Affiliate Marketing...does it still work?

by saluca
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Given that there is SO much free information available on the internet, why would people buy a product anymore?

If I want to build a shed, I Google it. If I want to learn how to speak in public, I Google it. If i want to play golf, i Google it. If I want to learn how my other half thinks, I Google it (safer that way).

Are sites like Clickbank and JVZoo still places to find something profitable? Do sales pages still work?
#affiliate #marketingdoes #work
  • Profile picture of the author Prizeboy
    Originally Posted by saluca View Post

    Given that there is SO much free information available on the internet, why would people buy a product anymore?

    If I want to build a shed, I Google it. If I want to learn how to speak in public, I Google it. If i want to play golf, i Google it. If I want to learn how my other half thinks, I Google it (safer that way).

    Are sites like Clickbank and JVZoo still places to find something profitable? Do sales pages still work?
    And if you want to buy a new camera, do you build it yourself?
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    • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
      Yes, sales pages still work, and you can still make a lot of money through affiliate marketing.

      People pay money not because they can't find the information for free but because it would take an insane amount of work (and research) to figure everything out on your own.

      The amount of money you invest in a good product is a fraction of what it would cost if you were to spend that same time working a job instead of gleaning "free" information.

      Regards,
      Daniel
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      • Profile picture of the author jorgesil
        And since when Affiliate Marketing is just about information products?
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcel Guzman
    From my experience, people are often looking for an easy way out. They want to free up time, make their life simpler and more comfortable. This includes internet marketing and running an online business.

    I think one of the best ways to make money online is to offer a service of high value. One such way would be SEO related. There is soo much mysticism and uncertainty with Google rankings these days, I can see why people will pay upwards of $1500 a month just to ensure their online presence is squeaky clean. I mean especially with a company worth hundreds of thousands if not more.

    The bottom line is if you can offer something that some person perceives as having value, or the ability to save them time, then you will always have a buyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author blitz20
    Sometime buying software helps other then that maybe some tips here and there might be worth a small price
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    You are not your target market. And, if your target market doesn't buy things, you're in the wrong market.
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    • Profile picture of the author kilgore
      Not all affiliate marketing involves the types of information products you allude to. Heck, you can even sell real products relating the topics you're looking for.

      Wanna build a shed? Try this: Building a Shed (Taunton's Build Like a Pro):...Building a Shed (Taunton's Build Like a Pro):... Public speaking? Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a...Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a... Learn to golf? Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf:...Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf:...
      As for your other half... Well... I'll let you pick out the book that works for you

      The point is that people buy books, TVs, cameras, pianos, chairs, light bulbs and all sorts of other things all of the time. And every one of those types of products can be promoted as an affiliate marketer. Of course, you still have to provide a compelling reason that someone should buy through you instead of going to a site like Amazon direct, but that's hardly impossible.

      That said, if your question is why would someone buy a $37 guide by some no-name author on Clickbank on how to play golf instead of the $8 golf book referenced above -- one that was written by a real golf professional and one that was professionally edited and published... Well, you got me there... But that's why I don't sell that kind of crap. Still just because I don't get it and you don't get it doesn't mean it doesn't work at all. Others certainly make money selling that sort of thing! But it does probably mean that both you and I should look to other types of products to sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryan2008
    Yes affiliate marketing still work's especially if you build an e-mail list.
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    • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
      Originally Posted by ryan2008 View Post

      Yes affiliate marketing still work's especially if you build an e-mail list.
      Then why are you operating a blog (which doesn't even have its own domain) full of get rich quick schemes?
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by saluca View Post

    Given that there is SO much free information available on the internet, why would people buy a product anymore?

    If I want to build a shed, I Google it. If I want to learn how to speak in public, I Google it. If i want to play golf, i Google it. If I want to learn how my other half thinks, I Google it (safer that way).

    Are sites like Clickbank and JVZoo still places to find something profitable? Do sales pages still work?
    Yeah, it still works and people still buy stuff. Heck, I'm a marketer, and I still do it (did it just the other day). The reason is because I prefer to learn from systems. Plus, people who want to buy stuff are always looking for reviews to answer their questions before they buy.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by saluca View Post

    Given that there is SO much free information available on the internet, why would people buy a product anymore?
    Same question can be asked about porn DVD's vs. free porn on the tube sites.

    Porn DVD's still make money too - even till this day.

    There's alot of free information, but people are too lazy to look up EVERYTHING to formulate a solution for a problem. So they want you to do it... preferably nicely put together too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teesane
    You could always transition to selling your own product or service. That's what our owner did.
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  • Off course its works
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  • Profile picture of the author Zodiax
    Affiliate marketing works, just not for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyAG
    As Marcel put it, people will buy a product if it's faster and easier to get the information. Why spend hours searching for the right information when you can buy a product that claims to have that information, plus more, and is backed by its customers?
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    It stopped working a few months ago but support fixed it and it should be fine now

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  • Profile picture of the author aby2maria
    I made 9 clickbank affiliate sales today ..
    that's like $250+ ...
    so seems like its still working
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  • Not all people are comfortable with searching for information online. There are still people who are looking for value in information and that is why they are looking for good products out there.

    Like most of the comments here, affiliate marketing still works. The success will depend largely on how you promote your products.

    There are tons of free information on this forum I am sure you will get good pieces of advice on how to start your success with affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I do CPA lead generation...all anyone has to do is fill out a form, nothing to buy/no credit card needed and I make on average $20-$60 each on the bulk of what I promote, but some pay more and some less. Done right and 6 figures is easy and 7 figures is totally possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author JyotiRana
    I dont believe in affiliate marketing as it is time waste. I registered with few sites and fed up, when I have to invest money why should I invest to a stranger online. Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    People still buy because people try and fail over and over again. The reason they still buy info products is because of the same reason they still buy weight loss products - they fail, and the next product might be "the answer" they have been looking for - the easiest, laziest, fastest way to make money, lose weight, build muscle, end pain...that's what they want and can't have - so they continue to search and buy.

