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Friday Podcast: Affiliate Marketing Success Strategies with Smaxor

SmaxorJason Akatiff, most well-known by his online moniker Smaxor, is a former blackhat SEO affiliate turned CPA network owner. With his experience as an affiliate and owning and operating the Ads4Dough CPA network, Jason has a wealth of experience in helping new and experienced affiliates succeed.

As a self-taught programmer, Jason had one of his first websites hacked into and as he studied what had happened, he picked up blackhat SEO skills, which eventually led him to learn to dominate search engine results for various keywords, using techniques like cloaking and auto-generated pages.

About a year ago, he bought struggling affiliate network Ads4Dough off the Sitepoint forum and has grown the network successfully within a year.

I invited Jason on the Friday Podcast to share some of his experience as an affiliate and creating a successful network run by affiliate managers who are in most cases, successful affiliates themselves.

We talked about:

  • Why affiliates should learn a programming language and resources they should check out
  • Why and how he’s switched his business model from building sites to buying traffic for his websites
  • How affiliates can use his “project partners” strategy to grow and scale their business
  • Why money management is an important issue and how to better manage it
  • Understand how and why CPA offers are cross-publishing and syndicated across multiple networks
  • What is a CPA “exclusive offer” and the type of development that goes into it
  • Ads4Dough’s focus on affiliate development and an update on their earlier announcement to look at a 1-week training workshop in San Diego
  • Should you be concerned about affiliate managers looking at and copying your affiliate campaign?
  • Ads4Dough’s shift to a demographic-targeted marketing approach

Check out the Friday Podcast below:

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Affiliate Summit West 2009 In Pics and Words (Part 1)

Shawn Collins and Missy Ward have consistently put on a great Affiliate Summit since I first started going to them in 2006. This year was no different and if you’re an affiliate, consultant or network, the show serves as a great opportunity to network and get a pulse on the trends in the industry.

It was worth the 20 hour plane ride each way, and despite the somewhat hefty tax expense, the benefits far outweighed the time and resources to get there.

This is a first in a series of posts, more to come.

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Pre-Affiliate Summit

Getting to the summit is a good idea, especially with some flights being delayed and having a chance to do some chillaxing before the event. I did some shopping at the premium outlets outlet mall and met up that night with Kim Rowley and Jon Levine.

kim rowley

At most conferences and seminars, I usually learn more from talking to other affiliates about their sites and projects, compared to the formal sessions (unless it’s a brand new area/topic for me).

So we went for drinks and it was interesting to hear about how the program that Jon is managing was put together.

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Day 1: Sun 11 Jan

I was pleasantly suprised outside the conference rooms by Shawn Collins who danced a welcome jig:

shawn collins

I’d post a video, but the group we were (more…)