Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5: Halfway Point

November 18, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz

As stated last month, doing weekly updates of the past affiliate competitions seemed a bit too repetitive so I’m now only doing 3 updates per month: the launch, midway update, and final results. I was a bit late in publishing this post so it’s a couple days past the midway point but better late than never, right?

There’s still plenty of time to register and earn your way to a prize (or prizes) so don’t let starting a little bit late affect your decision. In fact, it’s ridiculously easy to grab a spot in the New Referrals category; all you currently need to do is generate $12.81 to take the lead into 1st and be eligible to win yourself an 8GB iPod Touch. Or, generate $3.81 and you’ll be on track to take home an 8GB iPod Nano. Or, generate ONE CENT in commissions and you’ll be in 3rd place to take home $50…

For those of you who have signed up but are having trouble making any leads or sales, keep working at it! Part of the great thing about this competition is that it really pushes and encourages you to make more money through affiliate marketing. I know of at least a few contestants who have surprised themselves by raking in a lot more dough that they thought they could, simply due to the nature of competition.

Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5


Before I get to the rankings, here is a reminder of what is up for grabs. Full details of the prizes and contest details can be found at the original contest page.

Top Main Affiliates ($0-49,999)

  • 1st Place: Playstation 3 & Rock Band Special Edition
  • 2nd Place: Dell 24-inch Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitor
  • 3rd Place: 16GB iPod Touch
  • 4th Place: Flip Mino Video Camera
  • 5th Place: $150 Prepaid ML Rewards Card

Top New Affiliates

  • 1st Place: 8GB iPod Touch
  • 2nd Place: 8GB iPod Nano
  • 3rd Place: $50 Prepaid ML Rewards Card

$50,000-$74,999 VIP Tier

  • 1st Place: Sony HD Home Theater Projector

$75,000-$99,999 VIP Tier

  • 1st Place: LG – Scarlet 52″ 1080p 120Hz Flat-Panel LCD HDTV + $400

$75,000-$99,999 VIP Tier

  • 1st Place: Alienware Area-51 ALX Computer Package

Random Blog Draws:


Current Rankings

Here are the latest rankings as of November 17th, 7:30PM Pacific time.

I’ve now referred a total of 124 affiliates to MarketLeverage, of which 12 signed up during this current competition.

Together, during this competition thus far, they’ve generated a total of $49,016.80 in commissions in just 17 days. The current leaderboards are shown below:

Top Main Affiliates
Rank Participant
1st CD8470 “The Behemoth” $42,305.60
2nd CD9050 $2,619.00
3rd CD10565 "The Magician" $1,450.00
4th CD8083 $930.00
5th CD8137 “The Tortoise” $546.00
  Combined Total (all referrals): $49,016.80

Top New Affiliates
Rank Participant Earnings
1st CD12204 $12.80
2nd CD12229 $3.80
3rd OPEN $0.00
  Combined Total (new sign-ups): $40.80
$50,000-$74,999 VIP Affiliates
Rank Participant Earnings
1st OPEN N/A
  Combined Total (new sign-ups): N/A

As should be no surprise, “The Behemoth” has continued to show his complete and utter dominance in these competitions, having generated over $42,000 with MarketLeverage in just 17 days. The undefeated, four-time competition winner is on a good pace to hit the $75,000 VIP tier. I’ve talked to him and he really wants that big screen TV!

The rest of the leaders, CD9050, CD10565, CD8083, and CD8137 are all regulars. CD10565 seems to have halted or slowed down his campaign which means CD8083 can catch up and overtake him by the end of the month if he works hard.

Out of the 12 new sign-ups to MarketLeverage this month, only 2 of them have generated any commissions so far. The first place is currently at $12.80 so you only need to generate $12.81 to overtake first place to win an iPod Touch! If that isn’t a deal I don’t know what is. If you haven’t signed up yet, I highly suggest you do…

Blogging Entrants

So far 9 people have blogged about this competition. That means that as it stands right now, if you wrote a blog post about this competition, your odds of winning would be exactly 50% since there are 5 prizes available. Writing a blog post for a 50% chance to pocket an easy $20? Not bad…

Competition Goals and Thoughts

My personal goal for this competition was for the total amount of commissions to hit $75,000. After 17 days, the total stands at $49,016.80 so we’re actually on pace to hit over $85,000 let alone $75,000… keep it up!

