On The Hunt for the Elusive 1.3% Conversion Rate

October 28, 2012 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Ever since my last post, my focus has been completely on trying to reach a 1.3% conversion rate on a particular campaign I’m running.

I’ve been making good progress, but soon I’ll have to take a short break from affiliate marketing because I’ve really been neglecting my other work and errands I need to take care of.

Before I share what I’ve been doing to try to increase my conversion rate, I should probably tell you something I noticed late last night.

Before I started using landing pages on the campaign, I was actually running a direct link straight from the traffic source to the offer – I wasn’t using my tracking program (I use CPVLab) because it was easy enough to calculate performance on-the-fly by simply looking at my SubID’s on the network stats. It’s also faster than setting up a new campaign with tracking (even though it seriously only takes 30 seconds…).

Then, when I started using landing pages to split test performance, I switched the campaign’s direct link to rotate with my landing pages in CPVLab. Because of this, an extra step in the process is added because CPVLab needs to redirect to the landing page even though it’s a direct link, in order to track it. It’s all very fast and usually doesn’t have much of an affect, but when comparing the conversion rate (CR) of the direct link without tracking to the direct link with tracking, there was a huge difference – around 40% between the two.

Without tracking, the direct link was converting at 1.1%, while with tracking, it was converting at 0.71%. Now, this campaign is pretty new so I don’t have a huge amount of data yet, but it is pretty statistically significant as I’ve done around 800 leads so far. I’m hoping that the two will even out more as time goes on, as I really don’t like the fact that the extra redirect step of tracking is having such an effect on performance.

I am now actually sending a small bit of traffic to the original direct link again, even though I do have over 1,400 leads of data sent to it already, just to make it more statistically significant.

ANYHOW, my point is that while my goal is still to hit 1.3% conversion rate, that it’s not as good as I originally had thought as I was already getting 1.1% by direct linking before I added it to tracking.

Don’t get me wrong though – even going from 1.1% CR to 1.3% CR increases my ROI from 83% to 116%. That’s why I was so excited in my previous post.

In contrast, a 1.5% CR would be 150% ROI, so for every $500 I spent, I’d get back $1250 in return ($750 profit).

This is why my focus is on trying to hit 1.3%. If I can manage to get to 1.3%, then my next goal will be 1.5%.


Multivariate Testing

I purchased LandingPageGenius a couple of days ago, but didn’t install it until yesterday.

It wasn’t too difficult to install, integrate with CPVLab, and modify my landing page to work with it, but it did take a little time and reading of the documentation.

I now have it down pat except that I haven’t tried using its built-in landing page rotator yet (it seems a little tricky to me).

Anyhow, since I am still new to it, I only set up a simple test on it so far. I took my top converting landing page and then added a headline element to it, and set up 6 headlines for LandingPageGenius to rotate through.

Here are the results:

Headline Variation CTR Conversion Rate
#3 9.24% 1.04%
#5 9.67% 0.81%
#2 8.44% 0.79%
#4 8.52% 0.63%
#6 8.56% 0.54%
#1 8.15% 0.36%

That’s pretty crazy, eh? Again, they are all identical landing pages except the headline is different on each page, and we see conversion rates ranging from 0.36% to 1.04%. This was with a total of 54 conversions, too.

I will try more multivariate testing soon (this is really more like a randomized A/B split test since I’m only testing one element at a time).

3 New Landing Pages

In addition to setting up multivariate testing, I also ‘paused’ my lesser performing landing pages and created 3 new ones. They are all based on the top performing landing page, except each one has different type of animation-based effects.

For example, one of them flashes in the taskbar, one of them has its call-to-action button blink, and the last one has its call-to-action button flash (it doesn’t disappear like it does when it blinks).

What I should have done though, which is what I’ll do for future campaigns, is start off by creating a number of completely different landing pages, about 4-6, and then pick the top one and start using variants of that, such as 2-3. Then I should have picked the top converting one of those, and utilized multivariate testing to split-test the various elements of the landing page to improve it further, such as headlines, call-to-action, images, etc.

