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Traffic Vance and $1000 Later | D3so.com - The Urban Lifestyle Blog
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Traffic Vance and $1000 Later

I recently finished the remainder of my $1000 budget on June 28, 2011. After a total of 26 Campaigns, 97,459 views, and $1000, these are my stats.

COPEAC – $128.95

EWA – $904.00

WSM – $131.00

Total Revenue: $1163.95

Profit: $163.95

ROI: 16%

My ROI is somewhat decent ;). I’m going to make it a goal to reach an ROI of 50-100%.

I targeted a variety of niches. I should’ve stuck with one until it brought it good profits. Niches I’ve profited with are dating, gaming, and submits. I found it difficult to get financial (credit score, auto insurance, etc.) offers to work; I didn’t even make a single conversion. Those require a huge amount of testing.

I focused most of my time promoting submit offers (e-mail/zip submits). One of the best ways to promote these type of offers is by using the poll method. The poll method dates back to the early PPC days. It consists of a landing page that asks the user a question and is enticed by stating they have a chance to win a free prize. Once the user clicks their answer, they’re redirected to a “Thank you page” or straight to the submit offer. The best types of questions to ask are those involving trending events such as those of pop-culture or sports. You’ll also get a higher CTR (Click Through Ratio) if you use images that show emotion or something shocking. Also be sure the offer is appropriate for the audience you’re targeting. Would sports fans wouldn’t want a Victoria’s Secret gift card?

One of the best polls I ran took me about 30 minutes to make and profited me over $40 in one-hour. I created a poll based on America’s Best Dance Crew, a show on MTV. It was the season finale, and I thought it’d be effective to create a poll asking which dance crew would win in the finals. The thing is I worked on this an hour before the finale was about to air. I should’ve started a week earlier. My campaign and some of my targets were approved prior to the start of the show. This is the lander I used: ABDC

While watching the show, I noticed that the MTV Movie Awards was going to air right after the show. Another idea! I made a poll asking who will win best movie. I used the same targets from the ABDC poll and added more but it seems the approval team left for the day. The target the brought me the most conversions was obviously “mtv.com”. This is the lander I used for the MTV Movie Awards:

2011 MTV Movie Awards

I know some of you notice so-called “legal issues” with my landers such as logo and trademark use. I had no concern since this was a short-lived campaign. After those shows ended, I wondered if the conversions would keep coming. Obviously, the conversions dropped and I stopped the campaign. I would’ve had more profits if I started this campaign earlier. The lesson learned is to keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming events. I also created a poll about the NBA Finals but didn’t get it to profit. I was getting conversions, I just didn’t do enough digging for targets.

What’s Next?

I’m planning to either continue with Traffic Vance (TV) or give POF (PlentyofFish Ads) another shot. About a year ago, I tried running some offers on POF but had no success. I believe this was due to my bidding. I rarely bid over $0.17 CPM. Now that I have no problem bidding $11 CPM with TV, I can probably make it work with POF. I can’t do both because I would like to focus on one traffic source. Why not continue with TV? Because I learned that it requires a substantial amount of budget to test. I also believe I can learn a lot from POF. I want you to help me decide. Should I continue with Traffic Vance or give POF another shot? Take the poll on the lower right-hand side.


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27 Responses to Traffic Vance and $1000 Later


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    Amit July 1, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Great post ,Thanks


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    Liem Saty July 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi D3so how are you? happy to visit your blog. very interesting design that you create


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    Web Design LA July 5, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    All the best for your goal “ROI of 50-100%”


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    Chris Adams July 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m just about to jump into CPV, probably won’t start with TV, maybe I’ll give MediaTraffic a try. How much were the advertisers paying? Were you sticking to a $5 minimum payout?


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    d3so July 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    Yeah, I was promoting low payout offers. It takes a bigger budget to test high paying offers.


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    Dean @ Car News July 12, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Hope you can reach your goal! Keep updating your post!


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    John July 14, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Hey, I remember your username from commenting on loads of blogs and I assume you actually DID nothing but I was wrong, fair play on profiting on a campaign. Even if it’s a low ROI it’s still profit. More cranking out campaigns and less blogs!


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    d3so July 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    At the beginning, my plan was to generate income from my blog. I’ve achieved that now it’s definitely more campaigns and less blogs.
    Btw, I’ve heard you guys @ wickedfire have a reputation for talking $#!t and not doing anything. πŸ˜‰
    thanks for visiting!


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    PPC Ian July 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    D3so,
    Awesome post. That’s nice results, not bad at all. πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work, really enjoy reading these posts with numbers.
    Best,
    Ian


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    Melvin August 1, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Woah. Thats a pretty decent ROI you got there. Actually thats a very high ROI I would say! Keep it up man.


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    Green Pro August 2, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    That is very informative post. Thanks for sharing this information.


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    eCOMLEADS (Affiliate Network) August 2, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Not a bad ROI, roi would have been better if you had been able to focus on the top 2 or 3 and killed off the not too performing campaigns, at least roi was still positive. Nice post.


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    Islamic Website August 4, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Traffic always varies and it is one of the biggest concept as well, many people wants return visitors but they are failed in doing so.


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    Green Pro August 11, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    Very informative article shared here. I got very valuable information. Thank you


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    Igor August 12, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Thanks for the post.

    It is my intention to go into PPC, and posts like this one help. Do you have any network in mind for a newbie in the area?


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    d3so August 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Give FB and POF a try.


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    vending machine August 25, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I would say above 1000$ is awesome earning. I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work! Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading This is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it.


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    vending machine September 1, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    All your 26 Campaigns’s earn a lot for you.The figures looking like a magic earning and dream of many bloggers.Wishing you more success ahead.Keep blogging alike….


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    Web Design Resource September 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Now really i will have to focus on my ROI, My ROI is little bit down as per my wish.


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    allan stuart September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    wow, you seem to be expert in creating landing pages.. any tool you can share with us to built the dance crew landing ages d3so? help is appreciated


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    Madu khaula September 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    yes, can you share with us d3so…
    not all people are , tech savvie like you…

    i want to learn how to do it, because if i buy it, nothing i can learn πŸ™


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    Ladders for sale October 4, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    That’s quite a decent ROI.


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    Phoebe October 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Just here checking out some posts about Campaigns. Nice Blog.
    Yes wickedfire is $#!t πŸ™‚

    It’s been a long time since I have been active with CPA offers, but Will try it out on some of my Articles.


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    Alan Smith November 2, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    Hope you will get more ROI by this method. All the best.By doing better work on promotion you will reach your goal.


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    Zane November 2, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Thanks for heads up, some useful tips here.
    However, i didn’t promote any email/zip submit offers via ppv, but usually go with offers more than $5. It’s easier for me to recover my budget and a good ROI


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    Alex Braker December 10, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    It is really great thing that you have 16% revenue from your advertising campaign. People can’t even to extract the amount which has spent on advertisement and experience always makes us more efficient so you will surely have good success with high ROI in next campaign.


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    Deepanshu December 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    nice to see landing pages, awesomely designed. I am just starting to test the waters of cpa.
    Can you tell me how much was the payout like for the offer u ran?
    Thanks and bookmarked ur blog πŸ™‚