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Where’s The Money Lebowski?

May 15, 2019

Where’s The Money Lebowski? Yeah, well..The Dude Abides. Do you remember our resident native expert and mod “thedudeabides” (Kelly Sheffield) and his native follow along? He got offered a bunch of benjamins by VoluumDSP to run some tasty camps with the following goals in the dude’s mind: “The near-term goal is to hit 1k/day profit which I think is very doable & quickly Short-term I’d like to reach those same numbers with multi-geo ecom products Long-term I’d like move towards the bigger native sources (Taboola & Outbrain) with those products to reach 5 figures/day” Now, one would call this a teaser (which, of course, it is), but the numberos are just impressive. Mr. Lebowski likes to tease his impatient STM audience and he’s damn good at it. He’s been running on Voluum DSP since late 2017. He just posted his stats for 2018. And lessons. Valuable lessons, like optimization tips and other stuff, man. Here’s the good stuff: “On Campaign Setup Easily one the best features of the platform is just how fast you can launch campaigns across multiple devices and networks.” “On Campaign Approvals” “On Account Reps” “On Transparency” ^ Each one with detailed paragraphs. Next up are the actual stats (the posts are so big he had to split them in multiple parts, his original write up was about 10 pages long, the dude writes). A greedy pair of affiliate eyes can easily spot this number on one of the screenshots: $231,480.61 Then obviously another round of optimization tips for the 2018 part. And that’s just a teaser for what’s to come. The 2019, recent, freshly baked campaigns and dude numbers. Wait here for the numbers, man Yo! Mr. White, New AW Labs Forget Jesse and Mr. White’s old RV. It was barely chugging along anyways. No way to to turn into a Heisenberg with that pile of rattling parts in the middle of a desert. You turn into an affiliate Heisenberg by joining AW Labs. Mr. Chaz just announced this, yo. Affiliate World Labs are specialized, focused and smaller events such as: 1) 2-3 hours of back-to-back speeches and panels by some of the highest performers and thought leaders in the industry 2) Dedicated hour-long Mixers for your niche's marketers and companies 3) Networking at our world-renowned exhibition floor 4) Meet the speakers who practice what they preach We’re talking Push, Native, eCommerce and Agency labs. This is all a brand new AW format. One that allows you to get close to people and network...closely. Over a drink or two, or more. “Organized back to back” as our MRKTRS brothers put it in their newsletter. Listen, you get to shake hands with the speakers, other top affiliates and then go and drink a lot of beers in the beer garden. Get these guys a lot of beers and bring a notebook (STM protip). Ezra Firestone, Dee Deng, Cat Howell, Simon Mader, Oliver Kenyon, Zack Franklin, Andrew Payne, Erik Gyepes, Ian Fernando, Daniel Kampf...insert more big names here. A lot of other big names on board. Big affiliates, big companies, big numbers. As long as you have your AWE ticket in your back pocket you can join the Labs and go tell Mr. White you’re about to strike gold. Also, check for yourself: https://affiliateworldconferences.com/europe/labs The Labs on STM as usual The Lazy STM Neo Strikes Again You remember him from our last pidgeon mail don’t you? The lazy STM Neo who ran tens of thousands of offers all at once. This time he’s back with another brilliant idea constructed from the depths of his lazy mind. Quoting: “It´s no long story and nothing spectacular. But it shows that you can have good success when you get little bit creative with what you do.” Really it’s dead simple. It’s even in the title: “Classifieds + Online Surveys = 90% CR” He got 90% conversion rates on this. Made him $XXX/day in profits. But here’s the best part: “As stupid as it sounds but I just stopped with it because I got bored from doing it.” We all hope he gets even lazier and bored beyond his mind more often. The lazy details, as usual, are inside. Up for grabs?

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Horny & Confused 14 y/o Teenager Makes $9,682,830.21 (high school dropout)

