If you work anywhere near the performance marketing business, you know just how many things can go wrong with affiliate offers and traffic.
From fake clicks and fraud to broken tracking links — you name it. The result is almost always the same — lost profit for you.
Some time ago, we’ve started our research and involved 36 affiliate networks to find out just how much inactive offers hurt their businesses. We have discovered that the share of inactive offers has almost no limit, and varies from below 10% and more than 40% (!) on some occasions.
What does an inactive offer or a broken tracking link mean for affiliate business?
Every party suffers from inactive offers: you waste resources and affiliate’s trust, publishers let their audiences down, and you all lose money.
First, affiliate managers misuse their time — adding an offer to your system, specifying targeting along with other significant details (and that’s more than 25 parameters). Now let’s take the previous chart and turn it into hours your manager spends on inactive offers per month.
Let’s assume that your managers work for 8 hours. If the share of inactive offers is 33%, then more than 2,5 hours a day they spend working on something that will never pay off — inactive offers. That’s around 2,5 days per month! The days that you pay for, by the way.
And then, there’s a whole story with lost trust when your publisher starts driving traffic to that offer. As the final user has less chance to get to the desired product, the CR might get quite disappointing.
Everyone gets frustrated; no one earns.
Can a situation like that be avoided? Sure thing.
All you need to do is start checking your tracking links.
Our research showed that as managers start to spend their work hours more productively (dealing with relevant offers only), networks can improve their monthly profit results without hiring new people.
But, mistakes have to happen, so that we could come up with a solution.
Inactive offers with broken redirects are so common in affiliate marketing that every contributor, be it an affiliate, advertiser or manager, has their fair share of them. That’s why it was so crucial for us to address the needs of all participants, healing one of the most significant pains in the industry.
Manual Affiliate Links Checker
For those who work solo, we’ve created a freemium Manual Affiliate Links Checker. You can enjoy 25 completely free checks a day, or buy an unlimited plan.
Once you press the “Check” button, you need to give it a few seconds to “boil” and then you will see the chain of redirects.
And even the most detailed report on each link of the chain.
API Affiliate Links Checker
For partners with a bulkier volume of offers, we’re offering an API version of our solution. It shares the advantages of a Manual option plus some more profound features.
Have you ever noticed that your so-called partner decided to resell your offers back to you? It’s nasty, but it happens. The industry grows, and the only way to protect your business is to become more aware of the situation.
API Blacklist can help you discover any domain that hides within redirect chains. With our solution, all you need to do is add a domain you’re looking for to the list, and it will notify you once it appears in one of the offers.
You can use it as a tool to find resellers, or make sure you don’t work with specific domains.
API Blacklist helps you choose your partners in a more informed, smart way.
Express check helps you scan up to 2000 offers in less than 60 seconds. Although we see Checker as more of a marathon runner, working continuously, testing your offers time and time again, we know that sometimes you need to speed up. Hence, express check. Have a partner who needs a “yes” or a “no” right now? Great, we can check their offers for you real quick to help you make the right choice.
No more delays or extra waiting.
We are proud of our API solution and are proposing a free Test-Drive. Send your requests, see the results, experience the benefits — if you can say “no” after that, we’ll be shocked.
Now, the last, but not the least form of our Affiliate Links Checker is a Built-In component of the Performance Marketing Platform.
The solution is seamlessly integrated into the main interface.
You can view the latest validation results right on the list of offers:
The legend is simple: green – the Checker met no serious obstacles and reached the final redirect; red – something went wrong.
For more, you need to press on the checks area.
Another click and you can view a more detailed data on a specific check.
Here you can see how it works with a direct offer with the only link being Google Play Market. But with a different offer, you will see a full list of redirects and details on each one, just like in Manual or API versions.
One of the great features our Built-In Affiliate Links Checker has is Auto Suspend. Setting up a new integration or managing the existing one, you can choose how many failed checks should happen for the offer to be suspended.
After the offer is suspended, you will be able to find it in the list of External (API).
To make sure your managers waste even less time on inactive offers, we came up with a Preliminary Check feature. Now you can verify any offer that you get before adding it to the offers list.
Now, there are two ways to validate these offers.
If you received the link through messenger, email, etc. — choose “Link Checker” in the Offer section.
Set targeting parameters and paste the tracking link in question. Press “Check”.
If one of your current partners sent you an offer through API, you need to go to the Offers section, choose External (API), find the offer you need to validate and press “Check”.
The results will be displayed in a similar way for both options, giving you the full details on the chain of redirects.
We’re constantly working on improving the quality of our services, so stay tuned.
Choose your Checker here to stop wasting precious resources on inactive offers today!
In 2019 everyone knows about affiliate marketing. Or at least we’ve all experienced it, viewing the ad videos, filling in the forms on landing pages, purchasing goods and services through affiliate links. You can’t get away unless you live under a rock.
According to research, affiliate marketing spendings in the US grow by more than 10% each year. It is predicted that in 2020 the number is to reach close to $7 billion. Naturally, more and more people want to get their share of those billions, so they get into the industry.
As you will learn in this article, diving into the CPA marketing is one of the best ways to start earning within affiliate business, with its various types, relatively high conversion rate, and an extensive list of operating partners.
But, putting it simply, this is how CPA marketing works from the affiliate perspective:
you create a traffic source (website, mobile app, etc.);
you buy banner space ($) with your money to generate traffic to your website;
the user clicks on the banner, visits your site, and makes the necessary action = conversion (fills the form, downloads a trial, etc.);
the advertiser pays you for each conversion ($$$);
Ready to learn more about why best affiliates choose CPA over other affiliate marketing monetization models? Don’t forget to take notes, your income depends on it, after all 🙂
Other monetization models
One of the main classifications in affiliate marketing is based on the chosen pricing model. Depending on when and why the advertiser pays affiliates, there are:
CPM (Cost Per Mille (Thousand)) where an advertiser pays for one thousand impressions, or rather, views of his ad.
