The Top 9 FREE Chrome Extensions I use for my Paid Affiliate Marketing Campaigns to Make My Work More Productive.

As a full time affiliate marketer for many years now,  I use these extensions all the time to keep things most productive.      It helps keep me organized and focused, as well as do mundane tasks faster and easier saving me from having to do 10 steps; instead getting the same thing done in just 1 or 2 steps.    All of these chrome extensions are FREE.

  1. RemoveCookiesForSite – Since I have to log in and out of Media500 (CPA Networks), RedTrack (trackers),  ZeroPark (Push Networks), Forums (iAmAffiliate, STM) sometimes the cookies get messed up,   clearing them by hand would mean, having to open Chrome settings, and going deep to find privacy > cookies, then searching for the ones I want to remove.   HUGE Time waster.   This extension allows me to click it on the website I need to clear cookies for, and that’s it.    

2. Facebook Pixel Helper –  We run a ton of Facebook Ads, and always need to place the pixel.  Either on the thank you page of our site, or within the CAKE/HASoffers platform of the cpa network we’re working with.    The quickest way to make sure that the right events get fired when we visit say the thank you page is to uset his handy little tool, so all you do is visit the page you placed on pixel, then wait a few seconds and click the Facebook Pixel Helper extension, and it will show you which pixel fired, and which events.  

3. LastPass – In this age of cyber security, having super complex, and long passwords and a different one for each website, safe site, tracker, cpa network, spy tool, etc is a must.   My passwords are like 32 characters long, and made up of upper and lower case characters and illegal chars and numbers.   It’d take todays computers lots of time to brute force crack these random passwords;  and there’s no way in hell I can remember them, or even type them in by hand – so LastPass to the rescue, all passwords saved, securely in one place, with autofill.

4. Google Analytics URL Builder – I’ve been tagging all of our URLs for WH stuff with UTM codes, so we can see in Google Analytics flow of visitors, etc.  This nifty little extension makes it super easy to save templates, so when you visit a URL you want to promote (like lets say a safe article link) you can just select your template,  type in whatever you want to label the ad, and it will generate the link for you with all the UTM stuff on it, which you can cut n paste to your FB or G campaign or whever you wanna run it.

5. WhatRuns – Ever wonder which tools/scripts/apps a shopify store is running? This will tell you the theme, the apps they added, and many more things, ie which retargeting platform, pixels, etc are on the site.  It works for ecom super well, that’s where I use it, and also works great if you want to learn what your competitor is using on their site to make it better, ie visualwebsiteoptimizer for split testing, or some retargeting platform, or something new you didn’t even hear about that’s getting them tons of HQ visitors but they didn’t want to share.

6. LinkClump – This is a must if you need to open multiple links at once.  Let’s say my employee does a spy session, sends me links to landers so I can pick the ones I want to get ripped.   It will be like a list of 40 links.  Holding down CTRL+clicking on each one takes a shit ton of time,  with this, I can hold down Z and then select them all, and it will open them in different tabs in Chrome.  

7. Momentum – Super great to keep your todo list right in front of you, and not lose sight of what you need to get done today.   I use it because I have ADD and can’t focus and forget what i need to do unless i write it down as my mind is racing like crazy.  This thing helps keep it all organized.    It’s also a clock, and tells you the weather, and shows beautiful backgrounds / sceneries too.  

8. Save To Pocket – I’ve been using this for a long, long time.  It’s basically so bad ass, when you are surfing, or on Facebook and see something cool, but don’t have time to read it then and there. You just click the little Pocket extension, and it will save it in the cloud for you.  You can then access your pocket bookmarks from your phone or tablet, or PC anytime you want and read it.  PERFECT when you hit the loo for #2 and want some killer reading material right there!  It also works offline so if there’s no internet (lets say you are out sailing) then you can read all the stuff on your phone/tablet.  