    As long as they continue to search and buy, there will be affiliates who will make good money. Not everyone succeeds with affiliate marketing, but not everyone is equal in brains, focus, persistence, experience and so on...like anything else in life.

    And not everything promoted is information related, obviously. The biggest affiliate promotions these days are for software.
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  • Profile picture of the author amitraj1
    Yes, Affiliate marketing stills works and have a great future ahead. However, its future has raised quite a stir with market players predicting different trends. But, no one can predict the actual future of "affiliate Marketing".

    Corporate Trainer
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  • Profile picture of the author WilsonHorne
    It surely does, there are affiliates creating millions of dollars per year with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author sober
    As someone who made 8000 USD last month from affiliate marketing, it is my sincere opinion that it still does work.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      You seem to have a bit of confusion here.

      "Affiliate marketing" simply means promoting someone else's product in return for a percentage of a sale made due to the referral. In the offline world, this would be similar to being an independent sales rep.

      "Infoproduct marketing" is a subset of affiliate marketing if the product owner offers affiliate commissions.

      Even infoproduct marketing works because some people don't trust Google. Others have tried the "just google it" method and been stuck in the morass of affiliate crap (phony review sites, splogs, etc.) and are searching for authentic authority.

      I still remember a cartoon from the New Yorker showing two canines sitting behind a computer. The caption read, "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog."
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  • Profile picture of the author camnettcontent
    It sure does.

    Online, people pay for convenience and expert advice on specific topics. People also buy as many, if not more products online than off.

    You can learn how to do almost anything without having to buy an ebook or course if you're willing to put the time and effort into finding the information. But how long would it take? And how much aggravation would you have to endure?

    If you have everything you need (and usually more), presented in a succinct package you can access in 60 seconds or less, at a price that is worth it to you, would you be interested?

    I'd think yes, and that's why affiliate marketing works so well. You simply find ways and means to connect the right buyer with the right offer and then the magic happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author RaymondPreble
    yeah, it's working, it might have gotten kinda competitive but it really is one of the best ways to get started..
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    Clickbank and JVZoo are the best and my favourite system to promote affiliate products!
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    • Profile picture of the author Coloradoskibum
      Originally Posted by Prizeboy View Post

      And if you want to buy a new camera, do you build it yourself?
      Originally Posted by winnermarketing View Post

      Clickbank and JVZoo are the best and my favourite system to promote affiliate products!
      They are my favorite networks too. I have had little success from them, but they are easy and the tracking is awesome. I guess maybe I might just be in the wrong niche?
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    • Profile picture of the author jmh777
      I have to disagree these are the worst.

      If you're a beginner they're fine, but when you're getting serious, you need a better network.

      It's a fact.
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    • Profile picture of the author robjewels
      really? i would love to know what strategy you would take to make money fast with affiliate marketing. it seems like a long process with luck involved.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevensj
    Hello, Yes affiliate marketing is still profitable, especially if you do it the right way. I've not used JVZoo before but I love using Clickbank and I think it's a great market place for making a full-time income online
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by saluca View Post

    Given that there is SO much free information available on the internet, why would people buy a product anymore?

    If I want to build a shed, I Google it. If I want to learn how to speak in public, I Google it. If i want to play golf, i Google it. If I want to learn how my other half thinks, I Google it (safer that way).

    Are sites like Clickbank and JVZoo still places to find something profitable? Do sales pages still work?
    Yes, they still work. People still make a ton of money with affiliate marketing. I think these days things are different than they were a few years ago (less shady), but this is a constantly changing and evolving industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Pickstone
    GDAY SULUCA,

    Mate, affiliate marketing is still going strong!

    And yes, They are good networks and serious money to me made here!

    I personally like promoting physical products in the Womens health and beauty fitness and Weight Loss niche!

    You can check on Market Health or try finding a private affiliate programs where there is less competition.

    Hope this helps Suluca,

    Kind Regards,
    MATT
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  • Profile picture of the author Dilip Mane
    Maybe because people's purpose of seeking information doesn't get solved with free information only.

    People don't value the free information as well.

    Worse yet, people do not take actions according to the paid information that is really worth of paying.

    Regarding your question, yes affiliate marketing works well when done properly.

    Most of the product creators also practice affiliate marketing as a supportive stream for their business.
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    • Profile picture of the author LesterRussell
      I do believe affiliate marketing will continue on easily for the next couple of years.

      Free products are always out there but do remember that within those free products a ton of them are junk. You occasionally can find a gem sieving through all the free information but more often than not, you'll only find the commonly told basics that doesn't really answer the questions you have.

      These are where paid products come in and offer value content in exchange for coming along with a price tag.

      But like others have mentioned, if you are doing a niche where your potential buyers will not fork out any cash for products, its actually you having a wrong target audience rather than affiliate marketing not working.
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  • Profile picture of the author jempub
    Hey there!

    Affiliate marketing is alive and well.

    The very best thing to do is "STAND OUT" in your niche.

    Be different.

    Be unique.

    Be a friend to your list.

    Be human.

    DON'T use the "pre-written swipes" that are included in most
    affiliate pages.

    Create your own content.

    And remember: Spend 90% of your time building your optin list.

    Chat soon,

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  • Profile picture of the author tami9191
    I think affiliate marketing like click bank is still working. Most of them are earning thousands through these!
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  • Profile picture of the author arojilla
    I wish I could Google me a new bike...
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