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STM Forum was launched late one night in January 2011 with the goal of providing case studies, guides, high quality information on a variety of topics and to act as a core networking hub for industry veterans.

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Detailed Answers To Tricky Affiliate Marketing Questions

By Administrator • October 17, 2017

eCommerce Cookbook Part 5 - Customer Service Recipes For Common Situations "Some situations will crop up time and time again. Here's a blueprint on how to cope with them. Feel free to print this out and hand it to your customer service reps as you hire them (or email it to them) - it'll give you a significant leg up on their initial training. " What do you think about the travel category ? "STM ... Where you ask a question about affiliate marketing in travel, and you get a reply a few minutes later from the ex head of performance marketing of one of the largest online travel companies in the world." Follow Along Student's Journey through the 6 Week AMC "Hi all, I just completed the 2nd week of the 6 week marketing challenge, and wanted to record my thoughts. This post is a bit like a follow along, but just through the course, not necessarily on a campaign. I just wanted to document my experiences, hoping that it might help others to understand and be better prepared for their AM journey." AMA Dating secrets, ask the right questions, get the right answers Ben, formerly top guy at Plenty Of Fish's advertising side, answers STmer questions on the dating niche! Methods for finding the right niche and KW A detailed answer to the question of "how to find an SEO niche?" Case Study Help me ! Need SOLUTION (desperate) "You can have the best-written copy in the world, but if your copy is addressing a point that will cause your audience to go "meh", it won't sell. " Tiny Geo, Big Profits "A lot of people sleep on the smaller, less popular geos because the volume is so tiny... but the ROI can be huge. " Need a second passport and citizenship? Get one with Bitcoin! "You now can buy full citizenship of the Pacific nation of Vanuatu for less than 44 bitcoin" Site Buying.. Any Advice? "The question whether to buy a site or not depends on how hard it is to copy a site."

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$12,000 profit! $20,000 profit! More!

By Administrator • October 10, 2017

Case Study $12000 profit with Iraq sweepstake offer "One day I've asked my sources about TOP geos and saw a lot of countries which I don't run atm. For example: IQ/PK/BR/AR/IN/ID etc... So I work mostly with Europe and I decided to try something new for me It was Iraq. I thought: "What vertical and offer to run?" I opened Adplexity and tried to search what people are running in this geo... " Follow Along On my way to do $100/day with sweepstakes - Page 2 "In total since April, on traffic, we did: Revenue: $95,145.04 Costs: $74,629.98 Profit: $20,515.07" When SHOULD and SHOULDN'T you worry about bot traffic? "Bot traffic is an expensive pain, but that doesn't mean you should just nuke every site you see that has detectable bot traffic. " How I went from ZERO to + $3k day in 2 WEEKS!!!! "Things went so fast that I've discovered that my credit card had monthly limits!" Selling anything in Europe - get ready for GDPR or risk big fines "If you are selling to European countries (or analyse behaviour), you need to be aware of the GDPR and implement a program to comply with this new law." Are YOU PAST your PRIME? "According to science, these are the ages that you peak for various goals throughout your life. " The Robust Marketer - Episode 13 - With YouTuber Malan Darras "After cleaning up his life, Malan Darras moved to LA and started crushing Affiliate marketing. Today Malan has his own brand, is still crushing campaigns, and is working on his passion for music. " How to turn a "NO" into a "Yes". Tips from FBI kidnapping negotiator... "I just came across this amazing interview. There so many gold negotiation tips in there." Product inspiration - examples and explanation "In ecommerce, the right product can make such a difference. The approach then is often to copy what somebody else has. Nothing wrong with that, but unsustainable if that's all you do, because you're always behind." New Kid On The Block. Whats The Safest Route In Facebook? "Few things to consider for ecom, as the landscape has changed significantly since the start of this year due to increasing costs on FB and general algo nonsense. Best to ignore any guru screenshots unless they are current..."

