I remember my 1st big launch it was the Draft Kings App Install on opening weekend for the NFL a few years back. I fortunately had money in my EXO as I was prepared for success. I think I spend around $5k and made $10K back in one weekend. The Campaign was short lived as the app saturated the market in one weekend. The Key was I knew affiliate marketing worked and that was enough for me to go all in - Brian
Hopefully you are enjoying this guide and congratulations for making it this far you are the 1%!!!
For the newbie affiliate marketing there's a lot to learn but memorizing this guide will put you far ahead of the average person on the street.
In the section I want to show you a step-by-step guide on how to launch an affiliate campaign.
Each campaign should be systematic with different stages with detailed steps.
1. Let’s Pick The Traffic Source
As I mentioned earlier the first step should be picking the traffic source you're going to use promote your offers. I already recommended Facebook.
My pro tip is figure out one single traffic source and figure out which offers work well there.
One of my mentors told me in a mastermind in 2014, get really good on Facebook traffic.
So that's what I did and that's what we found the most success on.
There are so many traffic sources to choose from I get asked which is the best?
Honest answer to that question is they all can be the best depending on what you are running and how well you optimize the traffic to your offer.
You will have to reach you own decision here.
The best thing you can do is take Massive Action.
Have you ever heard the entrepreneur motto “fail faster” that's what you need to do here.
Facebook has been proven to convert for us and many thousands of other people, I suggest starting there.
That eliminates one variable you know the traffic is good.
If you can't make this traffic source work then you know it's something else, not the traffic source.
We’ve proven that Facebook works, at the time of this writing were crushing over $10-15K a day with Facebook traffic!
If you decide to try untested source well: I would do some research and find out if other people are making it work.
If it's not Facebook I would recommend mobile ad networks native ad networks and potentially the Google Suite of AdWords, YouTube, and the Google Display Network(GDN)
2. Choosing Offers
This is what I do when I choose an offer:
- I do competitive research
- I test multiple offers
- I use my own two cents on what I believe will be a good offer
- I like to go to conferences and hear what the buzz is all about
- I mentioned earlier talking to your affiliate managers is huge
- I also like to buy campaigns and pay for expensive masterminds to learn about working
Suppose you want to run a mortgage campaign in the United States. There are many different mortgage companies out there all sorts of payouts and from different advertisers.
I would pick two or three and test against each other to see which one performs better.
You may find the lower-paying offer actually converts better. We've seen this many times.
Sometimes things just don't convert well and testing multiple offers and seeing one is the convert better than the rest, then you know it's not you it's the actual offers.
3. What to do now
A. Get your offer links from your affiliate Network.
B. Visit the offer page, see what it looks like and what the details are:
C. Set up the offer and click tool
D. Researching the campaign
Top Affiliates will have a huge advantage before they launch because they've done their research some of my media buyers research for 2 weeks before the launch.
We decided on that traffic source and an offer yet?
It's time to do the research
So, you talk to your affiliate manager and they recommended an offer. You've done some research and found some landing pages from other affiliates. Keep in mind if it's an offer that big brands run, you may have an untapped market of landing pages to look at directly from the advertiser.
I like the tool Adplexity and Anstrex and it'll give you a huge return on investment just based on the time you'll save.
2. I just mentioned this but talking to affiliate managers is key
These affiliate managers are your eyes and ears inside the networks. Keep in mind when you make money and spend a lot of money on traffic they're making money as well. They want to help you but you need to show them that you're for real and treat them with the utmost respect.
3. Researching the offer
Russell Brunson talks about this and is funnel hacking pull out the old credit card and go through the entire offer, buy the upsells, copy all the pages, and watch the VSL (Video Sale Letter).
You can find out a lot about an offer and get a lot of creative copywriting tips from writing down all the words in a VSL. You can use a dictation website and just play the VSL into a speaker and basically get the whole thing transcribed for you. Check this one out https://dictation.io/speech
4. Where to run the offer?
Sometimes networks have exclusive offers that only they have. Some offers are not exclusive and might be on multiple Networks.
I mentioned this earlier - split testing offers against each other from different affiliate networks is important. Sometimes affiliate networks “scrub” some of the leads or they are not tracking properly.
5. Your creative stage
So what are the ads and the landing pages you intend on using? A lazy affiliate will skip this step and just swipe competition's landing pages and ads.
If you go this route you're always going to be behind the top affiliates.
I would recommend atleast three steps:
- Craft good headlines brainstorm angles and write good copy for your offer.
- Find images that are creative.
- Create your own landing pages.
Exactly how do I come up with winning creatives?
Well it's kind of hard explain...
I mentioned earlier keeping a swipe file and coming up with amazing ads all around the internet.
If there is something that really catches my eye then it must be good. I was running diet offers and couple of years back and have an amazing swipe of only diet offers and still reference that even today.
Keep in mind inspiration can be found anywhere.
Remember this is a profession that takes practice and experience, over time you will develop a keen eye for things that work. You will likely know what's going to be successful before it even launches.
6. Your Ads
Time to brainstorm your ads and angles.
- Based on your angle design a set of ads.
- Grab your tracking links from click tool.
- Upload your ad into your traffic source.
7. Your landing pages
- Design that landing page
- Upload the landing page to your domain
- Setup a landing page in Click tool
Go ahead and refer back to the landing page section above.
Try to minimize the size of your landing page
8. Setting up the back end
This is where the technical stuff that happens.
- Set up your hosting with liquid web - refer to the section prior(Hosting)
- Set up all your tracking in click tool. (Click Tool is Self-Hosted)
- Follow the steps in Click Tool
- Add your creative and landing pages
- Upload your campaign URL to the traffic source
9. Back in campaign strategy
You're going to want to segment your traffic
Here's an example:
You're going to want to separate out mobile and desktop traffic and if you're running on Facebook Instagram traffic as well.
Here are a couple ways to go about it
1. Segment before
In the image above when I launch campaigns on Facebook I like to put different age groups for example 21 to 25, 25 to 30, 32 to 34 etc.
Usually, within a few days of running you can tell which age group is performing better.
2. Segment after
From the Example above we are breaking down the age groups first.
Broad age targeting everyone puts everyone in a large group. Then you create groups after the test and checking in on your Click Tool Tracking. This will typically burn a lot of money
10. Launching the campaign
- You want to start off of the low budget around $5 to $20 and make sure everything is tracking properly.
- Set your initial bids, sometimes it makes sense to bid higher than the minimum so you can get access to the better quality traffic.
- Launch. the internet runs 24/7. Launching in the middle of the night is usually okay. I personally like to set launch times for around 4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
11. Double check your campaign
I would plan on double-checking your campaign before you launch it.
Make sure all the links are working properly things are tracking properly before you send live traffic to it.
It's easy to hit the pause button if things aren't working properly.
Is everything tracking properly?
All clicks should be tracked throughout the whole process
Traffic source > Click Tool > Landing Page > Affiliate Network
You want to make sure your links are working.
- Check your traffic source to see if the clicks are coming in
- Check click tool to make sure it's tracking
- Finally track your affiliate network to make sure you have clicked there
If you want to do a test conversion ask your AM to fire a test conversion.
This should “post back” to your tracking tool showing conversion came in.
You definitely want to start out with a low budget just in case something isn't right.
It would be a crappy morning if you woke up and the traffic source spent $500 or more and you had zero conversions. It’s happened to me…
For example you may want to set a $50 budget if you're getting $20 conversions if your campaign setup properly after a $50 spend you should get at least one conversion, hopefully.
- Launch your campaign
- Check the tracking make sure it's working properly
- Get that first conversion