Who’s Feeding Tyler Cruz and other Affiliate Marketing News

Woah, woah, woah, woah.

Hold. the. fuck. up. Especially you Tyler Cruz.

You may have seen ppc.bz on the auction block a few weeks ago during Affiliate Summit West 2016. Let me just explain everything so even a pudgy Canadian can understand.

The goal of putting this blog on Floppa was to “legally” transfer this blog to professional troll and international man of mystery Mr. BLT for a dollar or two so he could take the reigns and bring justice and shame to various industry sewer rats.

Very quickly the auction got out of hand and there were dozens of bids, and surprisingly, a good number of people wanted this blog – or at the very least, the domain name.

During the auction, I went to ASW16 and numerous people said don’t sell the blog. “It’s internet history!” But not the good history. The bad, horrible history, like slavery or the white man wiping out the Native Americans.

Anyway, there were now bunch of people wanting the domain. The plan of passing ownership backfired. At the same time, I was kind of curious to see how high the auction would really go.

But as the final hour ticked down, I decided to put an end to it and keep the domain. No, $1655 is not the final price. That’s just when I decided to end the auction. Who knows how high it would’ve went. Who owns ppc.bz now? Me. Still. Idiot.

Let me address some comments from the Tyler Cruz post.

Anyone can start a a blog and offer fantastic content during the first year or 3, but as time goes on, it only gets harder.

The truth comes out! Tyler Cruz thinks I’m fantastic! Fabulous!!!

Truth be told, I was considering purchasing it myself

You’d have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.

The new owner does not seem to have posted anything on the site yet, so it will be interesting what he does with it (if anything, he may just swap out the affiliate links as well).

Well, yeah, because it’s me and I still don’t feel like posting anything.

…which makes me wonder if the previous owner was desperate for cash.

So desperate. I was working on a competitor for Votesy that didn’t suck so I needed to put together any money I could.


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But seriously, thanks Tyler for being a good sport. As corny as your blog is, at least you’re not scamming people or ripping people off (that I’m aware of.) For years we’ve been busting your balls but you kept doing you. You go girl!

Affiliate Summit West 2016 Las Vegas Wrap-up Post (Seriously)

So you may have noticed all’s quiet on the blogging front. Why?

*You Who’s this you anyway? Are people still reading this blog?

Well to be perfectly dank, I took a hiatus from the affiliate marketing game. Long story short, I got burnt out around late 2013, took a gig with a lead gen company, got shit-canned a year later for being my good ol’ honest self, had a strong non-compete for a year after, and ended up just focusing on building a programming skillset instead of any kind of marketing.

In addition, I took up shit like meditation which made me more of a chill person. The anger and angst that made this blog so great dwindled down. I’m sure there’s plenty of cannon-fodder out there too. Shame.

Anyway, late last year the entrepreneurial bug bit me again. All these people- people I’ve known for years and many fresh faces- doing their own thing, creating their own destiny and shit like that. I don’t necessarily love this industry but I definitely admire a lot of people in it and greatly respect their hustle.

So I figured, what better way to get myself back into the entrepreneurial mindset than a last minute trip to Las Vegas?

OK now that I got my imposter syndrome out of the way, let’s recap Affiliate Summit West 2016 in beautiful Las Vegas.

Let me just preface this – my trip to Vegas was so last minute that Collins wouldn’t even give me a Press Pass. So I didn’t go to the actual conference. Which actually doesn’t matter because even with a Press Pass I’d spend no more than an hour or two a day at the show. I’m sure it’s the same old snore-fest of shitty SEO companies and mommy-bloggers that it always is.

Saturday

This is where people post pics of the airport, hotel room, and other dumb things. Oh my god, who give’s a shit?

Here’s what you need to know. Omnesia was a great time. Basically all of the people ruining the internet for your mother in one room. Now’s your chance, FTC, get em!

I’ll be honest – I don’t do a fucking penny in nutra. But it’s a massive portion of the affiliate marketing space and it has some of the heaviest hitting V-necks this side of Croatia.

Shout of to all of the wonderful sponsors (even though I can only vouch for them by proxy). If you’re a pill pusher you should probably work with one or all of these companies.

