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Buy Aged Youtube Accounts To Help Rank Your Videos

youtube-accounts SEO has changed a lot in the past couple of years and lots of online marketers are finding it quite difficult to rank anything well these days. Since SEO technically just means Search Engine Optimization, then you don’t really need to be restricted by the whims of the ever-changing Google rules. You can optimize for ANY site that has a search function.

The most popular site to rank in, next to Google, is YouTube. MANY marketers love marketing affiliate products to the You Tube audience, as it is vast and marketing videos are fairly easy to make. However, the biggest hurdle (besides competition) is using a solid account that is not flagged for spamming. Lots of marketers use the spam approach of creating 100’s of new accounts to upload 100’s of videos in hopes that some of them stay up. That’s not really effective anymore.

Nowadays it’s better to use an AGED account of a few years old to upload your promo videos in, so it doesn’t appear to Youtube that you just created an account for the purpose of spamming. These older accounts are FAR more effective when promoting and ranking a video there.

You really only need 1 or 2 accounts instead of 100’s and you can buy these aged YouTube accounts for just a few bucks by clicking through the Bonanza marketplace link below to purchase from the only seller there who currently provides them.

SEE ACCOUNTS AVAILABLE HERE!

Now go upload your Clickbank or other affiliate product videos and watch the money roll in. Marketing on YT is one of the few effective methods that still works online anymore.

Have a great day!

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Idiotic New Clickbank Fees Structure

Ok, rant time…anyone with sensitive ears should stop reading right now!

Clickbank has just implemented a buttload of strange new fees and it’s easily on the top 5 most idiotic, incomprehensible, hurtful and just downright evil things I’ve ever seen a company do online so far, in my several years of working online for a living. They are outright penalizing both affiliates AND vendors for the stupidity of a small percentage of bad buyers and sellers.

Everything is supposed to be implemented by January and some of the biggest changes will be to charge affiliates and vendors when a customer requests a refund or there is a chargeback. The vendor will be charged a percentage of the retail price as a penalty, which they not only lose the sale, but they are now OUT MORE money because they have to pay the fee on top of losing the sale. Ridiculous!

In theory, this is meant as a way to weed out “bad” vendors with poor products, and we all know that Clickbank is loaded full of shady crap (especially MMO products), but they are going about it ass backwards. First of all, it penalizes the WRONG people. An affiliate shouldn’t get dinged because of a vendor problem. Affiliates promote products in good faith, just like Walmart promotes products they don’t manufacture themselves. Some are good, some may be bad, but it’s not Walmart’s fault if there is a product recall because of faulty manufacturing. By the same token, an affiliate shouldn’t be faulted if a product they link to turns out to be “bad”.

For vendors, it puts the cost of doing business too high and they are unfairly put at the mercy of those buyers who request refunds just because they know they can get a digital product free that way…and there are many unscrupulous buyers who do just that. There are forums full of people who swap stuff they get for free on Clickbank.

Part of these new “quality control guidelines” at Clickbank involve adding star ratings in the marketplace and, right now, color coding to show “risk management”. Certain colors mean you’re ok, but if you are orange or red it means your account is at risk of termination as being “unacceptable”.

In my case, my account shows red, which baffles me completely. I’ve only had 4-5 refunds in the history of my vendor account and the last 2 were from buyers who simply didn’t read what they were buying. My sales page CLEARLY states my product is an ebook delivered in pdf format that is downloaded upon purchase, yet both buyers requested refunds by saying they wanted a physical book. Doesn’t anyone read what they are buying anymore? I notice a lot of Fiverr too that buyers order without even reading the description! That’s like walking into a store blindfolded and buying anything they pick up!

I understand that refunds are part of any business, but should I be penalized ON TOP OF losing the sale because of an ignorant buyer who doesn’t even know what they are buying? It’s not my fault! I clearly state what the product is they are getting. It ends up making it not worth doing anymore. Clickbank now charges me a $4 “risk” fee on every sale, and since I generously give my affiliates 75% of the sale, that only leaves me with $1.24 earned. Uh, no thanks.

The final straw comes with the chargeback fee, which is $36-45. Chargebacks suck, but they almost always involve a stolen credit card or hacked Paypal account. Should vendors be on the hook for that? How is that the vendors fault??? So, if I’m only getting $1.24 per sale and I get stuck with even just ONE chargeback, then it has effectively wiped out all my profit for the previous 40 sales. Wow!! Unreal!!!

