How To Make Money in Affiliate Marketing using Spy Tools & Why Ripping and Running Does Not Work!

How To Make Money in Affiliate Marketing using Spy Tools & Why Ripping and Running Does Not Work!

It’s #coronatime (SADLY). We are living in historic times we’ve never, ever imagined would happen so randomly, so unexpectedly. However, here we are.

Making money online from anywhere has been the main reason why being an affiliate marketer has always been awesome!

What about affiliate marketers right now during COVID-19?

What’s happening to the shopify drop shippers used to selling FOMO and fun, viral products?

What about the offers that converted like wild fire? Well initial data is back, and according to the stacked marketer newsletter, over 80% of affiliates are suffering and campaigns have dropped.

In our own experience, all of our COD stuff died; people are holding on their cash and not really spending it. Which meant we had to pivot, real quick into offers that are doing well.

How do we find things that are selling right now and offers worth promoting? With spy tools like Anstrex & Adplexity of course! (We also use tools like Google Trends to check if the niche/vertical is on the up)

There’s one mistake a lot of affiliates make when it comes to spy tools, rather than getting ideas and innovating they simply rip n run. Then, they are shocked nothing works, and they lose money.

The biggest affiliates in the game today have a lot of MOATS on their side.

-They get higher payouts from networks
-They get traffic deals through direct buys
-They get exclusive offers no one else can run, or only they can run an offer on a specific traffic source.

This doesn’t mean if you are not BIG, you are doomed to fail. Here’s some tips to ensure you are maximize your chances of success.

  1. SPY using the best tools like Adplexity & Anstrex.
  2. When you find interesting campaigns, DO NOT just RIP n RUN it. Instead write your own advertorial from scratch, take your own product pictures, make your own look and feel based on what is proven to be working.
  3. While spying, make note of the redirect URL chains and write them down; go direct to the SOURCE vs a 2nd or 3rd tier middle man re-brokering the offers from other networks.
  4. Make your own ads based on what’s proven to work; do not rip and run ads on traffic sources, chances are their algo has the original affiliate memorized, and they will give them priority.
  5. When it comes time to scale, be sure to take what works, get it translated into other languages and just launch the winning combinations quickly into as many geos as your CPA network has the offer in. (One cool thing we did in the past with Adcombo to scale to $1,700,000 in Asia, was take our winning video ad, add a country flag and national country music to it and just launch translated ad copies)
  6. Make your own mini masterminds, find people who are going to return the favor, help you out with info, be sure to help them out tell them new things. It won’t make you earn less money if you share with a select few, and they share back – you will all make more in the end as you can bounce ideas off one another.
  7. If you don’t know many people; get help from people who are better than you, join a forum like iAmAffiliate and ask questions, and get answers from top affiliates.

If you follow these 7 tips, you will find it easier to earn money during these trying times.

There are tens of thousands of new people flocking into the world of internet marketing because they were laid off or lost their jobs for good and need to provide for their families. If you decide to go beyond what 99% others will do; that is what will make you successful. It’s still possible to earn a killer income in affiliate marketing, you just can’t be average anymore. Sadly the good times from years ago are over, time to step up.

Study stuff like Google trends, see what’s showing up in spy tools and make your own version and don’t be lazy. If you are bad at copy writing, find a copywriter. If you can’t afford one,work out a JV where you guys split the profits and both just invest time and energy into the project.

Affiliate Marketing and Depression – It affects all of us, here’s my experience.

Affiliate Marketing and Depression - It affects all of us,  here's my experience.

Affiliate Marketing is very hard, despite what people might make you believe – it’s not Bottle Service, Lambos, and Killing It 24/7.

In Fact, it’s more struggle than ever these days. I’m very honest (as you know) always telling it how it is, and I can tell you after a killer campaign dies, there are many months where nothing works as it should, no matter what you try it doesn’t want to work – hell even if you rip n run shit on the spy tools, somehow it just doesn’t work.

For example, there were times, I didn’t drive my Porsche for MONTHS because I felt I didn’t deserve it.

I felt like the guy working at the corner store makes more then me because I was constantly losing testing new verticals, testing new offers, etc etc. LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS UP as a lot of killing it 24/7 affiliates who are too ashamed to admit when they are down make it seem like it is.

Affiliate marketing has been like this for years, err for ever, always a crazy streak of super awesome profit months, then months of silience where we go into negative and it seems like that negative keeps getting worse and worse.

We all experienced this, it’s just part of the game.

The times where we feel like we’re stupid, where we’re missing something, where even if we copy straight up what a good friend suggests it just doesn’t work for us – and we can’t explain why!

