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A4D Recap and My Move to NYC

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

A little late on the recap of my trip to San Diego for the Ads4Dough meetup, but I’ve been really busy ever since leaving for San Diego as I just moved to midtown NYC a day after I got back. So if there are any NYC affiliates that are down to chill and talk biz, just holler!

Now if there’s one word to describe  the A4D meetup that word would be awesome. I’m really glad I went for not just the tidbits I picked up but also for meeting some really big affiliates, which was just as motivating. Here are the highlights:

Thursday – I got into SD in the evening and decided to keep it pretty low key. Ran into an affiliate at the airport (thanks to twitter) and the both of us along with another affiliate I had met in Amsterdam got some dinner and hit up a few spots in downtown.

Friday – The weather was just awesome so we had to take advantage and hit up the beach. After all that, we geared up for the party at Basic Bar where Jason had a whole area cordoned off for us and kept the party going with drinks and pizza after pizza. It was a great chance to meet the team and other affiliates both local and from around the country that had came down for the event.

After a couple of hours everybody headed to the party at Fluxx where Jason had a few tables reserved for us. The venue was definitely up there…I didn’t expect to find a club in San Diego that would be on par with places I’ve seen in Miami and Vegas. The music, effects, rotating cage with hot girls dancing in it, along with a giant light up robot all made for an interesting experience. We stayed there til around 2 and a few people headed home even before that which was probably a smart move considering the actual meetup started at 9am the next morning.

Saturday – The big day. This was my first A4D meetup as I couldn’t make the one last year. I have to say the trip was definitely worth every penny. This “seminar” was unlike any other that you’re probably used to at different exhibit shows. It was a lot less about the technical aspects and details of an affiliate campaign, but more so about the mind set that makes an affiliate great. Here we were sitting in a room with the likes of Jason talking about how he had a campaign making them $40k profit a day and with Stefan from Zeeto Group who went from being a solo affiliate in college studying as a student from abroad to running an actual company with an amazing office and 55 employees. There was still a bit of technical info as well as we got a really good run down on how to set up and manage media buys

I mean this is stuff you just don’t get at your average conference. There was a lot of high-level thinking revealed by many of the speakers and it was great to see their thought processes and what differentiates them from your average basement-dwelling affiliate. As with everything, it’s more about the philosophy and your business foundation than anything else. The difference between the affiliate making $500 a day and $5000 a day becomes very apparent when you just look at the mindset of people like Jason and all the speakers at the event not to mention many of the attendees.

If you didn’t make it out this time, definitely try to make it out to the next one. A big thanks goes out to Jason and the rest of the Ads4Dough team for putting together such a great event and all for free. It’s amazing what these guys do and it’s no wonder they are so well respected in the industry. I remember when A4D had just started and they continue to be one of the few remaining boutique networks that maintain a strong personal relationship with their affiliates. Jason is one of the smartest guys in the industry and it’s almost intimidating how much he knows not only about this space, but about business in general. Honestly speaking though, and I’ve run into Smaxor a few times at industry conferences since 2009 – here’s a guy 6ft something, larger than life presence, but when you talk to him he’s incredibly down to earth and willing to talk to anybody about their business and couldn’t be a nicer guy. If you’re not already running with them, go check them out at www.ads4dough.com.

Some pictures from the trip:

 

pacific beach san diego

fluxx

hard rock san diego

a4d meetup

 

New Blog Design & Updates

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Welcome to the new blog. It’s a new year and I figured it was time for a new and more official design.

What else is new? Well the RevenueWire Live Dangerously contest just ended and man there was some tough competition. No worries though, I just bought laps around the local track with the Lamorghini Gallardo, so look for a post on that. That’s my reward for the month – I get to test out my dream car if I reach my profit goal for the month.

The Ads4Dough meetup in San Diego is also going down next month and I just booked my flights and everything for it. Really looking forward to the trip as I’ve never been to San Diego and it’s one of the places I’m considering moving to (alongside Austin, Orlando, and NYC).

