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Deadman’s Chest of STM Landers

August 16, 2019

Deadman’s Chest of STM Landers Listen ‘ere ye landlubbers! Here be gold. One of our most treasured mods, Vortex, just dropped this piece of mega-news on our fellow shipmates. Ya’ll have heard of STM’s legendary generosity that only happens to be overshadowed by our win-win-win mentality. Ya know, pirates are true innovators. They were one of the first. And they always have been. Don’t believe me? Then do yourself a favor and read “Be More Pirate” by Sam Conniff Allende. Basically, pirates had a better “corporate structure” than 99% of today’s companies. They innovated work related accident reimbursements – i.e. If you lost an eye or a leg you get a few extra pieces of eight (I forgot the exact number). They invented the first true democracy. They challenged the status quo and won. A lot to be learned from that little book. But I digress. Just go read that book. STM now has what’s called “The STM Landing Page Depository”. Basically, after the massive success of the “What’s Working in 2019” we’ve had our eyes set on win-win-win-win-win scenarios. Let me quote @vortex below: “-STM can provide more value to members. -Members can get more value from their STM subscription. -Vendors and super-affiliates can get more exposure (and thus more business, or more traffic to their blogs). Quite a few projects have resulted from that inspiration since then, including: -The Affiliate Network Application Tool, which allows members to apply to up to 20 affiliate networks (and growing!) by filling out a single application form. -The Affiliate Contacts Directory, which contains contact info of representatives from a variety of vendors (affiliate networks, traffic networks etc.), along with info on vendor (traffic/offer types, and applicant requirements). -The "STM Member Discounts" subforum, where we're continuously reaching out to vendors to arrange special deals for STM members. (Where savings can offset a part of or even your ENTIRE STM membership fee!) Recently, we came up with yet another idea: Since affiliates almost always start their testing using the most-popular landing pages, and since STM has such a close relationship with Adplexity, why don't we provide some landers to members for free every month? Moreover, we could FIX THEM UP so they'd be ready to run (after you replace the outgoing links with your tracker click url of course)!” In a nutshell, you lazy affiliate bastards are going to get 100+ hand-picked landers each and every month on behalf of STM and our Adplexity brothers and sisters. These are all going to be all cleaned up and ready to fire. Only the most popular landers in each requested vertical/niche (chosen by you, more detaileroos in the thread). This way the following win-win-win scenario occurs: - Shoestring budget newbies get an easy headstart without the need for an Adplexity sub. - All affiliates get their lazy prayers answered and receive clean and ready to run landers - STM’s retention rate goes up, because value. - Adplexity gets more exposure as direct sponsors and bros. Win-win-win. Get your wins here Pr0nhub-style “Hand-in-Pants” Psychology Exposed What lies deep down inside every pr0n browsing addict’s mind? Have you ever wondered why the top ad spots have always been dominated by dating, enhancement and pickup artists instead of...other adult sites? It boils down to physics. Or rather fundamental practices. If you know how physics works, you know what your limits are, say, if you wanna construct a building and you don’t want it to fall apart. But you also know the freedom you have set within those limits and you’d know why your tests have failed. It’s the same thing when it comes to marketing to horny gentlemen. The marketing fundamentals are the same 100% of the time. You have to understand the audience’s motivations and exactly where their mind’s at. Once you know that, you know why dating, enhancement and pick artists work the best. You give people choices. What I’m trying to say is you should jump in and read @sarcher’s revealing post (no pun intended) to get a better grasp of WHY things work in the adult dating world. This guy has been generating between 200 and 1000 adult leads a day for many, many years and he has become one with the tube sites. Deep thoughts here Zucc’s Official Logic On Your Under-delivering Ads The newest addition to our mod team, @FaceOnAsia, a wicked-smart FB expert just shared this official Zucc infographic with us. Simple as that plus a few tips: 1.All cases vary from each other. Think critically and do your experiments. 2. FB is ever-changing platform. Follow the news and talk to experts. 3. This may look basic to many but 90% of issues are due to basic mistakes. A sound understanding on basics is always a must. This is straight from FB’s internal 2019 training, btw. Yes/No logic, pretty graphics and even an FB copyright symbol ©. Zucc Logic in Picture Format Here Amy Builds A New Google Search Engine Speaking of @vortex and speaking of win-win-win stuff and STM retention rates, how ‘bout this: Amy just basically built a search engine. (powered by Google of course) Said search engine allows you to easily grab images for your ads from your favourite image sites. Nice and quick. No annoying G search results. No annoying ads being run 24/7 by your fellow STMers. No ranking attempts. Just pure, direct results. Results you need to run your camps. Also, as an added win-win bonus, Amy shows you how to make your own search engine in 5 steps. There’s a nifty Chrome plugin involved. There’s other trickery involved. On top of that you need to be careful with TOSs of your favourite sites. STM-Powered Search Engine Tutorial Here Czech Beer & Affiliate Marketing Aiding our AffJobs brothers and sisters again. How about sipping amazing Czech beer and being an affiliate manager at the same time? That’s what ConvertingAds are trying to relay here fellas. Let me paste in the most importante parts: Job description: - Actively searching for new affiliate partners and negotiating with them - Motivating partners to cooperate with us - Evaluating current campaign - Online, telephone and personal communication with customers around the World - Help partners set up and optimize their online campaigns - Travelling to the conferences, where he/she will be meeting affiliate partners face to face Requirements - Excellent knowledge of English is must - daily communication - Great social and communication skills - Businesslike mindset and a passion for communication - people person - To have "closing-deals" skills - Nature talent to plan and manage - Be responsible and independent - Knowledge of online marketing- being able to create and run an online campaign (Affiliate marketing experience is a big bonus) - Results oriented and self-motivated - Must have valid working visa in the Czech Republic - Must be able to come for F2F interview Benefits - Fixed salary and uncapped commission – The sky is the limit! - Training in internet marketing - Modern offices in the heart of Prague - Team-building initiatives and ‘corporate’ parties - we always celebrate our successes together. There’s something sweet sounding when you hear “uncapped commission”. And “parties”. Czeck out this AM job here

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The Black Widow Subterfuge: Running $24 CC-Submit Sweeps On Pops

