13 Feb 09
22 Feb 10 5:38 pm
You absolutely do NOT need to use the products. You definitely want to check the product out as mentioned above. Visit forums, look for reviews in forums rather than online reviews, since those are written by people like us wanting to sell the product so they will be a bit skewed.
I personally will email the owner and request for a free copy. You would be surprised how many people will give you a free copy if you let them know you are wanting to promote them.
Before I ask for a review copy I will have my website up and running, with their product already being promoted. Then I give them a link to that page.
I will many times copy and paste some of the testimonials from the owners site, then I'll say, "click here" for more testimonials. That will take them to the sales letter where they can find more testimonials on their own. But the clickbank "cookie" is set in place at that point.
I do like to actually read or see the guide/ebook/videos etc... in order to provide a better review. Sometimes I have purchased the product through my affiliate link in order to do this if I don't get a freebie. But I would say I usually have a 75% success rate on freebies when all my ducks are in a row so to speak.
Alternatively, you can also look in the forums for complaints about specific products. I have also done this in my research. I find several products for sale in the same niche. Then I look to see if there are complaints. Once I find that the duds, I will then let people know that I refuse to promote anything but quality products, I hint about the competitor but I never say the actual name of the competitors product.
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