Affiliate marketing is a real and legitimate business model that is used by more than 1.5 million people on Clickbank alone. Affiliate marketing has always been around, but it has erupted into enormous popularity because of the Internet.
The reason why is because besides entertainment, people use the Internet mostly to search for products and services that they want to buy. With the World Wide Web, there are no international borders. People living in Katmandu can buy from you just as easily as people down the street.
So the pool of potential customers is simply enormous. Given that there are at least 1 billion people online at any given moment — which is a conservative estimate — any product you can possibly imagine has buyers out there somewhere.
No Delivery Limitations
With digital products such as eBooks, audio courses, video series and so on there’s not even any delivery issues to consider. You don’t need to mail or transport physical products to people. All you need to do is make it possible for people to download digital products to any device anywhere instantly.
The profit potential for affiliate products is limitless. There is no cap to the number of products you can promote or how many people you can promote them to. In fact, the larger your product line and the bigger your customer base, the more money you can stand to earn.
You don’t even have to worry about administration of your sales program because you are only the representative of somebody else. You don’t have to track sales or even collect taxes. All you have to do is promote products and cash checks.
Connect to Affiliate Networks
The easiest place to find affiliate products are through affiliate networks. These are places that offer thousands — and in some cases millions — of products, both physical and digital, that you can promote as an affiliate marketer.
Essentially, these affiliate networks act as clearinghouses for affiliate products so you can simply go to them, find products you want to promote and then start promoting them to your customers … whether they be your friends and family, you social media network, your email subscription list, or whoever you want.
Now, you might think that affiliate networks are exclusive regarding who represents their products, but that’s not really the case. Generally, just about anybody is allowed to promote affiliate products, as long as they are legitimate, don’t use underhanded tactics and don’t misrepresent themselves to their customers.
Most affiliate networks are free to join. Obviously, you don’t need to create your own products. And, usually, the affiliate network will provide you with all the marketing tools you need to promote their products for free.
You usually will get emails you can copy and paste to your subscription list, ad copy you can use if you want to buy Pay-Per-Click Ads or other types of ads, even pre-written blogs you can use as your own to promote specific products.
One of the largest affiliate networks on the planet is Amazon.com. As you probably are aware, Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer.
But what you may not be aware of is that Amazon sells about 40 percent of its products via affiliates … or people just like you that promote Amazon products on their blogs, on their Facebook page, in Tweets or wherever and lead customers back to Amazon to buy them.
For digital products, there are countless affiliate networks, some good, some not so good. One of the biggest is Commission Junction.
But probably the best on is Clickbank. It offers more than 46,000 different digital products covering every imaginable niche. Because Clickbank offers such a wide variety of products in so many different niches, it’s the top affiliate network for you to look for products to promote.
What makes it even better is that Clickbank offers commissions of up to 75 and 85 percent on the products you sell. No wonder it processes more than 35,000 transactions per day and generates about $350 million per year in revenue.
Clickbank also operates in 200 different countries, so when you promote their products, you truly have a global customer base.
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