May 10, 2019

Horny & Confused 14 y/o Teenager Makes $9,682,830.21 (high school dropout) Feeling old? A 14 year old, horny, girl-obsessed and confused teenager gets to almost $10 mil revenue in a few years. Drops out of high school too - talk about living the dream. This is easily one of the best STM success stories ever posted. He’s killing it left and right, no mercy. No holding back any punches. But if you think his journey was easy then you might as well go back to your shell and continue crying and dreaming without taking any action. This kid has more common sense than 95% of affiliate marketers out there. (Oh this one hurts doesn’t it? A nice hit below the belt.) To quote his thread: “DISCLAIMER: I’m not gonna share the « one weird trick » here. You don’t make millions on the internet with a few tactics, you do it with consistent focus and habits.” There are no weird tricks, short term tactics or easy money. Hard work, focus and determination are the core drivers. Kid’s a natural born predator (now a 21 y/o fully grown, successful alien with massive sharp, shiny teeth dripping with determination and focus) There are 5 key stages to his journey to quote his thread again and summarize: STAGE 1 - SKINNY, CONFUSED AND HORNY TEENAGER TO $2,500 PER MONTH $100 saved -> invested some on Upwork and Fiverr to get an eBook + cover to sell on the Kindle -> 3 sales -> reinvested and made about $200 At the spry age of 15 he jumped over to building a mailing list and pushing offers to it -> $2500/month. Then the obvious thing every young-gun does 100% of the time - he got lazy and comfortable and lost it all. STAGE 2 - THE STRUGGLE Basically one year of buying shiny, promising IM courses and doing jumping from one thng to the next without commitment. 0 sales, no cash register cha-chings. STAGE 3 - THE WAKE-UP CALL TO 6 FIGURES 18 years old now. The mind is now maturing. Making solid decisions. Decisions most adults are too afraid or lazy to do. “I quit playing sports, quit everything, cut the few friends I had left, and decided that by the end of the school year (7 months later) I’d be making enough money to drop out of high school and travel the world” He decides to become a master of direct-response marketing and copywriting. Oh and he did - $8k/month after 6 months. Then passive income from the funnels he built for his clients. STAGE 4 - MAKING AND LOSING MY FIRST $1 MILLION AT 19 19 years old. Turns out, the mind isn’t that mature yet. Lost it all on fancy designer clothes, 5-star hotels and first class flying. (and girls) “At the end of the year, I hadn’t even saved a PENNY of all that money I was making. Lesson: It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you KEEP. Never made that one again either.” STAGE 5 - CLIMBING BACK TO 7-FIGURE PROFITS ...Well, this is the juiciest bit and we’ll let you see it for yourself. Oh, and by the way, the entire thread is littered with invaluable advice on HOW he did what he did. Routines, discipline, reading 1-2 books a week, gym 3-7x a week, meditation. But most of all - sacrifices. This is such an inspiring and motivating story that you owe it to yourself to read it at least twice then print it out, then hug it and kiss it every night when you go to sleep. To quote the ending of “Wanted”: What the $#%! have you done lately? Impossible? Take a lookie here. Lazy STM Neo Enters The Matrix To Run Tens of Thousands of Affiliate Programs at Once In this thread famous STM user “twinaxe” reveals his secret Matrix ways. He was able to run literally tens of thousands of affiliate programs at once. This all netted him high $XXX.XXX. Not even Agent Smith is able to replicate himself that quickly. All because of Mr. Twinaxe’s laziness. And that’s a good thing. Have you ever seen a non-lazy affiliate? He managed to create his own simple cloaker which he continually kept improving. Step numero 2 was to scale the entire operation and get that baby automatically applying to as many affiliate programs as possible. Then adding advanced functionalities like tracking IPs, IP ranges, ISPs, locations, fancy redirects and what not. “I made high 6 figures in profit from it with really not much work involved. Could I have made more? Sure Would I had to work more? Sure And as the lazy guy I am I rather take the easy and lazy money and enjoy my life instead of working more.” You’re thinking - “but this guy can code”. Nope, he’s not a developer. But how then? By his own words “In terms of coding I would say I am somewhat like a problem solver.” “In fact I still can´t even code a very simple HTML website from scratch myself.” He did this simply by digging through Google, Stackoverflow and various other places, finding scripts and just patching everything together. It’s a fantastic read with Part 3 still pending. Part 3’s going to reveal all the juicy little details so your lazy self can perhaps do the same. “Better hit that (thread) subscribe button” Enter The Matrix Here An STM Legend Needs Your Help: How to Run Adult Traffic in 2019 Have you not heard of “matuloo” yet? No? Then please go hide under a rock somewhere. Immediately. Matej “matuloo” Cechvala is one of STM’s most cherished resident members, a senior moderator and an affiliate heavyweight veteran with over 8,600 posts who has helped thousands of affiliates find countless bags of gold. Matej has been running adult stuff mega-successfully since before most of the young-gun affiliates even started sucking their thumbs. Adult isn’t even his final form. He has seen it all and he has done it all. He is an absolute legend and it’s no surprise he is known as “The Legend” around here. Now The Legend needs your help. He’s about to write a series of monster-posts on how to run adult traffic in 2019 with each of them focusing on a specific subject: “This particular thread will also serve as an index, so every time I post a new thread into this section, I will also link it from this thread. The first article will focus on the general state of the adult affiliate marketing as a whole. where it stands what are the most popular verticals what traffic types are out there “ Quote continued: “And this is where I need some help from you guys. Instead of “making up” the topics myself, I would like to ask the community for suggestions. After all, I would be writing the articles for you, so certainly want to make sure I would write about things that are of interest to you. :) So tell me, what should I cover in the following articles, what do you need help with, what's not clear to you… ? I want to turn this into an ongoing initiative, which should result in a complete section that would contain all the info needed, to find success and profit with adult traffic.” Basically, just jump in there and tell Matuloo what you want to learn. The ins-and-outs of whatever adult subject your greedy affiliate heart desires can be delivered. Sometimes even legends need help, go here Tasty Gift For You: Snag Adplexity Push for Free The boys at Adplexity have outdone themselves yet again. They’ve recently released a beta version of Adplexity Push. For free. While it’s in beta, of course. You might as well jump into it right this moment. One of STM’s original founders, bbrock32, just said this in the thread: “Tested this and can confirm the data is much better than anything else I've used so far.” How they pull off all of these invaluable tools in such a short amount of time is a complete mystery. And how they gather that much valuable data that quickly is an even bigger mystery. But boy do they work like a charm. Industry leaders for a reason. These guys must be on some sort of STM-sourced drugs like STModafinil or something. Grab Adplexity Push here. Newbie Has $500 But Does Khajiit Have Wares? Where can $500 take you? Where can $500 take a total newbie? You’ll blow through that in no time on Facebook or native. It turns out that Khajiit does have wares if you know where to look. Vortex, Matuloo, Maynzie, Erikgyepes and other peeps just jumped in to help this guy out. They’ve devised a perfect start for a newbie. (FYI if you don’t know what a Khajiit is, check here: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/khajiit-khajiit-has-wares) Newbies go here. “Can We Test The Airbags?” (Newbie Tech Setup for Affiliates) You know, there’s this guy who’s not too familiar with cars. Not going to name any names. He goes out to buy his son a car and asks whether they could “test” the airbags by smashing them with something. Holy moly. It’s the same story with a lot of newbie affiliates. They think they know what they’re doing but instead they’re only making it worse. Servers, especially servers. Some of the stuff covered in the thread: Tracker Server Setup Landing Page Server Setup Domain Names and DNS Configuration Tracker Installation and Configuration Landing Page Server Configuration Mind you this thread is excruciatingly detailed and careful. Screenshots every step of the way. All the bells and whistles. Now, if you were to buy this car, would you prefer the seats be white or black? Please don’t test the airbags.