August 07, 2019

The Black Widow Subterfuge: Running $24 CC-Submit Sweeps On Pops Remember Iron Man 2? Black Widow + Happy “infiltrating” Hammer Security. We see Happy getting his ass handed to him before finally taking down 1 guy. Meanwhile Black Widow’s “1-shotting” over a dozen guys. Final view of the corridor from Happy’s sweaty perspective? Bad guy hanging from the ceiling by what I vaguely recall as his belt surrounded by all his mates on the floor. But there’s a point to all of this. If you run SOI sweeps on pops then good for you. But why struggle with low payout offers and CPMs when you can run high payout CC-submits? And pay CPA too. CC-submits are hard to get profitable on pops but this thread proves us all wrong. It’s an extremely detailed, step by step case study dissecting a mega-sneaky, Black Widow style way to get this stuff done. And no, there’s no cloaking or bending of rules involved. It’s just a waaay out of the box approach than what you’ve typically seen. What we regularly do is: - Grab landers - Grab SOI low payout sweeps - Struggle for a few days - Make a few dollars - Offer dies out - Repeat What this guy does is: - Grab proven landers + proven offers - Get data & optimize (juicy details inside) - Switch to proven CC submits for easy money and far higher ROIs (from 17% to 110%-200%) - Bank But then there’s the secret sauce (actually there are 2 in order to make this work). It’s an STM gem. That’s my secret, captain, I’m always angry How a Tracker Change Attempt Led to “The Great Tracker Battle of August” Here we are. Just a guy wanting to change trackers. BeMob to Voluum because it suits his needs better. Simple thread. Here’s the premise quoted for you: “ I just saw the promotion on ZeroPark where if I spend $2000 on traffic this month of August, I get 40% off Voluum yearly plans. I did the math and this 40% deal will actually save me more than 50% what I'm currently spending on BeMob every month.” Easy peasy lemon squeezy. @jonte_ also asked if there’s a way to migrate his campaigns over, to which Voluum replied along the lines of: “Sure pm us”. Roll the credits. Or so you’d think. This is where the battle began. Redtrack. AdsBridge. Thrive. Others. Sales pitches and ruptured tendons. Speculation. Pros and cons of each. Members chiming in. And so on and so forth. As @matuloo mentioned, competition has done us affiliate well over the years. So many trackers to choose from each with their own innovative solutions, UIs, price tags and discounts. We’re a bit spoiled, even. Hilarious thread here and lots to think about Hyper-intelligent Wild Boars Boarding “The Scaleship” – Plan on Scaling to the Moon Wild boars. @wakeboarder. Timotej. A ship. Yes there’s more boar gold coming your way, my friend. Another fantastic story in the making. This time around Boars & Co have decided to move to what they call “The Scaleship” for 100 days. A house in the middle of nowhere in Slovenia. The reason is they have something really promising in the making – personalized products. And what better way to focus than removing any and all distractions, setting yourself up in a quiet environment, eating healthy and exercising? What happens when there’s 4 of you that focused? One of their products generated 16,294.24€ and that’s what they’re scaling. Seriously let me just paste in snippets of the thread, it’s too good to pass: The Challenge “In the last few months, we have set up a mechanical infrastructure, developed a product, tested a few creatives and generated 16,294.24€ in revenue with 259 orders and received insanely positive feedback from our customers. Marketing wise this was pretty much on auto-pilot, but it was complex from the technical point of view. Vesna and Zan did an amazing job here and now we just need to “spread the word”. We will try to optimize our lives, workspace, and daily routine so that we will be the most productive and healthy as we can be. Here is the plan for how we will achieve this: - Early wakeup club - 6am - Proper food and nutrition, without junk food Without alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes - Proper fitness training and routine - Weekly plans and checking why we are not hitting our goals and what we can do to fix the situation - VERY FAST execution, from both Marketing and Development departments. MVP execution-style, fast experiments, and testing - Occasional BBQ and weekend relaxation, to rest our mind from scaling of the previous week - Sincere support and advice from board members. We do NOT TOLERATE bullshit, we are always honest to improve our situation and help each other out. - Constant self checks if we are on the right track or are we bullshitting ourselves and destroying our potential.“ Then there’s “The Team” (4 key team members), “The Marketing Game” (angles, advertorials, GEOs, Pinterest, Facebook). A lot to learn just from the intro thread. Not to mention all the up and coming updates. Just do yourself a favour and subscribe to Mr. Wakeboarder’s thread and bring popcorn. Lots of it. We’re all in for a treat. P.S. The first update has been posted but you’ll have to see it for yourself. The Scaleship has sailed, subscribe [STM Exclusive Offer] 2 Days Left to Grab 257 Adplexity Landers for Less Than a Coffee You probably got that email from our Adplexity friends. Let me summarize the deal again because there are now 2 days left before it’s all gone. All of it. Sales pitch below: Due to extremely high demand we did our best to convince our friends at Adplexity to extend the one-time offer just for you before it’s all closed (boy do we owe them a lot of beers). So what’s the offer exactly? Hear it from Adplexity: AdPlexity are happy to announce that we are currently running a once-in-a-lifetime offer, available to you STMers for the NEXT 3 DAYS ONLY! We’re offering the ultimate lander pack. You can pick up 257 of the hottest affiliate landing pages around, each one hand-picked by our team. Each landing page template is 100% clean and ready to run. They’re free of all unwanted scripts and malware, and we’ve optimised the code, to provide you with the ultimate collection of lander templates. We’ve selected only the most popular templates of 2019, on mobile, native and push. The pack includes pre-landers covering the most popular verticals, such as: Sweepstakes ED Gadgets Hairloss Nutra Health Insurance Binary/investment Muscle Skincare Weightloss Dating App Install - Alerts A lot more! And the best part? This comprehensive package is available for ONLY $1! Get the landers here for less than a coffee! Adplexity are offering literally hundreds of dollars’ worth of data, for just $1. The deal is available for ONLY 3 DAYS and ONLY for STMers, so don’t let it pass you by. Once purchased, you’ll get the entire landing page package sent straight to your email address immediately. Get the landers here! Regards, The AdPlexity Team Yep, that’s a no brainer for $1. Mind you I already had a look at the landers – neatly organised in directories by vertical and type, properly named, cleaned up code, basically ready to run. Hand-picked best performers. You’d be silly to miss this. Thread here

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6WAMC Better Than Engineering Degree – From -$10k to +$10k Per Month

