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First sale of $5 after spending $35: Help!

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by samizle, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. samizle

    samizle Registered Member

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    I am a beginner in affiliate marketing and I've been promoting a product (Cash On Delivery) for roughly 10 days now or so on Bing ads and I got my first sale of $5 after spending around €30 ($35).

    I used direct linking without tracking the keyword which brought the sale. I don't think it's a successful product, is it? If so, any idea how can I optimize my campaign or shall I move on and test another product?

    I got a coupon of €75 on Bing and I was thinking to quit the affiliate marketing until the moment I got this sale.

    I appreciate any suggestion, opinion and advice.

    Cheers,
     
  2. Greasedonkey

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    Is it possible to promote >$100 products?
     
  3. Visual Eagle

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    Looks fine to me if you ask me for starting point. Its just sad that you didn't track what KW got the sale so you could further optimize this, also I suggest using a landing page.
     
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    I’d suggest reading up on tracking a lot more. Also, is this your first time with paid traffic? 30 bucks is a drop in the bucket and you need a bigger budget especially when you’re starting out. A lot of testing goes into paid traffic.

    Ps. These are just suggestions. Don’t up your budget and spend a shitload just because I said so. Do some research. You should be able to find some fairly good resources around here.
     
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  5. samizle

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    Yes, it is possible to promote products higher than $100 but they request approval and most of them are about finance, dating, and adult.
     
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  6. samizle

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    I was using a premade landing page provided by the network. Bing does show which keywords drove the clicks and how much spent but I couldn't figure out which was the one.
     
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    Those landing pages are usually "abused" by other people as well. Pay a designer up (which knows what they are doing) or build it yourself if you want better conversions.

    You need to track keywords with some sort of tracking software like ClickMagick, Voluum... to see which one brought the sale.
     
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    Yes it's my very first time. I spent at first €10 then I stopped. Then I reloaded my account with €15 more. Still no sale at that point. Then I got this coupon of €75. As a beginner I'm still with a tight budget. Surely I need to get a tracking tool up and running. I tried prosper, from github, but it wasn't properly installed. I gave up. I wonder if bemob is reliable. I need some free tool for now until I make some bucks and stand on my feet to switch to the paid ones like Voluum. Thank you for your suggestion. I'll dig in deeper in this forum.
     
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    Without tracking you are throwing your money
     
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    Actually the landing pages looked so professional but I know what you mean. Surely I'd go with the paid tracking softwares but I just need something free or very budget friendly temporarily. Appreciate your suggestions, mate.
     
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    My reason and instinct are saying so. Thinking about pausing the campaigns and start over again on a clean tracking supported page.
     
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    I think Bemob has a trial or there is a coupon code somewhere for 2-3 months (search on google).
     
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    Use tracking software!! else your wasting your time and money!
     
  14. Analak

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    You for sure need to track everything and it's really possible with the bing anyway so let's start from that if you wish and can and then we can do something about that - I do believe then we can go later and later, but for now - let's do that and promote higher.
     
  15. RushingWind

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    What exactly are you hoping to achieve with all the necrobumps and blatant spam?
     
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    Lol ok let me explain in short how this game works.

    First, you NEED a tracker. Without a tracker let me PM you my PP, if you like to waste money at least waste it on me!

    Secondly, unless you're extremely lucky you will always start with a negative ROI!

    That doesn't mean the product is bad it means you haven't figured out the right formula for that product yet.

    If someone bought whatever you're promoting there is obviously a market for it but as you dont have a tracker you don't know nothing.

    Is the buyer male or female, what age, what device they used, what time is best, which keywords etc.

    You will have to split-test different ads with different texts, different KW's, different bids and on top of that you need to split-test different Landers which involves all kinds of things but all of that is useless without a tracker.

    When you have a tracker you analyse the data and bit by bit you tweak everything till you get the best result and then you scale AF till it dies off.

    In the beginning the money you earn isn't profit or lost, it's basically money spend on buying data.

    Don't even start this inexperienced unless you have a couple hundreds to burn, so money you can afford losing.

    GL

    Edit:ah didn't see this was 3 months old. Anyway, if you ever read this, thats how the game should be played, hope you didn't spend all your money and now broke.
     
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  17. samizle

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    You are very right not only by concluding but also by explaining the way to be done, as some of the others suggested. I ran out my small budget and stopped ever since. But before I lose the last couple of dollars, I used bemob and I received very useful data.

    The funny part is that I didn’t realize that i had 23 orders out of the total €75 spent. One order confirmed and the rest alllll were cancelled. Three of which are wrong geos, 2 trashed and the rest cancelled. I am not sure whether the cpa network is shaving or the COD offers are hard to convert especially that I’m targeting India. It could be both.

    I am willing to invest some a couple of hundreds more and start clean.
    Thank you for your contribution.

     
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    you should track all of your traffic score regularly and make some more offer for them to get them return back to you affiliate.
     
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    You're not going to make money direct linking on ads. You could try 100 products and you still won't make any money.

    Also, if your attempt at business is to get a coupon, try direct linking a product, then think about quitting until you got a sale, then you're just not going to have any success.

    Spend the next 6 months reading about copywriting, funnels, tracking and mastering 1 type of ad, as well as doing something freelance to build up at least $2k-$3k for your advertising and you'll be on the verge of success. What you're doing.. no. Not even the best can just take a $75 coupon and find a profitable campaign. $5 for $35 spend at least shows that you're on the right track, but you have a long way to go before it's profitable, and profitable is going to be a 30% to 100% roi, and it'll lower as you scale, and that's only after you've developed at the VERY minimum a landing page, but for affiliate offers it takes more than a landing page because your payout is so low.

    You generally only make affiliate offers work by getting them on an email list, building trust, then hitting them with 2-3 different offers. You need a front-end funnel, then a back-end email funnel over 2-3 weeks.

    Even people with their own product are not usually making much profit on the front end FUNNEL, let alone a front end with just a landing page. And just a direct link? A direct link is only used as an initial very general "feel the waters" test.

    Be prepared for a long hard road ahead if you want to succeed. I say this to you because it's better you understand this stuff is hard. You will not just pop online, run a coupon and start banking.
     
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    Try FB Ads & promote much more sizeable products.