How I Went Viral...And Made Over $3,000 in 3 Days

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I want to share a simple way to go viral that made me 3k in 3 days....

One day I was sitting my lazy ass on my Lazy boy watching "Ellen"....I know...I was too lazy to change the channel...

Anyway I realized she is HUGE on social media and "new stuff"...

On her show she always mentions new things that can go viral....

The day I was watching she told all her viewers to go try out a game called xxxxxxx on Facebook. So as a marketer I wanted to see what the big deal was....

Well I'm not sure what happened but xxxxxxx did NOT have a FB page set up yet when I searched!!!

So I instantly set a FB page up called "xxxxxxx" and within 72 hours I had over 24,000 fans and over 3K in CPA commissions!!! All of the fans were saying how much they love Ellen...for recommending this game...

SO - How did I make over 3K in 3 Days.?.

I set up the static html Iframe welcome page app that made people have to "like" the page to get access to xxxxxxx and when they "liked" the page they were then automatically sent to a page that offered 3 "welcome gifts" as a thank you for "liking" the page...these were simple email submits for $500 gift cards...(CPA) Out of 24,000 people about 10% of them entered an email for a CPA email submit that paid 1.50 per lead.

On the wall I simply linked to the real game....

Moral of the Story: GOT SHUT DOWN!

Why? Cause xxxxxxx complained

Even though I was quicker than them to build the page FB still shut my page down...after 3 days of awesome coin

So...

This method still works but must be tweaked!

I actually started watching Ellen LOL....and she ALWAYS talks about stuff...and it goes viral on FB and YOU tube all the time...you have to be quick, and you have to be able to know what topics will go viral, then you need to know how to monetize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    This is very interesting
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew NY
    This is awesome. This is what you should always do when you're an affiliate. Always think about what you can make money on. What angle can you take on this? Your mind should always be churning out ideas, and your idea is the perfect example of how someone in this industry should have their mind set.

    Keep up with it and stay ahead of the curve! It always pays off!
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    Hahaha freakin nice catch!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
    I just remembered at the time I was excited so I took a screenshot to tell a friend of mine on Skype.... The search results for that topic showed my page #1 until it was pulled.

    here is it:

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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by freddyfortunes View Post

      I just remembered at the time I was excited so I took a screenshot to tell a friend of mine on Skype.... The search results for that topic showed my page #1 until it was pulled.
      Just as a side note...

      If you put even one letter in as a search, Facebook tends to start displaying what it thinks are the most relevant search items first (presumably based on your own activity).

      Try it. Put any single letter into the search, and you'll probably know the people that pop up first. If you have any pages related to that letter (either you're an admin, you've liked the page or your friends like the page), you'll see those pages come up first in the results.

      Point is, while it popped up first for you with your two letter search ("we"), that doesn't mean it popped up first for everyone on FB.

      OK, back to your regularly scheduled discussion...

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      • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
        Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

        Just as a side note...

        If you put even one letter in as a search, Facebook tends to start displaying what it thinks are the most relevant search items first (presumably based on your own activity).

        Try it. Put any single letter into the search, and you'll probably know the people that pop up first. If you have any pages related to that letter (either you're an admin, you've liked the page or your friends like the page), you'll see those pages come up first in the results.

        Point is, while it popped up first for you with your two letter search ("we"), that doesn't mean it popped up first for everyone on FB.

        OK, back to your regularly scheduled discussion...

        Becky
        Good point, but when I first logged in and typed "xxxxxxx" nothing for xxxxxx came up....so I got the idea to make the page.
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    • Profile picture of the author thewolfpf
      hi freddyfortunes

      quick question. how did you set Facebook up so that only after people clicked "like" on the Facebook fan page they got access to the and were then automatically sent to a page that offered the 3 "welcome gifts" as a thank you for "liking" the page?

      i understand the strategy that you used but have never setup Facebook with this feature. If you can let me know or share a link on how this can be done, it would be greatly appreciated .
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      • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
        Originally Posted by thewolfpf View Post

        hi freddyfortunes

        quick question. how did you set Facebook up so that only after people clicked "like" on the Facebook fan page they got access to the and were then automatically sent to a page that offered the 3 "welcome gifts" as a thank you for "liking" the page?
        this at the time was done with the "static html/iframe FB App" but not sure it works anymore with new pages...it was kind of the same as using a "content locker" on your FB pages....

