Ring Tones Mastered (garbage)

Posted by Methylated on January 18, 2009

NOTE From Zombie: I don’t remember where I illegally downloaded this from but it was apparently a 600 word .doc file “ebook” going around on Digital Point. The method s/he uses sucks, isn’t creative, is against most networks’ TOS, and is shady and immoral. Don’t do it. This is the type of stff that gives Digital Point and other forums a bad name. _Stop buying this shit!_

Quick Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the e-book. In this e-book you will find a black hat technique that is creative and profitable. Making money from it is quite simple; and requires no other experience. Not only that; but your earnings are well secure.

Step 1
For this method; we will be using COPEAC. As many of you should know; COPEAC is a well known affiliate network. It’s fairly easy to get accepted into also; they will just call you; answer a few simple questions and your in. Once you have an account at COPEAC; you may proceed to the second step.

Step 2
We want to focus on four cell phone offers that COPEAC provides. They are as follows:
*EXCLUSIVE* [X] – Glamtones (944)
*EXCLUSIVE* [X] – idoltones.us.com (2413)
Jamster – Mobile Games ++ (739)
Jamster – Top Realtones (FREE OFFER) ++ (741)

The campaign ID is right next to the title.

Each of those offers pay above $10 per pin submit; which is a fairly decent amount.

Step 3
Next you will find job websites. Any website where you can post jobs. I recommend:


There are many more Job sites; the more you can find the better it is. Also; high traffic job sites that charge per job posting will net you more revenue.

After you have an account at those three job places; you will submit the job listed in Step 5.

Step 4
Make a message such as:


We are a mobile phone ringtone company that is looking for participants who would like to make quick cash. We need our system to be tested on several participants to make sure that all is in check with the system. This will literally take about 10-20 minutes of your time; while we’ll send you a $300 check for the testing position. This requires no experience; and you can do it from the comfort of your home. All you need is to have a cell phone with text messaging enabled. If all goes smoothly with you; then we may decide to hire you for future testing; again, under the same terms. So; if you want to make some quick money; then send us an email; so you can get started!

Alright; so now you understand how we will round up them folks. Once they send you an email; your response will be:


Thank you for considering the position. We can begin the testing with you immediately. Basically, what we will do is provide you with our companies URL. You will enter your phone number. Once you enter your phone number, you will receive a pin code to your phone. What we need to do is to make sure that the pin code we send you matches with the one in our system. So you will take that pin and enter it on our companies’ website. You will be testing 4 of our websites for us.

So, just provide us with your cell phone number so we can start.

Step 6
Well now they should reply saying that they are interested. You will send them your FOUR affiliate URLs. Try to make them no look like affiliate URLS. They will sign up through all 4 sites, earnings you revenue. Once they do so; you just forget about them. No need to answer their emails anymore.

This method has a lot of potential and can easily make big money. The more job sites you have; the more money you can make. If you actually pay for listings at top job sites; you can get 30-50 interested people a day. So just multiply 30-50 x $40; that is a lot of money to earn a day. Copeac will pay you weekly if you reach a total of $1,000 weekly; which won’t be a problem. Not to mention that once they send out payment; they do not reverse it.

Thank you for reading this e-book; and good luck.

Ultimate Affiliate Marketing / SEO Glossary 3

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

This is obviously Work-In-Progress

Autoresponder=An application that automatically responds to an email, instant message, text message, or any other form of communication, though it is usually referring to email responses. More advanced autoresponders have features such as scheduling responses, responding based on initial message, or split testing messages between groups of recipients.

Demo=Short for demographic, or audience.

White Label=See Host and Post

Media Buyer=Media in this context refers to ad space on a site. A Media Buyer is one who negotiates with a webmaster or agency to buy ad space on a site.

Direct Response (DR)=

Insertion Order (IO)=

Media Kit=

Rate Card=

Advertorial=This not-so-new type of advertisement is made to resemble an essay or an article, with the intention of appearing to have more authority than a standard ad. This is commonly seen in magazines, and now online, where it is uncommonly known as a farticle, or fake article.


Farticle=Fake article – See Advertorial.

WSO=Rehashed Information Sold on Warrior Forum

Media Planner=

Ad Planner=


Yield Optimization=

Run of Site (ROS)=

Run of Network (RON)=

Contextual Targeting=

Behavioral Targeting=

Pay Per Post=

Pay Per Tweet=


Co-Reg / Co-Registration Leads=Coreg leads are leads obtained simultaneously when a user is registering for another product. For example, a user signing up for a mailing list who may check a box for additional information on another product, is signing up as a coreg lead for that product. Co-registration leads are sometimes sold to marketers in the form of subscriptions to your mailing list. Your mailing list is piggy-backing on another (or multiple) lists.

Host and Post=Refers to creating and hosting a landing page yourself, and then sending the data (POSTing) from the form on that landing page to the advertiser; Also known as White Labeling or Deep Linking. The “deep link” is a link to the checkout page.

User Generated Content (UGC)=Any content that is generated by the user rather than by the machine. Some examples include reviews and comments, wiki pages, forum posts, etc.

