3 Hard Knock Lessons Learned in 2011

by Phong Khang on December 20, 2011

Biggest lessons learnt this year

  1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. This can lead to your cash flow evaporating over night if the affiliate or traffic network decides to pull the rug under you. By diversing yourself into other networks you won’t be so vulnerable.
  2. Get out of your comfort zone. For example I got way too comfortable with one traffic source this year. It wasn’t until I decided to go back to an older traffic source that my conversions exploded.
  3. Never give up. A few days later that same campaign no longer existed. I was booted from the offer and kicked out of the network. I could’ve just laid in my bed all day and mourn the loss but for some reason I knew I could get back to that level of sales again. So I busted my ass and put on my thinking cap. I don’t think I’ve worked that hard all year long and believe me I’ve worked hard. The next day I was back in business. I wasn’t pulling nearly as much sales and conversions but I was close.

These 3 hard lessons taught me a lot and going into 2012 I know I will be going in much stronger than ever.

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Don’t Keep All Your Eggs in One Basket

by Phong Khang on December 9, 2011

If there is one thing that I’ve learned about affiliate marketing over the years it’s never put all your eggs in one basket.

I’ve learned this the hard way. Many times either the traffic network decides to suspend your account or your affiliate network bans your ass for suspicious activity that you have no control over.
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Gasp! adCenter Gets Rid Of Trademark Violations!

by Phong Khang on March 3, 2011

Rejoice! Today is the day Microsoft officially removes itself as the mediator on trademark terms. No longer will they dissaprove your keywords if they violate any trademark. Their updated Intellectual Property Guidelines state that if  the trademark owner has a fit about you bidding on their terms they’ll have to come you first.

Trademark owners can still file a complaint if your abusing their trademark so don’t think you can get away with misusing them.
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Google’s Ax Takes Another Swing

by Phong Khang on January 25, 2011

Looks like it’s doomsday for thin affiliate websites who currently rank high in Google search.

Adwords advertisers like myself have felt the wrath of Google’s ban on affiliates and now it looks like Google have finally decided to put an Ax to affiliates in search as well.

Google Ready For Action Against Content Farms

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Taming Mr. adCenter

by Phong Khang on August 26, 2010

My foray into Microsoft adCenter has been challenging at first but I definitely feel now I’m starting to get the hang of it. My conversions are up and my traffic is steady.

One of my campaigns that I’m running was getting an average cost per click of 30 cents on Adwords and when I first ran it on adCenter it was getting 50 cents per click!
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PPC Classroom Gets Your Adwords Account Banned

by Phong Khang on July 21, 2010

After much deliberating I have come the conclusion if that if you follow the methods that Amit Mehta teaches in PPC Classroom then its very likely that you will get your Google Adwords account banned.

I’m not saying that the material is bad. Just needs to be updated. In fact I have to give much credit to Amit’s PPC Classroom course for teaching me the ins and out of PPC marketing. I’m pretty sure without this course I’d be lost and broke trying to figure it out myself.
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