Anyone using Newspapers Alive?

by Marc Lawrence 34 replies
Has anyone tried this service?

Is it easy to maneuver through your zone changes?
Can you add your own source code html via the offer page editor?
Were they able to meet the daily hit quotas without fail?

I am curious to hear others thoughts.

Marc
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  • Profile picture of the author seogurus
    I have been using this service for over a month and the results have been impressive.

    After joining there is about 30 minutes of “straight to the point” training that I believe you would benefit from.

    - Zone changes - I use textmarks to notify me when my zones are due to be changes, but I also lose my car keys on a weekly basis, so ya There is a timer in the members area that shows you when you’re next eligible zone change is do.

    - I had no problem importing the html from my getresponse capture page into the offer page editor.

    - Some days were close, but they haven’t gone below my package minimum yet.

    Their tech support has been stellar in the small back and forth I have had so far, both pre sale and post. This has been a very seamless way to integrate offline advertising into my ad campaign, and during my time so far, it’s been quite surprisingly profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author brianapatt
    If you have an attractive offer, it is possible to get very good results from a newspaper campaign like this. My first sale was an OTO with a small upsell on the backend.

    It’s safer (and cheaper) than buying from newspapers directly and you can throttle your results because they let you change the groups of states your newspaper traffic comes from.

    My only gripe is I’m still on Package 2 because Package 3 spots have not been opened up again yet. I really wish they had some type of reservation system to hold my place in line for when they do open.
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  • Profile picture of the author RosanneS
    I’ve been researching and examining reviews on this service, reaching out to members to ask them questions directly. Specifically:

    Which zones do you get the best results in.
    What offer page strategy delivers the best results in those said zones.

    The general consensus seems to vary based on what members are promoting and the price point; all falling within the “home business/MMO” industry.

    From my experience, offline traffic can be extremely profitable when the right approach is taken. The tricky part is getting it, and how much you pay for it. This “co-op” style newspaper campaign is quite genius. I don’t think anyone could make newspaper advertising profitable without the co-op format.

    I’m going to join today.
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  • Profile picture of the author conradomahy524
    Originally Posted by Marc Lawrence View Post

    Has anyone tried this service?
    I’m using them and I’ve added them to my small rolodex of ad sellers you can trust on Facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    Seems very interesting (newspapers ads).
    Other people that are using the service? ...wanna see more proofs
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  • Profile picture of the author Higginbotham
    I’ve been part of Newspapers Alive for 2 months. It was a good opening experience for me BECAUSE I was a complete beginner. You really only need to worry about 2 things after you join. (1) change your zones (if you want to) every week and (2) make sure your offer page is saved with the content you want current visitors to see. I originally wondered if my actual domain would be run in the newspapers but after watching the first backoffice video I now understand how they rotate visitors through the zones via their own registered domain names. Again, zone selecting and offer page are you’re only responsibilities and even then, you can just keep the same zones all the time and the same offer page and it won’t hurt you.
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  • Profile picture of the author DenEdBiz
    I just joined as customer, not an affiliate and this is working.
    It's just as good as the videos and reviews make it out to be...

    Here are some stats from 1 day of each of my offer page designs.

    Offer Page 1: Total 234 visitors: 77 offer page clicks
    Zone 1 (65 Visitors/26.15% CTR) Zone 3 (133 Visitors/34.59% CTR) Zone 10 (36 Visitors 38.89% CTR)

    Offer Page 2: Total 213 visitors: 62 offer page clicks
    Zone 1 (48 Visitors/37.50% CTR) Zone 2 (67 Visitors/29.85% CTR) Zone 3 (98 Visitors 24.49% CTR)

    Of course your stats depend on fine tuned your
    offer page is, I’m just sharing mine.

    Glad I tested this service out. That's what you've
    got to do when new things come out like this.
    You never know exactly how they're going to perform,
    And sometimes, just sometimes you stumble across
    Something as promising as this.

    Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author RosanneS
      As far as I know, the ads are targeted primarily toward making money online but you could test it and see

      Originally Posted by DenEdBiz View Post

      Offer Page 1: Total 234 visitors: 77 offer page clicks
      Zone 1 (65 Visitors/26.15% CTR) Zone 3 (133 Visitors/34.59% CTR) Zone 10 (36 Visitors 38.89% CTR)

      Offer Page 2: Total 213 visitors: 62 offer page clicks
      Zone 1 (48 Visitors/37.50% CTR) Zone 2 (67 Visitors/29.85% CTR) Zone 3 (98 Visitors 24.49% CTR)
      Hi Denedbiz,

      I noticed Zone 3 is performing well for you according to the stats you posted. I have isolated zone 3 as well as a hotspot zone and I’m wondering if you could recommend another that performs well with it?
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      • Profile picture of the author DenEdBiz
        Originally Posted by RosanneS View Post

        Hi Denedbiz,

        I noticed Zone 3 is performing well for you according to the stats you posted. I have isolated zone 3 as well as a hotspot zone and I’m wondering if you could recommend another that performs well with it?
        I was eligible for a new zone change last week but things are going very well so I’m not going to bother changing them at this time. Zone 3 & Zone 2 have done very well for me so I want to ride this combination out as long as possible
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  • Profile picture of the author JasmineIPassmore
    Ok, Since so many of the so called "gurus" were in on this and they are sticking their necks out for it, I decided to give it a go as well.

    Not on the “package 2 or package 3 plan” though .... (I like to dip my toes in first, not dive in )

    So far so good, It works... I particularly love the ability to change the zones for circulation on demand. It is infinitely better than getting a random stream of visitors from across the country. Reason? My offer has tested to convert better on the west coast (health and wellness opportunity)

    As far as responsiveness after you have the right zone, I believe that it is up to how you treat your visitors. I keep a squeeze page as my offer page, tied into my selfhosted autoresponder. (Less bells and whistles, but it works well)

    So far so good...
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  • Profile picture of the author StavrosSc
    First, I am not an affiliate of Newspapers Alive..

    I have been a customer of NA for about 2 months.. They have a low price point as low as $60 a month for Package 1. As a human I am prepared to give someone a few breaks and reprieves for a few hiccups. As a businessman, they'd better not be big.

    From my experience, the technical side of NA has been fine. My biggest issue or negative view is their somewhat clunky user-interface. I have been a customer of autoresponders and capture page sites about 10 years, that are constantly improved their interface such that that they are SO easy to use.

    NA has a LOOONG way to go to get close - or in fact to get to a point where the interface is easy to use or intuitively obvious what to do.

    User interface isn’t everything. But it sure helps.

    From a technical and business point of few, I have no problems with them. Promised traffic quotas are met every single and deliverability to my offer pages have been fine.

    I like the fact you can upgrade to a higher package and have your fee pro-rated into the new rate. I have done this twice; starting at package 1, then moving to package 2, then 3 all within 2 months.

    I use NA because it does the job covering my offline reach, and I don’t have to pay per visitor or optin.

    Customer Support has been fine, perfectly responsive. I have sent numerous messages over the 2 months, with different problems and questions, all of which have been answered within an acceptable time frame.

    Also, last time I checked, NA is still opening up new packages on a semi-regular basis, so its good to see they are still able to increase their campaign to meet the demand.

    They definitely need to hire a UX (User Experience) expert to improve their interface to make it more intuitively obvious to use, but as a businessman NA has been a perfect fit.
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    • Profile picture of the author conradomahy524
      Originally Posted by rick98media View Post

      I prefer using Leadpages to design my landing packages because they look good and convert.

      I have attempted to import 2 sets of html source code into the WYSIWYG editor with one being basic and one more advanced.. however once I preview the page, most of it gets cut off.

      Can anyone suggest a workaround so I can integrate my leadpages captures into the Newspapers Alive editor?

