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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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Serial Entrepreneur Knows How To Shift Gears - Went From Native Newbie To Teacher In No Time

March 14, 2019

Serial Entrepreneur Knows How To Shift Gears - Went From Native >Newbie to Teacher In No Time This guy went from a house flipper and real estate investor to making money via a keyboard, mouse and a monitor. He tried organic traffic for the past 2 years with some success amounting to about 25k moolah/franklins/doubloons. That was just too slow for him. But then out of nowhere he saw this bright, shining beacon of light that is paid traffic sped right past him. And he saw the driver too - STM, where he started his successful native follow along. Jack_l is currently killing it, but not only that, he’s also dropping some insanely well articulated lessons for all the frightened noobs out there. He says it’s all about copying and tweaking. You can copy but you have to improvise. Otherwise you’re stuck in a race you can’t ever win. You shouldn’t do blacklist campaigns right off the bat too: “The only thing I might tweak from your description is that I don't think there's any reason to start running blacklist campaigns until you have a profitable offer. That's one thing I really wish I had done differently.“ Get those ads, landers and offers right and then worry about blacklisting disgusting, bot-ridden widgets. Blacklisting is a whole different story which Jack talks about and explains how to do correctly. You definitely don’t want to start blacklisting with a high bid. Use high bids for your whitelist camps instead (more details on this in there too). There’s also another reply in there revealing a dead-simple way to get started on native if the above sounds a bit complex. It’s just 4 simple steps that have been confirmed to work by both our serial entrepreneur, Jack and many other native experts on the forum. Oh, and there’s also a mega-reply by Jack on how to make listicles work on native - they’re not easy but put in the work and you can reap fantastic rewards if you do it right. And sooo much more Wild Boar Liquidator Hacks Facebook and Gets Retail Stores to Beg for his Product I mean there’s no way you haven’t heard of Tim, a.k.a. The Wild Boar Liquidator by now. Tim’s company has been growing exponentially and this guy just keeps on coming up with brilliant ideas on how to grow it even faster. A fountain of knowledge he is and we love him. When you think of cold calling and emailing you think low success rates. But not this time. This time around he shows us a simple FB hack to get retail stores to call YOU and want to sell YOUR product. You see, this puts you at a great advantage when it comes to negotiating the deal. The retail store realises they need you and you don’t come off desperate. Tim’s ad copy and angle is super clever and so is the technique which basically goes like this: 1) Find a company’s HQ address 2) Create your simple campaign 3) Forget about the campaign (shockingly enough, but you’ll see why in the thread) Of course all the juicy details are inside as usual. Go Hack Facebook How Does a Push Traffic List Even Work? Ye know, that’s a really good question. Most haven’t even thought about it. But Mr. Sushiparlour asked some thought-provoking questions: 1. Whether 1 placement = 1 domain? Or could it be a collection of domains that the publisher owns bundled under 1 placement? 2. Is there a method to overlay different websites with the same push list collection code and is there any benefit in doing so? I.e. putting a code in the header of www.domain1.com with a push list for www.domain2.com 3. As I understand 1 push list = 1 domain since the browser permission is linked to the domain. (Correct me if I'm wrong). But how granular can you sub-target for the notifications? I.e. for geo targetting is it based upon the location of the person at time of collection or where they are currently and what is the tech limitation of how granular you can target. 4. Anyone mind explaining the flow of how it would work if say you had a push list and "rented" it to a traffic source? I.e. is there some program/script that directly link control of the push list from publisher to traffic source or is it more discretionary on the publisher's side to push the notice out and that they then track the clicks/engagements etc. And the answers are not nearly as simple as you may think... Learn how push lists work right here The Lord of Privacy (Facebook) vs Doctors Hate Him (Native) - Who Wins? There’s a fight going on right now on STM. A member asked whether Facebook or Native is more volatile. Some STM veterans are saying they’ve had native campaigns lasting for 12 months. Others say their campaigns have been happily sitting for just as long on the Zuckerberg land of “privacy” (heheh). Then some say you still have to keep monitoring them and that it depends on a lot of stuff. A campaign could last you a day, week, month or a year but you have to keep your eye on it. And of course there are the set it and forget it campaigns too. Conclusive answers below in this gem of a thread. Place your bets Uncle Google’s “New” WebP Image Format Saves You 30% in File Size This just showed up on STM. It’s a new image format by Googley-do called WebP and it’s supposed to be smaller. Meaning your landers would load way faster (especially mobile ones). 30% faster, in fact. That’s a yes from me my friend. Any loading time savers are good savers. Unfortunately this format’s not supported by IE and Safari yet and it’s a bit of a pain to convert a .JPG or a .PNG but the details on how to use this WebP thing are in the thread. Right here

