Don’t you hate it when you join an affiliate network to promote an offer and they don’t have any banners in their admin area for you to use? Even if they do, they probably don’t have a wide selection of banners to choose from. The best way to finding success in the world of internet marketing, is through split testing, and using as many ad creatives as you can possibly find.
There’s a great web site tool out there for finding brand name and web site banners spread through out the internet, and best of all… it’s free! Not even an email or free membership is required. The site is Moat Ad Search, which is a search engine for online display ads, making it easy to find your favorite brands and to discover what banner ads are running on top sites.
First, let’s take a look at their main page.
The main page is stupid easy to use, and it’s straight to the point. All you need to do is enter the domain or brand name of a competitor or web site that you want to start promoting. In addition to the search box, you will also see what other people are searching. (Recently Seen Ads at the bottom)
Now let’s take a look at Moat in action and really get some use out of the site. I’m going to use a popular offer that is on a lot of affiliate networks right now, which is Groupon.com. In the screenshot below you can see a wide selection of banners in different sizes, all of which you can immediately download. If you would like to perform an advanced search and only pull certain banner sizes or flash banners, use their advanced search criteria.
There are a few reasons why Moat is an awesome free service and how you can use their banner search to your advantage:
- As mentioned earlier, it’s a great way to get more banners than what networks provide you with.
- It’s an amazing resource for new ideas on what brands are doing to make banners convert/click.
- Not all websites and brands are available, but searching names like AllState provides some awesome results.
Moat is an awesome web site, and if you aren’t using it yet… you should be!