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Urban legends + CPA

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by leonidt, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. leonidt

    leonidt Regular Member

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    This idea was originally inspired by a reply to the Only in America thread by cskgsquad.

    Now, personally when I read that last sentence, ideas started flying through my head. Urban legends are popular. I know I get at least a couple every week. Now, I get a lot of spam every week, but the difference between spam and urban legends/chain letters like this, is they get forwarded to me by my contacts, and thus not treated as spam.

    So, I started thinking; "how can I promote something through an urban legend"? I went to snopes.com and just started reading. After about an hour (hey, that site is addicting), I found THIS legend about a bunch of people winning the lottery because of a fortune cookie. (Coincidentally, that story is true, but it does not matter.)

    It's perfect, because it gives people something desirable (winning the lottery) and a place where we can stick OUR affiliate link. Now, obviously I'm not going to be promoting fortune cookies, so I re-wrote the legend, using horoscope instead of fortune cookie. (A good niche right now)

    Here is my re-written urban legend: (you can read the original on snopes and compare)

    All I did was buy a relevant domain and redirect to the CPA landing page. (In this case, a free email horoscope submit.)

    Then I just created a new gmail account, and started sending the thing to a bunch of emails (harvested off CL. search if you don't know how to do this). In my opinion, the great thing about this is people don't treat it like spam. Yeah, some people don't read those things, but all they will think is "sigh, someone auto-forwarded me another one of these things"....not "who's this guy spamming me?" The best part is, a lot of people DO like those things, and they forward them to THEIR entire contact lists. Do a good one, and you will get a viral marketing effect going.

    Disclaimer: Treat this post as purely hypothetical. Have I made money with this? Maybe, or maybe not. Decide for yourself if you want to try this or not. If you do, use your imagination. Don't just blindly copy my shit word-for-word.

    Good luck. ;)
     
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  2. xenter

    xenter Regular Member

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    very creative!

    ur disclaimer made me laugh lol
     
  3. gabixxx

    gabixxx Junior Member

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    Nice.
     
  4. aмillionaírе

    aмillionaírе Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Smart thinking and good idea, I only have one question, what do you use to send out your mail? :D
     
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  5. kayden89

    kayden89 Registered Member

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    This is very sneaky, and clever! i like it, haha..
     
  6. leonidt

    leonidt Regular Member

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    Plain old Gmail, 50 people at a time. Why complicate things? 5 minutes of copy-pasting = 500 emails sent. There's no reason to send any more than that a day. A good "legend" that plays well on psychology is the key, viral effect will take care of the rest.

    I'm sure you could think of a way to use something like Alex's Xrumer for this too. Or Yahoo Answers("is this legend real?"). There's lots of ways.
     
  7. BlackBeret

    BlackBeret Regular Member

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    Why not sell fortune cookies? That guy over on WF ran a WS0 for his fortune cookie affiliate program. I think it had something to do with evil or funny fortunes. I don't know if there are even lottery numbers on them.
     
  8. darkchillie

    darkchillie Registered Member

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    I love this idea. If you had a email/legend go viral that is potentialy 100's of thousands reading. Take a legend, spin it and add an affiliate link.

    Will have to look at getting this implemented.
     
  9. dannyhw

    dannyhw Senior Member

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    I have to say this is a very nice idea. My whole family forwards these things around like crazy. I had to teach my mom about snopes not too long ago.

    You might even try this with myspace bulletins, facebook notes, whatever. Should work on any site where people forward each other shit without doing any research. You might even combine this with e-whoring. Post personal ads and do a little bit of back and forth. You know if guys want to get into "your" pants they're going to read anything they think "you" are interested in.
     
  10. leonidt

    leonidt Regular Member

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    You could do this anywhere. If you wanted to go all out, you could set up your OWN site like snopes.com, except with 90% of the legends and stories having your aff. links. Then SEO the shit out of it.
     
  11. mrsmirf

    mrsmirf Junior Member

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    Great Idea! I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets those emails claiming that Microsoft is going to shutdown hotmail.com if not enough people forward the email to all their contacts. There are so many spins on this you can make it a fulltime job.