Friday, July 24, 2009

The Pros And Cons Of Clickbank

Clickbank has been taking a heck of a beating lately. Marketers are complaining about low sales, high refunds and an unresponsive customer service department. Many have threatened to jump ship. Some have, but many hang in there. So what's the real deal with Clickbank? Is it as bad as people say it is? Is it no longer worth selling Clickbank products? Is it better to sell your own product through an in house affiliate program? Lots of questions, but so answers. Well, in this article, I'm going to try to give you some answers.

Let's first go over what's right with Clickbank. If you're a product vendor, hosting your product with Clickbank means that you get free exposure in their marketplace and you don't have to worry about paying your affiliates yourself. Clickbank does all the affiliate tracking for you, thus saving you a lot of bookkeeping and hours of time paying affiliates. As a vendor, this may be the biggest advantage to using Clickbank.

But what about as an affiliate? Are there any real advantages to promoting a Clickbank product as opposed to some other product? Well, there's brand recognition. Love 'em or hate 'em, Clickbank is a recognized name and a lot of potential customers trust purchasing products with the Clickbank seal of approval on it, especially since all these products come with the mandatory 60 day guarantee.

Also, the Clickbank marketplace, the way it's laid out and with the stats provided, make it very easy to identify "good" products to sell, meaning products that convert well. This is great for affiliates who don't want to spend countless hours looking for something worth their time.

However, Clickbank is not without its downside. For vendors, your product only gets listed in the marketplace beyond the first month IF you make at least one sale in each subsequent month. After that, the product falls off the pages. In addition to that, there are so many products, unless yours is a hot seller, the chance of an affiliate finding it is slim to none. So getting affiliates is not as easy as some would think.

Then of course there is that liberal refund policy. A customer can get a refund for no reason at all. And because many people know this, they will take advantage of that policy. This is especially true in the make money online niche.

Add to this the problem of having to get at least five sales from five different people using at least two types of credit cards, and for some people, vendors and affiliates alike, it can take some time before they ever see a dime from their efforts as PayPal purchases don't count.

So as you can see, Clickbank is not a bed of roses. It has its good and bad. Ultimately, you have to decide if the good outweighs the bad.

To YOUR Success!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cashing In On Google Trends

For those of you who aren't aware of this, Google Trends is one of the most popular sites online, especially for Internet marketers. If used correctly, it can bring you a quick income on a daily basis with very little work involved. This article is going to briefly go over what Google Trends is and a simple process for monetizing it with little or even no expense.

Google Trends is a site that list the top 100 most searched terms for a specific time period, usually updated every hour, though I have seen it go several hours before being updated. When news about a celebrity death breaks out, these phrases usually jump to the top of the chart quickly. Some, like in the case of Michael Jackson, stay there for a long time. The trend is usually designated as volcanic, on fire, medium or mild. But how do we actually take advantage of these trends?

You will find that the key to taking advantage of these trends is finding one that has a product tied to it. For example, whenever a new Xbox game is released. You can easily sell the game itself or even an Xbox system. Most of these physical items can be sold through the Amazon affiliate program. Some trends tie to items that have some pretty hefty price tags.

You can also monetize these trends by using Adsense. If you can find a trend that is interesting enough that people will want to read about it, even if there is no product to sell, related Adsense ads places strategically on your site can bring enough clicks in a day to actually earn the Adsense minimum for payout in just a few hours depending on how hot the trend really is.

Probably the best way to take advantage of these trends is to put up a related blog, making sure that the keywords are included and then bookmarking that blog at sites like Digg. This will bring a good number of visitors especially if there are not a lot of competing sites for that trend. Some trends have under 1,000 sites competing for that phrase.

It's a great way to make a quick buck and, if you use Blogger blogs, won't cost you a cent.

That's one money making system that's hard to beat. Give it a try sometime. You might be surprised at the results.

To YOUR Success!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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