In industry news, a lot has been going on such as Verizon killing all pin submits, which looks like it’s going to have a ripple effect to the other carriers. There was also Facebook’s IPO and the upcoming release of mobile ads since half of users log onto Facebook using their phone. The IPO is looking to be a good thing for now for affiliates as Facebook is going to need to prove their valuation by coming up with better ways to bring in revenue (more ads).

Also, if you haven’t been following, NickyCakes has launched CakesTV, a weekly web show with a gathering of well-known affiliates in the space talking about the industry. If you haven’t checked it out yet go watch episode 1 and episode 2.

Finally, if you didn’t see it yet, I was featured on the MobAff blog for generating $22,000 in mobile revenue on that network alone and being the second top affiliate for January. There’s tremendous opportunity in mobile right now and I believe it will only continue to grow. Check out the post for some inspiration.

That’s all I have for now. Catch you in San Diego if you’re attending.

NDemand Puerto Rico Meetup Recap

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I just got back a few days ago from the NDemand Affiliates meetup in San Juan, Puerto Rico and it was probably one of the best trips I’ve ever had. Mike Pacheco and the team took great care of us and it was an eventful weekend to say the least. Here’s what you missed!

I got set up at the Ritz-Carlton right on the beach and it had a pretty awesome view with of course great service. We arrived a day before the meetup so myself, Ian, and Gabe decided to see what was going on locally. After perusing the beach and grabbing some really good food at the outdoor bar the Ritz had set up, we decided to see what the other Jersey affiliates were up to (we definitely took over this meetup). After some dinner (complete with empanadas and mofongo) we all caught up together at the boardwalk. We knew we had a super early morning to leave for the catamaran cruise by 7:30am, so we all called it an early night.

 

NJ Affiliates

Saturday was the official day of the NDemand Affiliates meetup. Mike and the team had an awesome itinerary planned out for us and it started with a catamaran cruise. We left the Ritz on a charter bus about 45 minutes away until we arrived to where our catamaran was set to leave. Everybody got suited up in their swimming fins and snorkel gear and headed onto the boat, which was pretty huge. We left the dock and were on to an afternoon of snorkeling in beautiful clear blue water, hanging out on the white sand, and getting a much-appreciated lunch break on the catamaran.

Puerto Rico Catamaran

NDemand Catamaran Cruise

I had never been actual snorkeling before where you see actual real fish (only other time was in Miami and I didn’t see anything), and so it was definitely an awesome experience. We checked out a second island which had deeper waters and got to dive in from the boat and feed the fish. Everybody had a great time and we made our way back to dock with plenty of music and sun to keep us relaxed. Once we got back we only had about an hour and a half to get ready for the second part of the day. The NDemand team had arranged for a dinner cruise around Old San Juan, which turned out to be a lot of fun. There was even trivia on board with a lot of cool prizes like really sweet D&G sunglasses (which I’m still mad I didn’t win lol).

Party Boat

Following the dinner cruise, we decided to scope out a bit of Old San Juan, the historical district. Once we made our way back to the Ritz, I suggested we should hit up Club Brava at the San Juan Hotel, which is the biggest club in San Juan. Considering it was a Saturday night in PR, there was no reason not to and we got ourselves a nice table at the club. Unfortunately, we were all so exhausted from the day that a few of us came close to passing out on our lounge and decided to call it an early night.

Club Brava

Club Brava

The rest of the weekend was pretty chilled out as we explored the city and hit up a few other local spots. On Monday, we took some time to relax on the beach and hit up the hot tub. Tuesday ended up being a full-blown day of activities as it was our last day. We had booked an 8am outing into the rainforest to ride ATVs, which was awesome. After we got done with our ATVs we tried to figure out what to do for the rest of the day and our driver told us about the bioluminescent bay, which is a rare lagoon in which when you touch the water it immediately glows neon green (kind of like something out of Avatar). We were intrigued and some of us had previously heard about this being a must-do activity, so we luckily got a spot for the night on one of the tours. After hitting hour hotel we were again picked up by our driver and although we weren’t able to grab any pictures, I have to say it was one of the coolest things you could ever see.