CPC (Cost Per Click) — an advertiser pays for each click.
CPA (Cost per action), also known as cost per acquisition, is an affiliate marketing pricing model where the advertiser pays for a specific action, such as email submit, registration, newsletter sign up, etc.
There are some other abbreviations you may have already noticed, like:
CPL (Cost Per Lead) where an advertiser pays for some form of contact information from the prospective client.
CPI (Cost Per Install) — an advertiser pays for each mobile download of an app.
However, when it comes to any action a user can complete on your website or inside your app, it can all be considered CPA.
Although contact information from a user can be obtained under both CPA and CPL models, there is a difference in quality and quantity. CPA is usually more precisely targeted, low in volume, but requires more detailed information from a user to count as a conversion. In CPL, a simple email will suffice.
Benefits Of CPA Marketing For Affiliates
With CPM, CPC and some sub-models, why choose CPA if you’re an affiliate?
From first glance, it may seem that the easiest way to start in affiliate marketing is to work in the CPM model.
All you need to do is make as many people that fit into the targeted audience view the ad. That’s it. A thousand users see the ad — BAM!, you get your payout. Simple, right? Additionally, page views can be predicted, so you’d know what results to expect from CPM campaigns.
However, don’t expect to get more than a few dollars, unless you have tons of suitable traffic. No one is going to pay much for a thousand impressions, as conversion into sale ratio would be too low during this stage. Unless, your advertiser is a brand that’s looking for the awareness, rather than the immediate sale.
Getting closer to the final advertiser’s goal, be it a sale or an install, is the CPC model. The demand and the payouts are higher, but there’s a risk that your CPM traffic won’t convert into clicks and you won’t get paid! And if you did pay someone else for the views… Oops.
Why can that happen? If the banner is sloppy or the placement isn’t that great. Anyway, even if your ad is impeccable, CPC will hardly make you millions.
CPA on the other hand offers:
Higher demand. Advertisers are more prone to look for CPA traffic as it guarantees that they pay only for the results. It also requires more effort on the advertiser’s side, so they are more likely to stick around.
Deeper involvement. Yes, in the beginning, you will need to invest more time and expertise to make it work, but running CPA campaigns will allow you to significantly increase your income, while you will work with a less number of advertisers.
Fewer ads for your audience. This is especially crucial if you’re running a website or an app. Your audience will appreciate the lack of a myriad of annoying ads, and if the content is excellent, they might as well return over and over again.
Types Of CPA Offers
Now that we know what CPA marketing is, let’s talk about how it looks.
Depending on the desired action, CPA marketing covers various types of ads, including but not limited by the following.
Although an affiliate, as well as any other entity in affiliate marketing, can work exclusively with mobile traffic on CPI basis, it is both an action and conversion, and as such can be considered a part of mobile CPA model. CPA offers that include app install as the ultimate goal, would usually also have other KPIs, e.g., CR rate 20%, etc.
This is an example of a form from our website, but you get the idea.
Remember, that if you’re the one creating the form, there are specific rules you have to keep in mind:
every field should have a name;
“*” should mark the compulsory fields;
there has to be a button that states clearly what it does, i.e., “send the form”, “subscribe”, etc.;
When it comes to forms, the payout can depend on how much information advertiser will receive. However, more fields usually mean a lower conversion rate.
This is the type of offer that requires a customer to register in a service/product. The service can easily be a free one, even if just at first, so such offers quite often convert well.
Although this trial landing page was apparently created by Adobe themselves, it’s still a valid example. However, when creating your own landing for the offer, you will have to stick to some rules, which we’ll mention later on.
Playing a game
This type of offer will convert once the user plays a certain amount of time or reaches a certain level. It’s not the affiliate’s problem if the user decides against purchasing the game later in time.
How To Choose Which Offers To Promote
Now that you feel all ready to earn through CPA marketing, it may seem like a good idea to start looking for the specific offers right away.
Many experienced affiliates suggest you start with a traffic source though, determining your way of advertising products and services before anything else.
There are two main ways to earn as an affiliate. You can either generate traffic or purchase and resell it.
Generate traffic: create a website or a mobile app
Depending on the content, you can craft a review website, blog, landing page or even a quiz page.
A review website is a site where users post reviews about people, businesses, services or products.
Landing pages work best with verticals like dating, health & beauty, gaming, and finance.
It usually consists of 1-3 pages, where:
the first one provides information about the product or service being advertised;
the second may contain a form if the desired action requires so;
the third is a “thank you” page, which usually contains a tracking pixel and traces all conversions.
Create a webpage that will be inviting and will spike the user’s interest in the offer, be it a game or a dating app. To drive traffic to your page you can use PPC advertising, bidding on keywords to get the best placing. Another great tool to use is SEO, though it’s much more tricky and will require time to get results.
Important! Make sure you don’t include advertiser’s contact information or any link to their website apart from the required action, or any other links or ads.
If you know your way with words and like to share your thoughts and opinions with broad audiences, creating a blog can help you earn money while doing what you actually love.
To monetize your traffic through the blog you will need to include links to landing pages or app store pages where the conversion will take place.
Are you an ambitious game developer? Or maybe you own some to-do app? Well, that’s a great traffic source right there!
Interstitial and other in-app ads will allow you to get conversions for the ads while users play your game.
This traffic source works a lot like a blog because you need to include links to the product/service landing pages in your posts. Create pages or groups on Facebook, create interesting posts, include ads that fit right in once in a while and get profit! Don’t forget to stay in touch with your followers.