Earnings Per View (EPV)=Synonymous with PPC’s Earnings Per Click, this refers to the amount earned per view.


ACRU=Active Confirmed Registered User (eBay Partner Network, EPN). When a user signs up, confirms their account, and places a bid.

Bing=Formerly known as MSN Live Search.

AZN=Azoogle Network


Cost Per Order (CPO)=Total or specific cost for fulfilling an individual order. A $1,000 ad campaign that yields 5 sales means the Cost Per Order is $200. A $1,000 ppc campaign that yields 1000 sales means the CPO is $1.

QCP=Quality Click Pricing (eBay Partner Network, EPN). See announcement on the EPN blog.

CRU=Confirmed Registered User (eBay Partner Network, EPN). When a user signs up and confirms their account. If they bid within 30 days, they become an ACRU.

Payout=Amount earned per lead or sale from an offer. Usually refers specifically to the affiliate’s cut. On many networks, if you’re pushing a high volume of leads, this number is negotiable.

Scale / Scaling=Expanding a campaign

Social Media=Vague term that refers to sites that provide user information in real life, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Hi5, etc. May also refer to the Social Network advertising platform SocialMedia, which uses a PPC model to display ads on Facebook and MySpace applications.

Tracking=Refers to using apps and/or other parameters (log files, query strings and other data) to determine the performance and status of a campaign. A campaign can be tracked extensively, giving you info such as the demographic, type of individual user (browser, country, time of day, etc), keywords used, or just tracked in terms of how profitable the campaign is. Also see Google Analytics and Prosper 202.

PPC-Coach=Paid Pay Per Click Affiliate Marketing forum.

Campaign=A project or work with an intended goal. A marketing campaign usually has a list of strategies and tactics, with an expected end result (profit!)

Landing Page=Usually referred to simply as “LP,” a landing page is where the visitor reaches after clicking your link in the search engine. This term is sometimes used interchangibly with Bridge Page.

Ad Copy=The words (either written or spoken) used in an advertisement; The body of the ad.

Adwords=Google’s advertising network: Official Site

Analytics=This may refer specifically to Google Analytics or to any web analytics programs (Quantcast, Mint, etc). These programs are used to record and analyze web page statistics such as visitors, Bounce Rate, pageviews, etc..

Conversion Path=A path laid out on the landing page that takes the visitor to a more specific landing page. Could be as simple as a question that asks the prospect to choose between two options, each going to a different landing page.

Conversion Rate=A ratio of clicks vs conversions. A 10% conversion rate means that out of every 100 visitors, 10 will [convert][#conversion]

PPC=See Pay-Per-Click

EPC=See Earnings-Per-Click

LP See Landing Page

YSM See Yahoo! Search Marketing

CJ See Commission Junction

CB See Clickbank

Clickbank=A marketplace for buying and selling intangible products (software, ebooks, etc): [Official Site][http://clickbank.com]

CTR See Click-Through Rate

Click-Through Rate=Also known as Click-Through Ratio

SEO See Search Engine Optimization Adsense

CPA=See Cost Per Action

CPC=See Cost Per Click

QS=See Quality Score

Quality Score=A score between 1-10 given to your landing page in Google Adwords. The score is an average of several different factors and have a big influence on your Cost-Per-Click. Generally, a higher relevancy = higher quality score = lower cost per click.


Keyword List


Lead=A lead is a connection between a prospect (customer) and a merchant (retailer). It can be an email submission, a big form to fill out, or any other means by which the prospect can gain more information about a product or a merchant. This is not to be confused with a sale, in which the prospect buys a product or a service. These generally have a higher Conversion Rate because they don’t require the user to submit a CC number.

Affiliate Network

Rate of Return=See Return-of-Investment

Return=See Return-of-Investment

Rate of Profit=See Return-of-Investment

ROI; ROR=See Return-of-Investment

AM=May mean Affiliate Marketing, Affiliate Marketer, or Affiliate Manager, depending on context.

Return Of Investment=The amount…


Ebook=Electronic book. An intangible book. May or may not be available in print. Usually distributed in PDF format, but doesn’t have to be.

Keyword Destination URL

Display URL

Direct Track / Directtrack=A popular third party Affiliate Network Service. Used by big names such as Copeac and Ads4Dough


Tracking Pixel

Third-Party Tracking Pixel

Tracking URL

ToS=Terms of Service

Dynamic Keyword=The keyword the prospect used to find the ad, inserted/passed to your landing page automatically by the ad network (such as Adwords or YSM)


Guerrilla Marketing

WF=Short for the Internet Marketing forum WickedFire

DP=Short for the Internet Marketing forum Digital Point

Contextual Link=A text link used between other words, like this link.

CPM=Cost Per Impression, or Cost Per Thousand (1000 impressions)



Suppression List=A list of email addresses of users who have opt-out of receiving ads from a specific network or for a specific offer. This is necessary for CAN-SPAM compliant mailing.

