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How to Check If Your Lander Has Been Blacklisted/Labelled as Malicious

I am sharing this post from my friends’ blog over at EricGyepes.com.  He wrote this post, and all credit goes to him, it’s awesome! Check his blog 🙂

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Your campaigns are running, and everything is fine with the usual ups and downs.

Then you wake up one day, check your stats, and find out that some disaster has just happened.

All your campaigns are dying, and your CTR is suspiciously low.

Your domain is flagged by Google.

What does that mean?

Well, this issue has been around for a while, and if you haven’t dealt with it yet, you are one lucky bastard affiliate.

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“Deceptive site ahead.” What is it?

Internet browsers are getting smarter, especially Google Chrome, which is always one step ahead of the game. Google has an internal database, called Safe Browsing, to protect its users from malware.

Safe Browsing is a list of dangerous sites that could harm your computer/device. Google also shares it with the folks at Mozilla and Apple. So if you visit a URL that is on the list, you get the warning posted above.

In general, that’s a good thing, and you should be glad for it…unless you’re an affiliate.

If you’re buying tons of traffic and any URL in your redirect chain happens to get flagged, you’re busted.

You’ve just flushed money down the toilet.

How?

Imagine that you are sending traffic to your landing page. What happens is that the user, instead of landing on your page, is stuck on a red screen of death. Google makes it too scary to ignore the warning and continue to the desired destination.

This was actually an issue with Voluum a few months ago. Their tracking URLs got flagged, and all their users were affected.

So what can we do about it?

We will see more and more of these things happening soon, so it’s better if we’re prepared.

Here are some of the possible solutions:

Switch domains

This one is simple, and it’s the only thing that fixes your problem IMMEDIATELY.

Go to Namecheap and buy a new domain. Then just copy all your existing content to the new domain, and you’re back in the game.

Monitor your domains periodically

Use online services that scan your domains against different malware and blacklist databases.

I recommend you to check your URLs from time to time with one of these:

Google Safe Browsing Site Status

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This is the official Safe Browsing scanner from Google. If they got your domain in this database, then you’re screwed. Everyone who uses Chrome, Firefox, or Safari will see your website as dangerous.

VirusTotal

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A robust service that scans against 67 different malware and blacklist databases. It’s also a virus scanner that can scan any kind of Windows executables, Android APKs, PDFs, etc. We are looking for their URL scanner that can give us perfect insights for our domains. Its DB list also includes Google Safe Browsing’s, so you may consider using this tool instead.

Sucuri SiteCheck

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Sucuri is a paid service that cleans and protects your sites from malware. It also has a neat free tool called SiteCheck, which scans your remote URLs. It currently checks against 10 blacklist and malware databases.

Automate the whole process

The next step for the smart affiliate or site owner is to automate this process.

Most of these services, including Google Safe Browsing, have APIs. So it’s possible to create a simple script that checks your URLs on a daily basis. It can then report back to you when there is an emergency.

There is also a tool called TrafficProtector (google it), which has been created by some affiliates. Still, it’s up to you if you want to serve them all your landing pages’ URLs.

Warning: Conclusion Ahead!

Many moving parts may affect your campaigns.

In today’s example, you may have the best landing page or offer or the fastest server in the world, yet your campaign loses money.

Most of the time, it’s about those small things that eventually add up.

Do not forget about them.

Top 1001 Taboola Placements

If you are looking to spy for native ads, here’s a list of the top 1001 placements on Taboola Native Ads Network.

You can use a Proxy like HideMyAss and connect to the geo of your choice to acquire an IP address and then visit each of these sites to get the down low on whats running on Taboola.

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Trust Badges Can Increase your Conversion Rate by 74% – Which One Should Use?

Some say this, others say that.  I never trust the grapewine, and you shouldn’t too because it can cost you lost revenues. One thing for certain, some things like Trust badges can increase your CR and thus make you more money on your shopify store are true.  I’ve used optimizely to split test this, and yes it causes a lift in CR.

But then comes the question, which trust badge should we put on our store? There’s tons of trust badges on google images!

Econsultancy did a customer survey; how and who they interviewed to get their opinion I am not sure, but they found this:

McAfee (79%)

Verisign (76%)

Paypal (72%)

BBB (37%)

TRUSTe (28%)

Source: https://econsultancy.com/blog/7941-which-e-commerce-trustmarks-are-most-effective?inf_contact_key=4436c6cc98a1697748c1a7019b48425594a615e20df737eeaa14b4dedf60d76b

This was actionable data I wanted to test myself, but I changed it a bit and decided to harness the authority of Google. So I added the google logo in there as well and ran this targeting people who spend their life on Facebook using Google Surveys, and spent $50 bucks on the data and got 168 people to give me their opinion.

