Finding Reputable Solo Ad Providers?

by tpw
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I see people talking about the benefits of solo ads on a regular basis.

I also know that many solo ad providers are as shady as a big oak tree. :p

The bad ones will do the following:

* Send blind copy to their list to drive up the click-throughs for the buyer;
* Send deceptive ads to their list to ensure a higher click-through or sign-up rate;
* Send bot traffic to offer pages;
* Pay mturk peeps to subscribe to their customer's lists.

As someone who buys solo ads, how do you determine which solo ad providers are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones?
#finding #providers #reputable #solo
  • Profile picture of the author IamBaksi
    There a couple of ways to determine Good ones from Bad ones.

    If you go with the Industry Leaders like Igor, you can never go wrong. Then again it will cost you some $$$

    The most important thing I find with finding good Solo Ad providers is to check for Good Reviews about them. Normally I wouldn't buy from Websites (They could just come up with fake reviews), I'd rather go with the Classified Sectons in the WF.

    Apart from that, just cross your fingers and pray

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    • Profile picture of the author LegacyBossLife
      When it comes to spending your money to grow your business through advertising, its good to check out the reviews on those businesses, make sure that they have a money back guarantee and ask a ton of questions to make sure that you are comfortable. My advice is that once you find a great person or company to advertise your business with or drive traffic to your offer…stick with that one person or business. I personally like igor because he is very personable, respond to questions quickly and has built a business with 100% integrity. I hope this help
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Thanks.

    I don't mind spending the money. I just hate flushing money down the rat hole of deceptive advertisers.
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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    I test is by purchasing the most cheap package.

    Now I have the list of some top rated Solo ad providers who I always count on and always buy from. Don't want to flood it here but If you want I can PM you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jester305
      hey what are some of your trusted solo providers
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      • Profile picture of the author RQM11
        Originally Posted by Jester305 View Post

        hey what are some of your trusted solo providers
        I've built huge lists and businesses from Safe Swaps lots of great solo providers and well worth the monthly membership...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    I stick to only one solo ad provider, Matt Barnett...

    I'm sure there are other good solo ad providers, but when you find one or two good ones, you have to stick with him. It seems like everybody and their baby mommas are selling solo ads these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcelr77
    I am also interested in a list of sellers
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  • Profile picture of the author SarahEmpower
    Seems so many people are vague on answer - Who would you use ? Who have you used and got the best results from?
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    • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
      Originally Posted by SarahEmpower View Post

      Seems so many people are vague on answer - Who would you use ? Who have you used and got the best results from?

      That's because there's certain stuff to look out for like mentioned above, but who to use is going to vary based on what niche you're in, how much you're willing to spend, and what your actual reason for buying solo ads is.
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  • Profile picture of the author allnlu
    I am looking for a reliable solo ads provider but it seems its a bit of a lottery. Just starting on internet marketing and want to build traffic to my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    The only solo ads I will buy are from safeswaps because they are rated by previous buyers so you can see what your getting into or someone I was already familiar with ( well known respected marketer )

    Any other option I would rather invest on building a list through PPC at least you know what your getting into.
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  • Profile picture of the author martbost
    I have four Solo Ad providers that I use regularly and KNOW that I can trust them. I get buyers and responsive subscribers every time from these guys.

    You can PM me for a list of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    from my experience I have decided to just buy a lot of solo ads, and track them. I buy as many as possible, as often as possible, never buy from the ones that don't produce, and keep buying from the ones that do.

    cause they can say anything, but the proof is in the pudding with solo ads
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi,
    Just do what you're doing and ask around. I know of 2 for sure. You can PM me for 2 people that I know for sure are reputable. Good luck.
    http://www.geririchmond.com
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    • Profile picture of the author bevhepting
      New Here and although been at it for 2 years, still trying to work out this internet marketing thing. So, could those of you that use reputable solo ads, please email me the names or web address. bevhepting@mac.com
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  • Profile picture of the author alyssaamelia
    I've been using safe swaps, and I only deal with those who have had prior reviews. When ordering from a provider I usually start with their lowest package, and if the deal goes well, then I'll purchase a higher package and build on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Borja Obeso
    soloaddirectory.com Is a reputable solo ad review site. I have had success with the solos providers listed there.

    Regards
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      I don't mind spending the money. I just hate flushing money down the rat hole of deceptive advertisers.
      Look for ezine/newsletter publishers within your niche(s). What I do is first test the response rate with relatively inexpensive sponsor ads. If conversions are acceptable, then I'll ramp it up to solo ads as well as consider other marketing options to the publishers' readership audience. Buying solo ads only from established and reputable publications can significantly reduce the risk of encountering deceptive or shady advertisers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Kaey
    Agree with Borja, soloaddirectory.com has reputable solo ad sellers and most of them can also be found on WF classifieds with some reviews from several warriors as well.
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  • I am familiar with a few sources. PM me if you want to know more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    There are a ton of scammers, no doubt.