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(100%+ ROI) Ex-Mechanic Builds His Own 31 Million Subs Push Database & Makes $1,450,736

May 02, 2019

(100%+ ROI) Ex-Mechanic Builds His Own 31 Million Subs Push Database & Makes $1,450,736 There’s nothing wrong with buying traffic and making moolah. After all that’s what we STMers are best at. We’re the 007s, the Men in Black, the Jason Bournes of the paid traffic world. If there’s traffic to be bought there’s an affiliate sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere and getting insane ROIs. We make it work. But do you know what’s better than just buying traffic and sending it to affiliate offers? Having your own traffic source, of course, and then sending your traffic to affiliate offers. Literally. This guy was a mechanic just 2 years ago. Right now he has his own push database with 31 million subscribers and banked about 1,5M Washingtons at 100%+ ROI. And he’s going to speak at Affiliate World Europe Barcelona in July. Talk about insane progress and massive profits. But here’s the catch - you can build your own database if you buy traffic directly from push traffic sources but you’d have to pay CPC or CPM. Can get pricey and a headache before you can optimise your campaigns. You don’t want to do that. This guy did a sneaky smart move by using a secret STM exclusive traffic source created by one of our very own masters and founders. (revealed in the thread) That traffic source also happens to be thriving right now and you can buy traffic on a CPA basis. Meaning you only pay for the push subscribers directly. Goodbye CPC/CPM migraines. This way you build your push database quickly and then send them as many offers, in as many GEOs, in as many verticals as you desire...whenever you want to. Free of charge. You build your own traffic source and continue banking. To top it off, this thread reveals everything step-by-step (with screenshots). The thread is so massive he had to use multiple posts as the content wouldn’t fit in. What offers to run (and what’s always working) What platform to use for your push subs. How to setup your push sub collection page. (landing page revealed in the thread) How to setup tracking everywhere and connect everything perfectly. (postbacks, redirects, the whole deal) How much to pay per subscriber What ads to run and what they look like (again...screenshots everywhere) How and when to send the messages (sending frequency and order) Detailed stats from the case study. Tips on how to streamline the whole process so you can just chill and drink beer. Insert painstaking details here. The problem is that uncle Google is about to slap us across the faces with some regulations...expected to happen soon. Push is the golden goose right now but we don’t know how long this gold rush is going to last. You better get started today if you wanna bank as hard as Mr. Ex-mechanic Massive push gold rush here Little Erik Wants to Hand You His Push Traffic Cheatsheet One of our resident STM mods and experts Erik Gyepes is about to pass you his push traffic cheatsheet. Make sure Miss Daisy doesn’t spot you with her baseball bat. It’s a millenia old STM tradition to come up with DOs and DON’Ts. And this one is no exception. It’s massive and it’s detailed. You wanna read this before jumping into push traffic. Especially if you’re keen on becoming Mr. Ex-Mechanic #2 from above. Some might say it’s a perfect addition. See if you pass the class without being caught Ex Exxon Mobil Engineer Starts Drilling and Finds Affiliate Oil Bruce Willis would be proud. Ryan is an ex-petroleum engineer from Houston, Texas, turned affiliate marketer. He started drilling for affiliate oil literally 2 weeks ago and he already found it. There’s affiliate oil all over his beaming smile. (affiliate oil is green coloured, positive ROI). Name a better profession than transferring to an affiliate from a petroleum engineer. These guys know how to dig. And affiliate marketing is all about digging. You need to dig for landing pages, offers, campaigns, tools, relationships and everything in between. It’s a fantastic follow along. Noticing a trend lately? Engineers, mechanics, scientists, teachers - it doesn’t matter who you are now, where you come from or what your background is, anyone can make it work from any point in the world as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection. Drill down in the thread right here Ye Olde Shopify Dropshipping Thread Gets Resurrected Yet Again This thread itself we’ve included multiple times in previous newsletter. It’s one of those gems of a thread. Owner’s now making “well over $X,XXX/day” and scaling hard. Many pages dripping in liquid gold. Just recently there was a post with the following questions: “Great stuff man, and congratulations on your success! I am also doing this business model for 3 years now but was never able to pass the $100K/month mark. A lot has probably changed since you started, so let me pick your brain a bit. 1) How do you select new products? 2) How do you test new products? 3) What about creatives? With the need to test different creatives frequently, what is your process for making new creatives? 4) How do you scale? 5) How about the team? How many people do you have? What are their functions, what was the process to hire them? How much do you pay them? 6) About Conversion Rate Optimization? Are you doing the funnels as you were planning or still just the product page on Shopify? Anything that stands out on improving the CR? 7) Anything else I missed that you think is important? I know I am asking for a lot but I would really like to know your thoughts on this.” And of course our guy delivered. Read here. Push Traffic Questions PHP Developer-Style Push being all the rage this newsletter, we had to include this thread here. The structure of the thread itself shows this guy is a developer. Highly organized and detailed questions. He’s already had some previous success making over $100/day with 86.7% ROI but now he’s looking for advice on how to scale and get this bad boy working better. His questions not-so-summarized below: QUESTIONS: What do you think about Adplexity Mobile vs manual spying? Is manual much bette than Adplexity? Do you know any good guides on manual spying? How can I signup to push on various traffic networks as a user so I can start spying push campaigns? I mean, I need to know the urls where the ads are displayed, but how do I get them while most networks hide their advertisers urls? -- once I start profiting again with Gotzha, I'd like to try some sweeps outside of affiliate network. Reason: I know they are usually with better payout, therefore I can do higher ROI. I'm also new to this. QUESTIONS: How do I find such offers? I'm guessing, just post somewhere in this forum that I'm looking for such offers. Maybe there's some websites/services with direct offers (not involving aff network). Also: how do I track performance of such offers? Is it difficult? It's easy with Cake or Hasoffers platforms, but what about direct? -- improve consistency. I had problem to create a campaign that last for days at least. When I found successful campaign and had 50-100% ROI, then it kept dropping every day and my longest campaign lasted for 5 days. Others for 2-3 days. I don't think it's normal. QUESTION: How to improve consistency? I mean how to make the campaign last for a week for example, is it possible with push or all I can do is just scale like crazy once found the good campaign as it will die in next few days? As usual tons of our resident jedi affiliate masters chimed in and answered all of his worries. Go ye here