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Avoiding The Sharks In Affiliate Marketing

By Administrator • October 02, 2017

How do you find the right offer so you don’t compete with the big dogs? Worried you'll end up competing for scraps with super-affiliates destroying you? STM's advice team leaps into action. How to compete with all the big ecom stores? (frustrated) "You can't compete directly against sharks like Amazon,, You will get eaten alive. Instead..." How To Scale Up on Facebook STM's advisors dig into the question of how to scale on the big blue beast. Tutorial: Why Your Display Ads Suck "The biggest mistake you should avoid is RUNNING STATIC IMAGE ADS." Direct-Linking vs Landers on Pop - Advice "It's no secret that using landers will give you an extra variable to optimize and therefore extra room to improve your ROI. However, direct-linking is a much simpler way to get started" ? Google Analytics Framework ( works on Pops really well ) ? "The best part is that all this great functionality is under 2kb - take that nasty pops that need fast loading." Follow Along eCommerce Newbie - Time to Get Serious Mod Pekadis jumps in with a great tip on a little-known Amazon feature for sellers of all products.

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$xx,xxx,xx buy offers, instant bot testers, super-affiliate interviews...

By Administrator • September 25, 2017

Why We Turned Down a High $XX,XXX,XXX Offer to Buy Our Company. (Mr Green) "Just did this podcast with Eric from iStack Training a few days ago, enjoy!" Where is ADULT heading at the end of 2017? "For those who're willing to dive in and give the business what it needs … adult is still a very viable option to generate lots of revenue from the affiliate model, and it's gonna to stay that way for quite some time." AWA 2017 [?????????????]! ...Here we go again "We've been growing and making things the best we can, with no rest time... ever. " NEW: Zero (!) Load Time Bot Tester For Your Live Campaigns "So, a couple of weeks ago I promised you an updated bot detection script, based on the research that I did into 2017's bot population. And here it is! " EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Matuloo And FBQueen On Their Journey In Affiliate Marketing "Both of them are true industry legends and affiliate marketing gurus, having bought traffic for millions of dollars and scaled campaigns time after time to 5 figures a day at an insane pace." Tutorial Come up with Audience Relevant Angles Using EMPATHY MAPS! "Angles are a big part of our marketing efforts. A GOOD ANGLE can totally change the status of our campaign. MISERABLE campaign with good angle can become a WINNER campaign (and vice versa)." How To Buy A Shopify Store And Make A Profit "Smart move by looking at buying a store. This can speed up things considerably." 5 Simple Steps to Spy on Profitable Campaigns "If you are still not sure on how to spy on profitable campaigns using Adplexity, here’s how to find them in 5 Simple Steps." STMer hits first profitable campaign - including Lessons Learned "Today I'm happy and confident enough to announce, that the goal I put for myself at the beginning of this follow along, at 02-09-2017, has been achieved!" Tip Discover most converting, unsaturated and cost efficient markets for Facebook ads! "We played around with this tool and retrieved a global ranking of 237 countries to explore Facebook advertising costs, which markets are more likely to convert and auction saturation." What Theme Are They Using? Quick tip to find out what Shopify theme any store is using.

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STM In Hong Kong! And more

By Administrator • September 11, 2017

STM Local Networking Events - Hong Kong (Sept 21st) "Hey STMers! We're excited to bring to you two new networking events in China in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!!!" Super, super-techie sysadmin web server optimisation guide "if you have some servers you really need to squeak every last ms of speed out of (like, say, your tracking servers on $x,xxx / day campaigns), then this is pretty invaluable." Follow Along: 10 Years Out of the Game -- POPping Back In "First 5-figure profit month! Congratulations!!" How To Run A Passion Business In Ecomm "You're in an unusual situation here. As such, I'd give you a few additional pieces of advice, based on a couple of decades of running businesses I'm passionate about" ??Here's your chance for a random act of kindness! ?? "One of the best guys in the industry had a tragic accident and broke his neck. He really could use our community's support now!" Do you need to keep your landers out of spy tools to achieve success? "There ARE top guys that are keeping their landers out of Adplexity. And yes that is giving them an edge. But keep in mind that you don't need to take down the top guys in order to be making money - you just need to be able to monetize traffic better than SOME of your competition to get a slice of the pie." Tools to get things done quicker "The aim of the post is to share some of the tools I use and hopefully get a thread going where people chip in and share their tools." Are translations needed for landers? "OHT and Fiverr have already been mentioned. I just want to add Google Translate as an alternative. It has gotten a LOT better in recent months. The trick is to... "

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Engrave Yourself Into Affiliate Marketing History!

