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Recruiting Affiliates is Like Pulling Teeth
Affiliates, a popular topic with me lately, because I'm an obsessed woman on a mission. This post could go into my case study updates but there's been a new wrench thrown in for good measure. I've been invited to contribute a chapter on a free ebook project. My chapter happens to be the affiliate marketing chapter, and also the thorn in my side with the new eBay project. What I mean to say is that it has been easier to sell my own product than it has for me to pay other people to sell it! Why is that?
So, I'm researching affiliate stuff, and what I'm finding is a lot of info for publishers who want to join programs but not for merchants who want to recruit affiliates. I'm blindly posting to affiliate forums, sending out thousands of safelist emails (20,695 actually), and asking the affiliate experts what I should do.
The "Best of eBay" project is launching September 6th for a 7 day stretch. So, I only have about a week left to get my team together. We're looking at over $400 bucks worth of auction resources for only $97. You'll get 2 tier commissions when you promote this. 50% on tier 1 referrals and 25% on tier 2 referrals. This means that if you don't sign up affiliates under you, you'll get 50% commission for everyone that makes a purchase with your link. If you sign up more affiliates under you to sell in higher volume, you'll both split the commission 25%/25%.
What I think is happening is that people are sick of eBay, but they don't realize that it's a doorway to other sales for you, because once an eBayer starts making money with eBay, guess what? They need other information like search engine marketing; list building, traffic, better advertising, and anything else that can help us sell more.
If you sell on eBay, like I do, then you know that it's a great opportunity and like me, you get people asking you all the time how to get started. If you sell something else like info products, then you might want to consider the potential of helping eBayers with future needs. You could gain a customer for life if you sell with integrity.
How can you get paid for this event? Well, here are the specifics:
The sales page can be seen here
The link to sign up and start making money is here
Sign up as soon as possible, because this opportunity will be gone before you know it.
Once you've registered, sign in to access your links with your ID already inserted from within the affiliate center by selecting the "Downline" button. Then cut and paste the links onto your webpage or into your emails.
Any questions, please let me know.
That's it for now. Go ahead and get registered, grab your first pre-launch letter in the "Links & Ads" section and get ready to have some fun and make some cash.
There are ten contributors to the "Best of eBay" and the resources really are among the best out there or I wouldn't be here promoting this.
Marketing on AdLand
Miss me? I've been up to my elbows working on prepartions for the David Lovelace: Best of eBay promotion. Meanwhile, my birthday passed August 10, last week, and school started for four of my kids August 15, this week. School supplies and clothes shopping, house cleaning/organizing, and my husband went away on business but was back in time to help with most of it. I also received the edits on Advanced Power Selling, which I spent a few days proofing. This didn't leave much time for creative writing. However, I did try to catch up on the forums with which I participate, and you're not going to believe what I found.
The forum on which I spend the most time posting is Adland Pro. Let's take a look at the name. Broken down, we see "ad" common abbreviation for "advertising." Next, we see "land" which we can assume refers to a virtually vast space of online people or community. Finally, we see "pro" short for "professional." Keeping all this in mind, I'd like now to ponder a popular issue of controversy among members of this forum, that of marketing through forums, which is often considered unethical. Yes, you read that right. Unethical.
I have found that semantics plays a huge role in the case for those against marketing through forums. They don't call what they do in the forum space "marketing." They call it "networking." Begging your pardon, but the difference is so minimal that one might say these people are fooling themselves, or worse being deceptive with others.
Obviously, when I speak of marketing through forums, I'm not suggesting that you post blindly to every forum with irrelevant self-gratifying infomercials. There is a subtlety to marketing that involves a certain level of trust. If you are interested in learning exactly how to master that subtle touch he calls relationship marketing, I suggest reading a Seth Godin book, or at least stopping by his blog.
What I am merely pointing out is that if you post using a signature file with a link or mention of your business, you are marketing through forums. If you have anything of value to include in a discussion, you are marketing through forums. And especially, if you go so far as to "toot your own horn" as I have seen a couple "top posters" do, you are marketing through forums.
God forbid anyone advertise to a community of "professional" internet marketers! Nuff said.
