The AdPlexity Spying WIKI – Competitive Intelligence Demonstrated Step by Step by iAmAttila – The #1 FREE Affiliate Marketing Resource

Spying is a must in 2020 and beyond. If you don’t spy, you could very easily blow thousands of dollars of your hard earned money promoting an offer on the wrong traffic source that will NEVER convert no matter how awesome the offer, angle, or landing page is.

You usually need to eliminate the guess work and maximize your chances of success. Especially now, during these hard times we’re living in thanks to the Corona pandemic that has brought on a major change where millions of people are now out of work and seeking work at home job opportunities and exploring the idea of becoming internet marketers themselves.

If you want to stay ahead of the game, and actually make money in this affiliate space; you need to be very well informed. Spy tools make this possible for an affordable price; even though some might say OMG it’s so expensive $250 for a spy tool, that isn’t expensive, that’s an investment that will help you save $1000s of money; so you won’t lose it all doing stupid shit and taking uncalculated risks you don’t need.

This guide was written as the go to guide for newbies and advanced affiliates alike. It’s the ultimate WIKI you can give to new hires, new media buyers to get them up to speed; the 101 on how to spy and find stuff to base their own angles and creative ideas off of. The entire guide is featuring one of my favorite spy tools for Native, Push, Display, Mobile, and Ecom. AdPlexity. A Spy tool created by an awesome bunch of guys, who created the #1 biggest paid affiliate marketing forum on this planet named STM Forum. Join Here if you are not a member yet.

This guide features both advanced and simple spying techniques in no order; it’s quite random in fact because I am just dumping my knowledge here, hoping I don’t forget something, but if I do forget a way to spy that you’d like to know, please leave a comment and I’ll append it to this WIKI.

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Table of Contents

☑️How To Find Everything A Specific Affiliate Is Running On NATIVE Using Their Affid Footprint?
☑️How To Find Out Which Verticals/Offers/Niches Are The Most Popular On A Specific Traffic Source?
☑️How To Find Which Traffic Sources Work Best For My Offer? 3 Examples
☑️How To Find Landing Pages For An Offer That Work? What Kind Of Landing Pages To Use To Promote A CPA Offer?
☑️Which Ads Are Making The Most Money For An Affiliate? Spying Using Their RedTrack/Voluum Click Links And Find Out!
☑️Which Affiliate Offers Are Being Run On A Specific Publisher In PUSH?
☑️How Do I Find What Ads Are Being Promoted On A Specific Website URL Or Placement/Zone In Native?

How To Find Everything a Specific Affiliate Is Running on NATIVE Using their affid Footprint?

If you want to find all the ads, learn about which placements these ad show up for a specific affiliate, this is how it’s done.

Step #1) Find an affiliate worthy of spying. You do this by logging into native.adplexity.com and on the left toolbar select Last 7 Days, select the traffic source (RevContent in my case), then on the top right, sort it by received the most traffic. Now look for an ad in your vertical, in my vertical it’s LEAD GEN, so i naturally looked for ads that are for lead gen and found this ad:

Ad on RevContent, targeting African Americans for an Auto Lead Gen Offer.

Step #2) Click through on the campaign link, prelander, and find an aff ID in the URL bar on the offer page as follows:

Clicking in the link inside AdPlexity took me to this pre-lander. I clicked the CTA button, and was redirected to the offer.
On the offer URL, i looked in the address bar, and found the info i need the “AFF ID” in this case aff=1561

Now that you have the AFFID, we need to go back to AdPlexity and on the top menu bar select “BY ADVERTISER” and from the SEARCH in dropdown select “All Of The Above” then type the aff=1561 into the enter the query box, and hit the search button.

Here’s all the ads from the aff=1561 id, when the footprint you use is broad the results won’t be 100% accurate, so you need to append more from the offer link – in this specific affiliate’s campaigns adding “aff=1561&sub=MFRB_Auto_Native” will produce way better results than the broad method.

And there you have it, now you can see all the ads that this affiliate used and which ones were the best and ran the longest. Ripping and running won’t make you easy money anymore in 2020 and beyond. You need to take the ads you found, get ideas, and make your own ads that are similar based on the best performers!