August 01, 2019

6WAMC Better Than Engineering Degree – From -$10k to +$10k Per Month Yeah, except the real Heisenberg would have been an affiliate marketer, not an engineer. Honestly, at this point, is anyone even surprised? These success stories are as common as someone buying their standard overpriced morning Tripple-Pineapple-Pumpkin-Carrot-Cucumber-Lettuce-Vegan-Gluten-Free coffee salad. (I may have gone a bit too far but just picture I’m associating STM success stories with your morning coffee.) Negative $10,000 to Positive $10,000 per month, consistently. That’s $120k/year. That’s $120k/year and you goofing about in your underpants all day, you lazy affiliate bastards. In all seriousness, is this not so much better than a soul-crushing cubicle 9-5 job? Why live an ordinary life when you can live an unordinary one, I ask? The usual traits made it possible. Reiterated for over a thousand times now: - Hardships - Patience - Persistence - Determination - Grit - Synonyms here Thesaurus + insert synonyms gets tiring. The message is all the same. It’s painfully obvious as to what it takes to make AM work. Proven too - we have these stories almost every other email, fellas. It’s not easy. Obviously. But, obviously, it all works out if you put in the work...after you’ve joined STM. This guy sends his “best-est” regards to Mr. Zeno and the 6WAMC course for being a fantastic launch pad propelling him to his current ventures and numbers. He says the 6WAMC has been better than an engineering degree. All the way back in 2017. That’s like 100 years in AM years. Read this quote of his: “Anyway, it took about a year for me to reach 10% profit on my campaigns, the main issues were: 1. Jumping from one vertical to another 2. Trying a lot of traffic source - Pops, FB, Snapchat, Push and Native 3. The Blackhole of Blackhat vs. Whitehat 4. Not being patient to optimize the campaign to green” Currently? Getting 150% ROIs. Also this: “Personal note to Amy: thanks a lot for being an amazing person.” @vortex (Amy) can now easily acquire an unlimited number of beers/margaritas or burgers from this guy. For life. Anywhom, Amy is an absolute workaholic and always goes out of her way to help anyone and everyone reach success. One of our most generous and kind STM hearts. Such is the STM life. We’re all one big caring family. Since this is getting way too emotional for me just go and read the success story. Zinedine Zidane’s here y’all BEWARE: Wild Boars Now Invading Retail Stores Mr. Wildboar, a.k.a. Tim, a.k.a @wakeboarder, a.k.a. The Wildboard Liquidator and his army of vicious wild boars have successfully invaded multiple retails stores. In multiple GEOs. (Minus Germany, they’re not happy, but everyone falls under wild boar rule eventually, there is no escaping it.) More gold unleashed by the famous boar master in this nugget of a thread. It’s how to essentially get your own eCom product out into physical stores – wild boar style. Step by step too. But you’d be surprised by the sneaky tricks he’s got in store. (pun intended) Where exactly to find brands to reach out to and then scrape their emails and data by either hiring a dev or doing it yourself if you’re tech inclined. Cold emails with a big sneaky twist that also nets them views of their most successful wild boar video. Then a screenshot with stats showing how to land literal whales for clients. Calls. Another sneaky personalization trick for cold emails. (As crazy as that sounds it’s actually super clever as you’ll see inside) Tim has been killing it and he continues to shift gears. He’s always happy to share what he’s learned on this fantastic, explosive journey. And we’re even happier to learn and have our jaws drop every time. Wild boar tricks in here 2-y/o Dropshipping FB Post Nets 2M Likes and All The Ladies Are Crying Love was in the air with this one. So were a few potential million dollars in yer bank accountz. Or whoever ran this. Wouldn’t be surprised if this was one of the quieter STMers. As @athena put it: This can net you so many benjamins if you add upsells and customer lists. Who’s @athena? “Some of you may already know I'm part of a team that runs a dropshipping research software and thus have access to all of the raw data that runs through the backend.“ Now isn’t that just lovely. *rubs hands * I can hear you all drooling already. One of the many benefits of STM is there are so many extremely useful individuals and companies aboard. You just have to keep an eye out. Check the product here and maybe send @athena a PM? The End of Push is Nigh! Again. Ah, we love these threads don’t we? Insert fresh, brittle newbaroo. Insert FUDDing. (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) Insert shiny object syndrome. And you get the perfect formula for newbie-induced panic. This says he hasn’t yet taken the plunge and launched a campaign yet. But he has checked out a bunch of courses. And the What’s Working in 2019 Report. He wonders whether push traffic would be a good idea right now. Or whether he should also do that other thing. Typically, @maynzie and @matuloo (our two famous veteran mods) jumped in the water to rescue a drowning newbie. The rest is here

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STM Sherlocks Solve a Great Facebook Mystery

