The affiliate-marketing in-a-box system here is – BitterStrawberry just launched a new revolutionary tool for affiliates- The HybridLink®! We’ve been using it for the past 3 months and this is what I think of it.
Affiliate marketing is hard, very hard. A typical system of launching a campaign involves looking for new offers to run every other day, talking to AM’s at 3 to 5 different networks to find what’s hot, what’s doing a lot of rev on the network and which offer is hot so you can grab a piece of the pie. On top of the initial picking offer part, there’s also planning the campaign, setting up the tracker, creating the camps on the traffic source and then multi-variate testing all the different variables to uncover pockets of profit to scale. It does take ample time, and man power to set this all up – it’s not easy. On top of that, things like trackers, VA’s all cost a lot of money, so they add to the investment you have to make up front before you see a penny of profit.
Let’s take for example an offer in PT (Portugal) targeting the MEO carrier; to effectively test all the variables like device, OS, placement, banner, etc you effectively have to setup 50 different campaigns on the traffic source to spend an equal amount of money collecting statistically significant data. With my team we usually do offer payout x3 per variable to test it properly before culling it. That’s quite a lot of money.
On top of all that work, there’s another problem that happens quite a lot – the offer you are testing runs out of cap, and boom it stops counting conversions – sure you can have a VA monitor it and swap in a new offer, but again that’s tedious and a lot of work. I remember one time we forgot to swap links because offer capped at midnight and we lost $4000 in traffic because it was going to an offer that didn’t accept any more conversions! You don’t want this to happen do you? I am very sure the answer is NO!
Now we’ve been using a solution for our mobile campaigns that works like a charm, the Hybrid link system from BitterStrawberry that’s like your AI assistant working 24/7 for you. It helps take care of all the above, and make sure we don’t lose $4000 ever again, plus it optimizes way faster/better using complex 95% statistical algo calculations which helped us earn 25% more on the exact same campaign sets than when one of our media buyers used to optimize by hand.
The Hybrid Link saves you a ton of time and it’s totally free! No fees, no monthly subscriptions! Setting it up once and you get access to thousands of single offers, freedom of choice in selecting what YOU see fit for your audience & more, all in ONE place, with no other tracking tool or platform needed.
You have the guarantee that the 12.000 offers available worldwide are run/tested and optimized before you start running them. THIS IS HUGE – I repeat, the offers are already optimized and the system KNOWS exactly what micro-segmented details (ie OS version/Mobile Device/IP Range, etc work best for it). THIS IS WHY IT ROCKS!!
After 1 week of getting familiar with the tool, you’ll be able to save more than half a day time, which you’re currently using to research offers, get feedback from different partners, plan & setup your campaigns.
The HybridLink has a/b testing built in and the links also enable you to add your own variables to make it easier to track variables of your own; there’s a ton of rules you can setup to handle 99.99% of your incoming traffic. The stats are updated automatically by the system every 10 minutes, so you will be informed at all times about the status of your account and what you need to scale and when. This way you can remain in control, and be in the known when something needs your attention.
Bitterstrawberry is a bad ass network with over 12,000 offers worldwide, they have been around for years and never skipped a payment. If you do six figures or more, they can pay you whenever you want – I remember we had a campaign doing so well we needed cash flow and they were cool enough to pay us every 3 days. They do work with you closely which is always awesome in my books.
To get setup it is pretty simple and user friendly, but if you just started in affiliate marketing and you need help, they provide 24/7 dedicated support via teams that speak multiple languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Italian) and will be there for you from the setup stage & throughout your planning & testing, so really it’s perfect for real nerds like me who hate when people hold their hand and also for newbies who never launched a campaign before.
One area where they excel at is the type of payment methods they offer which include but are not limited to Bitcoins, Wire, WebMoney, Payoneer, Paypal and Paxum.
You probably heard that many Networks have an interview with new affiliates, and they reject most most of them. To avoid this headache, feel free to use iAmAttila as a referral when signing up, this will help speed up the process and get your account up and running the fastest.
PS: A lot of people asked me, why in the world does BitterStrawberry need affiliates if they have a system that can optimize everything and knows what traffic works on what offer the best. Their answer was that they are pros at monetizing the granular data, and they don’t want to allocate the resources and don’t want to be traffic buying experts – this is where they seek you, the affiliates to be their partner and earn great money while utilizing their system with traffic it’s very hungry for!