      Many thanks.
      I ran into the same issue. Not the best fix, but what I did was visually re-create my capture the best I could in their editor, linking to the images remotely. I have a feeling its some of LP’s javascript that is causing the issues.
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    • Profile picture of the author brianapatt
      Originally Posted by rick98media View Post

      Thanks for the suggestion, I may try that. What I did was use the offer page editor as a doorway page TO my Leadpages capture. It’s an extra click for the readers but the response has still be very positive.
      I embedded an optin form wigit on my offer page, via the editor, right below an auto-play video. Newspaper visitors have been watching, on average 4 minutes of my video, which is much higher than other traffic sources (usually about 2 minutes ) They also have been opting in at much higher rates. Tomorrow I’ll be trying to add an optin ninja popup on the offer page and assess the response.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heri Rosyadi
    I have issues with their tracking... I have changed my offer pages several times without using masked url (yeah I use one in the beginning) but still i dont see the clicks in my targeted site, i even tested it with clickbank hop link and still no click shown eventhough in the newspaperalive trackers it says i got some clicks.

    Confusing for me... anyone have similar problem and then fix it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Higginbotham
    Over the weekend I made a $90 sale promoting a ClickBank program (Vooluu) Unfortunately after 5 days in total promoting this link on my offer page, I was notified by NPA support that the hoplink was causing redirect errors of some sort in the system and unfortunately I was asked to change it out. Too bad as the conversion rate was very high for this type of niche offer. So as of yesterday I have switched my primary offer over to 1onlinebusiness (a new bitcoin launch) and according to support, everything is now running smoothly. I have 6 new presentation takers on the day. CB doesn’t seem to be that reliable atm, at least not compared to other affiliate systems.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficFlow
    Do you think that any of the individuals viewing the ads would be interested in becoming UBER or LYFT drivers?
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  • Profile picture of the author Vishalicious
    I gotta agree with you guys on this one. Great sales guys make things look easier than they are. Ben is great. I bought in with Package (1) at $60 (I'll probably let my list know about it)

    The only other experience with offline marketing was with Direct mail, and lets just say it wasn’t great.

    Direct mail cost money, at least $2k to test 4-5K names (and some lists bomb - so be prepared), and having testing DM in the opportunity space myself, be ready because leads are going to run you between $12 and $20 (or more).

    Newspapers Alive is cheap and it works. I've found with a 7 step back-end offer and a price point of $100 you can MORE than break even fairly quick.

    So take all that into consideration guys, and even with that I DO think the service is worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MagicD
    This is a strange question but did anyone have any problems using a card when trying to buy from their website?

    Iv used 2 cards and they keep saying error. Just wondering if it's just me.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    Still not convinced about NA. it seems they send nice clicks (Ok with it) but I don't think it converts a lot.

    for example: solo-ads give you tons of clicks and good conversions back. plus the price is pretty cheap
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  • Profile picture of the author luvbuggal89
    I just changed my zones to:

    Zone 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas)
    Zone 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Pacific Islands)
    Zone 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington)

    I just finished drafting up an offer page offering free samples of energy tea (from my health and wellness mlm) It includes a simple form that submits the mailing address of the leads to me so I can mail out the samples.

    It will be interesting to see which of my 3 zones request the most samples.
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    • Profile picture of the author Khalil Bashir
      I'm getting a lot of clickthroughs on my URL, but I'm not getting any optins at all. Not sure what I should do to improve that? Should I place a lead capture box directly on the page? Currently the ad is set up somewhat like a banner where they can click it and go to my lead capture page. I'm getting about 51 percent click throughs but for some reason it's not converting to optins. I'm sure there is something I can do to improve that. Any suggestions?
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  • Profile picture of the author RosanneS
    I have been A/B testing a lead capture in Newspapers Alive for a couple weeks to compare landing page variations to see which version generates more conversions. I find that with A/B testing, I can improve my lead generation based on my offer page’s actual data.

    Here are a couple elements that I have been testing:

    1. Form Fields: The number used is really a tradeoff between the quality and quantity of leads collected from the page. Before deciding on how many form fields, I have to decide what’s more important: more leads or higher quality of leads?

