This is a very simple post. Anyone that has been marketing on Facebook for more than a week, you’ve probably figured this out or read it somewhere else already. Move on to the next blog if you were looking for some advanced Facebook cloaking script or a campaign on a silver platter. This one is for the noobs.
So, lets talk a little about affiliate offers. Let’s say you’re from Thailand and you are browsing offers to run in the UK. If you try and view those affiliate offer links from your Thai IP, most of them will redirect to a Thai offer – something that wasn’t what the original UK offer was for. Affiliate networks do this so that if you are accidentally picking up traffic outside of where you really want to target, or are just too lazy to set up a geo-redirect script, you and the network might still make some money. In some cases, you’ll be redirected to an “Offer expired” or “Invalid something or other” page. These are all just because you are sending traffic to an offer from a country where that offer doesn’t accept traffic from. Bad sentence, I know. Read it slow and over a couple times.
So, what happens when you try and put an ad up on Facebook for an offer that doesn’t accept US traffic (most of the ad “disapproval” team seem to view ads from the US, as I don’t have this problem much when running US offers)? The ads team will get sent to the “Offer expired” or whatever page or redirected to an offer that isn’t the one you are advertising in your ad content. If you are trying to direct link with just your affiliate offer URL, you’re a dumdum. Get Prosper202, a VPS, and use it to track all links. It will make what you need to do to get around this issue 10 times easier.
So, get yourself familiar with Prosper202 and how to set up an affiliate offer in it. It isn’t hard. I just uploaded a video in my forums that goes over it (only paid subscribers will see this video). Rather than using your affiliate link, you want to pull the direct link to the offers landing page and put that where your affiliate link would go. This way, the Facebook’s Ad team won’t be redirected by the affiliate link’s antics. After you build the campaign, pause all the ads and wait for them to get approved (cross those fingers). After approval, go back to Prosper202 and switch the link for your affiliate link. Resume the campaign and count your affiliate monies!
Simple as that.