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ClickSure Offers An Innovative Experience Which Redefines Performance Marketing

Looking for a convenient, profitable home to easily manage your digital product? Are you an affiliate and want to promote top converting digital offers and benefit from expert, step by step training?

ClickSure could be the perfect choice.

ClickSure is a global self-service affiliate and digital marketing platform, with a marketplace reaching over 110 countries.

Affiliates, Vendors, and Advertisers can all partner with clients from across the globe, to tap into new market opportunities, while building their traffic and growing their revenues.

Most importantly, unlike other networks ClickSure believes in the power of connecting people.

They allow everyone to communicate with each other directly, which means no more ‘middleman network’ headaches, just direct communication to keep things simple.

Here’s all you need to know . . .

Affiliates:

  • Easy to get started with no sign-up fees and a huge marketplace
  • High converting offers with weekly payouts including CPA
  • Simple to use interface with in-depth analytics, reporting and reliable tracking technology
  • Amazing support with marketing resources, tools, dedicated support team and account managers
  • Speak directly to the Advertisers to ensure the best commissions and effective communication

As a ClickSure Affiliate, you can choose from a huge and diverse range of popular, top converting offers, with a wide range of payment models including CPA, CPL and Mobile.

You’ll get 24/7 support from our experienced and very friendly team, including access to 2 dedicated account managers on Skype and all the expert, step by step training you need to succeed.

Advertisers:

  • Self-service advertising network to run your own affiliate program
  • Communicate and work directly with 460,000+ affiliates for huge traffic and reach
  • Cutting edge tools to track, analyze and optimize campaigns
  • Full turnkey affiliate reporting and payments solutions
  • Affiliate commissions, KYC documentation and cross-border payouts are all taken care of
  • Enjoy peace of mind with industry leading fraud monitoring analytics and powerful 3rd party monitoring partners such as Forensiq

As an Advertiser or Vendor, you have full control over your campaigns as it’s your business, ClickSure just provide the platform and support to successfully grow it.

So you can enjoy the freedom of a self-service platform, simple set-up, only pay when you make a sale, enlist an army of affiliates and obviously enjoy complete safety and security.

Whether you’re an Affiliate, Advertiser or Vendor, click here to sign up for ClickSure right now and enjoy all the benefits of a well-established, forward thinking network and a vibrant, success breeding community.

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10 Most Common Mistakes Newbies Make In Internet Marketing

We have all been there, living on the high of the most recent seminar that we attended or the newest top-selling self improvement book that we read.   We throw caution to the wind and just jump.  Of course that jump might not have been a gigantic leap but none the less it was at the very least a hobble towards making it as an internet marketer.   The problem is most of us, like any newbie, made some rather big mistakes when we were just getting started.

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Let’s take a peak at just the top ten:

  1. Information Overload  When first starting out, if you aren’t careful, the vast amount of information can be come overwhelming and a bit daunting.   Take each piece of information in one piece at a time.  Set a goal for yourself to read or listen to something new x times a week, and keep the goal.  If the cloud of information seemingly becomes to much to handle, then take a break, step back, and reset your brain.
  2. Unrealistic Results  Can you make money at internet marketing? Heck yes!  But will this income just drop in your lap overnight  like that big fake check from Ed McMahon? Heck NO! Just like the majority of life, it’s going to take time, diligence, and yes.. that nasty word: Work.  Not to fret though, you too can have that shiny new sports car just like your favorite Guru.
  3. Procrastination  This comes back to setting clear and concise goals for yourself.   Mark down on your schedule short and long term goals along with how  you intend to keep them.
  4. Did Not Get Own Domain No, they aren’t free, but they are incredibly cheap!  You can secure your own domain for as little as $7.99 per year and obtain minimal hosting for the same price per month.   Sure, you could sign up for a free Blogger or WordPress site, but you will be giving up ranking, control, and possible long-term income if you do.
  5. Did Not Become Product Creator  While Affililiate Marketing is ideally the best place for a newbie to start, learn the ropes, and make their first few bucks.  It’s not necessarily a long term solution to a steady income.  Once you get in there and figure out what you are doing, the product creation is simply the next phase to follow.
  6. Did Not Focus On List Building   These words can often be heard coming out of my mouth when explaining my business to someone outside of the industry: “A internet marketers list is pretty much gold!”   Thank of it has having several people sitting in your living room everyday just waiting to be marketed to.   If you build your list carefully, your subscribers will not only trust you, but value your opinion.  This of course equates to money in the bank for you.
  7. Send Untarget Traffic   Would you try and sell garlic to a vampire?  No, of course not.  Then why should you try and harness untargeted traffic to purchase something they are simply not interested in? Qualify your buyers and watch those sales numbers fly off the charts.
  8. Treating It As A Hobby Instead of A Business  Commit yourself to your cause.  This too comes back to setting clear and concise goals for yourself.   If you truly wish to make it in the in
  9. ternet marketing realm, you need to start looking at it as a doable choice not just an option.
  10. Try To Work Alone  Shyness simply doesn’t work in this business.   Reach out to others on forums, blogs, and even at those fancy seminars you attend.   Network!
  11. No Mentor  For goodness sake, ask for help!  This is much like driving around a city that you have never been to, becoming lost, and refusing to ask for directions.  That’s just silly.  A qualified mentor will help you avoid these and many more newbie pitfalls before they even happen.