How to Find Out Which Verticals/Offers/Niches Are The Most Popular on a Specific Traffic Source?

Deciding which road you will take, and by road I mean traffic source can be a make it or break it process. Take it from me, I spent $35,000 testing over 30 traffic sources that were UNPROVEN only to lose $33,000 to find just 1 that showed some promise. That’s how COSTLY it is to test unproven traffic sources; and not for the faint hearted.

98% of affiliate marketers prefer to pick a traffic source, then run offers proven to convert on those sources. How do you find out what works on a traffic source the best? Which vertical kills it and which one to avoid? You SPY (because 9 out of 10 traffic sources, unless it’s ZeroPark will NOT tell you what offers to run or are doing well)

I’m looking at EvaDav to see exactly what kind of offers are running just on their traffic source by selecting it on the left menu inside AdPlexity.

This is where AdPlexity comes in; and this is how you use it to find out which verticals/CPA Offers/Niches work best on a specific traffic source.

1. Login to AdPlexity Native for this one (although the process is the same for every traffic type spy tool they offer)
2. Select the date range of the last 30 days in the Left Menu.
3. Scroll down until you see Traffic Source, and select the one you want to run on.
4. I’ve selected EvaDav and waited a few seconds for ads to load, sorting them by received the most traffic.
5. Next, I started observing what do I see? TIP: Hit the Translate ad descriptions into English to make it easier to understand wtf the ads are for.
6. I saw Weight Loss Ads for MEN, Crypto Ads, More Weight Loss For Men and lots of Adsense Arbitrage ads with those viral top 10 style articles that are super interesting.

So there you have it, we’ve learned that Weight Loss ads for Men are a good fit for EvaDav, Crypto Lead Gen, and Arbitrage is quite popular on there. You can rinse n repeat this process for other Traffic Sources and then take notes on what you see the way I did. Then pick your niche, and start testing.

How to Find which traffic sources Work best for my offer? 3 Examples

Example #1 – You have the final offer URL

Inside AdPlexity Native (or any), click on ADVERTISER up top menu. Next on top, but on the left side click on SEARCH IN > ALL OF THE ABOVE

The offer I am going to be looking up is https://proketorx.com/

Typed in the offer URL in the search by advertiser input box, after selecting all of the above for URLs to search under.

Now here’s where the magic happens. Based on the last 30 days data, this KETO offer ran on RevContent (80) and Content.ad (17). Since it was seen so many times on RevContent it’d make sense to start testing KETO offers on that traffic source. Maybe not this one, and definitely not with the same stolen angles, but your own variations and angles.

Example #2 – You Have the Offer Name

You have the offer name but not the offer domain (this might happen, especially if the AM is sleeping and you don’t want to wait 6-8 hours until they wake up, but you want to get a head start on competitive intelligence)

In our case, we’re going to be looking for this offer: Keto Pro Ex

We head into our trusty Adplexity spy tool, and we click on BY KEYWORD on the top. By default, it should have the search box set to “on the landing page”. We just paste the name of our offer in “Keto Pro Ex” and hit that trusty magnifying glass to begin our hunt.

And BAM! Just like that, we get 100s of ads for the offer and quickly learn a ton of key stuff.

This Keto Offer is most popular on iPhones & Desktop Windows; MGID & Content.ad is the best place to run this offer. It’s done well in UK, CZ, USA, FR and DE. Oasis has this offer and so does Viking Clicks – if you want to get on with Oasis, tell Darren I said Hey and he’ll help get you approved!

Intel tells us where we should run this offer at. The more times it’s been seen the better, that means its working there.

Example #3 – Using a Broad Keyword (Not my favorite, but it works)

Let’s say we want to promote Financial Lead gen from Media500. You know those awesome bitcoin offers. We have NO IDEA what traffic source to run it on; so what do we do? We fire up our awesome spy tool – AdPlexity and type in some BROAD keywords. Here are some ideas: bitcoin, crypto, investment

I’ve entered bitcoin and already got back a ton of data showing me landers, angles, ad images that are working well.

