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Unread 19th Jun 2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

Just one question which will probably save me a load of time.

I have just signed up to Russell Brunson's Dot Com Secrets X where basically Russell recomends driving traffic to squeeze pages through Solo ads.

In this course Russell recommends driving traffic through FREE solo ads but surely it can't be that easy can it.

I am new to internet marketing but common sense tells me nothing is ever that easy...Am I right or should I listen to Russell and put all my hopes on people click on my FREE ads?????

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Here are some threads about solo ads:

Solo Ads... are these the real deal?

Buy a Solo Ad, but where?!

Solo ads can be good. They can also be a waste of money. On paper, you have a squeeze page... a great free offer... you get opt-ins... and create a relationship with them. Then, you can promote offers. Or, some marketers get right to the promoting. There's no "right" way to do it... some people have success some ways, other people have it other ways, and many fail doing both.
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Simple answer is NO!

Even some payed ones are crap.. people will send bots to your site! Don't waist your time & energy on that!

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Hi guys,

Just one question which will probably save me a load of time.

I have just signed up to Russell Brunson's Dot Com Secrets X where basically Russell recomends driving traffic to squeeze pages through Solo ads.

In this course Russell recommends driving traffic through FREE solo ads but surely it can't be that easy can it.

I am new to internet marketing but common sense tells me nothing is ever that easy...Am I right or should I listen to Russell and put all my hopes on people click on my FREE ads?????
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I am on Russells program as well, into the second month now. While free solo ads sound good, I found them pretty useless. You want to build a list and legit customers, then I would strongly advise you to go for paid solo ads. I actually made a sale with my first ad that I sent out.

You may have realised when you signed up for free solo ads that your inbox is now inundated with rubbish that you will not read. Your solo ad will be one in someone else's inbox which they will not read.

So definitely use paid solo ads. By the way, Russell's program is good, and you will learn a ton. But I have found that a lot of the information is here on the forum.

Also, another word of advice - your signature box has a hop link that promotes an affiliate product. It appears the domain that the link is attached to has expired. I would recommend you not use hop links here on the forum, but cloak them or link to a product you are reviewing or to your blog or something like that. Check out my blog internet-moneystrategies[dot]com to see what I am talking about.

Hope this helps, and all the best!!!

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free solo ads are a complete and utter waste of time

it`s hard enough finding paid solo ads which are good which have quality traffic and send buyers

so free solo ads i wouldn`t even think about using them

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You have to test the list. If you have a good capture page you can get a ton of opt ins with any solo ad list. I have used solo ads to build my lists and still do.
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Don't waste your time with what is essentially a traffic exchange, as mentioned above you are just mailing to each other and no one makes money but the guy that sold you the dream.

There are a lot of free methods that you can use to build your list and make sales. Put some videos on Youtube and link to your squeeze page. Youtube is an excellent source for targeted leads if you optimize your video correctly.

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I've never used free solo ads, but I'd treat them the same way I treat most things you get for free that promise the earth - you get what you pay for; in this case, an inbox full of spam, from what I've read here.

I've tried a couple of paid solo ads and managed to build a small list, which seems to be pretty much comatozed! The ROI wasn't what I'd hoped for, but I may give it another go once I've recouped my losses so far. It's generally regarded as one of the quickest ways to build a list and it worked form that standpoint - now I just need them to do something!!

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If you thinking to make money , solo ads might not the best choice because you in tight budget and it better use it for other ways to get traffic which is niche and targeted.
Smart use of the budget because solo ads maybe able to help you get traffic but it not a real best way to start with limited of budget.

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If you go with free solo ads you have to do massive volume. Really it is garbage traffic but you can get subscribers to your list this way. It is a waste of time though unless you automate the process... PM me for details
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I agree that free stuff is just scratching each others' backs... I've never made a sale.

Can anyone recommend a good source of paid solo ads? Or are we not allowed to name names?

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Here's the way to do it starting from scratch:

1) Create an awesome give away / report that people really will enjoy and get value from.

2) Create a nice landing page - doesn't have to be one of those obnoxious pop-ups but those work well too.

3) TRAFFIC! - Paid solo ads from the directory of ezines, PPC traffic, SEO traffic, JV's and giveaway events!

When you get to about 2-3,000 subscribers you can find quality people in your niche and do ad swaps with them. At this point you're cooking with gas so to speak. You're really gonna go into overdrive now!

I find people with good niche lists on ClickBank. I just go to the marketplace and find people with medium gravity products and contact the site owners to do a swap or some sort of mutual list building with them.

Here's another cool tactic to find sites in your Niche once you've established your list of a few thousands - go to google.com/adwords - type in niche keywords into the 'Placement Tool' - it will pop up sites that run AdSense.

You can either advertise on those sites through Google Content network or just contact the site owners or figure out which ones take guest blogs and get more niche traffic to build your list.

Some of those sites will also have large newsletters/mailing lists - again, more people to partner up with!

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If you offer some kind of high value bonus as an extra you can do well with these types of offers.

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Free solo ads are a no-go.

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Free solo ads are mean for members who looking for
Free traffic and is difficult converting it into sale, paid solo ad
Or paid traffic provide you with targeted visitors,then you can easily
Promote your products to them.
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it can't be that easy can it.
Here's the thing.

Driving traffic is EASY. Absolutely everyone who
doesn't get it, will not get it because they refuse
to believe in its ease.

But the problem here is conversions. How can you
get them to "open the emails"... How can you get
them to READ the emails... To Click-through... and
to BUY into your product.

Those are all the gears you need to set into motion
by yourself. Take an education in copywriting.