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You Don't Need an Army to Make 7 Figures on Native (Only a Hulk)

April 24, 2019

You Don't Need an Army to Make 7 Figures on Native (Only a Hulk) Imagine a calm, cheeky big green creature with a beaming smile on his face. Except you’re now Ralfs, a 20-something young gun with a beaming smile and a punch so hard it breaks an entire team of highly trained native media buyers. This guy does it all Han Solo style. No Chewie either. It’s who we all aspire to be. To quote “thedudeabides” (Kelly Sheffield) from the thread: “Ralfs is essentially what all solo affiliates aspire to be, crushing it on a whole other level. That's the power of native ads for you.” Ralfs has a 20-minute presentation posted on STM by Mr Chaz showing you how a solo affiliate can bring in 7 figures. No need for teams of hungry media buyers. No need for companies. Infrastructures. Training. HRs, or anything of the sort. Just you and a laptop. Here’s what Ralfs is teaching us: 1) Choosing broad appeal offers (targeted towards male and female) 2) Why it’s all about that CTR (low spend, balanced between clickbait/targeted) 3) Why Relationships with Ad Networks are key 4) The Secrets to High CTR Ads (with examples) Speaking of High CTR Ads, he mentions this free tool to analyze your headlines, in case you’re curious: https://www.aminstitute.com This site feels like the 90s all over again, but it doesn’t matter. It’s the algos on the inside that matter. There are so many lessons in the thread. No time to write them all out, just go checkz it outz. Han Solo / Hulk = 7 figures All Successful Super Villains (Affiliates) Share This 1 Skill The Dark Lord Sauron has managed to convince entire kingdoms to join his cause. Darth Vader became the most powerful Sith Lord in the universe. The Joker rather effortlessly caused chaos and fear. Bobby Axelrod managed to sneak his way out of any situation and then win. (if you consider him a villain) Super affiliates bring in millions of dollars consistently. All thanks to this one skill. The decision is unanimous with a whole bunch of super affiliates confirming it. Along with other skills you need to succeed. All successful affiliates share them. This thread is pure gold. See what makes people successful here Another Newbie Gets to See Affiliate Green at the End of His Tracker This guy started just a while ago. The 40 Day Tutorial opened in one tab. Binom in another. Affiliate network in a third. PropellerAds in a fourth. Coupled with persistent updates to his follow along and nurturing feedback from our resident experts he’s now profiting. Newbie here Software Engineer Newbie Makes Moolah With Just 10 Free Hours a Week and a Full-Time Job The 40 Day Tutorial strikes again. But this time for all of you whiny, crying and scared newbies out there - this one made it work with a full-time job and super limited time. There have even been stories of people working 2 jobs, looking after 3 kids, getting a college degree, pulling their hair and still making AM work. Stop making excuses. This guy is persistent, organised and determined. And it paid off yet again. Follow along here. Do You Know Why The Zucc Banhammered Your Account? Oh he loves his banhammer. In fact, he’s hiding behind your couch waiting to strike as we speak - just turn around. One weight loss word and WHACK! You’re gone. But he’ll never even tell you whether it was this specific word or another one. ...or the image ...or your targeting ...or your URL ...or any other millionth reason. One STM member posted a solution, a shield against the banhammer so you can do better next time. Anti-banhammer tool here A Stealth Bomber Checklist To Stay Under Zuckerberg’s Sniffing Radar Our resident FB expert and mod stickupkid posted this checklist. The key is to stay under The Zucc’s radar at all times and not get sniffed out manually. He says they’ve got accounts lasting over 2 years running stuff that would make The Zucc drool over his banhammer more than he would over a juicy burger or even a super profitable Q1 or even leaking data. If the tool above isn’t enough you better check this list: Tech setup Payment setup Lander setup Advertising setup With their corresponding juicy details in the thread. Activate stealth mode here 21 Year Old Sith Lord Uses The Dark Side of The Force to Bring in 4 figures a Day Kid has been through some hardships. Born in Korea but moved to the US. Single mom had to raise him. Thought about stealing and selling drugs. He joined a marketing company when he hit 17 and has been climbing to the top ever since. He’s been working for himself for the past year making a few grand a day. And he just now joined STM to hold himself accountable, get help and grow. His follow along already has some big $XXXX/day numbers achieved through the Dark Side of the Affiliate Game on FB running diet stuff for women. A bright future seems likely for this kid. Check Anakin’s follow along here

