An Important Tip about Getting Accepted by CPA Networks

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Hey everybody, Allen here!
I've been receiving a bunch of questions lately about how to get accepted by CPA networks - or generally how to properly sign up in the first place. So I made a quick video about a small but important detail I see a lot of people do wrong!


To your prosperity,
Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author aminur
    nice video dude. good share
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  • Profile picture of the author S4Ne
    This is the number 1 tip I see in almost every thread that explains how to get accepted. Either way, nice informative video.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimLillig
    Let's get real here. No offense Allen, I am sure you mean well, but an email address is just one small piece of the equation. I agree, having one with your name is a plus, but being able to see your whois is registration available for CPA network's admins is also valuable. Of course your own site should tell Networks about yourself, give examples of your affiliate prowess and in general make it so that a network doesn't have to work that hard to find out all about you.

    No network accepts you because you have a URL with your name in it. Not trying to make you a whipping boy here, but I am really tired of supposed "gurus" that claim they can get you into any network if you just buy their ****ty ass eBook from ClickBank, which of course leads into a slippery slope of (for the most part) worthless coaching.

    There is no trick to getting approved into a network. The basic premise is that the network has to be able to make money from you and your promotional efforts. If they cannot see those efforts then they will deny you. There aren't many serious networks out there that are willing to try and "teach" you affiliate marketing. You have to do that on your own.

    If you are
    - professional (this means websites that aren't flogs and not just banner farms)
    - have lots of social media links that network administrators can easily see
    - have recommendations from industry types
    - are transparent about how you drive traffic (if you are worried about the network stealing your ideas, have THEM sign an NDA with you)
    - provide evidence that you actually know how to promote offers compliantly
    - and most importantly, answer your phone

    You should have no issue with most networks.

    Nothing against you personally Allen, but I had to call you out on the whole "do this and you'll get accepted" mentality. It is this type of asinine approach that leads what might be good affiliates to get discouraged because they took your advice and then didn't get in.

    If you are new to affiliate marketing, here's a good piece of advice. Make a website for the vertical you want to promote BEFORE you go to the network and apply. Then you can show them the site (make sure to leave the WHOIS unprotected) and explain how you are going to buy PPC or PPV traffic and drive visitors to it. This will get a lot more attention than simply having your name in your email.

    Cheers,
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    Blog: www.jimlillig.com

    Download my book on how to win using CPA networks: http://www.jimlillig.com/state_of_CPA.pdf

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    • Profile picture of the author CreativesLinda
      Originally Posted by JimLillig View Post

      Let's get real here. No offense Allen, I am sure you mean well, but an email address is just one small piece of the equation. I agree, having one with your name is a plus, but being able to see your whois is registration available for CPA network's admins is also valuable. Of course your own site should tell Networks about yourself, give examples of your affiliate prowess and in general make it so that a network doesn't have to work that hard to find out all about you.

      No network accepts you because you have a URL with your name in it. Not trying to make you a whipping boy here, but I am really tired of supposed "gurus" that claim they can get you into any network if you just buy their ****ty ass eBook from ClickBank, which of course leads into a slippery slope of (for the most part) worthless coaching.

      There is no trick to getting approved into a network. The basic premise is that the network has to be able to make money from you and your promotional efforts. If they cannot see those efforts then they will deny you. There aren't many serious networks out there that are willing to try and "teach" you affiliate marketing. You have to do that on your own.

      If you are
      - professional (this means websites that aren't flogs and not just banner farms)
      - have lots of social media links that network administrators can easily see
      - have recommendations from industry types
      - are transparent about how you drive traffic (if you are worried about the network stealing your ideas, have THEM sign an NDA with you)
      - provide evidence that you actually know how to promote offers compliantly
      - and most importantly, answer your phone

      You should have no issue with most networks.

      Nothing against you personally Allen, but I had to call you out on the whole "do this and you'll get accepted" mentality. It is this type of asinine approach that leads what might be good affiliates to get discouraged because they took your advice and then didn't get in.

      If you are new to affiliate marketing, here's a good piece of advice. Make a website for the vertical you want to promote BEFORE you go to the network and apply. Then you can show them the site (make sure to leave the WHOIS unprotected) and explain how you are going to buy PPC or PPV traffic and drive visitors to it. This will get a lot more attention than simply having your name in your email.

      Cheers,
      I haven't seen any better advice given than this. And just to emphasize as a network owner, nothing can get an application denied quicker by me than by having a 'private' WhoIs. That leads me to believe there's something to hide or that the applicant doesn't even own the site.

      Great, great post, Jim!
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  • Profile picture of the author Arroway
    Hey Jim,

    this is merely a quick tip I made for free for everybody, mate. Of course there are other things to consider than merely your email address, and I made a much longer video for my newsletter, where I walk people through the sign up process.

    I think you make it sound more difficult than it really is. Perhaps there are a few networks that are really strict, but you can get into a whole lot of them without a complicated website and all that. You only have a sign up form to fill out, and getting accepted has nothing to do with trickery. It's all about understanding that CPA companies are businesses and that you should be professional, the way you'd be when applying for a job.

    When I first started out way back, I, too, was taught by someone how to sign up, what to consider, and how to think about it. Never had a problem with the supposed 'gurus' you are complaining about.

