[2019] The Ultimate Spy Tool for Affiliate Marketing: ADPLEXITY


– Hey yo, it’s your boy Ngo. In business, it’s important to understand what your competition is doing, because if they’re making moves, you want to know about it. Maybe they have some strategic advantage and the sooner you know about it, then the better you can react towards it. In any given industry, there’s always this
competition spying going on. Apple has spies inside of Samsung. McDonald’s has spies
inside of Burger King. So that takes me back
to affiliate marketing where if you’re running a campaign, you want to know what your
competitors are doing. I remember when I first started, I did a lot of spying and when I did spying
it was very inefficient because I would have all
these different websites that I would spy on. I would have to do it by hand and if I want to spy internationally, I would have to sign up
for a VPN, like Strong VPN, and you know, once I get this
data I had a spreadsheet. So I would have this spreadsheet,
here’s this affiliate. I would track everything down. Like, here’s his affiliate ID, the affiliate network he’s using, the landing page he’s
using, the offer he’s using. So you can imagine how time consuming this entire process is. It was very helpful because
sometimes I would spy on someone and I would find out something, implement something in my campaign that would make me a lot of money. Like maybe this guy has a
angle that I’m not using or maybe they’re promoting
this offer that just came out and I didn’t know about it. So spying is pretty much an
essential part of business and if you are a brand
new affiliate marketer, I know you can have a lot
of ADD information overload as to what’s hot or what
should you be running, so one easy way to do that is to do some competition spying where if you spy and you can see that this
guy, he’s everywhere, he’s promoting this
offer, well chance are, they’re making money, because
no one’s gonna be promoting something for several weeks at a time if they’re not making any money so if you can see what they’re doing, you can see their funnel, you
can replicate their funnel, then that gives you a better start than starting from scratch. One thing I always tell people
is imitate, then innovate. So sometimes in my campaigns, I will copy what someone else did, but I
will try to improve upon it, because if you’re doing
the exact same thing as someone else, then what’s
your competitive advantage over them? So one thing that’s been
great the past few years is the emergence of different software that automate the process
and make this a lot easier. There’s been a lot of
tools over the years, but there’s one tool that
has really impressed me. It impressed me so much that
for the first year it came out I didn’t want to promote
it or talk about it because I thought it would really change affiliate marketing for the worse. This tool is AdPlexity. I’ve been talking about them
for the past several months. What really impresses me
is they keep innovating, they keep adding on features. Now there’s been a lot of
different tools in the past, but their problems is number one, their filtering system is pretty bad. I would sign up for a tool. Let’s say it it cost 200 bucks and, man, there’s all these Netflix ads, Amazon ads, and, I mean, I don’t really
care about that stuff. I care about affiliate marketing ads. So they didn’t really have
a good way to filter things. Second thing is a lot of top affiliates actually know how to
bypass these spy tools whereas AdPlexity, because
they’re founded by affiliate themselves, they really
know a lot of tricks that affiliates use. So I like AdPlexity because
not only do they have a great filtering system, but they really capture a lot of what’s really working out there and in regards to their filtering system, you can filter by the affiliate networks, you can filter by site placements. So you spy on someone, you
can actually figure out what site placements their using so rather than starting from scratch and spending all this money
on bot traffic, dirty traffic, you just start straight
with, hypothetically, what’s making money. So today, that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna talk about AdPlexity. We also have a very special guest. I have the founder of AdPlexity. His name is Ziga. He is gonna be joining me in a few minutes in a share-screening session, so we’re gonna walk through AdPlexity. We’re gonna share what best practise is. I’m gonna grill him on his history. I’m gonna grill him on some tips that maybe you guys don’t know because he knows his software
better than anyone else so maybe he has some ideas
that you guys don’t know about and I’m gonna ask him some questions like how does he feel that
this affects the industry? Has it made it worse? Has it made it better? If there are spy tools everywhere, how can affiliates
