Friday, November 17, 2006

Sony PS3 Craziness!

I know that talking about the Sony Playstation 3 does not seem to have a lot to do with making money online, but then again, it has EVERYTHING to do with making money online (uh oh, not another RUDY rant!). Personally, I have little to no interest the the Sony PS3, but I decided to perform a bit of an experiment with tying affiliate marketing in with this Christmas' hottest item (besides TMX Elmo). I created a little website, and through a bunch of affiliate links, created a "Where to buy PS3" website. You can check it out here:

Now, I think this whole frenzy surrounding the PS3 is rather silly. It currently sells for over $1500 on eBay, people are fighting other people in lines that have lasted longer than 48 hours, and there are reports of even a death due to a mugger trying to steal the money of someone waiting in line. THIS IS NUTS! Sure, there are only 500,000 of these made, but can't people just wait a month or so after Christmas to get it without risking their lives or having to mortgage their house? Last year, a similar thing happened with the Microsoft XBox 360 (which you can now buy almost anywhere). Technology-wise, it is slightly inferior, but most of the superior features of the PS3 will only work with top-of-the-line TVs, receivers and games. Instead of spending $1500 on the PS3, why don't people buy an Xbox 360, TEN games and then wait until January or February to buy a PS3 for $500 (Notice: we have just spent the SAME amount of money and have 10 times as much)?

Sorry about the rant, but this is crazy to me. And doing a little bit of promotion on the side is making me realize how crazy this is! Yes, this website does bring in some money (mind you, though, that I have already developed a lot of traffic avenues through other ventures for it). But I am also learning a few other things:

1) No matter what your intentions are, people are going to get mad at you! I have received about a half-dozen angry people telling me that I am a slime-ball for creating this site. Why? Beats the heck out of me! If they don't like, then leave!

2) Secondly, I have received about a half-dozen angry emails telling me their technical opinions on this product and that I should not promote it. OK!?

If you want to see more angry-ness, go to Some people have been ripped off and have a right to complain. Others just want to direct their bitterness (over what, a toy?) at others.

3) I have received about 50 emails thanking me for at least giving them some additional ideas of ways to find this hard product online.

...And at the end of the day, that is what I focus on! No matter what your intension are when it comes to becoming an online marketer, be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly. I pride myself in trying to be honest and provide good content in my blog, my websites, my email and my articles, but at the end of the day, some people just won't understand. Making money online can be fun, exciting and lucrative at times, but at the end of the day, it is still a business.

- Matthew Bredel

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