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Jake Antifaev is a rare breed. While most 16-year old kids are going to school, playing sports, and are generally consumed with teenage life, Jake is busy running a successful affiliate network that he created before he could even drive a car. However, Jake’s youth is not a detriment to his work ethic, as he’s proven to be more than capable of handling both his school work and his thriving online marketing business. Jake’s story is as impressive and it is inspiring, and we’re glad that we got the chance to share it here on TheMail.

Who are you and how did you get started in performance marketing?

My name is Jake Antifaev and I am a 16 year old affiliate marketer and network owner. I always wanted to make money online and I wanted to be able to produce an income to benefit both me and my family; working in a restaurant, or for someone rarely crossed my mind. I started my first website when I was 11 years old which was called, but there were never any visitors; ironic, right? Finally, I developed my first gaming forum and it blew up a tad in the gaming community. From there, I wanted to know how I could monetize my site and produce some cash flow, which is where PPD came into place. I would create guides and such and have people pay to download them. I made a few hundred bucks, and eventually found out there is an even bigger market—CPA. I hit a huge boom with gambling and lottery during the summer of 2012 and made $30,000+ within a few weeks. I wanted to be both the affiliate and the advertiser so I built my own network, offers, and here I am today.

What are you best known for and why?

I would say my age, and my attitude towards business. My network is also a good majority of what I am known for. I guess I can’t really say, you’d have to ask other people!

How do you think getting started so early in this industry will benefit you in future endeavors? And, do you think there are any negative aspects of being involved in performance marketing at just 16 years old?
I will be able to see people come and go, and learn from their mistakes. Being able to learn this industry at my age has been a lovely ride. Using my past and current knowledge, I will be able to build new projects with credibility. Being young, lets me have more years of experience.
There are so many negative impacts! Being 16 has lost me a fair amount of deals in this industry, some people refuse to work with me because they think I am “young and stupid.” All I have to say is try me out before you put me and my company down. I’m not going to run with your money, I’ve never missed a payment; heck, I’m probably more legitimate than most 30+ year olds here. Age shouldn’t matter, my professionalism and dedication to both business and my company should matter. I don’t screw around, I want to be successful with you.
Why should a business trust their money with a 16 year old rather than an older, perhaps more established network?
Great question. There is always a time when semi-new networks come out and they are deemed untrustworthy. I’ve always paid up, my parents raised me to be honest with people. I have nothing to hide, you can easily find my address and come swing by whenever you’d like. I work my butt off to get my affiliates the highest payout and take somewhat slim margins. I know older networks take some large margin cuts, which I find ridiculous. They may be more established, but I do have my family who has been in this industry for 20+ years backing NotoriousCPA. It’s not what is on the outside, it’s what on the inside.
What makes your network special or stand apart from the rest?

We are a small network, just under 150 active high volume affiliates. When you apply, you have to go through a pretty rough registration process. I don’t like fraud. Once you see the inside, you’ll probably be wondering where all the offers went! We fit each affiliate with their own offers that suit their traffic. All direct, and all have the highest payouts possible. That is what makes us different.

What is hot with you right now?

Diet is killing it as usual, and gambling. If you aren’t running these, you should be!

As a newbie, where should I start?

Well, I definitely recommend you head over to, download the guide and give it a read. That will cover the basics and really guide you through your first conversions.

What are your 5 tips for publishers?

  1. Split test! Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  2. Research where you are advertising, you can’t sell e-Cigs on a children’s website.
  3. Be prepared to scale! If you’re campaign is hot, then take advantage of it!
  4. It isn’t all about the payout, EPC counts too.
  5. Choose your keywords wisely.

If you were to bet on one thing for the future right now what would it be and why?

An affiliate of mine told me about nootropics. I had never heard of it, so I looked into it more and I have to say, this will blow up very soon. We need more offers in this area and diet/skin care affiliates need to branch out.

What does the future of performance marketing look like to you? What do you think will be the next big thing in 6 months, or a year, or 5 years down the road? 
Well, mobile is definitely blowing up. I can see this industry turning a whole other direction in the next year. As technology advances, so does marketing. I guess we will just wait and see!

Who do you admire in the industry and why?

There are a ton of great people in this industry. I would definitely have to say Vito Glazers and Ben Cagle. Both of those guys have built legendary networks and I give them props for doing so. I’ve had short conversations with both, but that doesn’t count. From what I have seen, they work their butts off for their networks.

Who else do you think TheMail should interview and why?

All I am going to say is get some young people here. In with the new, out with the old.

If people want to reach you what is the best way of contacting you?

You can reach me on Skype at notoriouscpa or by Email at jake[at] Those are the easiest ways, and I reply pretty fast.


Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands is an online marketing industry veteran, and the founder of TheMail.

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