    Allen
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    • Profile picture of the author JimLillig
      Allen, I have been doing affiliate marketing since 1996. I have been in top management at several networks, and have been responsible for accepting affiliates into the networks I have worked for. So when I give advice on applying to networks it isn't from an affiliates perspective, it's what networks look at when accepting an affiliate.

      "Teaching" affiliates how to sign up to a network is a farce. I am sure you can get into one of the over 450 CPA networks out there, but the question is what network do you really want to work with. In my mind, there are only a handful of CPA networks that are even worth working with.

      I agree that giving a newer affiliate some helpful tips on how to look professional is a good thing and I applaud you for giving them the advice. But if you want to be really successful as an affiliate, you will hunker down with only a few trusted networks and work with your AM to get you the campaigns that work for your traffic. A good AM will get you what you need and make sure that you have the feedback from the advertiser with regards to how well your leads/sales are converting for them.

      I didn't mean to group you in with the get rich quick guru's who want to sell unsuspecting newbies another .pdf file (aka "course") that is of little or no value. I have no idea if that is your game or not. What is really important is teaching affiliates that this is a business and should be approached that way. We take what we do very seriously at networks, and one bad affiliate can screw up a network royally if they send enough bad traffic (sales or leads) that then costs them an advertiser. This then makes it so no affiliates get paid (as most networks have a sequential liability clause in their T&C's).

      Good networks, ones that you want to work with, take affiliate vetting seriously because the risks are significant. If as an affiliate you are just let right in the door, be suspect (look at what happened to Hydra). Because that means they may also be letting in rogue affiliates that could seriously impact your ability to get paid.
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      Blog: www.jimlillig.com

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      • Profile picture of the author Arroway
        I had a math professor once who was such an experienced mathematician that he had forgotten what it was like not to understand these things. Because of that, he was bad at teaching. I've observed that a lot of teachers have this problem. I don't doubt your experience, Jim, and I thank you for your insight. However, I suspect you, too, might have forgotten what it's like for someone who is new and confused.

        I love teaching people, and I'm serious about what I do. I'm most certainly not one of the get-rich-quick, or do-thinks-lazy-but-cash-in type of people. Everybody has to start at the beginning, and everybody is happy about a good ebook or video series that actually shows them around and helps them (I certainly was). There's no reason why people should do things by trial and error themselves, if they can learn from others. And I believe it's important to teach people to do things the right way at the beginning and not even allow them to go down a destructive path, if you know what I mean.

        If I were to write an ebook/video series on CPA marketing, which sooner or later I will, the first thing I'd say is: "Always do things right; everything else is just a headache." I even say that same line in the free video I sent to my mailing list. A How-To for the sign up process would be included at the beginning - making something like this a product for itself would be ridiculous. It's exactly such a How-To that taught me that CPA networks are businesses and need to be respected.

        Allen
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        • Profile picture of the author mallick
          Originally Posted by Arroway View Post

          I had a math professor once who was such an experienced mathematician that he had forgotten what it was like not to understand these things. Because of that, he was bad at teaching. I've observed that a lot of teachers have this problem. I don't doubt your experience, Jim, and I thank you for your insight. However, I suspect you, too, might have forgotten what it's like for someone who is new and confused.

          I love teaching people, and I'm serious about what I do. I'm most certainly not one of the get-rich-quick, or do-thinks-lazy-but-cash-in type of people. Everybody has to start at the beginning, and everybody is happy about a good ebook or video series that actually shows them around and helps them (I certainly was). There's no reason why people should do things by trial and error themselves, if they can learn from others. And I believe it's important to teach people to do things the right way at the beginning and not even allow them to go down a destructive path, if you know what I mean.

          If I were to write an ebook/video series on CPA marketing, which sooner or later I will, the first thing I'd say is: "Always do things right; everything else is just a headache." I even say that same line in the free video I sent to my mailing list. A How-To for the sign up process would be included at the beginning - making something like this a product for itself would be ridiculous. It's exactly such a How-To that taught me that CPA networks are businesses and need to be respected.

          Allen
          Hey thanks Alen for sharing this post..
          Really helpful.
          For a newbie like me.
          Thanks again.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve09
        I can really agree with the fact that sign ups is not really the problems. Sign up does not make money (to CPA). One has to have some clue about how to geet the leads and sales. I am not teaching here as I am just about that square, but still think the point is valid what JimLillig brought up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Allen...having your own hosted email address is certainly better than having a freemail address, I completely agree!!

    Thanks for the share buddy!
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  • Profile picture of the author limerickbob
    Thanks Allen, I appreciate you taking the time to share this. Good job on the video.
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  • Profile picture of the author mtmjohn
    Great video. Thanks for sharing Allen!

    IMO, the biggest tip to get accepted into cpa networks is to call them immediately after you sign up.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    And when you say make a site in your verticle

    what do you mean?
    Make a landing page?
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  • Thank you for your trip, i do follow your tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbusiness
    Nothing groundbreaking but still good basic information!
    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author XNet
    This certainly is one piece of the puzzle to getting accepted by CPA networks. I don't understand how one could get so angry at someone who's sharing information.
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  • Profile picture of the author johndougs
    Thanks for the Tip Alan!
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudstrife
    This is an old thread, but still very relevant for people looking to make it into CPA networks. It is a part of the puzzle.
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