Category Archives: Affiliate Marketing

  • Gap

    Sikhs and The Great Divide aka The Gap – See What I Did There?

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    Most advertisements, unless they are truly poignant or provocative, tend to be no more than background noise to me, however I was indeed shocked by the recent Gap advertisement that featured a turban-wearing Sikh man posing provocatively with a beautiful woman who was draped all over him. The ad, to be honest, left me feeling queasy and a bit uncomfortable and uncertain.

    In my initial reaction, you could say I felt insulted. How dare this mere clothing company show such disrespect toward my faith and attempt to make money off the Sikh culture? But as I considered the ad further, I suddenly realized that Gap had actually done my people a huge favor in helping us to bridge the gap that has existed between Sikhs and much of Western culture. We have become a fashion statement.

    Making The Unfamiliar Familiar

    Much of the West is unfamiliar with Sikh traditions and beliefs. We have been lumped in with the faithful of Islam and, after the attacks of 9/11, have been terrorized by those who see our “dastar” and beards as signs we are the terrorists. In fact, Sikhs have been subjected to abuse and bigotry since the first of our faith arrived in America 100 years ago. Our turbans have been drawn onto the heads of ghastly cartoon characters and our ways have been characterized as isolating and standoffish.

    Now with that image of Waris Ahluwalia, an attractive and highly successful Sikh, adorning billboards, we have been brought into the mainstream. I am no longer a strange looking individual, but a member of a recognizable group just as others belong to groups. The shade of mystery has lightened.

    I have read the complaints of some in the Sikh community who say that they are offended by the representation in the ad of female model who seems to be disrespectfully pushing down on the turban and touching Waris “lustfully.” I have seen much worse depictions deliberately mocking Sikhs as snake charmers. Instead, I view the ad as showing others, in a way they can understand, how Sikhs are a part of the society we live …read more

  • Agencies That Give Back

    Bet You Didn’t Know What These 6 Agencies are Up To

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    Why are we in business? 9 out of 10 internet/affiliate marketers surveyed will tell you the obvious choice, to make money. Totally understandable, we all have bills to pay and this recent Federal shutdown obviously hasn’t helped. However, while that should be one of your reasons, it shouldn’t be the main goal. The popular way of thinking about this now is known as the law of attraction. When you focus on the good things that you can do for those around you, you start attracting what you want to you. Your focus shifts to all of the wonderful and positive things you want in your life.

    The purpose of any business is to solve a problem or fill a need. You do it by offering a product or service to the customer. If there is no need fulfilled or problem solved, there are no customers and therefore, no business. But there’s more and it always goes back to the customer. Every successful business owes it’s well-being to their customers and where do those people come from? Hopefully, you responded with, “the community” or in our case the “virtual community”.

    So how does one go about giving back? The obvious choice is to fund local charities or ones close to your heart. You know, like the children’s clubs, churches and local chapters of national organizations (Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.). They can be of any size as long as someone benefits. You spread good will and establish yourself as an upstanding member of the community.

    Here are some companies doing good in our industry and certainly worth mentioning. BTW there are countless others that give also but specifically requested not to be mentioned as they prefer to give anonymously.

     

    Jen Mansfield @ DigThrive

    We donate a part of our profits to the WWF (http://worldwildlife.org/) as we’re big animal lovers. Our re-brand consists of using extinct animals on our site and our media materials. You can see our “coming soon” page here:  http://www.wearedig.com/  

     

    Chad French @ PeerFly.com

    Every year we give and help raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis and the Rotary Club. We also just gave/raised $25k for …read more

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    6 Steps to Overcoming Your Fear and Anxiety

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    Be it in business or in our personal lives, we have a tendency to let fear rule our lives, therefore – we miss out on opportunities which unfortunately lead us to dismiss people and situations that could otherwise help us attain our goals. Fear comes in different forms for everyone and this fear can be detrimental to you because it may stop you from living a normal happy life. Here are my top 6 steps to deal effectively with this uncomfortable emotion.

    Step 1) If you are prone to anxiety you have two choices: Give in to it or learn to live with it. By giving into it also means that your partner will suffer alongside you so, to make your life a better place to be, find ways to eliminate or at least limit this feeling by acknowledging your fear and emotion, taking responsibility for it and knowing you have a choice.

     

    Jennifer Rozario, The Click Network

    “When I need to deal with fear, I know I need to face it head on.  I analyze my fear, figure out ways to deal with it and project the outcome for each course I could take to overcome it.  Regardless of the outcome, the fear is lessened or alleviated if I don’t hide behind it and address it from the outset.”