differentiate themselves? And hopefully at the end of it, you guys will know what a spy tool is, how to use one, best practises. Stick around, at the end of the video I have a special discount for you guys. Spy tools can be a little bit expensive. I think AdPlexity is
about 150 bucks a month so we do have a coupon just for you guys. So you sign up, then you’ll get a discount and you can start using that tool to help you make more money. Alright, let’s get into it. Alright welcome! So today I’m very excited
to introduce you guys to a very special guest. His name is Ziga. So thanks for coming on and
recording a video with me, Ziga. – Thank you for inviting me over. – So, Ziga, normally
whenever I interview people, I’m pretty familiar with them, but this is the first time we’ve talked and whenever I interview
people, I like to Google them to find out some information
and there’s really not a lot of information about you. You don’t really do a lot
of interviews and stuff so I just want to thank you for coming on, just because it seems like you
don’t do a lot of interviews. – Thank you for inviting me over. – Okay, so here’s what we’re doing today. A lot of my audience, they love spy tools and AdPlexity is one of the top spy tools I recommend out there
so I want to get you on to just understand you,
you’re the founder. I wanna know more about your background and then we can go into the tool and give people some information. How does that sound? – Yeah, sounds good. – Alright, Ziga. So first of all, tell me a
little bit about yourself. Obviously, you started AdPlexity. The first question is,
are you just a programmer or were you an affiliate marketer before you started AdPlexity? – So my story goes back to 2010. I was actually introduced
to affiliate marketing quite randomly by a random person. He was like, “Hey, if you get people “to sign up to that link, “you’re going to get paid
$1.50 for every sign up.” So I started with free traffic. My goal was just to put my link to places where many people are going to see it. I was 15 at that time and
the thing with free traffic, it worked really well. I think that my biggest
day was five figures, so imagine. – Quite a big profit. – Yeah, five figures of profit
because the traffic was free. – That’s good. – So it was good profit. – Wow. – So imagine a 15 year old boy who was just like a majority
of people, you know, like thought, go to
school, get good grades, you’re going to get a good
job after that, so I was– – What country are you from? – I’m from Slovenia. – Slovenia? – Yeah. – So five figures a month in
Slovenia is a lot of money. – Well it was five figures a day. So that’s almost a yearly
salary in our country. – Wow. – Yeah, so that campaigns at that time they gave me two things. The first and the most important was it gave me huge motivation. So even when the things got rough, I still had some in my heart to pursue it so I never quit because
I saw what is possible with affiliate marketing. And the second thing is, it gave me also quite a huge budget to
keep on testing things. So after awhile the free traffic link it had quite even more free traffic so eventually I switched to paid traffic and I started pretty basically but eventually I got to know trackers, optimizations and so on. So yeah, that’s pretty much my story. As you mentioned earlier, I
was quite guy in the shadows up until recently and reason
why I came out publicly is because I found out how
valuable networking can be for you and your business
when you’re networking with like-minded people. – Yeah, yeah, I mean if
you’re behind the scenes, then no one knows you to network with you whereas with me in particular, when I started building
a brand I started getting more deal flow, more opportunities, and I started meeting some
very interesting people. So alright, at this point
you’re making some money in affiliate marketing. What made you decide to start AdPlexity? Why not just keep writing campaigns? – So the thing was I was
doing affiliate marketing just for the money so after I
made a certain amount of money instead of blowing it on
expensive stuff and so on, I rather ask myself is
that really what you want to continue doing? And answer in my case it was no. I, to be honest, didn’t
really like the stuff we were promoting so, yeah, I just responded to our own products, something that other
people would love using so I decided I would start something and also, another thing is that AdPlexity was initially done for internal purposes. So that’s how we started it and then I saw that it’s better than
majority of the other options on the market so I though,
“Okay, let’s release it “and let’s make some money with it.” And, yeah, it’s turned
out to be much bigger than I expected right now. – A lot of great businesses out there started the same way you started,
scratching your own itch, where a lot of tools are
actually developed internally. So my question is, Ziga,
are you a programmer? Did you create this yourself
or did you just hire some programmers and you
