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Newbie hits $XXX,XXX/month (that’s 6 figures per month) in 10 Months with Facebook + Shopify

By Administrator • January 16, 2019

Newbie hits $XXX,XXX/month (that’s 6 figures per month) in 10 Months with Facebook + Shopify This specific post of “cawovt”’s where he posts his breathtaking update also drops some invaluable bullet points. The key takeaways are you should have a team, a single focus, building a brand, thinking in terms of niches and some some juicy details about creatives, offers and angles which you should read here Newbie is scared and thinks AM doesn’t work in 2019 - STM mod Vortex jumps in with a 1728-word essay and proves them wrong Fear is widespread in this industry. You keep reading and reading, doubt sets in, then this doubt turns into fear and you give up before you’ve even started. That’s what STM newbie “lukeman” just went through. “There’s too much competition!” “Some verticals are booming, others are not! I don’t know what works.” “Things have changed a lot since I read your What’s working in 2018 guide.” Adapt or die. Or get a 1728-word reply (basically an essay) from our veteran super affiliate, Vortex! This is what Vortex mentions in there: “It is still 100% possible for newbies to make good money from paid traffic. …. There will ALWAYS be people that will say "XYZ is dead" or "XYZ is saturated". I've been hearing that said about so many areas of online marketing, ever since I entered the online marketing world full-time back in 2006. 13 years later, there are still people making a fortune in many different areas. As to which type of traffic you should focus on - below are some options...” There are details on pops, push traffic, native, Facebook, eCommerce, paid search, list building and a lot of common sense. Do yourself a favor and read the rest of the post...especially if you’re a newbie 510,435 emails with 42.16% open rate - WTAFF’s founder Manu drops some diamonds That’s five hundred and ten thousand emails plus. You betcha there’d be lessons to be learned from that. And Manu delivered as promised. Says he “learned a thing or two”, ha! Do you know how excruciatingly painful it is to come up with a mobile ready email design? Manu’s says it like it is and he’s about to follow up with a brand new thread tailed specifically to crafting pristine email templates without any hiccups. Have you heard of DKIM, DMARC or SPF? You should have, because they’re extremely important for email deliverability. Manu also explains how to stop your messages from being clipped in Gmail. And how to test your emails before sending them (he gets 85-95% score with this app) And that’s just a tiny portion of the shiny diamond. Go get blinded by a shiny diamond Wild boars and straight-to-the-point facts Do you remember the wildly successful “wakeboarder” (Tim) and his pet project “The Wild Boar Liquidator” raking in insane amounts of cash in insane amounts of time? (no puns intended here btw) You better! Because he’s back. And he brings FACTS he’s learned during the past month of running and scaling his successful business. There’s: - Google ads (Google Ads Editor, Mobile apps, retargeting) - Automation (Instagram, wisdom, gathering feedback and a book recommendation on Amazon) - Ecom (Payment methods and what FB groups to join, emails, processes and outsourcing) Straight.up.facts! Get the facts here Is Christmas really over? The stats disagree STM mod Stickupkid shares some stats of his, proving Christmas angles and offers can work waaay after the holidays. Always be testing! Get the stats here A new year gift for STMers - free landing page protection script STM member “eurosen” decided to celebrate the new year by giving us a fancy-pants, difficult to detect landing page protection script. No more prying eyes on your landers. You can get the script here 8 Angles an hour (plus a shower) iAmAttila strikes yet again! This time he tells you how to come up with 8 angles in less than an hour. Features. Fears. Benefits. Scenarios. Limited time. And a shower. (details inside) Go make some angles $200 on...Apple products MrGreen, one of STM’s founders leaks an interesting concept. An ecommerce casino. There are some people out there raking in the dough with this stuff. You’ve heard of Fortnite. And possibly Overwatch. And their loot boxes making them billions of dollars. This is similar. Basically mystery boxes but with a pretty brilliant twist. Huge opportunity with this right now. Better go check it while it’s still not under gambling laws. Place your ecom bets here

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Profitable Newbie Hits 300% ROI in 4 Weeks with Sweeps and Pops