I believe this is probably the best method to finding a winning landing page.

This time around was a bit messy and random, but it’s also the first time I’ve dealt with landing pages in quite a while so I’m a bit out of practice Smile

Anyhow, here are the results from some of my landing pages thus far:

Page CTR Conversion Rate
Direct Link (no tracking) 100% 1.1%
Direct Link (with tracking) 100% 0.76%
Landing Page #7 7.91% 0.96%
Landing Page #1 8.42% 0.91%
Landing Page #6 6.71% 0.87%
Landing Page #1 (with Headline #3) 9.24% 1.04%

Now, some of these have a lot more traffic sent to them than others, so they aren’t all that statistically significant yet, but they shouldn’t deviate too much.

So far, the leader is Landing Page #1 (with Headline #3) at 1.04%, but this is one of the pages that needs more data before being accurate as it only has 16 conversions sent to it so far.

Since the majority of the landing pages are all very similar, I’m going to create 2-3 new ones with different bigger changes made to them to see how they perform. Remember, my goal here is to hit 1.3% CTR.

So there’s an update for you guys. As mentioned in the beginning, I may slow down a little bit to try to catch up on other things, but I’ll still be cracking away at it and will have those new landing pages up either today or tomorrow.

Wish me luck on hitting 1.3%!

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Posted: October 28th, 2012 under Affiliate Marketing  

13 Responses to “On The Hunt for the Elusive 1.3% Conversion Rate”

  1. Pablo says:

    Hi Tyler, thanks for this post. I just started reading your blog recently and it has been cool to catch up with you.

    I use CPVLab too and hadn’t even thought about the fact that the redirect could affect my direct linking campaigns that much, that’s very interesting. Now the thing is, if you avoid the tracking redirect, how do you optimize your targets? I am supposing that your SubIDs are your target/keyword identifiers. But with certain ad platforms this could be passing too much sensitive data to the network right? So cloaking with fake but recognizable SubID’s? Probably using banners or display?

    P.S.: I really have to start getting deep and intuitive understanding about the mathematical correlations between the different metrics, you make a great point about that.

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Yes, using a tracking program to mask your referral data is certainly a big pro for not straight direct linking. And in most cases, I think that you can probably beat the CR of even straight direct linking if you split-test enough landing pages… which is what I’m trying to do with my 1.3%.

  2. I assume you are doing PPV (maybe im wrong). If so, try testing it with auto play sounds, geo location and big call to action buttons and arrows pointing to it. Make it stand out ;). GL

  3. Geiger says:

    There is so much you can test. Sounds like your pages are doing well but what about changing your AdCopy? Also tracking the combo of Ad and Landing Page? Ad 1 might do well with Page 5, Ad 3 might do great with Page 2, etc…

    Lastly, have you graphed your CR by hour? I once had a big campaign that would lose money in the morning and midday then would kill it in the early evening through late night.

    I would love to see your campaign but rule #2 of affiliate marketing is don’t tell anybody you don’t trust anything! Rule #1 is don’t trust anybody!

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Yes I track ads as well and keep an eye on dayparting and weekparting, but my focus is on LP CR right now – time and day of week won’t have much affect on conversion rates for various landing pages compared to when I was direct linking though, as it’s still the same offer in the end.

  4. Geert says:

    Hey Tyler,

    Just a quick question, which affiliate network do you use for Direct Linking?
    You mentioned Peerfly a couple of times in the past, but do they allow direct linking for their offers?

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I use a bunch of networks – PeerFly is one of them.

      Yes, they allow it. It’s an offer-by-offer thing, but generally the vast majority of offers allow direct linking… there’s not really any point not to. It’s the traffic source that you need to worry about, not the network.

  5. Landing Page Genius is ridiculously amazing and works for Prosper202 as well.

  6. Tyler,

    What’s your traffic source for this? Are you doing PPV or PPC?



  7. Good luck on reaching your conversion goal!

  8. hapete126 says:


    What product(s) are you promoting with these traffic and what are you using the landing pages for?


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