Monthly Archive: March 2012

Engage BDR – Self-serve RTB 0

Engage BDR – Self-serve RTB

Have you seen these ads all over the internet? Chances are pretty high it was probably served by Engage BDR. Up until now their minimum deposit just to test a campaign was $25,000 USD. Which for most affiliates is completely out of reach but now they have released a new real time bidding platform which is run on a self-serve basis. This means you have total control over your campaigns...

Handling large volumes of data with Prosper202 0

Handling large volumes of data with Prosper202

IMO the default version of prosper202 isn’t really designed to handle large volume media buys. The latest version 1.7.2 does make it easier with a simple click to clear click data button but it can still prove difficult to pull off reports once the ammount of data you are analysising exceeds a certain limit. The dedi I use for Prosper is a twin Intel Xeon quad core with 24gb of...

Captcha Cracker For PHPBB written in Ruby 0

Captcha Cracker For PHPBB written in Ruby

It’s been a while since I’ve done much in SEO so I am going to start publishing some of my old scripts. This is a captcha cracker which uses gocr and image magick to decipher phpbb captchas. It’s written in ruby and was designed as part of a backlink building module. You’ll need linux, gocr, ruby and imagemagick to run it. apt-get is your friend. It works by first cleaning...

Rotating Offer Pages and Landing Pages in Prosper202 0

Rotating Offer Pages and Landing Pages in Prosper202

It is really easy to setup rotation of urls in Prosper but if you actually want to track which url is doing better or you want to test different landing pages it can be a little more challenging. One way to do this is to set each url or landing page up separately and then use a php rotation script to divide the traffic. Direct Linking to an Affiliate Offer...

SiteScout RTB – A Walk Through 0

SiteScout RTB – A Walk Through

Update 23/08/12 – If you are interested in working with Sitescout make sure you check out their superb knowedge base. Sitescout is a great traffic source for display advertising. They basically act as a reseller for remnant traffic from some of the biggest ad exchanges in the world. There is needless to say massive volume if you can get something working. The system operates on a real time bidding structure...

My Favourite Buttons For Banner Design 0

My Favourite Buttons For Banner Design

Below is a list of my favourite buttons I keep handy when designing banners. I’m a bit old school and still use Fireworks MX for design simply because I know where everything is on it and it does everything I want it to. After 6-7 years it would be really annoying to switch to Photoshop. Kind of like that time I tried to “upgrade” my XP operating system to Vista....

Jim.am Acquired 0

Jim.am Acquired

With more than just a slight nod of the head to my favourite online marketing blog MrGreen.am I have moved the blog away from the business website to jim.am OK 3rd best might be a little bit of an exageration but if I can get the content flowing and get some interest I think it might get there. Hell if Eli@BlueHatSEO doesn’t start updating his site some time soon we...

In-Text Advertising 0

In-Text Advertising

In-text advertising is a form of contextual advertising which is normally served on a cost per click basis. Targeted keywords are turned into links which drive traffic to your offers and landing pages. See below for an example: Alot of these type of ads are served on blogs and content sites so the quality of traffic can be quite high due to nature of visitors coming indirectly from the search...

Tracking CPS Networks With Prosper202 and CPV Lab 0

Tracking CPS Networks With Prosper202 and CPV Lab

In the UK alot of affiliate marketing is done through cost per sale networks. The big ones being Tradedoubler and Affiliate Window. Here is how to integrate their backend systems with a performance based tracking system such as prosper202. TradeDoubler add &epi=[[subid]] Affiliate Window add &clickref=[[subid]] Affiliate Future add &tracking=[[subid]] Commission Junction add &sid=[[subid]] nb.it may need to be ?sid=[[subid]] if no other dynamic vars are in url Google Affiliate...

Prosper 202 Mods 2012 0

Prosper 202 Mods 2012

Prosper202 mods 1) increase session life – stops it logging you out every five minutes when you are trying to work add the following line just before session_start(); in 202-config/connect.php ini_set(‘session.gc_maxlifetime’,99999); 2) bypass adverts on first page – bit naughty but I prefer to jump straight into the spy section to see whats been going on. edit 202-login.php line 80: header(‘location: /202-account’);  to   header(‘location: /tracking202’); or /tracking202/spy/ 3) Change $...