Free PPC Management (including Setup) for a Month!

Free PPC Management For A Month?
Free PPC Management For A Month?

I will make this quick ’cause I really need to get some sleep – George Brown has just launched the Google Sniper, a great course for folks trying to make it in affiliate marketing.

The course doesnt cost nearly a 1/3 of what I charge for my services (PPC management is about $897, in average), but I believe it’s such a good course I’m willing to put my little outsource staff to work for it. Plus, they really need the practice 😉

So you’re getting:

 – market and keyword research2 campaigns setupall the ad copyongoing split tests (including website optimizer) – and an entire month of optimization. And everything stays with you after 30 days, clean and profitable. All for $77 bucks!

I’d have come up with more appropriate bonus for this if I wasnt so lazy, but what the heck – I know it will be worth in the long run when folks realize PPC is not that difficult (or maybe I will lose potential clients… huh)

So if you’re trying to make your affiliate business work, get Google Sniper through this cleverly disguised affiliate link:

marketandconvert.com/sniper

Make sure you clear your cookies before you go to that page, or you may send the sale to another affiliate.

All you have to do after you buy it is post a comment here and I will get in touch with you to work out the details.

Amazon vs PPC – How Amazon Killed Affiliate Marketing!

No More PPC For Amazon Affiliates
No More PPC For Amazon Affiliates

It’s official now: Amazon will not pay commissions on purchases originated from paid search traffic anymore.

From the message sent from Amazon Associates:

After careful review of how we are investing our advertising resources, we have made the decision to no longer pay referral fees to Associates who send users to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, or www.endless.com through keyword bidding and other paid search on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other search engines, and their extended search networks.

This decision comes in at a time when Google is fighting direct linking (ads that link straight to a company website), suspending affiliate advertisers’ accounts and restricting entire industries from their Adwords program.

What is surprising in regards to Amazon’s decision is the fact that paid search traffic was benefitial to ALL parts involved:

  • the searcher, for finding exactly what they wanted;
  • Amazon, for the “free” customer, and
  • Google, for the Adwords revenue.

Amazon does not offer any decent explanation (from their FAQ):

Q: Why is Amazon no longer paying referral fees to paid search Associates?
A: This decision is based on our review of how we invest our advertising resources.

The way I see it, by transferring the onus of marketing to Amazon Associates, Amazon is actually SAVING advertising resources. More than often, Marketing costs for corporations such as Amazon add up to more than the 15-20% commission paid to Associates.

With the Associates program, Amazon was able to cut advertising costs, reduce their cost of sales, and increase their conversions, since referral traffic is the most targeted traffic one can ask for.

And the whole mess goes even deeper:

Q: Does this affect paid search Associates who send users to Amazon’s European and Japanese websites?
A: This change applies only to the Associates Programs in North America. If you are conducting paid search activities in connection with one of Amazon’s Associates Programs outside of the US and Canada, please refer to the applicable country’s Associates Program Operating Agreement for relevant terms and conditions.

The decision is ONLY effective to North America!

Basically, if I go into my Adwords account and change my destination URLs and campaign locations to Japan, everything is just fine. Hypocrisy?

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P.S – From now on, I’ll buy my books from Half.com

F!#K Amazon!
F!#K Amazon!

Finally a Real Marketing System/Plan/Blueprint

One of my goals for 2009 is to start a new brand, and implement an automated marketing system that would make Mike Dillard and Jay Kubassek ask me for advice.

The first drawing of my marketing system was made about 3 days ago, and while I was rounding up feedback from experienced marketers that I trust, some additions were made. This is not – by far – the ultimate plan, but I wanted to open the debate to other networkers, as I have never seen any marketing expert publicize their plans.

2009 Marketing System
2009 Marketing System

So, my Social Media participation is on the top – it is the beginning of my customer experience cycle Continue reading Finally a Real Marketing System/Plan/Blueprint

Change Your Pricing – How Internet Marketers Don’t Get It

So, Chris Brogan (chrisbrogan.com) twitted about Seth Godin’s post on Pricing. Funny how this post came to be.

What can an internet marketer apply to pricing? How can you benefit from product pricing, if you’re just promoting somebody else’s product? There’s nothing you can do, right?

Wrong!

Continue reading Change Your Pricing – How Internet Marketers Don’t Get It