July 24, 2019

Facebook’s Greatest Product Launch Mystery Solved – Sherlock Takes Home $2k/day The other week we had STM Sherlocks in complete panic. Watsons bewilderedly scratching their heads. The sense of mystery was in the air. A true Facebook mystery. Let me re-slap this quote here as a reminder: “How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” - Sherlock Holmes If you remember, a hubby & a wifey launched a sweet, sweet product. They did everything 100% right with a textbook approach. There was no reason for those camps not to scale to the moon. Angles, targeting, creatives, budgets, bids, the product itself, raving reviews, all spot on. Campaigns set. Ad sets duplicated. Budgets sky high and ready to blast. LLAs confirmed hot. And then it all suddenly died. CTRs dropped in half and so did conversions. Mind you this guy has managed well over 7 figures in ad spend knows his ways around the treacherous fields of media buying. Queue a desperate cry for help. Queue STM Sherlocks jumping in. What do you think happened? We troubleshooted. We asked questions. We picked and we poked. We dug deep. I mean even a neurosurgeon isn’t so meticulous with his research and even during surgery. Then we came to the conclusion it was down to one very confused FB algo. Ok but why? Why when all the signs were bright green? At first we thought it was something to do with the audiences. Saturation and competition perhaps. The stats proved us wrong. Then we thought the bids and budgets may be the culprit. Enter bidding suggestions and a possibility of the great bidding wars. Well, nope. Turns out this product doesn’t even have any competition on FB. Just a bunch of unbranded Amazon sellers. It’s an open playing field ripe with conversions. It wasn’t the audiences or bids or the budgets or the competition. It wasn’t the LLAs. We went as far as to suggest changing the entire marketing strategy to ebooks, funnels, tripwire offers, emails and so on and so forth. But our very last unanimous suggestion was to test more angles and creatives. To unplug that clogged up algo. That worked out in the end but it wasn’t just the creatives that turned things around. There’s one other big lesson to be learned from this whole mystery. The other missing piece of the puzzle is FB’s weirdness when it comes to the end of quarters. The algos try to readjust themselves after rising CPMs and CPAs. They scramble as much as advertisers do. Hence why they wouldn’t start off immediately even under perfect conditions. Now back to the creatives – the absolutely main key point is that the ads need to have engagement and comments coupled with a good angle. One sneaky change to the creative approach and you can see the camps blasting off into space. That, coupled with the start of the next quarter and things blasted off faster than even Elon Musk’s rockets. Key takeaway? Stick to it and test more. And then some more. And then more until your fingers bleed. All those advanced targeting spells and incantations will do you no good unless you know how to market to your people. Period. Of course, this long email does the entire thread no justice at all. Everything I described has been torn apart in excruciating detail in the thread. The OP has done an incredible job of providing super long, detailed replies with stats and screenshots. They’re currently bringing in $2k+ a day and they sold out so fast they’re waiting for the next large shipment right now. He’s got time to prepare all the other sweet stuff like emails, SEO and other promotion channels and start outsourcing and hiring employees. We shall wait patiently for his next update. This is probably one of the most motivating threads we’ve had in quite a while and it’s full of golden nuggets. For a huge dopamine boost and huge golden nuggets go ye here Even Loki Would Turn Into a Good Guy For Stable 7 Figures a Month Don’t Ya Think? We all know and love Loki. That mischievous little devil. Witty, wicked smart and charming his way out of any situation with ease. And grace. In a way, us affiliates can relate to Loki. ‘Tis not an easy game this. You have to be super creative and on top of things 24/7. You can never let your guard down or kick back in your comfy sofa. Not until you have your teams in place or enough money to retire for a few lifetimes. Campaigns don’t last forever and our middle name is “Volatile”. Enter Hen Kinan. Affiliate for the past 6-7 years and been through it all - toolbars, eCom, leadgen, through both shady and normal stuff. But he found it all a bit too volatile for his taste. By his own words: “From an “easy money now” mindset we decided to move to a long-term operation. “ This mindset pays off handsomely in the long run. Hen decided to start a brand new company around viral content stuff. Pulling in 7 figures a month in a super stable manner, and they’re growing. With 24 happy employees. “We are generating 7 figures a month for some times now, all white-hat and big % on Facebook.” What his company does is it allows you, my greedy affiliate, to push viral content stuff and make moolah. Just the way we like it. We’re super allergic to manual labor like customer support, infrastructures, employees (for the most part) or having anything to do with your own products. That’s why we’re masters of every paid traffic source imaginable and we can run circles around “agency marketers”. The first reply in the thread is one STMer who has already made 6 figures with Hen’s company. Beat that. Better check out Hen’s success story thread, gold in there. Stable 7 figures and a great opportunity awaits right here SEO Sith Channeled All His Anger And Conquered The Galaxy with CPL Going to keep this one short because it’s worth reading the entire damn thing. This guy did SEO for low 4 figures. He says that you reach #1 on Google, rake in low 4 figure profits and then you’re stuck. You can’t scale. Then he jumped on STM and joined the 6WAMC courses (which aren’t active for the time being). He tried DSPs. 20+ Campaigns and no profits, quite in the red (-70% ROI). He tried FB with his whitehat SEO sites - no results. During the 6WAMC he found tremendous success with some app install offers, more knowledge from his training and sweet angles. As with everything, all good things must come to an end. Those app installs died out. Cue pay per call ventures and more anger at Revcontent’s reps. Cue overcrowded call centres not taking in your leads. More frustration. But then, he had a lightbulb moment. “Basically I decided I wanted to build a « moat » around my business, so no-one could easily rip my campaigns.” Basically pay per call except you get paid per lead. If that’s not a sweet enough deal he’s getting exclusive offers at each network. Just for his affiliate needs. Hello moat. Then he dug an extra moat, thanks to Mr. Tim Burd’s ways and now he’s set for good. More on that inside the thread. This is how it’s done ladies and gents Serial Entrepreneur’s Absolutely Serious Update This guy has had quite a journey, but let me just quite the last line from his latest update. This is not a humblebrag my dear friend. This is outright showing off. “And finally, as always, I appreciate all the help and expertise everyone here on STM has given me! It is a privilege to be a part of this wonderful community!” From a house flipper / real estate investor to SEOer to native traffic. Native is the keyword here. “Jack_l” tackled it horns first some time ago. Earlier this year (February) he was bringing in $500 pure profit a day. $2000 gross. “I've now been running natives for 3 quarters, and have learned an immense amount. “ As for right now, he posted a m-a-s-s-i-v-e update on what he learned during the last 3 quarters and we all feel super spoiled. It really is a huge post covering RevContent, Taboola and Outbrain. You can’t learn this stuff from Google Searches because no one would be crazy enough to share it. That’s not the case with STM family members. Feast your eyes Lucky Newbie Hits the Jackpot With TheOptimizer Subscription “anitaway” is our $1 Guide winner chosen randomly. The $1 guide was a massive success and something we plan on continuing in the future. By far the easiest way to get started in AM. By far. It’s so simple your lazy cat can do it while lazily chomping on your couch. Anywhom, one of the prizes from the $1 guide competition was a sub to “Anitaway” jumped in on STM and decided to start a mega-detailed thread describing how to use TheOptimizer. Mind you this is a complete newbie. The thread itself is like dropping tons of liquid chocolate in your bath tub, diving in and sucking all the chocolate out. It’s beautiful, delicious. Instant diabetes here Legendary STM God Matuloo Answers Newbies’ Adult Prayers You have heard of him. You know him. The one and only legendary STM mod Matej (@matuloo) has gracefully decided to start a massive guide on how to run adult traffic in 2019. This is the first post in the series. @spiritwarrior (first post in the thread) is as follows: “Wow! This is another goldmine. I've been mulling over on how to start with adult. Prayer answered (no pun intended).” Prayer answered indeed. Matej hears all prayers, all the time. I’ll just quote the start of the thread: “Oki dokie, so you you’d like to test the waters of our beloved “naughty adult industry”, but don’t know where to start and what the basic setup should look like? Is your budget low and you don’t want to blow it on tools that are not ABSOLUTELY necessary? No worries, this article is exactly what you are looking for. As with any business, there are some things you simple do need and there are some that can make your life easier, but they’re not really a must that you couldn’t start without. In most cases, the available budget is the limiting point, but there are also some tools that you can’t really take advantage of as a newbie.” The rest of the thread speaks for itself. Gigantic, detailed, well organized and straight to the point. As usual. Lander hosting, tracking and spying in meticulous detail. Prayer answers here, amen Newbie Migraines Are Rough but Lead to Light Bulb Moments (and Iced Half Caff Ristretto Ventis) Another happy $1 guide newbie joined STM. However, he suffered a massive migraine when it came to understanding tracking basics. That’s normal. Anyone completely brand spanking new to AM struggles with this in the beginning. It can get a bit confusing but it’s not the end of the world. What’s funny in this thread is that this guy bites and does not let go until he fully understands every single little detail. “Now I know some of you guys are casually sipping on your iced half caff ristretto ventis and you're shrugging and wondering what all the fuss is about, but I just feel so much relief since this seems to have sunk in. “ Also this masterpiece he created is a must see: There are details and screenshots. Revelation after revelation. Until he got it. It clicked. And the grand finale: “I really hope it might help someone in some way if you’re still struggling with this insane URL stuff – even if it just serves to give you confidence that one day, maybe right out of the blue, it WILL all make sense and you’ll finally be able to relax and just get on with it. Just don't give up struggling. Ever.” That last line is so crucial in regards to everything in life that you ought to have this on replay in your Spotify at all times. Until it sinks in. That light bulb moment is imperative, whether it’s tracking or your first $X,XXX day. And it is precious. Migraine cure here Lending a Hand to Our AffJobs Brothers and Sisters – Remote Affiliate Manager Position at DirectAffiliate Always happy to help, mates. We’ve spoken about this stuff in the past, man. Getting a job as an affiliate manager can really open your eyes. It builds connections. It piles up your knowledge so high no one can climb up that hill eventually. You work with crazy smart teams and crazy smart affiliates. You see the ins and outs of the industry. A birds eye view if you may. Plus you get noticed everywhere. You can attend conferences. Hone your negotiation skills. Plus you get paid handsomely. Anywhom, the affiliate network we’re talking about is DirectAffiliate and they’ve a job post on AffJobs. Here’s the low-down: “ is a leading affiliate network filled with in-house offers on the best possible terms. We have evergreen verticals such as Nutra and Beauty, while we are constantly expanding into other areas. Large-scale and thoroughly tested offers allow us to afford the best conditions for our publishers and for you – working in a much more pleasant way. We approach this task ambitiously - DA is permanently looking for the other possible relations in affiliation industry.” These guys are good and well known around the industry. The job? Affiliate manager with many, many tasty benefits. Can also work remotely if that’s your forte. Say from a beach somewhere sipping margaritas. Or you can work from their offices in Warsaw. (it’s a beautiful city) Go check it out. Direct link here