Commission Click Fraud Blog Affiliate Link / Affiliate URL Real-time Tracking Affiliate Agreement Affiliate Manager

Above The Fold=

Keyword Density=The ratio a specific word is used with other words. If the word “pie” has a keyword density of 5% in paragraph X, it is used 5 times within every 100 words.

Prosper202=A free, open source, standalone version of the [Tracking202][#tracking202] tracking software: [Official site][http://prosper202.com]

Tracking202=A hosted tracking service. Standalone is available as [Prosper202][#prosper202]

Cookie Stuffing

Meta Tags

h1 / header tags

Multi-Level Marketing






Pay Per Lead

Pay Per Sale

Privacy Policy

Terms of Service

Recurring Commission

Reciprocal Linking

Keyword Tool




Super Affiliate

Linkbuilding / Link Building

Do Not Follow / donotfollow

Do Follow / dofollow


Text Link

Bounce Rate

Tier-two PPC Networks

Unique User



Host (sometimes referred to as ‘Web Host’)

Managed Hosting

Unmanaged Hosting

Domain name (may be referred to as just ‘domain’)




Hostgator=A popular hosting company, particularly for shared hosting. Official Site

VPS=Short for Virtual Private Server. This is basically a dedicated server as far everyone is concerned, but shares hardware with other clients on the system. Each client has their own portion of the system’s resources, and each is given complete access to these resources, including choice of OS (usually) and apps running on the server. This is a good compromise between the limitations shared hosting suffers from, and the hefty price Dedicated Hosting generally goes for.

Dedicated Server




Publisher=Another name for an Affiliate. If you’re reading this and you’re interested in affiliate marketing, there’s a good chance you are or plan on being, a publisher.


Charge Back



Cost Per Order (CPO)



Double Opt-in





Performance-based Marketing


Google Slap

Tracking Code

Minimum Bid



Coding / Programming





Customer Bounty

Google Cash=The name of an ebook and method which was one of the first to describe affiliate marketing with PPC advertising with [Google Adwords][#adwords]. It used Direct Linking and may now refer to the technique of Direct Linking.

Direct Linking


Social Network


Hit=A visitor to your website. “I got 3000 unique hits today!” means “I got 3000 new, unique, visitors to my site today!”


Brick-and-Mortar Business



AIDA Attention, Interest, Desire, Action

ADIAS AIDA + Satisfaction

Social Bookmarking

SERP=Short for Search Engine Results Page.

Search Engine Results Page

Search Marketing

PPC Coach


Keyword Elite


Google Dance Presumably it’s during an update of some sort(or sometimes it’s just random), but there’s no rhyme or reason to it that’s discernible.



Supplemental Links



TSPR Topic Sensitive Page(the thing) Rank

Sitewide Link

Google Bowling

Algo / Algorithm

inbound link

outbound link


Blog Farm

White Hat

Black Hat

Blue Hat

Grey Hat


WMW (webmaster world)

BHW (Blackhat world)

bad neighborhood >> better neighborhood >> money neighborhood.

Thin Site

Thin Affiliate Site


Scraped / Scraper / Scrapping

Spinning Content / Article Spinner




Fire sale (or Firesale) – Something going for a significantly discounted price, usually not for much profit, as in selling assets when going out of business (an “out of business” sale).





MySQL Injection




Parked Domain

Domain Parking





Parasite Hosting


WordPress=A popular blogging platform. Official site: [http://wordpress.org][http://wordpress.org]




Aged Domain

Quality Citations: (Aaron Wall)

PR Silo


Internal Link

Anchor Text Tunneling Anchor Text Tunneling… Site A => Site B => Site C if Site A links to Site B with the “widgets” keyword, and site B links to C with “widgets”, there is added benefits

Synergy Links

reciprocal link exchange

Link Authority




3 Way Linking

301 Redirect

302 Redirect


AJAX=Asynchronous Javascript And XML

Referer (Referrer)

Anchor Text

Peel-Away Ad



Whois Info


Slug=Synonym for Permalink

Pretty URL=Synonym for Permalink

SEO URL=Synonym for Permalink



Top Level Domain

Link Velocity


Content Management System

Page relevancy

Site Relevancy

Ping / Pinging

Uptime=Amount of time a computer has been on (”up”), minus any reboots. Uptime is important for web hosting, as any downtime on the host means your site is inaccessible.


MFA=Made For Adsense. A Made For Adsense site is a site that primarily contains AdSense ads, or that contains content but aims for the goal of getting the user to click Adsense ads. This can take the form of having content with an AdSense block that resembles the sites native layout.

YPN=Yahoo! Partner Network

EPN=Ebay Partner Network

TOS=Terms of Service

Keyword Density=A measurement of how often a keyword is repeated in ratio to every other word in the doc. For example, the word “blah” has a density of 10% in essay that is 1000 words long and has the word “blah” in it 100 times.

KD=Short for (Keyword Density)[#keyworddensity]

RPV=Short for (Revenue Per Visitor)[#revenuepervisitor]

Organic traffic=Traffic that comes naturally, from search engines. People finding your site via search, without your active promotion.

