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Problems That Can Occur With Push Notifications, And How to Fix Them

6 March 2024

Push notifications offer a cost-effective and easy-to-set-up alternative to social media traffic, making them a popular choice for those on a budget or diving into affiliate marketing. The moderation process in push networks is generally lenient; many networks allow you to advertise offers in grayhat verticals, such as gambling, betting, nutra, and adult content.

Working with push notifications is seen as a great option for testing, especially when starting with affiliate marketing, or for those who prefer not to allocate a huge advertising budget. However, working it comes with its own set of challenges that require effective solutions. Let's explore the top 6 problems encountered in push advertising and how to tackle them.

Problem 1: Campaign launched, but no traffic

If you find yourself in this situation, consider the following:

  • Ad Creatives: Your ad creatives might not be resonating with your audience. Analyze the title and description from the perspective of your target audience. Consider running A/B tests to compare different elements such as headlines, descriptions, icons, color combinations, and the use of emojis. This helps identify what works best.


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example image of push creatives


  • Geo-Targeting: Ensure that your advertising message aligns with the chosen country's cultural code and mentality. Check for any elements in your visuals or titles that might be off-putting. Review translations with a native speaker to catch any potential semantic inaccuracies. Tailor your offers to match the preferences of the local population, such as promoting cricket-related content in India and football-related content in Peru.
  • Bids: Low traffic could be a result of bids that are set too low. Consider adjusting your bid to the recommended amount or slightly higher (e.g., 5%-10%) to increase your chances of getting more traffic with the same targeting settings.

If these measures don't resolve the issue, seek advice from your advertising network manager. Push advertising networks like MyBid provide assistance in analyzing settings and offering valuable recommendations for your push campaign.


Problem 2: Ineffective sources

When you're running ads, it's super important to know where your website visitors are coming from. Keep an eye on how many people click on your ads, how many actually buy something (conversions), and the ratio between the two. One problem is when a source doesn't bring in any clicks or sales. But there's another sneaky issue: lots of clicks but hardly any sales. In those cases, you gotta blacklist that source fast. This move helps you save a big chunk of your budget.



Bad sources can bring in low-quality traffic, messing with the reputation of the affiliate. No one wants to pay for traffic that doesn't make money. Some ad networks have lists of top-notch sources for different types of ads (white lists). You can get these lists from your manager. At MyBid, we've got our own go-to sites that give us awesome traffic, making up 90% of what we get.

Problem 3: Rejected ad creatives

Typically, most push networks review and approve ads within a few minutes. However, there are instances where ad creatives don't pass moderation. Some networks may provide reasons for rejection, while others don't. If your ad creative gets rejected without a reported reason, you should check the following points:


  • Prohibited content: Ensure that your ad creative complies with advertising policies. Avoid violating rules related to trademarks or using adult images on push button icons if the advertising network prohibits them. Familiarize yourself with the main provisions on prohibited content and rectify any violations.
  • Alignment with the offer: Confirm that your ad creative aligns with the offer. For instance, if your ad promotes male enhancement, but the landing page is about a remedy for prostatitis, make the necessary adjustments. Use relevant images and correct the URL if there's an error.
  • Technical link issues: Check for technical problems associated with links to the landing page. Make sure the links work, and there are no issues like a 404 error. Be aware of VPN/Proxy restrictions. If the affiliate program has stopped the offer, users won't be able to order anything from the landing page. If problems are identified, communicate with the affiliate manager. Provide screenshots to the advertising network moderators, demonstrating that the URL is correct and the page content is relevant. Managers can assist in resolving issues and determine if the problem lies with the advertising network.


Problem 4: Getting mixed up campaign data from different geos

When dealing with offers that advertisers are willing to promote across various geos, it's a mistake to simply put your ad creatives in a single campaign targeting all those geos at once. Each country might have different preferences – mobile traffic might be more popular in one, desktop in another; Android users might dominate in one country, while iOS is more prevalent in another, and so on.

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To address this, it's important to segment the audience by creating separate campaigns targeting each geo. The more precise this segmentation is, the easier it becomes to analyze and optimize the performance. You can always reach out to your account manager if you need more help choosing the right settings and targeting options for each segment. In MyBid the manager helps analyze the offer, geo, and suggests the most suitable solutions.

Problem 5: Sending push notifications at the wrong time

One reason why people waste their ad budgets while working with push notifications is due to mishandling the scheduling aspect. In initial tests, it's fine to have a broad time range or consistently display ads. However, after analyzing the results, it's important to consider time zones and the typical behavior of the main active audience.

For instance, when people are asleep at night and receive a morning push notification, they're less likely to pay attention because their minds are preoccupied with other matters. On the contrary, in the evening, people are more relaxed and open to new information, making them more interested in shopping and entertainment.

Using contextual marketing techniques can be important at such moments. For example, a few days before an event or holiday, you can generate warm leads by using holiday-themed ad creatives with time-limited discounts, bonuses, or gifts. It's also important to test the "freshness" of subscribers. Typically, those who subscribed to push notifications 1-3 days ago tend to react and convert better than those who subscribed 7-14 days ago.

Problem 6: The user sees the same push notification ad too often

Ever had those moments where you're bombarded with the same push notification over and over again? It's a problem when whoever is in charge forgets or ignores how many notifications each person should get in a day. The sweet spot is usually 1 or 2 pushes per person. If you're getting more than that and still not clicking on anything, chances are you won't bother even after seeing it 3, 5, 10, or 20 times. That's not good because whoever's paying for those notifications is wasting their money.

Problem 7: Incorrect push notifications

Sometimes, push notifications have mistakes, or they're just not interesting anymore. Maybe they're using the same old phrases everyone else is using. When this happens, the ad campaign doesn't work, and the money set aside for it just goes down the drain.

Here are some tips for making better push notifications:


  • Think about the situation: Use special events, holidays, or the latest news to make your ad fit right in. For example, throw in a discount for Black Friday or a special Christmas bonus.
  • Make the benefits clear: Tell people straight up how your offer is going to make their life better. If your push notification doesn't make it clear why it's a good thing, people will probably ignore it.


good creative to adult on push

Example: A push notification explaining that to see private photos, you just need to sign up on the site.


  • Explain things: Give a bit more info in the description or a second heading to explain why someone should click on your push. Sometimes people can't click right away, but if they know it's worth it, they might come back to it later.
  • Watch the word count: Stick to the character limits, like 15-30 characters for the title and 140-180 for the description. If you go over, the push might get cut off, and people won't know what's in it for them.


When you start using push advertising, you might encounter some issues, but the good news is that these problems can always be resolved. The key is to be vigilant and address them promptly. Keep a close eye on your website traffic, analyze its performance regularly, and stay in touch with your personal manager in the advertising network. Your manager can assist with settings and offer valuable recommendations to ensure your advertising campaign runs smoothly.



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