directed them to make it? – I do have technical knowledge, but I didn’t create it myself. At that point, I had enough
money to just hire people that are smarter than me,
so that’s the way I went. – That’s very motivational,
because I’ve always wanted to start a SAS tool, but I
have some limiting beliefs because I don’t know how to programme, I don’t know anything, but you are proof that you don’t need to
know how to programme to create an amazing product. You just need the vision
and you need a lot of money to hire the right people. – Well, my technical
knowledge helped me a little. I will admit that, but even without it, I could probably start it as well. – Excellent, excellent. Okay, so there are a lot
of spy tools out there on the market. They come and go all the time. I remember the first time I saw AdPlexity, the first thing that came to my head was, “Wow, this is so good,”
and the second thing, “I’m not gonna share it with my blog. “I’m not gonna share it with anybody,” because it’s so good. It just creates more
competition because it reveals a lot of things that
other spy tools didn’t. So in your own words, what
makes AdPlexity better than other spy tools on the market? – Well, we came up with
a bunch of features because, the thing is,
AdPlexity was created by things I couldn’t do with other tools so it was actually created
by affiliate marketers for other affiliate marketers. And yeah, at this point,
because we are so big we can afford to spend more and to give you guys more data, have proper things in set
up, to manage, and so on. – Something I like about AdPlexity is, obviously you guys are
doing well financially, but what I like is you’re
re-investing the money to make AdPlexity better and better. It feels like every month
there’s a new feature added on it, so I really
like that about the tool. – Yeah, thank you. – So, next question is,
let’s say someone’s a newbie. Okay, someone’s brand new
to affiliate marketing and when someone’s a newbie, they probably have limited funds and there’s a lot of different things that they can invest it. They have to invest in traffic, they have to invest in volume, a tracker, maybe they can invest in a private forum, like Stack That Money, and then there’s also, I think maybe another 150, 200 bucks for AdPlexity. So do you think AdPlexity is worth it for someone that is brand
new to affiliate marketing and why? – Yes, I would say that good
tools are even more critical for a newbie. The reason is if you don’t
have a proper spy tool, if you don’t have a proper tracker, if you don’t sign up to
forums where you can learn, you are just going to just
burn the whole budget away, because you are not going to know what’s working well for others, what’s doing well. You are a newbie, you don’t know anything and my advice to people who
don’t have a budget big enough is just to increase it,
because my approach in life was always to look for
ways how to make money not how to save it and it
worked really well for me. – Yeah, I agree with Ziga. I think, there’s a quote I really like. “The worst way to learn something is through trial and error.” You know, the most expensive
way to learn something is through trial and error,
so I always tell people, “Imitate then innovate,” because if you go on a spy tool and you’re trying to do mobile, you can just straight up see what offers, what landing pages,
everyone else is using, so you’re gonna save a lot of money. So just don’t think of the
tool as you’re spending money, think of it as an investment. – So, great, great answer. So next question is, a lot
of the more experienced affiliate marketers don’t like your tool. They think you’ve kind of
ruined affiliate marketing because the spy tool, yes
there’s been spy tools before but there’s never been a spy tool that is this detailed and accurate. So do you feel that
AdPlexity helps or hurts affiliate marketing
because some people argue that now affiliate marketers
just copy and paste and it has hurt the creativity, so what do you think about that? – Well, the thing is, we as human beings we try to get by with
least effort possible so definitely some people
just went to AdPlexity and they are ripping campaigns. However, that approach
is completely wrong. You are not going– It’s not as easy as
just going to AdPlexity, take the campaign, plug
it into traffic source, and make five figures a day. It’s just not going to work. So the right approach is,
as you mentioned earlier, is to use it as an inspiration
so you can learn from it. So, okay, let’s say you
find a cool landing page. You should at least try
to run it in other geo, or you could try another offer and so on, because, yeah, if you want to
get to the five figure days or even more, you definitely
can’t be just copying it. – Okay great, great answer. So my question is this. So a lot of newbies have asked me, and I’m curious what your answer is. They say, “Charles, I got AdPlexity. “I did a search and I’m
using the same landing page “that the top guys are using. “Why is it that they’re