    The best advice I can give is to search for reviews in the marketplace of safe-swaps.

    But... Lots of scammers still get "good reviews" unfortunately.



    Also... Join the list of your solo ad provider.

    You can learn a lot from joining their list.

    Be weary if they send a ton of emails.

    Be even more weary if you don't see them sending any emails.
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    • Profile picture of the author l1one
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      • Profile picture of the author BigBankPookie
        Why does everyone keep saying, "PM" me for a list? Am I missing something? Why not just post your recommendations, like some have done?
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      • Profile picture of the author aleksbogata
        I second that! I have bought solos from Heather a few times and she is great.

        Originally Posted by l1one View Post

        Check out Heather Alessandra if your looking for a reputable MMO/IM solo seller with verifiable feedback. Her solos are dynamite!

        Here's the link to her testimonials...

        http://www.heatherssolos.com/testimonials/
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Yes all the 'PM me for my list' posts made me chuckle. Very trustworthy I'm sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author elijahdean24
    How can you tell if they using a software just to provide clicks, I hear these stories sometimes from other marketers?
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    With more and more people selling solo ads everyday in this niche you must be more cautious.

    Lots of people are selling these days but the quality is not so good and doesn't convert.

    Solo ads work great, but not if they are people who are getting promoted to everyday.

    Always ask the solo ad vendors:

    Where does your traffic come from?

    How was this list built?

    How often do you mail offers to your subscribers?

    What locations are most of your subscribers from?

    What is your average open rate?

    Does it include buyers?

    How soon can you mail out?

    Note: There are different types of solo sellers.

    Remember quality of quantity!

    Always test small and track conversions, than if it works out for you see about scaling it.

    Hope it helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author molecaster
    My solo ad review website Solo Ad Vendors Reviews - Find the best solo ad vendors has been built exactly for that: To give you a good idea of the best solo sellers. there's also a blacklist worthwhile checking prior to purchasing a solo. Check it out, let me know what you think
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  • Profile picture of the author Jo Stone
    Try Safe Swaps and find sellers with 100% possitive feedback and a high percentage of Tier1 traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author kingofthesouth
    Originally Posted by tpw View Post

    I see people talking about the benefits of solo ads on a regular basis.

    I also know that many solo ad providers are as shady as a big oak tree. :p

    The bad ones will do the following:

    * Send blind copy to their list to drive up the click-throughs for the buyer;
    * Send deceptive ads to their list to ensure a higher click-through or sign-up rate;
    * Send bot traffic to offer pages;
    * Pay mturk peeps to subscribe to their customer's lists.

    As someone who buys solo ads, how do you determine which solo ad providers are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones?
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  • I just did 3 solos this week and asked them to copy me on the solo when it goes out 2 of them did it. Not sure what the third guy sent out.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    Rule of thumb:

    Don't buy from someone who doesn't have massive social proof
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  • Profile picture of the author E-supreme
    Although there are many shady sellers out there, do your due diligence. If they don't have social proof, don't be the guinea pig for them. The WF Classified section is great for finding top sellers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riyaz Ansaari
    There seems to have been an explosion in the number of people offering solos.
    Added to there is just so much scope for scamming. So social proof is vital.

    Go to safeswaps and only use the top rated guys, they will be more expensive but worth it. Whatever method you use when you find someone good stick with them.

    When I first started list building, I got really excited at the choice of suppliers and purchased lots from different people, most of them were rubbish and I wasted a a lot of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kojo25
    I would recommend using Udimi as well.
    Udimi is safe and very easy to use, and has a lot of reputable sellers to choose from.
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  • Profile picture of the author supereek
    I have tried a few but didn't quite meet my expectations.
    Looking for a solo ad provider with lists in specific niches. General lists dont do it for me.. i am in the diet niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Verdatti
    Originally Posted by tpw View Post

    I see people talking about the benefits of solo ads on a regular basis.

    I also know that many solo ad providers are as shady as a big oak tree. :p

    The bad ones will do the following:

    * Send blind copy to their list to drive up the click-throughs for the buyer;
    * Send deceptive ads to their list to ensure a higher click-through or sign-up rate;
    * Send bot traffic to offer pages;
    * Pay mturk peeps to subscribe to their customer's lists.

    As someone who buys solo ads, how do you determine which solo ad providers are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones?
    Best way to find reliable solo ads is to buy on solid networks or from vendors recommended from someone you trust.

    Use Udimi for example. Sellers have reviews there so while that's not 100% safe, at least it saves you from some low quality solo ads vendors.

    Warrior is another good place to look for vendors. If someone has a solid reputation in the forum and has his thread selling solo ads, he doesn't want to ruin his reputation for a couple of bucks.
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  • Profile picture of the author PharmaPunk
    I'm also interested in solo ad sellers in the MMO niche.
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