Supercharge Your CTR With Geo Targeting

Supercharge Your CTR With Geo Targeting

Geo targeting is pretty simple but used correctly can increase your CTR pretty dramatically. In this post I’m going to show you how to implement geo targeting step by step and talk about some practical applicatons.

Step 1 – Get the script

A simple script to set up and use is http://www.maxmind.com/app/javascript_city

Step 2 – Add the script to your LP

You will need an HTML editor and some very basic HTML knowledge (which you should definitely have).

Add this code <script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://j.maxmind.com/app/geoip.js”></script>
to the head section of your HTML (add it after the <head> tag and before the </head> tag)

Now wherever you want to display the city on your page use this code

<script language=”JavaScript”>document.write(geoip_city()) ;</script>

That’s really it.

So, what are some ways you can use this?

You can use this on virtually any campaign. Some of the most popular uses are;

– On a dating .”Meet singles in cityname” type thing

– On an insurance landing page. “Get insurance rates in cityname”

– On any freebie, coupon, etc. type offer. “We have a special deal for people in cityname”

Those are the most obvious examples but you can get really creative with this. Don’t just use the obvious examples but come up with really creative ways to use geo targeting and it can really do wonders for your CTR and conversions.

Build 3 Converting PPV Landing Pages in 20 min

Build 3 Converting PPV Landing Pages in 20 min

Most people are spending way to much time building their landing pages.  It’s tough for people to accept that really ugly, sloppy landing pages work great! With that in mind, here are 3 simple ways to build high converting landing pages for PPV traffic fast.

1. The screenshot method

This is something I have been using for years. First with PPC traffic until quality score issues killed it, then with PPV traffic. Here’s what you do:

Using Jing or the Windows snipping tool take a screenshot of the offer page. Using Photoshop, Gimp, or any graphics editing program white out any area that has the lead form (place asking for personal data). Replace this with some bullet points and a big ‘CLICK HERE’ link. Save it as one image and link the entire thing.

Doing that would result in something that looks like this

Some people ask why you would put this type of landing page instead of just direct linking. My answer is that it’s an easier way to get the user to start clicking and engage. If you send them straight to the offer page with the form they might think ‘eh..I don’t really feel like filling out a form right now’ whereas if you present them with a landing page like the one above, all they need to do is click to get more info. Once you get them to click, they are already interacting with your site and it’s easier to convert.

2. The Banner Method

Take a banner from your affiliate network (you can find these in the creatives area usually), slap it into an HTML page, link it and you’re done. I like using the 300×250 size, but experiment with different sizes and see what works for you. Using a 300×250 banner my LP would just look like this

Sounds simple but I had a really big campaign running not too long ago using this method, so it does work.

3. The 1 image, bullet point, call to action method

Just like it sounds, you create a simple LP using any HTML editor. It would look something like this:

I like this type of layout with the pic on the left, bullet points and call to action on the right. You can see I added some geo targeting and timestamp scripts to make the page a little more personal.

I know these pages seem really basic, but sometimes basic is best. You should be able to build these 3 pages in less than 20 min. You don’t have to build 3 for every camapaign. Eventually you will get a feel for what works best with your niche and expand from there. Let me know if you have any questions about these methods!

Ultimate Free Landing Page Tools

Ultimate Free Landing Page Tools

I wanted to share some good tools (many of them free) for building landing pages.

First, you need an image editor. Photoshop is great but it also expensive and can be overkill for what you actually need to do. Instead try these free alternatives:

Image Editors/ Photoshop Alternatives

Pixlr

Gimp

Aviary

Paint

Next you’ll need an HTML editor.

HTML Editors

Kompozer is free and works great

WYSIWYG Web Builder – Makes it really easy to add effects and code for non programmers

Add Some Extras

Want to make blinking GIF’s? Try these:

Picason

How to make animated GIF’s

Want to add audio to your page?

Try Nifty Player

Fiverr is a great place to hire people for custom audio recordings

Need some images to use?

