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How to Get Accepted into a CPA Network

CPA stands for Cost Per Action.

You get paid because you caused a prospect to take some sort of specific action which creates a lead or new customer for a company.

How to Get Accepted into a CPA Network

It could be as simple as joining the company’s mailing list.

Or it might be to hand over not only email, but also a phone number so the company can call them.

Some CPA offers are product trials – the prospect pays a token amount of money to try a product.

CPA offers differ from affiliate offers in that you’re harvesting leads more than making sales.

Even in the case of the trial offer, the prospect or customer is often paying just a few dollars to get a product sample.

It’s up to the company to turn that person into a real customer.

For example, you sign up to promote for a weight loss company.

For every prospect who agrees to sample the product, you get paid $20.

But the prospect only paid $7 for a one month’s supply of the product.

How does the company make their money? On the backend – if that customer continues to buy the product month after month, the company makes a profit.

The benefits of promoting CPA offers over affiliate products is that it’s generally much easier to get conversions.

For example, it’s easier to get a prospect to agree to join a list or even sample a product, than it is to actually sell them a product at full price.

To promote CPA offers, you need to join a CPA network.

And this is where it can get a little tricky.

A CPA network acts as the middle man between the company looking for new leads, and the affiliates (that’s you) bringing them those leads.

The CPA network takes care of everything like tracking, conversions, payments, support and so forth. And in return, the CPA network takes a cut of the earnings.

Now you might be thinking you’ll just bypass the CPA networks and go straight to the companies, but this is actually the hard way – especially if you are new to CPA marketing.

Most companies don’t want to deal with individual affiliates. Instead, they prefer to hand everything off to a CPA network and just receive the leads.

Most affiliates feel the same way, because CPA networks streamline the process for everyone.

And when you are accepted into a CPA network, you’ll generally have hundreds of different offers to choose from.

Join more than one CPA network and you’ll never run out of offers, even if you specialize in only one niche. Every CPA network will have different offers, different commission amounts, different payout schedules and so forth.

So how do you get accepted by a CPA network?

It’s not as easy as simply signing up. There is an application and approval process you’ll need to go through.

No, the CPA networks aren’t trying to be jerks and exclude new affiliates – not at all.

But they are trying to prevent fraud. Imagine if a new CPA affiliate gets bots to fill out the CPA offer forms – let’s say a million of them. The new affiliate is a millionaire, the CPA network has just paid out a boatload of money for bogus leads, the company who ordered the leads is mad as heck, and … well, you get the idea.

Fraud is a major problem the CPA networks must constantly guard against, which is why there is an approval process in place to try to filter out the fraudulent affiliates before they ever get started on their evil schemes.

Which is to say, the CPA networks aren’t trying to filter you out just because you’re new. They’re simply trying to eliminate fraud and keep everything legit.

If you’re new to CPA marketing, the choices of CPA networks can be almost overwhelming. But I suggest you start with one of the following three, for a couple of reasons. First, they tend to be fairly friendly towards new CPA marketers. Second, they have lots of offers to choose from and they’re trustworthy, too.

    MaxBounty.com

    NeverBlud.com

    Peerfly.com

Check out their websites, pick one out and click the link to become an affiliate or publisher.

They’re going to ask you a bunch of questions, and here’s how you handle it – be honest. Remember, they’re not trying to filter out newbies, they’re trying to filter out scammers. If they catch you lying, they’ll assume you’re a scammer. Give your correct address, your real date of birth and so forth.

HINT: While it’s not required, it is helpful to have your own website to get approved. Your website should have some good content on it and not look spammy or questionable. It’s fine if your website is new.

Be honest about your CPA experience or lack of experience. If you have affiliate experience, by all means highlight this. If you’ve purchased any CPA courses or done extensive reading about CPA marketing, tell them this.

You want to emphasize that you are 100% serious about this business.

They’re going to ask what your monthly marketing budget is. How you answer is of course up to you, but I highly recommend saying that you plan to invest $1,000 or more per month – perhaps on Facebook ads, or your advertising space of choice. Anything less than $1,000 a month and you won’t look serious.

Upload any documentation they ask for – this is simply to verify that you are indeed REAL.

In a day or two you will receive a phone call from someone at the CPA network. They’re going to basically ask you the same questions about your experience and intentions that you answered on the application. Again, they want to verify that you are for real and not some scammer. Be friendly, be helpful and don’t get stressed out – and remember that they want to accept you. Without affiliates promoting the CPA offers, they have no business.