This is just ONE keyword I used, what I want to learn is WHICH TRAFFIC SOURCE to test on. So again, I look in the left sidebar and observe what instances occurred the most times.

As you can see on the screenshot below, Desktop is a clear winner here. Followed by iPhone.

RevContent, Mgid are the kings when it comes to where this type of vertical is being promoted.

UK, DE, BR, NL, PH are the top 5 most popular geos for this type of offers.

If you want to try your luck with promoting financial lead gen, be sure to visit Media500 here. They are great people who always pay their affiliates.

How to find landing pages for an offer that work? What kind of landing pages to use to promote a CPA offer?

If you don’t know what type of landing pages to use for a vertical/niche, this is one of the best areas a spy tool like AdPlexity can help you.

In this example, we’re going to find PUSH Dating landing pages. We want to run on ZeroPark, a PUSH traffic source, so we are going to spy and see what kind of landers people are running in the Geo our CPA Network rep told us they have a high converting dating offer in.

1. As Usual, we login to our AdPlexity Push account.
2. We set the date for last 7 days, and sort it by received the most traffic (this is done in the left, and top menu bars)

Here are my initial results, we’re not done here.

Next up, on the left menu bar we need to our GEO (Portugal) and then scan through the ads, and open the ones that are DATING ads (obviously) like so:

After opening each ad, we look for the landing page link, and open it, if it looks like a dating lander. We saw it, and find 4-5 more landing pages that we could give to our designer to clean from malicious code, and add our RedTrack click link.

Which ads are making the most money for an affiliate? Spying using their RedTrack/Voluum click links and find out!

We’re using AdPlexity Push for this, as I want to find out for an affiliate that’s always on the first page of results when I sort by received most traffic; which campaigns/ads are doing the most volume for them (thus earning them the most money)

1. The URL I am spying on is the Red Track Click Link placed on the pre-lander in their campaign, in this case “https://revttmobile.com/click.php”

2. Inside AdPlexity PUSH, i click on BY ADVERTISER on the top menu, on the left select the period (This year so January 1-today), then I paste their click link which is revttmobile.com/click.php with the https part removed.

3. Next, I sort the results by received the most traffic to see which one was their best performing ad/campaign.

To find the best native, mobile or display ads; it’s essentially the same process you just need to use the different AdPlexity tool.

Which affiliate offers are being run on a specific publisher in PUSH?

Let’s say you ran some traffic, and now you got a list of awesome placements but you want to learn more. What are others running on these placements? Maybe you are missing something that they aren’t so they are more profitable?

Questions, questions.. how do we get answers… well AdPlexity search by publisher function of course. This is how it’s done..

1 – Grab the publisher name from your traffic source, we’ve selected ” 4shared.com”
2 – Inside AdPlexity push, click on BY PUBLISHER in the top menu and paste the publisher name in the what ads run on box… in our case we paste “4shared.com” and press search. And that’s it, now you can get placement specific ideas on what work there and try and see how you can make money from verticals proven on that placement.

How Do I Find What Ads Are Being Promoted on a Specific Website URL or Placement/Zone in Native?

This is quite similar to looking things up on PUSH, the only thing that’s different is here you can check by website URL (aka Publisher) or by Zone/Source/Site/Widget ID, as many native traffic sources hide the actual website URLs.

Let’s say we want to check what’s running in mirror.co.uk website, because we know they have native ads on them.

Login to your AdPlexity native account, and select BY PUBLISHER on the top menu, paste the domain name – in our example: mirror.co.uk and wait for it to populate. It will show the results soon, then sort by received the most traffic.

We can right away see that an app like HONEY gets the most traffic, followed by a game, a language learning gadget, more games, and stuff for seniors. You can get intel on what works, by selecting the right period. For example, right now because of Coronavirus, games and other entertainment, and products that solve problems while being stuck at home are on the rise.

Here’s another example, let’s say we ran traffic and we see potential coming from a placement ID 680530, we want to find out what other affiliates are promoting on this site – maybe we can get some ideas on how to improve our own campaigns on there?

