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October 18th, 2010

T3Leads updated their look and platform.

T3Leads LogoAbout 2 years ago I gave a review of You can see it here: Check out this Financial PPL site!

So… T3Leads has asked me to give them another review… So here I am… Just so we’re clean, I did get paid for this review.

What’s changed?

For starters, the T3Leads website has a brand new look. Unfortunately, the website now looks like a low end gentlemen’s club… Black and Gold. But that’s okay because their member’s area is a nice crisp white. T3 is currently on the 3rd generation of their backend tracking platform. Dirty on the outside, clean on the inside. A little deceptive if you ask me… but that’s not the point of the network.

The real change has come from how T3Leads now supplies their payout to affiliate. Previously your leads were valued based on a bid method sort of like an “auction” for your data. Now T3 does a straight sale depending on the data that is given as well as the exact niche the lead is for.

Payouts range from $1.50 on the low end and go all the way up to $100 for a payday loan offer

Reporting for T3 hasn’t changed much. Just the look really. They’ve upgraded to better looking graphs and a cleaner navigation through the reports. You can also see a report for leads that errored on conversion. And of course there are the standard filters for on date ranges, product, channel type, etc. I happen to like the fact that I can see my stats for Today, Yesterday, last Week, previous Week, Last month, and Current Balance all in the header from any page in their system. This saves me time when I just want a quick look at how my conversions went.

Ahh I can also see when my next check is going to be sent from any page. This helps me with budgeting out my campaigns. And as always, T3leads pays out twice a month with a minimum payment of $100. Of course if you generate more than $1000 in a week, you can always receive faster payment terms.

What makes them different from the rest?

Easy answer really. Because T3 is not your average affiliate network, they provide you with two… umm… creative options. The first is called a “Public Website” this is their generic webpage that everyone has access to. This allows you to promote to something that already has branding. Your Affilite ID is carried through the URL and you will be credited accordingly for your lead.

The second method of promotion that they offer is called a “Private Website”. This is by far the coolest function of T3Leads because they are essentially allowing you to white label their form onto your website. That means that you have 100% control over the look and feel of the landing page. You can create a whole site based around funneling people into the form or you can do a one page lander to get people to sign up. The integration is super easy and their customization functions to get the form to blend in with your site is absolutely a life saver.

Just a little more information has gone a long way to set themselves up as a special niche specific network. By focusing on financial leads they can gather the best financial advertisers and hook them up with the best financial affiliate.

If your an affiliate in the financial services space then I highly suggest I’ve been using them for the last couple of years and I am definitely satisfied with what they have to offer.

Click Here to Check out!

January 24th, 2010

ASW 2010 Is Over And I’m Ready To Rock

Well… Affiliate Summit West 2010 is finally over and I’m ready to get back into the grind.  Before I do though I want to tell you about the event.  I’m sure you have seen everyone else posting about it, and while I’m sure they have a lot of great things to say about the conference… I unfortunately do not.

The Affiliate Summit conferences in general are very good.  I enjoy them and I will continue to attend them.  BUT… I honestly do not like going to the main event.  The summit is way too crowded.  It’s hard to walk around the meet market. I walked in… Tried to get to the back of the room… Got half way and turned around.  It wouldn’t be so bad if the tables were just a little bit farther apart.  The problem arises when you have 10 affiliates (for example) trying to stand in front of one table. You can imagine the congestion that arises. I think the problem with the meet market could have been alleviated if there were multiple entrances to the event.  I think affiliates need to also realize that the meet market is where you go to meet new contacts that you can go back to during the actual event. It’s called a MEET MARKET.  Not a STOP AND DO BUSINESS RIGHT THEN AND THERE MARKET.  Okay… So I might be blowing this out of proportion.  But seriously the meet market is way crowded and way hot on the inside.

The actual exhibit itself is awesome.  It’s not as crowded as everything is spaced apart pretty well.  The point of the actual exhibit is where you can go to meet those new advertisers or new networks that you found during the meet market.  It is a place of business where million dollar deals are being made.  Some booths do it better than others by creating an environment that affiliates want to be at.  Convert2Media has this down to the “T”.  They know what affiliates want. Other networks… Unfortunately don’t know what they are doing.

