Welcome to my ultimate guide on the use of solo ads for affiliate marketing!
Before we begin with this guide, I’d like to quickly go over about me, what I do and why should you listen to me.
For those who don’t know who I am, my name is Phuc – founder of amNewsfeed.com (belongs to AMN Marketing LLC) and I come from Vietnam. A third-world country with not many opportunities for people like me.
English is my 2nd language and not one of my strengths. I’m also of an introverted nature and camera-shy.
If you want to know more about me, you can read my story here.
In this guide, I’m going to show you the exact strategies that have allowed me to generate passive income without having the need of showing my face to the world.
I’m going to also show you how you can stay invisible and still make money 🙂
In this guide, I’m going to uncover the exact secret strategy that I use to generate passive income as an affiliate.
The best part is that since this method is ‘INVISIBLE’ you don’t have to jump in front of a camera, create any videos or do anything out of your comfort zone.
#2. Overview of the method
In this guide, I’m going to show you how you can start a passive online business via affiliate marketing, using a traffic source that you may already know.
That’s Solo ads!
One of the most underrated yet effective traffic source. To sum up, Solo ads are kind of like an email advertisement, where you pay someone else to email your offer to their email list.
I know some of you maybe skeptical but trust me, with the things that I’m going to teach you in this guide, you will be buying 100% profitable Solo ads by the time you’re done reading.
I’m going to show you how to:
- Find trust-able solo ad vendors that drive premium traffic to your offers.
- Find winning products on affiliate platforms.
- Setup your own autoresponder service to capture the leads.
- Create high converting landing pages.
- Setup advanced tracking to track in-detail the actions and steps your traffic is taking.
By the time you’re done with all of these steps – you will be making money.
#3. Solo ads & finding the right vendors
In my previous post, I shared with you a list of the best solo ad vendors for the biz opp & mmo niches. But in this tutorial, I will show you more details on how you can find a right vendor that suits you in ANY niches.
The single most effective traffic source that I have used to generate thousands of dollars with affiliate marketing is none other than Solo ads.
I know most of you might have heard of Solo ads before and might have even gone through some of the solo ad training and it didn’t work out for you.
But hey, you can’t blame the traffic source for that. It didn’t worked for you, doesn’t means it doesn’t work.
For example: Facebook ads – you see so many people are doing Facebook ads to sell their products and if you have too tried and failed that doesn’t means that Facebook ads are a bad source of traffic.
The same applies to Solo ads, if you have tried it previously and they didn’t worked out for you, we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happens again.
What are Solo ads?
Solo ads are basically email traffic or email advertisement where you pay someone else to send your offer to their email leads.
They’ll be sending email blasts to their list until they reach the amount of clicks you have ordered. You would usually pay them in regards of the traffic you receive from them (cost-per-click).
Top Solo ads directories
There are two top Solo ads directories that I use to make money with affiliate marketing. These directories will help you pick the best solo ad vendors eliminating any risk factors on you.
- Udimi (Recommended)
99% of the time the reason behind a failing Solo ad campaign is because the traffic sent by the vendor is not on par or the offer you’re sending the traffic to is low converting.
These directories will help you get in touch with top class vendors who can send really high quality traffic that is guaranteed to bring you sales. And further in this guide I will go over how you can choose offers that are easy to sell.
But for now, let’s take a look at SoloAdsX directory.
You can see how against every vendor there is a magic score. This magic score is made up of different factors including but not limited to positive reviews and reports of sales from vendors traffic. So, the higher the magic score, the more reputable the vendor.
Let’s take a quick look at Udimi too.
Udimi categorizes their vendors into niches for your ease. Once you open the related niche, a list of vendors opens up.
Similar to SoloAdsX, you will be able to see the number of positive ratings and percentage of sales from the traffic of that vendor.
Remember I said one of the main reasons behind a failed Solo ad campaign is the vendor sending you the traffic? Now, I will show you how you can find top-vendors that will deliver high quality traffic to your offers.
I prefer Udimi over SoloAdsX so let me take you inside the Udimi dashboard. I will skip the signup process because it’s pretty simple on either platforms.
As the image above, you can see there are 3 key metrics:
- Price per visitor/click.
- Percentage of ratings where buyers report sales. (over 30% is fine)
- Ratings from buyers. (positive/negative)
And those are the 3 most important factors to determine which vendor is good.
Based upon this, you can select the best vendor that fits your needs and budget.
When you click on any vendor, you will be able to define the dates you want the traffic on, how much traffic you want and a few other options that are pretty much self explanatory.
You will also be able to see the number of positive ratings and percentage of ratings where buyers report “Got sales” from the traffic of the vendors again, and a few other metrics like how big of a list does the vendor have and what percent of the traffic is coming from top tier ‘buyer’ countries.
Once you find the vendor suitable for your needs, just go ahead and order. It’s pretty simple!