By Administrator • January 16, 2019

Profitable Newbie Hits 300% ROIs in 4 Weeks with Sweeps and Pops Newbie Tey’s been able to get profitable in just short 4 weeks with sweeps and pop traffic with some help from STM members and moderators. He’s a web developer by trade who decided to take the plunge and start taking action. Considers himself an “advanced noob” as he’s a web developer by trade, and this definitely helps as he can clean up landers and sort out servers, trackers and domains with ease, but he doesn’t have ANY prior AM usual it paid off, and it’s going to keep paying off. His follow along is super detailed and organised, go check it out right now! SEO Expert Turns Newbie with Paid Traffic and Hits Profits STM user “patrickpeak” is an SEO pro who decided to give paid traffic a shot. His follow along turned out to be a success with his most recent report hitting stable XX/day profits, with the usual STM mods and members guidance. Standard procedure and, as expected, great results. Coincidence? Nope, action and STM are the answer. See patrickpeak’s successful follow along here STM Mod Erik Starts an Epic (and Profitable) Follow Along (80% ROI on Push Traffic) This is how follow alongs are done by our STM veterans! It took Erik just 4 short days to get profitable, and it’s been an amazing journey. It’s true that push traffic is the new pops. Erik’s running casino, sweeps and finance offers and writing down every.single.detail! After a little bit of optimization, adding in landers, chopping placements left and right he was able to get some of the offers profitable. A super high quality follow along you just can’t afford to miss. P.S. Each of Erik’s updates contain a Q&A section with priceless golden nuggets (speaking of golden nuggets, see below...) Time for an epic follow along, clicky here… Push traffic is the new Pops! Mr Braun drops the hammer STM Mod Mr. Braun strikes again! This time with an extremely detailed guide on running AV offers on push traffic. “Therefore AV - one of the best verticals in Push for me now. You can do even 1000%+ ROI with good offers and creatives!” - Mr Braun Networks, offers, GEOs, landers, creatives, live campaigns and 11 priceless tips all packed up and ready to devour. Go ye here! Breaking News! Gold Found in eCommerce Follow Along This one you’ll just have to see for yourself. An STM member drops in an eCom follow along and draws out his FB eCom testing method that got him to 5 figures a day profit...These golden nuggets appear in almost every thread you set your eyes on and they’re invaluable. Go dig some gold 8 Tips To Increase Your Shopify Store’s Conversion Rates by iAmAttila iAmAttila with yet another mighty thread with helpful tips and tricks to increase your store’s conversion rates. Photos, conversion copywriting, spying, graphics - it’s got all the bells and whistles. Go check it out You have no idea how important an FB page is for your campaigns in 2019 Things have changed again, and they’ll keep on changing. You have to adapt or die. Having an empty, meaningless, untrustworthy, 0 value page on Facebook is going to spell disaster. In this specific post, Mr Baffoe (owner of tracking software Prosper202) shares what you HAVE to do in order to stay alive on Facebook. Check his tips here (page likes, engagement, page age, feedback score and more) The Big Bad Bully Strikes Again - RIP Back button scripts Mr. Google Chrome strikes again and this time it ain’t pretty. To quote (and our very own “thedudeabides” mod): “A future version of the Google Chrome browser will clamp down on websites that engage in a little monkey business when it comes to the ‘back’ button. The firm is working on a tool that would prevent websites resisting the back button’s traditional functionality in order to prevent users from leaving the site, in a tactic Google calls “history manipulation.” “History manipulation” - if only… Read the rest of the bad news right here

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1 Epic Follow Along + 1 Newbie + 5 Figures Profit + Priceless Native Traffic Tips

