Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers. As defined by Wiki
It is not called throw an affiliate offer out there and hope that it sticks. It is called internet marketing. So let's figure out how we can go about marketing a product.
Assuming you know that the product you are promoting has a market in the fist place we have tons of ways to get the message out. We are not looking for random traffic. We are looking highly targeted traffic and tons of it. Don't just tag a youtube video and hope to pull of a massive payday with a one off affiliate offer. So many people go to clickbank grab a product and go try to sell it with one traffic source. It doesn't work and they repeat the whole process.
Places to market include all of these methods and tell me if your results get any better.
-Podcast. Appear as a guest. Do research on the product so you know what you are talking about and get your name and product link out there.
-Banner ads on sites in your niche
-appear on facebook fan pages. Talk to the owner and see if they will do a review for you. Trust me you can work out a deal.
-Seek out membership sites and get in as a guest of the week.
-forums are obviously great place.
-twitter accounts. Get tweets out there from people with huge followings.
-Guest videos on blog sites.
There are so many more options out there if you just think about it for a bit
Look I am not saying any of this is free, but Pepsi didn't make it's Billions by getting cheap free ads on a box in a soda shop. Simple free methods are all well and fine, but if you ever want to make some money you are going to need to get out there and let people know who you are. That is why product creation is huge. You end up marketing yourself and having people use all these methods for you as an affiliate. When you take this business seriously you will get serious results. The point is to get out there and make a splash.
I know that this thread may get panned by some people and that is fine by me. I am only trying to help those who need it. So if anything I said is in error we will all hear about it.