There are several big name internet marketing forums out there.
WarriorForum and Digitalpoint are a couple big name ones that come to mind that I’ve spent various time reading over my affiliate marketing career. WarriorForum gets a lot of flak for peddling lots of crap WSOs to their members. DigitalPoint is even worse, with its piles of misinformation and general uselessness.
What’s the common denomitator between these forums? Yes, they are free. Free is good, right?. I mean, who wants to pay money to participate in a forum?
But if you think about it more, free is not really a good thing, especially in the world of internet marketing. Very rarely is anyone going to share quality, actionable information for free. For every useful thread you read, there are hundreds more useless threads that you have to sift through.
The signal to noise ratio on these forums is horrible.
That is why I am such a big fan of AffPlaybook, the original subscription based internet marketing forum. Over the years, it has grown into a vibrant, active community where successful affiliates hang out. And the go-to place to learn about the latest and greatest paid marketing traffic techniques.
What is AffPlaybook?
AffPlaybook started way back when in January of 2009 and it recently celebrated its 5 year annivesary. The forum was started by David Ford who has been a long time super affiliate specializing in pay per view marketing. He’s well known in the affiliate world and has spoken at different affiliate conferences including Affiliate Summit.
In the beginning, AffPlaybook was soley dedicated to PPV marketing. In fact, it used to be called PPVPlaybook. After a couple of years, David decided to rebrand the forum and expand to cover more general affiliate marketing.
Ironically, I first found about the original PPV Playbook through WarriorForum. Back in the day, I saw a forum thread from David advertising his PPVPlaybook WSO. Since PPV traffic was such an intriguing traffic source and based on the positive reviews I purchased his report. Here is the original thread which is interesting read.
The Affplaybook private forum features:
- At time of this review: 4983 members, 121,562 posts, 13,882 threads
- Sub forum dedicated to success stories by Aff Playbook members
- Sub forum focused on follow along campaigns where members post their campaign details and members offer their advice
- Comprehensive Lessons from Dave and other Affplaybook faculty members
- AffRobot tools – a collection of awesome tools, mainly for paid traffic
What you’ll learn
The main focus of AffPlaybook is paid traffic. Sure there is a SEO section, but you will notice that most of the popular threads on the site revolve around making affiliate income through paid traffic sources.
To be successful with paid traffic, there are a lot of moving parts to master. You need to find the right offers, traffic sources, create ads and landing pages, targeting, tracking, and sure, even have a little luck.
Each traffic source has it’s own pecularities to master, which is what makes learning in a forum environment so valuable. You can try things out, get feedback, and learn from others about what’s working.
If you’re just starting out (or haven’t been successful yet), then you will want to check out all the lessons that David has provided. They are usually a mix of video and regular forum posts. Honestly, there is so much content here that it could take you weeks to go through all of them. Take your time to go through them though, as it will be time well spent.
The numerous success stories on the forum are what makes AffPlaybook standout. I don’t think any other similar forum can boast as many.
Here is a look at a recent screenshot of the Success Story forum. Notice the recent dates.
All these success stories provide validation that the stuff being taught and shared at AffPlaybook works. And it provides inspiration for new and other (not yet) successful members to keep starting new campaigns and testing new things.
Follow Along Campaigns
Follow along campaigns are a great way for you to learn and document your experiences.
By putting yourself “out there” so to speak you’ll be able to get feedback on everything from your landing page, to your targeting and other actionable tips after members review your campaign. These suggestions can easily flip your campaign from being in the red with a negative ROI to in the black in the time you take to implement them.
And for readers of these threads, you will learn a lot as well, especially in terms of getting ideas for new angles and approaches to take for your own campaigns.
David does a great job of encouraging follow up campaigns by setting up various affiliate contests that he puts together regularly.
For example, the current contest going on now is a List Building contest where members are encouraged to post their own follow up campaign detailing how they are trying to build and monetize an email list.
To win, you just need to be transparent with your process and consistent with your updates. First place wins 1 year free access to the forums. These sorts of contests are very popular on the site and they do a great job promoting more activity on the boards.
Affplaybook contains a couple dozen custom coded tools for members use. Most of these are a variety of spy tools and scrapers for both PPV and PPC.
The spy tools are useful to get new ideas and the scrapers are great because they can quickly find you additional targets to use in your campaigns.
Other useful tools include the LP Builder Bot, which lets you build quick and dirty landing pages very quickly. It comes with a few different templates and it’s perfect for those that don’t know how to code.
LP Clone Bot is another tool which allows you to create copies of any other landing page that you see so you can modify it as your own.
Why AffPlaybook is worth joining
If you are into affiliate marketing with paid traffic sources (ie. PPV, Facebook ads, Mobile, Dating, Adult), then I would highly recommend joining AffPlaybook. You are about to join a friendly community of like-minded people who are willing to share what they know.
One of the things I like most is that David himself is probably the most active forum member on the site. This isn’t some hands off project for him. You can tell it’s his baby.
By being an active participant in the forums, you get the benefit of networking with some of the best marketers out there. Besides successful affiliates, you’ll find reps from most popular traffic sources (like POF, LeadImpact), tools (Tracking202, BoxOfAds) and affiliate networks.
If you take a look at the case studies and follow up posts, you are sure to get new ideas and angles to try for your own campaigns. And the inspiration you get from reading about a successful campaign from a fellow board member is invaluable. You also get a chance to learn from other’s mistakes.
You’re also keeping up with the latest trends in the industry. Teespring for example was super hot last year, and there were several exciting success stories posted on the forums. But these markets always get super saturated after everyone jumps in, which makes it hard to keep things profitable after awhile.
And finally, the boards are an invaluable source of help for the technical aspects of paid traffic. From setting up CPVLab or Voluum to understanding things like sub affiliate ids and tracking pixels, that’s what the forums are for. There’s a real sense of community, and it shows. The members are friendly, and all willing to help out.
Take a guy like Mateen from AffEngineer.com. Reading his post history can glean a lot of interesting information. He joined back in 2013 as a total newbie and just started off asking lots of questions on the forum and posting a couple of follow along campaigns. At a certain point in time, things clicked for him and his campaigns started becoming profitable and he’s starting posts like his highly motivational Mateens $150,000 Profit Follow Along for 2014 thread.
Now instead of asking questions, he’s posting Lessons (Making a Phone App through outsourcing) on the site and graduated to become one of the APB Faculty. His story has inspired lots of other AffPlaybook members and it perfectly illustrates the give and take that makes the forum so great.
The cost of joining AffPlaybook is $67 a month. For an experienced affiliate, this is a no-brainer. Considering that many affiliates pay 100x that in traffic makes this price a drop in the bucket. Just getting one idea a month from the forums, makes the membership worth it.
For a newbie, $67 a month might be harder to swallow. But if you are worried about paying $67 a month, then I would probably say you are not really cut out for the paid marketing traffic game. Getting started with PPV for example is going to cost you $500 to $1000 just to run some traffic.
Instead, treat your subscription as an investment in your education as an affiliate marketer. If you think of it in these terms, then it makes a ton of sense to join a forum like AffPlaybook.