Check out this collection of 25 resources for free stock photos

If you haven’t already, be sure and check out this post on using jQuery to explode your LP CTR

The 100% CTR Trick

The 100% CTR Trick

What if I told you there was this new way to run campaigns…one that was easier, faster, had a great chance for success, and guaranteed every visitor saw your offer page? No, I’m not coming out with a new course called directlinkingplaybook.com but direct linking needs a second look.

Like most traffic sources, niches, techniques, and landing page styles, direct linking goes in and out of style. Go back to some of the earliest affiliate marketing on AdWords and many people direct linked. Now of course, most people use landing pages but that’s a whole post in itself.

This post is about direct linking with PPV. I’ve seen many people who start out and immediately jump into making landing pages. In a lot of cases, the reason for building a landing page and not direct linking is the belief that landing pages always do better. The thinking is almost like direct linking would be ‘too easy’ and you have to really struggle at making a great landing page to be successful. Fortunately direct linking works really well.

I actually hadn’t done much direct linking in a while until a really successful forum member reminded me how well it worked. After that, I started direct linking more and was pretty surprised with the results. I also started split testing a lot of my campaigns with a simple LP vs direct linking and was proved wrong a few times when direct linking outperformed the LP.

One question people have is when to use direct linking and when to use a landing page. With PPV there isn’t really a hard and fast rule of when to use each. I mean, maybe someone has a theory but based on the split tests I’ve done, I haven’t found a specific situation where I can say ‘always do direct linking here’. This is why I have been setting up a lot of my campaigns as a simple split test between a landing page and direct linking. This gives me a pretty quick idea of which is going to perform better, and I can further optimize from there.

If you’ve been busy building landing pages, give direct linking another shot and you might be surprised with the results!

7 jQuery Effects To Explode Your PPV CTR!

7 jQuery Effects To Explode Your PPV CTR!

This is a great guest post by one of my forum members, imrat. If you don’t use jQuery on your landing pages, it’s definitely worth taking an afternoon to learn.

Don’t you hate it when you spend days testing a ton of PPV targets and after recouping your initial test budget some other affiliate comes in and crushes your ROI? Before you know it, your in a bidding war. A war where the one with the biggest balls is gonna win.  What if you knew some secrets to give you an unfair advantage? What if you could grab your users attention in less than 4 seconds and raise your landing page CTR?

In this guest post I will show you 7 ways to use JQuery on your PPV landing pages to grab attention. You will learn how to animate the heck out of your landers.

The only thing your visitor will be able do is click and convert.

This is not an in-depth tutorial on JQuery – for that I suggest you check the tutorials on the Jquery site. If your a beginner, check out this excellent 15 day beginners video tutorial series.

You should also have a decent understanding of HTML and CSS to benefit from the tricks in this post. If you want to know how I build my landing pages, I suggest you check out my series on How to Build a PPV Landing Page.

The Demo

Here are the demo html files. Its a basic 750×550 PPV landing page, one without any JQuery applied, and the other with all the 7 effects applied.

Landing Page Without Jquery Magic | Landing Page With Jquery Magic

Enjoy!

Why JQuery?

Jquery is one of the most widely adopted Javascript libraries on the web, and is used by sites like Google, Digg, WordPress, Dell, and many others. It was started by John Resig and announced at the start of 2006. The first stable version was released on August 26, 2006.

I suggest you use it whenever you want to spice up your web designs with event handling, animation, and Ajax interactions. Its fast and reliable, and specifically offers:

  • light weight footprint (24kb)
  • CSS1 through to 3 support
  • cross browser compliant (IE 6, Firefox 2, Safari 3, Opera 9 and Chrome).

Setup Jquery For Your PPV Landing Page

To use JQuery on your webpage, you will need to include the Library in your HTML file.

You can host the Library file on your own server (download here), but I use the one provided by Google’s CDN.

If you are targeting users in countries where google is banned, I suggest you use one of the other hosted JQuery files.