ATVing in Puerto Rico

All in all, it was an awesome meetup / vacation and I hope to be there for the next one. It was great being there with all my Jersey affiliate friends and Mike and the rest of the NDemand Affiliates team definitely made sure to take care of us for the weekend and we can’t thank them enough for such a great time. If you weren’t there you missed out, but definitely check out NDemand Affiliates and be there for the next one!

Yes, I’m Alive

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Definitely been a minute since I’ve put out an update. Not that a lot hasn’t been going on. I just don’t like posting when I’m not making money. And by the lack of posts and income reports you can tell it’s been a rough few months!

A part of that is because I was travelling most of August. After hitting up Chicago, I headed to Amsterdam for the Adsimilis meetup, where I spoke on the Facebook marketing panel, which was pretty awesome. Following that, I decided to backpack around Europe for three weeks and explore Berlin, Prague, and London. It was definitely a wild and interesting experience at the same time. It was kind of cool to just rough it and backpack my way through Europe and meet people from all over the world along the way as I chose to stay in (quality) hostels and not splurge on four star hotels everywhere I went. Let me just say that hosteling it is definitely the better option if you want to meet other backpackers and not feel so isolated because of the cultural barriers. Most backpackers were from Australia, Canada, and around Europe. I didn’t meet too many Americans in my travels…not even in London, which I thought was strange. Some pictures from the Adsimilis meetup:

Rohail Rizvi and Sean Mulkeen

Sean Mulkeen and I

Anyway, following my little europtrip I flew straight to NYC for Affiliate Summit arriving on Sunday evening. The conference, although a bit shorter for me this time, was definitely a good one. This was the biggest Affiliate Summit to date with almost 4,000 attendees. I got to meet up with affiliates I knew and talk business with some of my favorite networks. Also hit up the main parties hosted by MundoMedia, Clickbooth, and EngageBDR. I did miss out on Affiliate Ball though as it was too late, but I heard it was a blast.

After taking a few days to recover after my more than month of constant traveling, I got back to work with all that I’d learned from Chicago, the Adsimilis meetup, and ASE. These conferences and meetups are just so vital to your growth as an affiliate, there’s no reason not to go. The only reason would be that you’re traveling too much and working too little, which I sort of felt like. I told myself there would be no more traveling or conferences until I have another few profitable campaigns. Well I hope that’s the case by November 18th, because I’m flying out to the Puerto Rico meetup courtesy of NDemand Affiliates. This meetup by the way is looking to be pretty awesome as I’ve mentioned before. Mike has got the whole thing planned out, and it’s looking to be an epic weekend. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, go do that now here.

As for my campaigns, I’m definitely putting in work these days. Trying all kinds of traffic sources and offers from mobile to adult to pop unders. The hardest part is to just focus on one campaign to make it profitable instead of jumping from one thing to the next. So far I’ve dumped a lot of money into testing without results either due to low quality traffic sources or just not testing enough. It’s hard to know which it is sometimes and even tougher when people are touting traffic sources they’ve never even used. Hoping to find some winners in the next few weeks though. I am really putting in work and just want to take it to the next level now. The affiliate space has gotten tougher this year for sure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still opportunities. If I can’t make it big by the end of this year, I quit affiliate marketing. Let’s see what happens.

 

 

Chicago

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

So I’m back from my quick 5 day trip to Chicago and it was definitely a blast. Glad I went.