By Administrator • December 20, 2018

1 Epic Follow Along + 1 Newbie + 5 Figures Profit + Priceless Native Traffic Tips STMer Jack is killing it on native! Ever since he started a follow along he's made well over 5 figures running native, but he's also dropping insider info in each of his posts. "At this point I’ve started around 70 campaigns, and I am absolutely, unequivocally ADDICTED to native ads. I absolutely love everything about them." - Jack You MUST check out this one post in particular where he lays out the golden nuggets: Whether you should run "raw" or brands and whitelists Which GEOs worked for him Traffic sources Should you save widgets? Niche down? The what/where/hows for newbies, should you use Adplexity?' Seriously, there's too much stuff to list here, go click the link below and check it out: Jack's epic follow along (must see) Lookalike audiences from a ROAS-positive seed audience or no? "Dose a seed audience have to have a positive ROAS for you to consider making a LLA from it?" - one member asks, dozens reply. The answer is conclusive, but there are lots of other details revealed. Another must read. Go check it out, as usual the info is priceless. Affiliate marketing is dead! Is payout the only "competitive advantage" still left? When someone doesn't see a way out, others see countless opportunities. Just as it happened in this thread. One man's trash is another man's all about it here. STM Magic! Tey165(newbie)reachers profits in just 4 weeks This is one well organised and detailed follow along. Super motivating. This is what happens when people take action...go ye here. Lone wolf process and routine struggles This guy's making good money, but his disorganised approach is stopping him from reaching $XXXX/day campaigns so he asked for advice...and boy did he get some. Moderator Maynzie (most positive person on STM) jumped in with a big post, along with others. Just click here to learn how to improve your processes.

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I want to lie down and cry! 10+ Campaigns with 0 Conversions - Are the end times near?

By Administrator • December 12, 2018

I want to lie down and cry! 10+ Campaigns with 0 Conversions - Are the end times near? A member is about to throw in the towel on paid traffic, but as a last resort decided to ask for some actionable advice on "what's working" right now. What follows are replies from experienced affiliates with decades of combined experience explaining how things really work if you're on the verge of quitting. 10 Campaigns and 0 conversions later and you give up...what? If you're a newbie still struggling to make your first conversion or to reach your first profitable campaign, you'll find enough advice and motivation from this thread to keep you going. Persistence and determination will prevail! Fight or flight? See for yourself 3 Steps to Fix Disapproved Facebook Ads Is Facebook disapproving your ads and giving ambiguous reasons? Never fear - use this 3-step process (step 1 has 4 sub-steps) of elimination technique to find out EXACTLY why your ad was disapproved, then fix it and resubmit to get it approved! Selling to Germany? New Law in Effect Jan 1st 2019. Are you going to be the scapegoat? If you sell physical products to Germany - even if only online and low-scale - you need to deal with this immediately! As member pekadis puts it: "What usually happens with these things is that they find a few scapegoats that are made an example of what happens in case of non-compliance to scare everyone else into complying." Don't end up being one of them! Looking for scapegoats, resistance is futile. Better read this... Creatives for Male Enhancement - Should you do them dirty or clean? Matuloo, vortex and other members jump in to help. Lots of amazing advice on banners, landers, targeting, traffic sources, and angles. A must-read if you're thinking of breaking into this vertical. How many enhancement pills does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Click to find out!

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Newbie Reaches XX/Day Profits

By Administrator • November 28, 2018

Newbie Reaches XX/Day Profits Member burster has achieved his first xx/day in profits by the end of the 40-day tutorial - all the best on reaching xxx/day very soon! STM Membership Deal for Cyber Monday! Cyber Monday has come and gone - but it's still NOT too late to join STM on 25% off the first month! Use coupon code: STMCYBERWK Good Tips on Lead Gen Sweepstakes Offers Includes some very good tips on lead gen sweeps offers: List of big lead gen sweeps advertisers, list of big affiliate networks that focus on these offers, pros and cons of working with a network vs. going direct with the advertiser, how these leads are monetized, and more! How to Create Custom Audiences Based on Specific Event in Manychat Another great post by iAmAttila, this time a step-by-step guide with lots of screenshots! "ManyChat is awesome, I love it because the open rate of a messege is 80% most of the time, and it's a great way to market to a highly engaged audience. To lower your acquisition costs you can use custom audiences and then generate a lookalike based on the criteria that resembles your best customers." Tech News Weekly - Nov. 23rd In this week's issue: Why do ads work in spite of being ignored by most; a company that went from $0 to $100 million acquisition in 2.5 years; an example of a micro-startup that only took 10 hours to create; and more!