     

    Step 2) This one may sound a bit harsh – but realize and appreciate the short duration of your life. No matter how much money you make, no matter how big of a house you have or what car you drive – no matter what disappointments and fears you feel you can’t overcome – you will die one day. So suck it up and fight back and tell fear to just kiss your a**.

     

    Jake Kauffman, JJR Media

    “I deal with fear by only worrying about what I can control in the present.”

     

     

    Step 3) Seek the company of supportive people and reduce contact with those who foster feelings of negativity and have a “fearful” approach to life. Go to your happy …read more

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    Peter Klein – The Media Whiz

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    I have known Peter for a few years now and one of the most sincere and genuine person I know. Very astute and knowledgeable about the industry, he is one of the very few individuals I hold in high regard. He has a story worth sharing so here we go:

    Hey Peter, can you briefly tell us a little bit about yourself?

    I am the ultimate Gemini in that I am equally creative and analytical, good natured and evil genius, hard-working and playful…and actually a twin. I love sports, the outdoors, summer, amazing beer/wine and cigars as semi-aficionado, and especially being with my two daughters, Jessica (8) and Amanda (5). I was born and raised in Queens and Long Island, the latter where I live today.

    Do you think you achieved everything in Life or do you believe in saying “there are miles to go before I sleep”?

    While I am very happy with my life, I do believe work is never done. I am a “type A” in work and a “type B” in fun, going back to the Gemini theory. It is hard for me to rest if I know there is work to be done and shouldn’t be put off until the next day. This goes for business and private life. The sight of a “bold” (unread) email before turning in, or open items on a post-it note can be frustrating. You have to enjoy life, but you have to get things done – this helps fuel my sense of accomplishment.

    What was the turning point of your life?

    I’d say I have a few major turning points. When I was 17, a (hit and run) sedan cut off our car, forcing us into a telephone pole, in which I was sitting in the front passenger seat. I have a large scar across my forehead and jaw (which was broken) and took several months to heal. Then I would say 10 years ago giving up a Fortune 500 job full time to stop moonlighting as an affiliate. And most recently, having two daughters, as previously mentioned. All of …read more

  • Jaan

    18 Reasons Why I Still Love My Wife

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    That’s right, I said it! After 18 years of marriage I am still madly in love with my beautiful and wonderful wife Navleen, aka Leena. Unlike the last post I wrote in which I only gave 5 reasons, this one will have 18 – one for each year of marriage. She has given me her heart, her soul, and her love even when I wasn’t worthy of them (yes, I know – hard to believe).

    Her relentless support of my crazy ideas (business, life and family) is amazing, she is an awesome mom to our daughter, calls me out when I’ve pushed the limits, and most of all her faith in the big guy above has truly gotten us to this point.

    We’ve gone through a lot together over the last 18 years and quite frankly – it is rather difficult for me to only pick 18 reasons as otherwise I can go on and on and on and put the Energizer Bunny to shame.

    So, in honor of my wonderful wife I bring to you 18 Reasons Why I Still Love My Wife:

    1. She Makes Me Laugh

    Navleen is and always a lot more serious than myself. However, there are little things she does that bring a chuckle to my face and that is awesome!

    2. Her Eyes Sparkle

    Her eyes are a window to her soul and they sparkle as we communicate and dig into our emotional territory. It is during these conversations that I get to witness something absolutely beautiful. Although I think she may need glasses – kind of difficult to imagine that sparkle would be on account of me. :-)

    3. During Tough Times She Never Gave Up On Us

    Huge, huge, huge. During the darkest valleys that we have gone through Navleen never gave up on us. Don’t get me wrong, there were tough conversations, tough situations, and nights where we didn’t want to be next to each other. But at the end of the day – her inner strength willed us to move forward.

    4. We Dream Together

    Both of us dream, share those dreams and then go after them. We’ve achieved many, …read more

  • Ricky Ahuja

    Less Than 24 Hours Left – Vote NOW!

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    In 2012, Affiliate Venture Group was ranked the #3 Affiliate Network in the annual Perform Insider survey based on the loyalty of our publishes and the nature of how we do business – with ethics and transparency.

    We hope to carry over our ranking to the prestigious mThink in 2013 and need your support! The survey takes less than a minute to complete, so if you wouldn’t mind, please click here and vote for us won’t you:

    http://svy.mk/RWNEW9

     

  • Suited

    Winter CPA Affiliate Network Survey

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    AFFILIATE VENTURE GROUP – VOTE FOR TOP CPA AFFILIATE NETWORK

    Well guys, here I am again. Last week I asked you to vote for me in a top blogger  blogging contest (which is still going on by the way – feel free to vote) and I must say the response was absolutely astounding. Competing against the likes of Ian Fernando, Murray Newlands, Mr. Green, and the rest of the star studded cast is definitely a humbling experience. The amount of wealth and knowledge those guys bring is amazing and we as an industry are quite fortunate to have them around.

