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Hello! I'm new to Affiliate/CPA Marketing. Here is my Ride along.

Discussion in 'Newbie Helpdesk' started by perriwinkle, Jun 19, 2018.

How am I doing so far?

  1. Good. Keep posting more content about your journey.

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  2. I didn't really like it and I have no advice for you so bye, but Good Luck on your journey!

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  1. perriwinkle

    perriwinkle Affiliate affiliate

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    Day 5: I realize I get the general theory behind Affiliate and CPA Marketing, but I don't really know what to do. That being said, I've got to learn through action so I'll keep moving forward.

    So far, I've taken three action steps. First I applied to AD Combo and I got approved. It's kind of confusing because even though the layout is really simple and it's easy to find offers and stuff, I don't even know how to launch a campaign or anything. That being said my next step will be to watch some tutorials and figure out how to better navigate and use Ad Combo.

    Second, I bought a domain name from Beyond Hosting. I did this because I was planning on getting hosting from Beyond Hosting and I thought it would be best to get a domain through them rather than Godaddy or a different website. My reasoning was that since I'm getting hosting from Beyond Hosting it might be better to get a domain from them too.

    Third, I bought a basic VPS hosting plan for $15/month from DreamHost. I chose DreamHost after reading an article from PCMag titled "The Best VPS Hosting Services of 2018." I read the article and looked through some of the Hosting companies highlighted before choosing DreamHost. I spent a whole day comparing prices, doing Google research on what Hosting is, and doing more research on other stuff like "how important is storage" and "what is Linux" before I realized that I was thinking myself into a corner. I know I tend to overthink things and it delays me taking action so I decided I would just choose one, not opt into the year-long plans even though it's cheaper so that I could later switch hosting services if I learned that I made a wrong decision. At $15 a month, I think that this is an acceptable price to pay while I learn.

    Also, I decided to not go with Beyond Hosting because I realized that the person recommending it to me was obviously an affiliate and was getting paid to recommend it. There's no problem with that, but the cheapest price for a VPS package with them was $50/month and the recommended package was $99/MONTH. I have to admit, there was a 50% off coupon so it really would have been $50/month but still. With the recommended package you'd get 2x vCPU, 8GB ECC Ram, 125GB SSD Storage, unlimited bandwidth, daily backups, and they would manage the servers (good for me because I don't know anything about this stuff).

    This all sounded great and I was really drawn into because it felt like they would hold my hand the whole way, I'd heard really good things about their customer support, and for some reason, I was really scared I'd have a campaign that would do really well to the point that I would need 125GB SSD Storage and a lot of other plans I looked at didn't offer the same amount of storage for a lower price.

    Anyways, I decided to humble myself and accept that this is something that's going to take time to learn. That being said, I decided it was best to go with DreamHost because it's cheaper and seems to offer a good service. Now I can save the money I was going to use for a more expensive package and use that money for testing.

    FYI, I'm not trying to hate on Beyond Hosting or anything. they were actually very helpful with Customer support as I tried to figure out what the heck I was doing, but right now I think it's better for me to start out with a cheaper hosting service.

    So what action steps am I going to take next?

    1. I will create an actual website or landing page or something. It doesn't have to be good, but I need to get some kind of online presence. I think I will feel accomplished knowing that I have my first site up and running. I'll feel like at that point, I'll have the bare minimum to actually get started with affiliate/cpa marketing and to start improving.

    2. I will change my domain's nameservers (Beyond Hosting) to point to Dreamhost's hosting server. This is because I read that you can leave your domain name with the current registrar (Beyond Hosting). I looked up the process of transferring a domain name from one host to another and it seems like it could be complicated so for right now, I'm content to simply change my domain's nameserver to point to my DreamHost server. I don't even know what that means or what a nameserver is, but I think it'll basically have the end result that I'm looking for.

    3. Watch tutorials on how to Navigate Ad Combo and how to launch a campaign. Basically how to use an affiliate network 101.
     
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  3. Graybeard

    Graybeard Well-Known Member affiliate

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    I buy small VPS servers for as low as $5/mo but they have nothing when I get them I have to install what I need usually including the base operating system (format) the VPS web-app (page) then manage them in an SSH terminal.

    Never buy a domain name from a host -- buy it from a registrar. namesilo.com is the registrar I am using the most these days. Hosting companies are commodities -- you may decide to move. If you have a separate control of your domain name's DNS server is doesn't matter. I made the same mistake on my first domain/server in 2000 with --get this --> with Yahoo Hosting and Melbourne IT Registry back in the *dinosaur* age of the Internet :p Ended up with a domain that expired and I bought it back in as expired with another registrar -- real nightmare.

    Your landing page HAS to be good to make any money. Buy ads to it slowly and test it, then revise it and test again. then make 2 landing pages based on the one that 'sort of' works and A/B test them with some ads.
     
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  4. Shoaib Ikram

    Shoaib Ikram Affiliate affiliate

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    Hello @perriwinkle, have you checked Cloudways Affiliate Program. It is one of the highly competitive CPA + recurring commission model in managed hosting industry.

    We have flexible commission structure, you can earn up to $125/ customer in our slab model. Our hybrid structure pays lifetime recurring commission. And yes in case you are Affiliate Expert, join our custom tier and it give you CPA up to $200/ customer.

    Do you know that 'how to' articles give you most number of conversion on Cloudways. And yes your work really pays off. Each of your referred customers are tracked hence you receive commissions for each of them. Most importantly, we send payout every mid of the month.

    Our Affiliate team is available 24/7, just join our Affiliate Program and have discussion with them on support chat.

    You have any query, skype it to me at live:m.shoaib_16 and i will get back to you quickly.
     
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