Again, back to trusty AdPlexity Native, on top menu we select “BY PLACEMENT” and we enter the widget/placement ID in the search box (in this example we enter 680530) and sort by received the most traffic.

Seems like viral style articles are the most popular here, aka those top 10 lists. If we explore deeper by clicking the ads we learn that they all point to a website loaded with arbitrage ads for Adsense and Search feeds.

Hope you find this detailed overview of how to use AdPlexity spy tool useful. Spying is crucial in affiliate marketing success; you can save a lot of time and money knowing what works and where. There are other great spy tools out there like MagicAdz for Facebook as well; AdPlexity.com does a great job on Native, Push, Ecom and Display. They also offer you carrier spying by providing VPN’s you can use to manually spy and see what kind of ads show up if you access different placements/websites through carrier IPs. A lot of affiliate offers only target carrier specific, as that’s the only way they can convert.

I highly encourage you check out STM forum if you are a newbie to affiliate marketing, or iAmAffiliate premium if you have the basics down and look for methods that work right now. On iAmAffiliate, I can personally help you with spying using AdPlexity, MagicAdz, Adspy or Anstrex. If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

iAmAttila

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Best Ways to Utilize Pinterest for Your Business

Instagram is like a fake pompous person that always brags about its travels and wardrobe. Twitter is a colleague always ready to have a quick argument about anything. Facebook is a family member that is always sending you images of his kids and pets. 

Pinterest is a cool dude that loves video games and cooking, always willing to suggest new things.

Who would you like to hang around with the most? Yes, that’s right. On Pinterest, there is no pressure. Everything is about your satisfaction and helpfulness. The main goal is to find content that will inspire you and make your day better. 

That is all cool but why would I spend part of my marketing budget on Pinterest?

So, 90% of Pinterest users say it helps them to decide what to buy. Majority of people (78%) like the content that companies are publishing and 66% decides on a purchase after they see a Pin from a certain bend. 

On top of all that, people love to discover new things on Pinterest.

People are buying products on Pinterest more than on any other social network. It’s every marketers dream, especially for eCommerce. 

Of course, Pinterest owners are well aware of this. They try to make the sales process smooth and fast for bought sellers and buyers. Therefore, they have an option like Buyable Pins. It allows your buyers to go through a purchasing process without ever leaving Pinterest. There are also, personalized buying recommendations as well as a product catalog.

There are other benefits of your business being present on Pinterest:

  • Having a business profile on Pinterest can have a positive impact on your website SEO. 
  • It’s good for generating positive traffic by putting your links on pins.
  • Brand presentation and great content exposure. 
  • Great opportunity to build a reputation as an expert in your niche.
  • Awesome opportunity for conducting market research and following trends.
  • A good opportunity for audience research.

Who uses Pinterest?

According to Shopify, the majority of users are women 70%. Still, the number of men is constantly on the rise. Half of the people are from the USA and majority are Millennials. 

What kind of content should I share?

There are different types of popular content. What they have in common is that focus is on quality of the content, visuals and a link towards your website, store or product.

Product Pins

As the name suggests, these are the pins that hold images or videos that show your product. It’s very similar to product presentations in online ads. You can directly buy a product from clicking on a Pin and those ads have the best ROI.

Blog Posts

Blog posts have tremendous potential on Pinterest. It’s important to have at least one pin for every post, as a text over an image and create a copy that will make people’s attention. 

Infographics

Infographics are incredibly effective visuals so naturally, they are popular on Pinterest. Just make sure that Infographic is not too big, content would be too small then to get attention. 

Video

There is an option of placing your own video or use one directly from YouTube. The autoplay option is only available for promotional pins. When it comes to content, tutorials and DIY are the most popular. There are also a big number of shopping guides.  It’s an awesome opportunity for promoting your products. 

How can all this be used in a marketing strategy? 

Well, I will give you an example.

Let’s say that we are selling jewelry. This could be our content strategy:

  1. Image of one jewelry piece with a link to our website.
  2. The blog post  “5 simple techniques for cleaning jewelry at home”
  3. Infographic  “Finding a perfect wedding ring – survival guide”
  4. DIY video “How to create a necklace that everyone will love”
  5. Shopping guide “10 perfect anniversary pieces”
  6. 15 songs for Valentine’s Day.

