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  • NegBox 5:06 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Display, , Naughty, , PPV,   

    Bad Traffic Sources for Bad Boys 

    Lets find listings of things “Forbidden” as sources of inspiration to continue on the journey to total jackassdom.

    When I saw the “Non-Approved Traffic Sources” file from Azoogle (renamed Epic) I almost creamed my pants. Not because they renamed their company to “Epic”… I have to wonder, why “Epic” and not “LULZ” … Or maybe “ROWMWA” for ‘Rock Out with my Wang Out”… Anyway, I loved what I saw – specifics!

    In the past I’ve seen lists that only have generic mentions to “Spyware”, or “Spam”… Not Epic… Nooooo sireeee… They’ve classified pretty much half  the traffic sources I use right now as “Non Approved”. What gives?

    Your favorite hangout might be on this year’s naughty list. They’ve also blacklisted a ton of mostly-harmless stuff, really… Like Chitika. I need to check them out again – last I saw they were tame and lame – maybe they grew some balls and horns!

    If your favorite isn’t on the naughty list, then its time to hop on a traffic source that really knows how to fuck with user’s brains and get them doing what you want to be doing!

    Naughty Traffic Sources

  • NegBox 7:51 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Accelerate, , , , PPV, Pre-Load   

    Speed Up Landing Pages and Redirects by Loading a Preview from a Content Distribution Network like CloudFront 

    If the offer you are promoting loads too slowly for sending it PPV traffic directly, or your own redirection is slowing down your pop-ups, here’s an interesting solution I developed.

    The idea is simple: Show the user the landing page even before it is fully loaded – so you get them to see the offer just a bit before they can actually interact with it – This way they hopefully don’t close down the pop-up because it catches their eye.

    What this does, in summary:

    1 – Take a snapshot of the landing page (you do this, manually)
    2 – Upload the snapshot and an HTML page to CloudFront
    3 – Point the PPV/CPV network to pop the HTML file instead of your tracking link
    4 – The HTML file, hosted on the Content Distribution Network (Akamai, CloudFront, etc) will load the snapshot from the same CDN and also load the REAL URL in the background in a transparent frame
    5 – When the real offer URL frame is fully loaded, switch the transparency levels and the real landing page appears instantly in place
    6 – All relevant URL variables get passed on

    The effect is pretty much invisible to the user – It just loads a ton faster- depending on the speed of where you’re redirecting to. Remember to optimize the snapshot graphic file you’re serving. In my testing (about 10,000 pops) the loss of impressions reaching the offer page went DOWN by 2%-3% (to 8% total – down from 10%) for direct to the offer, also this was 18% better (again in terms of impressions reaching the offer page) when compared to a slower redirect I used.

    As with everything, test it. What I did notice in testing was that it provides no benefit if the landing page is really fast already – the slower your redirection, tracking, offer or affiliate network servers are, the more juice you’ll get out of of this script.

    If you want to check the variables that are getting passed to the iFramed page simply use the attached “Variable Checker” PHP file.

    My original pre-loader used PHP for the redirection – take a look at it at the bottom, it is simpler than the Javascript based one – It needs your PHP processor, though – which slows it down. In that one, the way that the frames get flipped around after the real offer frame loads are much more clearly visible. Have fun!

    I’m placing everything in a neat ZIP file for you to download HERE:


    JAVASCRIPT-Based Landing page pre-loader


    Original PHP-Based Preloader (Not recommended)

    • CTRtard 12:04 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good idea, I’m going to have to try this. Nice job!

      • Slave Rat 3:26 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I found it is helpful when the performance of the redirects is unpredictable (ie: if you’re crushing your 202 server with traffic spikes) – Its pretty much invisible if everything goes fast. The biggest downside I forgot to mention is that it wipes your referrer with the domain name of wherever you are hosting this special page – Keyword tracking works fine, still if you look at the referrer field, they’re all your own domain. Depending on what you’re doing this might be an awesome feature, as you can blank referrers and accelerate landing pages all in one step.

  • NegBox 4:50 pm on August 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bidding, CPV, , PPV   

    LeadImpact Bid Increase of $0.0001 – Good or bad? 

    Call me dumb, but I just realized I can increase my bid by $0.0001 and outbid 30% of competitors on higher traffic URLs. Take a look at this screenshot…

    URL Competition Bidding at LeadImpact

    I was really trying to figure out a way to “mark” some URLs when I noticed I could do this…

    It does seem to push down the other advertisers in the queue – I am bidding on some URLs from two different campaigns and the $0.0001 increase keeps that campaign’s “rank”, but pushes the others one rank lower.