On the first day I went straight to the Pre-Affiliate Summit meetup / Meetup202 Chicago hosted by Jason Rubacky. The meetup was being hosted at a nice Greek restaurant in the “Greektown” part of Chicago, and it was still a pretty cool set up 😛  We had our own room and it was a more intimate setting with a round table set up as opposed to a huge meetup where you don’t necessarily get to talk to everybody and engage in a discussion as a group. I got to meet Jason there as well as a few other affiliates including Darryl Thomas Jr. and Max. I didn’t think I was going to pick up a lot of info just purely based on the fact that there were affiliates of all levels present and we had to cover some basic stuff being a public meetup, but it was actually pretty informative. Jason went into a lot about SEO and CPS as well as how to capitalize on trends. It’s amazing how much money and potential there is on that side of the fence. Definitely opened my eyes to the world of SEO and CPS for sure.

After the meetup Jason and Max were cool enough to show me around the city. We first grabbed dinner at Bar Louie and then went off to explore downtown. Here’s a pic of us at Howl at the Moon (aka the cougar bar lol):

 

Look at that hurricane! Def had a good time checking out downtown my first night in with these guys. It was an eventful week to say the least. I did most of the touristy things like take the architecture cruise around the Chicago river, go up to the top of the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), check out “The Bean” at Millenium Park, and grab a burger from Billy Goat Tavern (where you better order a double cheezburger or else face public humiliation from the Chef. Thankfully, Jason had my back and the ordering was a breeze lol).

I also got to meet up with Ian Brennan from LFM Network, which was cool and treated me to wings at a cool west Chicago bar. From there I rushed to catch the fireworks over the Chicago skyline, but missed it by just a few minutes. I made up for it by walking 2.5 miles back to my hotel to check out all the cool landmarks Chitown had to offer in the dark and there were a lot! For example, I ran into cool works of art in the middle of the night:

And of course I got to check out the Sears Tower, which was awesome:

And that was pretty much my trip to Chicago. Definitely had an awesome time. Thanks to Jason, Max, Darryl, and Ian B. for hanging out and showing me the city!

Now off to pack my bags for Amsterdam tomorrow.

Affiliate Meetups Gone Wild!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Meetups are truly becoming a global affair as there are two very cool locations soon to be hosting an affiliate marketing meetup…one of them being in Amsterdam hosted by Adsimilis and the other in Puerto Rico being hosted by Mike Pacheco and NDemand Affiliates. I love the fact that these meetups are going down because it gives us an opportunity to travel and hang out with like-minded people in a setting outside of your typical conference setting. If you’re planning on going to either of these meetups let me know!

The Amsterdam meetup by Adsimilis is going down August 6th, 2011 and they’re even featuring a contest that’ll let you go to Amsterdam on them! Winners will be flown to and lodged in Amsterdam for the meetup. The top 2 revenue generators, the top 2 percentage increase, and top 1 referring publisher will win the prize. You can check out the event page for all the details, but one thing is for sure…you’ll probably meet and interact with some of the best minds in affiliate marketing and I’m sure you will pick up at least one golden nugget that will be worth way more than you’re whole trip.

On the other hand, the Puerto Rico meetup by NDemand Affiliates is going down November 19th, 2011. Edit: NDemand Affiliates is also giving away a trip to 2 lucky affiliates to Puerto Rico from a random drawing off of their RSVP page so make sure you register! I’m pretty freakin psyched about this meetup. Mike and his team have planned out the entire day and when I looked at the itinerary I was like wow. Check it out for yourself on the NDemand blog here. I have a feeling there are gonna be plenty of affiliates yelling “I’m on a boat!” at this one. Mike has arranged a catamaran to take attendees island hopping followed by an evening dinner cruise that sails around the Bay of San Jaun. Talk about awesome.

I for one can’t wait for these meetups. If you’re attending either one of these meetups comment below or hit me up on Facebook with a message and we’ll connect! Also, spread the word about these events because how often do you get an opportunity to roll through the streets of Amsterdam or hit the beaches of Puerto Rico with world class affiliates. It’s not the affiliate island Mr. Green April fooled us with, but it’s a step in the right direction =P

 
Hi, I'm Rohail, affiliate marketer and serial entrepreneur. Follow my trials and triumphs in affiliate marketing as I give you an inside look at the industry and what it takes to be successful.

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