One complaint I hear often when discussing affiliate marketing is how low the commission is with some merchants. A beginning blogger without a large follower base may struggle for months to reach the payment threshold at Amazon or other affiliate networks.
One way to earn an awesome affiliate commission is to promote e-Products. Digital products like eBooks and eCourses often have the highest commission rates around. As these are passive income opportunities that require little, if any, ongoing work, many authors and creators are more than happy to give their affiliates a 30-50% cut of any sales they elicit. And that can add up fast!
If you are new to promoting digital products as an affiliate, here are some great places to find a few treasures.
There was a time I stayed away from ClickBank. They have a funky “Customer Distribution Requirement” in place that can make it difficult to get to that first payment threshold – you have to have five sales from at least two different payment methods. They also take money from your balance if you are dormant for a specified period of time. It can be a bummer for new affiliate marketers.
That being said, rarely a week goes by these days that I don’t generate at least one sale over there. And the product selection is amazing. Almost every niche under the sun is covered. Do a search in the marketplace and you can see at a glance the commission, average commission per sale and how many people are promoting the product.
- Gravity – Number of people who have made a sale promoting the product
- Avg%/Sale – Average commission per sale
- Avg Rebill – Programs that offer recurring commissions
e-junkie.com is kind of like ClickBank except the sellers are the ones who will be paying you instead of e-junkie so there usually are no payment thresholds or funky qualifiers to meet. Simply do a search in the marketplace for things that cover your topics of interest and see if they have an affiliate program available, some probably won’t. If there is an affiliate program available, you will see it mentioned at the bottom of the product description. Because you will be paid directly by the seller, I highly recommend sticking to those people in your industry you “know” and trust.
JVZoo is very similar to the two mentioned above. To promote most of the products on this platform, you will need to be approved by the seller first. Here again, you are paid directly by the vendor who can wait up to 90 days to issue payments.
There is a lot of cool stuff on Gumroad these days. Locating affiliate programs to go with these cool products isn’t so easy. If you find something you want to promote, you will need to contact the seller directly to ask if they have an affiliate program in place – or want to. You will then be paid any commissions generated by Gumroad.
Your Fellow Bloggers
Almost every blogger has an e-product available these days. Think back to products you have purchased, or things you would like to purchase. Check out the blogger’s website for a link or Google their name/blog name + affiliate program.
I highly recommend purchasing the things you plan to promote. Make sure it’s up to par and meets your standards before recommending it to others. Not everything sold online is – trust me. Nothing blows your reputation faster than asking people to invest in something that isn’t worth their time and money. And if you are earning 50% commission, that’s only two sales to recoup your investment.
And don’t forget, less is often more when it comes to promoting digital products. If you are pushing five similar products in the same price category, your reader is likely going to head elsewhere to find out which one really is the best buy for their money. They may end up clicking through another blogger’s affiliate link. Be specific and strategic with what you are promoting. Choose the best product for that topic, or one high-end and one inexpensive option.
Where have you found some of the cool things with generous affiliate programs that you promote?