I took a shot at it and I'll outline the steps I took below. The whole thing is meant to be proof of concept along with a learning opportunity for me and it's been invaluable in learning how to do things and what to do/not to do. The mistake I made was choosing just any CB product and not being choosy. My new project is something I would probably use myself and wouldn't mind selling in person or attaching my name to. I picked a work from home sorta thing.
1. Use a service to create a landing page. On this landing page I ask for an email and offer a PDF download with WFH stuff inside the email.
2. Same service provides autoresponders etc. so I set up an autoresponder to go out the day after. They know I'm emailing them. In this email I provide the affiliate link
3. Post on craigsist.
I got about 40 people on my list so far. It's not gonna make me anything most likely but that's 40 I didn't have. And I did it all myself. Mistakes and all. That's good for a proof of concept, now I want to take the things I've learned and practiced and scale them up.
This affiliate is much better than the last in every sense, including providing some really great marketing materials, email swipes, everything. I plan to take a similar course but take a different approach to the landing page like writing up a review, article, something, and use the affiliate-provided marketing materials instead of trying my hand at copywriting. I plan on advertising to the target demographics (also affiliate-provided) in various ways online and off as cheap as possible while still being effective. I read and practice these things all day every day, and I feel like I'm getting better.
Am I doing this right? I HAVE to make this work for various reasons, so I'm dedicatd and motivated. You guys are a great wealth of knowledge and I've learned a lot. What makes or breaks this sort of thing? I feel like, if I create solid content and use it to gently guide people to sign up to the email, then use the email swipes to market, I can't go wrong. They give me everything, demographics and all.