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Guess Who’s Back? Big Daddy Voluum Starts Caring For The Little Guy Again

March 12, 2019

Guess Who’s Back? Big Daddy Voluum Starts Caring For The Little Guy Again This just shot up on our radars. A brand-spanking new STM thread made by Voluum stating they’ve got their entry level plan back in the game. It’s an interesting move considering they decided to focus on higher-ticket clients (companies and big affiliates) not too long ago. Maybe they’ve had a change of heart. Or maybe they miss their dear affiliates. It is a convenient tool though and it’s the most well-known one out there. An industry leader if you may. But most importantly, they’ve listened to us all! Lookie here at what they say in the thread: “The invaluable feedback you provided to us made us realize that affiliate marketers have diverse needs. While some require more advanced features, others just need an essential ad tracker for a lower price.” Their entry level plan’s back on the menu for $69 (quite a competitive price tag), and they further lowered it to $62 for STM and MRKTRS members, though it doesn’t include their “AI and Fraud detection features”. But it doesn’t matter, sometimes all we need a simple tracker with all of its basic features in there, not the fancy-pants stuff - after all, STM is where Voluum got their start and their fame and glory. Back to their roots and original home they go, and we like it. And it does make sense this move, not everyone needs a high-tech, ultra-luxurious Mercedes S-Class when you can get to work in a reliable Toyota Corolla. You can upgrade later as you see fit in case your back starts hurting. You can grab the entry level plan here directly (along with the STM dollars off): goo.gl/uaXcQr Hopefully this plan is here to stay, might be worth grabbing it now if you haven’t gotten another tracker yet. $60,000 Pure Profit On Taboola With Casino App Installs and a Simple Campaign Amidst recent panic, crying and screaming newbies running in circles, Facebook’s bad news, Pops being hard and native being notoriously expensive to run on, Bbrock32, one of STM’s original founders shows us all how it’s done. And that it doesn’t hurt, and it isn’t THAT difficult. All it takes is a bit of preparation, patience and having the right tools. You can’t just throw in random creatives and offers and expect to wake up to profits. Noo, don’t do that or your bank account’s going to get super grumpy. Bbrock32 reveals everything in great detail, step by step with screenshots on how he pulled it off, and keeps on pulling similar campaigns off all the time. (the added bonus is he’s replying to questions from all of our members, including newbies, and revealing basically everything). See how the pros do AM Jason Bourne Would Be Super Jelly Of This Affiliate’s Untraceable Men-In-Black Level Anonymity Do you remember the “flashy thing” they use in Men in Black? (no puns intended) If not go here ASAP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPIhKLmO7WU “I am just a figment of your imagination”. Jason Bourne would be drooling all over the place if he could get a hold of the neuralizer (flashy thingy). So would you if you saw what’s in this recent thread we managed to dig up. Why would you want top-secret, CIA, Men-in-Black level anonymity when you’re running simple affiliate campaigns? Here’s why (to quote the thread): Affiliates tracing your fingerprints to rip angles Offers finding you landers to dispute payment due to “compliance” Newspapers and magazines furious about your templates Disgruntled customers seeking to take you down. Weird people on YouTube exposing your tricks And many more reasons. If anything, it’s just good business sense. This doesn’t only apply to the dark side of the force either. Obviously (and unfortunately) we just cannot reveal how to achieve such anonymity in this email. The thread itself and this person’s reply (whom we cannot name either) is frankly as scary as it is fascinating and revealing and we’re not even exaggerating. This guy is STM’s Jason Bourne who recently happened to join the Men in Black team and is now on STM-anonymity-level pills. Super-secret STM thread here $50 Dollars Says You Don’t Know This Trick to Lift Your New FB Account’s $50 Limits It’s so simple, yet so effective. Would you rather wait an entire 30 days or do this simple tip posted by an STM member and lift your FB account’s spending limits? It’s golden nuggets like these that pay for your STM subscription many times over. Lift your account’s limits ASAP How bad of an idea is it to try and build a mailing list with native traffic? Native traffic can get expensive if you’re not smart about it, as Bbrock32 revealed in his $60k case study above. One STM member wonders if they can build a list on native and asks whether that’s a good idea. A dude abides and provides answers. (thedudeabides is his nickname, but he’s called Kelly and he’s a native traffic expert) Short answer: it’s entirely possible if you’re being cautious and clever. Long answer: See the STM thread Right here

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Vortex Reveals Secret Method to Easy-to-Rank Keywords