        If anyone knows of how to content lock the new FB pages that would be good too...but now I think u have to just rely on putting welcome links on your pages, and in your messaging too...
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    Nice one bud... I'm impressed.

    The best part though is you're a avid fan of Ellen now lol.

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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    It used to be Oprah.

    Now Ellen.

    I've seen CPA guys like Kenster talking about this for the last couple years. I never got too big into the "trend" marketing but some have made bank with it and I followed one guy for a bit who was using that as his main marketing strategy and monetizing with CPA.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    pretty cool tip. But I think the moral of the story is to get on ELLEN show. ha ha. I laugh but that would not be half bad. Imagine the source plugging you. You would make more than 3k in 3 days.
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    you deserve every penny

    and the moral of the story isnt "you got shut down"

    the moral is to have some cajones and act swiftly like you did
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by WraithSarko View Post

      you deserve every penny

      and the moral of the story isnt "you got shut down"

      the moral is to have some cajones and act swiftly like you did
      Thanks... yeah this is true...this works for any topic and everyday I watch TV there is always something that can go viral...especially with shows like American Idol, getting over 50 million votes last night!
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        When you say "Got shut down" was it your whole Facebook account, or just that one page?
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        • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
          Originally Posted by JackieGold View Post

          When you say "Got shut down" was it your whole Facebook account, or just that one page?
          Just the 1 page got closed...facebook still in tact
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    I went viral one time.

    I was in bed for 2 days popping medicine- no fun.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by Warrior Machine View Post

      This method still works but must be tweaked!
      Interesting method. It worked but not for long. Thats a hunch. Should I try it also?
      Yes this method still works of course...the "tweaks" in my opinion are start "fan pages" and don't try and look like the "official" site or page...for example, if you are sitting on the couch and watching America's Got Talent and you think you can spot a good talented person before anyone else, then start a fan page for the person you think is going to make it to the final...or create a quick you tube video, and get viral traffic...this is just 1 simple example...there millions of ways to tweak this. Being first always helps, but not being first isnt bad either...in my experience
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Moral of the story - watch Ellen! Seriously, nice work - you were well ahead of the game on this one. Who cares if they shut you down. You killed it and made 3k in a few days..

    I call that a Result!
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  • Profile picture of the author miserman
    Lol....this is very interesting. I will do the same and listen to the most popular Anchor or VJ...whatever it is
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  • Profile picture of the author svsets10
    I was thinking the same thing about dr oz. if you are in the health niche anything he recommends turns to gold. Raspberry ketones sold out in days after he recommended them as a miracle cure. Same story with African mango. I guess you have to be able to move quickly
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  • Profile picture of the author Spencer Jones
    Exactly what I did when I noticed a specific keyword rise to US #1 spot in hot trends. That keyword was about a specific gift item that's sold via a website. To my surprise, the website had an affiliate program. I built a website promoting the product and was able to reach just next to the original website for the keyword that was reaching #1 in Google USA. Resulting in $200 to $300 monthly earnings, month after month.

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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by Spencer Jones View Post

      Exactly what I did when I noticed a specific keyword rise to US #1 spot in hot trends. That keyword was about a specific gift item that's sold via a website. To my surprise, the website had an affiliate program. I built a website promoting the product and was able to reach just next to the original website for the keyword that was reaching #1 in Google USA. Resulting in $200 to $300 monthly earnings, month after month.

      Dr.Spencer Jones
      Yes this also works extremely well on You Tube for trend keywords making like 5 short videos all focussing on that keyword....and adding affiliate links into the description or even links to a squeeze page,
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    Great story. Way to see the opportunity and take action on it!
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  • Profile picture of the author RobIMJones
    Hiya!

    Well done mate, what a way to make the most of an opportunity like that!

    Unlucky with the page getting shut down, but it's $3k you didn't have a few days before

    All the best,

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  • Profile picture of the author joaquinaleman
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    very good stuff, I think we bypass so many chances like this when we are doing nothing, this guy make this work!
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    Smart guy, nice story.
    Thank you for this lesson.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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    Wow - am I really the only person (so far) who thinks this thread is disturbing? The OP is bragging how he virtually stole money from a trademarked name, and everyone else is congratulating him!! What the hell?

    Is this what the WF boils down to?

    How to Scam Rich Quick?

    :-|
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by JOSourcing View Post

      Wow - am I really the only person (so far) who thinks this thread is disturbing? The OP is bragging how he virtually stole money from a trademarked name, and everyone else is congratulating him!! What the hell?

      Is this what the WF boils down to?