All you need to do is include the following code before the </head> line in your html:

Note: The Google CDN URL for the latest version of Jquery are listed here.

You want to start executing your JQuery animations after the page has finished loading. To achieve this, you also need to include the following, right after the code you have just included:

Note that the above section will be used to add the various codes in the sections below.

For all of the effects, the process consists of the same 3 steps:

  • include the javascript plugin file
  • attach the effect to a css class or div
  • add the class to the relevant element in the html

1. The Flasher

If you wanna really draw attention to yourself, you need to flash. Here I am going to show how to setup a flashing border and a flashing background.

Flashing Border

First up, lets add a flashing border around the ad. For this we use the Animated Borders plugin by Craig Davis.

Include the plugin in the <head> section below the line where you included jquery.

script src="jquery.animatedborder.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Note: make sure that the path reference to the jquery.animatedborder.js corresponds to where you downloaded and extracted the file.

Set the required CSS styles. Make sure the path is pointing to the location of the stripe.gif image:

.animatedBorderSprite { position: absolute; background: url(stripe.gif); margin: 0; }
.animatedBorderSprite-top { -moz-border-radius-topleft: 2px;         -webkit-border-radius-topleft: 2px; -moz-border-radius-topright: 2px; -webkit-border-radius-topright: 2px;}
.animatedBorderSprite-bottom { -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 2px; -webkit-border-radius-bottomleft: 2px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 2px; -webkit-border-radius-bottomright: 2px;}

Switch the flashing on by adding the following code below the line “// Include your code below this line”. You can change the thickness and color of the flashing border by changing the parameters.

$('.flash_border').animatedBorder({size:5, color: 'red'});

And add the class to the element on the page you want to have the border around, in this case the element with the id “wrap”:

<div id="wrap">

Background Flash

Next – lets flash the background a couple of times to draw the users eyes to the page. I prefer to do this just a couple of times to avoid getting sued for causing headache’s.

To change the background color I use a plugin called Color Animations.

Include the plugin, again just after the previous plugin / JQuery script include:

<script src="lib/plugins/jquery.color.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Add the flashing code, again in the codeblock that starts with

//Include your code below this line

$(".flash_background")

.animate( { backgroundColor: 'pink' }, 100)

.animate( { backgroundColor: 'white' }, 100)

.animate( { backgroundColor: 'blue' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'pink' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'white' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'blue' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'pink' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'white' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'blue' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'pink' }, 100)
.animate( { backgroundColor: 'white' }, 100)
.stop();
});

And add the class .flash_background to the required element, again, in this case “wrap”:

<div id="wrap">

2. Moving arrow

The second trick is to tell your visitor where to look and direct their eye. One way to do this is animate an arrow pointing towards the call to action.

Because I wanted to include a link on the actual arrow as well, I included the arrow as an image in the background. Make sure that there is sufficient transparent canvas on the right hand side of the arrow.

For this particular effect I used build in jquery functions so you don’t need a plugin.

What the following code does is basically create a function which moves the background to the right and then the left. Then a simple interval is set to call this function every second. All you need to do is include the following code again in the codeblock that starts with

 

//Include your code below this line

//slide the arrow
var vibrate = function() {

$(‘#arrow’).animate({

‘background-position-x’: ‘+=20’
}, ‘fast’).animate({
‘background-position-x’: ‘-=20’
}, ‘fast’);
};

interval = setInterval(vibrate,1000);

 

3. Audio

One thing that really boosts your conversion rate is including an audio message when the page loads. You can do this quit easily with Jquery, and I have used the sound.js plugin for that. Make sure you save the file as WAV, and that you keep it of a relatively small size.

Although I have done this with Jquery to show you how to trigger sounds, you can achieve the same effect in html.

The downside with using jquery or <embed> in html, is that in IE, for some users it will ask for authorisation to play the content with windows media player…bugger! I will need to find a workaround for this someday, using this or this.

Until I do, for now download the required files, and include the javascript.

