Saturday, November 29, 2008

TOOL REVIEW: MyViralSurfer

Ok, am back from my trip and I need to tell you about this. As you know I was introduced to a new tool who's primary component is the ability to track your hits and clicks and impressions. It's MyViralSurfer. Well am very impressed!

In case some of you who have signed on did not get the chance to figure it out? Here's my own take on how to take advantage of it for tracking your various promotions, be it banner ads or text ads or websites/web pages that you are advertising on Surfs, Forums, via e-mail and so on.

First sign in. Then hover the mouse on the My Tools menu bar, then over My Link Tracking Statistics, then click on Add New Campaign. Here you will have several boxes to fill out.

In the first box simply enter the name of your campaign. For example, let's say am advertising Private Millionaire. So the name of the campaign will be PrivateMillion. Why? Because by trial and error you will find out that it needs to be relatively short and should not contain any spaces, else you will have problems.

In the second box enter a very brief description (that will show up in the text stats when you hover the mouse over the Campaign Name). In my case I entered: PM Everywhere.

In the next box enter, in this case, either the link of the invitation page or the gateway page. In my case I entered the link of a splash page I created:

The next box you should leave alone. That will place a short banner-like advert at the bottom of the page you are advertising urging the reader to follow the ad there... that's how this package/tool captures their information and builds your list (just one of the methods of course).

Now click on the Create Campaign button. You will be taken to a page that shows a number of links you can now use. Nine of them in fact. These are the links you can now advertise everywhere and anywhere you wish. But hold on there. There is more. Let's just take the first one:

Notice my username is in there (micronuts), so mine will be different from yours, if you are advertising Private Millionaire as well. Ok now get this: you can add keywords at the end of that link, separated by a dash (-). The keywords you choose should indicate to you where you are advertising that particular link. So for example, am advertising that link in three (auto)surfs. So my links look like this:

That's pretty self-explanatory, right? What this accomplishes is that am now able to see where my clicks are coming from by signing in to MyViralSurfer, going to the text Statistics page and I will see an entry for PrivateMillion there. Clicking on PrivateMillion will take me to another page where I will see all of the above listed, including the hits I have received. You can even drill down further to see the IP addresses of the folks that clicked on your links or banners and even the type of browser that they used! Simply wonderful! And all that is free!

Am petitioning the owner of the Tool to let me upgrade to Pro (just did!) as am sure I will find even more useful features in the Pro Version. As for those of you who are new and have not signed up yet? When you do sign up for free, before exiting you will get a One Time Offer, which I skipped, silly me.... That one time offer will let you go Pro! So if I have convinced you somewhat? Then go Pro.

PS: Pro Membership is offered, for now, via the One Time Offer that you will see come up once you sign up for free. You need not go Pro. You will still get a lot of benefits as a free member, so don't feel like you have to. I recommend Pro only to those amongst you who are VERY serious about promoting your various opportunties and being able to seriously track where your clicks are coming from, plus the plethora of benefits you will see on the One Time Offer page. So consider carefully. Again, it's quite alright to be a free member.

Some MyViralSurfer features as stolen from my sponsor:

* MyViralSurfer is an ad tracking service, link cloaker, list builder, traffic generator, advertising service and a downline builder for whatever you choose.
* Here is one of the great features... I cannot find any restrictions for free users apart from the viral bar which cannot be turned off unless you upgrade. In truth you actually do not want to turn it off because having it on benefits you.
* Free members can also create unlimited tracking campaigns and your visitors are yours and do not go through a gateway and get passed up to an upgraded member, this is where TrackThatAd failed. For those who are on a tight or non budget, this is the best tracking service with the most features you will find.
* Now for those who are savvy, upgrading is the way to go! As a pro member you get a tracking service better than anything else I have seen. To get technical, you get access to the textual data (free users get this too), you also get a full graphical analysis on all of your campaigns. This makes it very easy to spot trends at a simple glance where you might otherwise have missed it by just looking at the textual data.
* Pro members also are able to incorporate a domain name into the tracking link, turn the viral bar on or off and track sales. Even know exactly which advertising resource resulted in the sale. All in one campaign!
* I am blown away by the sales tracking too! You can use it on almost anything where you want to test conversion. For instance, you can see how many opt-ins you got to your list by advertising with company abc in comparison to advertising with company xyz

It's in the list! Yep, it's true.

* (from my Sponsor) If you have a list you can rebuild your business much faster then without. To be honest with you I was shocked when I logged into my back office in MVS.
* (from my Sponsor) In my first mailing to my small list of 1400 plus more than 150 plus people have signed up and 55 have upgraded to pro. For those of you who joined, USE THIS PROGRAM IT IS GOING TO EXPLODE YOUR BUSINESS!
* Back to Personal list builder, a free member of MyViralSurfer can build a list 3-levels deep, which is pretty impressive. A free member will collect the name, surname, email address, signup ip address and date of signup from all members who signup. Then the same happens for members they refer and their referrals. Other programs do not do this and usually just allow access to first level signups.
* As a free member My Viral Surfer sends the leads to the email address used by the free member when they joined. This will require them to upload these leads to an autoresponder. But they will have to manipulate the data in order to do it. A real pain, but if you have the time and patience go ahead, it's hard(Believe me, I tried).
* Now as a pro member you can specify an auto responder email address using either getresponse or aweber and My Viral Surfer will deposit your leads for you, 20 levels deep. This is a very important feature and will become glaringly apparent when we get to the Viral side of this powerful program.

Member Advertising Service

* The member Advertising service comes in the shape of a shared mailer where members can send their offers to other members of MyViralSurfer. What is really nice about MVS is that even free members can mail to at least 1500 random prospects every week by simply getting mailing credits from their MVS homepage (more on this later)
* Pro members on the other hand can mail to 2500 members in addition to the mailing credits they have built up since their last mailing 3 times a week. That effectively gives pro members the ability of reaching 30,000 random prospects a month without even building up mailing credits. Furthermore, pro members' ads do not contain any top sponsor ads.
* Pro members will also not receive mail sent by free members. This is something I really like because we all know paid members are more like to buy a product as they have already proven themselves as buyers as opposed to free members.

js: Well there you have it! At least go and get a free account and start using it. You can go Pro later, but it will cost you more... So if you like what you read here? Go Pro.

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