      How to Scam Rich Quick?

      :-|
      Hopefully Warrior Forum doesn't "boil down" to too many people going a little overboard...

      But you do state the obvious...

      For those of you reading the thread and did not know the issue he nailed it....it was a trademark issue...thanks for clearing that up for all of us...


      As for the whole trademark issue, I don't think it is against any laws to set up a facebook page name "trademark fans page" for example....setting up page that says like my page if you like XXXXXXX game and we can chat about all the great strategies etc...so it's not a scam as you suggest...

      I don't think Facebook did shut this down based on the name of the page itself...but perhaps the image but I did not ask them why.

      You do bring up an interesting point though....For example, if I bought trademark.com from Godaddy, and now a business wants to create a game called "trademark" godaddy wont shut down my domain...but Facebook might shut my already existing page down...

      And if anyone wants to know why I xxxxxxx the name of the game...is cause I would not want to bring any shame upon their much guarded trademark...now that someone has used a bad word on here...but if you are clever you can figure it out.....
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    nice story.. very well done my friend!

    plus, THANKS for sharing this with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Great Job! I know some IMers like Travis Stephenson have made a killing out of taking advantage of viral things like Ellen, Antone Dodson, and the like.

    I've tried a few times, but I've never succeeded with that. I still keep my eyes open for opportunities to cash in on viral content, (holy grail) but it's not my main focus.

    Again, good job.
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    Congrats man! Facebook is great for making fast and huge cash.
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    Thanks for sharing this, interesting method.
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      Great story!! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try this method.
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    Great story - I remember I was one of the first to post the "Patriots T-Shirts Get Here Monday" picture after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl on my blog I have for fun Make Me Laugh | Only The Funniest Videos And Pictures - I had logged onto my AdSense account that day and saw something ridiculous like $500 and then checked my Piwik to see something like 50,000 uniques on a page that was used to getting 500 a day.
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    Good method... Television is just one of those resources... I think it could be anything, including much discussed topics within Facebook itself...

    By the way, your CPA network is still gonna pay you that $3000, right?
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    wow...that's a good shortcut..
    Although your page got shut down but still...CPA will pay you $3000.
    Awesome Case Study
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  • Profile picture of the author creditbuilder
    WOW!! WHAT A STORY... if you can figure out how to do it but WITHOUT getting shut down, put together your own WSO and sell it!! It would be, I think, a hit!
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by creditbuilder View Post

      WOW!! WHAT A STORY... if you can figure out how to do it but WITHOUT getting shut down, put together your own WSO and sell it!! It would be, I think, a hit!
      This is a funny thought...I have decided to actually give Warriors real methods...for free....why is this a "special Offer"

      If people on WF just gave away free methods this place would be soooo...much cooler...rather than trying to get $7 out of the next guy ...just my opinion.

      To do it without getting shut down....just don't take trademark images...
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    That is a pretty awesome story but I bet it was an amazing achievement, thanks for giving me food for thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
    LOL - and Ellen just got another 500 fans from the WF - doh!

    But seriously, what you should have done was not be so greedy and set the page up, run it a day or two, then contacted the real people and offered it to them.

    Get in touch with Ellen's people and send her a thanks (telling her the story)... offer to do it live on the show, get a ton of media attention and set up a sustainable business from it.

    The reason you only made three grand was because you were short-sighted and looked just fro the quick buck. If you were *really* smart you could have made 300 G's.

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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by Paul Barrs View Post

      LOL - and Ellen just got another 500 fans from the WF - doh!

      But seriously, what you should have done was not be so greedy and set the page up, run it a day or two, then contacted the real people and offered it to them.

      Get in touch with Ellen's people and send her a thanks (telling her the story)... offer to do it live on the show, get a ton of media attention and set up a sustainable business from it.

      The reason you only made three grand was because you were short-sighted and looked just fro the quick buck. If you were *really* smart you could have made 300 G's.

      Paul Barrs
      LOL good point
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    Interesting. I used to run little hustles like this quite a bit but lately have been focusing on building more long term stuff.

    Too bad FB shut the page down, sounded like it was going to go well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Yup good work you know you could do a similar thing watching reviewing commercials using ppc or banners.
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    That is a good method but if someone rats you out to the CPA company they wont pay you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by sovereignn View Post

      That is a good method but if someone rats you out to the CPA company they wont pay you!
      Why would they not pay me? I actually was on Skype with my Aff. mngr at the time this was all happening...and they thought it was great.
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    What strategy did you use to drive people to the Iframe welcome page? Seeing as the new timeline layout is only a small app box the visitor actually has to click on to see the page..?