What kinds of mistakes did you make when you were starting out? Have you learned anything from them? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below.

 

 

 

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The Brand-New Mobidea Academy is now Live!

Mobidea is one of the most innovative affiliate networks around, having proved its status as a trailblazer some months ago, upon releasing an amazing new platform with Tracker Capabilities.

Now, the mobile affiliate network is at it again.

Proving that its bet on education continues to be a remarkable investment, Mobidea has announced that a new Mobidea Academy has now been released.

Users can now explore one of the most popular educational platforms in the industry.

From now on, users can discover a whole new platform which has a responsive and colorful design, as well as a number of fantastic surprises for both newbies and more experienced marketers.

This brand-new Mobidea Academy can boast about a video section. This is where affiliates from all over the world can watch videos in which important aspects of the affiliate network are explained.

These “Learn the Platform” videos are basically guides for affiliates to watch.

The company can also brag about the creation of Learning Paths which are basically sets of articles.

Each article set – Learning Path – has a particular level of difficulty.

This will effectively allow affiliates to actually be educated by the network, starting from posts created for beginners until they reach much more complex articles. This is quite the tool, as it clearly ensures affiliates get an education that’s well structured.

The Affiliate Guides are also a new addition to the Mobidea Academy. Users will have the chance of inserting their email and of getting a free guide focused on affiliate marketing, native advertising, media buying, etc.

The Affiliate Glossary is another absolutely unprecedented page which will certainly help affiliates understand all the information the industry has to offer.

The new Mobidea Academy is a tremendous educational investment.

One that Mobidea is more than happy to make.

Now, the time has come for you to actually check this new platform!

Experience a new Mobidea Academy!

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Why small businesses should use content marketing [Infographic]

There is no doubt about it, content marketing is often the saving grace for many small businesses or affiliate marketers that simply don’t have a lot of dough to throw at other means of advertising. On the flip side, content marketing could and is often a complete waste of time.

According to the infographic put out by Muffin Marketing, it can definitely drive traffic to your site for years and years to come if it is done right.

You have read it before, and I’m sure you are going to read it again – the key is in the quality of your content. If you churn out material that is laden with fluff, lousy writing, and irrelevant subject matter, your brand will undoubtedly not only not grow but suffer from your poor judgement.

View the infographic below for a heads up on just how to navigate the jungle of content marketing.

 

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Budgeting in Affiliate Marketing – How to use money as a tool and not get controlled by them.

The million dollar question: I want to become an affiliate marketer, but what budget should I start with?

Effective budgeting is what fuels successful companies, so also Affiliate Marketers. Successful affiliates budget accordingly, starting with the overall budget, broken down into campaign budgets. The overall budget it’s important because it gives you an overall capping to work with and this way you will have control also over your personal budget. The most important rule is to make sure your personal budget is less than your overall budget, in that way you have enough funds for re-investing into diversification and scaling.

You should look at your affiliate business like a stock portfolio, you need diversity in order to have cash-flow. Most successful affiliates dedicate a percentage of their overall budget to testing new campaigns, another percentage for scaling high ROI campaigns and the rest to keep rolling the “safe” campaigns.  If you are just getting started you need to focus on testing just one campaign at a time, but not exceeding the budget allocated for that particular campaign. There is a safe way that you can take, the BitterStrawberry’s global SmartLink that will provide automatic campaign optimization, the most complex targeting on the market and solutions for any miss-targeted traffic. All of this is done through a Performance Benchmarked System, which redirects traffic through more than 16 parameters such as country, device, ISP, connection type, etc. always pushing more volume to the offer that has the best C.R & EPC. You just need to sit back and enjoy the results! In this way you obtain the needed amount of liquid capital that you will need to scale up using the HybridLink, for complex targeting, or to focus entirely on specific campaigns with no dynamic payouts in the MarketPlace.

