How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying Solo Ads?

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying Solo Ads?

If you’ve ever tried using solo ads before, I’d be willing to bet money you’ve had some bad experiences. Some solo ad seller told you how great his list was… maybe even showed you some screenshots of previous clients back office stats, and how many sales they’d got.

So you paid them a couple hundred bucks (or in some cases, a few thousand) and they sent out the email.

You got lots of clicks.  Maybe even lots of leads.

And now, weeks/months later, you still haven’t seen a penny.

Not a single sale.

How to avoid getting ripped off when buying solo ads?

A good indicator of a professional solo ad provider is in the follow-up. The top sellers will send you a screenshot when your solo is complete showing the statistics. Most will be helpful if you have questions regarding your campaign as well as offering advice on how you can improve your squeeze pages, sales funnel etc. The bad vendors normally fulfill the click order (sometimes you have to chase them) but unless you initiate contact you’ll never hear from them. And, the really bad providers won’t email your offer at all. So pay attention after your solo advertisement has been sent and see how they treat you.

The bad ones will do the following:

  • They don’t have sales page
  • They don’t have someone reputable to vouch for them
  • They don’t have testimonials
  • They do have testimonials, but it seems fake
  • They offer ridiculously low price for their solo ad (like 0.20-0.25)
  • Overpromises (like “ultra super duper mega responsive high quality clicks”)
  • Send blind copy to their list to drive up the click-throughs for the buyer
  • Send deceptive ads to their list to ensure a higher click-through or sign-up rate
  • Send bot traffic to offer pages
  • Pay mturk peeps to subscribe to their customer’s lists.

Best case scenario they will send you legitimate but low quality traffic that is a waste of your money. Worst case scenario, well, they simply disappear with your money, leaving you bitter and frustrated.

Buying solo ads is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get targeted traffic to your offer. Unfortunately there are many wannabes and scammers who will send you questionable traffic and run with your money. How to weed out bad solo ad providers and find reputable ones? Here’s how…

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying Solo Ads?

1. Buy a small amount of clicks for test purpose. If you’re dealing with a solo provider for the first time, always opt for small amount of clicks like 50 or 100 clicks, for testing purposes. If the solo ad delivers good results, you can always buy bigger packages later on.

2. Ask lots of questions. Before buying a solo ad, contact the solo provider and ask them some questions, such as: How did you build your list? What kind of offer is suitable for your list? What is the percentage of tier 1 clicks can I expect if I buy from you? Do you have sales page? Do you have a testimonial or someone that can vouch for you?

3. Look for “Red Flags”. If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Use your gut instinct and don’t buy if you spot some of these bad signs from a solo ad provide.

4. Use a trusted solo ad marketplace. It can help you weed out bad solo provider and save you a tremendous amount of time.

Don’t forget to check reviews prior to purchasing any solo ads.

2 Replies to “How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying Solo Ads?”

  1. Nice resource and great advice.

    This is a great list of some of the solo vendors I work with but there are also some names on this list that I would steer VERY far from.

    There are also a number of brokers on this list that resell other peoples traffic and do not have their own lists.

    1. Paul, thanks for sharing your comments. Which ones would you steer far from? If you tell me I’ll update the list accordingly. I think the readers would appreciate it. Many thanks.

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