Thursday, March 08, 2007

Affiliate Marketing-Learning Your Way Around ClickBank

If you are looking for what kind of internet marketing products are sold on the internet a good place to start is ClickBank. ClickBank is a large affiliate network. At ClickBank you can purchase products, list your own products for sale, or sign up to earn money by promoting other people's products.

It does not cost anything to sign up with ClickBank and it is easy to access the site. Simply enter ClickBank into a search engine. When you enter you will see next to their name the navigation information. Above that you will see several other selections. One is labeled marketplace. Marketplace is where you will find all of the affiliates ClickBank represents.

When you click on marketplace you will be taken to a categories page. Here you can find any product. You will see information that gives you the product name, a sales page and a "create hoplink." The latter is a link you will use if you decide to promote affiliates. This link is what identifies you as the payee.

On the same page labeled in green are four other pieces of helpful information.

  • Affiliate Commission: The actual amount of commission you receive.
  • Percentage earned: The percentage you make on each sale. (these vary)
  • Referred: Percentage of each product that's referred by affiliates.
  • Gravity: A numerical rating. The higher the number the more popular the product. Some marketers believe if the gravity is too high or low the product is either saturated or not well enough known to make it profitable.

If you are thinking about promoting affiliates, ClickBank would be a good place to start. It is also the place to go if you want to learn about different kinds of products. When you click on any product you are able to pull up the sales page. This will give you information about that product. If you look at enough of these sales pages, you'll soon get a feel for how to design one yourself. This skill can be invaluable if you decide to create your own product

Later on as you become familiar with how affiliates work you might want to think about promoting your own ebook. Getting to know your way around ClickBank can be your springboard to an affiliate marketing future.

Formerly employed with Arnold Palmer Enterprises as Advertising Manager and Copywriter (Putting Course and Driving Range Division) http://www.theaffableaffiliate.com/

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