“OH MY GOD WHAT IS THIS TRAFFIC?? IS IT REAL OR ARE WE UNDER ATTACK??”
A woman was screaming at me on the phone… she sounded horrified and confused.
Minutes earlier, I had applied to a new affiliate network (her employer). At the bottom of the online application I added a little note.
“If you see this, call me. I need immediate approval. Massive traffic volume. Please hurry.”
An unsuspecting affiliate manager called me right away, to see what was going on.
I told her I had just filled the daily sale capacity at every other affiliate network for an offer – and I was looking for somewhere to send my traffic.
She said “Yeah, we have something you can run. You can do as many sales as you want…”
“I can do as many sales as I want?” I asked.
“Yeah, blow it up.” she replied.
So that’s what I did.
I blew it up.
As soon as I pointed the firehose of traffic at her network, it started spewing clicks and conversions. The numbers were exploding… and the phone rang… it was her… and her voice was shaking with panic.
“Is this real??? I think we’re under attack! What’s happening?!??!”
She was trying to figure out if what I was doing was legit or not. The clicks were coming in so incredibly fast that she thought they were under some sort of DDOS attack.
“Nah, that’s just my campaign” I replied. “It’s real traffic… and you’re only getting half of it”.
“I don’t know what to do!!” she said… “I’m going to have to call our CEO…”
Moments later I was on the phone with the owner of the network, trying to explain what was going on. He told me I was going to have to shut the traffic off until they decided what to do.
I told him “If I turn it off, it’s not coming back on…”
He thought about it, cleared his throat and said… “Okay… Let’s do it”.
“There we go…” I laughed to myself… and turned the dials up to full steam.
This is what it feels like to be one of the top affiliate marketers in the world.
But it wasn’t always this way.
In fact, just a few years earlier, I was completely lost in life and had narrowed my future down to two options.
- Move to Cambodia, buy a gun and an acoustic guitar and be a street musician
- Blow my brains out in the woods of Oklahoma in the cleanest way possible
So what happened?
How did I turn things around?
All of these questions will be answered in LaunchAndOptimize.com’s Inaugural series: “Genesis”.
Stay tuned for Part 1, where we’ll jump in a time machine and talk about the early days… when I first bumped into this thing called… The Internet.
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