BitterStrawberry team is testing thousands of offers every day at the same time, but if you are just starting you should begin testing them one by one, not all at the same time, like we mentioned before. A decent initial budget is around $5000, so you can use around $4000 for creating campaigns, but you still have $1000 to test other offers and afford doing mistakes. For sure, the bigger the budget, the more tests you’ll be able run. But, if your budget is only $300 and you have to spend $99 a month for the tracker, and $50 for hosting, you’ll have only $150 testing budget. In general, for the cheapest and low quality traffic you pay 2$ for 1000 clicks and you will be able to test 2 campaigns max with that traffic. For quality traffic you pay around 8-10 $ for 1000 clicks and if you count also the 10% difference in click between the source and the offer, another 5-8% traffic outside the target you will not have a lot left to optimize. So, you either consider the lower CPC or increase your budget from additional sources. But, keep in mind that testing it has a high importance.

Basically there are three different variables where you should use testing: offers, landing pages and ads. The difference between a successful affiliate marketer and a newbie depends also on how many of these you are able to test. And the difference is made by the budget again. But you can fight the limitation of the budget with a good strategy. And we can help again! BitterStrawberry’s free platform delivers performance, 12.000 highest conversion direct offers, optimization and last, but not least, custom guidance from experienced Affiliate Managers. Make an account and your dedicated Affiliate Manager will contact you to ask you for more info so together you can make a custom strategy depending on your traffic source and budget. 

Start with the right GEO’s for you!

Generally, in online marketing, geos are defined in Tiers. There are 3 major ones: “Tier 1” geos which are considered to be the most competitive and generally have the highest rates, “Tier 3” geos which are less competitive with smaller rates and “Tier 2” geos that are somewhat in the middle.

If you’re asking what classifies them as most competitive, or less competitive, here is a short comparison:
Tier 1 geos are more regulated, especially in regards to carrier billing flows, due to the maturity level they reached over time. Most affiliates run them for their more than average –to – high payouts. Among the Tier 1 countries we can name Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, UK and USA.
Tier 2 & 3 geos are not that much targeted by marketers, but their markets are still growing. Payouts are not nearly as high as Tier 1 countries, but due to the market expanding you can get conversion rates of up to 1/10. This makes Tier 2 & 3 countries a good way to start, as traffic is way cheaper compared to Tier 1. But that shouldn’t mean you have to disregard Tier 1! Once you have a critical budget to target Tier 1 countries, include them in your mix! If we would name a few Tier 2 countries these would be: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, El Salvador, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Romania, Paraguay & Portugal. If we made you curious about Tier 3, here are a few examples: Iran, Kuwait, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Syria & Zimbabwe.

In general, it’s good to test 10 geos, pick 3-5 best ones and scale up your traffic sources without adding new ones, just clone your campaigns. Some Traffic Sources have predefined rules to limit campaigns on a specific targeting, so by multiplying your campaigns can get you additional volumes.

As we mentioned earlier, you should start with geos that are easy to convert. For example, if your starting budget is $1000 and you’re able to break even, you can have two choices.  You can run a campaign that pays out $100 and you will have 10 conversions. This is good. On the other hand, if you run a campaign that pays out $1, you will have 1000 conversions, you will earn that same amount of money, but the most important part is that you will have more data. What you can do with it? You can do more split-tests and you will learn affiliate marketing. This is playing smart.

If you have a low budget, you should choose offers with $5 or $10 so you give yourself enough time to be convinced your campaign is set up right and that everything is tracking properly.

Preservation of budget is key to everything, but there’s no high reward with small risk. While for CPC doing brokerage and selling at a higher CPC brings you ROI (if you have good connections), when doing CPA, CPL, CPI, users interest is the decision maker here. So setting a budget that allows you to collect actionable data on is crucial!
One more important thing! Be sure to always ASK what are the top geos EVERY DAY! There are opportunities that come and go fast, you don’t want to lose them! Register to BitterStrawberry platform and you get a daily email with top geos and offers and your life becomes easier.

