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 zer0people.com, 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!
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 Newbie411.com, 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?
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.
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]notoriouscpa.com. Those are the easiest ways, and I reply pretty fast.
Murray Newlands is an online marketing industry veteran, and the founder of TheMail.