#4. Finding a high converting offer
Alright, so you have found the vendor now and it’s time to go fishing for the best offer. This is one of the hardest part, because you really need to know what you’re looking for. A really good offer is what will make or break your entire campaign.
There are 3 platforms that I highly recommend you look into when looking for a related offer. Especially if you’re in the market for anything related to Bizopp, Make Money Online, MLM or CPA offers.
Now you can obviously go ahead and search for offers on any of those platforms but I’m going to deep dive into my favorite platform first – WarriorPlus.
I will hook you up with my top performing Make Money Online offers that have generated me thousands of dollars in the past couple of months.
You can go and request your affiliate links for these offers by visiting the JV Page here:
Besides those offers, you can also look for more offers under Affiliate > Offers (Click here to visit the page directly)
The criteria I follow to find the best converting offers is as follows:
- More than 1,000 sales. (this affirms that high conversions are not a fluke)
- Converting at over 20%.
- Avg sale value of $35+.
- Less than 8% refund rate.
Keeping all of these things in mind, you can go and fish for the perfect offer that will convert well with Solo ads traffic.
Once you’ve found the perfect offer, you can request your affiliate links by clicking on the ‘Request’ button.
If you are not approved within 24 hours, look up the vendor and approach them on Facebook or Skype and ask them that you’d like to promote their offer via YouTube, Email list, Website, etc,… and if they can approve you.
Do not mention “Solo ads” because most vendors will not like you promote their products via Solo ads. This can affect their conversion rate and they don’t like that.
This typically results in an approval 90% of the time but don’t get disheartened if the vendor doesn’t approve you. There are a lot of offers out there and you will surely find something relevant. If anything, it’s the vendors own loss.
The biggest platform of our industry. If you’re looking for offers beside Bizopp, MMO I would highly recommend checking out Clickbank. They have thousands of offers in every niche you can think of.
Even tho the idea is almost the same on all 3 platforms, the best way to find a high converting offer differs from platform to platform.
The good thing about Clickbank is once you have successfully signed up, you don’t need to ask for approval from vendors. You can literally pick and promote any product you want. No approval required.
This means that you won’t be wasting time waiting for vendors to approve your links.
To find the best offer on Clickbank, first login to your Clickbank account and then click on the category you want to see the offers for on the left navigation menu.
This will load up all the offers for that category.
What you want to do now is filter the products by gravity from ‘High to Low’.
On Clickbank, the primary metric you’re looking for on any offer is the ‘GRAVITY’.
This denotes a score of multiple things combined including but not limited to Earnings per click, conversion rate and average sale.
Any gravity above 30 is a good score. You’re looking only for offers that have a higher gravity than that. Anything lower than 30 – you don’t even touch that. Doesn’t matter however compelling you find that offer to be.
Once you’ve found the right offer, you can go ahead and click on the promote button and that should open a new popup that will give you an option to generate your link.
You can optionally also add a tracking ID to track clicks from a specific source. So let’s say if you’re purchasing solo ads from 2 different vendors, you can generate 2 different links with 2 different tracking IDs to know who is driving more traffic and sales etc..
Now that you have the affiliate link, you can send that to the solo ad vendor and he can start promoting your offer.
In most of the cases, the solo ad vendor will request you to provide more details or email campaigns for the product you gave him the affiliate link for.
You can simply go to the affiliate/JV page of the offer and find the email campaigns there. You can send those email swipes to the solo ad vendor and he can use the swipes in his campaign, accordingly.
Finding a well converting product on JVZoo is pretty simple and similar to how WarriorPlus and Clickbank works.
On JVZoo, you will be able to find products that are more so software oriented. These will be spread over different niches so you can freely scroll and look for the right ones.
To look for products, you can hover over ‘Affiliates’ and click on ‘Find Products’.
On the next page you will be able to see a list of all the products on JVZoo, you can sort these with categories.
Now you can obviously go ahead and promote any product you want, however what I would highly recommend is looking for products in the Make Money Online or Internet Marketing niche since that works best.
The criteria I follow to find the best converting offers is as follows (very similar to W+):
- More than 1,000 sales.
- Converting at over 20% for the Funnel & 15% on the Front End.
- Avg sale value of $35+.
- Less than 8% refund rate.
Keeping all of these things in mind, you can go and fish for the perfect offer that will convert well with Solo ad traffic.
Once you’ve found the perfect offer, you can request your affiliate links by clicking on the ‘Request approval’ button.
Similar to W+, if you are not approved within 24 hours, look up the vendor and approach them on Facebook or Skype and ask them that you’d like to promote their offer. But remember that “Solo Ads” is not included in your request message.
On JVZoo, you will mostly find products that are software related. Now this is usually good because software has a higher perceived value and everyone needs automation in their business. Nothing excites people more than a tool that will make them money.
Note: Ideally look for products that were launched within the last 2 years. Not a lot of products are kept well maintained on the JVZoo platform so you need to make sure that the product you are promoting is up and running to make sure you don’t get refunds.
