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[Case Study] $60k Profit on Taboola Running Casino App Installs

Discussion in 'Guides, Case Studies and Tutorials' started by TheOptimizer, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. TheOptimizer

    TheOptimizer Affiliate Marketplace Seller affiliate

    Today we are going to share with you a recent profitable campaign we ran on Taboola including all it’s details.

    We often hear people say that these days it’s really hard finding a profitable campaign, it won’t last, natives are hard etc etc. As usual, most of these people never took the effort to at least test a few offers before throwing the towel and love to find excuses. So, to prove them wrong, we decided to run a campaign on native using an offer and traffic source available to everyone.

    The idea is to find an offer available on affiliate networks using AdPlexity and trying to make it profitable. So, without losing further time, let’s get started!

    First, let’s fire up AdPlexity and see what’s been hot lately. We put a filter showing ads in the last 60 days that have been showing up for at least 14 days in a row. Here’s how it looks like:

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    There are lots of results so need to filter them and combine it with info we got from our affiliate managers.
    After spending some time reviewing the offers we decided to go with a Casino App install offer found on MundoMedia.

    The reasoning on picking that offer was :

    • It has a relatively small payout, between $5-$10 so it will take less budget to test it out.
    • We saw it popping up quite often.
    • Our affiliate managers confirmed that it’s an offer performing well for other people too.
    To get started quickly, we decided to get a few creatives and landers from AdPlexity to test the waters.

    The creatives picked were:

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    and the two landers below on rotation:
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    We downloaded the landers directly from AdPlexity native and were ready to use after removing some tracking javascript that could affect our traffic.

    Another tool we used in this case study of course was TheOptimizer Native. Which made our life easier from campaign uploading, to cutting loses with automatic rules and having accurate spend / revenue on a granular level.

    So, we fired it up and uploaded the campaign on Taboola ( where it was seen the most running and has quality traffic from our experience).It creating combinations of our headline with the eight images picked. TheOptimizer also automatically created two variations automatically, one for iOS and one for Android, saving us time.

    Before starting traffic, we put a set of rules on TheOptimizer. These are used to minimize losses from bad publishers & bots, increase budgets automatically on good performance and pause campaign if things go really bad.

    So, the rules used are the three below:

    - Stop campaign if tracker NET < -$30
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    - Block publisher if tracker NET < -$15
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    - Block low CTR sites
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    - Increase daily budget to $200 if ROI > -30%

    - Block super high LP CTR publishers and add to bot list ( so we can re-use on future campaigns and not spend money again)


    After these were in place we hit the Start button and clicks started coming in. Here’s how the campaign looked the first couple days till three weeks after:

    Day 1 – Ad Spent: $99.31 | Revenue: $80 | ROI: -19.44%
    Day 2 – Ad Spent: $198.61 | Revenue: $130 | ROI: -34.55%

    3 weeks – Ad Spent: $8,634.61 | Revenue: $11620 | ROI: 34.57%


    As you can see, the first day was pretty good for a new campaign, with just about -20% ROI. After this, the 4th rule kicked in and doubled the budget the second day, from $100 to $200 which caused a new influx of publishers coming in and lowered the overall ROI to -35%.

    At the end of the second day, the campaign was automatically paused by rule no.1. However we enabled it back manually since most of the bad publishers were already stopped anyway and a few profitable widgets started popping up.

    After letting it run for 3 weeks, the campaign was consistently profitable every day, doing around $3k in profit.

    Apart from having a few stops for quality checks from the advertiser, the campaign ran for quite a few months, generating around $60k in profit overall. Here are a few more screenshots of the publishers automatically blocked by TheOptimizer, campaign performance on the Taboola dashboard and some more stats.

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    Key lessons learned from this case study:

    • Always use competitive intelligence tools like AdPlexity to get started. It’s easier to see what other are doing first instead of going in blind.
    • Pick low payout offers if you don’t have big budgets – Native can get expensive really fast.
    • Use automatic rules to stop publishers or bots bleeding money.
    • Collect these publishers into lists to re-use in the future so you won’t spend money on the same bots again. We have huge lists built through the years.
     
