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ADAPT OR DIE – Why so many affiliates are short-lived individuals?

There are exactly TWO still-active affiliates that I know of, who started at the same time as I did, back in 1998. It’s pretty hard to believe, because at that time, we were all members of a small private affiliate forum with almost 100 members from my country. Now all of those guys are gone, none of them is active in affiliate marketing anymore, just these two guys and me. To be fair, I don’t keep contact with all of them obviously, but based on the info I have, pretty much all are doing something else now.

At first sight, it might seem weird or even unbelievable, but this is one of the specifics of AM – many affiliates don’t last long. There are several reasons for this, some are obvious, some not so much, but you should be aware of as many as possible – in order to prevent them from killing your AM career too. Let’s take a closer look at the 3 most common ones, that I was able to witness during my journey.

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Why NOT? – Facebook Accounts Farming & Renting for Cloaking BH

Why You Should Think TWICE About Renting Facebook Accounts – If you are reading this, chances are you’ve felt the sweet world of BH/Cloaking Facebook. You know the ROI is amazing, a yummy 400-500% if you know your stuff. You also know, once they ban you, good luck getting another account. Or really… there has been a lot of talk about Facebook accounts on forums like STM the past months, a lot of people want to get their piece of the pie, but it’s not easy. If anything it has gotten super hard. Gone are the Tracfone days, or the days of BOA Cards. Now-a-days, if you don’t think outside the box good luck, you will just lose time and money trying to outsmart the intelligent AI systems of Facebook that keep getting smarter each and every day.

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Facebook Ads for Businesses – Worst Customer Service On the Planet?

Everyone is in love with Facebook; hell it’s an addiction, omg fun goodness.       Not so fast; maybe if you are a freeloader using it to waste your endless time liking and commenting on everything and sharing your very valuable opinion; then maybe Facebook rocks;   but if you are an advertiser.  Who is willing to spend big bucks on their over priced ads;  then things get a little interesting. (more…)

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The Panama Papers Leak – How Billions Were Hidden offshore to Avoid TAXES

So this is the biggest breaking news at the moment; the panama papers leak from Mossack Fonseca. News agencies have jumped on this thing like OMG; it’s the end of the world. When really; if we look at the structuring they are all taking advantages of knowing the laws in different countries to optimize taxes.

Newspapers everywhere are trying to say if you don’t pay the super high taxes you are supposed to you are a criminal. Why is optimizing your taxes by knowing the laws illegal? It’s like saying if you optimize campaigns and don’t just buy everything on CPM basis; you are defrauding Google or Facebook Ads!

I was lucky enough to stumble upon training materials last year on international tax planning from a university and learned how taxes really work and how if you know your stuff; you can effectively minimize the taxes you pay.

Google and Facebook both take advantage of this thing called the Double Irish and the Dutch Sandwich;  which in turn has them paying about 1% of taxes (if that even) on all the billions of profits they generate.  So let me ask this; newspapers are going crazy about Putin avoiding taxes on billions; why aren’t they involving the big fortune 500s that have their offices in Ireland – hell they do the exact same thing.

 

What are your thoughts?

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How to increase your ROI and save your ad budget on Google Display Network

Every pro GDN advertiser knows that mobile and desktop are never going to convert the same way. That’s why its super important to block as much as possible right from the start on your campaigns intended for desktop only.

To do this, you need to apply a -100% decrease mobile bid adjustment under the Settings > Devices tab on a campaign level.

Secondly, you want to click Display Network>Placements tab, and add in under campaign level exclusions for placements: adsenseformobileapps.com
That’s the two most important steps; but we’re not done yet – if we really want to maximize our ROI, and minimize wasting our ad budgets there’s one more step which is a must.

These are the SITE CATEGORY EXCLUSIONS

You want to click on a campaign, then DISPLAY NETWORK > +TARGETING TAB > Campaign Exclusions > Site Category Options and exclude:

Gambling, in game, gMob app non-interstitial, error pages, and parked domains.

This is what it will look like after you are done:

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Why I shutdown my shopify store [and what I learned from running one]

I created a shopify store 2 months ago,  wanted to get my feet wet and see how it is.  After all the free you just pay shipping and handling craze, and also the SAVE 80% off methods seemed so great, all tee-spring guys were switching from T to S.      Grass is greener right?   LETS TRY IT!

I registered a domain,  setup a site, and found some good suppliers on aliexpress.    These suppliers met my criteria,   over 98% feedback rating on minimum 1000 feedback,  items are good quality,  good price and in range.

Went ahead, had them added to my shopify store, and started launching ads and split testing them.  Orders started coming in, it was cool – but then I realized, FUCK I gotta fulfill these orders and not just do the marketing part (which is what im best at, and enjoy the most)

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