making five figures a day “and I can’t even get the
same campaign profitable “if I’m using the same traffic source “and the same landing page, “what is separating them from me?” So I have a idea. I’m curious what your answer is. – Yeah, we also get that question a lot. And yeah, the answer is
because the original affiliate has an edge. So he knows optimal bits. He narrowed down, targeting perfectly. He has payout bump or he
has access to private offer, which you don’t. And also the thing is, a good campaign is not a good campaign forever, so most likely, by the time you found it, it’s not fresh. – It’s like maybe there’s
a lot of banner blindness or maybe the affiliate, they
were on it several weeks ago and they got the exclusive on an offer now or maybe they bought
all the good placements so they got it at a discount. There’s a lot of things, you know– Basic way, yes you may have
the same traffic source, you may have the same landing page, but there’s a lot of other levers at getting the campaign profitable and just because you have
the same traffic source, you know, let’s just say
everyone’s using Facebook. Well, obviously there’s a big difference in how someone uses Facebook
that has been doing it for five years and someone
that’s been doing it for five days. So just because you’re using PopCash and the super-affiliate is using PopCash, doesn’t mean you can get
as profitable as they are because they’re doing a lot of things that you may not notice. – Yeah, exactly. – Excellent, so I got one more question. So, man, I’m getting this
question all the time, so I want to ask you it directly. A lot of people like Facebook. A lot of people are doing e-commerce. A lot of people are doing Facebook and AdPlexity is most known for
display, mobile, and native, so a lot of spy tools for
Facebook have gone down such as WhichAdWorks. So my question is, are there
any plans for AdPlexity to get into e-commerce
spying or Facebook spying? – Oh, yeah, we also
get that request a lot, however we can’t do it
because of the legal issues so the answer is no. However, shortly, soon we are
releasing an e-commerce branch which is going to be mainly
for people who are doing e-com on Facebook and it’s
going to be much better than data from Facebook cycles. – Wow, okay. So to sum it up, there will
not be a AdPlexity version of Facebook just because Ziga
doesn’t want to get sued. There’s a lot of legal
stuff and Mark Zuckerberg has a lot of money. However, he has something in the works for spying on e-commerce, so do you have a estimate of that, when
that’s gonna be out? – Oh, probably two months. – Two months? – Yeah, we are now beta testing it, but we plan to release it in two months. – Alright, if you need
another beta tester, I’m the man. (laughs) Okay, so thanks. I mean, that’s a lot
of questions I gave you and a lot of those questions
were not easy questions, so I want to thank you for being honest and being willing to
answer those questions. So now for the people
that are watching this, they want to see what AdPlexity is, they want some tips on AdPlexity, so I’m gonna switch the screen over to a screen share and just show you guys what AdPlexity is and
give you guys some tips. I’m going to just kind
of walk through AdPlexity and give some tips. Obviously, Ziga knows
the tool better than me since he’s the owner,
so if you want to give some any other tips, feel free to jump in. So basically this is the mobile version. AdPlexity has three different versions. They have display, they have mobile, they have native. So one tip I want to
give right off the bat is I notice a lot of people that do native will maybe sign up only
for spying on native or if you’re doing mobile,
you’ll sign up only for mobile. One easy way to get angles
is to see what’s working on a different traffic source and bring it to your traffic source. So here’s an example. I do a lot of Facebook
and AdPlexity doesn’t have a Facebook spy tool, but
something I like to do is I like to go into AdPlexity in native, look at some of the
offers that are running on AdPlexity in native and
then I can bring the angles or some of the images or an
inspiration over to Facebook because no one’s doing it on Facebook, so that’s just one tip I can give you. Don’t just spy on only
your traffic source. You can get a lot of different ideas from other traffic sources. So next is, Ziga mentioned something about being careful about
spying on old campaigns. Just because something made a lot of money several months ago, five months ago, doesn’t mean you can make money now, because maybe the publisher
is not active anymore or maybe the offer is not hot or maybe there’s a lot of competition so whenever I spy I like to go here. I like to go to the filter and, you know, maybe the last seven days. I think last 30, last
seven days is pretty good. So now we’re spying on mobile. Let’s see what’s hot the last seven days and over here, this is really cool, but if you are on a
