Earlier this week I got an e-mail from AppSumo about an incredible deal on Michael Hartl’s new Ruby on Rails Tutorial Bundle. Normally $299, he was offering the course for only $49. That’s $250 off! If you know anything about learning ROR, then you know that Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails Tutorial books & screencasts are some of the most recommended learning products you can purchase.
Needless to say, I jumped on this deal. After purchasing, I was given a special link that I could use to share the deal with my friends. For every person who signed up and bought the deal, I would get $10 in AppSumo credits. Hey, sounds a lot like affiliate marketing, doesn’t it?
Since this deal pretty much sells itself, I knew I could make at least my $49 back before it expired because I have done so in the past. However, I didn’t know I was going to end up making $770 in AppSumo credits! Granted, it’s not ‘real’ money, but it’s real to me because I buy products on AppSumo often.
In fact, I have purchased 10 deals from AppSumo since I first heard of their site. I’m even writing this blog post using Scrivener for Mac, an AMAZING piece of software that I got from AppSumo for only $20, instead of $45. And that’s just one of the many great deals I have scooped up.
Here’s a screenshot of my Credits:
How to Make a Lot of Money Fast
So how did I make so much in AppSumo affiliate program credits in just a week? Honestly, it was easy. The most important factor, in my opinion, when it comes to making money through affiliate offers is to find an offer that sells itself. This alone will save you 90% of the battle. Convincing people to make a purchase is difficult. As a rule of thumb, if it was good enough to convince you, then it’s probably good enough to convince others.
Once we have an offer that is too good to pass up, the next step is to present that offer to users who will most likely be interested in it. For example, with this offer I spent roughly 2 hours per day posting online:
- I posted on forums related to Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Programming, Learning how to program, etc.
- I joined and posted to Facebook groups with similar interests.
- I tweeted about the deal using hashtags like #ruby #rubyonrails #learnprogramming #webdev
- I responded to blog posts about Ruby on Rails mentioning the great deal that was currently available
- I posted to various Ruby on Rails related meetup groups online.
- I curiously asked users in IRC if they thought it was a good deal
And on and on…
The trick is to not be spammy. It helps if you know the community, and are capable of answering questions and staying engaged. For example, I have learned Ruby and I’m presently learning Ruby on Rails. This helped me relate to a lot of the people who were interested in purchasing, but on the fence.
It also helps if you are genuinely trying to help people. I really felt passionately about this deal because I, like many other people, can’t afford to plop down $299 on a course, even if it’s worth the money. Since this gave me an opportunity to get the course at a great price, I felt compelled to share it with everyone possible!
Never jump around randomly posting and then not following up. You’ll just come off as a spammer, which you are, and will not do as well as you could if you put in that little extra effort.
The morale of the story here is this: You never know when a great opportunity is going to fall into your lap. You need to learn how to recognize these when they appear, and know how to take action immediately to make the most of it.
If there is a product you use, or a sale that you can’t resist, odds are there are tons of other people who would be equally interested, if only they knew about it. You get to help them find out about a great deal, new product or service, and make a little bit of money at the same time. If you ask me, that’s a win-win!
If you’re interested in Scrivener, there is a windows version as well. I do all of my writing using Scrivener and will eventually post a blog detailing why it is one of my favorite tools. I use it to research, plan, write, and format my e-books. I use it to create blog posts. I also use it to plan my product launches and marketing strategies.
If you plan on doing a lot of writing, I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy. The only downside is that it does have a huge learning curve. For me, Learn Scrivener Fast was a huge help, and definitely worth the investment.