Step 1: Find a weakness in an advertising platform
Step 2: Keep this information to yourself
Step 3: Take advantage of the weakness
Step 4: Go deposit profits at bank
Last year, there was a trick people were using on a popular social network advertising platform that involved manipulation of bid prices, and affiliates were able to pull in traffic for 1-2 cents a click where clicks were normally 30-60 cents. I won’t mention the network specifically but in short, you created an ad, put your bid price per click very high, waited for your first click, then lowered your bid price to a couple cents. The system read the high bid price and gave your ad priority impressions, and continued giving your ad priority impressions for a short time even after changing the bid price down to a couple pennies. This resulted in tons of clicks for almost nothing. Using a program like iMacros, you were able to automate this and let it run.
More recently, someone (not saying who) found a loophole in a certain advertising platform (if I said the name you would know what I’m talking about because you probably advertise there). In short, this person was able to get about $15k in traffic in a couple day’s time (until the loophole was closed). The trick involved setting up a new advertising account with no funding, submitting an ad for approval, getting the ad approved, and clicking a button to make the ad go live. The ad would go live for about 15-20 seconds and would receive massive traffic (assuming you put the bid high enough). After that time the system would recognize that there was no funding for the ad and would pause it. Using iMacros the whole operation was automated until the trick stopped working.
I’m not saying you should build your business around finding loopholes, but just keep your eye open. Whenever a new system/platform comes out, its bound to have weaknesses that you can monetize.