Most importantly, shout out to Illya BLT for putting it all together. Some interesting facts: 1) BLT is actually a real person, despite many years thinking he was someone’s troll account. 2) BLT is not actually me, despite what several subpoenas may have you believe.

CPA Adventures
ClickSure
DirectFocus Online
Go Social Affiliate Network
AdsXposed – Not a network but a great mobile spy tool.

Seriously – thank you hundreds of dollars of food and drink me and my girl ran through, just because I had a mildly infamous blog once. Oh, internet.

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Did anyone else get terrible #VegasFlu? Weakest immune systems in the game.

Sunday

This was a fairly uneventful day as far as industry stuff went. Sadly, we missed the STM Meetup because we want to go see “O” which was some out of this world shit. Half a dozen times in Vegas and this was the first show I’ve seen. Well worth it.

Late that night, crashed a RevenueWire cocktail hour. (P.S: Talk to Brianna about all of your RevenueWire needs. She’ll make you millions, if not billions).

Also ran into the infamous Harrison “G is for Gansta” Gevirtz, whom I did not immediately recognize because he’s no longer 15 and he hit puberty apparently. All grown up now ::sniff::

Monday

Adsimilis always come through with a great meetup. Great network and great people. Ran into the infamous Suitcase Marketer, the great Benjamin Louie, and a bunch of other people. Ran into Malan Darras somewhere in between.

From there we stumbled to the Convert2Media MVP party. Motherfuckin’ Coolio was in the building. What’s this industry’s fascination with washed up rappers?

Anyway, Adsimilis and Convert2Media are both great companies that have been in this industry a very long time that have weathered some tough storms. Plus, they have some really great people working for them.

Tuesday

Got the fuck out of there.

Affiliate Summit West 2016 Las Vegas Wrap-up

I was going to sit down and begin writing an ASW16 wrap up post, but then my good friend i_like_cock said “Here ill give you an ASW write up…” so here it is:

BUNCHA A FUCKING DORKS WHO ARE $40K MILLIONAIRES GO TO VEGAS. THEY ARE SUBCSIOUSLY AND SOME KNOW THEY ARE GAY. THEY GO TO THESE PARTIES THAT ARE MEET MARKET. AND ACT LIKE THEY WANT TO AND ARE GOING TO FUCK THE CHICK AFF MANAGERS IN A MINISKIRT BUT REALLY THE WANT TO FANNY STABBER THE OTHER NERD AFF THAT THEY ARE HANGING OUT WITH. SOON ALL THE CHICK AFF MANAGERS LEAVE CUS THEYVE TRICKED ALL THE IDIOTS NERDS THEY TARGETTED TO GET THEIR COMPANY TRAFFIC. THEN ITS A TOTAL MEET FEST AND SOME BACK ALLEY REACH AROUNDS AND DICK SUCKING GOS ON. WHEN THESE FUCKS GET HOME THEY REALIZE THEY ARE FUCKING LOSERS IN REAL LIFE AND THEY GO BACK TO THEIR RECLUSIVE LIFESTYLE AND CHATTING WITH THEIR GAY AFF BUDDIES ONLIEN. THEN THEY JACK OFF 2-3 TIMES A DAY TO MALE PRON REALIZING MORE AND MORE THAT THEY LIKE DICK.

TIL NEXT JAN COMES AROUND REPEAT.

Poetry.

I’ll have a real write-up later.

The Affiliate Summit West Party You Won’t Get In To – Omnesia

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A party so exclusive you’ve only heard whispers of it on the internets. While you’ll be busy playing penny slots and catching glimpses of cheap hookers pass by, the “Who’s Who” of what’s left of the affiliate marketing industry will be at Omnesia on Saturday night.

Now you may be like…”Waahhh, Barman, why can’t I get in?” Well it’s probably because you’re a piece of shit no one respects. Maybe you’re an industry pariah that whose only contribution to the industry is soul-sucking gossip? Maybe you starred in a half-baked porno? I don’t know. I really don’t. I didn’t plan the party and I’m not even sure how I got on the list.

There’s no invite or anything. This is just to rub it in your face.

Prepare your weapons.

