Affiliate Marketing Tools

Hi,
I have decided to use my computer skills in web development to create Affiliate Campaigns, websites and landing pages just to start Online Marketing Career.  I am going to ask if I can get some help on possible free alternatives to Adplexity and Voluum?  I do not have a lot cash on hand starting out just pure drive and determination which I have found does not make a difference when you want to make money starting out in Affiliate Marketing or Online Marketing.  
Can someone point me in the right direction with Adplexity and Voluum?  I have spent more than a month spinning my wheels until I was able to date mine some good advice on how to get started in my biz.  Man, just pure BS some of those Guru's. Now, I am turning the Experts.
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Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I will tell you that I have found the Anstrex ($59) and Bemob (free).  I realize that these systems or websites are somewhat new compared to Adplexity and Voluum.  thanks so much.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I am finding that there are a lot of scammers with websites that Do nothing? Can I rely on Anstrex and Bemob if I choose them?
Lucas BishopMarketing TechnologistCommented:
If you are just getting started in affiliate marketing, those platforms are a bit overkill. Pretty much every affiliate program has built in tracking for the traffic you send into it. You'll be able to optimize your pages by reviewing your own analytics in combination with the analytics provided by the affiliate programs.

Why exactly are you looking at those platforms? Maybe I am underestimating the complexity of what you're about to launch?
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Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
Hi @Lucas Bishop,

I have done a lot of investigation and searches on offers. I have been taken for a ride on some them as I have found that they did not pay for the lead or that the offer turns out to be malware.  And, I am finding out these things a long time after getting the campaign ready for advertising on Google Adwords.  Starting a campaign can take a long time as I am finding out. I am learning a great in the meantime but, I cannot afford the cost of time and money.  
So, I decided to get some tools to help me. Even in the forums, I have read that I need a few tools like a VPS or Dedicated Server, Voluum and Adplexity.  Finding offers that work and is a fit for me is very time-consuming.
Youtube is filled with get rich schemes and mostly dead ends.
Do not get me wrong but, I would like to start without the overkill as you are saying?
Tell me how I can get passed this hump without wasting precious time and money.
I have done the landing pages. I have done the links on Social Media which is a nightmare.
I have the domains and hosting, everything. Nothing.
I have gone to Native Ads only to find that my links are just basically junk or malware.
I am staying vigilant by continuing to sift thru all the bluff and fluff. I know that I have to work though these kinks. I know!

So, I need help from the Experts without all the bluff, fluff, and sales tactics.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I even went to a DFY campaign and was taken for money for an ad.  The Internet is not safe.

I can just go spy. Copy. Edit. Download. Upload to Amazon S3. Then, finally Deploy my campaign.

Nothing on the Internet is free. Scam, after Scam after sales pitch, after get rich schemes.

I expect to lose money but, not in this way.

No one wants to give you their advice or tactics because of fear of losing out in the end.

In the end, I can use my knowledge of Computer Science to Edit the Ripped Landing pages from Anstrex so on and so forth.

Total cost per month to create the landing page is just basically the numbers I create in that month for basically, $70 dollar.

I am not defensive. I just want answers not fluff and stuff.

I could not believe the DFY campaign for Maxbounty.  I had to laugh at myself because I am really falling for all of the get rich schemes there is on Youtube, Facebook, just basically the Internet. Just completely stupid and funny at the same.

I GUESS I have to get crafty, TOO!  Thanks Experts for listening. Just call me copycat.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
Just one more thing. Do you know how much a template cost? Advice and any mentoring cost (hundreds, thousands of dollars believe me I have asked).

After spending day and night on my computer, I have found that most of the gurus on Facebook and Youtube are not telling the complete and honest truth. Not mention, some of them basically do not know what they are talking about. Maybe one sentence that is complete gibberish.

Pls do not follow along. OMG. Just laughing to make matters better for me.

Can someone help me pls?
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
One more thing, I got answers today when I asked the Experts. Who would have known?

Signed
Not confused anymore.
Lucas BishopMarketing TechnologistCommented:
I have found that they did not pay for the lead or that the offer turns out to be malware

A key issue that you are experiencing here is that many affiliate programs/offers are not trustworthy. Many small trustworthy programs will allow you to test sign-ups on their platform as a way to:
  • Verify their site works (yes, imagine spending $10k in ad spend only to find the affiliate programs sign-up form is broken)
  • Verify that conversions are logged in their system
  • Verify that their product/offer/service is legitimate

In any event, by going through a large affiliate network (ex. cj.com, linkshare.com, shareasale.com) you can be more comfortable knowing that the program is somewhat vetted. Although you still want to do your due diligence.

I have read that I need a few tools like a VPS or Dedicated Server
Again, this is generally something you need if you are dealing with a high volume of visitors, or need more control over the server software itself. There are plenty of hosting providers that offer rock solid speed and uptime at a fraction of the cost of a VPS or Dedi.

Voluum and Adplexity
To me, these are tools that you use when you start pushing a lot of traffic at a lot of different programs. They help bring data from many different programs into a single dashboard so that you can work on optimizing all the things you are doing. If you are bootstrapping yourself and haven't even got your first sale yet, while it's nice to be prepared for the best, I'd personally start with using Google Analytics on your own pages, and the analytics provided by the affiliate networks, and the individual advertising platforms (ie. adwords, facebook ads, etc) independently. It's not a herculean effort to correlate data between them.

The number one thing to focus on though is choosing affiliate products/services that you actually believe in. If money wasn't part of the discussion, would you still recommend this product? Would you recommend it to your family? Would you use it yourself? Would you trust putting your credit card into the site? If you can answer yes to those questions, you're at least looking at a product that may be worth consideration.