Payout=The commission or amount per lead you get for each conversion

PPV=Short for (Pay Per View)[#payperview]

Pay-Per-View=Raw is War

Content Network=A network of websites that display (relevant) ads. An example of this is the big network of sites that run Adsense. Enabling your PPC campaign on the content network will mean your PPC ads show up on revelant sites in the Adsense network.

Search Partners=Ads will show up on the results page of these other search engines that the specific SE you’re using is partnered with, usually meta-search engines like Dogpile.com or Mamma.com

Meta-Search Engine=A search engine that shows results aggregated from other search engines in its results page. Examples are Dogpile or Kayak.

Ask (or Ask.com, or Ask Jeeves)=The search engine that never was.

Placement Ads=A featured in (Adwords)[#adwords] to have your ads placed on categories of sites (football, etc), or specific sites (NYTimes.com, About.com, etc)

Revenue Per Visitor=An rough estimate of how much revenue each visitor is bringing in. Can be used to predict outcome of traffic fluctuations. RPV = Revenue / impressions.

Profit margin=Synonym for net profit

E-gold=Digital Gold Currency. A form of currency that fluctuates with the prices of gold, and backed up by gold. Everything is handled online, with no tangible gold being exchanged between members. Excellent for Money Laundering.

Drop Shipping=Having a product shipped directly from a manufacturer or supplier to a customer, bypassing the retailer. Amazon is an example of a drop shipper (or at least they in the beginning). Products you order from their are processed by them, but sent over to you by a drop shipper.

View-through Conversion Tracking – Tracks the number of conversions within 30 days after a user has seen your ad (saw ad once but did not click. came back 30 days later etc).


Motivation. It’s What’s For Lunch.

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

##There’s no secret to success##
Starting a business in general is very hard work. It requires making sacrifices, learning how to manage your time, taking risks, working long hours, failing countless times, and of course, the actual tedious work.

It’s a lot easier, laid back, and probably more fun to work nearly any 9 to 5 job than to spend money and hundreds of hours, just to make back $2 in AdSense. This is when people quit. First important thing to realize is that this is exactly what’s going to happen, for a very long time.

##Things you don’t believe, yet##
- You don’t have ADD. Your attention span is as good as 99% of humans.

- You aren’t the only person who can’t get things done. Most people can’t, and this is why self-help books will always sell well.

- You don’t know how to manage your time. This is not something we’re taught, and unless forced to (rare), most people never pick up this habit.

- You can’t multitask. There’s no such thing.

- You aren’t the only one that **Thinks** but doesn’t **Do**. The 1% of people that Do are the successful ones.

- You can become a millionaire if you wanted to. You can own a Ferrari and an island. But only until you start believing you can’t.

- You can do something and not be productive. Doing=productive is a mentality procrastinators and nearly everybody else has in some severity. You can work 18 hours a day for two years straight, and you would not have accomplished much if you didn’t do the 5 hours of work you were supposed to do.

- You have more ideas than you can implement. And that’s OK. Focus on getting 1% of them out and you’re ahead of most people.

##If you don’t start right this moment, you never will##
Humans can rationalize anything. Any of us can go out right now, and murder 10 children, and we can all rationalize it to ourselves eventually. It’s a survival mechanism.

Your intellect will probably be your biggest distraction. You can always find an excellent reason not to get something done. You end up pushing things aside because you don’t feel like doing them. But you assume that you WILL feel like doing them **later**. Later comes, and of course, you don’t feel like doing it, so you push it aside again. Here’s a basic scenario we’ve all been through:

__(I get idea)__ I will start this project on the weekends. I have no time now. I’m a full time student.

__(School)__ I need to study for a final. After finals I can begin.

__(Break)__ I need to sign up for next semester, and find a part time job to pay for it. I’ll start after that.

__(Found a job)__ I need to work to pay for college. I’ll start after I get enough money to pay for this semester at least.

__(Semester starts)__ I have no time because of school. I will start during my vacation (or when I graduate if it’s coming up)

__(After graduation)__ I’m too busy finding a job, after I’m settled I can begin working on it.

__(After landing a job)__ Let me just get used to this job and living on my own, then I can relax and focus on the project.


If you find a reason to avoid doing something right this moment, you will always find a reason to avoid doing it. You avoided it in the first place due to the fact that it probably sucks. It will never not-suck. Taking out the garbage? Homework? Writing a blog post? Linkbuilding?

##Other people will talk, but never do##
You will notice that you only depend on other people because you’re hoping they would motivate you to get going. This almost always results in a deadlock. See the Dining Philosophers Problem.

##There’s no such thing as luck##
__Luck__ means that countless events took place which resulted in a specific outcome. If you were to artificially alter the properties that came about to create the result, you can recreate this result again and again. Using a time machine and going back and living life EXACTLY the same as you had lived it the first time, the exact same scenario would occur.

