Affiliate Fatblogging – By Shawn Collins

by FeedFront Staff on August 21, 2009

Affiliate marketing is all about people and relationships. Some critics say that is a problem when trying to scale.

But many affiliate marketers are crunching numbers on a different kind of scale these days. They’re getting into affiliate fatblogging, where they chronicle efforts about healthier living and weight loss on their blogs.

Here are some affiliate marketers that are trying to achieve a net loss.

Ayako Bingham
Where can people follow your progress? www.branding100.com

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? Don’t Cha / The Pussycat Dolls

Any regrets about posting your progress online? I love taking pictures, but I don’t like being in them. But, this way, I am pushed to accomplish my weight loss efforts

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? Find something that works for you. I am not a treadmill type and it took me a while to find something I actually enjoy doing.

Tyler Cruz
Where can people follow your progress? www.tylercruz.com In particular, my weight loss challenge vs. Jonathan Volk started at the post www.tylercruz.com/blogging-weight-loss-challenge-cruz-vs-volk

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? I’m currently listening to the best singles of No Doubt which have some nice fast paced songs. Before that, I was listening to the best singles of Michael Jackson such as Beat It and Billie Jean. Great running music.

Any regrets about posting your progress online? Absolutely not. It’s all about public accountability and pressure. Promising to reach a goal to yourself is one thing, but promising it to the world is something completely different.

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? Try announcing your weight loss or fitness goal publicly. It’s a lot harder to come up with excuses when everyone is watching you.

Scott Jangro
Where can people follow your progress? There’s no easy way to do this. For a while I was using the Nike+ website but the battery died on the sensor. I go through phases of talking about my progress in blog posts or podcasts to keep myself motivated. I’ve also got a page on my blog: www.jangro.com/feeds-n-fat/

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? Eminem “Lose Yourself”

Any regrets about posting your progress online? No, I’m pretty open about stuff that I do. I like the pressure of publicly declaring my goals. When I do that on my blog, I find that my readers are both supportive of me and even inspired to get in shape themselves. That’s a nice feeling.

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? Set goals for both work and exercise. For example, I might commit to a number of miles per week. To get yourself away from your work, schedule time to work out. I use exercise as both a break and a reward for getting stuff done. I also find that I can get some fresh thinking done while on an hour run without any distractions.

Tim Jones
Where can people follow your progress? www.therealtimjones.com

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? Fuel by Metallica

Any regrets about posting your progress online? Not necessarily a regret, but I’ve found that now I’m accountable to a whole group of people that want to know my progress. Keeps you more motivated and keeps you from eating that double cheeseburger, but can also be intimidating. Could have quietly worked on my fitness and weight loss — like I said, not a regret, per se, but a little unexpected.

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? A few things — 1) Just like in business, you have to set yourself up for success. Preparation is half the battle. Get the temptation out of your house. Clean out all the garbage food before you even attempt to eat better. 2) Get out from behind the computer! Even if you just walk around the block, you have to get some movement in, every day. (I have a lot of difficulty with this one). 3) We dine out a lot, as do many affiliate marketers (according to my own, completely un-scientific polling data), so you often have to work a little harder to find healthy alternatives when you’re out. They’re on every menu, but sometimes you have to get creative and eat a few side items or a couple healthy appetizers to avoid the nasty stuff.

Israel Lagares
Where can people follow your progress? www.FatManUnleashed.com or www.twitter.com/israellagares

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? Any song by Eminem gets me going. It’s like I transfer all of his hate into my workouts.

Any regrets about posting your progress online? I have no regrets at all about putting myself online. It has helped me tremendously. I’ve been able to identify negative patterns in my diet and exercise, plus have been held accountable.

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? If you are trying to get in shape start off slow. Cut the little things out and replace them with positive choices. Instead of soda, drink diet soda. Then instead of diet soda switch to water. Get in small workouts. Hop on the floor and do some pushups then go for a walk in the park. Do that for a month and then step your game up. You can also try my Blogger Proof Workout. It’s made for those folks that live behind the monitor. Check it out at www.fatmanunleashed.com/bloggerproofworkout.pdf

James Seligman
Where can people follow your progress? www.jamesseligman.net

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? Indestructible – Disturbed

Any regrets about posting your progress online? No regrets, with other affiliates also getting in shape, it’s like you have your own little support system.

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? Just take a quick 10-minute walk every day before logging on your computer. One of my biggest issues was sitting in front of the computer all day and eating snacks (junk food), so don’t snack!

Jonathan Volk
Where can people follow your progress? My affiliate marketing blog, www.jonathanvolk.com every Wednesday.

What’s your power song (song that gets you pumped when exercising)? Skillet, Comatose. 😉

Any regrets about posting your progress online? None! It’s been a great motivation for me. When I gain or lose weight and I post it online; it’s a huge accountability tool for me.

Any advice for affiliate marketers that want to get in shape? Even though much of affiliate marketing is done solo, do not apply this to your weight loss regimen. I had been trying to become healthier and get in shape for a while and it was not until I had a friend to work out with and push me that I was able to really have any progress.

Shawn is a Co-founder of Affiliate Summit and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine.

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john @ a bold pace August 23, 2009 at 1:25 am

Enjoyed browsing the site…nice use of Thesis. This article caught my eye as we have a running blog that focuses a lot on fitness and just posted some running tips. We also have some great running music if anyone is looking for a new "power song". We look at songs that match your running or fitness pace to be sure you don't unconsciously slow down to the beat. Check it out at:
http://www.remanents.com/blog/womens-running-tips
http://www.remanents.com/blog/best-running-music-

Shawn Collins August 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Thanks – I'll check out your site.

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