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❓ Facebook Ads: Learn Solo or Get a Mentor?

December 16, 2021

Facebook Ads: Learn Solo or Get a Mentor? A newbie had only gotten negative ROI on Facebook thus far and asks if they should learn by themselves or whether they should hire an expert trainer or mentor – the answers will surprise you. >> See The Best Way To Learn << Does Making Money Make You Happy? Would you be happy if you made $70,000/month? Or is that not the answer to true happiness? Or should happiness even be the goal? >> Seek Answers Here << [SPONSORED] How Super Affiliates Earn More Money There is a little trick that high volume affiliates use to get better payouts for certain offers... They partner directly with the company instead of using a network! Maybe you remember the 6-figure case study done about CarsFast by @cassshy? The owner of the CarsFast offer is ConsumerGenius, who also owns brands like Loanz, BestLendersFor, and many others. So, If you're looking for ways to increase your profit on your lead gen campaigns, then skip the network and partner with this company directly. >> Check it out! << Scheduled TikTok Campaign Won’t Start! Here’s a quick one – what do you do when your scheduled TikTok campaign doesn’t start? >> Answers In Here << The World’s Shortest Traffic Source Review @twinaxe posts a…lets call it ‘short’ review of a traffic source. Anyone used InPusher before? Do you know them? Are you guys (InPusher) even on STM? >> Reply Inside << Google Ads (YouTube) Campaign Won’t Start What if you’ve been waiting for your Google Ads campaign for 7 whole days and the damn thing won’t start? >> Send Help Here << Finally! A Brand-Spanking-New Dating Lander Legendary STMer @matuloo shares a super creative dating lander – most refreshing. >> See it in Action Here <<

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Blitzing from $0 to $1000/day

December 08, 2021

Blitzing $0 to $1,000 per Day in 90 Days in Native Blitzing through $0 to $1,000 per day in 90 days with Native traffic. A solid and well laid out plan, realistic goals, a few results, and consistency. Could this work? >> Go here << Push vs Inpage User Freshness Levels @twinaxe tests how different user freshness performs in general and whether push is more effective than inpage. Plus how to scale. >> Get The Test Conclusions << [SPONSORED] 7 Tips to Sell More Before Christmas Just because Black Friday is over, doesn't mean consumers have stopped buying! Here are 7 tips to help you sell more products before Christmas: 1. Target Larger Audiences Promoting products that have broad appeal can really help you scale. 2. Target Online Consumers Since you're selling online, targeting people that have a habit of buying online would be nice! 3. Offer the Right Payment Methods Find out what the preferred payment methods are in your target country, and promote offers/products that offer them. 4. Use Local Language Offers/products that have landing pages written in the local language usually convert the best. 5. Target the Right Demographic E.g. Unless you can convince your audience that a lawn mower is the perfect Christmas present, you may not want to target women for this product. 6. Know What's Popular Products go in and out of fashion. Get with the trend by promoting what's popular, and ride the wave. 7. Mind Shipping Time Make sure what you're promoting will get to people in time for Christmas! Longer shipping times can deter people from buying. Have trouble finding offers that will fit all of the above? Ask your VIP Response affiliate manager for the perfect offers to promote right now! >> Join VIP Response and Run the Perfect Offers Tomorrow! << Between Black Friday and Affiliate Sales @asharjamil saw a drop in traffic and sales during the Black Friday craze -- could this drop be related to Black Friday and rising end-of-year costs? >> Some Say 'Yes', See Inside << Is dating still alive? @entwickler wants to know if dating's dead or if you can still make it work. >> Go See The Expert Answers << Offer Being HIJACKED?! Here's a quick tracking lesson for all of you newbies. >> See The Lesson << Have Any Decent Lead Gen Offers For TikTok? If you're a network or a generous affiliate and know of any great lead gen offers for TikTok, jump in here. >> Suggest Offers Here <<

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Hop Yer Camps Straight to Taboola