Another way to put it would be to say that when you crumble up a piece of paper, the folds are random. Are they? No. If you had measured the force applied to the paper, exact gravity and electrical field, exact hand shape, and so every other possible factor, you could (in theory) recrumble the paper exactly the same way.

I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction, but being positive and actually putting in the work, is far more productive and likely to make you successful than just brushing off every single success story as luck.

##Your ideas suck. Copy others.##
We think we know how things work, and on top of this image in our heads, we can make assumptions for what would become popular (“oh shit, this idea is gonna make me rich!”) and what would fail, but most of our ideas fail. They fail because we have no experience and therefore cannot predict the outcome of an event as accurately as somebody in the industry.

Nearly every idea you have, will not go further than a single sentence in a textfile or scrapbook. And out of the ideas that you do pursue, almost all of them will fail miserably.

This can be because you underestimated the amount of work involved, or you made wrong assumptions about your product or demographic, or the idea just ended up not being feasible. A lot of times many excellent ideas fail just because they aren’t ready for the market. Other times the most idiotic ideas go big (I Can Haz Cheezburger is garbage. Nobody could have predicted it would get anywhere).

##What to expect##
Making sacrifices. This means cutting down on your job hours, hanging out with friends, or doing anything recreational.

- Whatever motivation and enthusiasm you have will die very quickly, no matter what the project is. This is important because nublets tend to let go of ideas altogether when they get the “eh, what was I thinking, that’ll never work…” feeling a few days after being excited about something.

- **Long hours** You will work your ass off at your job, and come home tired, and then you’ll stay up for 5 hours working on your projects, which will probably consist of 4 hours trying to fix one tiny problem, and after the project is done (it won’t be), it will probably fail. If this doesn’t cause you to quit, you’re doing **very** well. Keep it up!

- The stress, stimulant abuse, and sleep deprivation, will take a serious toll on you physically and mentally. You will be psychologically FUBAR

- Things will always take much longer than expected. Simple tasks that should have taken 20 minutes will take 2-8 hours. This **always happens** by the way, for numerous reasons:
- Programs will fail to install.
- Programs will have dependencies.
- Dependencies will fail to install.
- Hard drives die, and ISPs go down.
- Work is underestimated.
- Manpower, energy, and/or time, are overestimated.
- Personal issues come up.

- Most people won’t support you. This is especially true if you’re taking big risks or making big life transitions (deciding to drop out of college).

- Most people you depend on or plan to work with will disappoint you. Most of the time they won’t even get started. See note below about depending on others.

AM Examples & Journals

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

Feel free to [email me](mailto:z@incomezombie.com) any I’ve missed, or any you’ve done and would like added here.

_Most require being logged into [WickedFire](http://wickedfire.com/) to view._

- [Howto Create Ultra Targeted Ads and Highly Converting Campaigns](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/35927-howto-create-ultra-targeted-ads-get-highly-converting-campaigns.html)
- [CashTactics (Various)](http://cashtactics.net/category/case-study/) has some excellent video guides
- [How I Made $95,000 in 2 Months With Adsense Referrals](http://www.punditx.com/think-for-yourself-ideas/how-i-made-95000-in-two-months-with-adsense-referrals/)
- [Offline To Online Marketing Methods](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/39499-offline-online-marketing-methods.html)
- [Second Attempt at PPC Affiliate Marketing (Green Tea w/ Adwords)](http://internetbusinessdaily.net/second-attempt-at-ppc-affiliate-marketing/)
- [Next Big Thing in Web 2.0 (Arbitrage)](http://www.aojon.com/the-next-big-thing-in-web-20/)
- [Full Disclosure Arbi Campaign - Niche, keyword list, ads, everything](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/9082-full-disclosure-arbi-campaign-niche-keyword-list-ads-everything.html)
- [Stupidly Simple Cash Cow (Offline marketing)](http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/23145-heres-stupidly-simple-cash-cow-its-free.html)
- [Recipe For a $200k/year Job (Offline Marketing)](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/21700-recipe-200k-per-year-job.html?highlight=case+study)
- [Affiliate Mini-Site Example](http://www.glowleaf.net/affiliate-mini-site-example/)
- [Credit Card Arbitrage](http://gradmoneymatters.com/2007/06/credit-card-arbitrage-plus-image-of.html)
- [1 Month $10,000 Profit All PPC Challenge](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/9513-1-month-10-000-profit-all-ppc-challenge.html#post130680)
- [How to Make Millions with Debt Leads](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/46224-how-make-millions-debt-leads.html)
- [Making Money Dummies Guide](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/44099-making-money-dummies-guide.html)
- [Ad Blending and Fake News Placement Ads](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/34012-case-study-ad-blending-fake-news.html)
- [We Are Going to do An Arbitrage Test (OP Deleted)](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/2802-we-going-do-arbi-test.html#post31540)
- [Facebook Case Study: Christian Dating](http://bymay.com/facebook-case-study-christian-dating)
- [Facebook Case Study: Christian Dating PART 2](http://bymay.com/facebook-case-study-christian-dating-landing-page)
- [Easy Way to make $100K/year (Offline marketing)](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/16559-easy-way-make-100k-year.html)
- [My First Real MoneyMaking Thread (Torrents)](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/6320-ok-then-my-first-real-moneymaking-thread.html)

