MyViralSpiral.com by Tim Brocklehurst sounds too good to be true. Imagine, you can make money while building a list, even if you don’t own any listbuilding software or service? A simple test reveals that you are not really building your own list.
(Note: The following is my experience with www.AnitasViralSpiral.com which appears to be running the MyViralSpiral script.)
MyViralSpiral adds people to a mailing list, and gives them rebrandable PDF files. This means that certain affiliate links in the PDF report can be rebranded with your own affiliate link. When your readers click on your affiliate links inside that PDF ebook, you get the commission (assuming your readers purchase the product).
(The affiliate links you can set are your Clickbank ID and your Paypal email address. The Clickbank product being sold is related to listbuilding.)
So you sign up at MyViralSpiral (MVS), get your MVS affiliate link, and then send visitors to that link. Your visitors then sign up at MVS (under you), and are given the chance to input their own Clickbank ID so that they can set-up their own affiliate link.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. What happens when your visitors do not have a Clickbank ID?
Remember, you sent those people to MVS, and you have a Clickbank ID. But if the people you referred to MVS do not have a Clickbank ID, the default ID used by the system is not your Clickbank ID.
(Perhaps it’s the ID of the person who installed the MyViralSpiral script in their server? In my case, the default affiliate ID is ajohnson, and if there’s any connection between that and anitasviralspiral.com, then I’d say they have an interesting sense of humor.)
Shouldn’t the MVS system recognize who your referred sign-ups are? Afterall, you’ll be able to see how many people signed up under you (although you won’t have any idea who those people are).
There’s also a facility where you can rebrand a PDF file, and then upload it to the system. These uploads will be seen only by those who signed up under you.
The thinking behind this is if your people do not wish to rebrand their PDFs, then the unbranded PDFs should be your uploaded PDFs. Sadly, that is not the case.
Based on experience, your sign-ups will see your uploaded PDFs only when they log into MVS for the first time. After the page containing your uploaded PDFs is replaced by another page (after they click on the “Next” link), they will not see it again.
Instead, they will be shown download links to the original PDFs. And those original PDFs no longer contain your referral ID.
It would be great if MyViralSpiral did the following for affiliates of the MyViralSpiral script owner:
1. Default downloads should carry the affiliate links and IDs of the person who referred the visitor.
2. Rebranding of PDFs should be done automatically and on the fly. How many people will take the time to download, rebrand, then upload the PDFs, right?
3. MyViralSpiral should reveal who signed up under you. Think about it. Aren’t they saying that you are building your list?
Unfortunately, since MyViralSpiral does not yet do the above, then you are not truly building your own list. You’re just building a list for MVS.
Should you go for MyViralSpiral?
…If you don’t mind building a list for someone else, or
…if you’re happy with the chance to earn a commission for the sale of a Clickbank product (offered at the end of the MVS sign-up process), or
…if the ability to email every five days (no indicator of actual deliverability performance) a list of people whose addresses you don’t even see appeals to you,
…then go ahead and give MyViralSpiral.com a try.
(But please don’t say I didn’t warn you, okay? In the meantime, I’ll continue my search for the truly win-win viral marketing and listbuilding solution.)
UPDATE: Here’s the Report Bugs Here section of the MyViralSpiral forum (www.MyViralSpiralForum.com)
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First Posted: March 26, 2007 | Filed in: Affiliate Marketing