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An Interview With Bryn Youngblut of Bryn.me

Posted on November 23, 2009 by Tim Schroeder

brynWho is Bryn Youngblut? Bryn hates the term “super affiliate” but if you consider his $1,000,000+ in affiliate revenue in just six month during 2009 then I think that would certainly qualify him for that title.

I’ve only briefly met Bryn once during an Affiliate Summit where he was hanging out with his industry friends Ad Hustler & Ian Fernando. If you drop by his blog you’ll find a nice mix of both entertaining posts (usually related to aff marketing in some way) as well as some affiliate tips such as new PPV Traffic sources.

You can read more about Bryn Youngblut at Bryn.me and follow Bryn Youngblut on Twitter here.

An Interview With Bryn Youngblut of Bryn.me

1. How did you get started in the industry?

I got started before I even knew it to be honest. I started making various websites for fun over 8 years ago with no idea about monetization. I then discovered people were using adsense to make some money on their websites so I of course started using adsense and generated a little bit. I then got stupid (I was like 14) and started clicking my own ads because I realized every click made me money. I then got all of my classmates at school to click my ads and before I knew it my account was banned. I then moved on to AdBrite and realized it sucked compared to adsense. I eventually realized people were paying to show ads on my site so I thought why can’t I do the same? That’s when I found Commission Junction and started running random banners on my websites I thought people might be interested in. I eventually found much better networks and ways (like PPC) to make money with affiliate programs.

2. What was your biggest learning experience to date?

I’m not sure if it was the biggest learning experience but the only one I can think of off the top of my head. I thought it would be interesting to try and target “google.com” on PPV and I lost about $2000 in about 2 minutes, and crashed both of my large dedicated servers.

3. What was your biggest success to date?

I have had a few I guess, most being in the last 2 years. I managed to buy a new house, a brand new Lexus (with cash) and generate over a million dollars in revenue in under 6 months.

4. How did you learn the business? (eBooks? Webinars? Membership sites? Freebies? Paid services?)

I have never bought an e-book in my life and in fact the only one I have ever even read was the one on Cashtactics written by Ruck called 60 Days To List Building Domination. I learned mostly from just making my own mistakes. I watched what other people were doing and saying and I would give it a try. I am a true believe that stuff like membership sites and paid services are for the most part a load of crap. Too often people waste a lot of time and money on that stuff when all of it is available for free if you just look around. I also hate when people complain about not having money to start. I remember when I first started I could only spend $5 a DAY (I was attending college and only had a part time job, plus lots of bills, car, etc)  and I eventually worked that up to $50+k within a few months.

5. Do you think sponsored conversations have their place in the industry?

I am thinking about is sponsored tweets, and sure why not.

6. Besides yourself, who do you think is the most valuable resource to the affiliate community?

I definitely couldn’t say one person but I have had a few mentors help me through my journey. I was a huge fan of Shoemoney back when I first started out and I used to listen and follow everything he did (still do). Not even 2 years later and I’m a personal friend of his which is pretty awesome because he is an incredibly smart guy.

I also learned a lot from Ruck who I mentioned above. I used to chat with Ruck on aim every day for long periods of time and he gave me so much good advice I don’t think I could ever repay him for that. This was back when Convert2Media was starting out and only had a small amount of publishers so he was able to give me more of his time as well as invite me multiple times down to their mansion in Florida. I think I really like both Shoe and Ruck because they tell it how it is.

7. How do you balance professional v. personal?

Not very well. I am a work-a-holic but I am proud of it because I enjoy every minute of it. I have a bit of a routine where I work pretty hardcore Sunday to Friday then I go for drinks and to watch the Hockey game at a local pub with some buddies. Saturday I may go out or just work depending on what is going on that night. I probably have more friends in this business than I do in real life but when it comes to conferences it’s so much fun to see everyone.

8. How often did you check your stats….1 month in? 1 year in? Today?

How often did I or do I? I’ve checked them 3 times during writing this interview…just kidding. I actually used to check them hardcore probably 50+ times a day, now I am a lot more laid back. I still do check periodically just to make sure everything is still running.

9. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Haha well if they did that would be one boring ass movie of me sitting in a giant office with a ton of monitors. I would say I should play the lead role, I’ve always wanted to do some acting.

10. OK, now who would REALLY play you?

Haha wow I swear I didn’t read this before I answered the last question. I’m not sure but I’ve been told I look a bit like Tobey Maguire so maybe him.

11. What are some of the key differences between a ‘super affiliate’ and the veteran, less successful affiliates?

First off I really hate the term ‘super affiliate’, I just think it’s lame, and mostly because people who call themselves that are overcompensating for something. I think it really depends on how you define success, I mean some people are happy making 50k a year while others want 7 figures. I believe anyone can make as much money as they want if they work hard enough. I’ve proven it to myself multiple times by simply setting goals and working my ass off.

12. Is where you are now where you thought you’d be…10 years ago? 5 years ago? A month ago? Why/ why not?

Somewhat, I always knew I would eventually work for myself ever since I was a kid. I used to tell my parents I was going to own a new Ferrari before I was 25. I never really knew how or what I was going to do, but I damn well sure knew I was not going to work for anyone.

13. Explain affiliate marketing so a child would understand it. *Note- Please don’t just say I make money online. Assume the follow up to that would be ‘How?’

I usually tell people who don’t understand what I do (99.9% of people) that I’m sort of like a car salesmen and I get paid a commission for every sale. That or I just say I handle companies marketing budgets and make them more sales for less. Either way people usually just go ‘OK’ even though their probably still confused, but hey it’s less questions for me if I just straight up said I do affiliate marketing.

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Bryn, Thanks again for doing the interview. You can read more about Bryn Youngblut at Bryn.me and can follow Bryn Youngblut on Twitter here.

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6 Responses to “An Interview With Bryn Youngblut of Bryn.me”

  1. Ruck

    - 23rd Nov, 09 05:11pm

    One of the best types of people to meet and a helluva deep see fishermen!

  2. Thee Don

    - 23rd Nov, 09 09:11pm

    @bryn

    did you get any conversions from the google.com ppv test ? lol

  3. browie

    - 23rd Nov, 09 10:11pm

    Excellent interview. Interesting to learn more about affiliates.

  4. Bryn Youngblut

    - 24th Nov, 09 01:11am

    @Thee Don
    I don’t recall 100% but if I did I think it was maybe 1.

  5. AffPortal

    - 24th Nov, 09 06:11pm

    The best part was Bryn targeting google.com with PPV and crashing both his dedicated servers…

    Balls up for that experiment…

    So what converted 😉

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