Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5 Results

December 4, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz

I wanted to publish this post a day earlier but there was so much data to collect and calculate that it took a day longer than expected to get ready. The 5th Affiliate Marketing Challenge was a great success and saw a lot of new affiliates sign up to get in on all the action.

As usual, I keep a very close eye on the rankings and it’s always great to see affiliates generate their first commissions. It’s also great to watch affiliates grow and scale their campaigns to larger numbers. Best of all, it’s great to be able to award these affiliates awesome prizes.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated for entering, and especially thank MarketLeverage for sponsoring these competitions. After all, without them, there would be no contest!

Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5 Results


We give out a lot of great prizes, so I apologize in advance for the long list that follows. Here are the official winners and their prizes:

$75,000-$99,999 VIP Tier

1st Place: CD8470 – $91,079.80

Prize: LG – Scarlet 52″ 1080p LCD HDTV

LG - Scarlet 52

Congratulations to CD8470, aka "The Behemoth", for taking home the $75K VIP tier prize for the first time. As a result, he’ll be receiving an LG – Scarlet 52-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for his efforts. I speak to him regularly and know that he’s especially excited for this prize.

It’s fantastic to watch The Behemoth constantly improve and increase his commissions. The previous competition he finished with $60,559.20, only to increase that to over $90,000 the following month, and November has one less day.

CD8470 has now won all FIVE CONSECUTIVE Affiliate Marketing Challenge competitions and remains the undefeated champion. He managed to completely dominate the competition with a staggering $91,079.80 which works out to over $3,000 per day.

His prizes from all the competitions now include an LG – Scarlet 52″ 1080p LCD HDTV, Olympus E-520 10.0MP DSLR Camera, Panasonic 60GB HD Drive Camcorder, Dell 22″ Widescreen Monitor, and an 8GB iPod Touch. What will MarketLeverage and I be giving him next? Perhaps a yacht?

Will The Behemoth go 6 for 6 and win my next competition as well? Can anyone even get close to this monster? It’d be nice to see him continue to push himself further and possibly reach the $100,000 VIP tier as the prize is a Segway i2!

Top Main Category

1st Place: CD8467 – $7,250.00

Prize: Playstation 3 & Rock Band Special Edition

Playstation 3 & Rock Band Special Edition

I’m going to have to nickname this guy "The Dark Horse". He came out of absolutely NOWHERE in the final 6 days of the competition to generate over $7,000.

Checking my logs, it appears that he participated in the 1st Affiliate Marketing Competition some months back, but finished the month with $300. It’s awesome to see he found his mojo and is kicking butt.

I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the next competition. He’s already  on pace to hit the $50K tier…

2nd Place: CD9050 – $3,969.00

Prize: Dell 24-inch Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitor

Dell 24-inch Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitor

It’s awesome to see CD9050 continue to increase his commissions each month. He generated over $1,000 than the previous competition, which was also $1,000 more than the competition before that one. Hopefully he will participate in my 6th Affiliate Marketing Challenge and continue to improve his commissions. Perhaps by another $1,000? 🙂

3rd Place: CD10565 – $2,090.00

Prize: 16GB iPod Touch

8GB iPod Touch

CD10565, aka "The Magician", aka Paul Piotrowski from is now a regular leaderboard winner in these competitions. He placed 3rd in the previous competition as well and won an an 8GB iPod Touch so it’s kind of funny that he placed 3rd again to win another iPod Touch.

However, this time he’s won a 16GB iPod Touch which is better. Perhaps he can give his other one to his wife or somebody for Xmas, or we can work out sending him a substitute prize.

4th Place: CD8083 – $1,803.00

Prize: Flip Mino Video Camera

Flip Mino Video Camera

I’ve finally come up with a moniker for CD8083: Traffic Light. He is always "stop" and "go" with his stuff, generating some nice numbers for a week and then stopping, coming back a couple weeks later to generate a bit more, then stopping…

MarketLeverage is currently working on getting him an offer he’s doing well on with another network. If he switches it over, he’ll be producing some real big numbers, so keep an eye on him.