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    T J Tutor

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    HOT HOT HOT!...............
     
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  4. Anthony.

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    Awesome case study, thanks for sharing! :)
     
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  5. Davekit99

    Davekit99 Affiliate affiliate

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    That is very impressive, congrats
     
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    T J Tutor

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    Has anyone put this campaign in their arsenal yet? Someone must have put this campaign up, tell us your results!

    476 views as of today!

    Someone make big $ with this, PLEASE!
     
  7. burnoscar

    burnoscar Affiliate affiliate

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    The easiest way to boost an app on the market is incent traffic. It’s usually done through a companies like BlastMobi. The everage price for 1 install is $0.09. Bigger download numbers should improve the app ranking in the search results and attract more users, which in the end should increase the ranking position even further, and so on.
     
  8. ClickWD

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    Very good share. Thank you.
     
  9. Jay81

    Jay81 Affiliate affiliate

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    Thanks for the terrific case study.
    I am most interested in the campaign optimizer. I had terrible issue with taboola bots.
    Can you go into a bit more detail on the optimizer?

    I basically need a way to quickly filter out bad widgets and publishers on native.

    Cheers
     
  10. Harshit Jain

    Harshit Jain Affiliate affiliate

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    Seems like a fake case study. The reason being in the second month based on the amount of conversions recorded the revenue is absurdly high making the payout to $100 per conversion where as he's getting paid only $10. So, why this inconsistensy?
     
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    I think he is want to say 11377 conversions
     
  12. Graybeard

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  13. JHems30

    JHems30 Affiliate affiliate

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    This looks very interesting to me. FTR, I am totally new to online marketing. Do you think this kind of a program is too advanced for somebody just starting out? One major concern I have about starting out in this industry, mostly from reading posts in this forum, is the possibility of bots taking my entire traffic budget before I can get a campaign off the ground. The optimizer seems like a great tool to mitigate this issue. I’m also curious on how I can implement other techniques to reduce bot traffic. The technical stuff is the portion of this endeavor that has me second guessing myself.....and not knowing what I don’t know (bots eating my budget, cookies stealing my legit leads and all the other unsavory techniques that can thwart my efforts).

    I am trying to compile a vendor list of tools that correspond with the list items below (I’ve seen @tjtutor post this list in this forum several times). I’m going to take a stab at CPA first. I don’t have a real preference for what kind of traffic source I use-just anything that will work with a CPA offer that is in a non-adult vertical. I don’t have a large budget-so I want to be as smart (I “need“ to be smart) as possible where/how I spend my money.

    1.Get a VPS

    2. Select a vertical

    3. Select a tracker

    4. Select a couple of networks and get your approval

    5. Select a traffic source

    6. Create a schedule for researching, learning (training), and working. This is a business, treat it as such!

    7. Create a budget for every expense (daily, weekly, monthly)

    8. Be very active in this forum by researching, asking questions, helping others when you are able.

    I’ve been hesitant to start testing things before I thought I had all the info I needed.....but it seems that a large chunk of my education will be trial and error. I’m excited to get started!
     
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    We will do the trial and error at your side! Make it happen and NEVER GIVE UP!
     
  15. Graybeard

    Graybeard Well-Known Member affiliate

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    If you are a US citizen most internet casino gambling is unlawful including the advertising of it (to US residents --anyway). As of today's laws.
    You can only advertise intrastate. i.e.; licensed New Jersey casino wagering to New Jersey state residents.
    Gambling per se is not prohibited by US Federal laws. Internet gambling is. How this might be applicable to the Indian Nation's casinos on Native American Indian lands -- consult with your attorney :p
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
  16. Seeen

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    Dang very helpful in promoting using that native ad These type of offers are really profitable.
     
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