Spam Comments and Solo Ads Update

Spam Comments

On my last post, I ranted about the flood of spam comments that Akismet was piling up in my spam folder each day, and that I didn’t know why (only guessed at it). I was getting tired of it and the waste of time having to clear it all.

Then a friend of mine, Paul, stopped by and left a comment recommending that I try a plugin designed to stop the kind of spam I was experiencing. So I located it on the WordPress plugin depository and installed it. Low and behold, it worked! Since I have installed the plugin, gasp, even my spam folder has been quiet. I have had only 1 spam comment in a week compared to hundreds I was getting in a 24 hour period. Thank you, Paul!

But as science has proven over time, with each action comes an equal and opposite reaction. After the activation of gasp plugin, my security plugin started emailing me about problems with changes being constantly made by the gasp plugin. Now I started getting loads of email notifications to my inbox. Solution, I uploaded another security plugin that I have used on other sites of mine, and uninstalled the first one. Problem solved. No more security notification emails, and I still have security on my blog. Oh, and no more floods of spam.

Now onto my main topic, solo ads. After experiencing difficulties reaching providers, I was given the names of several other providers (thank you), found a few more promising ones on my own, and oh, one of the problematic providers did get back in touch with me. Apologetically, he informs me at the time I sent my first email to reach him, he was testing out a virtual assistant program that wasn’t doing a very good job. It responded with a canned message which totally ignored what I had requested.

So he personally contacted me, we sorted out what I was looking for, and then he looked into it and I ended up buying 100 clicks from him. At the time, I was also negotiating with another provider whom I ended up buying 100 clicks from him. This second provider started running the ads yesterday and finished up this morning. The third provider started running my solo ads today. Here are my results so far (100 clicks ordered from each one):

  • Provider 1: 110 hits, 29 opt-ins, 0 sales. Results – 26.36% opt-in rate @ $2.41 per opt-in
  • Provider 2: 115 hits, 46 opt-ins, 0 sales. Results – 40% opt-in rate @ $1.74 per opt-in
  • Provider 3 (under-way): 50 hits, 30 opt-ins, 0 sales. Initial results – 60% opt-in rate @ n/a

Interestingly enough, the second provider was the most expensive one for 100 clicks, and the third provider by far the lowest priced, but is performing the best so far up to this point in the campaign.

Also, I sent all prospects to the iPro partnership offer link which would account for the no initial sales. I am hopeful that the sales funnel will work as touted, and I will eventually see sales from it. I pushed my financial resources to the limit for these ads and need sales to replenish it. Otherwise, I will have to completely revert back to the “free” traffic methods until I can start making something, or die from starvation in the process (okay, I exaggerated a bit here, but it is serious for me to start making money now!).

I was also given a word of good advice when it came to buying solo ads that came from two other individuals. That is to only get 50 click solo ads at a time because you will get a better over delivery of clicks, and can spread out the campaign over a wider group of people. Also getting five different providers of 50 ads gives better results than one 250 click provider normally would do. Makes sense to me. When I can replenish my cash position, that is just what I am going to do. Until next time!

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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  1. Hi Michel,

    I thought I would stop by to see your results, I don’t want to speak too soon but your 3rd provider is kicking ass, awesome so far.
    Also want to say I love the image you used, fantastic graphic, that put a smile on my face.

    I hope you get some sales soon buddy!

    Best regards


    • Thank you, John for visiting, commenting and for the complement. I’m glad that the graphic put a smile on your face. Also thank you for the encouragement.

  2. Hi Mike,

    The spam problem can be a nightmare. I was getting a lot of spam user registrations on an Amazon affiliate store I have in spite of the fact that I had not enabled “Allow user registrations”. Akismet does not stop those.

    After researching my problem I came across a post on the Warrior forum that mentioned a couple of plugins. The first one SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam did not work but Stop Spammer Registrations Plugin did the trick.

    As for the solo ads. I am not sure I agree with your suggestion of buying 50 click solos, as logical as it seems.

    I did that in the beginning and did not do well with them. Dean said that the low click solos were very often “bad traffic”. His advice was to buy the larger click solos.

    At the end of the day it all comes down to testing. If it works for you then that’s great.

    Hope you get some commissions down the line.

    • Hello Sandy,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting on this post. As far as solo ads are concerned, my first test run campaign did include 100 clicks per vendor, and 3 vendors to start with. Each vendor is over delivering for a total of around 330 clicks.

      Others who constantly use 50 click ad runs swear that their results would yield around 360 clicks and the same percentage amount of opt-ins. The problem that I discovered is that not all solo ad providers offer that low a number. In fact I have found some providers who won’t bother unless you are looking to run 300 or more. With so many providers and scams, it becomes mind boggling. To me the greatest factor is how many end up becoming buyers. I also look at the cost per opt-in as a factor to see if I am getting value.

      I hope that you generate commissions as well, thank you!

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