The same goes for YouTube if you’re more into the video content. Once you have the attention of the audience, you can start including ad content, post links under your video and get paid for each conversion.
Before you decide on a traffic source, consider:
the initial cost of traffic generation (both creating your platform and reaching your audience);
the amount of traffic you can generate with this source;
what audience can you reach with it (including Geo, age, gender, OS, device, browser, etc.)
Purchase and resell traffic (media buying)
If you’re not particularly fond of the creation process, you can limit your affiliate marketing experience to media buying. Which means you’ll need to buy traffic from one source and sell it to the advertiser, pocketing the difference in cost. According to this system, the media buyer often pays for CPM or CPC traffic and turns it into CPA.
There are many platforms for getting decent traffic, but for starters, you can check these:
After deciding what type of traffic source you want to use, you can choose your vertical.
Vertical is a type of product you want to promote. The best way to start off in CPA digital marketing is to stick to a specific vertical. There is no such thing as a golden one, so no matter which one you choose, you will be able to get the desired income if you do everything the right way.
In affiliate marketing, all countries are divided into groups according to the population’s exposure to the internet, mobile devices, online ads, and payments.
Tier 1 includes USA, UK, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada, and Australia. Although users in these countries are more used to online purchases, targeting Tier 1 may prove to be difficult for beginners. It’s more expensive to test out this market and the users are more demanding when it comes to ads. Aggressive, brute ads have little to no chance to convert here.
Tier 2: Portugal, Japan, Russia, Colombia, Greece, China, etc. Most countries fit into this Geo group, being recognized as developed. Most of the population have access to mobile phones and can make online payments, however, they have a smaller income.
These Geos considered being a great place to start your first campaigns, as the market is less saturated.
Tier 3 includes India, Morocco, Thailand, Brazil, etc. Users in these countries have less access to mobile devices and secure internet payment services. It’s more difficult to achieve good CR in these regions, though it may become a good opportunity to test out your campaigns.
Where & How To Get Your First Offers
Now that you can generate decent amounts of traffic and know which offers you’d like to promote, it’s time to get in contact with CPA networks.
Best CPA Networks for beginners
These networks require little to no effort to get approved.
Tips To Get Approved By CPA Advertising Networks
If you are applying to a lot of networks right away (which is a good idea), you will eventually have to get approved.
The first thing you need to understand is that, at the end of the day, you’d be dealing with people. And human beings are all different, which means that there’s no magic keyboard combination that will get you in.
There are, however, a couple of things that most networks would appreciate.
Show them that your intentions are serious. No matter what traffic source you decide upon, your own brand should stand out. Create a website, where you present yourself as an online marketer, share the areas you work in, include the benefits of working with you. Basically, it will be something quite similar to an online CV. Create an email on your domain to show even more professionalism.
Like most businesses, this one requires quite a lot of communication. You need to keep in touch as much as you can. It will show both your interest and dedication, prove you’re willing to commit and that you are a responsible pro.
Being forward with what you can and can’t do might get you rejected by some CPA networks. However, honesty is the basis of trust in this industry. Be open about your expectations and opportunities and in most cases, you will receive help from support managers, which will allow you to grow and develop.
Be active and proactive
When applying — be ready to contact the representative if they don’t get back to you soon enough. Ask questions that matter, make sure they see how motivated and serious you are about making this partnership happen.
Apply a lot
At least when you’re just starting out, you’d want to apply to at least a couple of networks to have a wider choice of offers. Plus applying doesn’t always mean getting accepted, right?
Tracking conversions with postback URL
After you’ve established connections with networks, and start advertising offers, you can finally turn to optimization.
Unless affiliate marketing is your hobby, you’d eventually look for ways to improve your results and find ways to earn more with less effort.
To do that, you’ll need more data on conversions for each of your campaigns. This is where the postback URL can become pretty handy.
Postback URL is a link that allows you to get detailed information about conversions that occur on your landing page, website, etc. It can help you understand which ads work better, which keywords to use, and even when to advertise to get more clicks and reach your CR goals.
How to implement postback URL tracking with any network that uses Orangear Performance Marketing Platform
Follow the steps below to get more data on your campaigns:
1. First, you log into the platform.
2. Next, go to the list of offers and choose those that you want to create a postback for (they have to be open for you to promote). Click the “Promote” button to view details.
3. Then, alter the tracking link with any additional variables you need.
4. Finally, once you’ve changed the tracking link with your specifications, copy and paste it to your system and create postback URL.
Give the final URL to your manager on the network’s side, and they will add it to their platform.
After that, you will be able to view all the data on the specifications you added to the tracking link, along with the primary conversion information.
make sure the offers you choose fit the overall theme of your traffic source or at least can be interesting for your audience;
if you’re just starting out — test various low-payout offers (that are easy to convert) with different targeting options to see what works best for you and your traffic source;
be honest in your communication, with your audience, networks, advertisers;
never forget about optimization — there’s always room for improvement.
To sum everything up, these are the questions you need to answer before you start out:
do you want to be a publisher or a media buyer?
what traffic source seems more interesting to work with?
which vertical work best with your chosen traffic source?
what audience can your reach with the chosen tools and what would be the suitable targeting settings?
which offers could be interesting for your audience, which are more likely to convert?
Once you have these covered, it would be much easier for you to search for your first offers and get in touch with the best networks to get them.
From planning and communicating to validating your offers and paying bills, the digital space is full of solutions and tools that can simplify your daily activities while boosting your team’s productivity. The numbers are growing, yet some names gain more trust than others ever can.
To prepare this post, we’ve gathered comments and reviews from various platforms, to share the most common advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.
