New affiliates to Clickbank, one of the largest “digital product” affiliate programs in America, often wonder just how to research and market the thousands of products available on this site. A new user can easily become overwhelmed at the variety of digital products after just a few minutes of browsing the site. However with the proper knowledge of Clickbank’s site organization a “newbie” can quickly research the best products to promote. This article will discuss Clickbank affiliate program tips in a question and answer format. For the sake of brevity, the assumption is made that a Clickbank affiliate ID has already been obtained.

Where Do I Begin?

Before even logging on to the site, one should make small list of topics or areas of interest that they have some knowledge about. This saves time and allows the affiliate to focus his/her efforts in the right direction. In addition, promoting products that are of interest to the marketer will increase the success rate in promoting related products because the affiliate will have a knowledge base upon which to write articles or develop web pages.

After the list is made and the user has logged on, click on “marketplace” at the top of the home page. Next, enter in some keywords from the list previously mentioned. This will bring up related digital products available relate to the keywords. Check for products with a mid-range “gravity” as they are likely converting well but without too much competition.

Next, look at “Ref%” under the description of the product. If the number is greater than 65, then this means that a good deal of affiliates are making sales and therefore is a good product to market/promote. Anything less than this and the affiliate will likely be in head to head competition with the publisher of the product. After picking a few products with mid-range gravity and ref% greater than 65, the affiliate is ready to promote the product.

How Do I Promote the Product?

Once a product is found that meets the above criteria, the product can then be promoted through article marketing or ppc (i.e. Google adwords). Article marketing is recommended for beginners as it is free. The affiliate can then use “direct linking” (putting their hoplink in the body of the article or resource box as a link), or link to a web page (recommended) that they have created. Some article sites do not allow direct affiliate links anywhere in the article or resource box and therefore the affiliate must link to a hosted web page (costs money) or to a site such as Squidoo.com or WetPaint.com which allows affiliate links.

What Generates Sales?

Simply put, affiliate marketing is a numbers game. The more people that visit the affiliate’s articles or web pages, the more likely the sales will come. It’s best to use a variety of article sites and free web creation sites to promote Clickbank products as pay-per-click advertising usually winds up costing the affiliate as they learn.

By following the above Clickbank affiliate program tips,any affiliate can begin to earn money from Clickbank. Following these steps prevents unnecessary browsing of the Clickbank site and getting overwhelmed.

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