    I now however invite you to participate in the 2012 Winter CPA Affiliate Network Survey sponsored by the Executive Council of Performance Marketing and pick Affiliate Venture Group as your network of choice. Your vote will assist in making our company the preferred CPA Affiliate Network for affiliates and publisher, new or seasoned. It is a privilege just to be in the running and thanks to your support we can certainly come out ahead.

    Input from you will enable us to continue to build our company culture and bring attention to areas in which we may currently lack. Because our company believes that “Everyone Matters”, this vote of confidence in Affiliate Venture Group will certainly help the cause.

    By clicking on this LINK, you will be able to vote for Affiliate Venture Group so make it count will ya? As a matter of fact, two of our Affiliate Managers are up for the Favorite Affiliate Manager so please vote for Chris Kautz and or Rheya Sahni.

    Thank you and we look forward to receiving your input.

  • Saamrath

    Successful Affiliate Marketing

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    This is a guest post by Samrath Gupta on Successful Affiliate Marketing

    For those who have come upon successful affiliate marketing, they have the ability to “print” money anytime they want to. Simply put, these marketers have what it takes to think up cash and make them into solid checks.

    Too good to be true?  This is what affiliate marketing can do.

    The amazing thing about affiliate marketing is that anyone can make incredible profits, without much work needed and in as little as 2 or 3 weeks.  This basically means that you can start from nothing and make easy cash, without having to create your own products, website, or write a single ad copy.

    This is what makes affiliate marketing a good starting point for those newbies who want to have an idea what it is like to be in a business. It gives them the opportunity to work on their own time, using other people’s efforts and resources, to gain profits while educating themselves in the process.

    Affiliate marketing is an earning while learning business. This is where most people get the knowledge to make it big on other forms of business in the future. This is their starting point.

    When starting an affiliate program, you do not just go right ahead and choose the ones lid out in front of you. There are certain factors you need to understand before getting into one. Not considering these things can result to wasted time, resources and profits.

     

    1. Know Your Target Market

    To collect the big affiliate checks, you must first identify and target your audience. This is a simple case of offering people what they want and need. Many affiliates commit the mistake of giving out these things to the wrong persons.

    The result? No buyer and no sales for you. Why would people buy something they are not in need of?

    Do you think people will be interested in you offering them affiliate marketing when they are into copywriting? Not many will be.

    It is best to find your audience first to be able to maximize your resources and commissions.

     

    2. Know the Quality of Your Affiliate …read more

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    Super Affiliates Facebook Group

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    Hey Russell, thanks for taking the time to do this. Tell us some about yourself and what you do.

    I got started in the online advertising business back in 1995 and was a pioneer in the email industry by 1996 having run

    More details here http://www.optinplus.com/complete

    How did you start the group Super Affiliates and when was it started?

    I was an early adopter to Facebook and realized how much potential it had for industry people to stay in constant communication. One of the first things I did after joining Facebook was to start the group. I think this was at the end of 2006 or maybe the beginning of 2007.

    Are you the only one who monitors the group?

    No there are several moderators. Each Friday as a bit of a publicity stunt for affiliate managers we add a new female moderator.  They become the “Friday Girl” and basically have the stage for the day and it’s all about them. The idea behind this is to promote personality and attract business for some of the affiliate networks and managers that participate in the group.

    What was the main purpose behind starting this group?

    Originally the purpose was so that I could interact more on a day to day basis with my clients. Those clients then added their friends and their friends added more people and it started to grow. Before Facebook made their group changes at the beginning of 2011 it operated more like a Listserv and people would request for me to send out Facebook Messages to people’s Inboxes promoting their offers or services and whatnot. After Facebook made the changes to the way groups operate the group really took off in popularity and has since become the busiest affiliate marketing discussion group to my knowledge. One of the main reasons for the group’s popularity is the rather backward approach to how we appreciate self promotion. The group exists as a venue where it’s okay to toot your own horn.

    Where do you see this group going? Is it living up to your expectations?

    We are trying to double our membership base currently from 3500 members …read more

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    Refreshing Internet Marketing Methods – Modern Email Marketing

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    In the old days of internet marketing, mass emailing was a widespread and profitable venture.  Thousands of reputable companies would send out mailings to their customers who would happily open email and review their details.  It seemed win/win – companies got increased exposure while customers got information about the latest deals available.

