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Its got to be the most basic affiliate reporting area I have ever seen but it doesnt stop a lot of people using them. I have used them myself when they have had something relevant and so far have been paid what I was owed on time.
My doubts would be over the integrity of the tracking in the face of all the ad blocking software. Their own tracking contains things which I think imo would flag up to a lot of ad blocking but i have not tested this so its just my theory based on other findings.
All in all I would say if they have a program you really like then give them a whirl and you will get paid for what they track - if you have a more mainstream alternative I would use them instead.
PS. If you choose products carefully, cb will be a good network.
Use the product gravity to help you determine which products are selling and how recently they have been sold. Judging product gravity is what I use when looking for new products to market.
Also, a lot of products have crappy homepages. Buy some domains, and make your own landing pages. Then link directly to the CB ordering page. By-pass the merchant page all together.
iProgram, just to be sure I'm understanding your post... Are you saying that CB itself is okay and it's "just" some of the merchants that are scummy, or that using CB in any way will expose your site visitors to the software, etc., you mention?
Again, CB is a good network if you choose the right products becuase the common commission rate is larger than other networks.
Click Bank have some great products but...
you have to check out for a few things
2. Landing page - create your own ( or even better a whole new website and promote a few of those products
( like a review site) save tons on PPC engines
3. stay away from music and download software products
stick to good e-books ( look on review sites or onlinemoneyscams review sites for the good ones ) even if those review sites are promoting those products and getting affilates cut. these guys know what they are promoting buy the product and follow their lead there is room for everybody, remember we are in the win win game.
4. use clickbank affilate alert program. the starters version is free and it tells you of new product but more then that it gives you a report of how that product is doing in the last 3 to 6 months is it dead or alive
5. the direct adwords to landing page scheme is begining to become to saturated and slowing down
i would invest NOW in staring to offer FREE newsletter and getting an opt-in list which is crucial (in 9 month of hard work you can get 10,000 e-mails - yes a little hard work payes off - dont buy lists - its border line SPAM - i know what people think but in my eyes its still borderline spam )
and then just promote to your opt-ins good solid money making e-books they will buy from you
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One more question though, how do you suggest we get people to opt in to a mailing list? Is adwords (or similiar) ad for the product (say how to be "rich in 24 hours for dummies" ebook), and then a link that says something like "Not sure you want to buy this yet click here to get added to free email list that will show other cool ways to get rich quick", a reasonable approach?
personally i dont think a link will do it
For opt-in you must use the "give then ask" method
and if there is no real value in your newsletter
they would not opt-in
a few suggestions
1. Offer a free e-book on a subject your promoting
even if it is a old or crappy one hype it up and offer it, some oldies are a great hit try searching on Google for free e-books, there is some sites that offer downloading free e-books
2. try free Audio class or seminar - there are those floating around
3. Free tools - like goodwords or web anylizer ( they give it free to there affilates
4. or special reports that you download on a variety of topics
i would start listing internet sites but it would take to long
anyhow a news letter is either:
when you sold them something good and they trust you
or when you gave a freebie and they see your trying to help them.
note: when you give a freebie please sound excited about your freebie
whatever you do, make it your own
meaning your own web site or sales letter
harvest those opt-ins and then sell them products
on the back end
thats what it is all about
to your success
Are you guys not encountering many refunds from your cb sales? Did this not affect your overall cb income?
clickbank does atract alot of affilates
many of them are like me making money on e-books
many are just broader affilates selling what ever they could get their hands on.
Click bank has a system that envolves a score system
for new merchants every week there are more then 25 new e-books out there on click bank they give them a trial period of 4-6 months then they either climb the ladder or they find themselves in the bin.
clickbank will not tell you what is their system of scoring but, you can do the following to attract merchants.
set your price right
1. $29.95 will sell better then $19.95 - its there in the middle not cheap but not expansive
if you have a serious a long e-book try jumping to
2. then give above 50% ( 60 - 75% [clickbanks max])
3. target two categories so it can score on both
4. have a link to a special page for affilates
explaining why your product rocks!
5. VERY IMPORTANT - what affilates hate the most
is getting tons of clicks and no sales
they know they are doing everything right but your landing page doesnt convert and they dont see ROI
create a few landing pages
test each one ( using adwords ( google cash or profits method))
Choose the one that converts best and send that to CB
if your page doesnt rank weel for two months
people have a way of knowing that via CB alert created by Maayan Marzan which basicaly lets people know if your product is climbing the ladder or is on its way down
To your success