3 Ways To Make Money From CPA (Cost Per Action) Offers

Here are three methods on how you make money from CPA, Cost Per Action, offers that can be pretty straightforward to implement. The most obvious is… You can begin by creating a website with articles or content and post CPA offers on it. You will however need to send masses of qualified visitors to the site, some of them will see the CPA offers on your page and take action by doing whatever task the ads they see require them to do. You get paid.

Of course, nothing in real life is ever going to be quite that easy and straightforward, so lets look at each stage of the process. That way, you will know exactly what you really need to do in practice to make this theory become reality.

Setting Up To Accept CPA Offers

The first step that you need to do is open free accounts with the leading CPA sites. The majority of these sites want to work with websites that will obviously earn them regular advertising revenue. So they want their CPA offers to appear on sites that enjoy decent levels of traffic. If you already have a website that attracts lots of visitors every month, then getting accepted will not be a problem for you. However, if your site is new, there is still no need to panic.

Get in contact with the program account managers from these CPA sites, either by e-mail or by telephone, and explain to them how you are going to generate traffic, and how this will make money for them. As long as you have a logical, well thought out traffic generation plan in place and can explain it to them, then they should be willing to listen and work with you. By making this effort, you have demonstrated that you are not merely ‘hoping’ that things will work out. This is normally enough to convince most program account managers to give you an account.

The next step that you need to do is make sure that you understand the rules of the particular CPA site and the specific offers that you plan to promote. Each CPA company will have their own rules governing what you can and cannot do when placing their ads on your pages, and you must fully comply with these rules, otherwise you could make money and then find your account closed and your earnings confiscated.

For example, some CPA sites and their individual advertisers may only pay out for “Ad Views” from residents of certain countries. Or there may be a rule saying that you cannot ‘get’ clicks by ‘incentives’ your on page offer, or an offer that you are promoting may have an expiry date attached to it. Other CPA offers may have specific marketing terms such as… you can only promote this offer by using: email, web, search etc.

Make sure that you know the rules that apply for each and every CPA offer and follow them without exception.

Method 1: Making Money With CPA Advertising – News Events

So lets imagine that your country’s #1 mobile phone service provider just went out of business. There would obviously be a sudden massive burst of searches on that company, as well as searches for other major mobile phone rivals.


The high search activity would only probably last for 48-72 hours, but it is still a tremendous opportunity for you to make some excellent money from setting up a CPA promotion. Create a simple landing page and throw up half a dozen CPA ads from the major phone service provider rivals, and then use PPC advertising program like AdWords to drive instant traffic to your page. The chances are that if you can get in soon enough, you will have little or no immediate competition. Your PPC ads are not going to be too expensive either, with one exception. Be aware that the AdWords ads you create are not pointing at an ad-laden page with very little valuable content, as Googles ‘quality score’ could push your cost-per-click way up.

If this appears to be the case, then there is one sneaky little trick that you can use, only if you feel comfortable with it. Point the AdWords ads at the index page of a domain that you have never used before or even one attached to a brand new domain. Fill that page with valuable relevant content and set up your Adwords campaign.

Once you have your ads priced and approved by Google, overwrite that page with a redirect script that takes viewers to your offer via the redirect. Sure, this is not going to work for very long, but this is a short term campaign tactic anyway, so it may well work long enough for it to be profitable!

Alternatively, try using an AdWords alternative PPC program such as GoClick, where minimum bids start at around $0.01 and there is no question of a ‘quality score’ being applied. You will not get as much traffic as Adwords, but what you do get is going to represent great ROI!

In either situation, you should be able to use appropriate CPA offers to bring in a few hundred dollars in a very short period of time. Obviously, for this to work you have to be very quick off the mark. Keeping a constant watch on what is happening in the world and looking for such news opportunities is therefore critical.

You can set up an instant alerts feed from a site like Yahoo (you will need to sign in for this), or from the major news networks in your country, so that you do not miss any important news events. If you do, then you are potentially missing out on a short term but extremely focused traffic.

Method 2: Make Money With CPA By Focusing On Your Bottom Line
If you already have a website involved in different niches, then you are in a position where you can place the highest paying CPA offers that are appropriate for your site.