I’ve been apart of exhibits at convention centers for YEARS.  From the time I was a little kid I remember my mom taking me to the PDX Convention Center to help her in a booth at the craft shows.  Granted a craft show is different then an affiliate show the same concept of “GET PEOPLE TO YOUR BOOTH” still applies. If a booth has people sticking around then they know whats up.  Next time you are at a convention take a good look at who is in the booth and who isn’t.  Walk down the isles and take a peak at which booth has a bunch of people around it.  You can almost look at networks and their booths are your affiliate landing page.  Which network gets it?  Which network is getting the traffic and which is getting the conversions? eh… It’s a silly analogy but it makes sense to me…

If you want to learn you can definitely learn a lot by going to one of these events.  There are plenty of speakers just make sure you get the right pass so that you can sit in on a session.  Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get up and talk about PPV advertising.  I don’t go to the sessions though so I wouldn’t be able to tell you which ones are good to sit in on. Just don’t go to a session that you don’t feel would apply to what you are trying to accomplish… Common sense but it had to be said.

My wife came with me to this event and I was excited to show her around and introduce her to many people that she has said “Hi” to over skype. We arrived on Friday morning and just putzed around Vegas.  We caught a show and really just had a good time before ASW on Sunday.  Unfortunately for her she dislocated her shoulder on Saturday.  She’s dislocated her shoulder before but this time she couldn’t get it back in.  I was freaking out.  I know what it feels like to have your arm pop out and just dangle there.  Anyways… We got her to the hospital and they got her all fixed up :)

On Sunday I went to the meet market (By myself cause my wife was hurting)… You already heard about the joy that was so I’ll skip those details. I met up with Ian Fernando and Benny Tejeda.  Were were standing around trying to figure out what to eat when Naomi from Bloosky showed up.  So naturally we convinced her that it would be a good idea to have Bloosky take us out to lunch.  We went on a hunt though.  Apparently everywhere in Vegas closes early on Sundays.  Eventually we found a pretty good sushi bar called Sushi Roku.  It was pretty good and I thank Bloosky for the good food.

Later on that night I headed over to CraftSteak for the Ianteract dinner with Elite Clicks Media.  That was some GOOOOOOD food.  Steak, chicken, salad, and a bunch of other good food.  It was a feast and I thank Ian for having that dinner and ECM for sponsoring it. While at the dinner I sat at the ballers table.  There was Jonathan Volk and his wife (Sorry Maria… Next time my wife will come I promise…), Brandon Hoffman (AdHustler), Ian Fernando, Matt Wasserman, and Logan Thompson. Behind me was Andrew Wee, Kyle Hannah, and some other guy… Across the room was the ECM crew and a couple of their affiliates.

After the dinner I headed over to the PPC.BZ/Nickycakes party.  From there Matt Wasserman and I left to head over to the Karaktr Media party. Hung out there for a few minutes and then Matt and I left back to the PPC.BZ party.  Once that party was done I headed back home.  I was tired…

Monday was a good day.  I woke up late, got to the show late and basically walked to a couple of booths to discuss some business. Stopped by C2M, Clickbooth, MundoMedia, and a few other booths.  Also had a little chat with Ryan Eagle. Around 3:30ish I had a meeting with Adperio and Experian in one of the suits. That went pretty well.  When I left that I just headed home.  Talked with my wife for a bit (She was still hurting so she hung out at the condo), ordered some Chinese food, then headed back out for some more parties.  One of the biggest things that you have to realize is that networking is the best thing you can do for your business.  That’s the only reason why I go to the parties. Networking is key to the success of my business.

Anyways, the evening started out with the Meetup202 event at the Palms. Wes Mahler (Founder of T202) and the owners of Bloosky spoke about the T202/Bloosky merger. At the end several meetup202 organizers gave out tips.  Wes asked me if I would give a tip but I said no.  I wasn’t sure I was going to go to the event because the poor wife was still hurting. Ian’s tip was pretty good.  He gave a tip on PPV. Some weirdy named Ryan basically said to be compliant or die and another guy just started whoring out his product.  Jasper also got up and spoke about … well I honestly don’t know… some lady was sitting next to me and wouldn’t stop talking…

