Now, in full transparency, I have had one glass of wine. Not like a big thermos or 32 oz tumbler either. Wine-glass-size glass. So, I am slightly relaxed. In fact, I just typed “BAWK” at my VA and called her a chicken.
I’m weird. And, I’m enjoying wine. That’s my disclaimer. But, those of you that read my blog regularly know those two things are the norm. I digress…
BUT! Sometimes the “Gurus” are so flipping stupid that it makes me say GRRRRR. And, no, I’m not talking about Jimmy D. Brown or Bob the Teacher or Lynn Terry or any of my friends. They rock my world and their brilliance shines like the sun.
Vent #1: Assuming that You are THAT Memorable.
When I get an email in my inbox from … uh, let’s say… Mike (no last name showing up in my list of emails). I click on it anyway, because “what the heck, I’m just cleaning out my inbox”. It opens and the message is also signed “Mike” (no last name) and the links are cloaked. I start wondering “Who the heck is this Mike guy and why does he think he’s so darned memorable that I’ll know who he is? Let alone buy his products?”
Well, eventually, I looked at the “from” email and saw the company name and it rang a bell, but — SERIOUSLY?! What happened to branding and getting people to KNOW, LIKE and TRUST you?
If THE Jimmy D. Brown signs his emails with his full name (including the middle initial “D”) — and he’s been the mentor to the gurus since 1999 — then I think that’s worth looking at and thinking about. And, yes, I want my readers to feel warm and fuzzy and happy when they see emails from me and feel like we’re family, BUT — I kind of assume they’re busy and know more than 10 people. Possibly a few of them may be named “Nicole” eh? ((sigh))
Vent #2: Assuming that, because I’m your Affiliate that I want to Get Blasted with your Junk.
If I sign up for your affiliate program, it’s because I think that YOU have good products. Not because I give a darn about your buddies. I’m also kinda busy.
I also join only those affiliate programs that I feel are the perfect fit for my readers. I am extremely picky and only promote things that I use myself or have evaluated myself.
I DON’T JOIN AFFILIATE PROGRAMS BECAUSE I WANT MORE CRAP IN MY INBOX.
So, on that note…. please don’t send me training crapola. Please don’t send me stuff about the latest launches. Please don’t send me junk about promoting your buddy’s newest program. I don’t care.
I have to filter enough information and noise for all of my readers as it is. I actually use my REAL email address for affiliate programs, because I want to know about TOOLS and new products and updates… not because I want more junk in my inbox.
Those are my vents for the day. Anyone else care to pipe in? I’m feeling snarky and frustrated right now because I’d really like to continue to promote certain affiliate programs, but I’m going to have to discontinue them because of the amount of junk they send.
I not only find it annoying, but I find it unethical.