9. RescueTime – this keeps track of what sites you visit, and how much time you spend so u can figure out where you waste most of your time.  This is a must if you want to optimize your time to get more shit done.

admitad – Connects Thousands of Satisfied Customers Across the Globe

“I decided not to reinvent the wheel; I just wanted to improve the existing platforms and excel at customer service”

Alexander Bachmann, admitad CEO & Founder

 

Built on extensive customer experience and passion for brands, the affiliate marketing space has matured into a significant channel for driving sales for advertisers of all sizes, and will continue to grow. The platforms providedby affiliate networks for advertisers and publishers are, in many cases, the juiceof sales growth, offering measurement and quality assurance for both.

 

Hence, the next question is – when was the last time you went shopping around for a new affiliate network? Everyone has heard of the ventures that havebeen here since the 90s, but what about the new wave of CPA networks?

If you are an affiliate/publisher looking for a network with global top-paying offers, customer-centered approach, and a continued focus on building a high-performing and service-driven team, then I highly recommend admitad.

 

Originally launched back in 2010, this global network of Cost-per-Action affiliate programs has expanded beyond its headquarters in Germany by launchingsix offices around the world, with plans to further global expansion. These ambitionsare fueled by the fact that the network has enjoyed six consecutive periods of year-over-year revenue growth by more than 100%.

 

Another thing worth paying attentionto is the story of success of admitad CEO & Founder Alexander Bachmann. When he was only 17, Alexander Bachmann dropped out of school to set out on his entrepreneurial journey.

 

With just $27 in his pocket, he was able to buy a domain name and a web hosting to kickstart his dream.

Prior to admitad, Bachmann contributed as a publisher atZanox&Affilinet. These platforms are considered to be the European affiliate marketing giants. Instead of going head-to-head with Zanox, Bachmann discovered an opportunity in the Russian market,namely, in Cost-per-Acquisition (CPA) affiliate marketing. Fortified by his experience as a top affiliate, Alexander decided not just to create his own affiliate network, but to build a company with all the features and qualities the current platforms were lacking.

“I decided not to reinvent the wheel; I just wanted to improve the existing platforms and excel at customer service,” Alexandersays.

 

Today, Bachmann’s admitad is valued at over $100 million, with an annual growth rate of over 100%.

 

To note, admitad has maintained a highly centralized decision-making structure within the business, with Bachmann himself being the primary decision-maker.

This centralized model of decision-making enables admitad to move fast, make decisions without bureaucracy, and inevitably get the jump on its competitors when the opportunity arises.

As a global access point for clients facilitating productive partnerships between the advertisers and the publishers, admitad is set to provide the most adaptive and smart solutions for the immediate business boost, as well as help its customers launch and develop a successful business.

 

Promising Services by admitad:

Neither an initial cost of entry nor any extra pay to promote the offers to top affiliates is envisioned. Each admitad client is assigned an individual account manager; this allows to deal with all the queries (in your native language) and solve every issue faced by the clients in this field to optimize the campaign, including recruitment of additional partners based on the client’s criteria and admitad monetization tools for publishers;

 

  • admitad is known for paying affiliates before they even get paid by the offer owner/advertiser. It’s worth saying that the company’s publishers can have access to funds withdrawal even with the advertiser’s negative balance. Most of the affiliate networks follow a monthly payment schedule, whereas admitad has a weekly pattern. The company offers its clients a variety of payment methods so that everyone can find the rightfit at admitad via PayPal, e-payments, and Wire Transfer in all major currencies;

 

  • admitad has tied up for different product and service categories to provide the most matching advertisements for your site. The following are some of the categories, for which admitad has regular campaigns:
    • e-commerce – accessories, apparel, electronics, furniture and household products, sports, car goods, Chinese goods, and kids stuff;
    • mobile devices;
    • onlinegames;
    • services, including finance, food delivery, coupon services, travel, and many more.

Here is the full list of admitad categories.

