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This week, we so something completely different — we talk about affiliate marketing tips for newbies.  I interview a listener, Brent Giesler.  Actually, I let Brent interview me.  I answer his questions about my goofy affiliate site on Corn Shellers. I call the episode….

Affiliate Marketing Tips For Newbies

I know more experienced marketers will enjoy some of the tips as well.

Special thanks to Dan Miller from for kicking off  the show.

The Corn Sheller Site

OK, so once again we are discussing my experiment with Keyword Canine.  The site continues to grow.  Here is the traffic screen shot.

Affiliate Marketing Tips For Newbies

I walk through everything that I did in to create the site in the episode 018 .  As of today, the site has made about $18.00

Brent's Questions

Here is a list of all of the questions that Brent asked and the links that I mentioned.

  • Ordered articles from oDesk for $30, high quality, 800 words
    • How do you find a good writer?
    • How do you judge the quality of the article, if you don’t know the niche?
I ordered most of the articles from, and one from  The Media Piston
I also mentioned that you can ask for citations to make sure article quality is high.
  • Ordered 5 more articles for derivative keywords
    • Was this the same writer as above?
    • What can I expect to pay for those articles?

I mentioned that the articles were $5-$7 each, but the Media Piston was about $30.

  • Added light weight content to front page
    • What is “light weight” content?
    • Where does it come from?
I mentioned that additional content on the site was loosely related to corn topics (gardening and recipes), and that content came from ArticleBuilder.
  • Ordered a custom header from your VA, using iStockPhoto
    • Why a custom header?
    • What does a custom header include?
    • How does iStockPhoto fit in to the whole thing?
    • What kind of costs can I expect for a VA?
I talked all about the header and why I bother to do one.
I also talked about virtual assistants.  I mentioned the Virtual Assistant Podcast, my Transcriptionist Loretta,and  John Jonas.
  • Installed Thesis
    • Why Thesis?
We discussed the true greatness of the Thesis Framework from DIY themes.
  • Used ArticleBuilder to drip 10-15 articles in
    • How does PLR work?
    • How much does PLR cost?
    • Why isn’t it duplicated all over the web?
We talked all about PLR, and I mentioned Nicole Dean, Jon Leger, Alice Seba and Melissa Ingold.
I also mention ArticleBuilder.
  • Using “OneWayLinks” to create 200 backlinks over the next month
    • Why did you choose this method?
    • How does this method keep from being penalized by Panda?
I mention Jon's 1WayLinks product.
  • You mentioned your traffic stats
    • How do you find those stats?
    • How do you find your Google ranking?
I mention Cpanel, AWStats and Google Analytics.  I also discuss the Yoast GA plugin.
The final thing that I mention was my recent affiliate marketing guide blog post.

Phew. That's it. Hope you enjoyed it.

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Episode 020 Transcript

All right, it’s episode 20. How’s everybody doing? It’s really great to be here. I’m Mark Mason and this is the Mason World Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast.

Some of you probably noticed we tightened up the intro a little bit over here based on some feedback that we’ve had on the blog and over on the Facebook fan page. I’m going to try and get into the content a little faster each week, that seems to be what everybody wants to do and I think that’s totally cool. Thank you so much for all the great feedback. You can join us over at if you’d like to join in the conversation over there.

This week in celebration of episode 20 we’ve got Dan Miller do the bumper. How cool is that? If you don’t know Dan Miller from, I recommend that you pause this podcast and head on over there because Dan rocks. He is awesome. He’s all about finding the work that you really love.

He’s got a fantastic 48 day program, he’s author of the book 48 Days to the Work You Love, and he’s great podcast that I really enjoy listening to personally. I encourage you, if you don’t absolutely love the work that you’re doing right now today, every day, maybe the work that you’re driving to in your car or you’re driving home from as you listen to this, you need to check out Dan’s podcast over at Dan is really cool and he is making the world a better place and I really love that.

The other thing we’re doing in celebration of the 20th episode is I’m doing something completely different this week and I think you’re really going to like it. I had some email feedback from a listener who said that the last couple of episodes where we talked about the Corn Sheller site over at and how I built that really turned on some light bulbs for him, but he had some questions. So I kind of talk about it a little bit in the phone call here, but I got that listener on the phone and I’m going to flip things around and the listener is going to ask me some questions, which I think is really cool. So without further ado, I’m going to throw you over there.

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