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Hello AffiliateFix. My introduction and what I'm promoting now (help please?) :)

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Konoha, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. Konoha

    Konoha Affiliate affiliate

    Hi All,
    My name is Richard. And I am a newb. Just wanted to introduce myself.

    I first got my feet wet in the Affiliate marketing world a couple of years ago. I worked as a Credit Agent for the local hydro electric company. The pay is great but I felt like such a drone. After reading up on successful affiliates living out in Vietnam and Thailand, I thought to myself, that's the life I want to live. I myself am Vietnamese and have been to Vietnam over a dozen times and would love to live out there!

    So I got started with CJ.com account where I tried promoting Payday loans. My approach was completely rudimentary (still is). I was working at it for a month, whenever I had spare time and saw no results. I had given up. A couple of months later though, I logged in to my cj.com account to see if I can try promoting something else, and lo and behold, I had a $60 commission!

    I was like, "holy fucking shit!". Now, if I can just put more time and effort to scale this up, this could really become something! Well, I was wrong. Basically, what I had done was post on Craiglist re: "Need a payday loan?". And of course, as you know, that shit doesn't fly with Craigslist. All my listings were removed and I was back to square one.

    A year later, I tried doing drop shipping for Weed Vaporizers. Created my own store from scratch, even designed my own logo. Again, a couple of months later, I had my first sale! Spent $0 on ads. Just posted in forums and Q&A boards re people wanting to buy vaporizers. Turns out though, payment processors don't want to be associated with Marijuana etc. so my first sale turned into no sale. I later found a company that would process my payments but I couldn't get anymore sales! I used google adwords and was just bleeding money! After another 5months, i was forced to close shop.

    Fast forward to the present, I'm 30, still working that same full time job to pay the bills, got a wife who is from Vietnam, and we both agree, we like living in Vietnam better. If only we could find a way to earn money. So here I am. After a lot of googling on how to be a successful affiliate marketer, it's brought me to this forum.

    I'm back on Cj.com. I'm trying to promote Interserver.net VPS Webhosting. What I've done so far is bid on Google Ads using keywords in Vietnamese because I understand that those keywords are significantly cheaper than their English counterparts. Basically trying to cater to Vietnam. But so far, no sales. I'm doing something wrong without a doubt but I have no clue what it is. Perhaps it's the fact that not many people in Vietnam have credit cards. Also perhaps because the Interserver landing page is in English. Your thoughts?

    Does anyone have a experience promoting Cj.com? Can someone shed some light on what I need to do here?

    Thank you, for reading.

    Best Regards!
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  3. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

    Hey @Konoha , welcome to the AffiliateFix! Great to have you join us.

    Googling "how to be a successful affiliate marketer" must have made you crazy for a while. So many results to skim through. You'll be happy you found us!

    So, get the word "wrong" out of your head when working in this business, and get the words "what's working" and "what's not working" into your head. You could have everything done correctly, just not for a current campaign. Throw nothing away so it can be re-visited at a later date for other campaigns.

    As for where you are advertising, demographics are an important facet of every campaign and if you have a web site or landing page in a non-native language then you are wasting time and money. If they have no means to pay with a credit card for offers that require a payment, why bother. You need to understand that you are not limited by borders and doing so is a huge unnecessary limitation.

    It doesn't matter at this point what affiliate network you are using. The methods, tactics, and strategies for promoting something has nothing to do with where your offer is coming from.

    I think you should take a breath and start a learning regimen right here on the FIX!

    You need to select a single vertical, a single tracker, and a single traffic source to master. If you follow this path for a few months, then you will master them well enough to have the ability to start expanding your business.

    The following is a starting point for you that will give you a strong foundation for your new business. Follow this advice and you can get to your goals without wasting precious time and resources.

    Perseverance, dedication, and taking action are the cornerstones of the success you will obtain.

    As a Newbie, you need to read, study, invest, and implement.

    Read through the various areas of the forum to learn about the types of marketing available for your new business. Make a list of all the types of marketing and take some notes along the way. Then determine which area of marketing with which you will start your journey.

    Do this to select an area of marketing to start, as well, do this to select a tracker, a traffic source, and to select a vertical.

    Then read up on the affiliate networks and select two to begin with that will serve your needs and the types of offers you would like to promote. Put your application in and they will call you for an interview. Be professional and be prepared to answer some questions about how you will promote offers, do you have a website, are you a Newbie, etc. Please note, if you join the Dojo, we have a thread there that can offer assistance in getting accepted to some of the networks.

    Now that you have selected a basis to begin, read all of the threads in this forum that relate to your initial selections so that you have a rudimentary understanding of their features and benefits.

    You will require some investment. A VPS server, domains, traffic, landing pages, etc. You will need a budget for daily, weekly, and monthly expenses. This will change over time and you will need to update it often so that you know exactly what your costs and earnings are.

    This is where it all starts to earn. You must now begin to implement what you have established as your foundation for your business.

    Here is some advice and guidance that will help you establish your initial goals:

    Make sure you complete the following first.

    Every business needs:

    1. a plan
    2. a schedule for research, learning, and execution
    3. a budget.

    Remember to read through our WIKI and get to know the basics as well as some of the buzz words in the industry.

    I also recommend reading the following thread:

    As a Newbie, What Stops You From Getting Started

    Here is a set of immediate goals:

    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.

    As well, I highly recommend you join the DOJO as it is full of great tools and contributions for successful marketers. Click the banner below to learn more.


    T J
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