’m sure you will agree with some of these and there are some you might not agree with. Please leave a comment at the bottom and let me know what other things you like to see from your CPA networks.

  • I like to see my stats… Now this is an obvious… But I mean I like to see them right when I log in.  A nice graphical image or just the raw numbers.  When I log in I don’t want to hunt around for my stats I just want them to be there.
  • I like to see the hot offers.  Maybe even some additional information for those offers (payout, epc, conversion rate).  If I know something converts for someone out there, then I can make it convert for me. Seeing what offers are hot is ESSENTIAL in time saving! Even if I don’t want to run in a specific niche I still like to take a look at whats hot.
  • I like to see a list of new offers. Some of my best converters have been new offers to a network.  Most networks aren’t going to add any old offer.  Chances are they are going to add offers that they feel will convert or offers that another affiliate has requested because they made a profit with it from another network.  New offers can be little gold mines!
  • Discontinued offers!  This is BIG for me.  I hate it when an offer is taken out of a network and I still have it running. Some networks will send out an email stating that the offer is closing or has closed.  I love this!  However, I don’t always get those emails because they get lost in the mess of other emails I receive.  If networks would put a little list in our login page then life would be a lot easier.
  • I like to see my affiliate managers contact information.  Even a nice little picture so I can put a face with the voice on the phone.  Being in contact with your affiliate manager is very important! They are there to help you succeed.  A good affiliate manager has the information you want on offers so don’t hesitate to give them a call and ask them whats hot.
  • I would like to see more networks blogging.  Who wouldn’t.  That’s a pretty easy way to get industry news and updates, as well as product news and updates.  Networks like convert2media are all about blogging updates about their company as well as techniques for making money online.  These blogs are some of the best I have read online.

Once I’m past that initial login page and I’m getting ready to search for offers there are things I like to see as well to make my search a little easier.

  • First and formost I like to see the payout… Who doesn’t.  Most of the time you can tell what kind of offer it is going to be just by the payout amount.
  • Seeing the countries that the offer is available for is ESSENTIAL! I once ran an offer for Australia in the US… Yeah you can guess it… I lost a lot of money.  The network didn’t put down the country and I automatically assumed it was going to be US traffic.  Don’t assume anything.  Always ask your AM if you are in doubt or don’t see the answer right away.
  • Type of promotion is also something that is a must see.  I run a lot of contextual traffic and if I run an offer that is for search only then I can get in some trouble.  So being able to see the type of promotions allowed is very important to me.  And should be important to you.  Also, remember to use the right type of link. If you are running search traffic make sure you use a link for search or text advertising.  Don’t use the email or contextual link. This is a way for the advertiser to see what type of traffic is converting best for them so that they can refine their campaigns as well.
  • A preview button should always be available.  In all honesty I have never encountered a network that does not have a preview button.  If you’re trying to view an offer in another country just jump in to a proxy or use a service like http://worldproxy202.com/ to check out offers in other countries.
  • The most important thing for me to see in a network… and really this should have been at the top of everything here… Where does the offer convert?  What page?  How many fields?  Does the visitor have to pay s&h for me to get the commission?  Knowing what action needs to be taken for the conversion is very important for affiliate marketers because we can then determine if we think our traffic will go through all the steps needed.  Where does the pixel fire??????????

So thats my little rant/rave.  Just some things I like to see in the networks.  What about you?  What sort of features do you like to see from the affiliate networks that you are apart of?

June 14th, 2009

$600 OFF PPC BULLY 2.0 (1 Day Only)

logoYeah you heard that. I didn’t jump on this launch like I should have. This product is going to kill you in your sleep. Its that deadly. I kid you not. There have been so many upgrades since the original PPC Bully launched. This product is 100 times better!

So Here is the deal. There is only 49 copies left at the current time (48 now that I grabbed my copy). So by tomorrow all of the copies are going to be gone. I’m not saying this as a “scare” tactic I’m letting you know the truth.

Here is what I am offering to you. Most of the people promoting this are promising you more eBooks to add to your ever growing collection. I am going to offer you the commission I would have earned from you. I’m not going to lie. The commission is at 50% of the first sale and 25% of all the up sells combined. So what I am going to do is give you $600 back for purchasing through me… Not another eBook…

I shouldn’t have to explain to you what PPC Bully is. But in case you have been living under a rock the last few month missing PPC Bully 1 and the last few weeks missing PPC Bully 2 pre-launch then let me give you a brief run down of what this tool is.

It is… Simply put… A gift from the PPC Gods themselves. The product allows you to effectively see what other people are bidding on. You get to see the average CPC, Network the product is from, estimated monthly search volumn, exact ad, and URL (so you can see the LP). There is even a nice little “PI” or “Profitability Index” where you can see how many days the ad has been running. This is AWESOME information to know. Chances are if someone is running an ad for 15+ days then they are making money! PPC Bully will help you find the campaigns that are making people money.

Something new to PPC Bully 2.0 is the Day Parting outlook. You now have the opportunity to see when the most profitable days and hours are for the campaigns being run. This will save you even more time in setting up your PPC Campaigns. You will also be able to see the best ad position for your buck!

Here… Check out this next image… That’s a graphical way of showing you what PPC Bully 2.0 does!

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Okay that was a very brief rundown of what PPC Bully 2.0 is about. Now check out some of the bonuses you get for buying it.

