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Does anyone even promote affiliate offers on adwords anymore?

Discussion in 'Adwords' started by bbHood925, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. bbHood925

    bbHood925 Newbie

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    I've been doing my darndest trying to find a search term that shows even a single affiliate based landing page within adwords but for the life of me I just can't find a single campaign. I've tried the most common niches like weight loss, fitness, make money, etc... narrowed down some niche keywords and nothing.

    Even went as far as to find some "stranger" niches but haven't even gotten a hit. Did I just not get the memo where advertising on adwords requires your own product? Every single ad is pushing their own product (pills, programs, surgeries) with their own shopping cart and their own brand. I'm not exactly disappointed by this fact since starting up a dropshipping site would be more profitable for my bottom line, but after reading countless books on PPC and getting ready to take the plunge, there doesn't seem to be much discussion on the need to create and promote your own product.
     
  2. SEOtheWorld

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    The books on PPC you've been reading might be outdated. Google shuts down anyone using Adwords to promote affiliate products. I've even tried copying a clickbank landing page, hosting it on my own server, cloaking the links, and it still got shut down by adwords in about 3 days (Albeit I was also using a new adwords account created on a proxy with $100 free advertising bonus on it, so it may have been higher on their radar)
     
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    Well that's good to know... So you can be an affiliate advertiser, but you have to have your own domain, and your landing page has to be significantly different... Maybe I'll give it a go again when I have some time, last time I literally copied the landing page, and just cloaked the outgoing links so google wouldn't see it pointed to the same purchase page....
     
  5. Alphabet

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    You can link to the affiliate landing page. I was doing it not that long ago. You just have to follow the guidelines.
     
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    Be careful of the advice you are giving someone here... You are answering their questions as you "know" what the answer is but in reality you have not really done any split testing to see what works and doesn't work, going by what you wrote it seems you tried it once with no success. I am just saying this because sometimes it is best to just sit back and observe if you do not know something because I am sure you will then learn something. Plus, it leads people in the wrong direction. In regards to the OP's question yes adwords does accept website that promote affiliate products. I have have no problems whatsoever while running legit accounts and strategies towards the adwords campaigns and neither should you (if you are doing things right).
     
  7. bbHood925

    bbHood925 Newbie

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    I have no doubt that google still allows affiliates to advertise, but it seems the majority of affiliate marketers have jumped ship to either media buys or facebook ads. The one affiliate I saw running an adwords campaign used shareasale as their network within the hair loss for women niche. The other 19 ads I saw were all from companies pushing their own brand... And this has been the case for every other keyword combination I could think of.

    Is it that most affiliate marketers are hidden away under more "niche" key terms? Or is it that big companies have raised the cpc so high that it's not as easy to profit by only being an affiliate?
     
  8. trance92071

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    Well I can't really speak for the majority but I can tell you from experience that I have got away with "lower quality" sites in adwords just as well as "high quality" sites, or you can say highly developed "niche" sites. I think that taking the quality approach is really the ideal way to go when getting involved into any project really. Take your time to put forth high quality work and establish some "authority" in the serps as well. I think you may be searching in the wrong direction when it comes to finding a niche to promote. Remember you are not trying to beat google but work with them.
     
  9. zackm

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    Google does allow affiliates.. What google doesn't allow is "low-quality" affiliates landing page.. Most clickbank landing pages fall in this category.. You mentioned every single ad is pushing their own products. That may not necessarily be true. A good number of affiliate landing pages nowadays don't tag on the affiliate IDs at the back of the URL. The cookie is planted upon arrival on the page but the page is shown such that there is no affiliate IDs or tags whatsover shown on the browser bar.

    You think it's the owner's landing page when in fact it's an affiliate's page. Just my 2 cents and based on experience.. :)
     
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  10. bbHood925

    bbHood925 Newbie

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    That's the answer I was looking for thank you!
     
  11. ibanezer

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    WIth all of the restrictions and guidelines that Google is implimenting with Adwords, it's really making me wonder more and more about cloaking. Trouble is, there isn't a whole lot of information openly available on the subject...
     
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    Wait so does that mean I can legally use Adwords to promote affiliation programs ?
     
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    Using a cloaker really helps with promoting affiliate offers.
     
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    Sorry to bump an aging thread but I just went through a site suspension over this very thing and thought I'd share my experience. G has no issues w/ affiliate sites. What they do have a problem with is affiliate pages that add no value and just listing how great something is isn't value (i'm sure the primary selling site already does that). A G rep told me to put some product/supplier comparisons on the page showing the values of each and I wouldn't have a problem. Worked like a charm and allowed me to add in more aff links. That's why a lot of the aff ads you do see are review sites; they don't have any issues because they have multiple offerings that help the user make an informed buying decision... AKA, added value.
     
  15. chenny

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    i doubt it man
     
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    Are you serious? Type in NAIL FUNGUS. There are at least 4 affiliates right there running well disguised bridge pages!!!!