    2. Two-step opt-in form: I can increase my leads and my visitors feel more comfortable because they can go through the page without feeling obligated to provide their information (one step) With a two-step form, visitors will proceed to step two if they like what is being offered. Hence, they enjoy more freedom and feel better about clicking the CTA button.

    What I've found so far is that no more than 5 form fields is my sweet spot, and two-step optin wins. This however is just for one offer. I will need to A/B test again for other products.
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    • Profile picture of the author MagicD
      Lets see if iv got this correct based on the video training.

      bold = URL clicked on doorway page
      total views: 8 total clicks: 4

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      Can someone clarify this: When it says "total clicks: 4" does this mean 4 people HAVE CLICKED through my offer page i.e optin? Or does it simply mean 4 people have visited my offer page?
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  • Profile picture of the author MagicD
    I'm triing this service to see what the fuss is all about or just a load of muck.

    For half a day so far using this service. What i've seen is i'm apparently getting a 43% "total clicks:", good right?

    This is where the STRANGE part is.

    Now if their system is informing me, "total clicks:51" I should have data shown on the other page, link clicks, affiliate tracking, right?

    If you ask me, something doesn't seem right here.I would like someone who is brave enough to answer these questions. I have seen a similar question being asked by 2 people above without addressing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Lawrence
    I mainly go by optins and signups in my programs promoted in NA. Most of my affiliate URL's don't provide backend tracking.

    For one of my offers I have a unique coupon code I mention on the offer page (that I don't list anywhere else) This code gets redeemed very often, so I know the referrals are from NA.
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  • Profile picture of the author brianapatt
    Hmmmm, interesting post.

    I have been in Newspapers Alive for multiple months. Here are my observations without marketing BS:
    1. I invested in Package 2 ($125/mo)
    2. No surfing for ads (It’s just not one of those type of sites)
    3. Average daily unique visitor count 450-490
    4. The site is often slow, I imagine due to how many visitors flow through them.
    5. You are logged off frequently, which is very annoying. They need to drastically increase their auto-logoff time period.
    6. The backoffice does not aggressively encourage you to promote your Newspapers Alive affiliate link to others. No hard sell there.
    7. Back to the auto-logout, its annoying to hear the trumpet sound each time you get booted. Would be nice to turn off the autoplay sales video when the session times out.
    8. My gut feel is that the format is sound and sustainable,
    9. The visitors seem responsive ie. they don’t just sit on the offer page. They move and click through links at rates you’d expect.
    10. 1 I wish they would give out free trials, as it would be easier to promote them as affiliates. The min for package 1 is $60 which is lots of many people, despite the fact the money is well worth it in return.
    11. Phone support would be nice, but tickets do the trick for a system like this.
    12. They do limit the types of programs you promote, so if you are promoting gifting programs be prepared for your accounts to possible get canceled.
    13. It would be nice to change your zones more frequently than once every 7 days. But hey, patience is a virtue right? And I imagine the nightmare it would be juggling this campaign if members are bouncing to and from different zones more frequently.

    For me, I am still evaluating but I have made more than I spent and I’m a happy camper. I am not interested in recruiting because 99% of recruits never do anything.

    Looking forward to continue following this thread and hearing experiences from others
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  • Profile picture of the author MagicD
    UPDATE: Support sent me a message saying their was a redirect problem on the offer page in their system and have refunded my money until they sort it out.

    My offer page was doing about 47% click through, but as I mentioned, no data, clicks, spike in traffic was showing on my stats after trying this for less than 2 days. Which to my was very strange.

    The positive is, they gave me my money back.

    The cons, I spent $10 for someone to design a basic offer page.

    For those who are reading this wanting to know:
    Q: is this real traffic or bot?
    A: In my experience, I can not confirm it is.

    Q: Does this traffic convert?
    A: I got 47% CTR but no data to actually show proof (link clicks, visitor tracking and even screen record traffic) - because thats what matters right?