If you’re a publisher and you’re not equipped with geo-targeting or carrier detection tools and you don’t want to send traffic altogether, but to advertise more efficiently to your visitors in the countries that have the best performance, let us know. We have a custom solution to only serve ads to your most eligible for conversion users, while all the rest of your visitors enjoy your quality content.

If you do relevant testing, our advice is to search out new traffic sources, maybe even consider FLAT BUYS from new traffic sources.

Keep an eye on the billing flow. 

Focus on lower payout offers & easy billing flow. Despite the Psychological Effect high offer payouts have on you, you actually CAN make a ton more money with them! The Conversion Flow is the most important to look for when hunting for offers.

While high-payout offers delights you with having fewer sales to generate to reach good payments, the higher the payout they offer, the more complicated the conversion flow is.

While converting on high payout Tier 1 offers is quite tricky and requires serious budget & a lot of testing, Tier 3 countries have opportunities such as Single Click Flows offers. The user lands on the offer and has to click “I agree” or “Subscribe” and you are in the game. Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico and a big part of Arab countries are a gold mine if you know how to work them out properly.

Keep in mind that not all the best offers for you will have a high payout. You can have a profit of 10K by running $50 offers. The payout is not always an indicator for the best offer. The most important part is the conversion. If the clicks are cheap and the offer converts well, it can be surprisingly good.

That’s all for the moment, guys! Most important is not to lose your focus and don’t set as your only target to be becoming a millionaire in few months. Give yourself time to learn, use your budget smart and if you have questions, get in touch, we would love to answer them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Things Pay Per Call Affiliates Forget to Do When They Finally Start Crushing It.

As a pay per call marketer, the beginning stages can feel like a grind, but eventually you will reach an “Ah Ha” moment where you finally begin to really get it. A big weight of anxiety begins to lift as you see the profits start stacking up monthly as your campaigns become optimized. The truth is that not everyone can reach this level of success and end up giving up too soon before they can experience this moment. In an ever-changing technology landscape, being able to do this everyday, and make a living at that, is quite the accomplishment. When you finally start crushing it with pay per call, remember these 3 tips that most people completely overlook:

Anticipate Day to Day Fluctuations

There are good days and there are bad days. Campaigns might have to be paused, your calls might drop due to a flooded call center, or competitors might creep in to drive up your average cost per call. Whatever the case, experienced pay per call marketers are prepared. You should consider looking for backup buyers and a diverse source of traffic when things are going good so that it isn’t too big of a shock when things, inevitably, start to go badly. You should also track your income and profitability trends on a monthly basis to help even things out in the event that you have a rough day or week. Many people track this on a daily basis. This is normal, but it could cause some unnecessary stress on a bad day. Tracking your workload monthly will paint a better picture as well as give you an idea of what you can plan for the next month and the remainder of the year.

Prepare for The Government’s Cut

No one is immune from the government and its tax requirements. What do you think is going to happen when they send you request for payment and you reply with, “Sorry, I spent it all at the Spearmint Rhino while at the Affiliate Summit.” The Government likes to get paid first and not planning ahead for tax payments is the single, biggest mistake that rookie publishers make. Thus, take a lesson from those who have suffered the consequences and do what is necessary to ensure you won’t go broke in the Spring. One piece of advice is that you might want to consult with an accountant at regular intervals throughout the year so that they may guide you on a proper tax strategy. When I was a solo pay per call marketer, I made sure to treat my operation like an actual business. I opened up a business checking/savings account and signed up for a business credit card with cash rewards or airline miles – Adwords and Facebook expenses can rack up credit card points fast! Also, I never mixed my personal and business accounts. All business expenses came out of my business accounts and I made sure to include an explanation for each transaction as this could be used as a defense against any IRS audits. I hate to hear stories of pay per call marketers who were making $20K+/month profit only to end up broke come tax time because they didn’t plan for a big tax bill.

Structure The Day

People used to always tell me how lucky I was to be able to create my own hours and work from home, but without a proper structure to your day, productivity really takes a back seat and anxiety sets in. One way to hone in that anxiety and keep your production high is to set up a structure to your day, week, and month. A sample of my morning structure that I adapted from Miracle Morning and use to win each day and stay motivated is below:

  • 1 – 6:00AM wake up and immediately drink 1 liter of water
  • 2 – 6:10AM eat a balanced breakfast with some coffee.
  • 3 – 6:30AM Set aside 10 mins for each task:
    • Meditate
    • Affirm my goals using the formula “In order to achieve “X goal”, I am committed to doing “X”, “X times per week, until “X Date” – Be as specific as possible and your subconscious will do the rest.
    • Visualize what I want out of business/life.
    • Read or listen to something positive.
    • Write out a “Power List”. This is a list of the top 5 critical tasks that I need to get done during the day in order to achieve my goals.
  • 7:30AM Exercise for 45min to 1 hour.
  • 8:30AM Shower and get to the office by 9:00AM, ready to absolutely destroy my day.