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Affiliate Summit 2014 – You Should Go to the Vegas ASW in 2015

For…reasons, I didn’t want to post this at the time of writing. Days turn into weeks then weeks turn into months…and here we are. If you learn anything from this post, Affiliate Summit West is a great event for affiliate marketers!


Another year, another drunken trip to Vegas.

If you’re an affiliate and have never been to a conference or trade show – stop what you’re doing and get yourself ready for Affiliate Summit West 2015. Affiliate Summit East is coming up in August in New York and it’s also a good show. But if you only had to pick one to go to, it’s definitely the ASW in Vegas.

These Affiliate Summit shows are broken out into two parts: The actual conference, and everything else.

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Daily Rituals – How Artists Create and Avoid Creating Their Creations

I came across Daily Rituals on Malan Darras’ blog. There used to be a little widget on the right hand side that recommended this book, so I got it. Or maybe he recommended it on twitter? I don’t remember and it doesn’t matter.

The title appealed to me quite a bit because rituals are something I’ve become quite a fan of lately. No, not those good ol’ satanic rituals. By rituals I mean daily habits, routines, and systems that free up the brain for more creative thought and impactful work.

Routine, in the right hands, can be finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of limited resources: time, willpower, self-discipline, and optimism

Is this book an A-Z to guide on how to become rich and famous? No.

What you will get is insight into how some of the most famous creators of our time, and from centuries ago, are able to do what they do.
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How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big – Goals, Systems, Health, and Affirmations

Last year, Charles Ngo (if you’re not reading Dr. Ngo’s blog, then start because it’s the best online marketing blog right now) wrote a review of this book, How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams.

I bought the book and started reading it the day after New Years. I was not disappointed. It took me a while to read because I took a lot of notes. Around 20 pages of notes. So many notes. My wrist pains me.

A Side Note on Notes and Journals

I started taking notes on the non-fiction books I read because I started realizing that there is no way I’m going to remember all this shit. I read a lot of books. I’ve only started doing this in the past couple months and it’s been critical to remembering important stuff and allowing me to think through it. It’s much easier to go back and read notes than trying to thumb through an entire book to find a specific sentence or quote. I don’t like highlighting my books (yes, I still read physical books.)

I highly suggest keeping a journal, not just for the note taking. There’s a ton of value in keeping a journal. But alas, that’s for another post.

Scott Adams – A Optimist’s Take on Success

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ppc.bz Relaunch 2014

Hello readers. Notice anything … different?

I’ve come to the decision that if I’m going to spend the time writing, I might as well do it right. Anyone that’s ever written a post worth reading knows the time investment involved (great posts can take hours), so its counter-productive for me to do it on a blog full of Dirt Nasty videos and vulgar profanity. That kind of stuff has a great niche following (the Adult Swim demographic), but doesn’t get any traction with a broader public.

I want to be able to leverage my time working on this blog into something more in the long run, whatever that may be.
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Plenty of Finch – Premium Posts Volume X Review

The infamous Finch sent me over a copy of his latest release, Premium Posts Volume X. What follows is the review. I’m not even going to drop in affiliate links. That’s how I roll…

At first I thought it was the 10th Edition, although there is no 8th or 9th release that I am aware of. But I was mistaken. The X is for X-rated content. Oooo, saucy! Finch should have titled this Premium Post Volume XXX for a more accurate title.

Here’s a brief rundown on the content of the book –
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Dump Your Brain and Dump Your Fat

Hey guys, it’s your ol’ pal Barman! Remember me? No…?

This isn’t a fancy long post or anything, but I felt like bestowing some advice unto my loyal readers (well, what’s left of them anyway… like 3 people?) In fact, it has nothing to do with affiliate marketing. It’s a shortie, but goodie. That’s what she said.

Dump Your Brain

Dear diary,

A lot of people find writing to be very cathartic, and as of late, I must add myself to that group. I don’t mean blogging either – I mean personal writing that is only meant for you as a way to get your thoughts on paper. Writing helps to organize your thoughts, helps you be become more creative, and allows you to solidify your thoughts and goals. The most important benefit, at least to me, is that its much easier to remember ideas. It’s impossible to keep every little idea you come up with in your head. You’ll just forget them over time, and keeping them on random post-it notes isn’t a going to cut it in the long run.

So… how does one actually ‘write’ for one’s self?
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