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[Journey] Complete Beginner. Starting CPA and Affiliate Marketing for the First Time

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Mikeplan, May 25, 2017.

  1. Mikeplan

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    MIKE'S IM JOURNEY

    Hello BHW!

    As the title states, I'm a complete beginner to directly monetizing via internet marketing by means of Amazon Affiliates and CPA. Hopefully documenting my journey can help keep me motivated. While I've never dabbled in these before, I've been working full-time SEO jobs for a few years now. So while I more or less know what I'm doing in terms of whitehat SEO, I'm completely clueless when it comes to making money with nearly no resources/budget, so any advice would be much appreciated. :)

    CPA

    For CPA, I'm signed up with MaxBounty as they're pretty beginner friendly and they were the first (and only) CPA network to accept my application.

    So I've started promoting my CPA offers on Twitter using the method @honestIM posted. I'm really just letting the top/trending campaigns decide what niches I make accounts for. So far I have 3 set up, 2 are automated to retweet posts from target accounts and follow. I ran into a problem with MB links because Twitter would mark both direct and redirect links as unsafe.

    So I'm using the method @savobaby posted to get them to a Google doc and have them go to the offer from there. I use Google URL shortener for my doc's URL, so far clicks are almost at 40 but CPA clicks are at only around 3 with no conversions.

    AMAZON AFFILIATES
    Not much to say here. I have a new domain that's currently set up as a blog but I want to restructure it as an ecommerce store/reviews site with a blog to help boost onsite SEO and rank for keywords, though that's not a priority. Aside from Amazon, I'm signed up as an affiliate with several other sites and stores.

    I plan to promote primarily over social media with Instagram, Twitter, and maybe Facebook. They both have small followings, IG is at 8K and Twitter at 6K but both of the followings are real and very niche-targeted. First order is business is to get my site ready for affiliate selling then I hope I can start monetizing my followings. Thanks for reading! Hope to get some insightful feedback. :)
     
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    Good luck mate, i've been doing the same for about two months already. Look forward to comparing result :D
     
  3. Mikeplan

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    Good to hear! How's it been going for you so far? And which method are you referring to, CPA or affiliate marketing? If you have any tips for me, that would be awesome haha.
     
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    Good luck OP
     
  5. Mikeplan

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    Thanks man, appreciate it.
     
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    Hey dude, good luck :) Will be following along!
     
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    I just got accepted by maxbounty but I don't know the best offer to promote
     
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    Good luck mate, keep us updated! Don't give up!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, all! I'll be updating periodically.
     
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    Good luck i am watching you
     
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    Thanks for sharing with us
     
  13. Mikeplan

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    Been around 2 weeks since I've started this post, around time for a quick update.

    Unfortunately, my method for CPA via Twitter didn't work out too well. Was able to get a few clicks but no conversions. I had it set up with Massplanner to automatically retweet and follow but I kept getting flagged by Twitter for automated behavior so I had to keep phone verifying my accounts then reconnecting them to Twitter which was a major pain in the ass.

    I've since then put the majority of my focus into setting up my site for affiliate marketing. I've passed the 15K mark for social media so I'm going to start promoting to my fans. Hope to make some good sales! If anyone has any tips as to how to effectively promote to followers on social media for affiliate products, please chime in. :)

    Thanks!
     
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    Is your affiliate marketing purely based on your Amazon affiliate site? Or do you do affiliate marketing via social media?

    Great thread! Very interested to see your progress!
     
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    I'll be marketing via social media as well but I'm working on finishing up my site first so I can drive them to my site first if directly posting affiliate links to social media is a problem.
     
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    Thanks! I've seen a lot posted about amazon affiliate sites, is there a particular source you are using or just your own experience?
     
  17. Mikeplan

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    Just monetized my social media page for the first time! Sold a shoutout for $5. :) Not much but it's a start, haha.

    Putting my own spin on what I've read. Most Amazon affiliate sites are review sites. I set mine up to have the look and feel of an actual store. Probably won't convert as well though.
     
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    There is NO such thing as THE BEST offer to promote. You should choose something that you like.. And if it's not a spammed to death niche, you can see success! Just think and think ;)
     
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    I'm pretty much not doing CPA anymore, focusing on building up my site and working on affiliate marketing. Still a big fat zero. :(

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    How did you sell the shoutout? What size was the account?