We are at the ending point of this year. Just thought I should thank all of you that read my blog. You are of one them so here goes…
Thank you very much for staying up to date with my content; I hope it provides value.
Even though affiliate marketing presents various obstacles and hurdles, be proud that you manage to overcome them and cross the bridge to continue building on the knowledge you’ve acquired. May you continue to be this firm and win many new successes in the upcoming year of 2017!
Remember, your journey is a diary filled with empty pages waiting for You. Fill them up with your trials as you continue towards successes; because many years from now you will look back at it as memories that helped you become the success you are.
Wishing you and your family a very happy new year!
STM London is just around the corner. It’s 3 weeks away and it’s about time I post about it. I know, I know others already beat me to it but this isn’t a race and I’ve been busy growing my team since learning a whole lot of great stuff at ASW.
I’m sure you heard the term there are those who keep on learning, and those who take action. Well I like to take action, so my blogging has suffered because I was busy doing just that [getting shit done]. Anyway, with ASW in the past, and STM London being right around the corner I have to tell you about this event.
STM is one of the best affiliate marketing forums on the internet, and last year they tried something that exploded – their very own meet up. Last year they took over Bangkok for a few days, and now it’s time to conquer London. This is going to be the biggest and baddest affiliate meet up yet. Forget ASW which has all kinds of folks, STM London is all about affiliate marketing and the biggest and most bad ass names in the industry are coming together for a few days to play hard, drink harder, and share some of the best knowledge you will ever hear.
In case you are thinking to yourself, that’s great but I have no money for an event. I am pleased to share that this event is absolutely free as long as you are a member on STM. Sure you will have to buy yourself an airplane ticket (you can get real cheap ones over at kayak.com) and you will have to dish out some cash for a hotel or airbnb, but let me tell you this cash will be the very best investment you will ever make in your life.
Let me tell you a story, there once was a time when I used to wake up everyday at 6AM so I could catch the 6:30AM train to downtown so I could arrive at work by 7:45AM. I used to get up, go to work, then train it home, eat dinner, watch some tv, and do it all over again. All for a measly 40,000$ per year. Fast forward to today where I don’t get up at 6AM, where I don’t have to slave away everyday for my boss and give them 14 hours of my day in exchange for low $xxx per day. Today where I am the boss, I work as little or as much as I want and can earn what I used to earn in a month, in as little as a day.
Yup, that’s affiliate marketing. And you can live this reality too; it isn’t a dream. All you need is connections, knowing the right people, and knowing what’s hot. So do your self a favor, get an account on STM if you haven’t yet. RSVP to this event, and change your life for the better. You deserve it. It will be the best investment decision your family will be proud of!
Last week I sent out a request for help to my mailing list and the response has been AMAZING! Thank you, you make blogging fun!
What was my request for? Well, if you are on my mailing list you already know I am working on a FREE ebook to detail advanced mobile media buys strategies and answer the most common problems of the aspiring internet marketer.
Hundreds of you wrote me to tell me your top 3 problems related to mobile media buys. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that many emails, and I’m sorry but I couldn’t reply to most of you yet because I am traveling atm.
Now, in case you haven’t received my email last week because you aren’t on my list (sign up on the top right) or you simply didn’t have time to reply – please get in touch via email [meREMOVETHIS@iamattila.com] and tell me the 3 of the most important problems you’d like to get the answers to on how to solve in mobile media buys.
2013 has been a great year with many ups and downs. Google decided to forever change how SEO is done causing a real stir in the industry making people like Jill Whallen a super SEO guru quit her post; leading sites like SEOMoz drop the SEO in their name and become marketing gurus instead of SEOs; and spammers hitting their heads against the wall being sad that link building is no longer the same.
Stuff happens very fast online, if you are like me you welcome change and embrace it. When google killed 80% of my blogs that were ranking in google with their penguin update; instead of getting drunk and wasted and feeling sorry and depressed about it I stopped for a minute. I analyzed the situation to find out where the opportunities are; and realized if google wouldn’t have penalized my sites – I’d still be making over $1000/day! So, what can we do to cut google out of the equation?