I felt depressed because of this, I went to talk to a pro who helmed me frame it and understand it, these are just phases. Why am I telling you this? Because It’s absolutely NORMAL not to kill it 24/7. Struggle is OK, it’s just about keeping on. And always, always, the stars line up and comes the next big success hit.

I know a lot of people in affiliate marketing experience this, they feel down, and they feel bad about how hard it is; but there’s no place to talk about it and vent your frustration, because then others will look down on them, not want to talk to them because they aren’t killing it.

People always expect everyone to bring their A game, their instagram face. The fake, made up bullshit that everyone expects but it is always so.

I didn’t know if I should write this, but why the hell not. i Am Attila; and affiliate marketing has made me feel depressed at times.

I dealt with it by talking to great friends, bitching and complaining and venting my frustrations and then went right back to the drawing board, spying, evaluating testing..

This is a true story, while I was spying, and analyzing redirect chains and which CPA network has the offer…

That’s how I discovered Media500 and G, the coolest bunch of guys ever, who gave me some insane geos that got us initial traction on PUSH which helped me feel amazing yet again and get out of the rut.

If you want to talk privately about your struggles, vent your frustrations, I don’t look at you as “OH a negative person, and he’ll pull me down with him, I dont want to talk to this person” instead, I will listen, and if needed offer some advice on how to be once more happy and enjoy the best damn career/job in the world, Affiliate Marketing!!

With my killer buddy Ian Fernando we created a new telegram group, where we can openly talk about struggles we encountered, how we solved them, and also talk about things that make us happy. Join if you want to talk (link in description) or PM me!!

Affiliate Marketing and Depression - It affects all of us,  here's my experience.

Cheers, and remember, affiliate is a marathon not a race!!

Affiliate Marketing and Depression - It affects all of us,  here's my experience.



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To Do CPA Affiliate Marketing or Not – That is the Question

To Do CPA Affiliate Marketing or Not - That is the Question

I get a ton of emails asking me how to get started in the world of affiliate marketing, and whether its a good idea to do so.

I tell these people the truth, affiliate marketing is a very, very hard thing to do. It’s extremely stressful, it’s super risky so unless they can handle stress like a day trader, have money they can afford to lose it’s worth it to join the battle.

I say battle because affiliate marketing is about battling failure after failure – learning something new in the process each and every time, eventually striking a winning campaign. A winning campaign that isn’t forever, it might run for 1 month, 2 months, maybe 4 months before it does due to many external factors. Product life cycle, increase in competition, bad reviews, offer dying, new regulation just to name a few potential ‘campaign killers’

When I answer with the above, then people say ‘But I want to be free, and just run traffic!” Well, there’s no such thing as just running traffic and winning all the time. Affiliate marketing is not instagram glam where everything is perfect.

To those who just want to quit their 9-5 and be there own boss, I recommend building a skill. Then getting a job as a freelancer or better yet creating your own service based business. These type of opportunities don’t require a lot of stress, you don’t have to lose sleep over them, and most importantly you don’t need to lose/invest a lot of money in learning as usually the profit is guaranteed – you do the job, you get paid (sometimes even before you do the job).

How to build skills you can then harness to make money online?

Well there’s always Youtube, tons of free information out there I rely on always to learn new skills from how to charge a car battery to how to create liquid tables in CSS. It’s quite vast.

If you are looking for most of a ‘classroom’ style approach, with modules you can go through step by step then you can pick up awesome skills by buying courses for like $5-20 bucks on sites like Skillshare and Udemy. Their courses are really good for building new skill sets.

How to promote your new service style business?

I have 4 major service businesses I’ve started many, many years ago – Content Pimp, Banners&Landers, Anglesaurus and Transey. The eldest turns 12 years old this November. Yes it’s been in business generating profits each month for 12 years now. Well over the “If your business doesn’t survive the first 6 months or 2 years (I can’t remember exactly which one people say more), it will die” phrase you often hear with offline businesses. My companies all survived more than 2 years in biz; heck my blog too even though someone really, really wanted it to fail and kept saying “most bloggers quit and don’t make it beyond 2 years” LOL yea well, maybe most – not iAmAttila. This person didn’t realize I did not start this blog to make money, I created it to help people and enjoy my hobby of copy writing.

Anyways if you are wondering how I built all these businesses from $0 spend on marketing? COMMUNITY! Join forums, groups on Facebook, start helping people, and they will start asking if you can do stuff for them and they’ll be happy to pay. If you do a great job, they will start recommending you to their friends and acquaintances.

It will snow ball from there, don’t do things just to make millions, always think about making $1 and giving a lot of value in the process – rest will follow. (A concept 9/10 people simply fail to grasp; hell most affiliate ‘friends’ won’t help you if they see you are down, because they are selfish pricks)