Affiliate programs like ClickBank have proved to be big-time money earners, even if it’s in small amounts of extra income that supplements a salary or other sources of income that you may have and help in fulfilling your dream of becoming rich which can be a life-changing syndrome for thousands of people all over the world with handsome amounts earned through affiliate programs every month and year, year after year. But in order to be successful in this business niche, you need to avoid the common mistakes made by budding affiliates and Internet Entrepreneurs.
First of all, you have to select the right product. Always remember that your goal here is to earn money and nothing else. The most simple and highly profitable products in affiliate programs like ClickBank or cj.com is in the selling of digital products. You can succeed by selling other types of products and services as well, and some websites based on their content and keywords attract a different breed of online buyers, but in affiliate programs and online selling, digital products are by far the best option.
ClickBank is the most popular and sought after affiliate center for digital products sold online. There are more than 11,000 products that one can buy from ClickBank. Other competitors of ClickBank in the affiliate programs domain are Commission Junction and LinkShare. Spend some of your time and research these affiliate marketing websites and keep notes on those products which you think you can sell with a great deal of success and the products you are comfortable with. The products you select should ideally be those with which you are familiar and on which you have some knowledge and products that you can research with relative ease. Knowledge of using search engines is very helpful for research and learning purposes though it is not a mandatory pre-requisite. All you need is a bit of product knowledge and be passionate about your online business activity with a lot of optimism, patience, and perseverance, since financial returns may not be immediate.
You need to first buy the product yourself though you can’t buy through your own affiliate link – it is not permitted by the affiliate programs like ClickBank. Once you have the product, it will be easier for you to write good quality content and comment with confidence about the product in different online forums, that will give leverage to you over other competitors selling the same product through the internet.
Registering a domain name for the site is very important as it enables you to pre-sell to your prospective buyers. Your website has to be different from the other hundreds of thousands of affiliate marketers selling the same product, many of them will be using pre-formatted emails as well as banner ads that are provided by the product owner.
You should formulate a business plan now and make a decision on having a website or a blog. If you choose to go for pay per click (PPC) advertising then you will need a sales page type website. If you decide on article marketing then certainly a blog will fetch you the optimum results.