Planning and task management tools
Every great goal requires determination and thorough planning. Project management tools help you to break your ultimate business goal into strategic plans, tactics, tasks, and subtasks. This is how, little by little unimaginable goals come to life.
Whether you’re looking for a tool to keep track of your own tasks or a solution to manage a team, Trello is good enough to consider. It may seem like a game of Solitaire, but it helps numerous organizations all over the globe to reach their strategic goals, ensuring the tactics are well-managed. And we know for a fact that a lot of affiliate networks since foundation used this software to manage their business.
Pros of Trello:
Free for smaller teams. And once your team grows and you need to unlock new features — you can upgrade to Business Class.
Runs quick and without glitches across various platforms.
It’s easy to use thanks to a highly visual yet very intuitive interface.
Number of integrations.
Core features include due dates, assignments, comments, file storage, checklists, etc.
Cons of Trello:
There is no simple way to link cards from different boards, even if you get a Business Class subscription.
When you’re adding an image — make sure it’s positioned the way you need it, as Trello doesn’t support even the basic image editing.
Another project management tool to consider is Redbooth. Named after the iconic red telephone boxes, this solution is heavily prioritizing communication. One of the significant advantages of Redbooth is the ability to communicate within any given project freely.
Free subscription is available, though if you have more than ten people on your team or more than two projects to work on, you’d probably have to consider getting a paid plan ($12 per user, per month (Pro); $18.75 per user, per month (Business)).
Apart from the basic features, i.e., adding assignees and due dates, Redbooth allows importing tasks and transforming emails into tasks. The free plan offers up to 2GB of file storage, but as the solution has integration with Google Drive and Dropbox, it might not be a major drawback.
Pros of Redbooth:
UI/UX — all users claim it’s one of the most straightforward project management tools they’ve tried.
Checklist within a task is a beneficial feature when dealing with newbies or, as another example, complex tasks like SEO audit.
Task templates allow you to spend less time creating new assignments.
Cons of Redbooth:
Aside from apparent free plan shortcomings and restrictions, Redbooth’s calendar offers no color coding, drag and drop, or filtering, which makes it not much better than a paper calendar on your wall, does it?
Asana is one of the most popular solutions for managing projects. Just as Redbooth and Trello, this soft can become a helping hand for both individuals and affiliate teams. Asana too has free and paid versions, a free one allowing up to 15 members to collaborate on the project.
Pros of Asana:
The free plan allows for the unlimited number of tasks and projects.
Paid version ($11.99 per user, per month) features task dependencies and private projects.
Both include product roadmaps.
Third-party integrations with communication, reporting and time tracking tools.
Cons of Asana:
Some users note that it’s a bit heavy on the text while lacking when it comes to visuals.
If you’re on a tight budget yet want to experience all the best of project management features, Freedcamp is a tool to consider. It’s freemium allows way more than its competitors.
Pros of Freedcamp:
Unlimited projects and users.
Project milestones and time tracking help to quickly assess the progress.
File sharing (and editing) + discussion boards grant smooth communication flow.
Project templates to save some time.
Kanban boards for visualization.
Cons of Freedcamp:
Project reporting requires users to upgrade (cost to upgrade: $5.99 for the owner and $1.99 for each additional user, per month).
Although some of the PM tools offer decent communication options, e.g., private chats or discussion boards, most of the time that just doesn’t seem enough. However, there are tens, if not hundreds of specialized solutions which can solve that issue seamlessly.
Slack is a renown communication tool with all the necessary features for the effective collab between teams. Its popularity has reached the point where every other solution has to be compared to Slack, rather than be considered as a standalone tool.
Pros of Slack:
UI is both fun and efficient, engaging your team in work-related discussions.
Numerous integrations result in much more productive collaboration.
Among other advantages praised by the users are file drag-and-drop and search within uploaded documents.
Some users find the tool a bit complicated and difficult to get used to.
Also, the upgrade is a bit pricey (from $6.67 – $15.00 to upgrade), and the free version is pretty tight on storage.
According to its numerous users, Google Hangouts may become a satisfactory alternative to Slack, although it doesn’t have a free plan. However, if you happen to have a corporate G-Suite account, this solution will be automatically accessible.
Pros of Hangouts:
Google Meet integration grants access to video and voice calling.
Natural linking with all GSuite data.
Multiple integrations with third-party apps through bots.
Thread-based conversations are more efficient for discussions.
Cons of Hangouts:
The interface is not as user-friendly as some alternatives.
In December 2018, Google announced its intention to further develop Hangouts for teams, so get ready to see some great features later in 2019.
This AI-powered solution is way cheaper and has fewer restrictions when it comes to history storage.
Pros of Chanty:
Users praise Chanty for its clean and straightforward interface and significant usability.
Another kudos-inspiring feature is Tasks.
It also claims to be a single notification center for all the apps we use for work.
Chanty allows multiple file sharing in one click.
Teambook — a feature that helps to organize all tasks, conversations, files, and links into folders.
Integrations are available with Giphy, Zapier, Google Drive, Dropbox, Trello, OneDrive, Github, etc.
Audio and video calls
Flock is a communication solution from India that claims to run faster than Slack. True or not, the tool has a wide range of users.
Pros of Flock:
Multiple integrations, including Google Drive.
Offers built-in to-do’s, polls, reminders, notes, and code snippets.
Audio and video calling is available, although it requires additional integration with Appear.in solution.
Paid plan provides screen sharing feature.
Cons of Flock:
UI may seem a bit complicated and requires some getting used to.
Freemium version allows up to 10K message history storage.
