An Update On All That Is Me

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Sorry for the pause between posts, people. I've been doing some heavy experimenting here and there. For some reason, I've been craving to write about whatever pops into my head and to spare you people the off-topic rants and random funny pictures I find, I started writing in the ScottMW blog. I figured you'd be grateful.

Yes, of course I'm still doing internet marketing. Although, lately I've been switching it up.

You see, I've had some recent success doing organic marketing that kind of took me by surprise. By no means is it what I'd consider 'easy' though. To the contrary, it's been quite a rollercoaster and when you're dealing with organic traffic, you're basically doing a lot more work than you would with PPC to stay in the same positions you'd get with PPC and you're waiting a lot longer to get there.

The beauty of it is -- once you're there, the profit margins are upwards of 90%. Yeah, no kidding.

So while I may not be doing $20,000 in daily revenue these days, I am pushing a few hundred a day with organic and actually keeping most of it. Although, due to a bit of greed on my part, I've been pushed back into the double digits for profit. Needless to say, if you're going to do any kind of organic marketing, DO NOT mess with any kind of black hat trickery. The bads outweigh the goods by far. A good organic campaign can get you a few thousand a day if you play your cards right and that means no hidden links on popular sites, no link spamming and no huge, sudden growths of backlinks. It's all about taking your time and having a plan.

Anyway, so that's where I am right now. I'm still around every day for questions, comments, that sort of thing but until I have something more profound to say in regard to affiliate marketing, I'm going to leave you fine people alone. I think the content on the blog is sufficient for most n00b Q&A.

So until the urge hits me or I have something amazing to tell you...

You stay classy, San Diego. I'm Ron .. Burgundy?

"Dammit. Who typed a question mark on the Teleprompter?"

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What Is A Zip Submit Offer?

Affiliate Questions

This question comes from one of our readers.

Dear Reader,

A Zip Submit offer is a lot like an Email Submit offer. In an Email Submit, visitors would submit their unique e-mail address for you to get the credit for the lead. However, with a Zip Submit, customers would simply need to enter their US Zip Code for your lead to qualify for credit.

That means offers like the ones discussed in this post would generate money based on a simple zip submission from a unique US-based IP address.

Zip submit offers are not very common, but networks like AzoogleAds and Neverblue do carry them.

Hope that clears things up.

Scott

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Dear AzoogleAds

Dear AzoogleAds,

You are a sexy network with brains to boot, but lately I've been craving something more. You see, while your affiliate managers, lead tracking and offers in general are second to none, there is something that is lacking: your interface.

I know, I know ... I said you were perfect just the way you are and asked you to never change, but I lied. I was just trying to get into your pants ... offers. Now that we've grown closer, I feel we can be more honest with each other. So here it is.

For starters, let's talk about your offer interface. I can sort by everything I don't care about, but what about the things I do care about?

AzoogleAds - Not Sortable

Look, if I'm mistaken, I'll gladly apologize but I don't think I'm out of line asking for three measly sorts on the things that matter most to me.

Next? Reports. You have so many amazing reports but to see them, I have to wait until they show up in my email-

Sub By Day Report

And what about your beautiful Toolbar? Once you started giving me the money, I was able to buy a fancy new Mac. Look at where that got me:

No Macs Allowed?

Requirements? Windows XP? Where's the love?

Look, no one is perfect. Not me. Not you. But let's get past this little bump. Relationships are about compromise. I'm ready, are you?

Sincerely yours,

Scott

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Acai Berry, Ringtones and The Rest

Snake Oil

How are those fads treating you, anyway?

Lately, I've been hearing people complaining about the saturated markets for the hot sellers, the latest of which is the Acai Berry. The list is long and includes things like Ringtones, Acne cures, the Dating niche and any other fad market you can think of.

What's funny about this complaining is that there's nothing special about the Acai fad; it's really just another weight loss solution on a long list of "solutions." There will be another fad and another fad will come after that. Affiliates like you and I will flock to it and try to get a piece of the pie before the fad dries up and people will complain that the market is much too saturated.

To all you complainers, here's a little secret: no market is ever saturated, angles are.

What that means is that the only thing that gets too expensive to compete in is the actual advertising method used to sell product X. If that means PPC, that doesn't mean trying organic won't work. If that means organic is saturated, what about e-mail marketing? If e-mail is saturated, try Craigslist. If Craigslist is saturated, try classified ads in your local newspaper. If that's saturated, get creative. Not even I'm above taking my bike out at 2AM to post flyers. But then, that's the difference between wankers and the people actually making money: action.

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What Are Your Favorite Affiliate Tools?

I've had over 500 RSS subscribers for quite some time now. While that might seem like a big number to some, I have a feeling most of it's fluff because if it's true, only a few of you visit regularly and fewer still ever comment.

So if you're out there, I'm interested to hear what you have to say.

As an affiliate, what tools do you use to make your life easier?

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Has anyone said something so obvious to you that you'd just overlooked and took for granted? Every chapter in Outliers felt that way for me, and in a good way. The stories of success from people like Bill Gates to Gladwell himself are quite obviously not just stories of amazing genius just by themselves. In our world, success is smarts, persistence and who you know.

In the book, Gladwell points out that you've heard of people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and even the CEO of Google but do you know the name of the smartest man in the world? Not many people do and that's because genius alone does not make someone a true success.

The stories alone are worth reading, so I won't ruin those for you but I will say this: I'm giving this out to several people this Christmas as a gift because I think the book is just that good. If nothing else, it's an amazing look at how people can use their situations to their advantage and tip fate to their advantage.

Here's a recent interview of Gladwell on the book-

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Why It Pays To Be Fat

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You are a marketer, a salesman. In the world of sales, those who know their product best usually know why other people want to buy it. They can easily relate to their customer base. It's a simple matter of sympathy that goes deeper than - I think this is how they might feel.

Chubs the hamster can probably whip up a pretty kick-ass sales page for dieting hamsters because he's been through the ups, the downs, the binges and crash diets. Now Christmas is in the air and Chubs can't help but indulge in some delicious holiday treats, but he can also use that shameful indulgence as fuel for the fire.

Put simply, in deference to you, Kent, it's like lasing a stick of dynamite1. Okay, maybe not like lasing a stick of dynamite but the point is that knowing is half the battle. Here's why:

  1. As previously stated, if you've been through it, you know it
  2. The emotions that go with it fuel your ambition to tell other people

As you might have guessed by now, I'm not targeting this directly at fat people. It applies to any person who has a characteristic that society deems "bad." People who have gone through the trauma of teenage acne, profuse sweating, hair loss, STDs, etc. have the kind of experience that goes a long way in selling other people. It's sad, but it's true.

However, what I've found to be even more valuable is actually having your own story -- preferably photo documented. You are the best person you could hire for this type of thing. For one thing, it's free and for another, you have no reason to lie. So if you're a little over weight (or even tremendously overweight), do yourself a favor and get yourself on the track to health and document the entire process. If you've got acne, stretch marks, baldness, whatever -- take some before, during and after pictures.

Shoot, you can even make a blog about it and people will eat it up (heh). Once you hit your goal, you've got a product with photos, a testimony and results. Now you're happy, more confident and you can better relate to your target audience.

And once you've got your product, if you want, you can go back to your old ways just like Chubs did. Poor bastard.

1. If you got this reference, you are bad ass.

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