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STM London Meetup 5th Feb!

By Administrator • January 15, 2018

STM London Meetup: 5th Feb! "Join us for quality networking, amazing atmosphere, and last but certainly not least, a value packed panel on "The State Of Facebook Ads in 2018"" Review (1) Year Of Native Stats [Top Ads 2017, Top Networks 2017, List of Top Referrers ] "I believe I'm not the only one to think that 2017 was an important year for Native advertising in general. It was the year during which Native Ads went viral and everyone tried to jump on the running train and a seat." Tutorial Using Shopify With Conventional Affiliate Tracking (S2S / Postback) "Want fully-automated conversion tracking from Shopify to your affiliate tracker? Read this." Can I Make 1 Million Dollars With Crypto? Let's Find Out! An STMer sets out on an epic cryptocurrency journey - and sparks off a fascinating discussion of crypto trading amongst experienced STMers. Review POP Traffic: 45+ Billion Visits in Just 365 Days! "But, what happened during 2017? Which countries had the hottest converting traffic? Who supplied affiliate marketers with good converting offers? What about traffic sources? What traffic volumes did they serve and from which publishers? To better answer these questions, let’s get into a detailed review based on the information we found on two of the top rated Ad Intelligence platforms in the affiliate industry – Adplexity Mobile and SimilarWeb." That Feeling of Printing Money - 1100% ROI "I don't know what kind of business can give you ROI in a day like this, selling drugs?" If You Fail To Plan You Plan To Fail. What Is Your Ultimate Goal/Vision for 2018? "What are your goals for this year and how bad do you want it? How much are you willing to stake on it? And what resolve have you put in place to achieve your goals? How serious are you?" Need Advice for my targeting approaches Vortex offers advice on how to start narrowing down the dizzying array of choices AM offers you. Guide: When Campaign Performance Dives "For pop camps, when a profitable campaign suddenly stops being profitable, it's usually due to either the OFFER or the TRAFFIC." Top 10 Geopolitical Risks for 2018 "As globe-trotting, digital-nomadding affiliates, we're more able to adjust and react to world events than most. And that means it's a good idea for us to be aware of them. "

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Festive Tips From STM!

By Administrator • December 29, 2017

Spent $10k last Christmas to gain affiliates. $280k return so far "Although I received 1 response from the candy canes, the cowboy hats brought in about 50% response rate, all positive. People love cowboy hats and this was the best conversation starter ever, some people even requested I send more for their team members!" A Popads campaign suddenly stop converting completely, possible cause? "Pop camps will die for no reason - it's very frustrating, but is normal (and unfortunately, increasingly so....) Try these: 1)Do a bot test to see if the placements that were converting well before, now has large percentages of bot traffic. 2)Set up a duplicate camp..." Why is first conversion the most important "Many guys don't realize, there is less difference in making 1k a day and 10k a day than is there from making 0 to making 100 bucks a day." Postback tracking shopify "Below is a starter for 10 that you can use for simple server-to-server (s2s) conversion tracking. I've tested it with voluum and it works." How To Find This Thread? A quick guide to finding things in STM's massive archives. A Killer FB Marketing Technique: Manychat Contests "It's working incredibly well on Amazon, and it costs almost nothing to give away 5 units in return for several hundred people on your list." The Explanation For Bitcoin In 2017 "The gross gambling market yield in 2016 was 450 billion U.S. dollars, under very tightly regulated conditions. Bitcoin just blew that market wide open." The Future of Native Media Buying Rob Gryn, founder of Voluum, recommends some resources on bot detection and prevention.

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Lessons from $1bn Ad Spend

By Administrator • December 19, 2017

The Future of Native Media Buying "I thought I would share what I’ve learned over the last 2.5 years since I made the decision to build Voluum DSP. To give you some background on the ‘market research’ that led to the decision to build a DSP: a few years ago I had one of our devs pull a report to see how much ad spend we were tracking in Voluum TRK and to my astonishment it was close to $1 billion." AWA 2017 is over and it was AMAZING!!! :) "Let me post some pics to refresh everyone's memories And please, in case you got some good ones yourself, post them here, to show those who didn't attend, why they shouldn't make the same mistake again " Facebook Scaling Mastery - Turn Your Affiliate Career Into a REAL Business! "If you really want to make money, no matter what traffic source you are using, you need to know how to scale! Having a one or two profitable campaigns is not enough, you need to have deep understanding of the scaling process." Facebook to Launch More BMs per Account "You now have option for more than two BMs within one Facebook!" 2017 ... what a year ... slime beats bitcoin! "Every single one of these has been used as an offer or an angle for affiliates to make lots of money this year." I get blocked on Facebook when I promote sweeps offers using AdsBridge. Why? "You get the clicks from FB Ad manager to the prelander, you get the clicks/conversions from prelander to campaign from network/advertiser/adsbridge dashboard." Case Study $9000+ in 4 Days with Email Marketing on Black Friday "Email marketing is dead. You'll hear this every time whenever you start thinking about starting an email marketing campaign. Even I read this on many blogs and forums. But something which intrigued me was my own behaviour." What to do on facebook? AWA left me more clueless than before STM's experts de-confuse the issue. Black or white hat? What vertical? And more.

