These video’s are over a year old but I wanted to put them up as they are a great introduction to affiliate marketing. The Top Affiliate Challenge was a series created to showcase 3 teams of affiliates competing against each other to win prizes based on the amount of money generated using affiliate marketing.It’s pretty cheesey but worth a look if your getting involved in affiliate marketing. Each episode team members were voted off until one affiliate remained and was given the title Top Affiliate.
Each team was a assigned a team leader or guru from the industry. The team leaders were Shoemoney, John Chow and Ken MacArthur. There were three teams sponsored by the different affiliate networks and corporate sponsors, Team Pepperjam (Pepperjam Network), Team Toolbarn (Toolbarn.com) and Team XY7.com ( XY7.com Affiliate Network).
The contestants were Big Jason Henderson, Jonathon van Clute, Ian Fernando, Collin De Ruyck, Chad van Norman, Jani Ghaffer, Devin Hunter, Tom the furry hat guy, Collin LaHay, Jonathan Ryan, Ronda DelBoccio and Carl Zetterland.
There are 14 episodes in all but they are very informative about the techniques each affiliate use and provide some tricks along the way.
In fact a good chunk of the presentation is devoted to wordpress, and if your new to blogging or affiliate marketing and are planning to use wordpress for your cms, definitely check it out above.
Now as much as I love wordpress, this is an affiliate marketing blog, so I want to discuss the slides that seem to be aimed at this area. Now what you’ll notice is that slides 42-44 seem to be aimed at the affiliate marketing industry.
Now unfortunately the video of the presentation isn’t up so I can’t see what he actually said during these slides but from the looks of the presentation he wasn’t painting it in a good light. Slide 42 & 43 seem to show two typical “Make Money Online” landing pages, albeit specifically aimed at making money from google. Like I said this is only an assumption so I’m not going to pay too much attention to them but what did catch my eye was slide 44.
Why did Slide 44 catch my eye?
Well in Slide 44 he deals with paid posts for blogs. It actually states
Avoid Paid Posts:
He recommends not to do paid posts that:
contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites.
Now what does all this mean? I’m not sure to be honest but I suspect Google have affiliate marketers in their sights and will be cracking down in the next few months. Let me know what your opinion is in the comments.