Project management and communication tools are the necessity for almost any team or project in the world. But if you’re running an affiliate business, you will require specialized affiliate marketing software. This takes us to tracking platforms that allow managing your partners and offers.
via Affilitest dashboard
API support. Integration available only in Enterprise (799$) subscription
yes, 302 integrations, free
CPAPi, partially free
period of API feed update
5 to 60 min
advanced team management
only in Enterprise (799$)
login as publisher
personal cap and PO
offer link checker
yes, not inbuilt
# of offers included in basic plan
price per basic plan
number of conversions in basic plan
Some networks decide to go their own way by developing platforms that fit them perfectly. However, that requires a team of middle-senior developers, QA specialist, project manager, etc. Both approaches are legit, but make sure you’ve considered your priorities before the final decision.
Additionally, Orangear is very customizable. In one of our blog posts, we’ve mentioned how one client helped us to come up with flexible postback feature for those partners who convert CPM to CPA. As we have our own team of senior developers, it’s easy to introduce new features that can increase the productivity of our partners.
Checking offer links
Whether you’re renting a performance marketing platform or set to building your own, offers and their tracking links are unavoidable. And with the amount of fraud and scam going on within affiliate marketing, as well as simple human mistakes, validating your offer links is a necessity.
In an industry where a broken link can mean broken trust, there are not so many tools that can help affiliates and networks to verify their offers.
free checks per day
avg speed per check (sec)
detailed info on each redirect
testing through 3G
express check (2000 offers in under 60 sec)
testing through 3G/4G
API / Built-In
API integration, Built-In for Orangear-based platforms
integration with Affise- and HasOffers based platforms
This one won’t be that much of a competition. And though there are ePayments, Paxum, Skrill, Payza, etc., PayPal and Payoneer remain the most popular payment processing services that reign in affiliate business. Their business models are different, yet they serve the same need for transferring money. Additionally, if you’re making more substantial payments, a wire transfer can become much more suitable.
This payment solution reached its level due to the trust of the global audience and convenient features that do not require much effort on the receiver’s side.
Pros of PayPal:
Paypal is widely trusted and has a global presence.
You don’t need to have an account to make online payments thanks to a virtual terminal.
Account holder doesn’t need to enter card details on other websites.
Multiple integrations with third-party software.
Cons of PayPal:
Resolving any kinds of issues may take more time and effort than anyone would prefer.
Account blocking without any warning.
Another payment processing solution that is extremely popular between affiliates all over the globe is Payoneer. Even though this one has multiple limitations for those who are only starting using it, the years of stability ensure that it remains on the top.
Pros of Payoneer:
Free payments between Payoneer accounts.
Month-to-month billing and no early cancellation fee.
Cons of Payoneer:
Some limitations when it comes to money withdrawal.
No virtual terminal.
Annual fee ($29.95).
Credit card transaction fees are pretty high.
Affiliate marketing grows along with, if not faster than, the digital world. The more people enter the business, the more solutions for various inconveniences and issues will arise.
Orangear was started as a platform for our partners, something to help them fulfill their needs. Soon we’ve recognized the potential of creating compelling solutions for both advertisers and publishers to use all over the world.
Now, we are proud to offer Performance Marketing Platform and Offer Link Checker. More tools are coming soon to help our partners to scale their businesses, achieve their goals and increase profit.
Learn more about how our platform can help you to get more from your affiliate network here. Or get a 30 Days Free Trial to experience all the benefits of our solution.
Affiliate marketing is changing all the time, transforming the affiliate industry on the go. Keeping up with the latest trends and technologies is a constant challenge. For the time being, there is no better way for both networking and learning than attending affiliate marketing conferences and events.
We’ve compiled a list of the top performance marketing summits of 2019, along with the reasons to choose them over many others.
This gathering of influential affiliates and e-commerce marketers will take place on 8-9 July 2019 under the warm sun of Barcelona, Spain.
“It’s one of the best places to go to learn. If you want to learn cutting-edge tactics, this is the place to go” — Neil Patel.
Among the speakers are Greta Van Riel, Founder & Partner, SkinnyMe Tea, Fifth Watches, Hey Influencers; Neil Patel, Co-founder, Crazy Egg & Hello Bar, and Charles Ngo, Affiliate Expert & CEO, AFFcelerator.
PI LIVE will welcome over 3000 attendees from the world of performance and affiliate marketing for a jam-packed 2 days on 22 – 23 October. Network with thousands of the industry’s best whilst discovering the current trends. Co-located with Influencer Marketing Show. Previously attended by Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft.
The upcoming iteration of NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 “Affiliate Marketing in the Age of Crypto” is set to revisit Bangkok, this time bringing together experts from crypto and affiliate space to discuss synergies and future outlook for 2020.
The conference will be a one-day event preceding the Affiliate World Conferences and will include engaging panels and discussions leading up to the mega event. The event will be celebrated by a tremendously successful ASIA FASHION TV PARTY.
So, what do you think about our list? Do you have an event in mind that has to be included? We’re planning on attending most of these events, so let’s meet up soon!
Seasons may change, winter to spring, but digital marketing mutates way faster. That said, some trends seem to stick and those are the ones that truly transform the way we promote our products and services. According to our research, 2019 is to be taken over by the following tendencies.
Optimizing for voice search
Siri, Alexa, Google Home, and whatnot are slowly, yet steadily, taking over the way we look for information. Do you remember Siri’s witty answers to the “Jon Snow: dead or alive?” questions? Well, now we use voice assistance for much more than funny comebacks.
It is a whole universe of new possibilities and requirements.
What to do:
optimize your marketing campaigns for more natural speech patterns;
take into consideration the longer keywords;
if you’re running a blog, create some articles with direct answers your audience might ask, as in “What digital marketing trends should I watch in 2019?”;
add more visual, easy-to-digest content, which will allow users to make decisions on-the-go.