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Simple Campaign => $150k Rev

By Administrator • December 05, 2017

Case Study Turkey: Simple offers + Simple LP + Popular sources = $150k rev. "Today I want to show you my results with Turkey. It's a very good GEO for POP traffic..." Introducing the STM Levels and Points System "As you must have noticed, over the past few weeks, select forum members have been assigned STM badges that say "LVL 10" or "LVL 9" or "LVL 8" on them. Today we have rolled out these badges to the rest of the community. In this post I'll explain how the system works." eCommerce Cookbook - Other PAID Traffic Sources For eCommerce "And so, we've come to the end of the Cookbook! In this last section, we'll look at the big, bold world out there beyond Facebook for traffic generation." Segmentation using Psychographics "Not sure exactly how you're intending to apply this because lots of affiliates are using psychographics in different ways, but since this is in the copywriting section, I'll put in my two cents. " The biggest FB Mistakes "If I were to choose my biggest ever mistakes for FB ads, that is..." How To Set A Goal: Specifics "Like the fact that you want to buy your mom a house, but as far as goals go, as it is now, this is difficult to quantify. So, you need to define your goal better, check what you need to do and then see if it would work. Example..." Traveling while logging into Business Manager Some tips on how to travel and not get your account blocked. Tips For An Unsuccessful Campaign An experienced affiliate gives a newbie tons of tips on what to do NEXT after their first campaign. Comment management Should you hide comments or not? FBQueen gives her take. How relevant are the guides from 2016-2015-2014? "The fundamentals in AM remain the same, for many many years. I'm in the game for 20 years already and I can confirm that many techniques and approaches that we started with, are still valid to date." Newbie going to AWA BKK. How Can I make deals? "Just a few general tips from my end ... 1. It doesn't cost any money to ask, so ask as much questions as you can. 2..."

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Think Again About Adwords AM!

By Administrator • November 21, 2017

New Adwords features promise better targeting! "If you counted AdWords out due to the lack of specificity in it’s targeting options and reporting data, you’re in luck. You can now target with incredible data that competes with the likes of Twitter and Facebook’s custom audiences. " Adwords white hat offers "I have been running white hat CPL offers through Adwords for the past 12 years. One thing I have realised over that time is that not everything works, and for a campaign to make serious money for you (I have had lots of these but also some which have lost money), it has to be either..." Help! Advertiser Wants $20,000 Reversed! The STM community leaps into action to help out an affiliate facing a major advertiser dispute. Must-read advice. First Decent Profit Camp! "Small success, but feels good! This was a sweeps+pops camp." Cost of shipping for dropshipping from China will go up - new rules in 2018 "Shipping from China has been cheap - very cheap. And that will change to some extent with the new rules and cost" Follow Along eCommerce Newbie - Time to Get Serious - Page 2 A quick tip on what's working for one eCommerce store Tip Crypto Investment - HODL / Back Tester Spreadsheet "Found a great "tool" spreadsheet, to run backtests on crypto investments. Might be an eye opener to some." First month result - Page 2 "Getting back to the campaign turned out to be a right decision, my first xx/day campaign, a huge milestone for me. " The Robust Marketer - Episode 16 With Tim Burd The Robust Marketer interviews the Facebook expert Tim Burd Where to scale from POF? A quick tip for anyone looking to scale up from the old POF platform.

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Seven-Figure Secrets Of AMAZON in 2017

By Administrator • November 14, 2017

What's Working for Amazon FBA 2017 - Tips and Tricks responsible for 7 Figures "Over the past year, I've helped run some of the most successful brands on Amazon. Here are some quick optimizations and strategies you can implement today on Amazon FBA and increase sales. " eCommerce Cookbook EXTRA - Advanced Customer Service "If you want to take your customer service to the next level - read on! " Aliexpress TV campaign for 11-11 and aliexpress haul videos "All interesting stuff which can teach you a lot!" Case Study Let's Bring Metal to the Battle: Shotgun vs. Sniper Method "Here are my thoughts on how to enter the battle of becoming profitable in two totally seperate ways, SHOTGUN vs SNIPER!" E-Commerce: Wal-Mart to Amazon arbitrage "The two best books for anyone that wants to get started with Amazon Arbitrage (and how I got first got started on Amazon)..." Day 18-19: Introduction to Landing Pages Vortex's mega-tutorial gets into some deep, meaty topics! Follow Along Student's Journey through the 6 Week AMC "So the bittersweet journey of the 6 week challenge has come to an end. It was a wild ride, fraught with turbulence from interior and exterior forces. Nothing like a short 6-week burst of activity to help define character. " Whiteboard markers or how to create original content through research "This is a very interesting article on the topic of...whiteboard markers. And it's not the intention of the article, but it shows you how you can create interesting content."

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The Journey To Eight Figures: A HUGE Follow-Along on STM. And More

By Administrator • October 24, 2017

Follow Along The WTF project - No shopify, no dropshipping, no facebook A HUGE follow-along from one of STM's experts: "The goal has been set to go from low 7 figures to 8 figures within 5 years with a net profit exceeding 15%, while running with no involvement in daily ops, thanks to processes." Follow Along: Student's Journey through the 6 Week AMC "Im a long time lurker, but figured I want to give you a quick heads up as to what to except after the course, that way your prepared for the challenges to come. Everyone gets hyped during, but honestly i dont see too many people talking about what happens after, so here i am to let you know my experience." Tip: Remember to think seasonal in eComm! "We're coming up to a whole bunch of holidays just now - so remember that when you're looking at products and copy! " (Read the whole thread!) Is it still possible to do SEO on google in 2017/2018 ? The STM community's experts answer this question: is SEO still doable? When your cute product idea turns into a 47-year tradition for a major nation... "Next time you're wondering whether that idea you came up with at 2am is worth running - remember this..." Do you Make Landing Page Headlines Congruent With Your AD? Examples Below Specific examples of how to tailor headlines together Aliexpress currently reaches 29% of online population in the Netherlands "This doesn't mean dropshipping is dead, but it does mean that you need to look beyond the opportunities you see now."

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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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