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Ze Germans Seem to Like Sweeps as Much as Beer

July 03, 2019

Ze Germans Seem to Like Sweeps as Much as Beer This is one massive case study, lemme tell you. Turns out sweeps are as precious to ze Germans as is beer and bratwurst. Perhaps even more, I dare say. This case study may be massive but it’s not Mercedes S-Class-level complex. You know how these cars are overengineered. They even come with a massage lady, 2 waitresses plus every piece of technology your stats-driven affiliate mind can muster. Just so your average affiliate, drug dealer, CEO or politician (or priest) can be driven around in complete serenity and comfort. Basically a spa on wheels. But if your S-Class breaks down you better buy your mechanic some extra boxes of Xanax. And hug them tight. (Panic attacks are inevitable with thousands of high-tech parts potentially becoming suspects) Point being is that the case study’s approach to a profitable $50/day Sweeps campaign is dead simple. Not much you can do wrong and not much can go wrong. It’s just that it basically holds your greedy affiliate hand and shows you how to take each step. Waving screenshots in your face each step of the way too. Low-down: “CAMPAIGN BREAKDOWN Offer Vertical: Sweepstakes Payout: €2.65 (3 USD) GEO: Germany Device: Desktop Affiliate Network: Clickdealer Traffic Network: AdCash Traffic Type: POP/PPV” This bad boy can be scaled too. Or you can use the already profitable zones to start a whitelist camp. Or test other types of offers. Et cetera. See how to sell sweeps to ze Germans not just beer Hubby & Wifey’s First Product Launch Starts Great but Mysteriously Dies Out “How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” - Sherlock Holmes We may just need an STM Sherlock right about now. And no, this isn’t “elementary, my dear Watson”. These two launched their new product. Everything done right. The Zucc stood no chance. Text book approach. No competition. “At a high level, my testing methodology went: 1 . Upload various ad angles 2 . Flip best angle into new campaign with various images 3 . Flip best image into new campaign with various text/headlines 4 . Flip best image/headline combo into new campaign with various audiences 5 . Scale (if 1-4 work out).” They found the winning angle. It took 6 ad sets but one of them won. Down the line they tried finding the best possible headline. Check. Tested LLAs vs open targeting. Check. Everything on the winner side thrown to a new campaign. Check. Budgets in order and ready to blast. Check. The first few days did remarkably well. CPAs all on point. Time to scale. Gear down and pedal to the metal. But then “the fairy tale beginning starts to get sour…” as he put it. “All the metrics start going the wrong way over the course of 7 days after that first initial "hooray" of a launch. CTRs slowly dip. CPCs slowly raise. CPAs slowly raise. Website Return on adspend goes from profitable to loss.“ Ouchies. A bunch of STM Sherlocks jumped in to help. The initial consensus was that Zucc’s algos got confused. That they did but the plot thickens. LLAs didn’t work out nearly as well as open targeting. Turns out the product they’re pushing and the problem it’s trying to solve is not something the target audience wants to be too talkative about. Another suggestion were bid problems. But then how are bids going to work if the algos can’t catch the right audiences? In the end, it turns out there may be a glimpse of hope. But the mystery remains yet to be solved. Updates are being posted as we speak. Troubleshooting being done. More Sherlocks jumping in. Can we figure this one out? How many Sherlocks does it take to solve a Facebook campaign mystery?) 4 Push Geos That Gently Caress Your Wallet Our ZeroPark friends told STMers of the currently 4 cheapest GEOs you can annoy people with push notifications. Profitably. There won’t be any gun pointing and yelling involved. No tumble weeds in your bank accounts. Push can get competitive and pricey in some GEOs. *cough *USA #1* cough* Anywhom, Zeropark went a step further. Not only do you get the GEOs. You get what to run there too. “- Mobile app, dating or smartlink campaigns - Sweeps, Casino and gift card offers - Lead gen, Loans, Sweeps Mobile - Mobile, Android, iOS, Carrier/Wifi” The whole deal. Given that this was just posted you may still have a chance. Perhaps. Better get to it right away before other ruthless STMers take your candy. Go ye here before I do The STM Matrix Grand Finale: Lazy Neo’s Revolutions [insert deep voiceover from old-time trailers] The grand finale is upon us. Our STM Neo’s legendary laziness has peaked. IMDB ratings are off the ch... (Btw, for all of you still living under rocks, the lazy and infamous STM Neo “twinaxe” is a man of culture. He’s not your average affiliate – he’s even lazier. Much lazier. So much so that he despises work and comes up with ingenious systems, methods and campaigns that make his bank accounts fat without ever having to reach for the remote) ...arts. This is the story of how he promoted XX,XXX affiliate programs at once, netting him high $XXX,XXX in pure coin in the bank. With almost no work. No tracking. No paying attention. He most definitely is The Lazy One. It’s quite simple really – cause and effect. Laziness -> no work. But you’d be surprised by Lazy Neo’s astute use of the lazy arts. The lengths he’s prepared to go simply to save his ass from dreaded work are beyond us all. [popcorn instructions] 1 . Read what it says on the back before you throw it in the damn microwave [end popcorn instructions] Mind you these are just tiny little bits of one gigantic 3-part post. “Few hundred affiliate programs were not enough for me. I wanted to have more. So at first I prepared a list of affiliate networks with many different affiliate programs. There I came up with several platforms that gave me altogether more than 10k affiliate programs to promote. The annoying part was to apply for all the programs if needed and grab all the links.” This is where it all begins. This is the key. He didn’t want to copy-paste links. “I wasn´t picky with the choice of [affiliate] programs that I want to promote. I only went for pure quantity. The more – the better.” But of course he had a developer create a special piece of software for him. No surprises there. How do you imagine Lazy Neo doing manual labour? Is is an impossibility. “Now it´s not only a great platform to use for tens of thousands of affiliate programs. It grabs parameters from the URL and based on the values it redirects and fakes/hides the referrer.” He then solved a bunch of other setbacks and problems along the way. And then even more greed started to set in. “Although I had more than 10k or so affiliate programs to promote they were all from big networks. I wanted to get inhouse programs as well.” Correlation may not mean causation but I’d be damned if it isn’t true for Lazy Neo. The lazier he is the more he gets. The less he works the more he gets. After quite a few juicy details we reach this point in his massive grand finale: “Well, all in all I had XX,XXX affiliate programs to promote.” “I can´t tell the exact number because it were so many and I just didn´t care about it.” Amazing. Astonishing. Striking. Remarkable. Marvelous. %insert_synonym% “Now you probably ask yourself how I could run these campaigns? How did I track it? What was with payments, isn´t it a big mess with so many different programs to work with?” “The truth is that I just didn´t care about all these things.” Listen, this email’s going be bigger than the ever expanding universe if we keep going. Why don’t you just jump in there and feel your jaw drop to the floor. Read the grand Matrix finale here FunnelFlux Shoving People off the Stage to Announce SaaS Papa Zeno has been quiet lately. We had no idea what’s going on with FunnelFlux. Are they working on new stuff? Secretly taking over the world? Making waves? Yes. A FunnelFlux SaaS is coming. And you can sign up for the waiting list and basically run campaigns for free while its being polished. But since I’ve caught some of Neo’s laziness and given the fact that it’s 1:48am right now I’ll just paste in the initial part of the thread below: “Hi all, It has been a while since I have posted an update on STM regarding where FunnelFlux is heading. Well, we can now reset the timer :-) We have been busy working on our SaaS for some time now (Project Flux) -- certainly has taken longer than expected but I am happy to announce that we plan to start rolling out availability in several weeks time, kicking things off at Affiliate World Europe. Now, we are not yet fully launching the product with paid plans. Instead we will have a waitlist and will ask people to assist us with testing the product -- for free of course. So you get free tracking and get to play with a shiny new product, but one that's not yet polished or perfect. During that testing phase we want to identify any critical issues, make our infrastructure more robust, and get feedback on usability -- all of these require getting real people in to run the system through its paces. Our initial product aims to get the basics right, so will not be as complex as FunnelFlux is today but will of course be fine for typical campaigns. We also plan to be very transparent with our roadmap and what we are working on, our infrastructure upgrades, etc. We know many of you are tech-savvy and like to know the details of what's going on behind the scenes. We're very proud of the marketing tech we're building and our plans for the future -- especially how we have designed the infrastructure (it is fast, is only going to get faster) and our UX goals. If you'd like to be one of the first to get access to testing this new technology, you can get on the waitlist here -- Note this is a questionnaire -- the quid pro quo reveals itself :-) We will be selecting people over time from the waitlist and this survey information truly helps us make the product better. It's your chance to vote on what you do and don't want in a tracker, what pisses you off and to give some feedback on the ideas we have for the future roadmap.” Below this bit you’ll see detailed explanations of what the new FunnelFlux SaaS is going to look like, how it’s going to work and what’s going to be added. Good night. FunnelFlux SaaS is Nigh