Overall, when prospective partners search for industry insights, you want to be the one providing information tailored to voice search as well as general SEO.
Data-driven digital strategies
We’ve already made our point on how important it is to know your statistics when it comes to running affiliate business. Digital strategies, regardless of the industry, require the same efforts to work like a clock.
From Google Analytics to Mixpanel and Amplitude to Orangear, data has finally gained the status of a foundation stone. And if you still find this activity impractical, you’re losing the game.
What to do:
set clear goals of your digital presence;
decide on KPIs and keep them in mind all the time;
depending on your KPIs choose respective analytical tools;
track the results for each instance of activity to measure success;
make sufficient changes to your digital tactics/strategy.
Seems like a piece of cake, yet we tend to forget about it once the workload reaches certain levels.
Remember that if you want to come across as a reliable partner, your digital presence has to be consistent throughout all the channels.
Creative native advertising
More than 4 billion people have access to the internet. Imagine that at least half of them is already sick and tired of the ads. If we don’t want to end up in one of the Black Mirror episodes, where we have to actually force people to watch the advertisements, things have to change.
What to do:
spend MORE time on TA research;
be honest with your customers and partners;
employ User Generated Content (short video reviews work like magic!);
reach out to the influencers of your industry for both insights and partnerships.
And yeah, don’t forget about creativity to win your audience’s attention. Just like Netflix did, promoting Altered Carbon with actual scientific research data.
Be sure to employ Push Ads to serve your needs. They seem to become more popular as we are writing this article. And it makes sense! This format is less intrusive and easily adaptive to any type of inventory.
What to do:
know when not to push — your users are likely to be annoyed by old news or hourly notifications;
create and convey value — make sure each of your messages is what your customer needs;
employ visual content;
Yes, that’s right. Visual advertising is still on. Especially when it comes to so-called Snack Ads — videos under 10 seconds that can tell a story, evoke emotions and even change minds. Easy to digest, these pieces of content entertain as well as they inform.
What to do:
come up with a video strategy — decide on the story you want to tell with this tool;
use various types of video content, from scenario-based HQ visuals to stories on social platforms;
create shorter, simple videos that can be view on the go and can inspire action.
Engaging the viewer is a tough task as with each second new video content is being delivered through multiple channels.
The overall trend is being smart:
catch up to the latest technologies;
do your homework by in-depth analysis and data research;
stay honest to your partners and customers;
continue with the personalized approach;
employ creativity and new possibilities of the digital era.
Affiliate marketing attracts more and more people due to its: flexibility (work from home, park, cafe or beach); inviting numbers (US affiliate marketing spendings for 2018 has been estimated at around six billion dollars); minimal start-up costs (get a website with decent content and you’re good to go).
The profits for sole internet marketers can be very motivating, even if you’re yet to reach the level of Charles Ngo. Some, however, decide to go even further.
You can create your affiliate network.
“Now that I know so much about the industry, why do it myself? Why not find some bright people, teach them what I know so that we could do more as a team?”
And so come the tries and tribulations of looking for “your” people, teaching and first steps at managing a team. This is also the stage where you start earning a name as a brand.
As with any startup launch, many things can go wrong even when you have up to 5 individuals under your wing.
The reasons they fail are many and various, but let’s say you’re out of these muddy waters. What’s next?
If you’ve been both smart and lucky enough to survive the startup stage, you might think about getting bigger.
One of the main reasons behind the need is, apparently, the profit increase. Apart from the final goal, larger businesses tend to get more game — work with better projects and partner up with the top.
In affiliate marketing business, this means working with direct advertisers and significant publishers, increasing income from every offer.
The “northern star” shines so bright that few small networks decide not to grow.
And if you think that ten more people are not going to change anything, apart from bringing in more money, think again. Premature scaling killed off as many as 65% of startups, according to Venture Capitalist.
How do you know you’re doing it the wrong way?
This one’s easy. If you lack focus, constantly cut resources related to growth and make decisions based on your “guts” — you’re lucky your network still runs. It’s time to check your priorities.
This is how you avoid the most common mistakes that lead to failure.
How many networks do you know that created CPI, CPA and CPM departments at the same time and succeeded? Choose one and add another only once you feel you aced the first.
“The man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” ~ Confucius.
Or as the modern world puts it:
Invest in data and analytics.
Data-driven decision-making is key to succeeding in ANY modern business.
It means much more than just using some features of Google Analytics. It’s an investment of your time. It may seem difficult to spend your resources on something that doesn’t pay off right away. But it is a vital contribution to the future of your business.
Things to keep track of when you grow*:
offer performance data and predictions;
Keeping track of real-time data AND insights will allow you to prevent many hardships.
You would be surprised by how many entrepreneurs forget about analyzing such metrics as income, revenue, and profit.
View the day-to-day stats to recognize and prevent professional burnout and see who really brings in the most bacon.
* all the data can be available within our BI Module dashboard (Beta).
If the number of people, offers and partners start to grow, but you don’t change the way you manage all of that — you might as well prepare to fail.
While some things can help you succeed during the traction period of your business, different things will drive when you grow.
Automate the repeatable.
The times of offers being sent to you one by one is over. API integration with advertisers is a must for any decent affiliate network.
choose which exact offers (Geo, categories, prices, and restrictions) you want to receive;
approve certain publishers for an advertiser.
Once you’ve recruited those 10+ people, the way you operate your team has to change. Orangear Performance Marketing Platform has a set of features that allow you to create specific roles, that hold different sets of access rights. Thus, you can choose who is allowed to view offers and statistics, and who can make changes to settings.