After that event Ian and I headed over to the Mundo Media party. It was good times there.  I finally got to meet Yousif the owner of Profit Kings Media. He wasn’t anything like I expected.  But that’s what happens when you work with people online… You just never know what they are like in person. Todd my business partner also joined me at this point.  From the Mundo Media party we headed over to the CX Digital party in the same tower at the Palms.  That was a pretty decent party.  Hung out a little with Emil from PPC Bully. Emil is a pretty crazy guy… but he is definitely good people.  Also saw Igal Pines there.  He is like the Shoemoney of Israel. I’ve met him at a few events before but never really had the opportunity to talk with him.  Anyways… After the Mundo party Ian, Todd, and I headed over to the Clickbooth Hangover suit party.  That was in a completely different casino so we made our way over there.  Took a bit of time but it was a good trip.  Saw Nick Throlson there and I swung my arm around his shoulder and asked him straight up… I said “Nick… tell me the truth… Do you actually make money online or do you just whore your affiliate link to everyone?” And he told me “I make my money from referrals”.  Had to do the same thing to Murray Newlands as he was at the party as well.  He admitted it.  I just wish I had my video camera. No wonder networks like MarketLeverage and Clickbooth want their nuts so bad. Oh well it’s decent money and I’m not going to knock them for doing it.

Around 3 am Todd and I left the Clickbooth party to go play some Craps.  We meet up with a couple of AMs from Epicenter.  We played till about 4:30 and honestly we all walked away with some money which is always nice.

So… That was my adventure at ASW.  I know I am missing the last day… but that is because I didn’t go.  I told my wife I would spend the day with her and that is what I did.

Honestly I think these types of events are something that you should experience.  Some people say that they don’t want to go because they don’t do that well online… WHO CARES!  The point is to go and network with people that can help your business. I challenge you to go to the next Affiliate Summit event. I promise you won’t regret it.

May 18th, 2009 – Multiple RSS feeds in one easy location

affbuzzI don’t know about you… But in my spare time I like to see what other people are talking about.  I like to read blogs and forums and find out what the “buzz” is in the Internet/Affiliate Marketing community. was created by Justin Barr of San Francisco, CA. A few days ago I asked Justin why he created the site and this was his reply: “CAUSE I’M GOOD LIKE THAT!”… No I’m just kidding I never asked him that.  But I must say… I wish I was the one who thought it up.

Affbuzz is where I can go in the morning for 15 minutes to see what everyone else in the IM/AM blogosphere is talking about.  I can immediately see which posts are new so that definitely saves me some time. I can also see what the buzz is in certain forums.  The best thing is… I can do it all without opening up 100 different windows.

If you have a blog that you would like to see on don’t be afraid to let Justin know.  Infact… I’ll help you out. Click Here and make a suggestion to Justin.

Here is my own little suggestion for Justin (Lets see if he takes this and runs with it or runs the other direction).  Set up CATEGORIES!.  Tabs at the top of the page that people can click to see just forums, PPC blogs, SEO blogs, Justings “Fav” blogs, Corporate blogs (CPA Networks and Search Networks).  Just a suggestion.  Might make my morning go a little quicker.

Justin you out did yourself on this one.  Excellent job and keep up the good work!


March 16th, 2009

Affiliate From UBD!

If you have been one to make the rounds to the different marketing blogs then you will have no doubt seen that Unique Blog Designs has been hard at work for other bloggers. Today (March 17th) UBD has launched an affiliate marketing product for WordPress that will blow your mind!

This product is for Affiliate Marketers and more specifically for those affiliate marketers that like to use wordpress for LPs and Review style LPs. Take a look at their promo video:

Is that not the koolest WordPress tool you have ever seen! Now don’t get me wrong… This isn’t for those affiliates that can make their own pages and designs. If you can do it on your own then I suggest you do it on your own. But everyday I get asked from affiliates who they can out source design and coding too. A lot of the readers here are new to affiliate marketing and don’t know how to layout div tags or even basic HTML. This tool will solve that problem.

Here is a screen shot of my favorite part of this tool:

affiliatethemes Do you see that? You have complete control over the layout! Complete control over how your review site will look!

Now if you ask me I would suggest getting the middle package. That way you have a license to use this on multiple domains. If however, you aren’t comfortable messing with html and designs then go with the largest package. There are over 30+ designs filled with a whole slew of layouts for review style landing pages. The only thing you have to do is configure the look by selecting drop down boxes and then add your content!

This product just amazes me. I have this running on several campaigns I have running right now. I set it up initially to see how quickly it would take to implement a design. I normally use Dreamweaver, but this has eliminated the NEED to use Dreamweaver for most of my LPs.

Inside of the members area you will find 20+ vids on how to work this system. You will also find some podcasts from other Internet/Affiliate marketers such as Jonathan Volk, Jim Kukral, Yaro Starks, and even Spiderman. This tool is revolutionizing the way that we as affiliate marketers use WordPress to manage our PPC campaigns!