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♠️ [STM Contest] A Noob’s About to Take STM’s Money ♠️

June 26, 2019

Time-Sensitive STM Contest: 1 Newbie’s About to Take STM’s Money Hello aloha. This is all super-time-sensitive. Due to popular demand we’ve even extended the deadline to July 1st, midnight, EST. That’s 6 days from the 24th. Or fewer days if you’re getting this email a day or two later. Now if you haven’t heard–our very own veteran mod “vortex” (Amy) made an enormous, literal step-by-step guide for newbies looking to make their first washington online. For absolute newbies. Even your mom hasn’t held your hands that much. Meaning it’s for people who have never set foot in the treacherous paid traffic swamps. People who are too scared of trackers, servers, landers, offers and sexy affiliate managers. This is so basic you just grab-a-link-and-paste-it-in-a-traffic-source sort of basic. Yes it got popular quick. And people are making their first dollars online with it as we speak. A bunch of profitable screenshots already posted. You can check it out here: (yes it costs $1, reasons stated on the salespage–did you think this is some sort of a charity?) Anywhom, back to the point. We’ve generously decided to give away the money we’ve made selling this baby at $1 a pop to 1 lucky noob by starting a contest. Requirements below: 1) Be a big newbie. 2) Post your results in this thread here:! 3) Cross your affiliate fingers. To quote Amy’s thread: “If you haven't had your first profitable campaign, or made your first conversion, or haven't even run your first campaign, then here's your chance! (Even if you've had some success running campaigns, you'd be welcomed to enter this contest. But this is mainly for very green newbies.)” … “And the guide is a step-by-step. Almost down to every click and keystroke. With lots of images to illustrate. I've made it so that you'd have absolutely NO excuse NOT to take action.” Not only are we giving away the casheroos but also a dollar-for-dollar matched extra prize and some other stuff too. Though again, this thing closes its doors July 1st, midnight, EST. (Effectively, end of this month.) Jump in Now or go Back to Being a Scaredy Cat Noob Daredevil Takes Low Coin ($500) To Over 100% ROIs Consistently Imagine a crazed Daredevil swinging his white cane all over the place. Eventually he hits someone in the pinky and causes minor discomfort. That’s what happens when you don’t have your superhero skills in check. 5 Franklins is honestly not a ton of paper to be playing around with. Especially with push traffic. If you did all the wrongs things with push traffic those 500 bucks will be gone faster than the wife can figure out a way to throw it all in the wind. Luckily our month old newbie (aptly named “tryhard”) turned out to be one brave Daredevil. He started off a low budget ($500) follow-along 2 months ago. Risky move. Turns out he does have special superhero skills in check after all: - Super organised and detailed thread. - Proper spying done with Adplexity Push (currently free, it’s in beta). Found out what’s working for his GEO in terms of offers/landers and traffic source. - Persistence and determination. - Patience. - Balls. His very first post shows a -20% ROI. Promising start. All of his subsequent posts boast over 100% ROI on average. Week over week. Some days the ROIs are over 150%. There’s even one screenshot with a 436.59% ROI. He split-tested a bunch of offers. Changed aff networks. Tested some more. He was prepared but most importantly he just jumped in and took action. Follow Along This STM Daredevil’s Journey Newbie Finds Green-Lands and Makes Washingtons in Washington It seems like we have a newbie theme going this time around fellas. Buckle up. This is a short one but there’s sweat, blood and tears all over the place. Chris had his fair share of the 9-5 grind. Even a promising job as a railroad conductor. It paid great, he says. Lots of room to grow and a bright future. But I want you to name a single STMer who likes the 9-5 grind. Name one. Name one STMer who hasn’t felt the burnout. It’s the slow progress that kills you in the end. At one point he turned to the fertile lands of the interwebz. He tried direct linking a Clickbank offer on Bing, got no sales and thought he was losing his time. Bear in mind this was when he had 0 clue what he was doing. Personally, I think he left easy money on the table but hey, we’re all happy to grab it for him. Chris then went on to do some Amazon FBA and quickly realized how saturated the market is. And then finally arrived at the STM safe haven and started Amy’s 40-Day tutorial. Yadda yadda and guess what? He just posted his first profitable screenshot. But (if you know forum softwares) this took 3 pages of constant, detailed updates. Soaking in feedback from our resident expert mods and members. Taking action. (this phrase should be embedded in your mind by now). And whaddya know? Another profitable follow along for those who put in the work. Make it Rain in Washington The Push Ads Gravy Train Just Got Diabetes-Level-Sweet What? You’re not doing push traffic? Push may have just become the new pops. But it’s all hush-hush for the time being, so shush please. One of our resident masters and legends Mr. Green just slammed this a few days ago. And the push gravy train just got diabetes-sweet. Obviously we don’t want the wild barbarians of the open internet plundering this gold mine. So you’ll just have to go in and get it yourself if you’re an STM member. But let me just say this: Mr. Green’s special traffic source that has made a lotta people a lotta money has just added: [quote] “mega push subscriber database without sending a single push to it.” Not only could you previously bank cold hard cash by only paying CPA (i.e. per lead/sale). These guys know how to innovate. But now they’re also offering push traffic on a CPM basis and check this out: “It's growing by 1 million + subscribers a day.” Also “As of 2 days ago, this database just became available to the public.” Virtually untapped. Virtually on a first-come-first-serve basis. Your choice. To Bank or Not to Bank Easy Money?