By Administrator • September 04, 2017

[COMPETITION] - Chance To Engrave Yourself Into Affiliate Marketing History! The STM Forum is preparing the biggest video push in the history of affiliate marketing. And you can be part of it. Find out how. Why bother analysing bot traffic at all? Should you care about how many bots there are in your traffic? Aliexpress drop ship negotiation "Here's what I've done to get product costs cut in half. Have to understand chinese culture a bit and how they price cut everything." Pop Campaigns - How a Simple Test Can Increase ROI Up to 25% "This isn't going to be a long read and this type of test can be setup within a few minutes." How much can spying on landers make you? "Last month he cleared 40k revenue with 25k profit, this month he is going to hit 50k revenue with 35k profit. All of this from adx's data." Looking for coaching/mentor applications. An incredibly powerful way to "summon" a mentor for your AM work What is an API and How to use it? "If you already have some basic python skills these are some essential libraries imo:"

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$1M from Affiliate Marketing in 2mo - after giving up on it! Plus 2017's new bot crop

By Administrator • August 28, 2017

After giving up on AM we just made $1MM of Profit in 53 days! "Fast forward after AWE we hit 500k profit in July and also just passed the 500k profit for August. In total this is 1MM profit in just 53 days!" Case Study: I analysed bot traffic with the latest security techniques. Here's what I found. "What started out as a "let's write a better bot blocker" project turned into more of an open-ended investigation into the kind of bot traffic we see on popular traffic sources. What's the code behind fraudulent traffic? How sophisticated is it? And how can you detect or block it? " The hottest, most profitable campaigns in affiliate marketing right now Aug 2017 "Lately, I've been doing a lot of research, spying (manual and tools), networking to find the best campaigns, products and general schemes in affiliate marketing right now. I've been doing this for my own selfish reasons, but i thought i would share some of the results with the forum. " Follow Along Making Native Ads Work in 2017 - Man vs Machine An update on the Man Vs Machine follow-along - interesting stuff! AWE 2017 - Mobidea interviews industry experts - manu_adefy "We chatted with Emanuel Cinca, who's known on STM as Manu_adefy. He truly believes there's lots of room for new affiliates to make it rain and he's always here, ready to help us out, providing amazing value with his insightful comments, along with the STM Moderators Team!" How much budget do I need to start here? "Here's how we usually do a feasibility estimate and come up with a budget. Let's say the NUTRA offer pays you $15 (ie a COD offer at ADCOMBO)... " Remove device information from LP How to solve some tricky LP editing problems including language. Tracking Productivity/habits "I always wanted to track the habits and stuffs that I do, and I've tried some android apps but they weren't enough for what I wanted - basically to track numerically. " Aliexpress drop ship negotiation Top tips on what to negotiate with your dropshipping suppliers.

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Affiliate Man Vs Machine! Also, how to live the good life, illustrated

By Administrator • August 21, 2017

Follow Along: Making Native Ads Work in 2017 - Man vs Machine "I decided to start this case study about natives where I'll go through the whole process from scratch. From finding the offers, landers, creatives, picking up 2-3 different traffic sources and a couple of geos to split test, down to the optimization. The goal here is to compare campaign performance and time spent when doing things the old fashion way (aka manual) and using platforms like " DISCUSSION: How To Get Hired By An Affiliate? "Some people need the extra guidance, some people don't have the money and need a job. Either way, they can't do affiliate marketing alone and want to do the next best thing - join a team." What a Life Well Lived looks like. "A cool diagram illustrating the concept of ikigai" Live and Work in Thailand. 4 Years, Legally. "BANGKOK — A plan to offer four-year visas to highly skilled professionals and investors was endorsed Friday by the Cabinet." HOWTO: Testosterone booster trial offer! MrClean offers a step-by-step guide on how to run campaigns in this vertical Advice needed on where to start (POP vs ecommerce)! STM's brain trust offers multiple viewpoints on the best place to start in 2017. Visiting Manila? Tips Here "I visit Manila a lot so thought I would brain dump some tips here -- from the perspective of an affluent foreigner who wants to save time, avoid chaos and enjoy things on my own terms rather than being stuck in traffic (spoiler alert: lots of traffic in Manila)." How to find the RIGHT crypto coins to buy – One simple way "I bet if you are new to the world of cryptocoins and bitcoin, the above info just made your head feel like its going to explode. It’s OK TO BE CONFUSED! I bet you are thinking, yea I can look at all that info, but how do i understand it, interpret it… ultimately HOW DO I PICK WHICH COIN TO BUY?"

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