  • The signing up process is straightforward; the necessary options are arranged in an easy to pick manner on the navigation bar; it won’t intimidate you with tons of terms and features, arranged in a clumsy way. When you sign up for admitad, in addition to having access to the many great features of the program, you are also provided with support tickets on multiple languages. admitad’ssupport team will reply to your ticket in a split second,offering the necessary solution.
  • admitad provides Asian business to expand into Western markets and works as an entry point for entrepreneurs eager to go East. As recently reported by admitad, Chinese e-commerce has already earned one third of a billion dollars gained from deals through admitad affiliate program. For less than 9 months of the current year Chinese sales achieved the amount of $ 310 million – this includes a total revenue growth of over 70 Chinese e-shops and their offers promoted by admitad. Until the end of 2017 the revenues will hit the $500 mln. The y-o-y dynamics is on graph below:

 “One of the vectors that we have chosen for admitad’s development is really ambitious. We want our company and the instruments we have created to become a hub, an access point where Chinese e-shops could attract buyers from all over the world. What is more, with the CPA payment model which is transparent, demonstrative, scalable, projected – there are a lot of advantages. On the other hand, we see that many European and American products are in demand in China. For this purpose, we have established an office in China in order to help non-Chinese global e-commerce to enter the Chinese market and find core solvent audience there. It is important to us to combine these courses: to help business to sell, and buyers to purchase desirable products. 

Indeed, the world and business are becoming global and admitad, being a global company, does its best to cooperate in that effort.”

Alexander Bachmann, admitad CEO

To sum it up…

 

admitad’s global expansion strategy is aimed to provide fuel for a continued growth and innovation in the affiliate marketing space. The platform has become an indispensable tool both for advertisers and publishers. It gains not only transactions but also an invaluable brand recognition, regular payout system with pre-payment options, responsive customer care team, various niche support, fraud-proof analysis, and customer engagement, while efficiently delivering the type of content demanded by today’s sophisticated online consumer.

It’s high time to raise the bar and get the payouts you know you deserve. admitad is here to help you launch and develop a successful business!

 

Check it out right now by signingup!

The best project management tool for affiliate marketers?

Ever wonder, how you can get more done in the same amount of time?    It has to do with organization – now there are a ton of project management, and efficiency tools out there; however in our industry we have specific needs… so I went on a mission to seek out a solution…

I’ve just spent a good week evaluating various project management platforms from Basecamp, Trello all the way to Yalla (yea there’s a project management tool named like that – and no it’s not the song from INNA; although that’s a pretty cool song and sexy music video – check it out here )

I was very, very disappointed 99% of these project management tools don’t have native budget and expense tracking built in; many say you can add in apps to track expenses but even then, the expenses tracked are based on the time logged doing the work.     I’ve been busy and looked at these:   Breeze, Zapier, LeanKit, Smartsheets as well as the aforementioned ones above.

ONE BIG PROBLEM TO SOLVE

We are not freelancers, we do not get paid hourly.

We are running various projects (campaigns) as affiliate marketers, and they all have different costs like:

-Cost of domain name (we use namecheap)
-Cost of hosting (I use BlueHost in the USA and Rackspace Cloud for our landers – TIP: I wrote a guide on how to host landers on Rackspace CDN right here)
-Cost of design of landing page, ripping of landing pages like what bannerslanders provides for $40 
-Cost of labor like setting up the campaign, getting a video ad made, or whatever
-Cost of angles (anglesaurus)
-Cost of Tracker (voluum)
-Cost of Email Service Provider (aweber)

Of course, the above are just “some” of the potential expenses a project might need;  it all depends on what you do.    Nutra, Cloaked or Uncloaked, Whitehat or Blackhat, Pin Submits, App Installs, Lead Gen, SOI/DOI, Dating, whatever.      It was really disappointing to see that most of these so called project management tools lack the ability to enter expenses at a task level and then have a summary of it all on a project level, which you can assign per client (if you are working in JVs or something).

But then I came across the tool I need, the tool that is going to make it a breeze to take all our ops we’ve been doing via email chains, and trello and back and forth via skype and put them all into one place.

This tool lets you create a project, then add tasks, delegate these tasks to different people in your team, and then when they do it,  have them add the actual cost vs the budget that was allocated and monitor everything on one screen.    You can also generate quick reports, both visual and table style to share with JV partners if needed.

This tool is WRIKE, and it’s one of a kind.    Get a free trial here; it’s a game changer if you want to scale your operations.