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🛢️Ex Oil Digger Brings in $120k in 10 Days 🛢️ STM Vet Maynzie Drops BH Gold 🥇[Profitable Follow-alongs] Newbies See Green Yet Again 🤑

June 19, 2019

Ex Petroleum Engineer Makes $120k in 10 Days - Started AM on April 1st 2019 “No words for how much my life has changed” That right there’s the title from our ex petroleum engineer. Turned newbie pro affiliate marketer on April 1st just a few months ago. Turns out he’s a natural born affiliate killer. We wrote about his humble beginnings, like, yesterday. Normally when you hear this sort of thing it means it has taken a few years. Blood, sweat, tears, drained bank accounts and a (possibly) unhealthy lifestyle. Well It took this guy 2 months. This is amongst our best STM success stories. Holey-moley, sharpen those ears and listen up: “I wanted to post my story here because I wanted to let everyone know how much my life has changed in the past 2 months. I joined this board and started affiliate marketing April 1st. Here are my results for the past 10 days across 2 voluums.“ “Together, our revenue has been around $120K USD and profits around $77k in 10 days.“ Yeah. You read that right. You thought digging for oil is profitable? Can you do it as fast as you can with AM? Nope. Are the ROIs as high? Nope. Is the initial investment even worth discussing? Nope. Listen, this too has a lot of stressful grinding to it just like Harry (Bruce Willis) from Armageddon and his teammates did on that piece of rock blazing towards mommy Earth. This is what our oil engineer did too. He said he found this 1 person on STM to team up with. It all clicked between them, he says. And the results are astonishing. Faces covered in dirt and oil they persisted: “There was one night after multiple nights of 20 hour per day grinds, we were losing about $1K per day and trying to juggle a bunch of problems.“ A great temptation also showed up amidst darkness and uncertainty - a $120k secure, high paying job offer. He declined. They were in debt too (wire came in late). Now they’ve got oil spraying all over the place every single day. See how the pros drill for green stuff Diplomatic Relations PUSH to $XXX/day Profit Mr. “diplomat” started his follow along on 06.02.2019. He was happily running pops when suddenly push traffic popped up on his radar (pun intended). Well he just posted an update and he brought in $130 in profit. All push traffic, lovely screenshots with green numbers. This successful follow-along trend continues and will continue in the future. Keep an eye open and maybe open a follow along yourself, don’t be a scaredy cat. The ones who have the balls to jump in are the ones who always reap the benefits. You’re backed by affiliate veterans and STM mods (experts). You keep a journal and you hold yourself accountable. (or you can request to be held accountable by us in any way you choose: e.g. “Where are the updates bro? pulls whip”) You make constant progress and every question gets answered along the way. It’s a profitable process for those who put in the work. The success rates are serious. Go check out diplomat’s follow-along right now Borderline depression? Petrified Newbie’s Life Takes a Nasty Turn, Cries for Help This newbie’s gone and done it. Grab some napkins. Next few lines are gonna be rough. “[Backstory] I joined STM in 2016 , i took action many times , never committed to one thing and made it work. I went to AWA twice in 2016 and 2018. Always too much thinking and not enough doing.” You’d think Harry’s job as an oil digger was tough but take a look at this: “I have been just sitting and Killing my life one day at a time , for 3 straight years. Ages 20 to 23 , have been destroyed forever. No friends , no fun , nothing productive .” “Currently i am extremely overweight , in very bad health overall , and supremely low on confidence.” This is scary stuff. IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: If you even think you might be suffering from depression please reach out and seek professional help. This is an extremely serious condition never to be taken lightly. Please read the above lines a few more times. We all go through hardships in life and the world of AM is no exception. It’s so easy to get lost. Analysis-paralysis creates this black hole that keeps pulling you in and at some points it seems there’s no way out. This guy tried so many things and nothing worked: “Starting from 2016 , i have thought and dabbled in the following. Amazon FBA , Dating on Exoclick ,Carrier Billing on Exoclick , (Shopify with Facebook ADS) X3 , 3 failed Unprofitable stores , 1 unprofitable store with Google Shopping , 2 failed Youtube channels trying to promote CPA offers.” “Failed to make any profits.Not completely out of it , but again lost hope.” He completely lost hope and direction. “I want to try BH with Facebook , but can't think of anything as to where to start...“ In cases like these it’s a good idea to try and team up with someone. Talk to someone. Form a mini-mastermind on STM. Join a bunch of groups on FB. Go to small meetups if you can afford it. And so on. “Analysis Paralysis stems from PRESSURE (to succeed under budget and/or time constraints) and DOUBT (including doubting one's own abilities, and/or profits potential of this business). Figure out how to alleviate the pressure and minimize the doubts by instilling positive expectations, and you'll stop over-analysing and start taking action - because action is so much more fun and rewarding!” - quote from Vortex’s special STM thread on Analysis paralysis But it’s not all doom and gloom. Guess who showed up and rescued this scared newbie? (oh and btw, there’s another newbie in the thread with similar issues) Veteran master mod Vortex jumps in the water with a 3166 word post to save the drowning newbies. This is so detailed you just have to check it out yourself. It’s impossible to summarise. Oh and do yourself a favor and read Vortex’s special thread on Analysis paralysis too in the meantime: The cure is here “WAAAAH! BH is a Waste of Time?” More newbies suffering from the BHF syndrome (blackhat-fear-syndrome, I just made that up). BH’s never been easy and lately it’s gotten extremely difficult too. But not impossible. A lotta people are still making a lotta moolah. You just have to pull out the precise equipment–like scalpels and stuff–and tread lightly. Because the FB beast has grown bigger and smarter than ever. And in order to slay it, Mr. Maynzie jumped in this thread with the tools and knowledge necessary to face and defeat The Zucc. “The space has changed a lot this year, if you want to get into it you really need to keep the account costs at a minimum and have access to plenty of them. “ Maynzie and his team have managed to keep ROIs stable and decent over the long term and he’s got just the right recipes listed in his reply. Grab your weapons here and prepare for war