#5. Creating a bridge page & driving traffic
Alright so by now you have found the solo ad vendor and the offer. It’s time you start driving the traffic. But before you do that – you need a bridge page.
What is a bridge page? It’s a page that you will build and it will act as a bridge between the traffic coming from the solo ad vendor and your affiliate link.
The goal of a bridge page is simple. It’s to capture a leads email address before they get to see the offer you’re about to promote to them. Why? So you can market other products to them later on.
I’m gonna go in-detail about bridge pages and stuff on the next couple of paragraph, but before that, what we need to do is create an account on an email autoresponder service to capture and keep these leads on.
Step #1: Setup autoresponder
Now there are majorly 3 main autoresponders that allow you to promote affiliate/make money online offers.
- GetResponse (Recommended)
- ActiveCampaign (Pretty strict)
I use GetResponse myself and recommend everyone to use that.
Of course you can use any service you like, but I recommend using GetResponse so that’s what I’m going to go over.
Once you have signed up for an account on GetResponse here (30 days free trial), you will be asked to create a ‘List’ – a list is basically an easier way for you to organize your leads/contacts.
Go ahead and do that. It’s pretty simple and self explanatory to be honest.
On the next page, you will be asked to name and describe your email list, you can create a different list for every niche/product you promote. There are no limits as far as the number of lists go.
Once you’re done with your email list setup, the next step is to create a Signup form.
The purpose of the signup form is to collect subscribers from your bridge page (opt-in/capture page).
GetResponse gives you the option to select from their library of templates or build your own sign up form. You can do either. Nothing too fancy is required. Simplicity is the key!
You can go ahead and save the form once you are done. The next step is very important, read carefully.
On the next page, you need to define the Thank you page.
Maybe you want: You can see my Thank you page as an example here.
The thank you page is the page where anyone who successfully submits your form will be redirected to.
You need to make sure you select ‘Custom’ from the drop-down, and add your Thank you page link (recommended) or directly to your affiliate link of the offer you are promoting (not recommended).
You can go ahead and save this now.
Keep that handy, next I’m going to show you how you can build a bridge page and embed this form on it and finally start capturing leads.
Step #2: Page builder
Note: I’m using MaxButtons WordPress Plugin (Free) for all the buttons on my website.
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Page Builder by SiteOrigin
First of all, you can click here to see my opt-in page as a template.
I used a free WordPress plugin called Page Builder by SiteOrigin. It also offers premium version but does not need to upgrade.
- It’s very easy to use & free.
- Drag & drop page builder.
- No coding skills required.
- All the widgets and modules are responsive.
- Lightweight and efficient.
- Live editing.
- Works with any themes.
- You need a website.
- Using this plugin to build simple pages are okay, not for complex pages.
If you need help to build your page, go here to get the documentation & support or just leave a comment in the section below and tell me your problems.
As I mentioned above, to use this plugin, you need a website means that you also need a web hosting & a domain name to build a website.
- Web hosting: I recommend using the top 3 web hosting services which I reviewed here. (I’m using Hawk Host for amNewsfeed.com)
- Domain name: I recommend using Namecheap.com.
Besides, I’m also using Ladipage – #1 landing page builder service in Vietnam – to build some of my pages too. I think you should give it a try.
Here are some benefits of the Free plan.
- It’s FREE FOREVER.
- Very easy to use w/ drag & drop.
- No need a website & coding skills required.
- Create unlimited landing pages.
- 50+ free page templates.
- Connect with Gmail to store data.
- Supporting documents.
- Copyright “Powered by Ladipage”.
- Only Vietnamese but you can use Google Translate.
Maybe you’re interested: Click here to see a sample page that I’ve used Ladipage to build.
If you have any difficulty in language or in building page with Ladipage, just leave a comment below.
In addition, you can also use some other page builder services that I also recommend, such as:
- ProfitBuilder (paid tool but strongly recommended)
- ClickFunnels (14 days free trial & pretty simple)
- Elementor (both free & paid, need a website)
Step #3: Driving traffic
Now your bridge page (opt-in/capture page) is ready, you can go ahead and provide this URL to your Solo ad vendors. I recommend purchasing solo ads on Udimi!
When the vendor drives the traffic to this page, the visitors will first have to opt-in and then after opt-in will be redirected to your affiliate offer. Get ready to make sales and make money!
But to get the best results, I recommend you use the strategic model of professional affiliate below:
*Bridge page here can be a thank you page, review page (see example), youtube video, blog post, etc,. including your affiliate links inside, just like my ‘thank you’ page I’ve shown above.
#6. The bottom line
This is the end of my ultimate guide on the use of solo ads for affiliate marketing.
I hope that after you read this guide completely, you can take advantage of solo ads in the most effective way to generate more passive income as an affiliate.
So if you have any questions, just hit me up or leave a comment in the section right below. I’m always here to help you succeed!
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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