List of PPC Networks 1

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

## Tier I ##
- [Google Adwords](http://adwords.com/)
- [Yahoo! Search Marketing (YSM)](http://marketingsolutions.login.yahoo.com/)
- [MSN AdCenter](http://adcenter.msn.com/)

## Tier II ##
- [Miva](http://miva.com)
- [Mirago (UK)](http://uk.mirago.com/)
- [Adbrite](http://adbrite.com/)
- [Kanoodle](http://kanoodle.com/)
- [Looksmart](http://looksmart.com/)
- [Search123](http://search123.com/)
- [Searchfeed](http://searchfeed.com/)
- [7search](http://7search.com)
- [ABCsearch](http://abcsearch.com)
- [GoClick](http://goclick.com/)
- [Findology](http://findology.com/)
- [Marchex AdHere](http://www.marchex.com/enhance-now-adhere/)
- [FindIt Quick](http://www.findit-quick.com/)

## Tier Dead ##
- EnHance (acquired by [Marchex Adhere](http://www.marchex.com/enhance-now-adhere/))
- Sprinks(Acquired by Google. Formerly for running ads on the About.com network, which you can now do in Adwords)

People Stealing Your Landing Pages?

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

If your campaign is doing well, there’s a good chance that eventually, somebody, will use, or worse, expose, your landing page. They might copy it 1:1, they might post it on a forum, or they might just pass it around to a few friends. This is just part of business, and part of life, and it’s only going to get worse as more and more people get into affiliate marketing. There’s one thing you can do about it, and it’s up to you to decide if the pros outweigh the cons.

[Nickycakes](http://nickycakes.com/) wrote a small script called **AntiAff** which matches your users against a database of known marketer IPs. There’s a good chance that if a user has been on an affiliate marketing forum or AM IRC channel, they aren’t going to your landing page to buy Acai. If the IP is blacklisted (i.e., suspected of belonging to somebody literate about affiliate marketing), the user is shown a different landing page than a prospective lead. The page the unwelcome user sees can be blank, but to remain under the radar, a quick worthless landing page can be slapped up which should deter anyone from visiting your domain again.

I was thinking about writing a similar script, but personally I don’t believe the added complexity and problems outweigh the benefits. Also, I take somebody stealing my shit as a challenge to keep coming up with something better.

### Problems With This Approach ###
- It’ll only work if you have a list of IP addresses that are up to date. (See below on how to [collect IP addresses](#collect_ips))

- You’re going to unintentionally blacklist some legitimate users.

- **Again: You can block an entire network of people unintentionally! If somebody visits WickedFire from Starbucks, and that IP is blacklisted, then anybody in Starbucks who tries to access your authentic LP is shit outta luck.**

- People using proxies, VPNs, dial up, or who only browse from work are going to filter through.

- It adds complexity and slightly increases landing page load time.

- This method will eventually be obsolete, but for now and in the near future, it’s still pretty good.

### Collecting IP Addresses ###
- Good ‘ol fashioned bait. Post an image on a forum. Anyone who views your post will unwillingly download the image, saving their IP on your web server’s access log.

- Sit on IRC and just collect everybody’s IP (it’s public)

- Use the bait method on your blog, or create a thin blog or site and de-index it from google (robots.txt), then link to it in your signature on marketing forums. You don’t want it to get indexed because it will begin pulling in valid IPs. Obviously make sure you whitelist Google’s crawler and any known friendly IPs (Facebook reviewers, etc).

- The bait method above can be used to target specific users instead of just on a wide scale. This can be done anytime you need somebody’s IP, via AIM, Facebook, email, etc. This is how we used to do it back in the sub7 days.

- Anytime you’re directly connected with a user, either using AIM’s direct-connect, or during a file transfer, you can use **netstat** to see the subject’s IP.

- Instead of making a thin blog, you can take it a step down and just start a **[netcat](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netcat) server** and link directly to it.

### Protecting Your Own IP ###
- No Hope For You.

Learn Ad Copy By Example

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

Create a new [Gmail](http://gmail.com/) account and register for some popular newsletters. This helps you figure out what bloggers and marketers are pushing, sometimes ahead of everyone who’s not subscribed to the list, and gives you copywrite and promo study material. You’re going to get a LOT of educational **spam** so again, don’t use your own email address.

Here are a list of newsletters you can sign up for. It might seem like a lot but it doesn’t take too long. Just paste your new email into each one and within a few days you’ll have more than enough copy data to study.