    I'm guessing it would have worked better on FB's old layout, wish we could do it like before so they actually have to land on that welcome page first and then go into the timeline..
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Originally Posted by Des Lau View Post

      wish we could do it like before so they actually have to land on that welcome page first and then go into the timeline..
      Well there is a good app idea for someone else to create themselves a business
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    Damn, I've never heard of anything like this in so many years of IM haha. Real neat stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author kevin jackson
      Yeah you warriors keep coming up with smart cool tricks to make a buck. There really are no excuses. I mean just think outside the box using the inspiration from this one case.

      You can use facebook or youtube to capitalize on ANY hot trend that happens to come out with the potential to spread virally. What are the hottest tv shows? the hottest movies? the hottest songs? the hottest celebrities? The hottest tabloid gossip or 15 minutes of fame nobody? The hottest or most controversial news story? the hottest best selling book? The hottest christmas gift? The hottest electronic gadget? The hottest toy? The hottest sports team? The hottest sporting event? The hottest concert?

      The list goes on and on and on. The key is to find a hot trend with millions of people interested and to monetize that through Google or facebook or youtube or bookmarking sites or ebay or craigslist or whatever. There is no need to infringe any copyrights or trademarks. There is no need to lie or fool or trick anyone. Just use your noggin and capture the flood of traffic as quickly as possible.

      No it is not necessarily a long term business model but if you can build a targeted list from these methods then it could be used for long term benefit.

      Just thoughts.
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    Nice twist , now stay thre and dont let Ellen off your sight lol


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  • Profile picture of the author NXmarketeer
    Its one thing to make 3k$ and another thing to bank them... I found this the hard way once.
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    • Profile picture of the author gie grace
      Originally Posted by lossman29 View Post

      Damn, I've never heard of anything like this in so many years of IM haha. Real neat stuff.
      Same here but you can't use this tactic now, mate - with the new FB Timeline and all
      (dang, I hate Timeline - even with my own personal FB page - I still don't want Timeline there)

      Originally Posted by kevin jackson View Post

      Yeah you warriors keep coming up with smart cool tricks to make a buck. There really are no excuses. I mean just think outside the box using the inspiration from this one case.

      You can use facebook or youtube to capitalize on ANY hot trend that happens to come out with the potential to spread virally. What are the hottest tv shows? the hottest movies? the hottest songs? the hottest celebrities? The hottest tabloid gossip or 15 minutes of fame nobody? The hottest or most controversial news story? the hottest best selling book? The hottest christmas gift? The hottest electronic gadget? The hottest toy? The hottest sports team? The hottest sporting event? The hottest concert?

      The list goes on and on and on. The key is to find a hot trend with millions of people interested and to monetize that through Google or facebook or youtube or bookmarking sites or ebay or craigslist or whatever. There is no need to infringe any copyrights or trademarks. There is no need to lie or fool or trick anyone. Just use your noggin and capture the flood of traffic as quickly as possible.

      No it is not necessarily a long term business model but if you can build a targeted list from these methods then it could be used for long term benefit.

      Just thoughts.
      You'v got a really good point there.

      The million dollar question is, how do you monetize it? It's one thing to build a site or page, and another to make money from it.

      And a lot of people (me included) still have trouble in that area.

      Originally Posted by NXmarketeer View Post

      Its one thing to make 3k$ and another thing to bank them... I found this the hard way once.
      What happened? commissions got locked up?
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    Wow, thanks for sharing your insight.
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  • Profile picture of the author gie grace
    Originally Posted by freddyfortunes View Post

    I want to share a simple way to go viral that made me 3k in 3 days....

    One day I was sitting my lazy ass on my Lazy boy watching "Ellen"....I know...I was too lazy to change the channel...

    Anyway I realized she is HUGE on social media and "new stuff"...

    On her show she always mentions new things that can go viral....

    The day I was watching she told all her viewers to go try out a game called xxxxxxx on Facebook. So as a marketer I wanted to see what the big deal was....

    Well I'm not sure what happened but xxxxxxx did NOT have a FB page set up yet when I searched!!!

    So I instantly set a FB page up called "xxxxxxx" and within 72 hours I had over 24,000 fans and over 3K in CPA commissions!!! All of the fans were saying how much they love Ellen...for recommending this game...