When you type the "company name + scam" into google, does anything come up? Any red flags when you look up "company name + reviews"?

All of the things I mentioned above will effect the success of your campaigns, because people ask themselves related questions when they make a purchase.

Another thing to keep in mind is the quality of your content that you're creating. Since you are creating actual web pages, how rich are they? Are they very educational? Do they have a chance to actually rank organically in search? Do they have good quality scores when you review the keywords you're targeting to them in Adwords? Even evaluating the content of the affiliate site you are sending to is key. Just because someone has a good product, doesn't mean the page they've built for it will actual convert a visitor that you send to it.

Edit: I just read one of your responses about scraping content. I would not expect that to be a successful tactic... you're treading into black hat territory. If selling gucci bags was as easy as ripping off the gucci store page and uploading it, then bidding on 'gucci handbag' terms in Adwords, I'd be the first moon tourist by now.

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Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
Hi @Lucas Bishop,
Sounds good to me!
I am working with Maxbounty.  I have found that they are the best.  
I am just sayin'.
Due diligence is very, very hard work. No body is going to give you anything nowadays.

I just want the Experts to know some the thing that I have found on the Internet is complete rubbish like the EXAMPLE I am going to attach to message.

I know I am screaming for help!

I am just going to gossip a bit here. I put an offer on Google Adword and Outbrain.  I was basically blocked because they found that the links were malware.  Unbelievable! I stopped right there and started asking the experts.

Now, I am heading in the right direction.

Thanks so much @Lucas Bishop and Experts Exchange.

Just a note, I paid $60 for the Example. No support or assistance as mention on the sales page. I have may 30 similar examples of wasted money.  

Thanks.
Lucas BishopMarketing TechnologistCommented:
If it's of any help, I generally use Wordpress for any sites I have to build from the ground up and themeforest.net has pretty affordable prices on templates.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
You are right. I may not be working with the right companies.  I have CJ and Shareasale.  Maybe, the bigger the better. Thanks.

Imagine doing due diligence at Offervault only to find that they are sending you sales pages and webinars. Lol. I mean OMG.

I know I sound like a broken record but a virus.

Yes, I know that I cannot just rip an ad without doing my due deligence.

I am going to make this a question but, can you give me a good lead on an affiliate link that is working?

Facebook and even Craigslist gave me a problems with the links.

Any hoo!

Outstanding explaination.   The cost of things (templates and even advise). Forget the groups.  I am still trying find help FB Groups.  Nada!

Now, I know why they call super affiliates "supa."

Money and Secrets. Lol
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I have wordpress themes free and paid.  I have leadpage and builderall. I have settled on the Native Ads. I think I can learn a little from them in the mean time. Thanks for the help Expert Lucas Bishop.

Besides, the wordpress and themes, what other tools may you advise me on for starting out as an affiliate?

I know you thoughts on Adplexity and Voluum.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I have to admit the word overkill was the most reassuring thing that I have heard in past two months. Lol.
Lucas BishopMarketing TechnologistCommented:
I am going to make this a question but, can you give me a good lead on an affiliate link that is working? Facebook and even Craigslist gave me a problems with the links.

Most of these sites, even Adwords, don't want an affiliate link to be directly inserted in their system. Affiliate links generally trigger multiple redirects before going to a landing page. Redirects are used to trigger tracking mechanisms, but they're also where deceitful things happen historically. Those sites want you to provide a url in your ad that does not have any kind of redirect on it.

So for those platforms, use a direct link to your landing page. The landing page you are hosting yourself. Then within the landing page, you can have affiliate links within the content you create.

Here is a working affiliate link:
https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1241478&u=1148499&m=43846&urllink=&afftrack=

Notice that when you click on it, you're redirected to dmca.com

The only way you could use this in your marketing campaign is if inside of FacebookAds, you use "https://www.yourdomain.com/your-landing-page?utm-campaign=your-google-tracking-parameters" and then somewhere within that page you have the link embedded (ex. "the DMCA Takedown service will remove stolen content from offending web sites for you").

Besides, the wordpress and themes, what other tools may you advise me on for starting out as an affiliate?
Become intimately familiar with Google Analytics. Your success is going to be based on the success of your web site visitors. You need to be able to understand how they are engaging with your landing pages. Google Analytics is the tool for that.

Heatmap tools are also helpful in conjunction with your analytics, as you can see what people are doing when they land on your pages. Hotjar.com is a good example.

In any event, the one thing I would tell you is think about your user. How are you helping them? That is the key to being a successful affiliate, starting out in todays market.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
Your first link redirected to this websites https://www.dmca.com/signup/?r=mgbs. I has a redirect.

I have Google Analytics.

And, Hotjar.  

I am just starting with Hotjar with the free 2000 visits.  I know that they send out traffic and has the heatmap.  I love it so far. Had it for about a three days. Amazing to me!

I just happen to step on Hotjar. I intend to increase the traffic in the near future as I hope to scale upwards.

You have to be knowledgeable and crafty in this business as this pertains to the DCMA thing. Lol

OK. I seem to be on the right so far as it pertains to the CPA, website, Google Analytics and the Hotjar.  

What is next?
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I want to get down to eliminating them with a cheaper alternative or something that will help me eliminate so much research on just one or two offers.

Purchasing DFY and getting help from mentors and scammers is just not cutting it for me.
Miss TechieTech BloggerAuthor Commented:
I was talking about the Affiliate tools! Sorry!
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