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One of my Adland Pro friends has begun an experiment which I think has idea buzz potential. There are 17,000 members at AdlandPro. It's free to join and advertise as well as participate in forum discussion groups.
Here's a link to Kirk's forum for all the details on his experiment. Pass it on.
Well, there for a bit I went away on 'vacation' to Arizona (hidden link in title again- a couple caught the last ones). It was actually a roadtrip from Dallas to Tucson with our 4 kids piled in the SUV for a weeklong excursion including a fun-filled site-seeing agenda for each day. (Woo-hoo.) Everything was uphill. No kidding. We visited the BioSphere (BTW, have you ever noticed how much Richard Simmons and Pauly Shore resemble each other? Just a thought...), Kitt Observatory, Arizona University Planetarium, Pima Air and Space Museum, and we climbed Mount Lemon-- not all 8000 some odd feet high, just a short distance really-- about 30 or so feet, and that was enough to have me huffing and puffing and gasping for dear life. We also rode the ski lift closer to the top from which I got sun-burned. All-in-all it was very nice (until the skin began itching profusely).
Once home, I needed recuperation time from my little holiday. Also, my husband and I realized that we should probably do something to get fit and lose weight. I'm frantically on the search for my rice diet that I used to lose 30 pounds several years ago- the last time I gained an incredible girth, incredibly quickly (spontaneous carelessness).
Honestly, I've been trying to work, but Monday was a bust with everything I needed to do for the kids: my teenaged boys are trying to get driving permits. Yikes! OMG-- have you been to the Dept of Public Safety lately? (They might call it the DMV where you live, but they might as well call it a nightmare.) Then Tuesday was devoted to going through my 846 new email messages. Today, I've been productively slacking. Checking out some cool links I received. Forwarded a few on. Got a thank-you response from a famous marketer/author- Seth Godin. Very cool! Am I retarded for getting excited about this? I think it's way cool, like that time Tom Peters replied to my comment on his blog and actually used my name! Ok, yeah, maybe a little re-re.
Anywho, I have been working- subconsciously. In fact, Alice Seba says in her blog that laziness can breed productivity, so there. :P I have bunches of links to share with you too, but they'll have to wait for when my productivity level rises again. For now, let me direct your attention to a cute little eBay list. Yes, I know. It looks suspiciously similar to my original one from forever ago, but we want to encourage them anyway. So here it is...
You Know You're Addicted to Ebay When...
Every time you go to the grocery store, you offer the cashier one cent more for
each item in the cart of the person in front of you.
To cut costs, FedEx and UPS are considering relocating their operations centers
to your house.
Sitting on the floor of your empty apartment, you stare at your fingers and
wonder whether they'll sell better individually or as a matched set.
Your spouse is loving and caring but you decided to file for divorce because you
need the storage space.
You're the reason they adopted the "No selling your children's vital organs"
find yourself searching eBay auctions for milk, eggs and bread.
When your wife agrees to have sex with you, you become suspicious and ask how
many other bidders there were.
Just ask your kids, eRay and eFaye.
After a particularly passionate night, you lean over and whisper in your
spouse?s ear, "Excellent service, great communication! Would recommend again!
You set your alarm clock for 3 am so you can log on to protect your bid.
You've called someone a naughty name for outbidding you at the last second.
You've questioned your sanity because of the price you've bid... more than once.
You've changed all your clocks to "eBay official time (PDT)."
You've bid on something even though the picture doesn't show up correctly.
You've purposely run up the bid on something similar for which you paid more.
You've rolled your eyes at the word "antique" or "vintage" used on something
made in the past decade.
You've gritted your teeth each time you've clicked on a description that uses
the word "L@@K."
You've turned up the volume on your email alert so you'll never miss an Outbid
You've made "My eBay" your default home page.
You've emailed a seller to correct their description with accurate dates or
You've come to rely on "convenience cash" from PayPal and wish you could pay all
your bills like that.
You've earned a "Shooting Star" Feedback Profile for more than 10,000 purchases!
You won't go to estate auctions because they don't take PayPal.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are addicted