February 28, 2019

Vortex Reveals Secret Method to Easy-to-Rank Keywords Vortex has just revealed, in step-by-step fashion, a secret method she’s been using to snipe keywords that are easy to rank for! She also shared a screenshot of the members’ area inside of OMGMachines.com - one of the best SEO training courses on the market - which she’s going through to brush-up her SEO skills. Bonus share: Keyword research videos by OMG’s lead trainer Greg Morrison - which are so good they should be a paid course in themselves. 3 valuable shares in one post = don’t miss it whatever you do! 7 Figure Affiliate Marketer, 8 Figure Facebook Advertiser and 9 (NINE) Figure eCommerce Celebrity Joins the STM Family Well, Depesh Mandalia just joined the STM family. This guy is nuts and if you haven’t heard of him you’re probably living under a rock. He went from being broke in 2009 after losing his corporate job to falling into depression, while trying to raise his kid. And put food on the table. To 7 figures in affiliate money after 2 years, to hundreds of millions generated in the eCom space and many, many millions thrown at Mr. Zuckerberg. By his words: “Why did I share all this? Because I love what Loz and the team have created, I'm honoured to be part of the AWC/iStack fam and know how I needed inspiration and guidance as a noob. “ He tells his story in his introduction thread here, you should read it: See what it takes to reach Depesh’s numbers. LIVE: The Ultimate Facebook Newbie Tutorial - Part 9 You grind some profitable campaigns but then what? You set the adset budgets to 5 times higher and the next day your campaign’s dead in the water. You try to reverse it but the conversion rate now sucks. You make a house of cards, you sneeze and all the effort’s gone. That’s what happens with FB campaigns. On that note, Stickupkid (one of STM’s mods and FB experts) is back with a boom. Part-9 of the Ultimate Facebook Newbie Tutorial is here, live, up and running. He shows 3 simple ways to scale your campaigns which he’s actively using all the time. He shows you the exact type of audiences to use. He shows you whether it’s a good idea (and also how) to run camps in tiny GEOs like Cyprus and Costa Rica, despite the lovely ROIs. Just go check it now, the entire newbie tutorial is priceless. Learn how to scale your FB camps right here. Unconventional Strategy Delivers $23,987.64 A Day Unconventional strategies and hacks bring in millions for this guy. It’s a gold mine. This strategy is no different. It’s similar to email marketing, except the open rates are over 90%. Yep, that’s ninety percent. He uses Manychat to cast his evil spells on unsuspecting customers. Manychat is a Facebook Messenger platform - you can make bots, automate replies and a bunch of other cool stuff. But you can also do some sneaky hacks and rake in a minimum of 5 figures per day with this bad boy. All the juicy details are inside, as usual. Want to be a maverick working in the shadows and getting your bank account fat? Read this. Plz Send Halp How Do I Optimize Campaigns on Revcontent A simple question about referrals in this guy’s tracking report turns into a monster of a thread with invaluable advice on how to run native campaigns. There are tools, courses, secret stuff, spy tools and so much more. There’s knowledge you can’t get anywhere else except if you’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on native. So many STM experts jumped in on this one it’s surprising to see it turn into such a huge thread. Plz send help. Simple Productivity Hacks Get You an Extra 730 hours (1 month free) One of STM’s veterans, Vortex (Amy) shares some amazing but simple productivity hacks to free up your time. We all stare at our phones. We can’t resist checking a notification. “Unwinding” for 20 minutes takes 2-3 hours (and more). And it just keeps on getting worse with time. What you should be spending time on is revealed in the thread. Amy also shows you HOW to do it - lots of tools, tricks and links in there. Get productive. STM Sucks! I’ve made a mistake by joining! Believe it or not there are people like this guy. He hasn’t taken any action, doesn’t know what to do and expects everything on a silver platter right away. Says people don’t reply to his messages immediately. Like, who are they? How dare people take time off their day to share their knowledge on STM but not do it immediately to me? Hey, let us just hand you our most profitable campaigns just like that. This is the perfect time for a lesson given by wakeboarder (The Wild Boar Liqudator) and others. Step 1: Write an intro and tell us who you are, why you’re here and what your experience is. Step 2: Start a follow along thread and get on-demand help from industry leaders and experts. It’s like having a bajillion mentors at the same time. Step 3: Form connections with people. Join masterminds. Hustle. Step 4: Hold yourself accountable. And the list of steps just keeps going. It’s not easy, it never was and it never will be. Don’t expect people to babysit you and hand you everything. Put in the work, ask the right questions and develop your marketing skills and knowledge (which you can do by simply reading the forums). “From total stranger to mid/pro level performance oriented marketer” to quote one of the replies. If you’re one of THOSE people, go here: Lesson here

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