5 Things I Love About PPV

by Josh Todd on January 11, 2011

After I wrote my post called 5 Things I Hate About PPV, some people asked me to write about what I love about it. So here it goes.

1. You Can Bid On Anything

Any keyword or website that exists, you can bid on it. There is no other traffic source that allows you this type of freedom. For example, if you want to advertise on Wikipedia.org, you can. There’s no ads on it, so you can’t buy media on it and Google can’t serve AdSense on it. The only way to do it is with PPV. This allows you to get really creative and think outside the box with your campaigns to break away from the pack.

2. There Is Less Competition

Even though PPV has been one of the most talked-about and blogged-about traffic sources of the last couple of years, there are still far fewer advertisers utilizing it than PPC or traditional Media Buys. Less competition means more inventory and lower bid prices for the rest of us.

3. You Can Direct Link All You Want

Direct Linking has been all but impossible on Google for a long time now. This makes it hard to throw up a quick test campaign and see how an offer will convert. Even though usually Landing Pages beat out Direct Linking in the long run, it is definitely nice to have the option. I always split test a Direct Link versus a Landing Page to see what does better for each offer. You can never be sure until you try it.

4. Incredible Freedom With Your Ads & Creatives

It is super easy to get your ads approved. The only reason they disapprove ads is if they have prohibited content (see the Terms for your PPV network). There are no character limits, or size limits on images (other than the size of the entire browser window that pops). This means you can do things you can’t do on any other traffic source. On Google or Facebook you are limited to a short headline, a short description, and a tiny image (on FB). With PPV you can make the entire ad a big image with all the words you want on it and make the whole thing clickable. You can also add audio and video, which is unique to PPV as well.

5. There Are Less Copycat Advertisers

Even though there are now tools available that let you spy on some PPV campaigns, there is still way less copycatting going on than on practically any other traffic source. On Google, Facebook, Plenty of Fish, or anything else I can think of, you can just go to the site and see the ads that other people are running. This is why dating ads are so often copied on Facebook and then re-submitted ad infinitum (see what I did there?). It is still quite difficult to systematically spy on PPV campaigns, and you will have things run for much longer without getting copied.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Danger Brown January 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks Josh! You’re the man. I still haven’t messed around with PPV yet. What’s wrong with me?

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Affiliate Paying January 13, 2011 at 12:08 am

Another great post Josh. With PPV, we donโ€™t have to worry about quality score, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jonathan January 13, 2011 at 6:55 am

PPV is a great source of traffic for many of our publishers. It’s all about making something work.. and running with it.

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Aff Gossip January 20, 2011 at 5:43 am

Word. I agree with you totally on this. Thank God there still exist places like PPV in this world where we aren’t forced to act like total pansies and toe some dumb line of rules and regulations. It keeps the marketing fun and leaves more room for innovation.

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Anil Sharma January 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

The 5 things about PPV are really true. But I am not using them.

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Steve January 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Nice stuff, I haven’t tried PPV but after having trouble with the high cost of Facebook ads, I might give it a shot.

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Affiliate Monster April 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

In term of all affiliate programs I like PPV because it's easy to another affiliate program, if you pay attention on traffic so you can get good commission of this program……..and all mentioned things in post are true.

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