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Another Craigslist Idea / How to Create Your Own Spins

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by hwolfpack6, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. hwolfpack6

    hwolfpack6 BANNED BANNED

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    There are almost too many of these, and it may not even be worth it to post this, because all it takes is a little brainstorming. That is why I've combined this method with a quick lesson on making your own spins. Hopefully it can help you out a little.

    First, let's start with the idea:
    CL Idea
    So first - let's find something to give away? Hmm...How about a 36'' LCD TV? People love free electronics, so let's go with this LCD TV.

    Next - you are going to need an email submit CPA offer. I'm using an offer for Mike Phelps. All that matters is that all you have to do is enter in an email and click submit, got it?

    **As an extra note, I like the email box and submit button to be on a solid background, so I can use that color as the background for the rest of the page and make it feel more realistic.

    You are going to need some sort of free hosting. I use 000webhost.com but it I suppose it doesn't really matter. Don't bother buying a TLD, because it'll make this feel less real.

    So first we have to make the web page.

    You can basically use what I have - but change it up slightly, you know?

    Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <title>Free TV Entrance Form</title>
    
    <style type="text/css">
    
    body {
    font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 14px;
    color: #FFFFFF;
    }
    
    #outteriframe {
    width:200px;
    height:90px;
    overflow:hidden;
    position:relative;
    margin-left: auto;
    margin-right: auto;
    }
    
    #inneriframe {
    position:absolute;
    top:-535px;
    left:-540px;
    width:1280px;
    height:1200px;
    }
    
    </style>
    
    </head>
    <body bgcolor="#1a2328">
    <div align="center">
    	<h1>Entry</h1>
        <p>Directions: In 2 sentences or less, say why you deserve to get the free plasma TV.  Contest ends on April 4th, 2009.  I will contact you by email for further directions if you are selected to win.</p><br />
        <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0">
        	<tr>
        		<td>Why You Deserve It:</td>
                <td><textarea rows="5" cols="30">2 Sentences or Less Please!</textarea></td>
           	</tr>
            <tr>
            	<td><center>Email:</center></td>
            	<td><div id="outteriframe"><iframe src="http://yoursite.com/dmr1.php" scrolling="no" id="inneriframe"></iframe></div></td>
          	</tr>
      	</table>
    </div>
    </body>
    </html>
    OK, let me break this down for you as best as I can. The main part of this you will see is a table which allows the person to type their entry in (which we don't give a f*** about; those 2 sentences aren't getting sent ANYWHERE!)
    Then, in the row below that is an iFrame with the email box and email submit.
    I probably am not the best person to describe how these things work. Try searching Google, the forum, or play around with the CSS (outteriframe and innerframe).

    Place your domain name in the iframe src and leave the /dmr1.php part alone. That's going to be our double meta refresh. Save this as "index.php".

    Great - on to the DMR's...we're already almost done with the web page.
    Copy this into a different notepad file:

    Code:
    <?php
    echo "<meta http-equiv=\"refresh\" content=\"0;url=http://yourdomain.com/dmr2.php\">";
    ?>
    Again, leave the /dmr2.php alone here and save this as "dmr1.php"

    Open another notepad file and paste this in:

    Code:
    <?php
        $referer = $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'];
        if($referer == "")
        {
            echo "<meta http-equiv=\"refresh\" content=\"0;url=http://emailsubmitdomainnamereferralthinghere.com/whogivesashit.html\">";    
        }
    ?> 
    Fill in your email submit after the url= part and save as "dmr2.php".
    Upload index.php, dmr1.php, dmr2.php to your web server. Our page is done!

    Here comes the Craigslist-happy-fun-time!!!! Oh man I'm so excited!
    OK - so by now you are probably twitching out of excitement to post your craigl-- I mean to make money.

    Post something along the lines of this in your Ad:

    Code:
    Title: Free 36'' LCD TV!
    
    Message:Given to a worthy person.
    
    Email me - [email protected] for more information. 
    Feel free to change that part up a little, make the message better or title more exciting. I don't really care - just get people to email you.

    When they email you - email them back something like this. This is what I used, since it was peak hour in Denver (6 PM), so most people would be online there, but I was too lazy to make a new gmail account.

    Code:
    Hey,
    So I'm holding this contest.  I'm going to give away my 36'' LCD TV to the person who gives me the best reason why they deserve it.  I'm moving back to my hometown outside of Boston, so I'm just getting rid of this, and I figure, why not give it to a person who deserves it?
    
    For organization's sake, I set up this tiny webpage with free hosting.  It keeps all the entries together, and nice and tidy.
    
    http://mysite.com/ - just go there, type why you deserve it in 1 or 2 sentences and put in your email and click Submit.  If I've chosen you, I'll email you to get more details.  This ends on April 4th, 2009.  Enter soon!
    
    Good Luck,
    Michael McCullough
    Notice how I make this more convincing - I'm moving back to Boston (because my email has to do with my favorite Boston sports teams), and my name is "Michael McCullough"...now my real name is Michael, but my last name isn't McCullough, but I sound like I'm an Irishman who guzzles down fish and chips in the pubs by Fenway Park in Boston. If your city you are posting in is known for Latinos, use a latino name! It's these little details that make your email seem all that more convincing.

    And we're ready. Here's what my final web page looked like.

    [​IMG]

    Can you tell where the f*** my "offer" starts? Nope - because the background color of the offer and of the page are exactly the same. Only suspicious thing is the button (decorated; rest of the page is mad plain). PS: I find the color by taking a screenshot, pasting it in Photoshop, and clicking on the color using the eyedropper tool. Then I click on the color in the colors pallet and take the HEX color code.