5th Place: CD8137 – $966.00

Prize: $150 Prepaid ML Rewards Card

$150 Prepaid ML Rewards Card

(Note: I didn’t have a photo of the $150 Rewards Card so I had to use the $100)

CD8137, aka “The Tortoise”, lives up to his moniker by just barely taking 5th place to walk away with a $150 Prepaid Reward card from MarketLeverage.

He has yet to ramp up his campaigns, but maybe this is just part of the turtle nature (slow and steady wins the race).

Top New Signup’s

1st Place: CD12601 – $745.80

Prize: 8GB iPod Touch

8GB iPod Touch

I love tracking the progress of new signup’s as it’s great to watch them earn their first commissions with PPC affiliate marketing and then get rewarded with an additional prize for their efforts as well.

CD12601 had a fantastic first month and completely dominated the new signup’s category. Hopefully he can increase his commissions slightly to climb onto the Main Category leaderboard for the next competition.

2nd Place: CD12502 – $62.00

Prize: 8GB iPod Nano

8GB iPod Nano

You’ve got to love this: you generate $62.00 in commissions only to take home a $150 prize. This is exactly why if you haven’t signed up yet, you should. You don’t need to be able to generate huge numbers in order to win big!

3rd Place: CD12230 – $60.00

Prize: $50 Prepaid ML Rewards Card

$150 Prepaid ML Rewards Card

(Note: I didn’t have a photo of the $50 Rewards Card so I had to use the $100)

Likewise, CD12230 joined and generated only $60, but is being rewarded with $50 in return which is almost double his commissions!

Blog Winners

Lastly, here are the 5 lucky blog winners taken from a random drawing:

In total, there were 11 bloggers who posted about my competition. That meant that the average submission had a 45% chance of winning an easy $20! Hopefully you’ll consider those odds for my next competition!

Each of the above will be receiving a $20 Prepaid MarketLeverage Rewards Card.

I have e-mailed each of the winners and notified MarketLeverage as well. They will be contacting each of the winners shortly.

Final Rankings

I’ve now referred a total of 135 affiliates to MarketLeverage, 22 of which signed up during this past competition.

Together, they generated a total of $110,226.00 in commissions. The final standings are shown below (only those with earnings of over $100 during the competition are shown, for the sake of space):

$75,000 VIP Tier
Rank Participant
1st CD8470 “The Behemoth” $91,079.80
  Total: $91,079.80


Top Main Affiliates
Rank Participant
1st CD8467 "The Dark Horse" $7,250.00
2nd CD9050 $3,969.00
3rd CD10565 "The Magician" $2,090.00
4th CD8083 “Traffic Light” $1,803.00
5th CD8137 “The Tortoise” $966.00
6th CD10451 $901.20
7th CD11560 $775.60
7th CD12601 $745.80
  Total (all main affiliates): $19,146.20

Top New Affiliates
Rank Participant Earnings
1st CD12601 $745.80
2nd CD12502 $62.00
3rd CD12230 $60.00
  Total (all new affiliates): $978.20

My personal goal for the competition was for the total commissions to hit $75,000. Well I think it’s safe to say that goal completely obliterated, as we actually exceeded it by over $35,000!

To date, my referrals have generated a total of $311,743.40, and I only signed up to MarketLeverage in early June!

Here are the results of the contests held so far:

Contest Results
Contest # New Affiliates Registered Earnings
1 57 $7,816.00
2 25 $34,076.75
3 14 $61,249.60
4 15 $73,639.20
5 22 $110,226.00
  Total (competitions): $287,007.55

Thank You Market Leverage!

This competition would simply not have been possible without the massive support of MarketLeverage. They are putting up all the prizes, not me. Thanks a lot ML, we really appreciate it!

Affiliate Marketing Challenge 6

The 6th affiliate marketing challenge is already under way. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you do. There are more prizes than ever – $11,475 worth, in fact – so don’t miss out!

