Saturday, December 3, 2005
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. ^_^