Then just after this line:
//Include the code below this line

Include the code:
$.fn.soundPlay({

url: ‘welcome.wav’,

playerID: ‘welcome’,

command: ‘play’
});

 

I’ve not gone as far as including the required Audio controls. So if you use this example on your landing page you will ‘Breaks the Rules’ of most networks.

4. Counting down

Scarcity and social proof are 2 of the Six Weapons of Influence. Jquery is great for adding in a counter on your landing page. You can use this in multiple ways.

A simulated user count

For example, you could dynamically change the numbers in the following sentence on your landing page:

34 users currently viewing this offer, there are only 7 vouchers left.

I am not including this here as an example, i might do something with this in future. This type simulation would work great on dating offers (Sophie is online right now waiting to chat. 12 members are currently viewing her profile).

Countdown clocks

How do you create scarcity? There are many ways. One way is to include a countdown and show that this offer is time limited: ‘Submit your email within the next 1m and 45s’.

For this blog post I will add a countdown timer, using the excellent plugin from Keith Wood. I suggest you follow the examples on his site.

Just download the packaged zip file, unzip the required files, and include the Javascript and the css. Check the demo file to see how I included the effect on this example landing page.

As usual, here is the code to include the Javascript. I used the pack file because it is smallest in size.

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”jquery.countdown.pack.js”></script>

Then add your CSS stylesheet code to your <style>…</style> section:

@import “jquery.countdown.css”;
#glowingLayout div { float: left; width: 34px; height: 50px; background: url(countdownGlowing.gif) no-repeat 0px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image0 { background-position: -0px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image1 { background-position: -34px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image2 { background-position: -68px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image3 { background-position: -102px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image4 { background-position: -136px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image5 { background-position: -170px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image6 { background-position: -204px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image7 { background-position: -238px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image8 { background-position: -272px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.image9 { background-position: -306px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.imageDay { background-position: -340px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.imageSep { background-position: -374px 0px; }
#glowingLayout div.imageSpace { background-position: -408px 0px; }

 

Connect the countdown function to the relevant div/span by including this in the head javascript section:

 

//countdown timer
$(“#glowingLayout”).countdown({

until: ‘+1m +30s’,

compact: true,
layout: ‘<div></div><div></div>’ +
‘<div></div>’ +
‘<div></div><div></div>’
});

Feel free to change the +1m +30s to the amount of time you want the countdown to run for.

And finally include in the body of the HTML the following code to embed the countdown timer. I used the scarcity div to style the element background, but this is not essential.

<div id=”scarcity”><span id=”glowingLayout”></span></div>

The demo PPV Landing Page includes a sound effect as well to stimulate a ticking clock, and shows an ‘offer expired’ message when the timer runs out. If you want to include this you will need to figure it out from my demo file.

5. Image swipes

For offers where a visual or photo helps with conversions you can include a short piece of script to cycle through a number of images in an animated slide show.

There are tons of jquery ‘sliders’ on the web, just search for ‘jquery slider’.

For this example, I am using the slideshow plugin by <a href=”http://code.marceleichner.de/project/jquery.slideShow/”>Marcel Eighner</a>.

As usual, after you have included the Javascript, you need to associate the effect with the relevant html element:

$(‘.mySlideShow’).slideShow({

hoverNavigation: true, // use mouse for navigation

interval: true // disable auto-slideshow
});

 

Then, in the HTML, include each image as a <li> element, and include the right class as shown below:

 

<div>
<ul>
<li><img src=”sign1.jpg” border=”0″ alt=””  width=350 height=270 /></li>
<li><img src=”sign2.jpg” border=”0″ alt=””  width=350 height=270 /></li>
<li><img src=”sign3.jpg” border=”0″ alt=””  width=350 height=270 /></li>
</ul>
</div>

 

6. Remind your user before they leave

Because PPV triggers a pop up, many users move their mouse over to the tab/window close button as soon as it appears.