I can see a lot of vendors leaving Clickbank now because there’s no longer any money to be made there, but make sure you research for good alternatives first. Plimus doesn’t have nearly the fees, but they still suck because it’s not a good place for new vendors. They have a stupid inactivity fee, which means they reward successful vendors, but anyone starting or struggling is left in the dust. Paydotcom is better because they only charge a flat $2 fee and don’t gouge you like Clickbank does. Their interface is simpler and you have to pay your affiliates directly, but at least it’s beginner friendly, if you need an easy place to start out. Have a look here. I’ll be moving one of my other ebooks there soon.

Ok, rant over. Feel free to comment, if you have something to add, as I’m interested in hearing from the experiences of other vendors and affiliates as well. Enjoy your day!

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Commission Junction CJ Payment Proof

After the postal strike finally ended it took a few weeks for all the backed up mail to catch up, including this Commission Junction (CJ) check from June for $170.50 USD that I have just scanned as my payment proof from them.

The thing I like best about CJ is that they have both physical and digital products that can be promoted and most are from brand name companies that people know and trust. This makes it MUCH easier to make a sale and all you have to do is paste the code they give you right into your website for whatever product you like.

Of course with marketing ANY product, you should make sure you choose wisely and pick something that fits the niche and audience that your own site attracts. DON’T post a banner for furniture on a car site!

The other nice thing is that some of their sponsors have really good payouts. I made $100 just for one lead to a psychic phone line! Sweet!!

I hope everyone is having a great summer. Bye for now!

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Affiliate Clickbank Payment Proof

I’m going to focus on the affiliate Clickbank payment proof here because the vendor program is set up differently and I plan to write a post explaining how that works in the future. All CB affiliates get paid every 2 weeks and this is my latest check in the amount of $153.53

Making money with Clickbank is mostly about matching the right product to your audience. I recently wrote a related post about website monetization that is relevant here as well. Basically, you want to find something to promote in the Clickbank marketplace that your own website visitors will WANT to buy. This is important! Get it wrong and you WILL fail!

For example, I’ve noticed some sites that are very poorly monetized lately. One was a site about depression that had ads for hosting on it (do depressed people suddenly have the desire to build a website?). Another was a site with baby products that had an ad banner for a CB ebook about forex! Unbelievable! Repeat after me: MATCH YOUR NICHE!!!

I’ll admit that when I started in affiliate marketing years ago I made the same mistakes, so let’s chaulk it up to newbie inexperience. I made NO sales at all until I finally got smart and put up a popular game strategy guide on one of my arcade sites and finally made my first sale. I found out game guides sell VERY well, but I also learned the number one lesson about making sure you spend some time finding the right product to promote. It’s well worth the effort.

For those of you getting started with Clickbank, it’s important to be aware of the biggest issue that faces all CB newbies: the dreaded “CDR”. It stands for Customer Distribution Requirement and states that you must have sales from at least 2 sources (Paypal, Mastercard, Visa) AND 5 different credit card numbers BEFORE you get paid! For some people who only get an occassional sale, this can be a daunting task, esp. when you consider that most sales online come from Paypal and that’s not even included as part of the 5 number requirement!

You could actually have 10 sales broken down into, let’s say, 6 from PP, 3 from Visa, 1 from MC and STILL not get paid. At a sale a month average it would take you almost a year to earn about $200 and yet have nothing to show for it. I’ve read people complaining that this was a deal breaker for them and they gave up using Clickbank because of it.

One “trick” that many affiliates do is to simply buy through their own link as an easy way to meet the CDR. If you already have sales and you need that last one to come in to make up the fifth CC number and you’re tired of waiting, then just find a product in the marketplace that is dirt cheap (the lowest is 3 bucks) and create your own hoplink for it. Then simply purchase the product through your link using your own credit card. A few dollars is a small price to pay to get all your earnings released to you after meeting the full requirements, if you have over $100 or so tied up there. Consider it like an extra 3% fee to get your check. I personally don’t think the CDR is fair, but it is what it is, so it’s best just to find a solution around it, since you can’t change it.

They also hold back 10% of each check as a “return allowance” to cover any refunds or chargebacks. That rule isn’t much fun either, but it’s needed when dealing with some products that have a high refund rate, so they have to cover that possibility.

A final word of advice: mask your hoplinks! Some affiliates will attempt to steal your commissions, so it’s good practice not to leave your affiliate ID “out in the open”. It became such a problem that now Clickbank provides encrypted links in the form of a “hoplink shield”, but it wasn’t always that easy. Protect your links!

Good luck!

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