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How to Get 4-Figure Daily Washingtons With Clicky-Baity But Valuable Content

April 17, 2019

How to Get 4-Figure Daily Washingtons With Clicky-Baity But Valuable Content Listen, The Zucc has never been happy about clicky-baity articles. At all. You don’t see any more “This Is Why You Shouldn't Try To Outrun A Bear“ in your precious newsfeed do you? No sir - Zucc angry, Zucc enables counter-attack. In fact, he put such a hard slap on those things that they flew out of their flip-flops Bugs Bunny style. It was a massacre. But a few adapted and survived. And they’re even thriving right now. STM member Todor shows us all how to adapt, survive and put a lot of that moolah in our back pockets - 4 figures of it, daily. Even more if you’ve got big cohones, like 5 figures. Running valuable yet clicky-baity things on FB without getting Zucc-slapped out of your flip-flops and getting high CTRs and low CPCs is super tricky. It’s a very thin line and you need to be more agile than a cat getting jump-scared by a cucumber because The Zucc is always behind you, gently rubbing your shoulders and staring at your newsfeed. That’s where Todor comes in. His thread is a detailed, marvelous gem showing you how it’s all done. How to avoid all the traps and how to profit greatly. All while running whitehat via a specific platform revealed in the post. You basically only have to send traffic to your clicky-baity site and collect money, in a nutshell. And the best part is you don’t have to even make the site - that platform provides everything for you. No need to worry about fulfilment, products. Can scale worldwide and it’s all whitehat. Affiliates are resilient creatures and they know how to survive in this harsh world of regulations. As usual, the meat, the gem is in here Imagine Jeff Bezos Leaning in and Handing You 6 Figures in a Briefcase Every Month Have you heard of Zack Franklin? If you haven’t, shame on you. Zack Franklin is an 8-figure Amazon seller and the secret weapon of the Chinese e-commerce giants. He is THE Amazon expert. THE expert. Look here: https://affiliateworldconferences.com/blog/speakers/zack-franklin/ He knows what the Amazon algo’s going to do before it knows. He knows what to sell and how to sell more of it than anybody else. He was rated one of the top 3 speakers at Affiliate World Bangkok. And this time we’ve got a 30-minute walkthrough on how to make your own 6-figure amazon store from scratch. Quoting the thread below: “1) Compares Amazon Vs Dropshipping (this is December 2018 remember, still decently fresh take on DS) 2) Why the product is EVERYTHING (his specific criteria) 3) Compliance Check (buy 5-6 of your competitors items and review) 4) Swipe competitors suppliers (shocking) 5) Why Amazon should be approached as a Search Engine 6) Selling your competitors products for Data (not what you think) “ And more. Juicy details right here The Wolf’s Alpha Brain Is The Closest Thing to Programmatic Media Buying With a Pulse Maor Benaim (STM: @maorbn), is one of STM’s newest editions. Some know him as “The Wolf” – this guy is the real deal. Runs: Affiliate, Agency, Ecom, Lead Gen – he does it all, at volume. BH/WH, definitely tangos with each. Verticals: Fintech, Retail, Auto, Insurance, Politics, Fitness, Crypto, Diet, Nutra, Education, Adult, Gaming, Lottery… This STM thread is an overview of his AWA18 presentation on his cheat sheet to: MEGA LONG-LASTING LEAD GEN CAMPAIGNS I’ll just leave this quote below and let you get to it: “Most of the guys that you know, don’t have the opportunity that you have right now. Please don’t waste it.” – Maor Benaim. Follow The Wolf’s Path Here “Advanced noob” (Web Developer) Turns Into a Blooming AM - $100/day+ in a Few Months Tey’s been through a rough patch. Ups and downs. Struggles. Everyone goes through this but you can never go at it alone. Especially not without STM and many experts actually helping you directly, coaching you and telling you what to do and what not to do. This happens with almost every follow along on STM. But that “almost” is the most crucial part - here is where people fail hard because they simply don’t put in the work. They launch a camp and oh no I see red numbers, AM doesn’t work, kthxbye. While the ones who persist, learn, fail and try and fail and try again are the ones who make it 100% of the time. There are NO shortcuts, no “push button secrets” - this is a special skill to master and it takes time and effort. But the ROIs are simply unmatched by any other industry. Period. Tey reached over $100/day profit by taking the plunge for a few months and working hard. He even stopped his STM subscription for a while so he could invest it in his campaigns. Well he just came back and posted about his success, along with a lot of valuable lessons learned which you can see in his thread. Actually just go in and check out his entire journey. Quote: “I'll keep on grinding, hopefully I'll look back to this thread in a year from now and laugh at my current numbers” We all know what’s going to happen in a year from now... Tey’s follow along thread is here A Newbie & Co Hit The Green I mean, do we even have to describe this? Are you even surprised? Another newbie follow along, another profitable update by said newbie and his friends. Green! It took this guy 32 days to see green numbers with a 49.28% ROI. It’s time for you to join STM and let us teach you and guide you methinks. Newbie thread here Have You Ever Asked These eCom Questions? Yes? Did You Get Answers? Here are the questions...in question: 1. What would you recommend for begginer into ecommerce? 2. How should I start? 3. How do I find which is the best products that has potential nowdays? 4. Is there any application that will help us? 5. What niche is doing best in ecommerce and has potential? fashion industry? 6. What would be your ecommerce model/advice to start with ecom? Asked by an STMer. Guess who followed up with a reply? Pekadis - our resident STM mod and eCom expert. His reply is so good that there was no way we wouldn’t add it in the newsletter. Gold here Would Zuckerberg Hug You Like He Hugs His Wife If You Showed Him a WhiteHat Affiliate Offer? Of course he won’t. FB doesn’t really like affiliate offers but boy do they like money. They like money a lot more than you do. But things are tricky in the Facebook world. Even whitehat offers can get the Zucc Ban Hammers. There’s a specific reason why - one sneaky affiliate gets cocky and runs said offer in a shady way and then everybody else gets the slap. This sounds like terrible news but there is light at the end of the tunnel. This is yet another eye-opening thread you have to check out. Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Even Trump Would Sign This Baby With His Golden Sharpie

