For those that don't know, I'm relatively new to both the forums, and IM. In fact, it was only earlier this week that I finally decided to make a clickbank account, and start for the first time to attempt affiliate marketing. I went to the marketplace shortly after making the account, and found literally hundreds of items to promote, many of them offering high commission rates.
I thought I was in affiliate marketer's heaven (which, in a sense, I suppose I was). I immediately singled out some products which sounded like the sort of stuff I'd like to promote. But when I started to do research into the product itself, a very ugly truth reared its head.
Basically all the products I looked at were either junk, didn't work properly, never honoured refund promises or were shameless verbatim copies of other people's work, which was often already available for free online. I searched for a good few hours to see if there were any products in my areas of interest (namely Computers/Internet, Software & Services and Games), and I can count on one hand the number of products I found that I would actually consider promoting.
And half that time was spend wading through the countless hundreds of affiliate sites gushing with praise and admiration for what I would describe as nothing more than a scam. I mean, I often had to dig a bit to find a real review of the product, and it was almost always damning, bringing to light all kinds of issues with the product, and claims about refunds not being honoured almost always went hand-in-hand with these.
What bothers me more however, is that Clickbank appears to do nothing about this problem at all. I could be wrong, but nearly all of the big-selling, high gravity products and vendors were almost universally peddling snake oil. And given the difficulty of finding honest reviews of these products, its no surprise so many people get ripped off.
Now, I refuse to promote a product that either shamelessly copies other people's work, or is a blatant scam, and as you could imagine, this has made using Clickbank somewhat difficult. So I'm just wondering, how do you guys get around this problem? Do you investigate the products you promote, or do you just go ahead and promote them?
Honestly, I'm finding this issue quite frustrating and time consuming, so if anyone has any advice in regards to this, it would be greatly appreciated .