One of the easiest ways to get started in internet marketing is to promote affiliate products. This means you get a commission for each sale of a particular product that comes from your link or referral. It’s definitely the easiest route into making money online. You don’t have to spend time and effort creating and marketing a product of your own, you don’t have to deal with customer service and recruiting people to sell for you…all that you have to do is find a product to promote and create a website or link “pre-selling” the product.
Many affiliates choose Clickbank.com to start out with, for a number of reasons.
They are incredibly easy to use, the merchants pay generous commissions, and their products sell well.
Clickbank describes themselves as a “leading retailer of digital products”; they do not sell physical products. Everything on their site can be digitally downloaded.
So to explain to you how to get started in affiliate marketing, we are going to use Clickbank as an example, although there are many other reputable affiliate companies as well, such as paydotcom, Commission Junction, Pepperjam, and countless others.
To sign up as an affiliate at clickbank, all you have to do is go to their home page at www.clickbank.com.
At the top of the page, you will see a link that says “sign up”, and you click on that link to create your affiliate account.
When you sign up, you need to give Clickbank your physical address, because they will be mailing you a check for your commission. They do not currently have an option to pay via paypal, but they HAVE just introduced a direct to bank account system. This makes things a whole lot easier if you live outside the US.
They will also ask you to choose a nickname. This nickname is how you get your commissions, because you are going to include it in a link called a hoplink. Don’t worry it’s not madly complicated – this is just a web address that people can click on that includes your nickname so when you make sales, Clickbank knows who to pay.
When You Choose Your Nickname, I strongly advise to choose a maximum of 5 or 6 characters. We’ll talk more about hoplinks later because they’re very important as they are how you get paid. Customers will be able to see the nickname in your hoplink, so keep that in mind when choosing it. Also, once you choose that nickname, you will not be able to change it later.
Here’s how Clickbank works: when a publisher creates a digital product that they want to promote, they are going to want as much help selling that product as possible.
The best way for them to enlist an army of salespeople is to pay those salespeople, (referred to as affiliates), a generous commission. Generally they are going to pay most of the sales price to the affiliate. A product that sells for $37, for instance, will probably net the affiliate about $23 per sale.
A usual commission to an affiliate ranges from 50% – 75%. If a merchant pays too low a percentage to their affiliates, the affiliates are most likely not going to feel very inspired to promote the product, and the merchant’s sales will suffer.
There is a huge marketplace out there full of products that an affiliate can choose from when they decide what to promote.
From an affiliate’s point of view, it makes sense to spend their time and money promoting products that pay them well.
After the merchant creates their product (which is usually an ebook on any subject but could also be a service or software), they submit it to Clickbank for approval.
Clickbank will not accept any products that make false or misleading claims, or which promote illegal activity like spamming. They will also review a product for quality; Clickbank’s reputation is on the line with each product on their site, and it does not benefit them to accept a poor quality product that won’t sell well.
This is of course great for us as affiliates because we know that all Clickbank products will be of a certain quality.
In the next lesson we will discuss how to pick a winning and profitable product.