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Hi guys,

Just one question which will probably save me a load of time.

driving traffic through FREE solo ads but surely it can't be that easy can it.

should I put all my hopes on people click on my FREE ads?????
The saying goes "if you pay peanuts you get monkeys!"


So, if its free..... you get........:rolleyes:

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Free Solo Ads? Never knew you could get them!

Anyway, I have to agree that even buying them isn't a sure fire way to guarantee instant success as you have to consider where the list has come from, are they even going to send you the numbers or whether they use a third party and drive visitors to your offer that way.

If you have a budget to play with then look at Safe-Swaps.com and test until you find where you are at with your conversions etc and go from there.

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"I can't afford to do free solo ads." - a wise man once said...

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Where to get quality solo ads? This will really help me to get to the next level in building my list. After reading all the posts, I find free solo ads are a no go.
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As others have said, don't waste your time with the free ones.

Also, I think one thing that is always overlooked when building a list with solo ads is that the subscribers you generate from solo ads are inevitably going to be on 20+ other internet marketers' lists on most occasion.

This is not in itself a bad thing...it just means that you better have a compelling offer & a system that enables you to stand out from the crowd...because a lot of these people probably get 30 emails a day from internet marketers.

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I've never had any great success with solo ads, sure I was building big lists but they were full of freebie seekers and very, very unresponsive.

Sure you might have different experience to me but whatever you do make sure you track your results and know your numbers. If everything is converting well and you're seeing an income stream developing then Rinse & Repeat but if this is not the case then you'll have to know when to call it and move on to something else.

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"I can't afford to do free solo ads." - a wise man once said...
That man was pretty wise. I did some free solo ads after watching Derek Gardiners video on Day 4 of DCS.

It took quite a long time to get set up... it wasn't free because I paid the price with time - and the bottom line was that the results, which were crap, were not worth the investment of time. Maybe it would work with huge amounts of volume and automation.

The first paid solo ad on the other hand, produced a profit. And it only took a few emails to set up. Funny thing is, the paid solo ad ended up being free (in fact slightly better, as a profit was made). You do need to get it right though - it's no good if you don't get any conversions on the front or back end. No conversions and that would also have been a waste of time (and money).

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Don't waste your time with free solo ads; and if the training course tell you to waste your time in free solo ads, don't waste your time on the course either.

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It will be hard to convert freebie seekers into buyers, but I'd still give it a try. The trick is to warm them up so they ARE in a position to buy. But since it's free, it doesn't hurt to try, as you can quickly test.

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As people have said do not go with solo ads. I have tried a few back in the day and they never worked. These days it is much better to set up a really cool landing page and a great free offer then connect a fanpage, twitter profile and linkedin group (niche targeted) and use these platforms "paid" ads to drive traffic to your offer.....also check out stumbleupon's ads.

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I am experimenting with Paid Solo Ads and will post the results here - if I remember :rolleyes:

I have never been a fan of so called SafeLists but as all my other projects are in various stages of development, I have nothing much to do. Might as well throw some money at paid solo's. Let's see if I recover my cost.

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ever heard that saying you get what you paid for!

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I would try it out, Free just takes time to get the traffic that you want.
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Free solo ads seem like a scam

Try safe swaps for the best solo ads its worth the investment.

Solo ads work well if you have a trust worthy tested solo ad vender with a good track record

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Focus on building a list with targeted people. You need to figure out where the crowd you want to target are going and offer some of value for free. I personally wouldn't bother with free solo ads.

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There is a learning curve when using solo ads for traffic. Paid is better than free however even paid is a crap shoot. Take baby steps when using this strategy as it is easy to get burned. Always track measure your results by using tools like Google Analytics or clickmeter.
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i've tried some free solo ads. the thing that i found i got a lot of junk emails was very time consuming. i hope that russell offers other options.

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i know russell he is one of the good internet marketer for specially solo ads . so my advice is to just try him.


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Free solo ads? I don't think there is such a thing but I might be wrong.

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Remember that you get what you pay for…if you're not paying anything, that's exactly what you should expect in return!

Solo ads are awesome and can be very effective in growing your list and making some initial sales. Your best bet is to go to sites like Udimi.com or similar and start out by testing small. Tweak your squeeze page/offer page if not converting well and if they do, then it's extremely easy to scale up!

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If its free then there's no harm testing it (other than wasted time) but make sure you make a specific list/campaign set aside for that test alone. If it turns out its mostly crap leads (which I'm inclined to say it will be) then you don't want that mixing with your main list and devaluing it.

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I wouldn't bother with it, best free traffic is social media in my opinion..

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Free solo ads probably blast your ad out to the same list as the 1000 other people who have already over saturated the offer.
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You get what you pay for!

If they ware worth anything they would charge you for them.

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Hi,


Free solo ads are not at all worth as you won't be getting targeted traffic. Paid solo ads do work if you target solo ads on sites in your niche.


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How old is this advice again? You may want ot check the OP date.

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You will definitely need a budget for that and be willing to lose some money testing providers before start making some.

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Hi

Like anything, you get what you pay for!

I wouldn't bother with Free, I would pay for solo ads but go with someone who has good

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Solo ads used to do really well in 2011 - 2013 but past two years solo ads are becoming rubish and unless you want to just sell solo ads and be in solo ads business I would not recommend you doing solo ads. I think a better way would be being an advertiser in CPA networks and paying for quality leads. You know what dont let Email marketing be in the promotion offers. Media buying and Paid advertising like search advertising should be the affiliates promotions method. This way you will get Quality leads and if you have a quality funnel then sky is the limit of your earning. Another alternative is to learn and advertise yourself but I would go for affiliates efforts you just pay them they do the effort. Do you guys agree am I making sense here?

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