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Quick Guide Step 1: Get an Offer

Voluum TRKEntryGet StartedQuick Guide

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As it was mentioned before, offers can be found in affiliate networks. You need to select an affiliate network that advertises in a GEO that you want to operate in and has offers from verticals that interest you.

So sign in to Voluum. You'll notice that there are a lot of options but there is no data in the charts yet. Let's starting working and we'll populate them with some nice stats in no time.

Note that this step is long because there are some preparations to be made prior to getting an offer, but the remaining steps are shorter. We promise.

Table of Contents
I. Preparations: Request an SSL Certificate

We will start with some preparations first. And to be more precise: with requesting an SSL certificate.

What is it and why should you bother?

There has been an overall shift in the industry towards the more secure forms of communication. You don't want to scare your visitor with a huge Non-secure notification in their web browsers, do you?

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Plus, it's free.

Requesting an SSL certificate for your Voluum dedicated domain (that is, a private, unique domain that has been given to you with your Voluum subscription) turns on encryption of your campaign funnel. And also allows you to be compliant with many traffic source's requirements. In order to request an SSL certificate, perform the following steps:

  1. In Voluum, click the profile_settings.png button. The Settings view will appear.

  2. Go to the Domains tab.

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  3. In the Dedicated Domain section click the Setting up SSL link.

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  4. Tick the box next to your agreement to Voluum's Terms and Conditions. Click the Yes, set up SSL button.

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That's it. You have a secure domain now. You can proceed to the next part.

II. Preparations: Create an Account in an Affiliate Network Platform

In this part we describe how to create an account in our partner affiliate network platform - MaxBounty. Why them? They are one of the biggest and oldest networks in the world. And they try to keep up with their name: maximizing bounties for their members.

Affiliate networks take their sweet time to vet applicants because they want to know who are they doing business with. Usually, they require you to submit some information regarding your intended campaign type, a number of expected visitors, your previous experience as an affiliate and so on. It' similar with MaxBounty: they simply want to know if you have a plan. You don't have to be experienced to start working with them, but you should have an idea of what you are going to do. Provide an honest declaration of your intention with correct contact information and you will surely be approved.

If you already have an account there, you can jump straight to the next part of this article.

To sign up to MaxBounty from the Voluum platform, follow the steps below:

  1. In Voluum, click the Affiliate network tab.

  2. Click the New affiliate network button.

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  3. Hover your ouse button over the MaxBounty affiliate network from the Trusted affiliate network templates section and click the Sign up here link. During your work as an affiliate marketer you will like some affiliate network platforms more than others. Maybe you will hate some. But you will definitely love MaxBounty.

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This link will direct you to MaxBounty's sign in page. Voluum passes your referrer ID in the sign-up link, so MaxBounty will be able to recognize you as a Voluum customer. Provide all the necessary information required to create a new account.

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Once your account is approved, you can sign in to MaxBounty.

III. Find Offers

To find offers in Maxbounty, do the following:

  1. In MaxBounty, go to the Search view.

  2. Click the Search options button to expand the search criteria list.

  3. Look into available search options:

    • Traffic Types

      There are many ways and channels to present your advertisement. Different offers only work with some traffic types. Some types are for more advanced users (such as native), and some are more widely used by beginners.

      Our recommendation: Pop-ups

    • Country

      Countries are typically dived into different Tiers (levels). Tier 1 countries are the ones where the Internet appeared first, so: USA, United Kingdom or Germany. Payouts are usually the highest, but they are the hardest to get. Residents of these countries are immune to most affiliate marketing tricks because they have seen it all. Tier 2 countries are those that joined the world of the Internet soon after: Austria, Czech Republic, New Zealand. And Tier 3 countries are developing countries, where the Internet is still a new thing (India, China). And those countries are recommended to target for beginners. Payouts are lower but easier to get. Plenty of learning opportunities.

      Our recommendation: TIER 3 countries

    • Category

      Categories are a little bit like fashion: some items are popular only temporarily and then they fade away, while some other items are always trendy. It is a good idea to check forums and popular influencers to learn about the hottest trends in the advertising industry.

      Our recommendation: Sweepstakes, Software downloads

    Select the appropriate search options and

  4. Click the Search button.

  5. Select an offer that looks irresistible.

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You are now on an offer page. Go to the next paragraph to learn, how to create a tracking link that will be used to direct visitors to this offer page.

IV. Get an Offer Link

At this moment, after finding an offer you like, you need to get an offer link. Usually this means setting up tracking parameters. In this guide, we will follow the most user friendly path and use Voluum's affiliate network's template feature that will configure them automatically. Some explanation about tracking parameters will be provided later, but right now, we will simply get a pure offer link. In order to do so, perform the following steps:

  1. Build tracking link: In MaxBounty's offer page, click the Build tracking link button.

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  2. Traffic type: Select a traffic type that you are going to send to this offer. As we talked before, we are creating a pop-type campaign that will display a pop-up window on relevant web pages. So check the Contextual option.

  3. Type of creative: Select a type of creative. Creative is an image that presents your offer. In this case, when a whole web page will be displayed in a pop-under window, your creative will be this landing page. Select the Contextual option. Selecting these two options will make the tracking link visible.

  4. Copy your tracking link to the clipboard by clicking the Copy button. Your tracking link, that you will submit to Voluum as an offer URL, should look like this:

    https://www.mb103.com/lnk.asp?o=12345&c=918271&a=359149&k=8D26BD9D333E75ADACE4C2F5DC311026&l=17348 
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That was a long step, wasn't it? But the most difficult part is behind you. You have just learned how to set up an offer and postback URL. Go ahead and click the checkbox to check off the first item on your checklist.

  • Get an offer

  • Set up tracking

  • Find traffic and start advertising

For now, you can take some rest. You can access and copy an offer URL anytime later if you decide to finish for today.

Ready to proceed to the next step? Click the image on the right.

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