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If I was to start my own Affiliate Network...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BitterBuzzkill, Aug 4, 2017.

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Would you trust to market for a small time company?

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  2. If the money is right

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  3. No

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  1. BitterBuzzkill

    BitterBuzzkill Registered Member

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    I have been in the internet marketing business for a long time and I have a few friends that are heavy in this market as well. We have joked for about 2 years now that we should make our own network but with a different twist that none of us have ever personally seen.
    If I was to start my own network I could start testing very soon, but I was wondering. I don't know if my idea as a whole will work to make everyone money or not. So if I was to do this and didn't want to start off by putting thousands into this, would anyone trust working for someone directly without the usual tracking software and whatnot that most of these companies use? What would it take to get people to trust me without me being a big name?
     
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    I doubt it. You would have to have tracking stuff in place for anyone to take you seriously.
     
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    BitterBuzzkill Registered Member

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    I personally do not have that, but between the friends I am talking about we have a combined net worth exceeding $1m
     
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    100K liquid?

    You'll need at least that to get the ball rolling.

    As to no tracking software, would you be building your own or offer nothing at all as to tracking for your publishers?
     
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    Pretty much this, dude. No one is going to trust it or take it seriously without some sort of tracking software/code built in. That'd be ridiculous.

    In that case, I'll start my own too and tell everyone "Yeah, don't worry bro, I'm tracking your signups and everything for ya! No worries".

    But yeah, definitely not.
     
  7. BitterBuzzkill

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    I would obviously have some sort of tracking software, just not 24/7 live software. That is where it gets pricey and difficult.
     
  8. BitterBuzzkill

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    1. Money is not the biggest issue here, I can get funding. It's about testing the theory of if our twist will work or not before sinking a small fortune into this.

    2. I could create my own tracking software to offer maybe 12-hour updates, it's live tracking that is the issue.
     
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    Delayed tracking would not be an issue for a lot of guys but a 12 hour delay might be.

    Cake is not bad and runs about 1500.00 a month or you could go cheap with Hasoffers and those are both recognized by those of us that send decent traffic to CPA networks. There are other options as well so you would want to look into them.

    Something you code yourself that gives a 12 hour delay is not going to get you the best publishers for the most part.

    Getting funding is not a good idea in my opinion... having funds is much, much better.
     
  10. BitterBuzzkill

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    I'll check both of those out, thanks!

    I can agree that having funds is better, but I can get business loans if need be... If I decide to go through with this I would be the one doing all of the work. My friends have much deeper pockets than me but also work alot more than me so that is where the funding would come from.

    Thanks for the help! I'll have to do some more research.
     
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    I kind of think I came across negative but when I start an enterprise I always ask those that are close to me that know business, "What do you see going wrong?".

    I think a loan to start an CPA network is starting with one foot in the bucket and the other in the air directly next to it.

    A personal life lesson for you.

    I bought a network that was existing and after losing just under 85K (yup, $85.000) I closed it down. I had partners but I was the one that laid out all the cash and I was the one that lost all the cash.

    Had I taken a loan out for that I would be making payments on a loan for a business that failed.

    Don't do that.

    Please don't do that.
     
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    Honestly dude, not to be a 'Bitter Buzzkill' myself (lolz), but that still sucks. You're not going to get any quality publishers and just in general, that's beyond likely to fail.

    And @BassTrackerBoats is so right -- you're talking about securing loans and whatnot for the wrong deal my friend. It's one thing to have the capital and start a business with all the risks involved, it's another to take out loans/etc on the same premise that the business could fail and you could be left with paying back those loans.

    As my dude Mark Cuban said -- "If you're starting a business and you take out a loan, you're a moron". I honestly very much agree with that. There are so many uncertainties in starting a business, but the one certainty you will have, succeed or fail, is paying back that loan. I, for one, wouldn't want to be on the hook for $100k (prob more honestly) for a business that failed. Which given the competition, dynamics of that business, etc it is very likely it would. Just being honest.
     
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    I honestly do not think that many would be so trusting of this. I know that this is not the answer that you want, but people like to be able to trust in what they are doing as they want to make money as well.
     
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    You will be better of acquiring an affiliate network rather than building one from scratch... in my opinion. It seems like a very established market so it will be difficult to get your name out there unless you are truly doing something different.