How can your pin be noticed?

A key is for your pin to get attention, it has to stand out from the others. I can give you some ideas from my experience on how to do that. 

  • Pins that have a few dominant colors, not just one color, gets more attention.
  • Keep image lightning in mind. Images that are too dark or light are not very aesthetically pleasing.
  • Images with warm red tones are more popular than cold blue ones.
  • Pins with less than 30% white surface are most popular.
  • People in the images should look happy with smiley faces. 
  • Text on the images should not take more than 20% of space.
  • If you are creating a multi-image pin, it should have a maximum of 4 images. 
  • Write a copy with 75 to 100 characters.
  • Place your keywords to look as naturally as possible.

How to promote your Pins?

Promoting Pins is how you advertise on Pinterest. Similar to Facebook, placement options are feed or search. A pin can have an image or video with a little writing ‘’promoted’’ at the bottom. 

Again, conversion goals are similar to Facebook. It can be website traffic – CPC, brand awareness (per 1000 impressions) it’s similar for video and app installs. 

You can choose a daily or total budget. Audience targeting is similar to Facebook as well. The difference from my experience is that targeting based on interest and keywords is more precise and important than on other platforms. 

Great thing is that there is no minimum budget, it’s all up to you to decide how much you want to spend. Keep in mind that Pin promotion is not available to everyone. Currently, there is a restricted number of countries where this option is available.

Like with all ads, analytics is incredibly important!

Everyone who has a Pinterest account has free access to Pinterest Analytics.

Key metrics that you need to follow are: 

  • Impressions – How many times you Pin appeared on a feed or search result.
  • Saves – How many times people saved your pins on one of their tables.
  • Link clicks – this includes any link on your Pin that lead people somewhere.
  • All-time – you will see an all-time statistic of your account: how many saved Pins you have, what are high ranked Pins or a number of Power Pins (the ones with a big number of customer interactions)

Here you will not see your top Pins and tables but also Pins that your visitors created using the Save button or Pinterest browser extensions.

Some small advice for the end:

The fact that your Pin has many impressions is not worth anything if a small number of people clicked or saved them. 

Pins that are saved can also be spin (re-shared) by your audience. Again, if a number of clicks are small, it won’t bring many people to your website. Keep this in mind when calculating the effectiveness of your Pins.

Useful programs for Pinterest

Tailwind – It will help with scheduling Pins, creating Pins from your other social media posts and it has good analytics as well. 

PinGroupie – Helps tremendously with searching tables on Pinterest.

PinFollow – As the name says, it will help you with gaining new followers. 

Woobox’s Pinterest Tab – Allows you to add a Pinterest tab on Facebook. 

IFTTT for Pinterest – Another tool to synchronize your Pinterest with other social networks.

How To Track Conversions on your own Offer Page if the Traffic Source Doesn’t Have Their Own Conversion Pixel?

This is an interesting problem; let’s say you create your own offer (maybe host n post, API or iframe based). You have your own domain for the offer; it’s direct, not through a CPA Network. You can’t place S2S or a conversion pixel like Facebook or Google Ads’ pixels. so What do you do? How do you track conversions?

I ran into this exact problem now that we’re scaling one of our own, in-house lead gen offers over at iAm Cash (our private cpa network).

I reached out to my tracker of choice – RedTrack, and ask if they know how we can track this, since there’s no CPA Network or advertiser platform that will send the clickID’s back that redtrack generates.

They told me, not to worry as their system already has a solution built in for this – RedTrack’s very own conversion pixel!

All we have to do is login to RedTrack, click on Tools > Conversion Tracking and look for the Conversion Pixel Tracking code.

Cut and paste the code, and place it on your Thank You page and that’s it. Now when someone goes through the redtrack link, and they complete the offer and arrive at the ‘thank you page’ the conversion will show up in RedTrack.

I was told this works 90% of the time, some browser or people that selected not to accept cookies – it won’t work, but for most it will work great. Enjoy!