    Does this drive more traffic? Sooner? I’m not really sure. I noticed that even though you may be ranked 10th on a URL, you’ll still get traffic from it. When does LeadImpact show the ads for a lower bid, when frequency cap is reached?  That way the person doesn’t see the same pop-up over and over? What is a bit confusing is that pop-ups don’t happen *that* often – So who is managing to trigger the tenth pop-up within 24 hours on a particular URL? Might it make sense to not even bid on a keyword where you rank so low?

    Questions, questions, questions…

  • NegBox 8:28 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Contest, Internet University, PPV, Ryan Gray, Super Affiliate Twins   

    Learn Internet Marketing 

    Last week I joined the Super Affiliate Twins’ Internet University.

    I have to say I’m impressed. Very positively impressed.

    Ryan and crew are all over the forums giving good solid advice and literally shepherding folks along.

    When they say that they teach all this about internet marketing, they aren’t joking – All the modules are up and you can get access to it for a one-day $5 trial or just go for the monthly membership.

    The best part  is that they’re small... That probably won’t last very long. The second best part is that it shows that Ryan and the crew are interested in seeing folks succeed. Its not common to see an abundance mentality at work in such a competitive landscape.

    Abundance Mentality: Stephen Covey coined the term abundance mentality or abundance mindset, a business concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and success to share with others. It is commonly contrasted with the scarcity mindset, which is founded on the idea that, given a finite amount of resources, a person must hoard their belongings and protect them from others. Individuals with an abundance mentality are able to celebrate the success of others rather than be threatened by it.
    A number of books appearing in business press since then have discussed the idea. The abundance mentality is believed to arrive from having a high self worth and security, and leads to the sharing of profits, recognition and responsibility.

    I felt the University paid for itself in just watching one of the videos they’ve put out. I watched the PPV video about five times. It comes with survey-style landers, normal landers, reference of PPV networks. There are NO affiliate links on the stuff linked to. Really everything you need and the instructions on video – I mean, if I can’t figure it out with that, I should probably stick to flipping burgers. Someone put a lot of thought into this.

    They are now starting a contest on PPV marketing (yup, there’s still time to join the contest) – The contest is designed to teach the ropes of PPV marketing by starting out with a simple Zip/eMail submit Direct-linking campaign, learning to set it up and optimize it to get it profitable. Ryan is posting step-by-step videos on doing everything, and folks are sharing their campaigns. To keep it competitive the only thing we’re not disclosing is the target URLs.

    What’s the Prize? … Does it matter? I would do the same if it was a lollipop or a Ferrari – The true prize is the EXPERIENCE, the Knowledge and who knows, maybe a friend or two – the rest is anecdotal.

    I do feel pretty lucky to be a part of the contest as it unfolds – It is *exactly* what I want to learn and done in a great way – Plus Ryan and folks answer questions in a very straightforward manner, holding nothing back and really guiding folks.

    Really great work on the part of Ryan and team, and I have to thank Mike for egging me to join up.

    • Mike Chiasson 11:23 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Haha I am going to laugh when we are all geared up for the contest and then next week we are all asking for discounts on the membership since we blew all our cash on campaigns!
      My recent post Fully Revealed Campaign – Making Money on DirectCPV

      • Slave Rat 1:13 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Dang, man… Are you sure that’s the way its supposed to work? I’m going to get my burger-flipping spatula ready, and go apologize back at the drive-thru.

    • Justin Dupre 10:21 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      o_O nice Gratuitous Eye Candy section!

      • Slave Rat 3:35 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I say, if you can’t give them great stuff to keep them coming back, throw in some tits and ass and see what happens. Just like at tradeshows!

  • NegBox 4:57 pm on July 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Looners, Pop, PPV   

    Pop Me Baby, Pop Me! 

    Following Jonathan Volk’s lead I installed one of LeadImpact’s adware crapware toolbars into my machine. I tried Hotbar first but my antivirus kept deleting the executable in the middle of the installation… Fortunately they have several crapware offerings and I managed to get one going.

    Platrium Crapbar

    The Platrium Crapbar

    Pop me, baby… I want to see what this looks like! I’ve never had this kind of trash installed on my machine.

    <ramble> Speaking of popping… Reminds me of balloons… And the girls on this site.. All combined reminds me of an out-of-this-world sex fetish I saw… Some folks get turned on by popping balloons… Like girls squatting over baloons till the balloon pops – I’m looking it up now and they’re called “Looners“. Can you believe that?

    You gotta be kidding

    If you’re reading this and that balloon stuff turns you on, I’d love to know what childhood experience caused this – Believe me it ain’t freaking normal to get turned on by balloons. If you can’t even believe this exists – check out the link. Its just… weird.</ramble>

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