How many advertisers and affiliates do you have now? Imagine handling the financial “papers” for ten times more partners?
Automated Billing section will allow you to draft up-to-date invoices as soon as any changes to the scrubs (rejections and compensations) are made.
Orangear products can help you scale.
Our team has decided to focus on creating specialized software for teams of 5+. Every feature is set to allow easier and smarter scaling. Apart from that, we always take into account your current needs and are ready to adapt our platform, just like we did with postback settings here.
Single postback for a list of goals that lead to conversion.
CPM, CPL, CPA, CPC, CPI, CP… Various payment models work out for different entities, and that’s ok. But what happens when CPA network wants to collaborate with someone who works by CPM principles?
One of our first clients, affiliate network by the not-so-subtle name of Mobvault, stumbled upon a situation. They’ve had a prospective partner that was buying traffic by CPM and trusted advertisers who worked according to CPA.
The catch about turning CPM into CPA.
Whereas in CPI the only goal is an install, CPA invites advertisers to clarify the way they need a conversion to happen.
They can set a list of goals-actions, e.g.:
a) click on the ad,
b) view the video,
c) fill in the form,
Each action usually meant a separate postback that went straight down the list of publishers. And every postback was the reason “to be paid for”, no matter the final result.
Now you can choose which actions will trigger the postback to your publisher (and his publisher and so on…).
If it’s the sales your client is after, you can choose “d) purchase” from the list above as the single action that will initiate the postback. It means that you will have to pay for the action that matters and brings actual profit.
What does it mean for Orangear clients?
If you need to customize a part of our platform to fit your needs — it can be done.
I guess this would be a right moment to tell you the story behind Orangear and its Performance Marketing Platform.
As it often happens, it started with a problem. Actually, with more than one.
Affiliate marketing has been around for quite a while now, and the people behind Orangear have been working in this industry for just as long. From being sole affiliates to establishing their networks. Our COO, Alexander Trivaylo has a different kind of experience. And although it was a risky move, it happened to be one of the best decisions for our business. A fresh look helped us solve the existing problems in a new, efficient, and original way.
We didn’t want to create another platform with 1-2 shiny features, sell it off and be done with it. We aimed to develop a solution that can change the way networks operate on a daily basis, increasing their productivity and opening new opportunities for earning more.
And this is how you can…
…minimize losses and maximize earnings.
Use our detailed customization options and profound performance insights to elevate your income.
Some of our teammates and partners had learned it the hard way, but the more agile you get, the easier it is for you to maneuver the ever-changing business of performance marketing.
1. Discover the final point for most offers and detect fraudulent patterns with our detailed conversion reports.
2. Enhance your fraud protection with behavioral factors, whitelist, security token and an inbuilt antifraud.
3. Enjoy a new level of customization from various restrictions to specific goals for each offer.
With our platform, you can customize almost anything. Starting from API integration with advertisers, where you can choose which offers to receive (depending on GEO, prices, and restrictions) and whether to approve them automatically or manually. Ending with eliminating sub-publishers which don’t satisfy your requirements.
You can also effectively manage your team. Once you’ve created roles with various access levels, you can simply assign them to new managers. You can have a specific set of permissions for remote employees saved as a role and never think again of the matter.
4. Use our internal media storage for creatives to ensure their quality and accessibility.
How many times had you lost content because it was placed somewhere offside? And when you process thousands of offers at a time, who’s going to pay attention to the changed quality or total disappearance, which both end in lost money and missed opportunities.
5. Setup publishers’ lists that can supply traffic to your most trusted partners.
When you have long-time trusted publishers, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself, all because you have these new perspective publishers with untested traffic sources.
6. Choose only trusted and performing sub-publishers to run your offers.
If you’ve discovered that that one of your publishers provides traffic of good quality, yet some part of it is malicious or simply undesired — there’s no need to stop working with this pub. Simply eliminate the sub.
7. Monetize remnant traffic with multiple Superlink settings.
Remnant traffic is close to unavoidable, and Superlink is the easiest and the most effective way to deal with it. Our machine learning algorithms will be sure to choose the most suitable way to monetize every click by adapting to the traffic attributes of each publisher. It’s a win-win solution for every party.
8. Pay for the conversions, not the clicks.
We value results over process. We view our relationship as a productive partnership. So when you grow and improve your outcomes — everyone benefits.
9. Target specific cities and carriers.
Being specific with targeting is one of the best ways to cut the losses. We wanted to magnify the level of precision, so now you have an opportunity to choose specific cities and carriers to target.
…save time and increase productivity
We’ve automated routine tasks so you could use the freed time to develop your business.
1. Automatically receive offers and their updates through API according to your preferences (GEOs, prices, and restrictions).
Once again, we’re all for being precise. For every API integrated advertiser, you can choose which offers to get. Define the categories and geographical regions that bring the best results and spend your team’s efforts on those. Eliminate the unnecessary.
This is also a place where you can add your margin to be set automatically for all offers.
2. Have a complete view of your business with up to 50 real-time indicators are visualized within the platform.
Knowledge is power! No need to run your business blindly. You can access the entirety of information, current and historical data, to analyze and build on.
3. Customize your daily and monthly cap settings for each publisher, offer and even for a specific goal.
Control overspending without daily monitoring. Just set up daily, monthly and total cap for each offer and keep your budget in check.
4. Easily share your revenue with partners with dynamic payouts feature.
Now you can easily choose the dynamic payout option for those offers where you want to share revenue in percentage rather than a static sum.
5. Match certain advertisers with specific publishers to automatically approve all respective offers within the pair.
Create internal partnerships with your most trusted advertisers and publish to automatically approve all offers within.
