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Shout Out to Two Industry Rockstars

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

This is kind of random, but I was just thinking about how much affiliate marketing has impacted my life. Truth be told it’s really become an engrained part of who I am – most of my closest friends and those who influenced me the most are in fact affiliates or were affiliates and have gone on to become advertisers. Almost every country I have visited has been the direct result of some sort of conference or meet up. And I’ve grown a lot as well just from the day to day conversations I have with others in the industry or just hanging out or traveling with them.

A while back, I was doing one of those exercises to get you clear on who you are and where you want to go (I think it may have been one of Tony Robbin’s works). The questionnaire asked:

So the 1st challenge…. Is to be detailed about two relationships in your life. The first, other than your parents, who has been the most influential person in your life. Be as detailed as possible. What did they do? What did they teach you? Why are they the way they are?

And here’s the answer I wrote down to this question about two years ago:

Charles Ngo – One of my good friends from the industry. I’ve known Charles since I began in the industry and he has been one of the most influential people in my life because of his willingness to help me out whether it be in strategies or advice regarding my business or life decisions. When I was starting off and was a peasant, I didn’t have a place to stay in NYC and Charles hooked me up with a place to stay, which I’ll never forget. Whenever I’ve been stuck or in a quandary regarding a particular life situation about my business, travel, or even with what he thinks about a particular girl I’m dating, I’ve been able to turn to Charles via Skype and in person and get his advice. He continues to motivate me given his ability to discipline himself and focus on the important stuff. He is also never afraid to show his gratitude – if you ever help him out, he’ll be sure to show you that he appreciates it, which is incredibly admirable. I think Charles is the way he is because he loves helping people. He doesn’t see it as a zero-sum game and has an abundant mind set. He also cares a lot about his friends and goes out of his way to help those he trusts and considers friends.

 

Ian Fernando – Ian is also one of my earliest and closest friends from the affiliate marketing industry. I ran into Ian on my first flight to Las Vegas for a conference. We were both leaving from Newark Airport. He’s been influential in my life because him being a sort of celebrity blogger, helped me out in my own branding and blogging efforts just by association and because he mentioned me on his blog many times. Aside from that, Ian has a persona of never letting anything bother him. He’s always content and nothing rarely ruffles his feathers. He’s always out there to help those he considers his friends and has been generous with his friends from the start. I can only hope to be as generous and abundance-minded as him one day. Ian has criticized me in the past for caring too much what other people think and worrying too much and instead taught me to just “enjoy life.” He’s taught me to not care what other people think and to relinquish things we can’t control. I think Ian is this way because he’s experienced a lot growing up and has come out stronger so he knows how to deal with those situations. He wants me to put all the tough times aside and just focus on the positive because he’s been through it and he genuinely wants to help those around him.

 

Just wanted to share this. These are two stand up guys in the industry that anyone can learn from. Oh and by the way Charles is currently celebrating his birthday in Asia right now – go head over to his blog and wish him a good one and let him know how he’s helped you as well as I’m sure he’d appreciate it – www.CharlesNgo.com

Ian Fernando, on the other hand, is currently back in Florida because he’s gotten used to the warm weather down there unlike the freezing temperatures we’re facing in NYC. Go check out his blog at www.IanFernando.com. As one of the most innovative people in the industry, I’m sure you’ll learn something that catapults your business.

Tatted Up! Industry Ink Exposed

Friday, January 13th, 2012

There’s no denying it. Our industry definitely has a thing for tattoos. There’s no doubt that there are more than a few well-known figures in affiliate marketing who sport some of the sickest ink ever seen. Here are some of the top tats in the industry:

1. Kris Trujillo from Xrevmedia

kris tattoo

2. Ian Fernando – Offer Snitch

Ian Fernando tattoo

3. Drew from DrewtheBarber.net

Drew the Barber tattoos

4. Ryan Eagle – EWA Network & BLAM Ads

Ryan Eagle tattoos

5. Ruck – IMGrind

ruck tattoos

6. Ryan Gray – IMGrind

ryan tattoos

7. Jason Rubacky – #GetSome

jason tattoos

These guys have some bad ass ink work done. Who do you think takes the cake for having the best tats? Vote below.

