How To Become Powerful In This Industry

So power goes a long way in affiliate marketing, and in any industry for that matter. But for the sake of this blog, we’re going to stick with affiliate marketing. Why does power go such a long way?

a) Connections. If you’re powerful, you’ll have good connections that can hook you up when you need something. Get you a whitelabel direct with a major advertiser, set you up with a programming genius, etc.

b) Connections with affiliate networks. Having power means having networks want you, bad. Exclusive offers, exclusive payouts, whitelabels, tracking, you name it.

c) Control. Build a following in an industry, tell it how it is, and band together to beat the man.

How do we attain such power?

  • Start a blog. One way to start a solid following is through a blog…true story. Affiliate networks know I’m powerful because of this blog and my loyal readers. I’ll be honest about anything that happens to me, and if something is very sour I’ll be sure to let you guys know so the same doesn’t happen to you.
  • Create a very useful product or service. It may be something like a subscription based affiliate tool or consulting business. Either will give you more power in this industry, because you’re controlling part of an affiliate user base. You’re creating a crowd that will listen to what you have to say and take your advice…that’s a powerful thing.
  • Become a super affiliate. This one’s pretty simple and not as easy as it sounds. There’s PLENTY of millionaire affiliates out there who have no blog or product, and they’re powerful as hell. Do major volume with networks and you’ll have major power.
  • Cut margins. Cutting margins means bidding more, seeing higher revenue but a lower profit margin. This will cut away at your profits, but may quadruple your revenue with the affiliate network. You’ll become more powerful and receive more benefits. Is it worth it? Well it depends on the situation, it’s a risk. Sometimes you’ll be better just sitting with the nice ROI, but sometimes it’s better to get the power, and then use those benefits to make even more profit.
  • Attend events. Going to events like Affiliate Summit means meeting people, networking, and establishing connections. You can stumble upon some connections in high places and gain more power as a result. You don’t even have to be a super affiliate, you can make yourself seem like one without saying a word about it; just by how you act and talk to other people.
  • Talk your way to the top. One way people get power is just by literally talking their way to the top. They can be some horrible affiliate that tells people they make $200k/month on their own private built offers that they’re “secretive” about, and people will think they’re powerful. This is a pretty retarded way to do business and I wouldn’t advice it, but trust me there’s a lot of bullshitters out there.

Alright enough of this jazz, go out there and be the king baby.


  1. May 25, 2008

    I am one of those millionaire affiliates that doesnt have a blog but I dont really want some dipshits commenting on my regurgitated bullshit.

  2. May 25, 2008

    @ juan

    isn’t your blog .. I’m not getting your point across; i’m sorry.

  3. May 25, 2008

    @juan One man’s regurgitated bullshit is another man’s treasure :)

  4. REC
    May 25, 2008

    I’m not very successful and even I know this is crap.
    What an arrogant person you are.

    Juan is right!!

  5. Lol I seriously have no idea what you just said.!!!!!

  6. May 26, 2008

    Having power means having networks want you, bad.

    What do you mean by “bad”

  7. May 26, 2008

    In America, the word “bad” is often used as a slang word to mean good. For instance, “That’s a bad shirt” – which actually means that’s a frickin fabulous shirt and I wish I had one.

    So when Paul says “Having power means having networks want you, bad.” he actually means that power, in terms of you driving sales/conversions etc…, will have affiliate networks wanting you to be a part of their network and they will want you badly enough to meet any requirements you may ask for.

    The word “bad” began being used in a positive tone after the release of Michael Jackson’s 1987 BAD album. Which I guess more or less made it cool to be “bad”.

    At least that’s the notion I get from Americans use of that term in this light. Of course, I could be completely wrong, which would be bad.

  8. May 26, 2008

    hahaha, it would have been helpful if he had said bad ass

  9. May 26, 2008

    Agreed that power goes a long way, but the question is if you got it do you flaunt it?

  10. May 26, 2008

    Agreed, although I know what Paul is saying, he has to remeber that many of his readers may not due to their geographic location and the local meanings of the words there.

  11. Sam
    May 26, 2008

    You can’t use “badly” to define “bad”. Lol

  12. An easier explanation would be:
    “bad” = “a lot”
    they want you bad = they want you a lot

  13. May 26, 2008

    Awesome post. With that power, you can really make money your way by getting the ability to control prices in effect. I really like your methods of getting there… and I believe that it can be done! :)

  14. May 26, 2008

    You know you’re powerful when people start hating on your posts so “bad” that they even critique your English by talking down on normal American slang (ie, “bad”).

    Seriously, there’s a lot of haters around here which is 100% proof that Paul has become a success.

    True story!

  15. Greg C
    May 26, 2008

    freedom > power

  16. SuperBad
    May 27, 2008

    That’s downright silly…if you go to a French blog, expect the blog to be written in French with maybe a few French slang terms thrown in, if you visit a Russian blog, then don’t feel too left out if you don’t speak Russian very well….

    The point is, Paul is based in the USA, so he speaks english, and english slang at times…so foreigners, get out your slang dictionaries if you aren’t familiar with the English language.

    Paul certainly doesn’t need to be ‘sensitive’ to foreign cultures and the meaning his words might have in their foreign lands….ROFLOL.

  17. May 27, 2008

    Nice post. It makes a lot of sense to blog in my opinion. If people are calling BS, o well that’s them and if you know your making money then it doesn’t matter what someone says. Anyways happy blogging!

  18. May 28, 2008

    that’s some powerful stuff there (no pun intended lol)

  19. May 28, 2008

    The old saying it’s about who you know, not what you know really applies to the Internet Marketing industry.

  20. May 28, 2008

    I am also one of the millionaire super affiliate and I have a blog too. But I do not post payment screenshots in my blog because I want people to hear me about what I say, not because I am powerful.

  21. May 29, 2008

    Sure you are Genius, sure.

  22. June 1, 2008

    Great Post. Connections are the key, and with the right connections comes great power. What about the responsibility that comes with power??? Helping others… I mean. I know that most people are reluctant to share their most profitable secrets, I am one of them. But what about the secrets that got you started that you might not use anymore? Like the little things that are barely profitable but profitable. Newbies love this stuff and I am allways looking for solid mainstream marketing ideas.
    Keep up the great posts!

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