April 04, 2019

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Even Trump Would Sign This Baby With His Golden Sharpie Holy Moly! HOLY MOLY! “Lemme tell you, this report, it’s gonna be big. It’s gonna be really big. I like big reports, but this one is the biggest.” - Trump It’s this time of the year again (how many times have we heard this damned phrase?) Trump would be happy to approve and sign this report with his golden Sharpie were he an affiliate marketer. And he’d be a damn good affiliate marketer, lemme tell you. (Yes, he really has a golden Sharpie, because it’s cool). STM’s What’s Working in Affiliate Marketing 2019 report has been officially announced and it’s going to go live in just a few days time. We’re talking 220+ pages drenched in detailed, eye-opening affiliate trends, directions, secrets and news of the industry. We’re talking ALL the biggest affiliates and agencies from the affiliate universe. And the eCom universe, and every other universe. We’re talking ALL the biggest traffic sources and affiliate networks. We’re talking ALL the juicy details. Us affiliates aren’t known to be the most patient types - there are campaigns to be launched, offers to be tested and lambos to be crashed. And we’ve been patient enough. Every year we anticipate the “What’s Working In 20XX” reports with sweaty palms. This year’s is just about to pop up (no pun intended). You better grab a drink and some junk food and dig in, the clock is ticking. This report not only reveals what’s going to work but it also sets trends globally for the entire industry. Also, it’s free for all STM members. The team has been working their assess off for this to be delivered on time. It’s the biggest one yet. Glue your eyeballs to the screen at this location BIG ANNOUCEMENT #2: Secret Night Owl Affiliate Nest in Barcelona Screw it, I’ll just quote Chaz and his lovely thread because you have to read this: “Okay so what I mentioned to you guys earlier on in the Affiliate World Europe - Barcelona announcement has finally been released to the public I wanted to go over a few other extra details/thoughts in here, but mainly just to make sure you're all up to speed on what's going down. 1) Affiliate After Hours is the Official event for AWE 2) We've rented out Pacha Nightclub (Rated #5 in all of Spain & top 50 Nightclubs in the World) 3) There are over 30 tables networks/traffic sources/advertisers will be booking... that's room for 100+ of you to convince your reps you will scale in order to post up with free grey goose 4) We've chatted with the main companies that host parties, we've coordinated for there to be no overlap here (no skamping/pin-balling necessary between parties) One thing we aren't advertising to attendees is the opportunity to buy tables with friends. Obviously our easiest route to make sure we cover costs is having companies sponsor. But I've been told variety is the spice of life, so what we did was made sure there were a few options available. I don't give two sh*ts if you do or don't but wouldn't it be rad to grab 4-5 buddies and lock in your own space? The easiest route is the cheapest option €3K for two tables, two bottles and 10 wristbands. Tooooo easy. Only three of these available. Click here, hit "Going" and make it known. If you're feeling extra stoked about STM and AWC's big event - show us some love and share this link with your buds/gals. https://facebook.com/AffiliateWorldC...2328?__tn__=-R That is all, leave anyyyy questions here or just DM if you want - Chaz” Click that FB link above and invite your friends right now! Or visit the thread and ask the man himself if you have any questions. Official thread here STM Holds Baby Engineer’s Hand To The Green Lands Another day, another profitable newbie. This time it’s an engineer and he’s a few months young into the affiliate scene. He posted a very detailed and well organised follow along requesting feedback and guidance. As usual, STM mods, experts and veteran affiliates jumped in. It’s like having dozens of coaches at the same time for less than you pay for your tracker. And justinzing7 (let’s just call him Justin) showed us quite a few screenshots where the rows are green and making benjamins. And it’s only going to get better from this point on. Baby engineers in here Around Barcelona in 40 Days This newbie decided to start his education with the safest bet of them all: Vortex’s 40-Day Newbie Tutorial It’s by far the easiest way to jump into affiliate marketing. And jump he did. The profits show for it. And he’s getting ready to secure a spot for the biggest affiliate conference in the world happening this July in Barcelona. Affiliate World Conferences is how you reach the next level in AM. Best of luck to “kramnave” - may his ROIs soar and his lambos go faster. Keep track of the follow along here Pop Your Sweeps for 3-4 Minutes and Open Carefully It has been a difficult journey for “nitinsethi” Full of traps and setbacks. A change of strategy, however, and we now see the first glimpse of hope. Green. He doesn’t have a whiny (but faithful) Sam to help him climb the volcano, but he does have Sauron’s army (STM) to help. And he’s about to put on the ring. Another successful follow along in the making. One of many more to come. Profitable follow along freshly popped here Another 40-dayer In Here Another one to join the hugely profitable religion of Vortex’s 40-day tutorial. This one is almost there with the green screenshots. Might wanna keep an eye on it. Working hard for the lambo Affiliate: How YOU Doin`? Facebook: Slap...Banhammer This affiliate tried to show love and affection to Lady Facebook. All he got was a slap across the face and a banhammer. She let it slide for 2 days before the banhammer. He was sending her whitehat love and affection. Where did he mess up? This romantic story’s climax you’ll find down here: Affiliate + FB = Tough Love What The Aff Are You Stacking? Manu Cinca’s famous and explosively growing affiliate newsletter now hatches podcasts. To quote the master: “What's up STMers! I guess many of you know that I've been busy for about a year now with this little piece of daily goodness called WHAT THE AFF. One of the most popular asks from readers was to start a podcast soooo... we did! It's called the Stacked Marketing Show because the goal is to stack the marketing odds in your favour, get it? (not associated with STM, by the way!).” The podcasts are fantastic and have some super big names - first 2 posted inside the thread. Watch them now! Stacked Marketing Show by WTAFF in here STM’s Jordan Belfort Except He Lost His Millions 3 Times Sort by Controversial at the very least. This guy’s story is unbelievable: “If you're on STM for a while you know I made my first million when I was 22... later I got into mid xx,xxx,xxx.xx figures with my supplement business. From zero. With just two employees. One of them an idiot, and another became a quite capable guy (after year of nerve-wrecking training).” He then lost it all. To make it back again from scratch. “2007 - broke to a millionaire (1) for the first time in internet marketing market being one of top, record-breaking copywriters out there. I spent it all. 2015 - broke to a multi-millionaire (43+) for the second time in testosterone supplements market, making the top selling testosterone supplement on the web, directly. Yup, I managed to spend it all but a couple real estates. 2018 - broke to a millionaire (ongoing)” His “name” is “testosterone” and the nickname checks out at 100%. All sorts of cuh-razy people in the affiliate industry with even crazier stories. You be the judge of this one. Jordan Belfort is here

