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Archive: Affiliate Marketing

Ask and You Shall Receive

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Lately, I’ve been having a hard time coming up with ideas to make money online. I keep throwing things at the wall, but nothing sticks. After a particularly fruitless session of brainstorming, I decided to say ’screw it’ and beg the Wickedfire crowd for advice.

I created a new post that basically enumerated my many failures and asked where to go from there. The first reply suggested that I not quit my day job (thanks Nickycakes). From there, I got a lot of replies telling me to not give up, keep testing, etc. Stuff like that is nice to hear but hard to implement when doing PPC (my budget is pretty tiny). Then, many replies later, I struck gold. One of the board members offered to give me a campaign he wasn’t doing much with. He sent me keyword lists, information about the niche (which is amazingly unsaturated), and told me to figure the rest out for myself. That was exactly what I was looking for. I don’t know how he found such an excellent untapped niche, but I jumped on it immediately. Two hours later I had a site up and an Adwords campaign going. I’m going to be watching it closely over the next few days.

That wasn’t the only thing I got out of that thread. I was also made aware of two affiliate networks that I hadn’t heard of before: LinkShare and ShareASale. Both of them contain a lot of offers that I haven’t seen on other networks, and I’m going to spend a lot of time over the next few days looking them over. To top it all off, I got some other valuable advice out of the thread (longtails = win, apparently).

My point for all of this is simple: Don’t be afraid to look like a newbie. Sure, you’ll probably get told to GTFO by a few of the jerks, but you might just get something valuable out of it.

Like a campaign. Jeez, I did not see that one coming. Can you believe my luck?

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Simple SEO Tip

Hey guys, I decided to do a video post for today. This will be my first video post, so I hope you like it. It’s just a simple little SEO trick I found to increase your site’s ranking in the SERPs. Hope you find it useful.

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My Activities/Around the Blogosphere

I struck on something brilliant (read: lucky) yesterday, and I’ve been spending all of my time promoting it. I don’t want to tell what it is too soon (just in case it falls flat), but if it works like I think it will, I’ll be sure to let you guys know. I’ll give you a hint though:

Morons + Email Submits + Good Domain Name + New Campaign + Relevant to Current Events = Profit.

In addition to that idea, I’ve been doing some research on using proxies and CPM ads to make the $$$. If you don’t know what a CPM ad is, basically you are paid a set rate per thousands views. I know next to nothing about what those types of ads generally go for, so I’m looking around. Also, unless I can talk my web host into turning a blind eye to my system resource usage, I may have to look into getting a VPS (hopefully not though).

To top it all off, I’m still working on some craigslist ads that trigger an autoresponder with my product affiliate link. Those haven’t been too terribly successful, and I’m working on making new ads for different cities.

So yeah. Busy day. I don’t have anything too terribly witty or interesting to say, so why not take a look at some people who do?

  • Cow is picking up Entrecard for a month again to prove that (most of) its traffic is worthless. Preaching to the choir here.
  • Paul is answering questions. He still hasn’t answered mine though (Do you play Smash Bros?).
  • Jason interviewed some big important guy. Definitely an interesting read.

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Would YOU Do Business With Clickbooth?

There’s nothing quite as emasculating as knowing that your freedom of speech comes with a price tag in this country.

Ok, so here’s what happened yesterday: I got a friendly little email from the fine folks at Clickbooth suggesting that I take down my post about them or face a possible lawsuit. On one hand, I’m flattered that they think my little site matters enough to be considered a threat, but on the other hand, I’m a poor college student who doesn’t have the money to hire a lawyer or the time to go to court. That being said, I took the post down.

I can honestly say that I haven’t been this frustrated in a long time. I know that they have absolutely no chance of winning a lawsuit against me, as all of what I wrote is protected under the first amendment, but at the same time I know that they can take advantage of the legal system to tie me up in court for months. They have the money to do that, and I don’t, so therefore they win. It’s infuriating to know that I have to back my words up with dollars in order to freely write them down.

That being said, I really liked what I had written for that post, and I feel that people need to know about Clickbooth’s (alleged) business practices, so I’m going to summarize right now why I will never do business with them:

  • They sent me a fairly threatening email, letting me know that others who have written things similar to what I wrote have been sued.
  • They’re suing Wickedfire.
  • Various members of Wickedfire have reported some (alleged) shady business practices.
  • Various members of Digital Point forums have reported some (alleged) shady business practices.
  • They seem to like threatening bloggers with lawsuits. In addition to myself, I know of at least one other blogger who has been threatened.

So there you go. I think you guys should know what kind of (alleged) activities this company takes part in, so hopefully you all can take this information and avoid a headache. Speaking of headaches, I’m going to try to avoid potentially sticky situations like this in the future by removing my personal liability from the picture. Can’t Get Rich LLC sounds pretty catchy, don’t you think?

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I Can’t Believe This

Remember that post I wrote a few days ago about Clickbooth? Well, they aren’t too happy with it. I just received an email threatening possible legal action.

Yes, that’s right. I report on a current event in the affiliate marketing world, and I get threatened with a (potential) lawsuit. Apparently expressing an opinion constitutes libel.

It has been brought to our attention that a post titled “Don’t Do Business with Clickbooth” was recently created regarding the performance-based network, Clickbooth.com. It was posted March 9, 2008.

The aforementioned post’s content contains defamatory statements referencing Clickbooth and its owner, John Lemp. The information throughout the post is considered libelous, and legal action has already been taken against another such individual publishing similar statements.

I know they’re just bluffing (pesky freedom of speech and all that), but I don’t have the means to stand up to these guys. I’m just a poor college student. I’m going to get some advice from the guys over at Wickedfire, and then go from there.

EDIT: I just took the post down. Like I said, I don’t have the time or resources to deal with this bullshit. Lawyers - 1, freedom of speech - 0.

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