    Now you are ready to make some bank. Remember - this should never be used word for word, detail for detail. Post below for help. This is something you need a little HTML + CSS knowledge for, and if you don't have any - no problem. Post below and I'll help.

    I will do your iFraming for $3. Just PM me about it and I'll make you your iFrame.

    OK, so this idea brings me on to the 2nd part.

    Blahh - I'm too lazy to think up a good Craigslist scam!
    What are the steps to thinking up a good Craigslist scam, you may ask?

    1. What do people need but can't afford during this recession? Well - entertainment is one of them. People love their TV's and Blackberry's and Cell Phones and Laptops, etc...Give one of these away.

    2. Make the post on Craigslist for the free thing you are giving away.

    3. Why are you giving it away? Here's where lying practice comes in handy, one could say. You just need to think of a good reason to give something away - make yourself believable. People are stupid - they'll believe just about anything. "We're moving and I wanted to get rid of this." // "I just got a new Blackberry - don't need this any more. Too hassled to sell it."

    Copy and paste this to every person who emails you.

    4. Now you can sit back. It's all about lying.

    Enjoy!
     
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  2. hwolfpack6

    hwolfpack6 BANNED BANNED

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    I really f'd up this first time - My senders name is my real name (LOL)...I'm getting emails back:

    "Why does it say this is from Michael MyLastName when you said your name was Michael McCullough in the last email?"

    Lol PWNED! No fear - just another posting in a different city will cure my mistake.
    EDIT#1:
    Cha-Ching!

    5 Minutes Later Edit: I've gotten about 6 emails - Uhh your link won't work. Try fixing your site...just in case, here's my entry.
    "Well, Both my lungs collapsed yesterday. I was about 30 seconds from dying. The doctors say I'm going to have to live in my house the rest of my life."

    Thanks for the fake story buddy, but IDGAF. Thanks for the dollar.
     
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  3. keltplayer

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    is it possible to only show the email form?
     
  4. hwolfpack6

    hwolfpack6 BANNED BANNED

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    Hi Kelt,
    Yes it is, through the use of iFrames, like I said, play with those numbers in the CSS or try googling or searching on the forum for iFrame help. It's a little confusing at first, but once you understand it, it becomes a second nature thing.

    In short, that part of the email (just the email box and continue) button was on the page, but not in the top left corner. It is 535 pixels down and 540 from the left side of the page. That's where the corner starts. You can pay $3 to me to do it for you (just PM me) or you can google/search the forums for iFrame help.
     
  5. itsMATTohNO

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    What affiliate are you using that pays per email submit?
    My affiliates usually go with name, number, etc, etc...
     
  6. hwolfpack6

    hwolfpack6 BANNED BANNED

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    http://www.affiliateer.com
     
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    hudval69 Newbie

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    Would be doubly successful if you could somehow follow it up with a Pay Per Zip method along side it.
     
  8. ifwearner

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    Ok so when they do the submit it takes them to the submit offer for w/e u were giving away for free.. maybe you'll get some conversions maybe not.. or does it just submit the mail and say thanks mothertrucka have a nice day and there are no conversions?
     
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    What autoresponders work best for methods like this?
    advice: try to spread this out across multiple cities. AM's don't like to see all the conversions from 1 location.
    thanks given cause I like your tf2 avatar.
     
  10. davetheave

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    Like the idea but not the CL ad or email idea... and the template is just that a BAREBONES template and should be greatly improved.

    Other than that, I like the idea! Might use it myself. he he
     
  11. itsMATTohNO

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    No he set it up to get paid per email submission. Its can be anywhere between $0.80 to about $2 for an email or zip code submission. To be honest this is pretty genius... and depending on how long his CL posts are up until they are flagged, you could make alot of money.
     
  12. stoaf88

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    One question I always had about iframing is:

    After the user hits submit he is taken to page 2 of the offer right?

    And don't some email submits require confirming the email address?
     
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    thanks man, im going to try this method tonight/tomorrow and see how well it does. I have a feeling this will get me banned from the affiliate site fast.
     
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    thanks man, im going to try this method tonight/tomorrow and see how well it does. I have a feeling this will get me banned from the affiliate site fast.
     
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    Thing is are you actually getting paid per email submission?
    It would be nice to see some numbers...
    I started it earlier today, and so far no results.
     
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    could someone give me the correct pixel coordinates. the ones he said dont display the email submit box and ive been trying other numbers for a while now with no success. thanks.
     
  17. hwolfpack6

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    Ugh - So I tried it last night and it only says 8/0 hits/leads on my affiliateer stats. Something screwed up - either that or they reset it.

    I'll answer questions tomorrow...maybe we can brainstorm offers to make this work.
     
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  18. coxistence

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    The pixel coordinates are going to vary depending on the offer. For example, let's say that the search form in the top left of this site is a form you'd want to frame. You could make the iframe 181 pixels wide and 25 pixels tall. The inner div should be something around 37 pixels from the left and 287 pixels from the top.

    Good luck.
     
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    Wheres good afifliates thta let sumbit just email or zip codes? i seeked on CJ and cant find ;x
     
  20. gimme4free

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    Look for first page submits. GodCPA or similar would be needed with this to resize the iFrame after submit or redirect to URL to make it not look so dodfy after they have submitted. You would also need to fake the referring URL.