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A noob's quest to kick ass

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by irie08, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. irie08

    irie08 Junior Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I have been scraping through the forum for a few weeks now. After deciding that white had techniques were just too boring and slow (yet effective), I wanted to learn how to maximize my efficiency and income through my skills.

    My background consists of marketing/comm and a whole lotta web design consulting and freelance work. I use WordPress as my platform of choice. In the past month I set up about six blogs; ranging in nature from topics under the food, careers, iphone, and loan verticals. That's as specific as I'll be for now.

    Rolling out some autoblogs

    To crank out these sites I use WordPress, as mentioned, and an assortment of premium and free themes. I like the premium ones because they often include a nice theme options panel and some nice built in options/widgets.

    One premium theme I particularly like to use is "Gotham News" - from WT. Another good free one I like is "Milano".

    Once installed, it's time to upload the "core plugins":
    wp-robot
    autoblogged
    Xml sitemaps
    all in one seo pack
    statpress
    link cloaking plugin
    cpa redirector
    aff link manager
    easy contact
    related posts plugin

    I'm sure there are more that I add, but that's most of them. Next step involves putting them on some sort of autopilot. I use WP Robot and Autoblogged mostly, but wp-o-matic is very good as well. Every now and then I write or spin a good article that I find - just go to stumbleupon, Digg, or wherever and see what's topping the chart in your niche. Copy/paste, spin cycle; complete.

    Social Networks

    I registered a Twitter account for each site. I've looked at many of the twitter follow tools here but honestly I think I'll join flashtweet.c0m. I tried their demo and it worked awesome; it seems they integrated some great features to get TARGETED followers. They have an auto tweeting feature so I'll take the trial for a spin now that it's out of beta.

    Otherwise I need to get registered under each domain email at many more networks. Anyone have a good recommendation for a tool to mass register at social networks, and maybe even submit articles, all in one?

    The Affiliate Networks

    I'm writing this just minutes after the fifth affiliate network called, and approved me. Was pretty easy stuff, and these were the bigger ones; ones that told me they accept 5% of applicants :rolleyes:. I told them about my sites and the usual stuff about organic search, seo optimization in WP, article marketing, social networking to drive traffic. I had a few generic pitches/campaigns to attach to the sites. I told most of them I had less than six months of IM experience. Nobody threw any curves really...just gotta be assertive and know what you're talking about...or sound like it. :tee:

    The "free" or extremely low priced website promo

    This method has been covered here as well. I've implemented the $99 blog promotion, with an affiliate offer that the customer needs to go through in Dreamhost. With an abundance of templates, and some on and offline marketing, I'm sure I can get some leads and crank out more than a few of these cookie-cutter sites.

    I've got a lot of ideas brewing, and will use this as a sort of journal of the progress and to bounce ideas around with people. I need a good automailer, email scraper, proxies, and so much more. Regardless, I'm pleased that within a week of deciding to move forward with this, I've been accepted in to the networks, have a few simple campaigns up (no conversions yet :p), the website business model, and a good foundation.

    So thanks everyone out there who posts kick ass shit to feed my brain. Now I'm going to relax and rip some tubes to feed my lungs. :D
     
  2. irie08

    irie08 Junior Member

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    This week's wrap up:

    Today another affiliate network called, which brings me up to 5/6 that I attempted to get into so far.

    So far I have made $0.00 dollars WOOT:rolleyes: however, I've only really sent out a few tweets about a particular campaign. Only got 9 clicks and 0 conversions, but I admit it was a rather weak effort, and my first "attempt" at seeing how this stuff works.

    That said, I spent most of the day updating my sites with some better content, new logos, and general tidying up/preparation.

    Today I played with the CPA Redirector tool and made a faux post about "making money through blogging" or some shit, with a CPA offer included. The redirect worked perfectly in a test I did.