December 02, 2021

Here's How Ye Hop Your Campaigns From Outbrain Straight to Taboola @sportex is scaling one ecom campaign successfully and he wanted to snag some pro STM underground tips to rapidly scale his campaigns from Outbrain to Taboola. If ye want all these Taboola questions answered, and more: How to manage ads on OB Campaign settings Budgets Bids CPCs Optimization tips But wait, here's the more: @jaybot's dirtiest Taboola secrets (see why Taboola's optimisation rules of thumb are simple, and why that shouldn't be yer main concern) @jack_l's un-ending insider secrets re anything native (this man is a fountain of native knawledge, blessed be his affiliate soul) Trust me, these 2's posts sprinkled throughout a golden thread, alongside @sportex's questions makes this one ye want tucked up yer sleeve. Yer welcome. >> Absorb Native Knawledge Here << [SPONSORED] Got Mainstream Dating Traffic? Maximize Your Profits with Adromeda! Adromeda KNOWS how to convert mainstream dating traffic - so if you're not running with us yet, you're missing out! Right now would be the best time join us - as we're increasing our payouts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Check out these CPLs: Traffic: WEB/MOB GEOS: AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL, FRA, DEU, AUT For review site traffic: SOI, CPL -- $15 Other traffic sources: SOI, CPL -- up to $7 These payouts will be valid from Nov 29-Dec 3. Join Adromeda to Access These Payouts Now! As a welcome bonus: Reach $3,000+ in monthly revenue, and you'll receive an additional 10% as a bonus! (Offer valid for the first two months after you start sending traffic, for up to $1,500 over the two months. Follow this link for more details.) For those who don't know, Adromeda is an agency with strong mainstream verticals, including mainstream dating, astrology and insurance. We represent many exclusive offers for different countries. Payouts are traffic-source dependent, but are well above market average. >> Sign up on Adromeda and reap the benefits yourself! << Here Be Some Fine Leadgen Networks For TikTok Blessed be the wicked ways of TikTok leadgen. Here inside be the finest leadgen affiliate networks for mighty new TikTok. Some ye have heard of. Others, ye have heard of too. It's best to start with the big, well known boys and then move onto smaller 'boutique' networks. Or even go direct with the advertiser. >> Dig in Here << Here's What Yer Average STM Desktop Looks Like @Rhino asks STMers what their desktop looks like and how we manage our files. Heed my words, there are 2 types of desktop people in this world. This type: And this type: And perhaps a third type, like @jaybot, who have been hauling their pr0n stash from hard drive to hard drive for the past few hundred years. Sentimental value. There are quite a few precious desktop and file management tips revealed inside. (Yours truly cannot help, my desktop looks exactly like that screenshot up above and I chug everything inside a folder, which has another old folder inside, which has yet another...) So, what do ye do when yer brand new laptop arrives? Can you Native... in December? (ye olde thread) Do the native end-of-year legends still hold true? This thread from 2019 just got revived. Do big native AMs take vacations in December because the costs shoot through the roof and the profits die? @sitckupkid spews truths coming from FB. @jack_l says November's been way better than December, but he's got some sneaky plans in store. Others confirm December's just bad. But is this still true in 2021? >> Well Why Don't Ye Go In And Ask <<

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Ye Won't Believe These Native 🕵️ Secrets

November 27, 2021

The Native Beans Have Been Spilled I don't care what you're up to but before we get into this, ye go in here and ye give @jack_l yer thanks first. Capeesh? Right, have you ever wondered where all the STM pros spy native ads? Adplexity's one thing, yes. And it works. Their scraping's excellent when it comes to Outbrain, or Revcontent. Taboola though? Manual spying's way better. So, have you ever wondered: How @jack_l spends "literally six figures" on Taboola without a single ad ever showing up Adplexity? How you can tell a whole lot from just one specific Taboola widget (revealed inside), you can even find out if it's a test campaign under $500/day or a solid one, based on how many times you refresh. @jack_l's favourite spying sites on Outbrain, Taboola, Revcontent and even Yahoo Gemini. 1 deadly outsourcing spying pro-tip on the cheap and why you want to do the same Really specific search-arb verticals and GEOs. Tons more >> See The Secrets Here << [SPONSORED] How to 120x Your Conversion Rate You read that right. 120x - not a typo. It can be accomplished by using the following 2 new feature at PropellerAds: 1. Demographic & Interest Targeting for Push! Finally - you can target your Push ads by user age, gender and interests! PropellerAds is the first on the market to offer this feature, and we've made this available for ALL our advertisers (yep, even newbies have access now!) It gives instant access to relevant audiences. From the very first impression. No ad optimization or testing period needed. 5-6 times higher CTR, lower CPA, skyrocketing CR - have been reported by many of our partners. PropellerAds' internal tests showed up to 300% conversion growth for specific traffic segments... Join PropellerAds now to access this targeted push traffic! 2. Direct Click This is a new traffic type - you can find it under the "Onclick" tab. It works like a whitelist PropellerAds has collected for you. Imagine skipping the optimization stage and going straight to the high-converting ad zones! And yes, "direct" stands for direct visit to your offer. No creatives needed! Some of our tests show a whopping 120x growth in conversion rate, with direct traffic compared to classic Onclick ads. The best part? Direct Click has just been opened for ALL advertiser accounts! Try it before the auction gets really hot and let's smash this festive season! >> Increase Your Conversion Rate TODAY! << Do STM Wizards Work Hard & Play Hard? @Rhino asks how many hours STMers work every day. The revelations shall surprise you. Hop in and find out what a day in the life of a deadly affiliate marketer on STM typically is. Some work 12-14hr days, when they need to, like The Chosen One. Many others? They work hard, but then they also learn hard, like The Legend. There's a pattern to be discovered. It's quite surprising -- many pro STMers spend just as much if not more time learning and honing their skills. Be it from boredom or monotony. Or a sheer desire to learn and be creative, and to overcome obstacles. To cast money-spells out of thin air. And thus forms a theme which @jack_l calls the 'magocracy of online wizards'. You a wizard, Harry? >> Teleport Inside Now & Find Out << A Newbie's Distant Cry For Help Are you too, a* confused nooblet in need of aid?* Don't know where to start? What's the best traffic source to promote dating offers? Is it push? Or Pop? Have you spent a ton and made only a few dollarydoos back? Have ye been unable to optimize yer campaigns? Worry not and take the plunge into this thread. >> Get Help Here <<

