But I will discuss here how all this has affected me as an affiliate and my future outlook. Maybe my voice isn’t all that important or as important and connected as others, but that’s never stopped me before! 😆
Number 1 – I’m not on the list. I haven’t seen a copy – but I know it’s not possible. And if I was on the list – there’d be a serious gong show goin on. :lol:!
Somewhere earlier on this blog we had a little discussion about why I won’t post my sites publicly here. IMO it’s the fastest way to kill a money making site. Six months flat – tops. And here now with the List – some of the true ‘Super Affs’ are having their network of sites and information outted. By someone who worked with them at some point.
What I’m most concerned about, because now this part *does* affect me, is the fact that affiliate managers, affiliate network VPs and employees, contractors, programmers, etc., have the opportunity to cull and gather all my information. And sell it. Or move on to copy my work and build for themselves.
1) I have offered my biography many places on the Web, including the site where this product is sold. If it remains a mystery as to where I’ve seen the data (that allows me to pass judgment on retail focused affiliates) after helping found an affiliate network, lead the sales effort at the leading affiliate data services provider and manage dozens of programs as an outsourced services provider to marketers… well, then, I’m sorry. Believe it or not, Elisabeth, people who are employed with such companies and in such positions can actually view data without distributing it. Right now there are dozens of people with access to every affiliate’s data out there… their financial information either in part or in whole. They’re looking at it right now perhaps. Hey look – there’s an affiliate manager looking at it. Now there’s an employee at a network looking at it and they’re looking, also, at your SEO techniques. Maybe they’ll leave their $70K a year position and become an affiliate. Hold the show, now there’s three guys from Overture (I shall not name them but most should know who they are) who broke away and are some of the largest affiliates out there to date. How? By leveraging the data they *saw* (didn’t take or sell!) from within Goto/Overture.
It seems I misunderstood and what I thought was private and protected about me – really isn’t. Yeah I know whois is there for the taking, yada yada yada, but what I thought was sacred was my financial earning power within the networks. I didn’t realize that someone I worked with could legally flag and tag me as a big gun, package that information and sell it – or even just share amongst other affiliate managers outside the company, or anyone outside the network period.
As an affiliate I’m one of many really striving to reach top dollar status, spending hours learning SEO techniques, web development issues, script programs, scouring for good hosts, sales techniques, copywriting development, ppc techniques – the learning curve for affiliate marketing is TREMENDOUS!
And I love it absolutely.
But now I have this scary thing looming ahead. When I do *get there*, I can see I’ll potentially have an army of affiliate managers and affiliate network employees stalking me and my work. And using my information, my techniques, to benefit and further themselves. And the scariest part is – that seems to be the best case scenario I could hope for! Because apparently they could choose to package it all up and hand my information out to anyone.
Someone told me eons ago that affiliate marketing is super-shady behind the scenes (not slim shady – super shady!), but was an excellent way to figure the ‘web ropes’ out. But once I get there and learned my tricks, move up and out lickety split as a manner of self preservation for earning online.
I’m starting to get what he was saying.
He also told me a few tricks about the whois 😉
Affiliate Lists – Lies Damn Lies
The Source’s Ass
Why can’t we all just get along v.2.0
The Affiliate List Under Fire
The Useful Idiots of Affiliate Marketing
Premier Web Affiliates Revealed, Profiled
btw – anyone have a good list of dropshippers handy? Anywhere? 😎