‘I am first of all a geek and after that I am a full time Internet Marketer, Website Developer, Search Engine Optimization Expert, Internet Marketing Consultant and Online Business Analyst, CPA Marketing Mentor. And a long list of services in fact.’ – Khawar Jamil wrote about himself on his blog http://www.kjrocker.com. KJ shared his life journey, so be sure to read through all his answers.
1. Please tell my readers about yourself and your occupation. What did inspire you to start a blogger career?
My name is Khawar Jamil Ur Rasool, A.K.A Kj Rocker, I am a performance marketer from Dubai. My company is called Kj Rocker F.Z.E and I I have been also involved in affiliate marketing for the last 4 years. Alongside this, I also write for my blog www.KjRocker.com which is about affiliate marketing and online advertising. I share different tips and tricks with my readers to help them maximize profits from their affiliate marketing campaigns and online advertising.
What inspired me to start the blog was the fact that I’ve always liked sharing what I do with other people. I love to document my journey, experiences. I started to do this on the Warrior Forum, however, I noticed I needed some place where I could have more control over things I write about and some platform on which I could share all the info I wanted without any moderation trouble. So there it began, I decided to create a blog where I can share my experiences freely without fearing a ban hammer from a random moderator who doesn’t even know anything about the topic.
2. Could you share some niches you work (and worked) with? What products bring you big money?
Well I run CPA offers so there are plenty of them, however, lead generation offers and financial niches have proven to be very lucrative for me. Also as the holiday season is coming up, I hope to promote seasonal travel offers.
3. I know that you work 10-12 hours a day. How does your working day look like?
That is a great question as usually people consider affiliate marketing or online businesses generally as a push button formula. We people DO work full time like any other business person. However, working online does provide us freedom. For example, we can work whenever we want and from where ever we want. Normally if I stay at home my daily routine is to have breakfast and after that I discuss the daily goals with my team ( I have a team of full time employees working for me remotely ) and after that I take an hourly break in the afternoon when I have lunch and work on my campaigns till the evening. After that I hit a nearby beach where I spend most of my evenings enjoying a cup of coffee while I try to connect with other people from the industry to discuss our campaigns and help out other people. Otherwise I love to travel and explore new places like at the time of writing this I am traveling to another city and at the same time getting my work done.
4. If a newbie affiliate wants to get started with affiliate marketing with a minimum budget, what could you advice him? What his first steps should be?
I personally believe there is nothing like “a minimum budget” which matters but you should have determination in yourself to do something and get something done. I know we might find many people crying about low or no budget but personally to me? It’s another excuse to not taking action. My advice to the newbies is to get ready to accept failure and also get ready to own them. Learn something out of your failures. There is no business in the world which doesn’t involve risk, in fact life itself is a risk. So my advice to newbies is to take action and fail again and again and be consistent, that’s what will make you a winner. If you do not have a budget to start with as free traffic methods, create your own path and get things done.
For paid traffic a minimum budget I recommend is around $ 1500 – $2500 but again if you don’t have that much budget don’t use it as an excuse, build it!
Take me for example, I come from a very remote village of Pakistan where we used to stay on (tats) floor mats. No one had an idea about computers or the internet! When I started I had totally zero budget but I worked on free traffic to build up my budget. I did freelance work as well and made a budget for my campaigns. If I can do it, trust me anyone can do it, just be determined and positive.
5. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face in business?
When I started off I was working form Pakistan, so the Cash Flow was the biggest problem. It was really hard to get payments on time and Pakistan has got the bad reputation, that was a big hurdle in my way. So I decided to migrate to the UAE where I started my business to solve these problems.
Relating to the present time, I must admit I have become even lazier. Since I started hiring other people to work with me… I started forgetting coding etc. Apart form that, our industry keeps evolving… so in order to stay one step ahead we have to keep on learning new trends that can be very challenging sometimes.
6. What tools do you use to manage all your marketing campaigns?
Well for marketing campaigns I use plenty of tools. First of all for hosting the campaigns I use Beyond Hosting and Name Hero hosting, they are the two services I have been using for years now and their support is very top notch. Apart from that, for tracking purposes I still rely mostly on CPVLAB, even though there are some other good competitors out there, I prefer using CPVLAB over them. For Keeping an eye on competition I use What Runs Where for PPC campaigns, Box of Ads and LolMonies for PPV campaigns and for Facebook campaigns I really like Peerfly affiliate manager Luke’s tool called FP Traffic. On my blog I recommend the services to my readers which I personally use and most of those services have exclusive discounts for my readers as well.
7. In what ways are you using social media? Do you set up goals for running social media campaigns?
I run social media specially Facebook for lead generation. Normally I build up fan pages, create engaging content to get the most reach and then drive traffic to my campaigns. Having goals is a must in all kinds of campaigns.
8. Do you work with CPA Networks? What 3 networks can you name that work for you?
Yes, I still work with CPA Networks, however I work with networks based on an offer. For example, if I need some offer, I will look for the networks having that specific offer and go with the one having the best conversion rate. I am working with almost all of the networks, its really hard to point out a few of them however Maxbounty, w4 and Peerfly have got good variety of offers.
9. What do you do to be a successful affiliate and keep this level for several years already?
I believe in building long term income streams, building campaigns which can yield the results in the long term and for that purpose I not only create my own products but also funnels where I promote multiple products. I also believe in diversity and as an example at Kj Rocker F.Z.E we are working with a few local companies, providing them digital marketing and lead generation services. Moving away from traditional affiliate marketing and offering digital marketing services to the public, from big companies to small set ups, keeping it diverse.
10. How do you spend your leisure time?
I love traveling and visiting new places, Also I love watching documentaries and learning history. I am a very curious kind of a person and also want to know the background of everything I am up against. My curiosity has helped me a lot in my personal life and business but it has also has got me in trouble many times as well. Ha Ha!