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Little Known Traffic Source Gets Tested

November 25, 2021

Little Known Traffic Source Gets Tested As part of his 'Trafficsource Review' series, The Chosen One (@twinaxe) takes a brave dive into a little known traffic source, so you don't have to (or maybe you do). The traffic source in question? Targeleon Ad Formats: Pops, Push, Native, InPage, Calendar\ Bid Models: CPM, CPC\ Minimum Deposit: $50\ Payment Options: Wire, Webmoney, Paxum, PayPal\ Other Features: Traffic estimator See its unusual campaign creation process (you don't add creatives during campaign creation, nor do you have a daily budget, huh?) Find out the results and insights of @twinaxe's wicked experiments, from push to inpage to native Plus He, The One, has managed to 'bribe' our way into a 12% bonus for your first deposit, available only for STMers The final verdict? >> See For Yerself Here << [SPONSORED] Nutra Your Way to a Tesla! 🔥 It's been more than a month since we launched the ADeer Crown contest! Affiliates have worked hard, and the work has paid off! Winners so far: 2 x tier 1 winners, 3 x tier 2 winners, 7 x tier 3 winners, 9 x tier 4 winners and 35 x tier 5 winners. Congratulations! Not a winner yet? Join us today to win a Tesla or more! >> Click here for details << Moreover: We've handpicked the best-converting Nutra offers for you. We are doing 300+ daily volume on each of the following: Keto SS M3695032-Green Fast Diet Keto - CPS -- US-$140 M3695033-Green Fast Diet Keto - CPS -- CA-$140 M4814783-ACV+ Apple Cider Vinegar Diet - CPS -$140 M4965028-Trim Life Keto - CPS -US--$160\ CBD SS M5125027-Living Tree CBD Gummies - CPS -- US-$140 M4814966-Tranquileafz CBD Gummies - CPS - US/CA-$140 Interested? >> Start scaling with us today! << Tested: 99 Campaigns in 8 Days Speaking of the Chosen One, here he is testing 99 campaigns in 8 days. Why would he do that? Because he can, but also: To find out if there's a performance difference between push and InPage traffic and the best performing user-freshness levels to use. And ultimately, what happens to be the best campaign creation process for testing and scaling the rest of his 500 bajillion campaigns. One traffic type outperformed the other in 17 of 18 tests. One user-freshness level outperformed the rest in 16 of 18 tests. One source had more volume in 12 groups vs 6 for the other. But the conclusion...is inconclusive. >> See For YourSelf << Mac or PC For Your Affiliate Needs? @Rhino asks if a Mac's easy to get used to. Others reveal their feelings in regards to all things operating systems. Some sip their eco friendly, biodegradable, hipster tea and swear their campaigns just run better when setup on a Macbook. Others know how indestructible Thinkpads really are. Others yet take a more diplomatic stance. Yours truly? I sip that hipster tea with great passion and use vintage Excel sheets from '87 converted to Numbers. Your choice, cowboy. Join The Eternal Debate

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FB Tracking =💀?