 

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Santa’s in Trouble – Affiliate Wish List 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I asked affiliates what present they would want if they could get anything this holiday season and I got a few respones. Here are some interesting ones:

 

1. My own private traffic source – @ucash

2. A $12.5M penthouse in the @shangri-la thats opening up here in Toronto 😛 –  @lornefade

3.  Case studies! – @DinoVedo

4.  A million dollar CPA campaign and a night with Salma Hayek. – Joe from Jersey

5.  100 kilo’s of gold – Adam Wellington

6. More hands to help with – @vitoglazers

7. To go back in time to Facebook Flyer days – Me

8. The government decided to fix it’s budget problem by cutting the FTC – Me

9. Ad approval teams that have common sense- Me

10.  High CTRs and CVRs  all day every day – Me

11. Step by step breakdown of your mobile techniques :p – FB fan Matt

12. 1985 white Lamborghini countach – Er Kan

13. 1 Billion dollars – Justin R.

14. More Filipino workers! – Ian Fernando

15. A reliable designer – Er Kan

16. Smart virtual assistants that don’t give me headaches at very cheap prices :-) – Derek L.

 

That’s all I got. Hope Santa got all that down. What’s your wish? Post it in the comments!

Here’s wishing everyone a happy holiday! Be safe and let’s kill it in 2012!

It’s SPRING BREAK!!

Monday, March 15th, 2010

And where am I? Here -> ?

No. I’m here:

AKA Rainy & not to mention boring Jersey.

But I guess that’s the price we have to pay sometimes as marketers right? Even though I would have loved to go somewhere as its my last spring break as a college student ever. But my friends are too broke, so it didn’t happen.

I guess I finally have more time for affiliate marketing, something I was vying for all of last week when exams were going on. Funny how we no longer want something once we have it.

On that front, I’ve been doing decently well, but I’ve got to get myself off of short term campaigns. For the past few months I’ve been killing it with email submits having easy days of making $1,000 in a day, but they die down SO fast. They’ve allowed for a decent learning experience however. People say they make a killing off of them on PPV, but I’d imagine they last even shorter considering the amount of volume you can get via PPV.

So where am I focusing now? I’m trying to take my last shot at rebills and see if I can ever manage to squeeze something, anything out of the one thing everybody seems to be making a killing off of. We’ll see how that goes. I’m also focusing more on CPL offers and still on Facebook ads even though I’m getting entirely too sick of it. The truth is, it’s the easiest platform to run on especially when you have fb ads manager.

I guess I should take this lack of a spring break opportunity to focus on making my first $5k day happen.  I’ve just been feeling real mellow lately and things have been all over the place. I’ll be done with school in just a few months, but after having come back from Turkey I haven’t really been able to connect with a close group of people. It’s been kinda lonely, but more than that I don’t really know where I fit in. Truth be told only place I feel like I’m around people who get me are ASW and ASE, although that’s not the only reason I attend those events.  The gf is off partyin in Miami, and I should be somewhere too. I need to take a solo vacation or something after school is done. Thinking about going to one of Tony Robbin’s live events in Fiji. What’s worse is after school I’ll probably be living at home doing full-time AM. Guess it’s less lonely than living in an apartment by myself with no one else around.

I don’t know what this is. Consider it a pouring out of the heart or something to that effect.  I’ll post up more about affiliate marketing in the near future and hopefully get to the point where I can write about stuff that’ll actually be helpful to someone. We’ll see when that happens.

New Phone

Saturday, September 5th, 2009
Ugly and bulky enV to sleek iPhone

Ugly and bulky enV to sleek iPhone

Finally got around to getting an iPhone. As you can see, I was running with a quite ugly looking phone from LG on Verizon called the enV. It was great for texting as it opened up into a full QWERTY keyboard, but seriously felt like carrying around a brick.

I was kind of concerned about being able to text on a touch screen, but I played around with it on the train ride back from New York after I bought it off some corporate guy down by Broadway (shady phone sales off of Craigslist FTW), and I was really surprised by how accurate it is while texting. Seriously, I thought I was gonna have to hit backspace multiple times, but the only errors made were when I accidently slipped and aimed at the wrong letter.

Now the phone is the 3G version, but it’s only six months old and I got a case with it. The reason I got it really was because I just cannot stand worrying about stats and absolutely must get Stats202 on this thing asap (just got it- this thing is awesome! Stats202 FTW)

The reason I got the 3G is because I can unlock it and take it with me when I go abroad. I’d rather not take a brand new 3GS when I’m overseas. When I get back, I’ll probably sell it and opt for an AT&T contract with a 3GS.

Seriously, even though most people probably have on already and I’m probably the last affiliate marketer to get my hands on one, get one! I don’t care much for all the apps and whatnot, but the luxury of seeing your stats by pulling your phone out of your pocket cannot be overstated.