Now here’s a way to show just how serious you are about joining their network – don’t’ wait for them to call you. Instead, after you fill out your application and submit any documents they ask for, you call them. This tells them you are excited and ready to get to work.

Above all else, be honest, be confident and be yourself.

Even if you are a total newbie, nine times out of 10 you will get approved.

But if you’re not approved, politely call or email them and ask why you weren’t approved.

Then use this information the next time you apply to a CPA network.

Don’t stress about any of this. Even if you aren’t approved the first time, simply apply to the next CPA network and the next one after that.

It’s only a matter of time before you get into one of them, and then you can parlay your experience in that network to get into any network you want.

All it takes is that first one to get you started on the road to becoming a CPA pro.

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Just Starting in Online Marketing?

Sorry, But You’re Too Late

Just Starting in Online Marketing?

It’s a fact that the vast majority of the great online marketing ideas have already been thought of and executed.

Do you really think you’re going to invent the next greatest thing?

Maybe the social media platform that puts Facebook in its grave?

Or the marketing course that makes everyone else throw up their hands and go home?

Or maybe the dating app that makes all the other ones shut down?

Nope.

Sorry, but the odds of that are about as good as getting hit by lightning twice.

Mind you, I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. I’m just saying it’s not likely.

But here’s the good news – you don’t have to invent something radically new that changes the world as we know it.

You don’t even have to have an idea no one else has thought of before.

The smart marketer knows that you can take the best ideas out there and re-use them to make them new again.

Now before you get in a tizzy, let me say this: It’s not unethical to repackage information or use someone else’s marketing techniques, as long as you change it.

Obviously you’re not going to just rip something off and do exactly what’s been done, or use exactly the same copy, the same product, etc.

No sir. You’re not going to rip anybody off.

But the fact is, the best ideas have already been used. But there is no reason why you can’t make them your own.

Walk into a book store, go to the non-fiction section and you will find hundreds of books that have basically the same information as thousands of books that came before them.

Yet these books are selling.

Why? Because the authors put their own unique spin on the information.

Let me use a cake recipe to illustrate: Let’s say you want to sell your own cake recipe. Are you going to start with a whole new list of ingredients that no one has ever put in a cake before?

For example, “To bake this cake, you’ll need 2 cups of chopped chicken, a package of onion soup, 6 fresh catnip leaves, one half cup of coffee, 12 dill pickles, 2 boiled eggs, a pound of potato peels…”

You get the idea.

Of course you’re going to start with flour, sugar, butter, baking soda or baking powder, etc.

You’re going to use the exact same basic ingredients that a million chefs and cooks have used before you.

But you’re going to put your own twist on your recipe.

Maybe you add maraschino cherries and cinnamon. Or peppermint extract and dark chocolate. Or blueberries and lemon juice.

It’s still a cake recipe, and it’s not all that different from other cake recipes, except that you put your own twist on it.

Stop trying to come up with a world-shattering idea and simply look around at what’s working and what resonates with you.

Take that information and make it your own.

And then teach what you learned.

It’s so simple, and you don’t need an amazing idea.

Now here’s where a lot of people get bogged down – they think it’s unethical to take information they got elsewhere and make it their own.

So let’s put some context on this…

You go to college for 4 years. For this privilege, you pay a great deal of money. Professors and textbooks teach you a whole lot of knowledge that THEY DID NOT THINK OF FIRST.

That’s right – it’s what you might call regurgitated info, in that other people discovered it, came up with it and so forth.

But they are getting paid to teach it to you anyway.

Then what happens?

You go out and get a job, where you use this same information. And you get PAID for it, too.

So now then, here’s your question: How is this any different from taking information that’s already available, putting your own unique spin on it, and selling that same information?

You are doing the same thing the professors and the college are doing. And you’re doing the same thing anyone who gets a job and uses this info in their job is doing.

You’re just doing it online.

Now then – feel better?

Good.

Because for many of you, I have just removed your very last excuse for not making your own product.

Assuming you already have your niche picked out, go find your very favorite products in that niche. Study them. Learn all you can. Put the information to work in your business or your life.

And then make your own product with your own unique personality and skill set.

I know you can make it a success, and you don’t even have to invent the wheel to do it.

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How to Turn Internet Real Estate into a Financial Fortune

Let’s talk about real life real estate for just a moment…

How to Turn Internet Real Estate into a Financial Fortune

How do you make money in real estate?

You buy a property, rent it out, and use the rent money to pay off the property.