During my actual work day, I focus on the tasks that were outlined on my “Power List” which serves as a guide for my focus and energy. You will start to notice that over time, your focus becomes sharper and your productivity levels go through the roof! Make time to listen to some podcasts during your day as well. A few great ones to get into are the MFCEO Project, Origin of Man, and Perpetual Traffic.

Being able to work from home surely has its perks. You create your own hours, lounge in your pajamas and so much more. However, independent contractors need the skills necessary to plan for fluctuation, tax bills and organization. Without taking these major components into consideration, you will crash and burn quickly. There is a little extra work involved with working on your own, as contrary as it may seem. You have to maintain the mindset that all your days will be different, but with the right preparation, you will have the tools to make it in this business, successfully.

 

 

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How to Protect Your Profit in the Affiliate Industry

By Moris Katzobashvili, Sales Director Edge226

Moris holds over 5 years of experience in the industry, Supply and Demand Master, Consulting Startups, Senior Ad-Networks, Affiliate Networks and SSP’s, B2B Leader in company growth and in exploring new verticals. 

ROI, Margin, Profit, Revenues – We measure our entire network and business success in a one simple line with a $ sign next to it. But behind that bottom line there are numerous parameters that inflect our performance and monthly earnings.

Most of us are familiar with the common and obvious factors such as media cost, employees, office expenses etc.  Although we must not avoid the hidden parameters that are effecting our cash flow without us even noticing it.

Neutralize Scrubs

Whether you are on the Affiliate side or the Advertising side, when closing on your billing cycle 15th of each month you are preparing yourself for an all-out war against scrubs. “Everybody goes through it”, we say to ourselves in the back of our mind, and all is left for us to do is to reduce the deduction as much as we can. So how can we limit scrubs amount to the minimum?

Before taking any active steps practical we must change our mindset, we need to become the proactive side and stop being passive. Our main goal should be finding a quick and reliable process for detecting immediate suspicious traffic sources in real time, easily disable these sources and notify your partners.

Now you can use Echo226 Mobile and Affiliate All-in-One Platform to gain back control with quality management enhanced feature-set like: Automatically pausing affiliate with low CR, or Multi fraud protection tools reports integrated to Echo’s platform in real time. With that kind of power, you can diminish the number of scrubs by preventing them in real time.

API – Can Make You or Brake You

Personal relationships in the Affiliate Industry has its benefits but for scaling up your numbers there is no other choice but automated workflows. API has become a huge “Buzz” word in our industry so no need to present its importance here, but how to use its endless productive possibilities is a completely different thing.

Beside the ability to pull the full offer information from partners with a press of a button, we need an API service we can trust. I cannot stress this enough, but a malfunctioning API could be the reason for closing your network with trail of very angry partners behind. When you decide to depend on a machinery to do your manual work, make sure it can handle your missions. Echo’s API is the only product in the industry with API Per User and not Per Network, meaning it’s the most powerful API tool for demand collector, reporting API and Live Bulk API.

Syndicate Your Affiliate Tools

If you are in this business long enough, you have probably heard about the Pareto principle more than once. Many affiliate networks had translated this principle into overwhelming their team with affiliate tools for testing, measurement and endless unique features that they must have. But instead of investing time on their core business, affiliate networks have started to get lost in the woods of multi-platform and tools that may increase profit for a specific account in the short term, however it’s a huge deviation from the right Pareto path.

With Echo226 All-in-One Platform there is no need to use different affiliate tools and having to sign in and out from numerous platforms to get the full picture. All information is available in one place. Now you can plan, deliver and optimize based on information on one platform, one dashboard – One Place.

There is a simple reason why Echo’s platform answers all the key issues regarding the affiliate network’s needs. We have entered this market after years as experienced SAAS product providers, and when the performance world was controlled by Right Media and Appnexus (remember them? :)) we came and changed the game. Now we have come to change the Affiliate Network industry with our All-in-One Platform. Give us a chance to show you how it is a game changer both professionally and financially. 

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