Things To DO

Sunday, June 10th, 2007
  • Have eBay business up and running by June 15th.
  • Get set up with rest of wholesalers.
  • Earn $100 profit on eBay for this month.
  • Earn $200 profit in the month of July on eBay.
  • Earn $400 profit in the month of August on eBay.
  • Launch curb painting business by July 18th.
  • Have fliers done for curb painting.
  • Read Brazen Careerist.
  • Finish The Alchemist.
  • Coaching.
  • Sign up for gym this Monday.
  • Work hard on Saba.
  • Project SeaFire.
  • Conference.
  • Finish The Anatomy of Buzz.
  • Take a BREAK. Travel somewhere. Anywhere.

School’s Finally Out

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Yep, that’s right. I’m officially halfway through my college career. Or 100% through. Depends on if I decide to continue to stay in school. Right now there’s a possibility that I’ll take at least a semester off of school. We’ll see how I feel by the end of the summer. I have a whole list of things I want to do from backpacking in Europe to interning to getting a whole new perspective on business. That last one is really what this is all about. In the day to day struggle to make something of your company, one tends to lose sight as to what they are really after and forget that it’s the journey that counts and not the destination as cliche as that sounds.

For the next couple weeks, I’ll be looking for a place to intern for this summer. I’ll also be moving into the house on June 1st. Another thing I really want to do this summer is check out the West Coast. I’ve been everywhere from London and Paris to Saudi Arabia, and amazingly have yet to see the West Coast. I’ve always wanted to see what it’s like and I think the vibe there is much more fitting for me. I may also make a stop at Austin as I hear it’s a great city for entrepreneurs.

If anyone cares, here’s my list of things I want to do this summer/next semester: List

If anyone has any other suggestions in terms of what they think I might be able to fill my time with, let me know. What would you do if you had an entire semester off?

P.S. I have Doostang (Professional, invite-only, networking site) invites. If you’d like one let me know and I just might send you one.

Progress

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

My last post may have had a bit of a negative vibe to it and for that I apologize. Sometimes it’s hard to keep your blog from your life separate. Other times you wonder if your blog IS your life or is it the life you pretend and want it to be. That’s something I’ve been thinking about lately because sometimes it seems like it’s just a facade. I guess I should look at my achievements and tell myself that I really have done all that stuff and that they’re not fake.

While this is a business blog, I feel like a lot of young entrepreneurs and college students out there are going through similar things as me. Considering this, I may sometimes post about stuff that may not be directly related to business, but definitely something a majority of my readers might be able to relate to. LIfe isn’t all about business, afterall.

Right now, I’m taking it easy. I don’t really know where I’m going. Yeah I’m in a fraternity, which is great. However, I’m not doing the many other things I want to do. I don’t even want to go to school anymore because there are so many things it keeps me from doing. There are so many books like Think and Grow Rich and Branson’s Losing my Virginity that I still haven’t gotten to. I still don’t have a steady stream of income coming in like I want to, but I’m working on that. Hopefully, next school year will bring more success with Walamu and maybe I’ll even find some funding. But most of all I want to re-examine my goals and find out where I want to go. What do I want from life is the question. I want this upcoming summer to be one of action as well as one of both relaxation and progress.

Linkbaiting Competition

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Just to let everyone know, I’m still giving away a copy of Campus CEO. Simply link to Our Story and I will select a random trackback to send the book to (Must be in the U.S. to win).
Furthermore, feel free to subscribe to my blog by clicking the big orange button below.

House

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

It’s officially spring break here at Rutgers. I plan to relax this time and not stress myself out like winter break.

It’s also time for lots of students to plan out their housing situation for next year. As for me, I’ll be living in a house with a few good friends. Turns out it’s a lot cheaper than dorming and a lot more room :).

To be honest, I live 15 minutes away from college so I could have commuted. However, I felt that the intangible assets I would have gained from living on campus were worth greater than the monetary assets I would lose.

Now since I’m practically paying for college on my own from here on out, I’ve got a little thinking to do. Here’s the plan:

Originally I was going to work the entire summer to save up for $6000 worth of rent.

Now I feel it’d be a better idea to get a private college loan for the house and work the entire summer to invest in a particular stock that I absolutely want to invest in. This stock is one I’ve kept my eye on for a very long time and I predict at least a 100% return. I know some of you are shouting “what is this crazy kid thinking” in front of your screens. Well yeah, I wasn’t going to refute that.

So say I earn $5000 over the summer. 100% return on that over say 5 years yields my rent practically being paid for on it’s own. I start paying off my loan after college probably from some other means (not a job, hopefully), or if it comes down to it by selling the stock if it has already achieved enough of a return. The loan will be at close to 8% so it shouldn’t cut into the return too much on the stock.

 
Hi, I'm Rohail, affiliate marketer and serial entrepreneur. Follow my trials and triumphs in affiliate marketing as I give you an inside look at the industry and what it takes to be successful.

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