## Form is usually on the top/right and asks for firstname and email ##
- [Steve Pavlina (Good copywriting/niches)](http://stevepavlina.com)
- [CashTactics](http://cashtactics.net/)
- [CDFNetworks](http://cdfnetworks.com)
- [Rosalind Gardner](http://www.netprofitstoday.com/support/)
- [NickyCakes](http://nickycakes.com)
- [Copyblogger](http://copyblogger.com)
- [Shoemoney](http://shoemoney.com)
- [Dosh Dosh](http://doshdosh.com)
- [John Cow](http://johncow.com)
- [John Chow](http://johnchow.com)
- [Super Affiliate Mindset](http://superaffiliatemindset.com)
- [Zac Johnson](http://zacjohnson.com)
- [Full Tilt Blogging](http://fulltiltblogging.com)
- [Uber Affiliate](http://uberaffiliate.com)
- [Directory of eZines](http://www.directoryofezines.com/)
- [Thinkseer](http://www.thinkseer.com/blog/)

### There are countless others. Got any you recommend? [Contact me](/contact)! ###

Affiliate Network FAQ

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

## Getting Accepted By a Network ##
The networks want your business, but also need to keep the scammers out, and there are A LOT of scammers. This means the networks are increasingly vigilant about who they accept. Here are some frequently asked questions:

### What site do I put down? ###
Not all Affiliate Marketing is done using [Pay-Per-Click](#). The network by default assumes you’re going to put their ads on your website(s). If you do have a site or two, put them in, but you can also just put in “N/A (PPC)” or hell, put up a page that explains your situation and link to that if you feel it necessary.

The networks don’t hate PPC/SEO. Admitting that you’re using PPC will not get you rejected. The network will understand that you’re going to direct link or create landing pages for the offers. In the comments section (if available), simply explain that you’re driving traffic to the offers using PPC and will be using multiple sites.

For pageviews or monthly hits, you may pull a number out of ass, (put in 50k), since the field doesn’t apply to you.

Ultimately the networks would prefer if you’re honest about your traffic sources, so there’s no need to go into any elaborate scheme to fake a website.

### What does _incentivized_ mean? ###
Most offers will be ***non-incentive***. This just means that you cannot give the user something in return (an incentive) for completely an offer. If an offer is non-incentivized for example, you cannot put down in your site, “click this link and put in your email and I will send you $1 with paypal.” If the offer can be incentivized, then by all means, go ahead and offer sex, drugs and money if you want. Remember Gratis, the dudes behind FreeIpod.com? That site worked on the basis of giving users an incentive (ipod) to complete offers. Brilliant eh?

On the network sign up form, sometimes you’ll be asked if you plan on offering incentives. Answer honestly, but be prepared to go into detail about what you are offering users and where exactly you’re promoting specific products. Most people will choose NO for this field (if available).

### What do I choose for email/solo/opt-in etc? ###
The networks are usually hesitant about their offers being promoted via email. Opt-in means the user has agreed to receive email from you. To promote via email, you cannot send the offer to users who have chosen to opt-out of receiving further offers from that network. Without getting technical, NO you do NOT plan on promoting using email. Keep that blank or just hit ‘no’ where necessary.

### Is it mandatory/safe to put in my SSN? ###
Sometimes the SSN is mandatory on the sign up page, and other times it’s optional until your first payment. Your SSN is required for tax purposes and could probably give you some authority as well, since many scammers are overseas and will leave this blank.

In general, if the network is known and trusted, go ahead and submit your SSN. Sometimes it’s asked for on the tax form (usually page2 of the registration process), in which case it’s mandatory.

If the network doesn’t support SSL (left of toolbar is green or blue, and says certificate is valid, in Firefox, or a little yellow lock in IE), the connection isn’t secure and can be intercepted. Most networks do support SSL, and this really isn’t much of a problem unless you don’t trust that network (it’s new, unheard of, etc), or you have enemies.

### Is a phone interview necessary? ###
Most of the time, yes. But the word _interview_ makes it sound overly intimidating. When you pick up the phone, you’ll get a dude or dudette that will usually be your affiliate manager after you’re accepted. They will simply want to know how you plan on getting traffic to their offers, and your experience level with promoting/PPC etc. They won’t reject you for being a nub, nor for using PPC.

Common questions are, _Do you have a site you plan on using?_, _What kind of offers are you interested in?_, _Are you currently registered for any other networks?_, _Do you plan on using Social Media (MySpace, Facebook, etc)?_, _How did you hear about us?_ or _Who referred you?_

Your answers will probably be along the lines of: Yes I’m using PPC to send traffic to your offers. I’ll be using Adwords and Yahoo! Search Marketing. I’m interested in weight loss and grant offers. I’m signed up with COPEAC and Ads4Dough. I’m new to Pay Per Click. I heard about you guys on [PPC-Coach](http://ppc-coach.com/) or saw your link on [Digital Point](http://forums.digitalpoint.com/).

### Application taking too long / No phone call ###
Don’t sweat it. If you get no response within 48-72 hours, just call them, or have a network rep haste the process. If you know anyone signed up for the network already, you can ask them to put a word in to their affiliate manager about your application (all they need is your email usually). But ***if it really bothers you or you’re in a hurry, just call them***. You’ll be accepted in 5 minutes.