Wouldn’t it be great to stop them in their tracks and remind them of your special offer?

Unfortunately most networks dont allow exit popups, but JQuery comes to the rescue.

In this example I am trying to emulate most modern browsers. They slide in a yellow alert bar at the top of the window to notify the user of for example the option to save their password.

This is therefore a great way of attracting user attention. And the Activebar2 plugin is the answer.

After you have downloaded, include the plugin javascript file in the head section.

Then in the section where we switch on and attach each of the effects, include the following code:

 

$(‘.triggerAlert’).hover(function() {
if ($(‘#alert’).length == 0) {
$(‘<div id=”alert”></div>’).html(‘You really dont want to leave this page. Click to look at the deals we are offering!’).activebar({
url: ‘http://imrat.com’,
font: ‘serif’,
icon: ‘activebar-information.png’,
button: ‘activebar-closebtn.png’
});
}
});

 

Lastly, all you need to do, is to add the class triggerAlert to each element that you want to activate the alert when the user moves their mouse over this. For example:

<div id=”head”>

As browser close buttons are either at the top right or left corner, I recommend you add the class to for example your headline. Or, checkout the demo html, to see how I did it here. I included a separate div across the full width of the page at the top to capture the users mouse.

7. Optimize your download size

Another reason for poor CTR on your landing pages is the time it takes to load your page. Big images, slow servers, and huge javascript files all contribute to long long download times, and low low low CTRs.

So, once you have finished your landing page, its time to compress and minifi.

First, save a copy of your html file for safe keeping.

Then, collect the content of all of your JavaScript plugin files, and add them to a new single js file.

If you downloaded and used files that have already been packed or minified, then I recommend you download the unpacked versions.

Make sure you include the Javascript that was included in the html file as well:

Include everything below the //Include comment in your new javascript file.

Just in case you did not do this, you will need to remove all separate javascript plugin includes from your main html. All you need is 1 to your new minified version.

Also note that the main Jquery javascript file should not be included in this process.

Next, just upload your new combined js file to a Javascript compresser service like jscompress.com, compress, and copy & paste the minified version into a new js file.

Doing this radically increases download speed of your landing page. From 7 files totaling over 60kb down to a single file of 33Kb. Because this is still large for a PPV file, I recommend you only include 1 or 2 effect plugins.

It also makes your landing pages a lot harder to steal.

Here is a copy of the reduced html file, and here is the minified js file.

Wrapup

So that was that. I hope you enjoyed this tour of JQuery. It would be great to see what results you are getting, so let me know by leaving a comment below.

Here is also a downloadable zipped copy of the landing page, plugins and associated files.

If you are interested in getting help with your landing pages or PPV campaigns, check out my blog: imrat.com – Ditching The Dayjob

Trick to Click!

Trick to Click!

My friend Corey Bornmann from Affportal uses the phrase ‘trick to click’ to describe landing pages that look like this:

You might have seen variations on this type of landing page or banner and that’s because it can work great! Who can resist clicking that ‘play’ button?

The basic idea is to take a screen-shot or pic to use as the ‘video still’, then use Photoshop (or another graphics editor) to make it look like a video player.When selecting the picture to use, browse around Youtube and see what videos make you want to click on them. Usually you’ll find that the image is one that you want to see what happens next. For example, if I see a guy sitting there facing his webcam I am probably not going to be as inclined to click as I would if I saw a big shark just about to bite something (you get the idea!)

You can download the source files for the project above here

Getting creative with this style of LP is the key. The main thing that will influence your CTR isn’t the play button, or any of the video player effects…it’s the picture you use. It can get tricky because you don’t want to mis-represent what you are promoting, yet be provocative enough to get clicked.

One scenario I have seen a lot is using pictures of ‘hot girls’ in the video player frame to promote dating offers. This can be a little deceptive, and often traffic from such tactics doesn’t back out for the advertiser which can result in getting kicked off the offer….so use at your own risk.

Get creative with trick to click and try something that you haven’t seen before.