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Affiliate Migration to Magic Fountain happens this July

March 27, 2019

Affiliate Migration to Magic Fountain Happens This July If you haven’t been to the Magic Fountain in Barcelona now is your chance to see it with yer own profit-seeking eyes. On that note - Affiliate World Europe (also in Barcelona) is set to be the BIGGEST Affiliate World to date! Did you know that the affiliate world conference was born out of a small 10-person STM meetup? It then grew to become the biggest affiliate conference in the world. And STMers are flocking to BCN this July. Many reasons why: (quoting the thread) 1) 6 STM Super Affiliates are taking stage to share even more knowledge than they do normally on the forum. 2) Experience @Mr Payne murder the stage sharing his exclusive, most profitable insights on Mobile Push ads, along with headliners Ezra Firestone, Cat Howell and Snapchat. 3) STM is co-hosting/co-sponsoring “Affiliate After Hours” a brand spanking new night event at Pacha Nightclub. Shush we haven’t announced yet – but you won’t want to miss this. 4) You'll be one of over 300 STM forum members that have already purchased their passes at the discounted price, join your tribe offline and forge those bonds. 5) We’ll be covering content on alternative traffic sources you won’t find much of on the forum - Snapchat, YouTube, Pinterest and more.. 6) We’re bringing back our top speaker from Affiliate World Asia, @Zack Franklin, to deliver a presentation on “the unfair advantage,” why affiliates are built for selling on amazon. 7) We’re bringing back our famous outdoor beer garden, with music and food trucks. 8) AWE will be at a completely new venue in the heart of beautiful Barcelona. Same spot Sonar Music Festival uses. Also, LABS (not going to reveal too much): Native Ads Lab Mobile Push Ads Lab Ecommerce Branding & Traffic Lab Build Your Agency Lab Just check out what happened last year in BCN (not for the faint of heart): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIpXphpF0E&list=PL_jnBBXyMhkOs4tBWnmKLFKTq4MnPr728&index=22 Just be careful with the alcohol during the conference or you might miss your golden opportunity. You’ve no idea how many people have gotten their campaigns to thousands a day based on a quick, tipsy tip from a drunken affiliate. Instead, grab a notebook, keep a sharp mind and start buying people drinks. The networking opportunities are basically priceless. Everyone opens up in person. You get to learn stuff no one would dare sharing even on STM. More AWE details in here Do You Get Shivers When You Hear Dropshipping? Everyone does. You launch campaigns, you source new products, you launch more campaigns. And they just keep on failing. We’re talking less than 1% success rate to find that one short-lived profitable product. That’s because everyone and their grandma are doing dropshipping. And they’re all doing it the same way, on the same traffic source, with the same lazy approach. Is dropshipping dead? Nope, not at all. On the contrary, if you know what you’re doing, and if you do it differently from the flocks of sheepfilliates you get to put gold in your purse. You do that by going straight to Pinterest. You then pick shoes as your category of choice. You then collect franklins big time. It’s all about being an early adopter and having an edge - do what nobody else is doing. This post reveals some chunky stats from a bunch of dropshipping stores killing it on Pinterest. Might wanna check it out because Pinterest is gaining traction. Pinterest secrets in here How to Climb the SEO Slope With Paid Traffic Advertorials The wild boars strike again. It seems their hyper-intelligence is increasing exponentially. It’ll be the wild boars we’d have to fight, not AI or terminators. This time around Mr. Wakeboarder is showing us how to pull a bunny out of the hat. The trick is to use Similarweb to find authority niche sites. And then you use advertorials (the exact same ones we use for paid traffic) to get #1 ranking spots in Uncle Google. On a brand new domain too. Mr. Wakeboarder ranked his stores to #1 in just 2 months with this stuff. How to do this and more in the link below. Advertorials for SEO How Many Banners Do You Have To Throw into the Fire? You throw a banner into the fire. The fire keeps burning for a few days. But then the fire dies out. You throw a similar banner at it but it burns for a few minutes and it’s all gone again. That’s the wrong way to do it. Banner blindness is stronger than ever nowadays. So how do you keep the fire going? The answer is speed and strategy. You have to cast a wide net when testing banners. There’s no time for statistical significance. No time to get attached to any one banner. You have to test simultaneously, and you have to keep adding more banners to the fire while you’re running campaigns. See exactly how to keep the fire going here