### What if I get rejected/denied? ###
Usually no biggie. Call them up and they’ll almost always accept you on the spot (after asking some questions, see above). If you know an affiliate manager for that network, or you can get somebody (i.e., super affiliate) to vouch for you, you can go that route also. [WickedFire](http://wickedfire.com) has a lot of network reps crawling about that can push your application through.

But, it’s easier if you just drop the fear and call them. They aren’t going to reject you because they hate your voice or because you’re a newbie.

### What if I’m inactive? ###
Networks hate this, but it’s common. Most of the time, nothing will happen if you’re inactive. Sometimes, your affiliate manager might give you a ring to see what’s up or if they can help in any way. Some networks might flag your account as inactive (or so I’ve been told) but it doesn’t do anything. If you’re worried, then just tell your manager that you’re going on vacation, or need some time off for another reason (no money, school, etc).

### How many networks should I join? ###
The more the merrier. At least diversify, and join most of the [popular networks](#).

## [Ready to join? See a list of Affiliate Networks](#) ##

Screen Scraping (Harvesting)

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

Scraping, also known as **screen scraping**, **web scraping**, **extracting**, or **harvesting**, will, in this context, mean harvesting data from one or multiple websites. Data can be anything the website(s) offer. Be it snagging all the search engine results from Google, downloading all the images from a specific gallery, or pulling in dynamic data on an interval (stock quotes, user comments, etc).

## Science of Scrapping ##

Let’s begin with some theory ([skip?](#)). Very basically, your browser is a program that downloads (or **reads**) data from an external source (also known as a **resource**). Since you’re reading this, your browser has downloaded a copy of this website’s HTML/images/CSS code that is being hosted somewhere in the world (New Jersey, in this case).

The basic idea behind scraping is telling the computer to download only specific data from a specific place. Simple enough in theory, but it can get complicated because different websites are structurally different, which means, if you’re being very specific about where certain data is located, that scraper must be updated if the data changes.

This seems like a nightmare, and sometimes it can be, but we’ve come far from the PHP/Perl/Regular Expression days of scraping. While using specific regular expressions to pull data from a body of content is alive and well, it’s tedious and hard to maintain. There have been numerous advancements in **the science of scrapping**.

## Technik Le Scrape ##

Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any particularly useful tools or apps that can do most of the scrapping for you. This means that you will need at least some technical literacy, primarily with programming; Though nothing beyond the basics is required.

### Scrapping Bare: Old Fashioned Way ###

The traditional and probably most popular way of stealing collecting data is using Regular Expressions (from here on in known as **regex**) against the raw content you’re scanning. This means writing very specific patterns that can pick out certain strings in the content.

This is actually kinda fun, which is probably the only reason I still use it from time to time. Also, being that it’s tedious and low-level, it gives you **cool points** (bragging rights), or makes you look like an amateur, depending on who you ask. Regular Expressions are very useful and I highly recommend learning them. Nearly every programming language today has a regex library, with some even sporting built-in support. Your editor should also support regex, else you need (a new editor)[http://vim.org].

**Further Reading**
- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regular_expression](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regular_expression)
- [http://www.regular-expressions.info/](http://www.regular-expressions.info/)

### X Marks The Spot ###
A step up from regular expressions is using Xpath (XML Path). This is a “language” that lets you select or specify specific areas in the document being scanned. This makes it a breeze to scan websites, RSS feeds, and anything with a node/hierarchy structure, so it wouldn’t work for some data (log files for instance).

This is pretty simple stuff. You ignore the fact that the content can be hideously formatted, and only focus on the XHTML structure of it. Think of the (DOM)[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Document_Object_Model] if you’re familiar with Javascript. Similar concept. You traverse nodes to find the data you’re looking for.

**Further Reading**
- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XPath](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XPath)
- [http://www.w3schools.com/XPath/default.asp](http://www.w3schools.com/XPath/default.asp)

### AHpricot ###
Hpricot is awesome.

### The Big Guns ###

AM Case Studies

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

Here are some Internet Marketing case studies. What better way to learn than from other people’s mistakes?
Feel free to [email me](mailto:z@incomezombie.com) any I’ve missed, or any you’ve done and would like added here.

_Most require being logged into [WickedFire](http://wickedfire.com/) to view._

- [Adwords vs YSM vs AdCenter I](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/44358-case-study-quality-between-adwords-yahoo-adcenter.html)
- [Adwords vs YSM vs AdCenter II](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/45411-case-study-2-quality-between-adwords-yahoo-adcenter.html)
- [Social Ads](http://www.wickedfire.com/newbie-questions/45242-social-ads-case-study.html)
- [PPC vs Social Network Case Study](http://www.cdfnetworks.com/pay-per-click-vs-social-network-case-study/)
- [CPA Site](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/30802-cpa-site-case-study.html)
- [Blurry Ads](http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/34003-case-study-blurry-ads.html)
- [Thinking Like a Successful Affiliate](http://www.wickedfire.com/shooting-shit/28190-thinking-like-successful-affiliate-part-1-a.html)
- [Free Case Study by MarketingBully.com](http://freecasestudy.marketingbully.com/)