6. Make changes in the Billing section and up-to-date invoices will be generated immediately.
Some of our partners remember the time when they had to change a number here, then there and there, oh, and here as well. But why lose time on something that is so easily automated? In our platform, amending one means amending all.
7. Set multiple goals for various targeting, payout and cap options within one offer.
Instead of duplicating the offer to set specific goals for each targeting option, merely add goals in the initial offer.
8. View history of edits for each offer, manager or activity with our logging feature.
No need to play detective with a magnifying glass. You can view the history of changes directly in your platform.
9. Work with rejects and compensations within our Billing feature.
The system allows you to easily change rejected to partially paid, making necessary adjustments to the final invoices.
As you can see, our main task was to address the most common issues affiliate networks face when renting out a performance marketing platform. Although these problems were never fatal, they do cut your income more often than you’d like.
Our solution is easy-to-use, detailed and customizable enough to fit the needs of every network.
It’s evident that every affiliate network uses various tools to make sure the offers are what they’ve got to be — performing, active, and hopefully direct.
MotorMobile is a digital performance marketing network from Las Vegas, USA. Bringing prominent results to its clients, they’ve already gained trust from both advertisers and publishers all over the world. MotorMobile focuses on app installs, mobile subscriptions, and lead generation.
I assume you’ve been testing your offers since the day 1 and I know that now you use Checker for this purpose. What had been the process before that?
Oh well, we’ve used various tools from some really creative ones to manual ones that are similar to Checker. While everyone knows about the latter, I don’t think I am going to share a thing about the former. That was too creative at times 🙂 Regardless, we had little to no choice. We have many trustworthy long-term partners, but in this business, you can’t limit yourselves to those. No one wants to miss out.
Adding a new player to our “game” is always a risk, and the only way to minimize it is to be thorough with our checks.
Why Checker though? You’ve said it yourself there’s plenty of fish in the sea.
Well, we did meet at IMS this year, and the team was convincing enough. I guess, in our industry as it is in many others, personal contact means a lot.
What persuaded you?
We’ve been looking for a more automated way to scan the links for some time, and it just was the right moment to find out about API integration. As soon as we tried it, there’s just no way we’re going back to manual.
Have you been able to try the latest of our updates? Blacklist, express check?
We didn’t have a reason to use the express check yet, as we continuously run most of our offers through Checker. We were, however, very curious about the blacklist. There had been no problems with the partners, so we decided to test this new feature with our domain. You know, new players sometimes try cheating…
So we added our domain to the blacklist. Can you imagine the laugh we had when we caught 3! new advertisers on selling us our own offers? The audacity! Of course, that was the end of our partnership, because even when confronted with evidence 2 of them kept claiming it was a mistake.
That is, indeed, an unconventional way to use the blacklist, but we’re glad it helped.
It did and I’m sure there’s more to come.
What is your overall opinion on Checker?
So far it was a great experience. It checks thousands of our offers a day, and so long, there is no reason to complain. With the numbers of new publishers and advertisers that appear every day, I can’t see how anyone can run a business with decent or higher income if they don’t employ every possible verification method.
Would you mind sharing some of your plans for the nearest future? What lies ahead for MotorMobile?
Sure! Much of our efforts are directed into research, as we strive to reach the best mobile traffic and direct advertisers, app developers. MotorMobile aims to stay ahead, constantly improving our management skills as well as getting our hands on the latest tech developments, such as Checker. After 1.5 years of consistent growth and enhanced results, we’re steadily moving to the top of our niche. I’m not going to specify, but both CPA and CPM departments are soon to get our most close attention. Let’s see where it gets us!
Orangear team wishes you the best of luck and we hope you will reach your goals soon enough.
Thank you and the same goes for Orangear, of course.
Just a couple of months after we’ve presented Checker to the public, we’re happy to announce a prominent update.
As always, our goal was to make your experience faster and smoother, while improving the functional side.
Checker is 10 times faster.
When you’re handling more than 100 offers a day (less, even), you’d want every process to be as fast as possible. Hence, this update.
We’ve discovered and utilized a way to even further improve our algorithm of link analysis. So, if you thought that Checker was fast already, how would you like it now, when it’s 10 times faster.
API express check
API Checker’s new feature – express check – scans up to 2000 offers in under 60 seconds.
By design API Checker is meant to run consistently, regularly testing offers. There are times, however, when the job needs to be done faster, and the recurring strategy won’t work.
Having in mind our clients’ priorities, we’ve added an express check feature to Checker.
In cases when you have some overeager publishers requesting offers ASAP, you can run an express check and have the results for more than 1000 links in a minute. The publisher in question wouldn’t have the time to finish off their white chocolate mocha.
Or when you have a bunch of offers from a new partner that you need to check really fast to make the right decision.
See how it works before purchasing.
If you consider requesting the API version of Checker, you might want to have a test drive first. Follow the directions from our tech documentation and run your 25 free checks, fast and easy.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation when you need a tiny thing done, but you have to wait hours from the tech team to get started? Won’t happen here, as you don’t even need any reply from us to fire up the process.
Bear in mind that here we talk about checks as opposed to calls, so it’s 25 thoroughly tested links that you get as a result.
Get notified of the unwanted domains within your offers.
If you suddenly feel like you don’t want to continue cooperating with one of the domains, you can simply terminate the partnership and stop accepting their offers.
But what if they’re hiding in the chain of redirects? Prior to this update, you’d have to check every offer to see if any of the undesired partners are in the chain. Imagine, how much time you’d spend looking through each of a 100, 1000, 25000 links?
Now you can just add the unwanted domains to the Blacklist and get notified if any of them appear in the offers you’re running. We’re sure your quality control department has more important things to do.