This is what the survey looked like to people that took the test:

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This is what the results were   As you can see VeriSign still was #1,  but Google came in #2 followed by Paypal #3,  and McCafe was really low on the list.    Pretty interesting? I THINK SO!

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How To A/B Test Broadcasts & Subject Lines on aWeber in 3 Easy Steps

NOTE: This tutorial is for aWeber, my favorite email marketing tool I use to stay in touch with my blog readers.  If you don’t have an account yet,  get one here!

Split testing on aWeber can be a bit tricky since at the time of this tutorial, they removed the link under the Create a broadcast button to create one.  But not to worry; turns out its still available by accessing it via a direct URL.

I will now teach you all the steps you need in order to successfully create split tests in AWeber.

BTW, In case you don’t know what email marketing is;  or why it’s important to split test subject lines as a minimum when sending emails to a list this tutorial might a bit advanced and I really recommend you check out Frank Kern’s stuff on youtube about list building; or read Russel Brunson’s book called DotComSecrets to get familiar with the subject.

Here we go…

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[FREEMIUM Guide] $150+ per day on Facebook running sweepstakes offers

12/23/2016 – This was a premium post I did for STM earlier this year, this Xmas I decided to release it publicly, as my gift to you. This is a real, actual, working method to make big money on Facebook. It’s not a SCAM, or something other. Just read the post comments below, there are many guys making $1k/per day thanks to this guide I wrote and published on StackThatMoney premium forum. There’s a ton of other great guides like this one, that isn’t public yet, you can read here. All I ask is that you SHARE THIS by either tagging friends or pressing the share button! Happy Holidays

I’ve spent the last 8 months playing with Facebook, learning every targeting method possible and practicing and fine tuning the craft of optimization and finding passionate audiences.

Today I am going to share with you a method that can easily generate $150 bucks or more for you; if you do it right – this is an exact campaign that was making me $xxx per day on average, on auto pilot pretty much.

This method has to do with picking a popular trend in a country and then exploiting it in your favor and all the hype around it to BANK! This is going to be a long post; so go grab some popcorn!
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[SIMPLE GUIDE] How to manually import conversions on Google Adwords

Here’s a SIMPLE way for you to understand how to configure/setup the conversion import template.

NOTE: For this manual importing to work you need GCLID; to get this ‘serial number’ as I like to call it for every click you need to first enable it in your Adwords account. To do this click the gear icon on the top right and then click ACCOUNT SETTINGS, look for where it says TRACKING:  Auto Tagging:  No.   Click EDIT, and change it to YES.

Let’s break it down by whats in it

They have these fields and I’ll explain what each is:

Google Click Id

This is the GCLID you get when every click is tagged (make sure you enable it) they automatically append a ?

gclid=####################randomnumberhere######## ##### on every click that comes to your banner/text ad/creatives

Conversion Name

This is the Conversion Pixel name we created under Top Menu > TOOLS > Conversions. In other words; you create a conversion pixel; then the name you specify for it here; is what you need to put inside the CONVERSION NAME field in the import template.

So if you want conversions to import to a conversion pixel you’ve created named “LEADS FOR BannersLanders.com“, then under the “Conversion Name” field you would write that in.

Conversion Time

This is so confusing, they want it in this format (just copy and paste it, I usually just set to yesterdays date and 1 sec before midnight):

03/01/2016 23:59:59

Conversion Value

You can leave this empty or fill it in; it will work either way.

Conversion Currency

You can leave this empty or fill it in; it will work either way.

WE ARE NOT DONE YET; here’s the important one ->

They say in the template that you need to “# TimeZone values should be entered in HHMM format (e.g. New York is -0500);

look for this line:

Parameters:EntityType=OFFLINECONVERSION;TimeZone=H HMM;

change it to be what your timezone is, for example if you are in new york then change it to say

Parameters:EntityType=OFFLINECONVERSION;TimeZone=-0500;

if you are in Budapest like me, then change it to Parameters:EntityType=OFFLINECONVERSION;TimeZone=+0100; and so on so forth.

After you have done all; it should be pretty clear from then on. Now you can manually upload conversions.

TIP: If you are using voluum in conjunction with Google Adwords; in the traffic source profile for google add in gclid as a place holder. That way all the gclid’s will show up in your voluum campaign reports!!