November 11, 2021

Facebook...I mean Meta -- Did Tracking Go Bye Bye? Put on yer Metaverse VR goggles and imagine having a $140 AOV health and beauty offer. During Q1 and Q2 business was great with $55 CPAs on a $97 AOV. The sun was shining and money flowed through payment processors effortlessly. Today? To-day ye fight tooth and nail for a measly $100 CPA. What the hell did you do to tracking, Zucc? That's exactly how @moneytrain and many others feel right now. Has the straight-sale model gone down the drain? Does anything else even work? The answer will surprise ye. Hint: Zucc has sent FB tracking on a wild trip down the Meta-verse, but maybe it ain't all over just yet. Inside, ye'll find subtle whispers of the youngest traffic source blood on the block -- TikTok, plus surprising creative tips, plus more. Ponder The Meaning of Meta Tracking Here and Now << [SPONSORED] Get a Free Vacay to Mauritius? Your favorite network Zeydoo just launched the contest of the year - Smart Vacation! Want to become the Grand Prize Winner who will travel to Mauritius FOR FREE, or get one of the other great gifts from Zeydoo? 🏝 Sign up for the Smart Vacation promo now!🏝 ✔️ So, how do you get the grand prize and have an amazing vacation in Mauritius? 2 Conditions to Qualify for the Grand Prize: You'll need to make $120k+ in revenue during Q4 of 2021 (Oct-Dec 2021). Your Q4 revenue needs to show a 25%+ growth from your Q3 revenue (Jul-Sep 2021). (If multiple affiliates qualify for the Grand Prize, the person with the highest revenues and growth wins!) ✔️ But wait - there are MORE great prizes to be won! Other than the Grand Prize - there are other great prizes waiting for you to claim! And these other prizes can have UNLIMITED numbers of winners! You'll get these prizes when you meet the revenue and growth requirements (i.e. growth in Q4 compared to Q3). Additional Prizes & Requirements: 🏆 Get a $500 certificate to any airline company when you achieve $120k revenue and +25% growth in Q4! 🏆 Get a $1500 certificate to any airline company or online store when you achieve $60k revenue and +50% growth in Q4! 🏆 Get a $500 certificate to Amazon or any other online store when you achieve $20k revenue and x2 growth in Q4! Don't miss your chance to claim these awesome prizes! (Results will be announced: 12-Jan-2022) >> Catch all the promo details and conditions here << Misadventures on TikTok -- Episode 72: The Red Painting Might as well hop on the TikTok pain train since this week's shaping up to be an all 'doom and gloom' thematic. This ain't all that bad, and there's hope, but we must stick to the theme. The misadventures continue -- for your amusement see below: Running a new account @ -40% ROI, showing promise then suddenly TikTok shuts it down -- classic misadventure Further high up in the thread ye'll see how @bc_red's tracker caught 5.7k visits, out of 6.9k on TikTok How to stop getting junk traffic on non-CBO campaigns, easily (related to be above) More >> Click Here to Watch The Latest Episode Of bc_red's TikTok Misadventures << At Least One Thing's Going on an Upwards Trend Btw, here's a quick non-affiliate link to these magnificent wiener-dog slippers on Bezos Land. They're listed under 'women's shoes' but maybe ye can muster up some affiliate courage and take a solid step in the right direction so you too can look marvelous at home. Yer welcome. On the subject of wieners dogs... Take a hard look inside and find out how STMers push wiener pills all day long: @vortex's advanced wiener SEO tactics @matuloo's priceless tips on how wiener pills are supposed to work with paid traffic @jack_l's native insights Secret tips on what's working, and where >> Go Hard Or Go Home...Here << La Grande Armee Updates The Commoners Ye might want to take a quick peek at this one, trust me. It's got a bit of drama. And a bit of shock. And a bit of tips. And a bit of everything. For best results, pour yerself some fine Rum beforehand. >> Go Here <<

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💋 TikTok Ads Ain’t Converting?