    Q: Do these NPA people buy?
    A: Not from my experience.

    Q: What are my next steps would you try it again?
    A: Support have said, when the developer has sorted out the problem, they will contact me to resign up. Once and if they have confirmed this I will try it again. Otherwise no.
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  • Profile picture of the author chemtechguru
    I have just finished walking an associate of mine through the signup process with Newspapers Alive. The product she wishes to promote is a “done for you” product. She is already seeing a steady flow of traffic through the default selected zones (4, 5 & 9) with zone 9 providing about double what the other two provide combined. I am impressed with how simple this service is to use for beginners, with minimal knowledge about operating websites, domains etc. I hope she will start seeing some conversions soon, which can be quite inspiring for a beginner to see, moving forward. I sure know it was important for me in the early days.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasmineIPassmore
    Just a quick followup.

    My account just renewed again and based on how things are going I will be continuing on with this service. I have changed my zones twice in the past month and have a good feel for the States that respond best for my offer.

    Zone 6 is a zone that both my sponsor and I are seeing very nice results with. Unfortunately you can’t receive all your traffic from just one zone, if you could it would be Zone 6 all the way for me baby haha..
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  • Profile picture of the author DenEdBiz
    I have hopped on a trend that is really picking up steam: Bitcoin and cryptocurrency opportunities. I myself am in 4 of them, thinking about joining a 5th this week.

    Newspaper advertising (via Newspapers Alive) has proven to yield much larger conversions for this niche compared to incentive based traffic (ie. click this link, earn 30 credits to promote your link)

    I believe this to be the case since bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) have been making the papers on almost a daily basis. The people that still read newspapers are constantly being reminded in print about how bitcoin and cryptos are growing and becoming more popular.

    Once they reach the classified ad sections of the newspapers, in particular the business opportunity sections (where Newspapers Alive targets) they see generic ads for “working online from home” Once they load the URL’s and get distributed to my offer page, and see its about making money online bit bitcoin, they bite. Hard. The prior education about bitcoin from the papers really helps soften them up.

    I have been trying to find new ways to advertise this niche (crypto opps) and Newspapers Alive has proven to be the most effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author MagicD
    Something to consider - its kinda strange everyone who's posting on this tread has between 24 - 50 post counts post amazing/positive results and people who have a larger count are facing problems with this service?

    My conclusion is this...

    Beware of using this service, they claimed I had X amount of CTR and no one visited my URL. Not Even showing stats or hearmap.

    So the traffic is BOTs. Do not use!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vishalicious
    Well aren’t you special lol I’ve actually been making good money promoting NPA as an affiliate as of late, on top of using the service. The sales video and explanation materials with Newspapers Alive are impressive, and have been easy for my 11 NPA referrals to get started with. For most other sites I join, my thinking is "Just STFU and show the product already." These guys explain things very clearly. Most of my signups don’t even have to re-watch the back-end materials a second time...I often have to baby members of my team over Skype but nope, not with the NPA..

    I'm totally sold on the concept of Newspapers Alive for offline traffic. I never jumped on the “postcard marketing” bandwagon, but I can’t see postcards working as well as this. I’ll give Newspapers Alive credit where it's due: zone selection… offer page editor… tracking… clever.

    I like the control I have on the zones my ads circulate in. That's hugely important because I need the power to target certain regions for some of my offers.


    I’ve really enjoyed my time playing around with this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Lawrence
    I am happy to see the 3 people I referred to Newspapers Alive turn over this month (recur) I was paid out promptly on my commission request this morning ($45)
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  • Profile picture of the author Higginbotham
    A week ago I created an offer page, explaining to the readers about the Newspapers Alive traffic service. I then sent 100% of my traffic to this offer page (promoting NA with NA) My goal was to target the people that already may have something to promote! I was able to refer someone to package 1, but just that one. My suspicion is that most people reading these ads DO NOT have something ready to promote. My theory is that most are interested in joining something. FYI
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