I got an email yesterday from a Passive Income Breakthrough student named Jack in Miami, Florida…
“Hi Rob. I’ve heard that affiliate marketers can make a lot of money without needing to make their own product. If I don’t have the time or the budget to make my own product, can I just sign up for an account with Clickbank and start promoting other people’s products?”
Good question. Before I answer, let me make sure we’re all on the same page about what is being asked here…
An affiliate marketer (aka an “affiliate”) is someone who makes money by promoting other people’s products.
On Clickbank, anyone can create a free account and begin to promote any of the products in the Clickbank marketplace.
Let’s say Jack wants to make money as an affiliate.
He signs up with Clickbank, browses through the Clickbank marketplace, and sees that a product called “The 7 Day Diet” is making a ton of sales.
Clickbank makes it very easy for Jack to get a unique affiliate link, and some emails, articles and ad banners, to promote “The 7 Day Diet.”
(Inside the Passive Income Breakthrough course, I let you watch over my shoulder as I show you how to navigate the Clickbank marketplace.)
Jack then sets up a website with a blog. Let’s say it’s called SevenDayDietReview.com.
Jack takes the emails, articles and banners that are provided by the product’s affiliate center, and uses them to write some blog posts.
He writes about “The 7 Day Diet” and talks about its features and benefits, and at the bottom, he puts, “If you want to learn more, click here.”
This is where Jack sticks his unique Clickbank affiliate link. Now, when someone visits Jack’s blog and clicks on that link, they will be taken to the sales page for “The 7 Day Diet.”
If they purchase “The 7 Day Diet,” Jack earns an instant commission: 75% of the product price.
“The 7 Day Diet” costs $47, so Jack earns roughly $33 per sale. (Clickbank takes a small cut of each transaction.)
Now you may be wondering, how will Jack get traffic to his website? Well, setting up a “review site,” as Joe did, is a popular affiliate strategy.
When a product like “The 7 Day Diet” gets popular, people are constantly hearing about it. They’re seeing ads for it on the Internet. They may be subscribed to email lists of marketers who send them emails to tell them about it. Etc.
In some cases, the person might want to do some research before going and checking out the product. So they go to Google and search, “The 7 Day Diet.”
Jack’s website, SevenDayDietReview.com, appears in the Google search results. And beneath the link to the website, in the search results description, Jack has some text that says “Is this diet a scam? Read this article to find out the truth…”
So, the person is naturally curious to find out. They click to go to Jack’s website and read about it.
Note: These so-called “review” sites you see in the search results for Clickbank products are usually not giving an actual review. Affiliates like Jack usually just watch the product’s sales video, or read the sales page, and use it to write up an article that SOUNDS like a review.
The only purpose of this “review” is to make people want to click the link at the end and go buy the product.
This is just one example of how affiliates promote products. Some affiliates will have lists of email subscribers. Others might make videos and put them on YouTube. Or run ads for the product on Facebook.
But to get back to the original question — about whether it’s better (and easier) to simply promote products as an affiliate, rather than creating your own — I want to encourage you to do BOTH.
That’s how my friend Bobby Rio and I make far more money than the typical product creator.
You see, Bobby and I have our own digital products. Affiliates send traffic to us. Every time they send us a sale, that customer is added to our email list.
So now we have lists of customers, and we can send them emails to promote OTHER products. We make 75% commissions (or more) every time we make a sale.
You should do both, too! Make money “from both sides.”
Use what you learn in the Passive Income Breakthrough course to sell your own product, AND to build an email list so you can sell them other stuff.
One last thing I want to mention – Jack, the guy who sent me the question, mentioned that he might not have “the time or the budget” to make his own product.
Dude, come on!!
The Passive Income Breakthrough course is all about showing you an easy, step-by-step method for creating your own digital products which costs next to nothing…and yet the ROI (Return On Investment) can be enormous!
Seriously, Bobby Rio and I have created digital products for under $500 and we did virtually no work on them.
We outsourced the hard stuff. And some of these “cheap & easy” products have gone on to earn us thousands of dollars PER WEEK.
So really, it’s crazy to think you don’t have the time or the money to do this. The ONLY thing you really need is the right roadmap to follow.
Passive Income Breakthrough IS your roadmap. So make sure that today or tonight, you put aside an hour to continue watching the videos in the members area, if you haven’t already gone through them all…
And if you have gone through them, I expect that by now you’ve chosen a great product idea, and you’ve figured out your plan for structuring your offer.
Have you decided what the “bonuses” will be?
Howbout the “upsells?”
In my next newsletter, I’m going to give you some extra tips and tactics for making sure your offer is ROCK SOLID and ready to make you the maximum amount of passive income.
So don’t miss tomorrow’s newsletter!
P.S. What is the #1 question you’ve got right now about creating your digital product?
Post it in our private Facebook group and get some help & feedback!