Clickbank Secrets: A Profitable Native Ads Affiliate Marketing Case Study

Revcontent is my favorite native ad network by far. I love them for multiple reasons.

One, I like cheap traffic… and they have PLENTY of it.

Two, they’re very lenient on what you can run. As long as you’re not promoting anything illegal or making ridiculous claims that you can’t prove… you’re golden.

NOTE: They’ve recently cracked down on advertisers making claims in their ads and on their landing pages. Be very careful when creating your ad copy and landing page copy.

Three, they don’t charge you based on where you’re sending the traffic. Some native ad networks have three different tiers of pricing. Here they are in order of least expensive to most expensive: Non-Advertisement, Advertorial, and Advertisement.

Revcontent doesn’t do that. They don’t care if you’re sending traffic to a squeeze page, a blog post, or even a sales page. The CPC’s stay the same.

Before I dive into the case study, I want to briefly explain what native ads are just in case you’re not entirely sure.

Native Ads Explanation

In short, native ads are ads that blend in to the content that’s surrounding them. They’re supposed to look like more content.

These ads are typically displayed on content-heavy sites like Forbes, Washington Examiner, and Newsweek. Take a look at the image below:

I’m sure you’ve seen ads like this. You can typically find these ad blocks at the bottom of a blog post or in the sidebar of a blog. They’re all across the internet.

Some of the more popular native ad networks are Taboola, Outbrain, and Yahoo Gemini. While those networks are great, they’re pretty pricey (on a “per click” basis).

There are many other less expensive native ad networks you can use though. My three favorites are Revcontent, as you already know, MGID, and Content.Ad.

Content.Ad is one of those networks that charges you based on what type of page you’re sending the traffic to.

What’s cool about these two networks though is, they don’t care if you’re a product owner or an affiliate.

In fact, in the image above, 4 out of 8 of those ads are affiliate ads. And, one of those ads is promoting the product I promoted in this case study.

Native Ad Affiliate Marketing Blueprint

This is a really simple affiliate marketing business model. When using native ads to promote affiliate products there are really only a few moving parts.

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21 Comments
  1. shafi says

    amazing results! why not desktop mode device on native ads?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      Desktop works just as well… the traffic just costs more.

  2. Richard says

    Hi Duston. Great article, but I’m really surprised how easy it was for you to get profitable on a campaign.

    Every article I’ve read about native advertising says that you meed to spend at least 5-$10k to get a campaign just to break even.

    Did you spend any more money on your lotto campaign besides what is shown in the case study?

    I’ve been thinking about using native ads but have always been put off by the budget rhe gurus say you need.

    Thanks

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      If you’re running an offer that’s never been run before like your own product or something, then yes, you’ll need a decent sized budget to get to a break even point. But if you’re running affiliate offers that other people have been running for a while then all of that research and testing has already been done. Just use a spy tool like AdBeat and match your campaign to theirs.

      The hardest part about running native is finding profitable placements. It’s where most of the testing budget is spent. Using something like AdBeat can get you started pretty quickly though.

  3. Joke says

    Hi Duston Sir,

    Thank you so much, all of your blog post is always amazing.

    Can you share much more know-how with Clickbank affiliate ? I really hustle for it :)

    Thank you & thank you.

  4. Levi says

    Hi,

    Can you share that presell HTML landing page that you used for this. Thanks!

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      I created that in Clickfunnels in about 10 minutes… it’s super easy.

  5. Jason Hayek says

    Great post! thanks!
    I didn’t see you optimize your campaign on the traffic side? did that mean you made it profitable even without any optimization?
    If you did, can you talk more about it?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      In this case it was profitable just because the affiliate commission is so high ($99/sale). I did have to go back and turn off underperforming widgets/placements.

  6. Agnes Barnes says

    I have the same campaign ended zero sales ?where particularly target?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      I targeted US and I chose only one category… I believe news/publishing or something like that.

  7. Ajie says

    Why would you post a screenshot result from a year ago?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      Because this campaign ran a year ago. Why does it matter? This method works now exactly like it did then and it’ll work five years from now.

  8. ankur says

    Hi Duston,Do you recommend to run only one geo at a time?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      Yes, absolutely.

  9. Mehdi says

    Hello Duston, I really appreciate your idea simply I would like to know that it is the added value of voluum and how can we multiply the income x2

    I know my second question is a little general but I just need to have a simple idea

    Thank you very much my brother

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      Not sure I understand your question.

  10. Hichem says

    Hello Duston, did you get sales before removing underperforming widgets ?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      Yes I did, but since the payout was so high I was still able to be profitable. After removing underperforming widgets it became even more profitable.

  11. Dan says

    Hi, I want to promote clickbank offers, Should I have a website in order to register to revcontent or mgid? What are their requirements?

    1. Duston McGroarty says

      MGID isn’t as strict but I would have some kind of blog or something set up before registering at Revcontent.

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