Affiliates Have No Ethics? PEOPLE Have No Ethics

As we exit 2009 and enter a new decade, I thought I’d get all deep and philosophical about the universe. Or at least, the part of it revolving around affiliate marketing.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of this year, it’s that people – consumers – have the tendency to be unspeakably stupid. There are no bounds or limits to the shit that people will buy if you put it in front of them.

And more importantly, I’ve learned that there’s no limit to the shit that we – as marketers – will try to sell.

If ever there was an offer that summed up the scandalous nature of this industry, it’s coming right at you.

Lonely wives

When I logged in to Copeac this morning and saw this page, I didn’t really know whether to laugh or cry. It sums up why we are the pimple on the arse of online marketing. Why no blushing or moral dignity will get in the way of a $32 conversion.

First of all, if you ARE a lonely cheating wife – why in God’s name would you be so resoundingly stupid to sign up on a dating website that markets you as a cheating hussy with a cock fetish?

Secondly, I wouldn’t want to be that smiling model on the homepage. I hope she got a big fee.

And thirdly, how many affiliates are actually that short on moral fiber that they’ll take an offer like this and promote it to married men?

I don’t feel particularly comfortable pushing a dating site that encourages guys to register on the off chance that they’ll get to skirmish with some poor fucker’s scheming missus. There are some lines drawn in the sand that you would truly have to be a money-driven soulless asshole to cross. And no, I’m not trying to sell the industry down the river (Dennis Yu already sold it), because we’re all as bad as each other.

I look at the page and think to myself…

This is simply matchmaking for like-minded individuals. You have guys who are so shallow that they’d make an effort to hunt down a taken woman for sex. And then you’ve got the wives who are clearly so dutty that they’ll become members on a niche dating site where they’re pursued like fetish ornaments with legs on.

So yes, if 2009 has taught me anything, it’s that you should leave your expectations of human nature at the door when dealing with online marketing. The world is full of retards, vanity and international retards.

Seeing how this will be the last post of the decade (I bet you were hoping I’d say that 9 years ago), I’d like to thank readers for actually taking the time out of their day to read my stuff. This blog has grown from non-existence at the start of 2009, to becoming, if I’m not mistaken, hot fucking shit.

In all seriousness, I’m pretty surprised at how things have gone.

Stick around for 2010. I would like to monetize you all eventually I’ve got some other stuff to say.

Happy New Year, stay safe, get trashed.

But obviously not so trashed that moving billboards make you sick.

About the author

Finch
Finch

A 29 year old high school dropout (slash academic failure) who sold his soul to make money from the Internet. This blog follows the successes, fuck-ups and ball gags of my career in affiliate marketing.

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  • LOL, I would any day push this shit than sling berries or bizopps. On the moral scale this is waaayyy better than promoting rebills.

  • I judge all offers on the scale of “How dirty would I feel having to explain this campaign to my girlfriend’s grandparents over supper”…

  • Great post, sure makes a lot of sense.

    But then again, whoever registers to the site knows what he’s going into and they probably want to use the service or try it out <— That right there is also known as "Demand" –

    Shall we even go a step further and call this market "The Cheating Wives Market"?? lollll

    I could sleep well at night pushing this offer, for the following reasons :

    1. I'd be serving the demand
    2. People blatantly know what they are buying into
    3. Cheating partners would still end up cheating anyways, doesn't matter if it's online or offline or if it's fuckin the hot secretary at work.

    So at the end of the day you're just giving them a helping hand to get what they want faster and easier. (maybe?)

    Matt

  • Cheaters will cheat, this is just a new medium.

    If you have a highly targeted campaign with relevant keywords and you want it to convert, then your clicks on this ad will be from those who cheat.

    Just as you don’t market wedding rings to those who don’t want to get married.

  • That’s crazy mayne…

    I agree with you:
    “How dirty would I feel having to explain this campaign to my girlfriend’s grandparents over supper”…

    Now, what would Ryan Eagle do?
    “Get Wives + Get Paid”

  • damn!i love the video thanks for posting

    was it English in the background or some other language?

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