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Wild Boars Now Wearing Skirts and High Heels (for an untapped traffic source)

March 20, 2019

Wild Boars Now Wearing Skirts and High Heels (for an untapped traffic source) Clicky-baity? Not at all. Highly relevant? Yes. Surely you must have heard of Mr. Wakeboarder, a.k.a. Tim, a.k.a. The Wild Boar Liquidator. Seems he’s present in each and every email our pigeons send out. And it’s for a reason because Tim keeps making waves - first the wild boar liquidator’s jaw-dropping success then his invaluable lessons, and mistakes, and now this? To quote a reply in the thread: “Is there anything that you're NOT doing? Lol” This time around the wild boars have attacked an untapped, innocent traffic source and they are taking it apart. It’s Pinterest. But you see, Pinterest isn’t all THAT innocent with their 350M MAU and an upcoming IPO in the ranges of a $12 BILLION valuation. It’s just not popular with the hawks and vultures (us, STMers, affiliates and performance marketers)...yet. There’s no info anywhere on how to run profitably on Pinterest, let alone training for their ad platform. It’s like the shy, quiet kid sitting unnoticed in the backmost row. And yet, some stores are absolutely killing it on Pinterest. And you can find out how with Tim’s brand new venture called Adnalytics.io - it’s where you get to see how all those stores are secretly crushing it and being all hush about it. This was a pretty clever move from Tim - the tool fills a gap in the industry right around when The Zuckening is tightening things even more, Uncle Google’s slapping wrists and the adult industry is so tightly packed you can’t even see the videos. Not to mention the sharp decline of pops. It’s a welcome, refreshing tool for us all. Oh and by the way, Tim’s lowered to price tag to $69/month lifetime just for STMers. We think the regular price is a bit steep at $179. Though that promo, it says in the thread, is only valid until the end of March. Ah yes, Tim also released a “Pinterest eCommerce Advertising Trends in Q1 2019” though the password to unlock it is in the post - out of respect to Tim we cannot release it to the public. Interesting stuff in there. Check out the tool’s thread here How To Get Rid of Native Weeds Questions asked: 1. My strategy after doing some intel here and around the web is this: gather a WL from adplexity spying and run that FIRST to prove the funnel. IF funnel is converting start a BL campaign and start weeding out shitty placements and whitelist good ones. Is this a solid strategy to start with on REVCONTENT? 2. If i'm targeting let's say FRANCE, GERMANY, DENMARK etc but choose English as language will it show my ads on sites in that country or US based sites that a German may visit? 3. As a newbie to Native (spent 500 bucks on MGID with 200 back in rev. MGID have too much shitty traffic) BUT not new to media buying, would you rather start outside of US, UK and CA with your first campaigns and go for TIER 2 countries? 4. Is it a big NO NO to include multiple GEOs in the same campaign? EX: SWE, GER, FRA. 5. Is there a way to track once a visitor has started to checkout IE Initate Checkout as in Facebook (either on the tracker FunnelFlux or on RevContent) ? Questions answered by STM’s top native players such as Kelly Sheffield (thedudeabides on STM, native traffic pro and moderator) and others. The quick summary is that you need to be careful. Long summary here Ever Wondered How a Certain Site Makes Money? An STM member found this weird looking site in Adplexity Native and on first sight it seems it isn’t monetizing anything at all. It could be someone cloaking and hiding their money page. It could be a forgotten or broken lander. But no, it goes deeper than that. And then it goes even deeper when STMers jump over to listicles (notoriously difficult to make them work) and profiting from them. And then other secret stuff we can’t really let out of STM’s safety. Oh it is glorious how a simple thread can turn into a gem. How To Save Your Pennies From Evil Banks No bank will ever recommend you get an account in say, EUR, so you can save up on currency conversions. No sir. They want all your money and they want them now. They want you paying traffic sources through a EUR account or CC, and then getting payments in Zimbabwean dollars, converting them to Franklins and then back to Angela Merkels. This is especially bad when you start scaling your campaigns just as “gritaction” did and so he looked for advice. And he got some great advice. Those “pennies” the banks get through currency conversions aren’t in truth pennies at all - they’re gold bars, and you’re giving them away. Save your pennies/gold bars here REVEALED ON STM: Sneaky Exit Pop Script For Mobile To Boost Your ROI It’s this guy’s first post too - how generous. What this script does is it “uses a scroll direction and speed. When a user uses speed scrolling for seeing a browser controls for closing a tab, script triggers and shows a pop.” There’s no heavy jQuery too - just pure, sneaky Javascript. Tested and increases ROIs. Grab the code here

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