If I had a nickel for every time I recommended 7Search, I would have a unique source of secondary income. With a low minimum deposit and tools to mitigate traffic quality, it’s a good place to get started with affiliate marketing. Luke’s posted great tutorials on his blog about setting up and optimizing a campaign but with site updates on both 7Search and PeerFly, it’s high time to revisit the basics.
In general, we see the best results on 7Search with short form offers which leads Publishers to select an Email Submit. Those can definitely do well, but we actually see great results with our registration based gaming offers.
I chose Rise of Mythos because it’s a simple lead submit that allows Search PPC. I also opted into email updates so I would be notified if the offer was removed or updated before I started my campaign. Remember, those emails aren’t sent automatically unless you have more than 50 clicks!
This should be pretty easy to set up. Your Campaign Name is anything that helps you stay organized. Your Ad Title should give a clear idea of what the product is and your Ad Description should entice users to continue. To come up with my ad copy, I Googled the game for background information and used some text from the landing page.
Adding your links to 7Search does cause a little confusion. Your display URL is what appears within your text ads – it’s not the actual link users are sent to – so you can use the domain or URL of the advertiser’s landing page.
Your destination link is where users who click on your ad are sent so it’s important that you add your affiliate link so your information will track on PeerFly. As I mentioned earlier, 7Search allows you a lot of control over your traffic. To utilize that feature, go ahead and append place holder variables for the keyword, affiliate ID and site ID on your affiliate link. You can do this on PeerFly:
But I usually just copy and paste the string:
Next, we’re going to select our keywords. This will determine when the ad is shown based on user searches. 7Search has a solid keyword tool built into their site that should give you a pretty good idea on how to get started.
The keyword tool shows the estimated searches per month, the estimated clicks and the bids. Bidding in the first place is the only way you’re going to get traffic, so that’s the number to consider. 7Search allows you to bid on up to 1,000 keywords but we recommend getting started with 35-50 depending on budget and scaling from there.
The offer I selected doesn’t allow trademark bidding so I made sure to avoid Ultimate Naruto and any game titles in my keyword selection. If you’re having trouble coming up with other keywords, third party tools like ubersuggest.org can help you brainstorm.
If you’re not blacklisting sub IDs in your 7Search campaign, you’re not getting the most of out of your ad spend. You can apply for the blacklist ability using the form from Luke’s blog post.
To view your sub IDs, run a report and then select the offer name from the results.
Hit up your AM if you have any questions, otherwise you’re ready to get some traffic going!
I'm an Affiliate Manager at PeerFly.com.