BTXP 001: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Affiliate Marketing

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Welcome to my new Podcast! It’s called Blog Tyrant XPeriments and it’s all about sharing quick insights into the experiments that me and my friends are carrying out in the blogging and online marketing world.

This is not an interview show!

I won’t be talking to any big marketing superheroes or anything like that. It’s just you, me and an experiment.

Read on to find out more.

Where do I get it?

The best option is to head to iTunes and subscribe to my Podcast. You can also right click and select save target as to download to your computer. If you like what you hear please consider giving me an honest review as it will really help me out.

What is Blog Tyrant XPeriments about?

If you’ve been reading Blog Tyrant for a few years you’ll know that I used to have a Podcast. I got very bored with it and it’s dead and buried. If you happen to see it in the iTunes store (it should be gone…) please ignore it and make sure you find the new one called Blog Tyrant XPeriments.

Here’s the sole goal of my new Podcast:

To feature my experiments in blogging and online marketing and give people one new idea to test on their blog or website each work week.

Basically, I wanted a new place to share both failed and successful experiments that I’m conducting on this blog and other websites. I always learn a lot from the failed ones so I wanted to include them as well in the hope that you might get more from them.

Why is it called Blog Tyrant XPeriments?

The word experiments is obvious (I’m sharing things that I’ve tested…) but the letters XP are a a bit of an in-joke for any video gamers out there. It’s shorthand for “experience points” which you get when you complete something challenging. Clever huh? πŸ˜‰

What’s in this episode?

In this first episode I’m going to tell you five things that you might not know about affiliate marketing. This is for anyone who sells something on their blog, or promotes a product or service that belongs to another company.

I cover things like:

  • How to get your bounty increased
    Did you know that you can quite easily get a pay raise?
  • How companies cheat their affiliates
    This is a regular occurrence and something you need to know about.
  • The worst times to publish posts or run ad campaigns
    Did you know that sales drop massively at certain points during the year?
  • Why marketing truths fail time and time again
    You know all those truths you hear about in online marketing? They don’t always work.

These are all things I’ve picked up with my experiments in affiliate marketing over the years and I thought it would be a good way to kick off the new Podcast as I know almost all of the Tyrant Troops promote at least one affiliate product on their blog.

Some of the things mentioned in this episode:

What do you think?

I’d really love to know your thoughts on this new Podcast idea as well as the episode itself. Please leave me a comment on this post if you have any feedback for me.

If you liked what you heard please take a second to leave me an honest review over on iTunes. Good reviews and ratings help me out a lot and make it easier for me to keep recording more.

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  • Darius

    Awesome podcast! Look forward to more episodes.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks so much. I have lots ready to go!


  • RICE

    I’m excited for future episodes of this podcast — it’s the perfect length and feels like a good one-on-one chat.

    Would love to see a post or future episode covering the specifics of white-hat affiliate marketing man.


    1. Ramsay

      Got any specific areas of that that you’d like to hear about?


      1. RICE

        I’d really like to hear how you approach the actual on-page affiliate marketing stuff, including some of the following areas:

        – Do you hide your affiliate links from search engines?
        – How many affiliate links do you include per promotional page?
        – Do you use any tools to figure out where to place your affiliate links?

        Anyone else want to chime in?


  • Alex

    Cool podcast!

    I personally prefer written articles, because it’s easier to skim through them and take out the bits and pieces which are of interest to me – but that’s just me (I suppose I’m a quick reader too).


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I still prefer the written format too but iTunes is just so huge now I really wanted to do something. And these podcasts are a bit more informal than a blog post because I don’t always have a positive result so I thought it worked as a conversation.


  • Ezekiel Hawk

    Simply Awesome, man!
    A great reward for tyrants.
    This very podcast is really great. I wonder what would come next.
    And I hope one of these episodes would cover on Advertising.
    Thanks.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks man!


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  • Ignite Internet Marketing in San Diego

    I used to subscribe to your old podcast, and wondered why you stopped. Glad you now have aa new one. All in all, think this is a great first episode. I picked up a couple of things that I actually didn’t know about. It would be nice though, if you can also publish a transcript for those who prefer to read and/or annotate. But transcript or no transcript, I look forward to your next episodes!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for the feedback. Will get on it!


  • Slavko Desik

    Great idea with the podcast Ramsay πŸ™‚

    It is so true about asking for a raise in commissions per sale. We did this with one of our clients on one of the networks we use, and got a 3% increase. Not much, but it generates an additional 100-500$ per month (depending on rankings and period of the year).

    Different periods of the year- that is also true. Around January and December, we noticed a enormous increase in sales. We ranked the same positions, so this really holds true.
    Btw, thanks for Visual Website Optimizer.