Enough of my blabbing about the product. You really need to jump over to their website and check it out! If you are truely serious about creating a PPC business then this is hands down a product you need in your arsenal! I am only promoting this because it really is a gem to have for those that want a quick and easy way to create LPs. You really need to jump over to their website and read about all of the features this product provides! They even have several examples set up for you to view. If anything, look at the examples so you can get a better idea of what truly great review site should look like!

Click Here to be taken to the Affiliate Themes website!

October 11th, 2008

Motive Network’s kick ace interface!

The Motive Network is yet another affiliate network on the line.  Now I know you have all see a bunch of affiliate networks out there.  So what is so different about Motive? It’s the interface!

As I’ve mentioned before I have signed up with a lot of CPA networks.  They are like a drug to me.  But Motive has definitely stood out to me as a cut above.  The reason for this?  Their killer interface.  I must say, this is some serious interactive stuff.  I’m going to attach a YouTube vid at the end of this post of their new Advent 2.0 interface so you can see how nice the interaction is once inside.

Motive Interactive was started up in 2003 by Brendan Smith.  Currently they are located in San Diego, CA. Brendan started out working for NetCreations which is an opt-in email marketing company.  They work with large corporations such as MSNBC and CNET. Brendan is also a founding member of The Online Lead Generation Association (OLGA).

Advent 2.0 is pretty advanced for an affiliate platform.  My favorite feature would have to be the simple fact that I can log in and look at a huge graph right in my face that tells me how well I am doing.  The graph they got is from Maani, but it definitely integrates well with the site. Also, once inside you have the option of adding several offers to a quick view.  That means that once your in right under the graph is a list of offers that you are currently promoting and their live stats.  If all affiliate networks integrated this quick view I would be much happier.

Their user interface after the front page is also clean and streamlined.  It is very easy in the Advent 2.0 platform to navigate your way to the offers that you want to run.  Not only that but they have a tab for hot offer, exclusive offers, new offers, and of course all offers.  Koolest part is the ease for viewing the description, offer preview, and the available creatives.

The Advent 2.0 uses a lot of AJAX.  This allows for several parts of the page to load while still allowing you to go about your business on the website.  For example, if you want to view an offer you just click the offer and the section that the offer is in will open up allowing you to view more information.  There is no new page to load, and no window that pops up.  This definitely saves time and we all know that in business… Time is Money!

Oh and REPORTING!  This beats the cake.  Reporting on the Advent platform is definitely above par! With the click of a button I can have my reports downloaded in PDF, EXCEL or CSV formats… Or all 3 if I wanted. Like other networks they allow you to select the time period to view reports for.  And of course you can create those excel spread sheets with the click of a button.  Man it’s easy.

Anyways view the video below to see how the inside looks! You definitely won’t be disappointed.

I can’t say I have ever seen anything like it.  It definitely makes CPA marketing fun HAHA.

Now go join them!

September 14th, 2008

Crazy way to check out your LP visitors.

Crazyegg.comEver want to know what people are doing on your landing pages? I was recently introduced to by a friend of mine here in the DFW area. After only using it for a day I quickly realized the potential of the program. Basically what happens is you get a nice little piece of javascript to place on your website. After you attach the javascript you can then log into your Crazyegg account and begin to check out the statistics.

So what does Crazyegg track? Visits basically. Infact it tracks the clicks on your page that the visitors make. You get a nice visual look at whats going on. There are two main views that you can see the first is called “heatmap”.  Heatmap places heatspots on your page where visitors have clicked.  So in other words places where no visitors click are left a transparent gray and those where visitors click start from blue (meaning not alot of action) to bright white (lots of click!).

The other view for seeing your visitors is called “confetti”.  I like this method because I can see the EXACT spot that someone clicked and I can see who referred the person to my website.  I like this view a lot better than heatmap because it makes the page all colorful. HAHA.

Anyways, check out these screen shots.  This was after a couple of hours on the CashTatics homepage:

crazyegg heatmap Crazyegg confetti

There you have both the heatmap and the confetti views of the side banners.  Remember that was only after a couple of hours.  The data seems to be real time which is definitely a plus in my book.