    SO - How did I make over 3K in 3 Days.?.

    I set up the static html Iframe welcome page app that made people have to "like" the page to get access to xxxxxxx and when they "liked" the page they were then automatically sent to a page that offered 3 "welcome gifts" as a thank you for "liking" the page...these were simple email submits for $500 gift cards...(CPA) Out of 24,000 people about 10% of them entered an email for a CPA email submit that paid 1.50 per lead.

    On the wall I simply linked to the real game....

    Moral of the Story: GOT SHUT DOWN!

    Why? Cause xxxxxxx complained

    Even though I was quicker than them to build the page FB still shut my page down...after 3 days of awesome coin

    So...

    This method still works but must be tweaked!

    I actually started watching Ellen LOL....and she ALWAYS talks about stuff...and it goes viral on FB and YOU tube all the time...you have to be quick, and you have to be able to know what topics will go viral, then you need to know how to monetize it.
    Nice!

    I just want to clarify something.

    This CPA offer you mentioned is NOT related at all to the game, is it?

    And how did the xxx game shut your page down?? Is it against Facebook TOS?
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  • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
    I've done similar things by looking at google news / trends and whacking up a video about it on youtube with a link redirecting to CPA or affiliate offers. These days YouTube has clamped down on this but it was fun while it lasted. Instead though, you can use the traffic to redirect to a squeeze page.
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  • Profile picture of the author loads16017
    well. that's a huge money in short time. you could do it several times dude.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Britton
    I tell you what

    not only is Freddy a very clever guy but also a very generous and helpful one. Last week I got his free CPA Loophole WSO and learnt some stuff. I sent him a PM and we got chatting on Skype. Then today I have been speaking to him on there and he is getting me accepted to a network...

    Quite amazing that the guy is prepared to spend his time helping some newbie that he doesn't even now ... and more than once!

    What a place WF is! <shakes head in bewilderment>
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  • Profile picture of the author tazmart
    Very simple but very effective.

    Shows two things really:

    1. If you know how you can make money out of almost anything

    2. The big players like FB wield all the power and are probably raking in the money doing exactly the same thing themselves (basically they have far too much power)
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  • Profile picture of the author Martyn Wilson
    Smart thinking. I think this is what makes the difference. being able to think quickly when an opportunity arrises.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnmolJ
    I Think You Have Done Affiliate With EMail Marketing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Challendge
    I love it! genius! and they say that TV makes you dumb! I personally don't have cable because I'm just too busy. After reading this story, I might decide to catch some Ellen.
    Good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheDollar
    Thanks for sharing with us, a really interesting story
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  • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
    Anyway they might withdraw their complaint and Facebook give you the page back if you offered to share the loot?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ldimilo
    Okay, so maybe I'm the only one on the WF that finds this inherently wrong. It all boils down to forced opted in to things that most of those looking for the game & not realizing that they are about to wind up with a ton of email garbage. Seems to me that there would be a better way to make that kind of money than fooling people into an offer.

    Congrats on the $3k though.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    That's awesome.

    Man City are going to win the Premiership next sunday almost certainly, so it might be a good idea to create some videos on it because loads of people will be searching YouTube around that time. They could be monetized with CPA offers related to sport.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    The OP was shut-down for fraud and violating Facebook's terms of service by forcing a like to access content.

    Since that type of app typically requires your personal Facebook account be tied into the fan page you are risking a lot more than just a page being closed.

    Not to mention the potential for getting to spend that money, plus a lot more, on lawyers, and the next year in court.

    That said, a great idea to take advantage of something that is currently hot. I would suggest:

    1 - Not using forced likes

    2 - Avoiding $500 gift card CPA offers

    (I can almost guarantee lawsuits / FTC actions coming down the road for those offers)

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  • Profile picture of the author SuperCopywriting
    What really caught me with your success story is how we have to think outside the box and sometimes go beyond the Web for inspiration.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    This is an awesome thread I really enjoyed it. Makes me wonder if I could have made money off the tanorexic mom last week tons of people were watching her videos.

    I've never even thought about using trends to make money, but it seems like a brilliant idea. You see something controversial on the news that gets a lot of peoples attention, make a video and content lock it. I've never made money online with CPA but this really seems like a fun/motivating way to get started.

    Thanks! - Red
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  • Profile picture of the author ginder
    Very interesting and great outside the box thinking. I am sure this involves a lot of work to stay consistent since you have to be constantly changing your strategies and have to make sure you catch the trend before its too late.
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