18 Jul 11 12:54 pm
This is why I only promote products that I have reviewed myself. There are a lot of really bad products on CB, which is part of why they are getting a bad reputation among affiliates.
I always request a review copy, or buy it myself, before promoting it, and if it doesn't meet my standards, I drop it and find something else.
there are some good products there, but it takes some work to find them, and a lot of time reviewing products.
unfortunately, most of the people selling products on clickbank don't care about the customers. most of them dont even care about making money from the products they sell. they are only interested in harvesting email adresses of proven buyers to promote other people's products to. That is actually where most of them are making their money, which is why they are willing to give high comissions.
usually if someone refunds, they don't know to unsubscribe from the email list separately, so people put out these crappy products with a high refund rate, and still profit from it.
I had one the other day on self esteem that was 120 pages of CRAP. It was obviously poorly spun content, 90% of it was regurgitated crap from article dirctories, and, having dealt with the problem for years myself, I can immediately tell that the person writing it had no clue what they were talking about. The entire book was written from research that was done 20+ years ago, and was really no where near accurate.
On top of that, it was so loaded with affiliate links to other products that I should buy that it was really nothing more than a sales pitch for other products. So you buy a book that tells you what programs to buy.
It was worse than even most email opt in books that I see in the IM niche (which are generally nothing more than a sales pitch for their products...)
Now, in some cases, the information that is in the products will be freely available elsewhere. When it comes to internet marketing for example, you could probably spend a few months browsing the web and find everything that Mark teaches in AB freely available on line.
But, when you buy a course like AB, you are buying the strategy and the action plan that puts all of those steps into a system that you can follow.
Aslo, often the products tend to go into a lot more detail than what you generally find available.
I just finished writing up an ebook for my own self esteem site myself, which I am going to sell once I get the salespage put together (which is actually harder than writing the book itself)
In the ebook, most of the tactics that I talk about I have already covered through my articles and in my blog, but I went into more detail, expanded ideas, included some examples from my own life and from some people that I have coached, and included specific exercises at the end of each chapter that people can follow as they progress through the book. I actually urge people to begin those exercises (in this case, most of them are things they should start and incorporate into their daily routine...) before going on to the next chapter in the book.
this comes down to understanding the difference between tactics and strategies. Alot of people will put together a strategy to accomplish a task, (say building and marketing a website...) and they will use the individual tactics in their free stuff that they use to drive traffic to the product..
I do this with my blog all the time. I talk about tactics that I use in my business, but if you want the step by step strategy that puts it all together (which people email me asking for all the time...) you have to buy one of the courses that I recommend. usually the tactics that I talk about I learned through the course I will recommend in those pages. This adds continuity between what people learn on my site and what they learn when they buy the course that I recommend.
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