My Google Reader has always had Tyler Cruz’s RSS feed in my top tier of affiliate marketing blogs. However, while I worked at Commission Junction, I could not use any of his insights to actually make money. That is the rule at CJ. I can now though and what perfect timing.
Every month for the past 4 months, Tyler and MarketLeverage have gotten together to giveaway some pretty amazing prizes for the publishers who generate the most commissions through MarketLeverage for the calendar month. November is the Affiliate Marketing Challenge 5. He is giving away over $11,000 in prizes. The top prizes are a sweet Alienware computer rig, a 52-inch HDTV, a Playstation 3, and a 16GB iPod Touch.
As you can imagine there are already some some super affiliates reeling in the big winnings. Those guys are not invulnerable though. Still, if you are just starting out, there are some prizes for first timers (like me), including some 8GB iPods and $50 Market Leverage Prepaid Rewards Card. Last I checked, the top newbie had only made $3.80 and there was nobody else even in the running.