  • 1 month free access to the PPC Bully VIP Club ($47 value).  If you stick with it you will get access to their 18 Live Webinars! You’ll also get access to new keywords and countries before they are given out to the rest of PPC Bully 2.0 members.
  • Niche Finding Blueprint ($198 value).  This little eBook will show you the best way to find profitable niches for you to use.
  • The Mega Bully List ($498 value).  The mother of all mothers!  List is 3 lists.  152 of the top niches.  Top 100 CPC keywords to use. AND top 100 searched keywords!  This in and of itself is worth its weight in gold!
  • $150 off Speed PPC – What else needs to be said!  The one and only Speed PPC at a discounted price.  I use it and love it.
  • 6 Months of Tracking 202 eXtreme ($9000 value!!!) Freakin junk… Do it already.  The PPC Bully guys are giving you everything you need to make some back RIGHT NOW! Tracking 202 eXtreme give you access to Tracking202Pro and Stats202.  FOR 6 MONTHS! Wes and the Tracking 202 guys know what they are doing and did the right thing by partnering up with the PPC Bully guys.
  • 8 other products and services that I didn’t even mention cause I’m too freakin excited to hit check my stats…

Total value of all these bonues is well over $10,000.

AHH ok enough already. I just wanted to give you the scoop and allow you the opportunity to get your hands on it.  If you thought the price was too much… Well now you know what.  Cause they are literally handing you gold.  And I want to give my readers the chance to get their hands on it.  So… $600 if you buy through my link.  How is this going to work?  Well you need to save a copy of your transaction ID.  You will see this when you make your payment and you should see this on your statement at the end.  Save this and send me an email using this link >>Click Here<<

Here is the link so you can go grab PPC Bully for yourself

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June 11th, 2009

Apply this Free PPC Tip Immediately

web-red-dotHello ladies and gents. It’s been a while since I’ve made a post, so here I am again. This will be a rather short post, however, do not over look this lightly. I love to network with people, learning from other marketers (or business minded individuals) and by networking is how you discover potential mentors that help you succeed in your given field. Today I want to talk to you about a nifty little script that you can modify your Prosper202 software with that will allow you to see what your landing page click-through-rate is for both individual keywords and individual ad texts that you’ve got in 202.

My friend Jasper, from www.nerdyaffiliate.com had this put together and it’s something I had put on my to do list, but he beat me to it. He has pushed it on his blog at this post: 202 KW CTR Script , you can go there and read more details about it and I highly suggest implementing it immediately if you are using prosper202 for your PPC campaigns. What is the benefit of this you say?

Being able to identify which individual keywords have a poor LP CTR, will enable you to take a much faster action in improving your campaigns performance and ROI. Let me simply illustrate a way that you can see improvements by implementing this script ASAP. Keyword #1 may be getting a 43% LP CTR to the merchant offer but Keyword #5 may be getting only a 23% LP CTR to the merchant offer. Yet, you are sending the traffic from both keywords to the same exact landing page. So let’s take keyword #5 and direct it to its own LP that you’ve customized the text copy and images to directly influence that exact keyword, you will be able to test and improve upon its CTR in a whole new way. Just imagine if that keyword is breaking even or already profitable before you implement this, you can greatly increase your ROI with just a few small efforts.

These are the types of tips, explanations and clarifications you will find by having a mentor or experienced marketing friend.

Have you joined the CashTactics Free PPC Mentoring forum yet? Sign-up Now!

Serious about becoming profitable? Inquire about private mentoring: andrew-at-cashtactics.net

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June 2nd, 2009

Market Leverage Contest Winners!

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So… The results are in on the winner of the contest.  Now… Unfortunately only one person crossed the $1000 minimum.  However, that being said.  Dina at MarketLeverage has allowed the 2nd and 3rd place people to also claim their prize even though they didn’t make the $1000 minimum.  Thats way exciting news, and I was more than over joyed when she told me :)

Here are the winners of the ML portion of the contest:

  1. CD7964 – 24″ Flat Panel LCD Monitor by Dell
  2. CD7971 – 16gb iPod Touch by Apple
  3. CD15775 – $200 MarketLeverage rewards card

If you are one of the lucky three winners please send me an email using the contact form. Include in the message your first/last name and your mailing address.  Your information will be cross checked with MarketLeverage!

Congratulations to the winners of the MarketLeverage Contest!

June 1st, 2009

Top 5 Posts for May

Hey guys. This is something I want to start doing on a monthly basis. I think its always good to reflect on how the month went. At the end of each month I would like to take sometime to post the top 5 most read posts during the month. This is excluding the members forum and will only show actual blog posts from Cashtactics. So here we go…

  • Affiliate Themes.net From UBD!– This was posted back in March… Apparently people are Googling the term cause it’s bringing in traffic. This was a post written up to explain a little about affiliatethemes.net. Jump on over and check out the video if you haven’t already.
  • Making Money With Torrents And P2P Networks – Some General Tips
  • – This thread has been around since 2007. However, it has been in the top 10 since. This is basically giving tips on making money with torrents. A must watch if you are a torrent advertiser. Remember though. Torrents are not an accepted source of traffic for your CPA offers. That being said. They are still an excellent source of traffic. I recommend this video to anyone. Watch the whole thing. If it doesn’t load the first time just refresh the page. Towards the middle there is a pretty big torrent traffic tip!

  • Response: Adding CJ Products To Kaboodle– Ruck took some time to explain placing Commission Junction products on Kaboodle. There is big money here! This video is another oldie but goodie. . If it doesn’t load… Refresh the page. These vids are hosted here and not anywhere else.
  • The Landing Page Example!– This was posted last July. It’s a very basic design for a landing page. Most of this is to give you an idea of what elements should be on a landing page. Check it out. Get some ideas. And don’t forget to check out the landing page tutorials that have been posted here on the blog.LP Tutorials (Click here then scroll down to find them)
  • FREE PPC Mentoring Apply Now!– The last of the 5 is our Free PPC Mentoring post. This has been a hit and several people have taken the information found within and ran with it. I’ll try and get a hold of them later on this week to post up some testimonials for anyone on the fence about this. Join up with MarketLeverage and join us in the forum!