CPA (Cost-Per-Action) Marketing is an internet marketing income opportunity that's very similar to affiliate marketing. The difference between affiliate marketing and CPA marketing is the fact that CPA networks pay you every time a user clicks on your link and takes an action – like fills out their email address, registering on the landing site or download and install an app on their phone .
The actions required to profit from CPA programs depends on the specific program, but unlike affiliate marketing, CPA programs do not require an actual purchase to be made. This means that it's much easier to profit from CPA programs since users are only required to take a certain action, and then you get paid. With affiliate marketing, the user has to complete a purchase and pay for a product / service before you get paid.
This is only one of the advantages CPA marketing holds over affiliate marketing. It's also easier to convert users with CPA programs since the programs are usually related to global interests – like "Win the brand new iPhone 6s" or "Win a $ 100 Amazon Gift Card". There's also a lot of different download CPA offers available on different networks – with these programs, your audience needs to download an app or game on their phone for free, and then you get paid for every install you refer.
These are all offers that targets a much more generic audience than a specific internet marketing or weight loss product you've promoted through affiliate marketing.
Now let's take a look at my top 5 strategies for driving traffic and conversions to your CPA offers.
# 1 – Use a squeeze page
The most important part of succeeding in the CPA marketing industry is to make use of a squeeze page. By using a squeeze page, you are increasing your chances for a conversion, while building a list of ready-to-take-action subscribers at the same time.
A squeeze page is a simple "landing page" where visitors will land before they are directed to the CPA offer. Your squeeze page should contain relevant information related to the CPA offer you are promoting – ask users to enter their email address into your email subscription form to continue. Once they add their email to your email subscription form, redirect them to the CPA offer. You can also have your auto responder send them an additional email with a link to the CPA offer in case the redirect did not work in their browser, or they closed the browser too soon.
# 2 – Use Social Media
Social media is a very important part of CPA marketing. Millions of users are turning to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and other social media networks every day to catch the latest news, check up on their friends, search for coupons and offers, and much more.
This means that it's the perfect place to drop links to your squeeze pages / CPA offers. By promoting your CPA offers on social media, you are tapping into millions and millions of traffic – and if you do a good job, you can drive a lot of traffic back to your links.
The strategy to use here is to first join some groups related to the niche your CPA offer is targeting. If you're promoting a trial offer for a new dieting pill, then you should join health and weight loss related groups / communities on social media.
Once you've joined a couple of groups, start sharing helpful content with the group. Your content should provide some value – do not simply drop links! After a couple of posts, the group members will start to recognize your name and you'll have better authority in these groups.
Now it's time to drop a link to your CPA offer – add a good description and tell the group why they should click on your link. Also add a creative image that related to the niche you're targeting.
When dropping a link in these groups, be sure to add the link as close to the top as possible without starting the post with the link. Start with a title, drop the link and then add a description. The reason for this – when you create a long post on most social networks (except Twitter, where your tweets are limited) the post will be "shortened" with a "…" link that will expand the post. You want your link to appear above the text that gets cut off so people will be able to click on the link even if they do not expand the post.
# 3 – Use Document Sharing Sites
Document sharing sites allow you to share PDF documents with others – they put your documents on their site and anyone browsing their site are able to see and read your documents.
This is another great way to drive traffic back to your CPA offers! By simply sharing a couple of documents related to the CPA offer you are promoting, you are able to drive hundreds to thousands of visitors back to your link, bringing you more conversions and more profit.
You might be wondering what documents you can share here … it's actually quite simple. Do some research about different topics in the niche your CPA offer is targeting. Try to find a few different topics you can target. Then create a simple new document on your word processor and start to write about the specific topic. If you're using a word processor such as Microsoft Word, you can also choose one of the templates that the software comes with to create a nice layout for your document. I usually go with the "Reports" templates.
Add some helpful information in your document – anything more than 5 pages would do. The more helpful and the more closely related information you share is compared to the CPA offer you are promoting, the higher the chances of getting more conversions on your clicks. Make sure you add a couple of links to your CPA offer in the document!
Share your documents on as many document sharing sites as you can. Be sure to add unique descriptions for your document on each site, and also include a link back to your CPA offer in each description.
# 4 – Use Instagram
Instagram is a social media network that focusses on multimedia – images and videos. This network is owned by Facebook, and it's almost as popular as Facebook. Instagram received millions of unique daily visitors, and there's millions of new images and videos posted every day.
With Instagram, you can post images and videos, and you can tag them so people can easily find them. You can also like another person's posts, as well as comment on them. The more comments and likes your post received, the better chance of going viral.
Instagram also allows you to follow other people, and offers a "timeline" view with the latest posts by the people you follow. The more followers you get, the more exposure your posts get.
Now to drive traffic back to your CPA offer using Instagram can take a while to get started, but once you've landed into this market, you can drive hundreds of dollars' worth of conversions each and every day from Instagram alone.
To use this method, you should create a new Instagram account. Name your account something that relates to the offer you are promoting. You also need a landing page / squeeze page hosted on a custom domain – you CAN NOT link directly to a CPA offer or you will be banned.
Add a profile picture that relates to your niche, and then add a bio that relates to the offer you are promoting. And finally add a link to your squeeze page in the "Website Link" field while updating your profile.
Now you should add only 1 new image / video per day on your Instagram account. You can find millions of images on the internet related to your niche. Tag your image with popular tags – there's many different apps and websites that will give you the most popular and trending tags. Then hit publish.
Once you've added your image, start to follow a couple of people in your niche. Also like some of their pictures, and also comment on some of their posts. Do NOT spam – be thought and considerate, and find a good balance between posting new images / videos, following other people, liking other's posts and commenting on posts.
Continue doing this and you'll soon start building up followers and driving traffic to your squeeze page. Just be-aware that this drives MOBILE TRAFFIC so you need to ensure both your squeeze page and the CPA offer you are promoting are mobile-optimized.
# 5 – Use PPV Advertising
The last strategy for gaining a lot of profit with CPA marketing is to use PPV advertising. PPV advertising is pay-per-view promotion, which means you pay an amount based on the total number of views your ad receives.
This type of advertising works, you just need to find the right network. There's a few different PPV networks that you can make use of, and it will take some trial and error before you finally succeed – but keep at it and you will soon hit your first $ 100 day!
PPV advertising can cost you as little as $ 0.01 per visitor, which is really cheap. Imagine being able to convert offers at $ 0.01 per visitor. That's insane!
The only downside to using PPV advertising is the fact that most PPV networks require a large amount to start with. Most PPV networks will only allow you to start off with an amount of $ 50 + – this means you should have some startup capital if you want to use PPV.
If you do not have this much to spend right now, do not worry. There's still an upside to this!
I've shared with you 4 different strategies you can use to drive traffic to your CPA offers without having to spend a lot of money. Most of them are actually completely free. This means you can drive free targeted traffic to your squeeze pages and CPA links. So if you follow the first 4 strategies, implement them and keep with them, you will be able to push up your CPA earnings to the point where you have enough to invest in PPV advertising.