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Saturday, December 3, 2005

Referral Program
I've had so much energy lately. Right now I'm putting the finishing touches on Art of Otaku's affiliate program, which will pay an unheard of 50% of the sale price to you.

Why am I so excited about this program?

Because it was an affiliate program just like this that got me interested in the commercial web almost a decade ago.

The offer was for eToys.com. At the time, they promised to pay I think 15% of all sales to people who I referred.

I had owned a small music/RPG/gaming site and linked to them. I didn't expect that anything would happen.

Four months later, I got a check in the mail for $150. I was stunned. And I started to take my site more seriously. After eToys and fast forwarding a year or two, I joined an affiliate program to promote a newly launched retailer called GameStop.com (I know, they're huge now, but when they launched no one had heard of them).

I was actually GameStop's #1 sales referrer. At age 16/17. I spoke often with the affiliate manager there and she even sent me a free Dreamcast as a Christmas gift.

That was ages ago, but now I'm excited that perhaps this program can inspire and spark others to follow a similar path.

Best of all, it's win/win, because the referrals should help us get our 500 sales goal, so I can cut a royalty check to each of our 8 artists. They really deserve it and I've been killing myself trying to get there.

Sure, I could have probably offered 20% or 30% commission on sales, but that would have been boring. I'm all for doing really cool things. ^_^

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