An affiliate network is a thing where you promote something someone else made and get paid a commission. Clickbank is a very old affiliate network. It’s very popular with affiliate marketers.
I had this crazy idea: I would build a little mailing list with a free autoresponder (a story for another day), find one good affiliate product on Clickbank, do my due dilligence by looking at every review I could find, and suggest it — with the caveat that I hadn’t tried it, but it seemed legit. Then make enough to pay for a real autoresponder like Aweber or [insert oft-suggested mailing list software].
So I had a little skim of the Clickbank market categories I was interested in.
The top seller is a questionable investing strategy — basically one of those “hack the market” deals. The best I can say about it is that all the reviews range from “it didn’t work, but they gave me a refund without fuss” to “it works a little, I guess?”
Not a ringing endorsement. The products in this category do not improve after that.
Made For Clickbank (another tale for another day) sites selling Made for Clickbank (!) products. None of these are actually about computers or the Internet. They’re various products purporting to fix problems you have on the Internet. None of them instill much confidence with their sales pitches or the obvious shill reviews I found around the web. Bleh.
Some of these actually look interesting. There’s a guide to building an Iron Man costume, some how-to guides for writing fiction, and some books. It’s…not bad. But there’s so much junk on Clickbank before I get here that I couldn’t even consider promoting anything in here. Anyone pointing URLs here is going to end up on blacklists. Get on Share A Sale or Amazon Associates, or even Smashwords Affiliates, then we’ll talk.
I like games! I bet this is going to be…oh. No. It’s mostly World of Warcraft gold farming guides, and some leveling guides that are probably either cleverly disguised gold farming guides or scraped from the World of Warcraft forums.
Fear merchants! Here, they roam free and unbound. People selling doomsday shelters. Some post-apocalypse survival guides. “How to Win an Election” guides. Hint: Raise a ton of money, maybe by selling an eBook on Clickbank that stretches that one sentence into 70,000 words.
Software and Services
Ugh. No. It’s just…no.
Closing the tab.
What affiliate networks do you like? Google Affiliates, Amazon Associates, ShareASale, and the many high-standard CPA networks are obvious, but are there any lesser known networks worth looking at?