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Lazy STM Neo Enters The Matrix With Free Torrent Traffic ($XXX,XXX Profit)

June 13, 2019

Lazy STM Neo Enters The Matrix With Free Torrent Traffic ($XXX,XXX Profit) Mr. Anderson we meet again. Our resident extremely lazy STM Neo, “twinaxe”, strikes again with another one of his crazy stories. It seems he really is the chosen lazy one. This happened way back in 2005 and continued on to 2012. One sunny day our Neo was happily relaxing on his sofa (while being fed grapes by 10 beautiful ladies), as he did every other day, when suddenly his mind ushered a slow, lazy, paradoxical thought - he decided he wanted to make money without having to work. Here’s how his thoughts whooshed by: “First thing that came to my mind was that I need visitors to my website so I need to find a way to get them. Next thing was that I then of course also need a website. Third thing was that I need something to promote. At that time I was using torrents to download stuff anyway and saw that good torrents were downloaded by many people. The traffic part was solved, I decided to upload torrents and drive the users to my website.” How simple. How simple indeed. It seems the lazier he is the more brilliant his ideas come out. He gets so petrified of manual labour that he’d do absolutely anything to avoid it like the plague. What follows in this golden piece of a thread are screenshots of ancient, extremely simple landers, a brilliant approach to making movie torrents that won’t get you in trouble with anyone, adult ads, Layer ads, tons of laziness and a pinch of brilliance. Lookie here: “That upload made me around €5k profit from only few hours seeding. Altogether that upload alone made more than €8k. From only 1 1/2 hours work.” I mean, seriously: “That gave me so much free time I could spend and enjoy with other stuff. Just hanging around for example 😀 But even these 1-2 hours work per month were too much for me. I didn´t want to work at all for that money. So I did some brainstorming and thought about ways how to reduce the workload even more.” Spoilers: He delivers. He took it to a whole new level and then out of laziness automated the entire process too. There’s Python scripts involved, VPSs, sneaky tricks and just about anything to avoid having to work more than 1-2 hours a month, even that’s too much for Lazy Neo. Learn the ways of Lazy Neo Yourself RIght Here Tired Agency Media Buyer Sees Green As Solo Affiliate This guy started a follow along literally a few days ago. He says he’s tired of the agency model and wanted to have a modest go on his own as an affiliate. With his own money. Obviously he chose push traffic as it’s the easiest barrier to entry of the bunch. As is customary he got feedback from our expert mods and guess what? Just 3 days later he hit the green. How shocking! That was sarcasm. Point being is that the success rates of our follow alongs are extremely high. You’ve got the perfect distraction-free environment, experts on demand and you’re being held accountable for your actions. Action being the main money-keyword here. If you don’t do it nobody else will do it for you. Simple as that. Now go and subscribe to this guy’s follow along One Scared Marc Williams eCom Newbie vs Expert Mod Vortex Hadouken! “I’ve dipped in and out of the forum for years and never taken action on one thing (tyre kicker, window shopper)! This year I decided that I was going to take action and try something at least. Ecommerce seemed to offer the lowest barrier to entry so I thought I’d start there” - Marc Williams Don’t do that, kids. Either take action or go back to flipping burgers. Marc got brave and conquered his fears. Anywhom, the fruits of his labour have now been posted. And the looks are OK-ish. But: “ I’ve been sending paid traffic (Google and Bing) for about a week, only gotten around 160 visits but no sales, have had a few add to carts.” The next reply is our very own veteran vortex (Amy) jumping in and K.O.-ing Marc with a massive reply. One we could easily turn into a paid PDF and charge hundreds if not thousands for. Here’s the low-down: Amy’s research shows there’s demand and potential for Marc’s products. (lots of screenshots here from various tools) Demographics covered Extremely detailed advice on how to improve the entire setup: What do people LIKE about the products? How are people benefiting from certain features? What gripes do people have? What questions are people asking? A unique angle, one that has proven profitable for Vortex, gets revealed UVP advice. %insert more advice here% Marc’s reply? “Wow! Thanks Amy that's a lot of feedback to work through, I really appreciate it” Go work through the feedback here Should You Get Mobile, Tablet and Desktop Traffic To Kiss Each Other? @sprice on STM tells he’s scaling his first successful camp on Revcontent, closing in on $1k/day spend consistently. But then he wonders on whether he should get mobile/tablet/desktop traffic to kiss each other or split them in different camps. If you haven’t been to the AW conferences there was a speech by Ralfs who absolutely recommends to split them all up and not let them kiss. A bunch of other experts down the thread swear by the same. It’s a yes but also an “it depends” type of answer. Check here and form your own conclusions Affiliate Managers in Short Supply at Direct Affiliate Blatant, shameless promotion for our brothers and sisters over at AffJobs. They are part of the iStack familia after all and we thought we’d give them a hand. The fellas over at DirectAffiliate are in short supply of affiliate managers. They need more hands, so they posted a job on AffJobs. Listen, being an affiliate manager can be a pretty sweet spot. 1. You get paid to do affiliate stuff. 2. You build capital. 3. You get to see what affiliates run and you talk to tons of people on a daily basis. You see landers, offers, you talk about campaigns and you see big numbers. You learn the ins-and-outs of the industry and you get paid to do it. And you make extremely valuable connections in the meantime. This gig can actually be 100% remote too - so you can work from your mom’s basement if you wish. Go check it here: Want to be an affiliate manager? Go ye here

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