For example, your existing site may be concerned with: specialist shopping, online gaming, male or female oriented topics, web hosting and/or domains, jewelry or family pets etc., these are all niches where CPA offers tend to fit in perfectly. If however, you are not involved in any of these niches, you can easily start one.

The first rule is, in the beginning, stick to one niche only. So lets say that you want to make money from the lucrative online diet niche. Register a new domain with a name that is appropriate to the CPA ads that you are going to feature and promote. So, in this case, it might be www.besthealthdietplans.com. Sign up for a hosting account that offers cpanel.

Use Fantastico Deluxe from cpanel and install a WordPress blog as your index page. Download and install a free diet or health related theme on your site. Then you simply need to find half a dozen appropriate diet related articles from sites like Ezinearticles or GoArticles, download them (with the original authors’ details still intact) and post them on your new blog page.


Now find the offers that you want to feature on the page and add the required CPA advertising material.

The next step is to drive visitors to your site.
If you already have a mailing list then you can use that. If not, the simple way of quickly generating focused traffic would be to use PPC advertising such as AdWords.

Before doing so however, consider how much each ‘ad click’ will cost you and determine what you are going to advertise. For diet and health for example, clicks are going to be quite expensive and unless the offer page that you send visitors to really stands out, this is money that you are unlikely to see any significant returns from.

So, can that money be spent in a better way or can you make the offer attractive enough to generate enough sign-ups to put you into profit? Say for instance, you offer an incentive to everyone who signs up, then you only pay them when they complete an action for which you will get paid, even though you paid for an ad. You are spending to draw traffic, but you are also seeing returns from the CPA ads.

The bottom line is that as long as you are making more than you are spending, then you are obviously going to be in profit. How about creating a completely free diet membership site where completing the CPA sign-up form is part of the joining procedure?

As long as you make the membership benefits attractive enough, there is absolutely no reason why people will not complete the whole joining/sign-up process without being offended. Basically, it does not matter how much money you spend on pulling people to your site or on creating an offer that is powerful enough to get them to sign-up for the CPA offer as long as you are making more than you spend.
You’ve just got to be creative.

Method 3: Making Money With CPA – Give & Take
First, create a blog or webpage with a selection of high paying CPA offers featured on it. Then offer anyone that comes to your page an appropriate free gift for taking whatever action is required from the CPA in question. It could be an iPod, Nintendo, Wii or even just cash to their PayPal account that you offer as incentive.

However, the catch is that in order to get their free gift, they must convince two or three of their friends to sign up for the offer as well. This should not prove too difficult for anyone to do, as the sign up is going to be free for them and their friends as well. Just needs a bit of work on their part.

Once they have three friends to sign up as well, your original sign-up qualifies for the free gift which you drop ship to them. You have however, already had three or four people to sign up for your high paying CPA offer, and are therefore in a position where you should be showing a significant profit.

Now this is where it begins to get interesting. You also have three other people who have signed up for your offer that can also qualify for the free gift – as long as they get the required two or three people to sign up under them.

So, as long as everybody does what they are supposed to do, you start with one person, next there are 3, then 9, then 27, 81, 243 and so on. Even though not everyone will follow your ‘script’ and do exactly what you want, nevertheless you have exponential growth naturally built in.

All that you need to do is search for websites and forums where people are looking for ‘free gifts’ for a quick, easy and free way of promoting your offers. Search any of the major search engines using a search term like ‘get free gifts’ or ‘find free gifts’ and see what sites you find.

Visit any sites that appear interesting and look for the Forum pages, as this is where the members will gather and actively seek and promote their own free gifts. Register and add your own gift in your member signature. Sure, in some of these Forums, it is possible to ‘buy’ a thread, and this gives you even more leverage with which to drive ever increasing numbers of people to your site.

Another thing that you can do to make this technique even more profitable is to go back to less expensive PPC AdWords alternative programs such as GoClick and promote what you are doing with cheaoper PPC advertising.

If you have your own domain name and a host that offers cpanel, you can use Fantastico Deluxe to create your own Forum and/or blog. This is an excellent way of both driving traffic to your offers and also getting your site indexed by the search engines.

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