traffic source that has– Let’s just say your
affiliate manager says, “Hey, this mobile offer
in Spain is really hot.” So one great feature
is if you go down here, you can click Spain and, boom,
you get nothing but Spain and now there’s another problem over here. It’s like, a lot of other spy tools, why I don’t like other
spy tools is you get a lot of irrelevant ads. I don’t care what Netflix is doing. I don’t care what Amazon is doing. So what really sets Ziga’s tools apart is if you go down here, you could just search by volume, see, because if affiliates are using volume, they’re using Ad Bridge,
they’re using Thrive. Some other thing you can
do is if you’re focusing on a specific traffic
source like Propeller ads, you can click here. So what I did right here is– So I have ads in Spain targeting PopCash and using volume so you guys
can see what’s working here. So right now you can see that
vouchers, iPhone sweepstakes as a wheel landing page
is doing pretty well. So I’m not saying if you copy that, that it’s gonna make money,
but this landing page, this offer, this vertical,
should definitely be in your rotation. So another great feature
is, let’s click here. So we actually clicked the landing page. So this is what separates
AdPlexity from everyone else. They have a lot of deep data. So number one is, if you go over here, you can download the landing page itself. Don’t you have a new feature? So can you tell us more about
downloading the landing page, Ziga? – Yeah, it’s… When you press this button,
you’re going to get zip archive which has every resource included, so this means images,
Java Script, and so on. So you can just download
it and it’s complete. You can just upload it,
edit it, and that’s it. Before you had to send the screen shot to the designers, to the coders, so they would have to code it for you, but now you can just download
it with a single click. – [Charles] Something
else that’s pretty cool is I just pressed one button, Show
More Ads by This Advertiser, so this advertiser here,
not only is he testing this, but you see that he’s profitable, he’s running ads everywhere. You could also see what other offers, what other landing pages,
what other countries that they’re running. So, man, I remember when I first
started affiliate marketing nine, ten years ago, whenever I spied, I manually spied, I had
a huge Excel spreadsheet and I had to do everything manually, so to have something like
this is such a godsend. So over here, you can see
that they’re targeting a lot of Android phones, so maybe when you start the campaign, you don’t– You can just skip iPhone. You can go straight to Android. Over here, there’s a lot of
data on their publishers. If you’re doing PopCash or whatever it is, then you could straight
up target the placements so this is gonna save you a lot of money because the problem with a lot of native and mobile traffic sources, they have a lot of low-quality traffic. They have a lot of bot traffic, a lot of fake traffic, so
you’re gonna have to spend a lot of money to beat them out, but what you can do is you
can just do a lot of research and compile a list of different placements and start running on them immediately so at least you know that
this is not bot traffic if this guy is running there all the time. And then over here you can see
what other stuff he’s doing, so he’s focusing on a
lot of Propeller ads, but if you see maybe you
can start with Propeller ads but then if another advertiser has AdCash or some of these other traffic sources, it’s a really easy way for you to scale. So can you tell us about the favourites? – It’s just if you see a good campaign, you just save it to favourites so you can find it faster later, so you don’t have to save the link to that in Notepad or whatever. – [Charles] Okay, I go here
and press the star, right? – Yep. – [Charles] So I’m gonna press a star. Press a star, press a
star, go to favourites. Pretty cool. That way I don’t have to remember these actual landing pages. I just press favourite. It’s like a bookmark, pretty much, bookmark your favourite landing page. – Yeah, yeah, that’s exactly what it is. – [Charles] Excellent. Over here, so a lot of
people don’t actually go here but if you go here, they actually have a really nice blog post
that gives you a lot of different tutorials
and advice on becoming a more successful affiliate
using their spy tool. So is there any other features I didn’t mention that you want
to share with the audience? Let’s just say, what is a feature that is really powerful in AdPlexity that most affiliates are not using? – Well I would say it’s
our advertiser search. You showed it briefly before. However, most people use it wrongly. Most common scenario
is that some affiliate he wants to promote some offer from a certain network and
they would get a tracking link to that offer. So they would put that traffic link to the By Advertiser search. They will find some results, however, those results are limited. So what you should do is