November 05, 2021

Why Aren't Me Ads Converting? Mr. @definitely average height's thread sees activity this past week. Amidst TikTok hiccups, campaigns refusing to work, landers getting measly 2% CTRs and barely squeezing out one miserable conversion, here's a breath of fresh O2: An undercover TikTok degen infiltrates this thread and reveals insights into why TikTok ads can stop working. Hint: KISS. P.S. The memes are strong, so pay close attention. >> Locate The Undercover TikTok Degen here... << [SPONSORED] Top 5 Hottest Verticals for Affiliates Here are the top 5 verticals on VIP Response - and tips on how to capitalize on each vertical! 1: Dating Check out our inhouse dating offer for English-speaking geos, generating thousands of leads daily! Mainstream and adult dating offers cater to a large section of the population, which means amazing scaling potential. Display, email, push, native, social, search...all converting well for affiliates. 2: Sweepstakes We have exclusive offers, and provide custom landing pages to affiliates - the ultimate formula to high conversion rates. Best geos: Europe (especially France, Spain, Portugal, Italy), North America, Australia, New Zealand 3: E-commerce Our in-house discount membership webshop, Goodeess, recently expanded from France to Germany, with more countries to come. It's (mostly) whitehat! Makes it easier to run on social media and search platforms. Help with ad creation. Need help on making strong creatives in different ad formats? We can help with that too - just ask! 4: Casino Easy-to-convert, single opt-in offers even beginners can run successfully! High-payout CPA offers available for more experienced affiliates that have cracked how to get users to deposit. Best countries: Canada, New Zealand, Finland, France, Australia 5: Whitehat Leadgen Lots of SOI/DOI offers = easy conversions for beginners and veterans alike! Whitehat means you can run easily on sources like Facebook and Google. In-house Netherlands solar campaign just launched! Get it while it's HOT! >> Sign Up NOW to Check Out Our Offers! << Ecom Offer TikTok Follow-Along You Should Follow According to @jack_l, @asharjamil's definitely on the right track with this ecom offer from GiddyUp. If @jack_l made it work, so can this guy, eh? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. It's in the red. For now. But there's promise. Go Here Now and Sub MORE TikTok Stuff Papa Zeno puts his coding wizard hat on and resolves TikTok S2S pixel integration mishaps at a glance. A few quick spells and an FF Pro guide and it's all sorted. @bc_red posts a funky looking S2S pixel solution for Voluum. See how to spot and catch bugs. Oh and, do yerself a favour, and go see Papa Zeno's magical page on his magical thread here. >> Go Here <<

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👂Did Ye Hear About The Triple-T?

November 05, 2021

TTT -- Twinaxe's Traffic Talk The Chosen One speakeths. He speaks of the second most important element in yer affiliate campaign, after the offer -- the almighty traffic source. What's in store? He's found 90 traffic sources. Yes, ninety traffic sources in his bookmarks. He shall not be listing traffic sources where he's gotten poor results. There shall be more to come. You should jump in there and follow this thread closely for The Chosen One will post updates. P.S. The first traffic source is 7search. >> Discuss Now << [SPONSORED] Going to ASW? Exclusive 3-Hr Open Bar Party - By Invite Only Evolve Performance is inviting you to meet with us at ASW next week. We'll be at meet market table 1007 and will be hosting a 3-hour open bar party with Everflow. Here are the details: When - Tuesday November 2nd, 5-8pm Where - Parlour Lounge, the Mirage (3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109) The event is already at capacity, but reach out to your AM or sign up to Evolve's Platform and request for a private invite. Sign up with Evolve Performance Now! Benefits of working with Evolve include: Worldwide Offers Large Budgets Experienced AM's Unique Campaigns Timely Payments The Evolve Escape Experience Easy to Use Platform (Everflow) Sign up with Evolve Performance Now! Have you heard of Venue.com? If not, you need to jump on this ultra-hot offer NOW! Venue is an online marketplace that sells millions of products from leading retailers and top brands. They offer customers the ability to "buy now and pay later". Venue has different payment programs to suit every credit tier and provide customers with the merchandise they need. This unique offer is ramping up on our network with the holiday season fast approaching! $80 CPA on ANY first purchase no matter the sales amount! With over 3 million products and deep linking available on request, this is our Number 1 Campaign on the network right now! Venue sells everything from fashion to electronics to kitchenware to toys to automotive accessories - they even sell car tires! And they have aggressive sales goals for Q4! Don't miss out on the action - sign up with us today! >> Sign up with Evolve Performance Now! << La Grande Armée Invades Tiktok @definitely average height (!), inspired by Big ScottyG, has decided to invade TikTok with his La Grande Armee. It's his first ever CPA campaign after scouring the forums for 3 weeks. The offers? Beauty and makeup. Split-tested between networks. The landers? Two very similar ones with different headlines. Creatives? Now we're talkin' -- 18 different creatives, with 2 different voice overs. TO WAR! >> Subscribe to Digital Napoleon's Thread Here << Lead Gen Gone Bad -- Needs Wristslaps Bad leadgen! BAD! @styl3's been running lead ads for a gym for some time now. Successfully so, bringin in dollarydoos for the gym owner. Then suddenly, the gym owner suggests they target airlines. Not only that, but the gym owner wanted to change the ad copy. From then on, it has been downhill. Will pro STMers resolve this mystery? >> Tune in Here <<

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