    Unfortunately, what began as a common sense internet marketing strategy quickly spiraled into a dirty mess of pointless messages pushing enlargement pills and money transfer scams.  In time, spam became more common than legitimate marketing messages, and as inboxes were flooded by unwanted messages the real, valuable marketing emails were pushed from the fore.

    Today, the world of mass email marketing is much different.  There are three primary methods by which modern internet marketers attempt to utilize such practices today, yet some are far more valuable than others.  This article will outline each strategy and suggest how it may be used – or avoided – to the benefit of a company.

    Untargeted and Uninteresting

    Recent studies have suggested that around two thirds of internet users would be willing to review marketing emails if they could be distinguished from spam.  Unfortunately, very few organizations do a very good job of setting their messages apart from junk.  If a subject line reads like spam (or just does not seem interesting) it does not stand a chance of being read.  Think about it – most people receive dozens of emails each day.  Why bother wasting time with a questionable message?

    Avoiding Mass Emailing Altogether

    While mass emailing may have been a widespread internet marketing practice when the web was younger, it is not today.  Many companies choose to simply ignore mass emailing completely, opting for other methods of reaching customers.  This may actually be a more effective strategy than the one above – customers do not want to receive messages that they perceive to be junk, and if they feel that you are unnecessarily cluttering their inboxes they may just write you off altogether.

    Email Relativism

    The most effective way to utilize mass emailing, however, is not to ignore it.  Instead, the most successful companies find ways of …read more

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    Refreshing Internet Marketing Methods – Modern Email Marketing

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    In the old days of internet marketing, mass emailing was a widespread and profitable venture.  Thousands of reputable companies would send out mailings to their customers who would happily open email and review their details.  It seemed win/win – companies got increased exposure while customers got information about the latest deals available.

    Unfortunately, what began as a common sense internet marketing strategy quickly spiraled into a dirty mess of pointless messages pushing enlargement pills and money transfer scams.  In time, spam became more common than legitimate marketing messages, and as inboxes were flooded by unwanted messages the real, valuable marketing emails were pushed from the fore.

    Today, the world of mass email marketing is much different.  There are three primary methods by which modern internet marketers attempt to utilize such practices today, yet some are far more valuable than others.  This article will outline each strategy and suggest how it may be used – or avoided – to the benefit of a company.

    Untargeted and Uninteresting

    Recent studies have suggested that around two thirds of internet users would be willing to review marketing emails if they could be distinguished from spam.  Unfortunately, very few organizations do a very good job of setting their messages apart from junk.  If a subject line reads like spam (or just does not seem interesting) it does not stand a chance of being read.  Think about it – most people receive dozens of emails each day.  Why bother wasting time with a questionable message?

    Avoiding Mass Emailing Altogether

    While mass emailing may have been a widespread internet marketing practice when the web was younger, it is not today.  Many companies choose to simply ignore mass emailing completely, opting for other methods of reaching customers.  This may actually be a more effective strategy than the one above – customers do not want to receive messages that they perceive to be junk, and if they feel that you are unnecessarily cluttering their inboxes they may just write you off altogether.

    Email Relativism

    The most effective way to utilize mass emailing, however, is not to ignore it.  Instead, the most successful companies find ways of …read more

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    Flip this Website

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    Well, as you all know – I am not one to typically blog about internet gurus, but this next post on Zac Johnson is one I felt I had to do. He was one of the first ones to blog about AVG and for that alone, I felt that I owe him this at the very least.

    He has just released a book on flipping websites – a topic very relevant with social media and what Facebook has allowed people to do. However, rather than just posting a banner or an affiliate link to his book, I wanted to find out a bit more about this so here it is….happy flipping!

     

    Hi, Zac! Tell us a bit about yourself and when and how you got into writing.

    Hey Ricky, first off thanks for doing this interview with me. I’ve been making money online for over a decade now, and started blogging in 2007. I’ve always been a decent writer, but once the blog started, I just kept writing more as I continued to fill the blog with new content.

    Last year I released my first free eBook, Six Figure Affiliate Blogging, which did extremely well and documented the process of creating a blog and using affiliate marketing to generate income. This time around I decided to write on the topic of web site flipping. My latest book, Flip This Web Site, just went live this week and covers everything from starting your first web site, to eventually flipping web sites and domains for a full time income.

     

    How did the idea of this book come to you? Can you tell us a bit about it?

    Lately I’ve found myself addicted to using the Flippa web site. I could be on there all day and bidding on web sites, but then I realize I’ll spread myself out too thin trying to run all of these sites. However, it’s still a killer place for resources and to start a new business, so I wanted to spread the word and walk people through the process of web site flipping.

    One of the great things about site flipping is …read more