    Waiting for the next one πŸ™‚


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks mate! Unfortunately I can’t launch this one (let alone the next one) to the list until iTunes fixes the issue with my podcast in the store. It’s been over a week now!


  • David

    Hi Ramsay,

    Great Blog! I have just got started with blogging and your tips are a great support.

    In your e-book you talk about site speed and backlinks, as the most important things to take care of on site and off site.

    … have you written about how to make the changes to speed up your website? or do you know a post / blog that is good on that field? I am having problems with the technical stuff

    Looking forward to hearing more of your tips!

    thanks!


    1. Ramsay

      Glen from ViperChill has an awesome post about site speed but your first point of contact should be your host to see what they recommend for you.


      1. David

        Thanks Ramsay!! I will check that article and let you know how it is going. Have a nice day!!


        1. Annamarie

          Hi Ramsey,
          I like your podcast and am certainly interested in hearing more,
          With all the reading on Blogs is give me time to reat my eyes, and even have a cupper.
          Thank you fir all your mail
          Annamarie. πŸ™‚


  • Rachelle

    Hi Rams,

    I like your voice and great podcast. I want you to know that I may have found another business niche that has no internet presence in my area. I’m think I’ve found a partner and I will work on that internet niche as well, to drive sales to a bricks and mortar business venture.

    Cheers,

    Rachelle


    1. Ramsay

      Email me if you need any help, of course.


  • Navid Moazzez

    Awesome Ramsay! Great first episode, can’t wait to listen to some more you have coming πŸ™‚


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks so much Navid.


  • liz@lifedreaming

    You are the ONLY person who could get me to listen to a podcast.

    Well done mate and I found it interesting and took notes.

    I’ll be listening to the others.

    I’d also love a post [unless you’ve already written one] on Affiliate marketing for newbies.

    I have no idea how to do it; where to look; how to choose products; how to run a campaign – nada knowledge.

    The podcast sound quality was excellent and you sound fab. I use audacity for mp3s I’ve created – what are you using Ramsay?

    Well done and a great new addition to your media empire!

    Take care
    Liz


    1. Ramsay

      Ha ha. Glad you listened! Not good enough to get a review out of you? πŸ˜‰

      I use Audacity too. It’s awesome.


  • Rochelle

    I’m actually not a big fan of podcasts – I have a hard time sitting still and focusing on someone talking to me for an hour or two. I’m a super visual person. However, I really did enjoy your podcast. I think the accent helped πŸ™‚ I like the length of the podcast. I was never bored or fidgety. I’m just now venturing into affiliate marketing so this was great to learn about. I’m a total newbie to affiliate marketing, so I’m not sure what a campaign I would run would even look like. See what I mean? Clueless. I’m subscribing and looking forward to your next podcast!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks so much! Glad you liked it. I think I might need to do a beginner post about affiliate marketing. Seems like it is needed.


  • Yohay

    Great podcast! The quality of the sound is very high and the points you’ve reviewed regarding affiliate marketing was very interesting.
    As someone who recently started a podcast as well, I would be glad to hear about this topic and about your previous attempts.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for letting me know. Appreciate it.


  • Karen

    Hi Ramsay, just curious, which is the dodgy company who’s cheating its affiliates?


  • Jim

    I’m looking forward to listening (as soon as it’s downloaded.) Please keep in mind that there are Chromebook users who cannot access ITunes. An archive page on your site, independent of ITunes, would fix that. Thanks


  • lisa | renovating italy

    Yahoooo I love listening to podcasts when doing the dishes lol.
    I always have something playing and usually pick up a little gem each time. PS I love that you say friggin….it’s great to hear your voice, and you are now talking with me in the kitchen of our very rustic Italian house in the mountains.

    Love everything you do Ramsay,
    okay off to listen
    ciao ciao
    lisa


  • Sofie

    Nooooooooo, not a podcast!
    I’m sorry. I’m sure it’s great (I still have to listen, as I don’t like podcasts), but really, why?
    I know podcasts are hot at the moment, but I just don’t get it. I’m never just gonna sit and listen to it. However, if I do something else at the same time, I won’t pay attention.
    The only place I listen to podcasts is in the car, but I can’t take notes there.
    Plus, you cannot scroll back in a podcast to reread something, you can’t copy/paste important parts in your archive for later reference…
    Ugh.
    I’m sorry. I just had to get this out.


  • Anuj Sharma

    A new concept altogether.

    I am involved in Affiliate Marketing for slightly over a year now. However, I have never see something like this so far. All the best Ramsay.

    Do keep us posted on this.

    Best wishes,
    Anuj


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