So lets analyze this now.  Convert2Media has the most impressions.  That means this is a banner that I am definitely going to want to keep around. Hydranetwork has the second most.  But it is still far behind Convert2Media.  Market leverage and PPC-Coach are in third place, Poll Factory in forth and Hostgator in bum last place.  Now I would obviously want to allow for more visitors to a website before I applied these analysis’ for the page.  However, lets assume we had thousands of visitors.  Obviously the clicks would suck because they aren’t that much, however, I now know that the Hostgator banner is doing terribly.  So, maybe I should put that spot up for grabs…

Applying these to your landing pages is amazing! If you decide to implement this you’ll be amazed at where you find your visitors clicking.  People click on the weirdest text… Implementing a link where you see clicks will greatly bump your click through rate to your offers!

So stop wasting time and jump over to CrazyEgg to sign up!

August 17th, 2008

Check out this Financial PPL site!





So the other day I had request an advertising spot on the blog. Of course I’m all down for allowing people to take a spot when they are available. So since they decided to join up with CT, I decided to check out their site.

This, just so you know, is a review of This is not a solicitated review. I am doing this of my own free will. focuses on financial offers. They are a PPL program. That means that they pay per lead. Now, they do work a little bit differently from most CPA networks that we find online. While most CPA networks pay you a flat fee for the leads that you generate, t3leads pays on a different scale. From what I can tell, you generate a lead for them, and then they turn around a sell the lead to companies who bid for the information. This means that there is no set pay for the different offers. However, you can definitely make some GOOD money generating financial leads for this network!

We all know that the financial industry is huge and very lucrative. t3leads obviously knows this as well. You’ll never find an offer for dating, or health on their network. Its all about insurance, loans, and debt relief.

t3leads is populated with several websites that they refer to as “public”. This means that you can send traffic to them via your referral link. However, you also have the opportunity to design your own landing page for sending them traffic. This is a pretty neat feature. Sometimes I don’t like something about a specific landing page. t3leads gives me the opportunity to create a landing page that I can be satisfied with 100%.

They also have a nice little arsenal of banners, JS and iFrame forms, and popup banners with the javascript to get it all going! It’s pretty nice of them to get everything ready like that.

One thing I’m sad about with t3leads is the fact that they currently only accept US traffic. Maybe if we all convince them to allow UK traffic then they will make the switch for us… We can only hope :D

Payments from the company are twice a month via:

  • ePassporte ($2 fee, $100 minimum)
  • Company Check ($0 fee, $300 minimum)
  • Bank Wire Transfer ($35 fee, $300 minimum)
  • WebMoney (1% fee, $100 minimum)
  • PayPal (3% fee, $100 minimum)
  • Fethard ($0 fee, $100 minimum)

They are one of the only networks that I have seen that pay via PayPal. And while I hate PayPal’s 3% fee it is definitely nice to see that email that says “YOU’VE JUST BEEN PAID”. This is my second choice for payments as it is the quickest. My first choice is by check. That way I don’t loose any money due to fees. It does however take a few days for the checks to come in.

Over all though I would have to give this company a high score in my book. So, click on their banner at the top or to the right and join up with them!

May 29th, 2008

AMS – Your online store in Minutes!

Often times we talk about creating our own online store. I’ll be honest. I have two drop shipping stores. Now we all know what BANS is I hope. If not, thats okay. BANS stands for Build A Niche Store. The basic concept behind BANS is that you get a full “online store” that pulls its product from eBay.

Now, what if I told you there’s a product out there that allows you to build an online store while pulling product from Commission Junction (… The Affiliate Mashup Store does just that. Its a full online store that allows you to have virtually any product from Commission Junction.

Paul Hedger is the UK based programmer that came up with this script. It’s a full on mashup pulling not only from CJ, but you get a feed of eBay products and a page for YouTube videos, all dynamically generated from your keywords or user-submitted search terms.

My favorite part of this script is the “automatic” specials listing. Basically when a Commission Junction vendor has a special running your product will show that there is a special as well. In other words, this really looks like your very own online store.

Check out the FAQ page before you decide to buy Paul’s product. Don’t forget to sign up with his newsletter. He’ll send you a “baby” version of the script that you can install on your server to make sure that everything will work for you.

Now you may be wondering why I’m mentioning a Mashup Script in the middle of all this CPA stuff. Not only am I giving you Mashup people a heads up on a great product that co-insides with Ruck’s Free Affiliate Mashup report, but I’m also giving you a great way to put your new found PPC skills to the test. Build a Mashup store and DRIVE TRAFFIC TO IT WITH PPC.

Paul created just for this purpose. Can you imagine getting commission for a $900 TV?

Test it out, give it a whirl. If anything he has a 60-day money back guarantee.