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Here’s How I Blew $2300 on Ecom, FAILED and What I've Learned

By Administrator • November 21, 2018

Here’s How I Blew $2300 on Ecom, FAILED and What I've Learned (Golden Tips Inside) Bet you've read a ton of case studies about successful campaigns, but have you ever read a case study on a FAILED campaign? This case study by IAmAttila will tell you about all the different testing, optimizing, and troubleshooting you can do when campaign results are disappointing. If you're still trying to find success in ecom, read this thread, take lots of notes, and try some of the tactics suggested - it may just help you turn your campaign around! Promoting Dating? Should You Go Direct or with Network? This question was asked by member totalik. Some of the most experienced members operating in the dating niche respond with pros and cons of each option. Is Diet These Days Dead? Lots of knowledge bombs in this thread on how to make diet "work". FB Messenger Bot - How to Monetize? Member with thousands of users on messenger bot is wondering how to monetize effectively, and received several great suggestions. Pay special attention to maynzie's contribution. Save Big on Affiliate Tools and Services! Looking for deals on spy tools, traffic, and more? Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and discounts have started to pop up in this subforum, including discounts on Adplexity tools and a cash-back promo by Exoclick. These are time-sensitive offers you'd want to take advantage of TODAY! Weekly Tech News - Nov. 16th In this week's issue: Google trying to kill carrier-billing offers for good, Alibaba breaks Singles Day record with $30B, and more!

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Monetizer Just Made It Easier For Newbies To Make Money

By Administrator • November 14, 2018

Monetizer Just Made It Easier For Newbies To Make Money Log into this STM post to see a green-ROI screenshot! This is an arbitrager's gold mine! Monetizer (aka Afflow) has recently implemented an Offer Marketplace, where users can now cherry-pick individual offers to send traffic to! In a glimpse, you are able to view the 25 offers generating the most revenue on the entire platform. Listed next to each offer is data such as EPC, conversion rate, and even how much revenue it has done today. If you haven't run Monetizer/afflow for a while, definitely consider giving it another test! The STM Nightlife Schedule for AWA ... Wanna Join Us? If you love to party, get a copy of this list of official AWA parties! Also in this post is a link to a secret document of UNOFFICIAL parties! You absolutely NEED to get your hands on these lists if you're coming to AWA! What Does Getting to XXX/Day Look Like? Member bossbigpaws wants to see some scenarios of what is required to reach 3-figures/day in profits. Tips from matuloo, mrbraun, and vortex can practically be rewritten into a small guide. XXX/day will feel so much more attainable after you've read this thread. Overall About Push Notifications Member ptgtate has kindly started this thread to share some tips on running push traffic, and a number of other industry experts have followed suit. Some of what you'll find in this thread are: Traffic source recommendations, vertical suggestions, tips on creatives and copy, tips on bidding, and more! Weekly Tech News Nov 8th: Google Banning YOUR Ads, FB with a New Ad Format... Another great issue from matuloo: Google blocks "abusive" ads; new Facebook ad format that allows a much-bigger image to sell your product; why using paid ads to get your first customers is probably wrong; and more!

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Finally - the New and Improved 40-Day Newbie Tutorial is Here!

By Administrator • November 07, 2018

Vortex' 40-Day Tutorial 2019 Been wanting to enter this industry but still on the fence? The long-anticipated update of the 40-Day Pop Tutorial by Vortex is finally being posted! Some lessons are entirely new, with others heavily edited/rewritten. The first few lessons have already been posted - there's no easier way to learn paid traffic than with this step-by-step tutorial! Wild Boar Liquidator and Wakeboarder JV Update: Member wakeboarder is now doing 200+ euros/day at 700%+ ROI with his dad's new ecom store! His systematic testing and optimization strategy is very impressive and educational - a must-see if you're doing ecom! An Actual Facebook Tip That Works and Can Help Make You More Money! iAmAttila strikes again! This time with a super-valuable tip on how to reach profits on a new offer as quickly as possible. Should You Focus on Excluding Instead of Including? Saturating your narrow audience on Facebook? Member "salus group" shares a new strategy for creating audiences that has radically improved their lead quality and volume. Cool Bot-Catching Trick For Natives Member jack_l shares with us an old but ingenius way of detecting bot traffic, which has sparked a big discussion on the topic - 25 replies so far in just 3 days! Weekly News Nov. 1st In this issue of moderator matuloo's weekly tech newsletter: A list of the best 100+ marketing tools in 30 categories, how best to structure your ads to monetize Christmas shoppers, FB's financial report revealed (I can't believe how much they're making and spending!)...and more!

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