Beginners Amazon Affiliate Contest -- Who's In?

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Now that I have a good full time job again, I'm ready to go hard with affiliate marketing.
I wanted to keep myself accountable and work fast so I made a simple website called digitalkombat.com

Overview:
1. Monthly contests for beginners in Amazon Affiliate marketing (Feb 1st - 28th)
2. You buy a new website domain for the contest
3. You post the link to your website on the scoreboard on my website for all to see
4. The person with the most revenue at the end of the month (february 28) wins $100 paypal prize from me
5. The winner also writes an article on how they were able to have success and I'll share it on this forum too

The website is free. In the long run, I might have web hosting affiliate links or something. But for now I just want to compete and grow my own niche sites.

Do you guys think this is a dumb idea? Or helpful?
#affiliate #amazon #beginners #contest
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Friedman
    I think it sounds like a good concept.

    Back in the day there was a similar thing on the old A4U forum in the UK where a load of people started sites in the same niche, I think it was jewellery at the time, to see who could do the best over a period of time. They kept a forum thread going to update on how they were doing. it was always an interesting read.

    Maybe you should pick a niche that everyone who enters would have to compete in?
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    • Profile picture of the author shiftyeyes
      Originally Posted by Ben Friedman View Post

      I think it sounds like a good concept.

      Back in the day there was a similar thing on the old A4U forum in the UK where a load of people started sites in the same niche, I think it was jewellery at the time, to see who could do the best over a period of time. They kept a forum thread going to update on how they were doing. it was always an interesting read.

      Maybe you should pick a niche that everyone who enters would have to compete in?
      Hmm.. that's a good idea to learn. But it would literally be too competitive to use that site in the long run, wouldn't you think? I am going to pick my niche in dry eyes products because I have dry eyes and I don't think it's competitive
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by Ben Friedman View Post

      Maybe you should pick a niche that everyone who enters would have to compete in?

      The very last thing that I would want, is a bunch of new affiliates in my same niche, competing against me in a contest where everyone was sharing their web site, what they were doing, how they're making money, what their revenues were, etc. That's just asking for competition and lazy marketers stealing your ideas, content, chosen affiliate products, etc.

      IMO, not a smart or professional way to launch an affiliate business.

      Earlier in my own IM career, I shared a website URL on this forum in answer to some questions about how I was making money. Within a week, two different members here ripped off my site idea, copied what I was doing, and one even stole my content word-for-word. Needless to say, I do not share my money sites here at all.

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      • Profile picture of the author shiftyeyes
        Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

        The very last thing that I would want, is a bunch of new affiliates in my same niche, competing against me in a contest where everyone was sharing their web site, what they were doing, how they're making money, what their revenues were, etc. That's just asking for competition and lazy marketers stealing your ideas, content, chosen affiliate products, etc.

        IMO, not a smart or professional way to launch an affiliate business.

        Earlier in my own IM career, I shared a website URL on this forum in answer to some questions about how I was making money. Within a week, two different members here ripped off my site idea, copied what I was doing, and one even stole my content word-for-word. Needless to say, I do not share my money sites here at all.

        Steve
        That's my first thought too. Even with different niches, people would still be copying others on my site. The point, however, would be to learn how to make a successful niche site quickly, which would require a lot of exposure to other people
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        • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
          Here are a couple of problems beyond what Steve already mentioned...
          1. How would you possibly verify a participant's revenue level for a given month?
          2. How does someone "learn" from other newbies who are, themselves, there to learn?
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          • Profile picture of the author shiftyeyes
            Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

            Here are a couple of problems beyond what Steve already mentioned...
            1. How would you possibly verify a participant's revenue level for a given month?
            2. How does someone "learn" from other newbies who are, themselves, there to learn?
            Great questions:
            1. First of all, I chose revenue instead of profit because profit would be even harder. And I realize that revenue can't 100% be confirmed, so it would mainly be the honor system. $100 is not a huge amount, could be a lot to some. But I would check often to see how the sites are going and inbox the participants to see weekly numbers. If somebody is willing to work hard enough to forge numbers for an entire month for $100, it's easier to do something honest to make more money than that

            2. You don't exactly have to be "new," but I would like to keep some of the progress posted on Warrior for opinions. I could link my site to Warrior Forum. And in the long run, I would have intermediate-advance contests too.
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            • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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              Originally Posted by shiftyeyes View Post

              so it would mainly be the honor system..
              Hysterically funny!

              Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Friedman
    I think that niche is a bit too specific.

    It needs to be something that has a vast range of prices and products to make it open to different types of marketing. e.g high value low volume or low value high volume etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Friedman
    Maybe something like pet products?
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    • Profile picture of the author shiftyeyes
      If my goal is to have my site's traffic to mainly come through SEO in the long run, what do you think would be good to start with to be able to do okay with competition? I might lose hope if I'm taking on a large niche right away
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by shiftyeyes View Post

    Do you guys think this is a dumb idea? Or helpful?

    You're asking the wrong audience. You should be getting feedback from people you are targeting for your web site subscribers. Who is your ideal customer? Who would you like to have join your site and contests? Those are the ones that need to give you feedback about what they would like to see on your web site.

    Remember this: WIIFM? Prospects and customers are only concerned about "what's in it for me?"

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Go to this section:

    Member Contests & Challenges

    You could use a thread in that section to do what you want - and also use a site if necessary.

    One good thread to look at as an example of how such a "challenge" can go is the thread by Shay R -

    http://www.warriorforum.com/member-c...-7-1-16-a.html

    Even if it only serves to motivate YOU and get a few other people off their duffs and doing something...could be a worthwhile effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author JackHiggsMedia
    I like the idea BUT without niche sharing. It's completely useless with the niche sharing.

    I really like the competition idea but don't have people sharing their domains! Noone is going to invest into a site that's exposed from the get-go!
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    • Profile picture of the author shiftyeyes
      Originally Posted by JackHiggsMedia View Post

      I like the idea BUT without niche sharing. It's completely useless with the niche sharing.

      I really like the competition idea but don't have people sharing their domains! Noone is going to invest into a site that's exposed from the get-go!
      How would you get quick, immediate feedback on your site? It's more like a kickstarter to learn with a niche site that you may or may not use in the future.
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