Solo Ads – My initial results

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Before I plow right in, I have a side issue that has been bothering me with my blog. Every time that I check my admin dashboard, I have literally hundreds of spam comments to check through. Normally, I would just hit the “delete all spam” button, but I have discovered a few legitimate comments in the spam folder from time to time. I don’t want to delete those comments. So I find myself looking over all of them just to decide their validity, which ends up killing more time than I have or want to use in this way.

I don’t know why I am getting all of those spam comments in the first place, and just on this blog. I have 10 other active site, and none of them experience anything close to this blog’s spam. Then it occurred to me, I am using a free theme! And not only a free theme, but a woo theme. 99% of my spam comes from Asia. Put 2 and 2 together and get Asia spam comments = free woo theme (hidden links). So I will be changing over to another theme when I have the time (which will also serve to verify or disprove my theory).

Yesterday, I lost more time with my online business by spending most of the day with my brother and his friend. We traveled an hour each way just to walk around a flea market (other places call them rummage sales or bazaars). I must have walked miles to see loads and loads of other peoples, aah… treasures, with around 65-70% of it coming from their cleaned out attics, garages and basements. However, I did find a nice gift for my wife and made a contact I can use when I am ready to dispense with my mom’s turquoise jewelry. It is important for me to make the most out of any situation, regardless of what it is.

Now to my initial solo ad results. After combing through literally dozens and dozens of providers, I have selected 3-4 providers to test out first. During this process, I have experienced a new issue that came into play, getting ahold of them and then getting them to respond back. I contacted three of them on Thursday evening with the final provider being contacted yesterday. Only one of them contacted me within minutes (which surprised me). I even used Skype for the first time to communicate with him to get the ball rolling.

Another provider finally sent an email to me today. He basically didn’t even pay attention to what I had emailed to him initially. So I sent him a followup email this evening which serves to continue to delay the process. The other two providers have yet to contact me. If I don’t hear from either one tomorrow, then I will cut them loose and continue to look for two more providers. After all, there are hundreds of providers currently online hungry to do business.

Now for the initial results of my first provider’ solo ad delivery are in. I purchased just 100 unique clicks to send to the iPro partnership offer squeeze page. The provider delivered 110 clicks with 29 opt ins and zero sales (I know, many don’t buy on the first try. Fortunately, they are now in the system). That is just a smidgen over 26% opt in rate.

The first ad’s results are not as great as I had hoped for or that I’ve seen other members get, but it is better than what I have gotten from FREE traffic sources (avg 1% opt in rate – poor) up to this point. I am eager to hear from the other providers so I can complete my results and find who is best for me. I am excited about getting more prospects into the system and increase my chance for sales.

Once all my results are in, I will be happy to report them in a follow up post. The biggest factor for doing this is getting enough sales to cover my expenses and generate enough cash to continue to grow my leads. Everything is in place, it is just a matter of time before it all pays off. Fingers crossed!

About Michel

Michel has been actively involved online since 2009. He started Glowball Web Network in October of 2011. He has broad experience including what he achieved from many of the online training programs he’s taken over the years. He’s knows what works and doesn’t work and is willing to share his knowledge with you on this site and partner sites. More importantly, he continually to stay updated since it’s always changing!
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6 Comments

  1. Hi Michel,

    I was surprised to read about your spam problem. I use woothemes premium theme and don’t have the same experience as you. I will get the odd spammer. I use Akismet in addition to commentluv and between the two of them the spammers are taken care of.

    I have not tried solo ads yet, I really need to do that. I was hoping that I will get the same results with traffic to my site. Although I get clicks, I do not have the sign ups.

    Hope you do well with the ones that are in the system.

    Take care,

    Dita
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    • Thank you Dita for your comments.

      The problem I have is that my woo theme is free, not premium. Most premium themes are usually link free! I do use Akismet which is catching all those spam comments and putting them into spam. However, occasionally, Akismet puts a legitimate comment in the spam folder. It is because of this that I end up going through my spam instead of just deleting it all at once. My question is why are there so many spam comments coming in to my site in the first place (rhetorical)?

      Like you, I was holding off on solo ads hoping to generate enough traffic from my blog using the signi method and backlinks from comments I have made on other people’s blog posts. My results using these methods are not that great. So I decided why not try solo ads to see if they generate better results. I am risking operating cash to do it, but if it works (like it seems to be doing for other members), then it should be worth it. Like most other things, only time will tell!

  2. Hi Michel,

    Thank you for your update so far on your solo ad campaign, I’m looking forward to hearing the full results. It is such a pain while waiting for someone to get back to you when you just want to get things moving in your business, I personally haven’t had too much of a problem with contacting providers, maybe a day or two, with one of them. I find Skype the best way so far.

    With regards to your spam complaint, do you make use of the Akismet plugin that comes with wordpress? I find it catches all my spam and it hasn’t yet accidentally pulled in and real visitor comments, I also use the Bad Behaviour plugin which blocks all the bots that leaves comments.

    Best regards

    John.

    • Thank you for visiting and commenting, John!

      I attempted to contact those other vendors using Skype to speed up the process. But then, I have been waiting for them to “Connect” with me. The one vendor still hasn’t been on Skype or responded to my email to date. The other one has finally accepted my request on Skype, but it was yesterday while I was out. Today he has been out. And he hasn’t responded to my email, either.

      I use Akismet!!! It is catching tons of spam. But that IS the problem, TONS of spam. EVERY DAY! And most all from Asia. I have to delete it all. I don’t know why my blog is attracting TONS of spam comments from Asia. However, occasionally Akismet has identified legitimate comments as spam. It is because of this that I end up looking through it all.

      I forgot about Bad Behavior plugin. When it worked, it worked well at stopping bots. I had it on another one of my blogs at one time until it knock it out with a plugin upgrade. Ticked me off so bad that I went to my cPanel’s file manager and manually removed it. Once that was done, my site came back online. I haven’t had much confidence in it since then. I use Wordfence that does the same thing. Somehow, I don’t have it on this blog, an oversight on my part. Thanks for bring up spam bots.

  3. Hey Michel,

    firstly, let’s deal with your spam. Download a free plugin called Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (Gasp for short) – that will stop your spam in it’s tracks.

    Next, if you want reliable solo ad providers, just pm me and I’ll pass on details of a couple I use regularly. You shouldn’t have to put up with that half hearted attitude.

    Thirdly, I would just send 50 clicks at a time to your squeeze page and tweak after each blast to optimize your page.

    Fourth and finally, don’t be tempted to purchase large volume solos (like 500 for eg). With the over-delivery, you’ll always get more clicks and therefore better value on smaller batches. So they’ll give you more clicks on 10 x 50 clicks than they will with 1 x 500 click mailout.

    Some things to think about Michel. Hope it helps. Cool post too by the way. Be sure to follow up and let us kow what happens next hey 🙂
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    • Hello Paul,

      Thank you for stopping by. Awesome advice! I will check out and try the Gasp plugin.

      Also I really do appreciate your offer and will be contacting you about those providers, looks like you can help shorten my solo ad learning curve on whom to use.

      I was targeting 100 unique clicks to start with since that was the lowest amount being offered by most of the solo ad providers I have come into contact with. And then, since I started with that number, in order to be fair and accurate, I decided to test 3-4 providers using that amount of clicks to get started with.

      However after reading your comment, it makes sense to limit it even further to 50 clicks to get more bang for the buck, especially for someone like me who has a limited budget, who is running out of time and resources to make this work!

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