that you shouldn’t search by tracking link of affiliate network. However you should search
by offer domain, offer URL, because by doing that, you are also going to get results about the same offer but also from the other
affiliate networks. – [Charles] Yep, okay, so
here’s what Ziga’s saying. Searching by the advertiser means this. If you just search by the affiliate, then you’re limited to the
affiliate’s landing pages, but if you can get the URL of
the actual offer you’re doing. So let’s just say everyone’s
promoting iPhone, right? And let’s just go to the
top iPhone advertiser. Take that URL, stick that URL in here, and it’s gonna show every single affiliate that’s promoting it. – Yeah, exactly. – [Charles] And then from
there, you can reverse engineer. Not only do you have the landing pages, but what traffic sources,
what placement IDs, what day of the week that
you want to promote it. So if you’re brand new
to affiliate marketing are you guys starting to
see the value of this tool? Because if you just want to
start everything from scratch, you can, it’s just gonna be very expensive to figure out what’s working whereas with this, for
whatever the price is, you learn a lot of that data. Now, of course, it’s
not a guarantee, right? You just can’t spend it
and copy and paste it, you’re gonna buy a Lamborghini. However, the difference
is you invest the money, then you save a lot of money because you don’t have
to lose all the money trying to figure this stuff out. So, awesome, is there any other features my audience should know about? – Oh, I think you covered
pretty much everything. I would say that everyone
should read the tutorial which you showed because
most of the people skip it and then don’t use the tool up to its full potential. So the first thing you do
after you sign up to AdPlexity, read the tutorial, read
about the search modes so you can use it to its full potential. – Excellent, so make
sure you guys read this. It’s gonna be sign up for
AdPlexity, go to their tutorial. So one more question. I mentioned earlier that AdPlexity is always improving. Every time, every month I
log in there’s a new feature. Can you give us a sneak preview in this year or next year what features are you looking towards adding? So I know you have the e-commerce spying coming out soon, within two months. Is there anything else you
guys are looking to improve? – Oh, well we are always interested in using technology in order
to show more relevant results so we will be adding bunch of new stuff which is going to improve the tool. For example, recently we
added to the native tool, we added search mode called By Image. So what you can use that,
you can visually describe the campaigns which you are interested in. So you can say, okay, show
me campaigns related to cash. So you would type in cash
and it would show you the betters, the greaters,
which have money on them. – Wow, is that completely software or do you have people in the back that tag some of this stuff manually? – No, it’s completely automatic. – Wow, I didn’t know that was possible. I need to learn some technical skills. Okay, so, alright, I think
that’s it for the interview. I want to point something out, guys, that I talked to Ziga right before this and if you are interested in AdPlexity, we’re going to run a offer for a few days that’s going to give you
the most discount possible. So I don’t know what it
is off the top of my head, but after this video’s
over, I’m gonna have a link. I’m gonna show you guys where to go. It is time sensitive, so it’s
gonna have all the details. So thanks Ziga for giving
this discount to my audience. So you guys should just sign
up and see what you think, but I don’t think you’re gonna cancel because this is a very,
very powerful thing and I think in affiliate
marketing you need a tracker, you need a server, and I
think, I can confidently say, on top of that you also need a spy tool to figure out what to actually do. You can’t just rely on a affiliate manager and ask him what’s hot. You can’t just rely on
your affiliate manager. You can’t just rely on private forums. All those are good, but I’m saying you have to do your research and you need as much
information as possible, so you talk to your affiliate manager, you talk to your other
friends, you sign up for STM, you sign up for AdPlexity. Now, with all four different things, you can start figuring
out what to actually do rather than just throw
stuff against the wall and hope something makes money, just because it’s a very expensive way of trying to figure out
what campaigns work. So, alright, thanks a lot Ziga. I’m glad we did this. Thank you for coming on
and thanks for the discount and thanks for the tips for my audience and look forward to seeing
what happens with AdPlexity and seeing how this, your tool, evolves. – Thank you. – Alright, take care, bye-bye.

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