This is a guest post from a guy who needs no introduction…but I’m going to introduce him anyway. Introducing the happiest, funnest, nicest, gayest, most upbeat affiliate marketer this industry has ever been blessed with…I welcome “The Angry Russian” a.k.a Alex from flipsitemedia.com!
The Angry Russian: Why are soo many affiliates hermits?
Mr Green: I dunno, why?
The Angry Russian: That was a rhetorical question…please just shut up.
Mr Green: …
The Angry Russian: Anyway, Is it the nature of the work? Or does this work attract these types of people? Either way the key to success is to build long lasting true relationships, and NO I don’t mean have a bunch of buddies on FB/ Twiitter or some forum. Until you shake a mans hand and share a beer (or a warm milk for those of you of a different persuasion) it doesn’t count.
Im going to tell you about some people in my life who have been critical to my success, and then give you steps on how to get out of your shell.
1. Wes Mahler
When I was getting into the make muniez world I joined Meetup.com and saw some weird thing called Meetup202 San Francisco- Make Money Online. There I met Wes and was introduced to his software. Tracking 202 has helped hundreds, maybe thousands of people succeed online, including me. Thanks to him and his movement I was able to meet some of my dearest friends and business contacts. He was the one who turned me on to paid traffic, and made me forget all about SEO, so thank you Wes, you’re still the man and Bloosky can suck it.
Mr Green: + 1 for Mr Mahler.
2. Ruck Ralphman
I used to read Cashtactics religiously when getting started out. Ruck had the best no nonsense step by step guides in the biz. When he started his network Convert2Media I JUMPED at the chance to work with him and signed up as a pub. One of his posts in the C2M forum showed exactly how to run skincare. I followed his steps and this turned into my first $1,000/day profit campaigns and turned affiliate marketing into a full time career. I finally got to meet ruck at ASW and it was a very humbling experience to see how chill this guy was. He continues to inspire not just with finances but with his ability to shed 50 lbs like he was on Dancing With the Stars.
Mr Green: +1 for Ralphy.
3. Justin Barr
Some of you know him as Affbuzz, but I know him as the hardest working man in the game. He is like a sponge when it comes to learning. At first I was sharing tips and tricks with him, and within a year he has advanced to a new level proving that anyone really can succeed with hard work and dedication. He has been crucial in helping me sort out media buying. JB doesn’t like attention so he might block this post from making AffBuzz top posts 😉 Thanks JB and to your continued success brother.
Mr Green: Call me JB!
4. Jonny Deyo
A soft spoken Canadian, that hides his brilliance with his demeanor. Met him at a 202 meetup and after a few beers mentions that he is KILLING on FB. This is before everyone and their mother jumped on the bandwagon. At this point I was still struggling and Google was making it harder by the day for an affiliate. He taught me to look to greener pastures and hooked me up with FB Ad Manager before anyone else got their greasy paws on it. To this day I use some of the tactics he taught me. I know Mr. Green isn’t the biggest fan, but can’t we just all hug and make up?
Mr Green: I would add this guy to my “”friends” who lost me the most money” list. Still waiting on your response Mr Deyo…Out of curiosity can you kill someone with a hug?
The Angry Russian: …moving on…
The Angry Russian: There are dozens more people without whom I’d never be able to get to the level I’m at now. To name a few more Alex Tshering, Jason (Ads4Dough) Silver Stoltsen, Wes Brooks, Nana Gilber-Bafoe, Eleah (AdSimilis), Matt Wasserman, Fraser (MundoMedia), Ben (eAds), Sarah (WebTraffic2Go), Rich (Pulse360), Matt (SiteScout) and of course Lorenzo Green.
As you can see sitting behind a computer screen won’t get you where you want to be.
Follow these easy steps to branch out and benefit from shared experience and expertise.
Step 1: Go to conferences.
Very few people get anything “done” during conferences. The real point is to hang out with your peers and bullshit about the game and have a good time. After all we’re all self employed and one of the things I miss most from having a real job was the Friday night happy hour to bitch about ourdum ass bosses. I still remember my first conference (Aff Summit Boston) where I met a bunch of guys from WickedFire and partied with Sean Collins on a boat.
Which conferences are good?
Ad:Tech SF and NYC
Affiliate Summit – NYC is good, but Vegas is OUT OF CONTROL
Ads4Dough if they have another one
Step 2: Reach out to people who live next to you.
Try Meetup.com and find local 202 meetups. If there isn’t one start your own. Go through MMO forums and let people know you’re organizing an event. Even if only a handful of people show up you never know how those people can help your business grow.
Step 3: Don’t be intimidated by “bloggers” and other names you heard of online.
These people are still people, and some of them are chill as shit (Lorenzo) and some are dicks (Nickycakes). The point is people are people, get to know them and you may have tons in common outside of IM.
Step 4: Give back. Stop holding on to everything like its some big secret.
By now you should realize there is no magic bullet push button insider only secret. Pay it forward and share your knowledge with others and you never know when someone may drop some knowledge to you to help you turn a profit.
Mr Green: Why haven’t you come and visited me when you are living so close by?
The Angry Russian: ….end of post.