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You Can’t Get Rich if You Respect Your Fellow Man

I’ve been toying around with affiliate marketing lately. Nothing big, just those stupid banner ads you see everywhere that promise you a free iPod for providing your email address. You may not know it, but people like me get paid $1.25 for each email address that is submitted to sites like those. Yeah, I know, that makes me the scum of the Internet, but I have bills to pay too.

Want to know what’s worse? I’ve made over $70 from my little experiment. Today. Profit (not revenue). I know that’s not a lot, but that’s kinda the point (can’t get rich…). That means there are people out there who believe their email address is worth potentially hundreds of dollars. People aren’t too bright these days.

If you’re going to run a campaign (scam?) like this, you need to accept a couple of things. Firstly, and most importantly, the people you are targeting are dumb. Give them an incredibly simple landing page and make it very easy for them to fill in their email address.

Secondly, you have to realize that you have just compromised your morals and that you’re a terrible person. Why? Because the applicant (victim?) is now going to be smothered in spam. The only possible good that could come out of this is that hopefully the person leans not to give away their email address so easily.

Thirdly, you have to find a topic that’s going to convert well, because you’re going to get literally hundreds of clicks and only dozens of conversions. It could end up costing you more than you had hoped for, especially if you bid too high (I’m assuming that you’re using Google adwords to drive traffic.)

I’m only going to give you one piece of real advice, because I don’t want any of you encroaching on my potential profits. If you’re going to use Google adwords, bid low and use the content network. You’ll get tons of cheap clicks, and you won’t have to compete for the top search spots with people who have much more cash than you. If you target the right audience, you should get a lot of clicks and a decent conversion rate.

Anyway, that’s what I’m playing with in affiliate marketing world right now. If you’ve got nothing better to do, I’d recommend giving it a try.

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2 Responses to “You Can’t Get Rich if You Respect Your Fellow Man”

  1. Some guy in Japan Says:

    I always knew you were scum.

  2. Ryan Says:

    Agreed.

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