At the same time, I’m a bit disappointed with the level of participation in this 5th competition. Out of the 124 affiliates who signed up, only a handful are generating any revenue. I guess this boils down to the Pareto principle (80% of your sales comes from 20% of your clients) but I’m just surprised that with all of the prizes up for grabs that more people aren’t participating.

If you haven’t signed up yet, come on and join the fun! Even if you don’t place in this competition, you’ll be all set up and ready to go for the next one. I hope to see you on the leaderboard list soon!

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Posted: November 18th, 2008 under Contests  

31 Responses to “Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5: Halfway Point”

  1. The Net Fool says:

    Looks good Tyler!
    Seems like a lot of the ML Referrals have dried up completely. I understand why they are still aggressively marketing with contests like these (and mine)… but I feel like the returns are falling off the charts and they need a way to reach a new audience. Thanks for the update!

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Well, my numbers keep growing each month so ML is actually benefiting greatly from these contests. I mean, we’ve already surpassed the quarter-million dollar mark in sales. I’m just surprised more people aren’t competing is all.

  2. What, me slow down? Nahhh…

    I do need to launch more campaigns though. Been so busy getting everything setup with my Affiliate Challenge on my site that I haven’t had a lot of time to tweak my campaigns.

    It’s time I got more serious about it though. Watch out CD9050, I want that PS3.



  3. The Market Leverage craze is definitely slowing down now after everyone has had a chance to participate and to get sponsored by ML. Too bad the people at ML won’t listen to me and try sites other than blogs ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. It might be slowing, but its not dead. There are still plenty of ways to earn.

  5. Ryan McLean says:

    Wow the guy coming first is killing everyone else by like $40k
    I doubt anyone will catch up with less than half a month to go. Great prizes, but the real prize is the amount of money you can make.
    I didn’t enter because truthfully I have no idea how market leverage works…maybe an explanation would be awesome

  6. rhys says:

    Hey Tyler,

    Do you know if the behemoth has a website/blog or anything?

    I wanna know how he makes that much money! ๐Ÿ˜›


  7. Amaresh Ray says:

    Hey Tyler,

    I’m having a hard time being accepted by ML (have been rejected 3-4 times). I’ve sent you an email so if you can get back to me soon it’ll be much appreciated.

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I’ll check it out soon (bit backlogged right now). Usually the issue is if you don’t live in the US, you need to provide your bank info upon registration or they’ll auto decline…

  8. Problogineer says:

    I have already registered with your referral link before 2 days, but still no call from them…

    I have only 10 days now ๐Ÿ™

  9. CD8137 โ€œThe Tortoiseโ€ says:

    Everything is going fine here. However, I have yet to receive my prize from the September contest (and October contest).

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I’ve spoken to ML about this and apparantely the shipping company screwed up. We’ve sent you an e-mail about this and to make up for it you’re getting an extra game with your Nintendo DS package ๐Ÿ™‚

      You can thank Dina for that.

  10. browie says:

    What’s the chances of me being moved under your referral? I am not under anyone right now.

  11. Eric says:

    Tyler, I hope you don’t get discouraged enough to stop this contest. I really intend to make an impact on this, but everything I’ve tried hasn’t worked yet. I’m not getting discouraged (this contest is definitely a motivator) and I hope you don’t get discouraged enough to stop this anytime soon. I want some prizes!

  12. Sohail says:

    People are making some great money there. Good luck everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Melvin says:

    Intresting to see what will happen in the next few days… Im out to help my friend to win the new referral section here… ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Gaming says:

    Damn sweet line up of prizes!

  15. Whateverebay says:

    the prizes are great! you would think people would be jumping in…. I will post a blog on this!

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