Affiliate Competition: Tyler vs Gyutae

August 12, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Gyutae Park from and I are both newcomers to PPC affiliate marketing. We both have roughly the same skill level and experience, although I think I personally have a little more experience, but that isn’t saying much.

We also have roughly the same budget that we’re able to invest into PPC affiliate marketing. In addition, Gyutae and I have competed in a head-to-head competition before. It was to see who could get the most blog posts of other bloggers voting for one of us. In the end, Gyutae just narrowly beat me with a score of 55-52.

So, I thought running another competition between us for affiliate marketing would force each of us to word harder on our affiliate marketing campaigns. It will also give me a chance for my long awaited revenge… 😉

The Rules

The rules are simple. Basically, whoever nets the most from PPC affiliate marketing during the competition wins. Here are some more details:

  • Only net profit counts. If we both finish in the red, then obviously the person who lost the least would be declared the victor.
  • Only traffic/income from direct PPC marketing counts. For example, we’re allowed to use AdWords or YSM, but not organic traffic from our existing sites, otherwise it won’t be counted.
  • No trickery is allowed such as borrowing campaigns from a super affiliate friend. All of our campaigns must be our own.
  • We must share our stats (net profit) with each other as often as possible – preferably every day or every second day.
  • We are not allowed to receive special money such as sponsorship money from affiliate networks to use for this competition.
  • We’re allowed to use past or existing campaigns that we have set up.

Competition Timeframe

The competition runs from August 12th, 8:00PM Pacific (10:00PM Gyutae/Boston Time) to September 12th, 8:00PM Pacific (10:00PM Gyutae/Boston Time).

The Penalty

I thought of this penalty, and I love it. Last time, we had to give money away. This time, it’s a humiliation penalty.

The loser of the competition will have to record a video of himself reciting a speech that the winner writes for him. He will then have to post it on his blog for everyone to see, and the winner has rights to post it on his as well.

My Thoughts

I love the penalty idea. It’s a lot more incentive to work hard to win than simply having to give money away. Last time, I lost the competition and have to give $300 away, which didn’t really bother me. After all, I’ve lost $3,000 in one hand of poker in private games around town here before.

It’s not so much me being scared of having to do the video than it is relishing in the fact of watching Gyutae have to read what I write him. I have so many good ideas…

Unfortunately, I’m not sure of my chances. I believe I have a bit more hands-on experience with PPC affiliate marketing than Gyutae, but he has proved to be a worthy adversary. I thought I was going to slaughter him in our first contest, and he actually came out to pull out the victory.

Also, I have a huge problem: time. I’ve been incredibly busy the past few months, especially lately. I have BlogWorld and an 8-day trip in Vegas to arrange and prepare for, my good friend’s wedding is coming up, and I’ve been neglecting my daily exercises and errands lately. But the number 1 thing taking up all my time has simply been my online work.

I run a blog, which in and of itself usurps a lot of my time. I just received orders for 2 paid reviews this morning, in fact. I also run Merendi Networks Inc. which owns and operates a couple dozen websites, and just processing advertiser’s orders is a huge time whore by itself.

Finally, I’ve been working hard on PublisherSpot the past couple months, and will be unveiling a horde of new features and improvements later this week. It’s a big unveiling so it will require a lot of my time to promote and market it.

To top it off, I’ve been getting lethargic again lately – most likely because I haven’t been doing my daily exercises and have been eating unhealthily again.

So, as you can see, I’m very nervous about this competition. However, to be fair, Gyutae works a full-time job as a SEO for a large company. I think the difference, however, is that my stuff is more erratic (at the moment at least), while his is more structured.

However, the whole point of the competition was to push ourselves. We could have put no penalty up or run the competition when both of us had a lesser work load, but then that’s essentially being lazy. The point is to force ourselves to work harder, and make it a priority. I figure a major factor for this competition will be simply organizing ourselves and being resilient.

Anyhow, wish me luck. My current campaign has been dying this month (I’m deep in the red again!), so that’s very bad news. But, I’m working on launching a second one, and plan to launch a 3rd one soon thereafter as well.

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Posted: August 12th, 2008 under Affiliate Marketing  

23 Responses to “Affiliate Competition: Tyler vs Gyutae”

  1. Collin LaHay says:

    Good luck Tyler. With your fresh, in the green campaigns, I think you have a starting advantage. Should be fun to watch though.

  2. Great competition. The only thing I would like to see instead would be a donation to charity for the loser, as that helps “others” more than it helps the 2 of you… but either way it is a cool contest.

    Good luck

  3. Hugo Santos says:

    haha the penalty idea is great! hat should give us some laughs :p

    May the best win!

  4. Cooper says:

    Good luck. You should up the ante and have to streak and film that!

  5. The penalty is a great idea…great marketing. I’m looking forward to that video.

  6. EntreBlast says:

    Good luck! Hope you’ll share what you learn.

  7. datBlogger says:

    Good luck with this contest! The steak for this contest is a good one and I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

  8. This could pan out to be very interesting, a contest for a little more than bragging rights is good fun, and to learn the ropes along the way in my case is even better. I have always been weary about ppc campaigns. Without experience and a little help from others a person can loose their shirt. This should be a good contest.

  9. Georgia says:

    Two expert fighting. Can’t wait to know the winner..Good luck Tyler!

  10. Bob says:

    Hey tyler or anyone,
    Like should I use google,msn,yahoo to premote my website?Like let’s say I spend 30dollars a day should I spend 10dollars each on them each day???
    Hope you or someone can answer
    Thank u

  11. You and your contests, but if they bring in money, I would deem it a success.

  12. Ian Fernando says:

    fellow flip – this is interesting def want to see what the outcome will be

  13. Would make more sense if it were a brand new domain and brand new campaign.

  14. Scot says:

    I had to LOL when I thought of the video… Good luck competition is always inspiring.

  15. Is there a limit as to how much $$$ you can use for the PPC budget?

    I would imagine a person who works with a $5,000 budget would be easier to make a profit than for someone with a $500 budget for example.

    Like will you both set a rule to work with a $100/day max or something?

    or it doesn’t matter for this type of competition?

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  17. I must say Penalty thing is a great idea!! Good luck tyler

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