We had a pretty good batch of affiliates a couple of years ago, but many seem to have either left the IM world or are now product creators themselves, focusing on launching their own products.
Every course tells you to be proactive and reach out to affiliates directly, make friends with them etc to get them to promote your products, but the truth is that this is easier said than done
My inbox is filled to the brim every day with promos - but it is rare that anyone responds if you email them. One IMer's contact email apparently went to his help desk, and he accused me of spamming him and unleashed all kinds of hell on me for daring to contact him directly, in spite of the fact that I have spent a considerable amount of money on his products over the years. Needless to say - won't be buying anything from him in the future!
So the question is this: what have you found to be the most effective way of contacting affiliates to promote your products?