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Posted: December 4th, 2008 under Contests  

28 Responses to “Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5 Results”

  1. Matt - aka CD12601 says:

    Thanks Tyler and MarketLeverage for running a really cool contest. I joined with only about 10 days to go, because I saw that the New Affiliate category was wide open and all 3 top prizes were a great deal. I am glad I did and I am quite happy to walk away with a new iPod along with my commissions. Hopefully I will make my way on to the main leaderboard this month!

    • MLDina says:

      Congratulations to Matt and all the winners! Excellent job! It goes to show that whether new to affiliate marketing or the challenge, you can still participate and win some great prizes!

  2. Morris says:

    Hey tyler, whats are the requirments for joining this competition, I mean after signing up through your referrel, do we need to have a blog/site? What Sorry if it sounds stupid, I’m not all that savvy.

    • MLDina says:

      All you need to do is be an affiliate with MarketLeverage, who was referred by Tyler. Once you get campaigns up and running, your progress is tracked automatically. Good luck!

  3. BusinessX says:

    It is encouraging to see this contest grow. Inspires one to someday have contest on this level. Also, to succeed as these affiliates have. Even at fifth place, the Tortoise, with near a grand increased his earning 15% just by winning the Amex gift card. The Behemoth, now that is where we all want to be.

  4. charles says:

    Amazing prizes. I wished Market Leverage will allow me sometime soon. They kept on rejecting me.

  5. says:

    I want to join Market Leverage but they kept on rejecting me. I lost the eagerness to join because of one information that they needed that i don’t have. I live outside US. I hope tyler could help me.

  6. James Wilcox says:

    These figures simply blow me away. I don’t see how anyone could pull in almost $100k in sales from Market Leverage products. I would love to know who this guy is and what he does, it’s all so anonymous. He is either spending a ton of money on PPC/advertising campaigns or he knows something the rest of us don’t. I just don’t see how banner ads and PPC ads could generate that kind of money considering how ad-blind most people are.

  7. Damn, I was really hoping to win that LCD Panel. Oh well next time. For now I’ve got 2 iPod Touch’s and I already got an iPhone!

    Maybe I can trade someone an iPod Touch for an LCD Panel 🙂

    Or maybe sell my 2 iPod Touch’s and get a nice LCD.

    Thanks ML and Tyler. I’m looking forward to competing again this month, although I’ve got to step up my game!

  8. Congrats to all the winners 🙂


  9. Congrats to everyone that won prizes in this contest

  10. Tim - WPF says:

    Man, Tyler. I’ve won a Flip camera, an Infinity Speaker system & now a 24″ LCD monitor in your contests and I still don’t get a nickname?! LOL. 🙂

    Hey, congrats to all the winners & thanks to Market Leverage for all the great prizes. Much appreciated.


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  12. Problogineer says:

    congrats to the winners… and especially The Behemoth

    he is earning like a charm.

  13. Tom says:

    Congrats to all the winners.

    I am curious however on the spend that some of your winners had to incur. It would be a nice case study.

  14. Webhosty says:

    Hi Tyler,

    I believe, I got the 3rd place in the Top New Affiliates category, but I haven’t received an email from you yet.

    My ML affiliate id is CD12230.


    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I believe ML just ships your prizes out without contacting you since they already have your address on file, but I’ll contact them right now to make sure 🙂

      • Webhosty says:

        Perfect then…

        I just thought you were going to email me as well, since you wrote “I have e-mailed each of the winners and notified MarketLeverage as well”…

        I just wait patiently on my prize 😉

  15. Chris M says:

    $91,079.80 that’s absolutely incredible, I don’t know many affiliate marketers earning up in that bracket! Sjoe, you talked about paying a lot of tax in your last post, imagine what his person is paying!

    This is just inspiring, wish I had jumped onto the challenge when I read your first post about it, next time!

  16. Daaaaaang. “The Behemoth” is freakin awesome. He’s a dynasty. lol. Great job. $91k is amazing.

  17. Zac Johnson says:

    Nice earnings and referrals… your big guy is nasty!

  18. diggalive says:

    Dam! That is some money right there. Sweet First Prize PS3!

  19. Anything for an iTouch !!!!

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