Or, you use the rent money from your first property to buy your next property. You rent out the second property and buy your third, and so forth.

So yes, you’re coming out of pocket on that first property, or you’re taking out a loan. But in the long run, you wind up with several rental properties that eventually pay themselves off, and you’re a millionaire.

But the problem with buying properties are numerous: Real estate loans are a hassle to get. Renters are problematic. You’ve got to pay property taxes and all upkeep. You get calls in the middle of the night saying a pipe broke, or whatever. There’s always more added expense and headaches than you expect.

But what if we do something similar on the internet, so that we get all the benefits without all the hassle? It would look something like this:

(And by the way, many millionaires made their money using this exact method.)

Let’s say you go to Flippa and you find a website that’s making $800 a month. The owner is willing to sell that website for a minimum of $3,000. You bid on the site, others bid on the site, and you manage to buy it for $4,000.

Now you might wonder why someone would sell a $800 a month website for just $4,000. Frankly, their reasons don’t matter. What does matter is you did your due diligence and confirmed that they are in fact making $800 a month with the site, and you are getting everything needed to continue earning that $800 a month. That may include a list, or a product, etc. As long as you can continue to make that kind of money, you’re golden.

Let’s say you make no improvements to the site other than upkeep and maintenance, and you continue to earn $800 a month. In a year’s time you will have more than doubled your money. The following year everything is profit, and so forth.

But you don’t stop there, because you take your profits from the first website and buy a second website. You take the profits from the second website and buy a third website, and so forth.

You’ll notice that you can pay for a website a whole lot faster than you can pay for a piece of real estate.

In addition, it’s much easier to make improvements to your websites than to your properties.

For example, if you want to upgrade the kitchen on a rental home, you’ve got to get bids, hire a contractor, let the house sit idle without a renter for two months, and pay a hefty fee for the privilege of not collecting rent while the kitchen is being redone.

But with your website, you can hire an outsourcer for a few hundred dollars to make whatever changes you need.

Which brings us to the next point… often times there are small things you can do to a website to create big changes in revenue. And as an experienced marketer, you’re in prime position to see those things and act on them.

For example, have they been using the site to build a mailing list? If not, this one step alone can often double and triple revenue within just a month or two.

If they are building a mailing list, are they mailing to it on a frequent basis and selling products through their emails? You’d be surprised how often they’re not.

Is the website getting good SEO? If not, hire an SEO person to help you out, because it can be money well spent.

There’s almost always going to be something you can do to increase the revenue you get from the site.

Imagine if, in a year’s time, you buy 6 websites that each earn $500 a month when you buy them. Imagine you tweak them just a little and get them up to $1,000 a month. That means you could have a $6,000 a month income without much work.

I know a fellow who bought a site for $5,000 that was earning $600 a month. He saw a lot of potential in the site, as well as things that could easily be improved.

He made a few tweaks (took him a week) and now the website earns $3,000 a month.

I don’t know where else you can invest $5,000 for an asset, spend about $900 upgrading that asset, and earn $36,000 a year. In my opinion it beats the stock market and real estate combined.

And if you ever decide you’re tired of a particular site or you just need some fast cash, you can always sell the site on Flippa again.

Now you might be wondering what sorts of changes you might make to a website to increase the revenue.

Broadly speaking, your changes will fall into one of these categories:

1: Increase the amount of traffic that’s coming to the website. If your website is already earning good money from advertising or product sales, you might just need to send more of the same traffic it’s already getting.

2: Increase the quality of traffic that’s coming to the website. If the original site owner wasn’t targeting just the right people, then changing your ads or methods of driving traffic may greatly increase sales without increasing traffic.

3: Get more of your visitors to become customers. Tweak the site to convert more prospects into customers. Also work on turning those prospects into list members so you can continue to sell to them, even if they don’t return to your website.

4: Sell more to your customers, meaning either sell them higher priced products, or sell to them more often, or both. For example, add an upsell to the sales funnel, as well as an autoresponder sequence that sells them on more products.

It will take some nerve to make that first website purchase. Learn how to appraise sites and verify traffic and sales before you do, and you’ll be alright. Remember, you can always sell the site later if you want to.

I think once you try this, you might just get hooked. It’s a lot of fun to have an entire stable of websites, all making you money like clockwork. And should one of them ever stop producing, it won’t matter. You’ll have already made your money back, and you’ll still have all of your other revenue streams from your other websites.

As you can see, the internet can be a great place to develop your ‘real estate’ fortune.

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