This was my first encounter with mobile media buying, and buying display advertising in general. It was a massive learning curve, I spent days and weeks reading all the material those great guys threw at me, then many months after testing & trying to figure out my way to earn money. I am happy to say I conquered it, but not to the degree that I want; at least not yet.
My first special thanks goes out to Ruck, Ryan, Brent at ImGrind and all the great people I met there and talk to daily!
That brings me to the next part, having my foot in adult affiliate marketing I simply knew that dating is the shit, since all the ads on the tube sites feature dating ads. I googled around yet again, and came across Tuan and his awesomely handy site Adult Media Buying. I read, read some more and decided hey this is not that much different from the mobile media buying I’ve been running and testing over at ImGrind, and decided to contact Tuan via email.
Now usually when you contact a super affiliate, they either ignore you or send you a short message giving you the feeling “Hey I am Mr Super Affiliate, you are .. um… mr no one… what do you want from me?” Well, I was extremely surprised that Tuan is a very friendly guy, extremely helpful, and was available to chat and would answer any questions and offer great advice. So, I was in – signed up to his great program Smash and off I went to promote dating offers they have (Which BTW are awesome and convert like fire).
My second special thanks goes out to TUAN at SMASH for being the kick ass, honest, in you face kind of people I really enjoy knowing.
Even though I bet this guy hates me for my in your face kind of direct approach, I still love his site and respect all his contribution and thank him for his great help. His posts opened up my eyes on how important it is to connect your demographic to the offer you are promoting, and how you can do spying on your competitors and doing due dilligence on offers to learn what is needed to surpass that -15-20% negative ROI hill I was trying to climb.
3rd Thank You goes to Charles NGO for taking time out of his busy schedule to maintain a real gem of a blog in the IM sphere!
Charles is very good friends with Jason Smaxor at OOOFF.com, and since I am a firm believer and follower of Charles’ teachings I had to check out this other blog when he talked about it. Over at OOOFF.com, a very cool name btw for a site – Jason who owns A4D has an out of this world kind of line up of topics for affiliates that aren’t total newbies.
He has mathematical ways to approach a campaign, teaches about doing budgeting when you are ready to build your media buying staff, and explains things like no other – in his very unique style which is so easy to understand a 6 year old could “get it”. This guy is very smart, I learned a lot from him and so can you.
4th special thanks goes out to Jason, who definitely doesn’t know me – but I applaud his awesome blog.
Christmas time meant a whole lot of downtime as my office was closed, campaigns paused – downtime meant time with family watching funny movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone that my 3 year old enjoyed immensely and other great classics. It also meant reading time. Now I love to read non-fiction, always looking to learn new stuff and somehow I was reading an ebook by a guy named John Chow a friend sent over; an oldie but a goodie.
I Googled him up, and here was a guy who is also from Vancouver, BC, and has been in IM for ever. I was like damn, wish I would’ve met him in 97/98/99 when I was a teen still just starting out online. Anyhow, don’t know John Chow for long, nor have I heard of him before December but I already learned so much from this genius of a online money maker that I have to thank him here.
He’s renown for being transparent, and that’s no bull. The guy really IS. He tells you how he makes money, and guess what people trust him because if you work as hard as he, you too will make a shit load. What I got from John Chow is what I’ve been hearing for ever, THE MONEY IS IN THE LIST. It finally hit me, and fell. I REALLY need to build a list on my existing adult sites, and collect email addresses of my visitors.
Then I can go back and sell them whatever I believe is a great fit. But there’s more… this guy doesn’t only tell you oh you gotta build a list because the money is in the list like many guys.. he shows you how he built the list, how he captures leads, what he does with those leads, how people like to get something free, and then they will give you their email no problem and the whole shebang. His ebook is worth the download, as its the full circle you won’t really get anywhere else when it comes to list building.
Sidenote: Already took my first step toward implementing lead capture through a reward system on my tube site PornoInHD.xxx.
And last but not least I thank my friend Greg from Horizon Engine, a super affiliate who’s systematic and out of the box thinking is really rubbing off on me in a good way. A family man that works harder than many single guys I know; a real genius that listens and offers advice when needed, and a generally great human being who makes conquering hurdles a whole lot of fun. Greg you rock man!
Wishing all of my readers and friends a very happy and successful 2014.
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