    Also, I decided to join Flashtweet. For $6.95 a month and two weeks free trial why not? ...well I'm pleasantly surprised. They have made it quite a bit better since beta. You can mass follow and unfollow, schedule tweets, have as many accounts to manage as you want, and one of the best features is the "follow by search term". You can enter "broke my iphone" for example and anyone who tweeted that shows up in a big list; then you can do a mass follow - or for that matter tweet a DM to the person who broke their phone to an entry for a "Free iPhone 3gs". I took a screenie below for anyone interested.

    I like that I can gain targeted and slightly more qualified followers using this tool instead of morons talking about the awesome lasagna their hubby cooked up.

    In the meantime I'll be setting up an affiliate landing page using the Flexxtheme (thanks BHW!) for a particular idea or five that I have.
     

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    comanche Junior Member

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    Great thread, I really look forward to seeing how it turns out. I recently started doing adsense autoblogs right now so it's nice to see how another noob does
     
  4. therat

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    Good Job - Keep it up!

    work hard, Try New things, And keep Learning

    The harder your work, the closer you will be to your dreams :)
     
  5. bigluv

    bigluv Newbie

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    I'll admit that I skimmed some of your post -- but I think I got some of the important points.

    Where exactly are you strategizing to get your traffic from? Because I don't see anything here thats likely to generate much from what you've said so far.
     
  6. irie08

    irie08 Junior Member

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    Hey BigLuv - I am still new in the game, but have a few strategies that I'm slowly building up. I joined 5 affiliate networks, and I use a variety of methods to direct traffic to CPA offers.

    For each blog, I write a couple posts relating to a CPA offer - let's say "Tweet for cash". I'll write a few posts about general Twitter methods and tricks, and allude to the possibilities that Twitter offers for people who want to make money.... and then, I write up a "review" of the CPA offer.

    So far, no conversions. But then again, I have been working full time and playing with a lot of autoblogging tools and suffering from general information overload. I need to focus on a few strategies, and not give up. I know the first conversion will be a positive reinforcement.

    Basic strategies:
    - Social Networking: So far I have Pliggu and Onlywire plugins for the WordPress blogs, and am steadily joining up at about thirty networks. I've also got a "Flashtweet" membership but the tool does not seem to be working. Maybe Twitter has put up something to block Hummingbird and other similar mass follow tools?
    - Article Promotion: I am using some of the article submitter tools found here, and the Linkwheel strategy.
    - The $99 website: This one has not caught on. I've posted about 4-5 CL ads per day. I've snagged a dozen graphics/ads that I modified to promote the product and my web design site is solid. It has a great design, legit clients in the portfolio, and offers good packages. However, I feel the $99 website is one of those "too good to be true" type things. I mean, I would not expect to get a website for $99. I'm thinking of raising it to $199 to see if that brings more legitimacy to the table...I feel like I got way more leads from my personal website portfolio than I do from the web design site I'm working with now.

    Overload:
    As I said, I've been playing around with too many tools and reading wayyy too much. I really need to focus on a few CPA offers, and bulk up my site content. It's time to rewind a bit, and get on track with a few ideas. I feel like I spread myself too thin and without enough focus, it's impossible to make much progress.

    I spent some time today getting things more organized. The usual stuff - ping list, social passwords list, creating an Autoblog folder with sub-folders for my "essential plugins", various programs, tutorials, etc etc. Everything needs it's own place and I've collected so many damn articles, programs, plugins and whatnot...well, you know how that goes being a member here.

    The blogs:
    Right now one of the biggest hurdles I'm facing is which autoblog tool I like best. I am uninstalling most of them, and will try them one-by-one to guage this better. So far I like autoblogged and wp-o-matic. I just got CC ,so I'll try that on one site.

    Traffic on the blogs is steadily increasing regardless. I am hoping to hit at least 1k uniques on all of them by the end of the month. That will be their one-month birthday.

    I look forward to the post where I can say "I made my first $$ with an affiliate!" Soon...I hope.

    In the meantime, its back to firming up my sites and looking for some more affiliate offers. Cheers.