Affiliate Marketing- The Big 3

By Mark / December 2, 2008

One of the most common questions I get asked I what affiliate martketing program is the best.  The first thing to keep in mind is that there are thousands of affiliate programs and hundreds of affiliate networks. They all have their pro’s and cons.

For the purposes of this post I will focus on the big 3 programs , Clickbank, eBay and Amazon. Between those 3 there is nothing you can’t sell and personally i much prefer to have my comissions spread among a number of large programs than several small ones .  In the past I have lost commissions because I promoted a program and didn’t make the $100 minimum for payment.

First up Clickbank.

Over the past year clickbank have been making lots of changes that have made them a much more viable proposition for internet marketers. Weekly payments, Direct deposits and multi language products mean that affiliate in most countries can enjoy regular payments.

Income from clickbank tends to be steady unless you start a sucessful campaign the sales will stay similar month after month.

There are a few things that go against Clickbank, they only sell digital products and they are very quick to issue refunds. They actually issued a refund to someone who claimed that their credit card was stoled despite the fact that i provided them with a full list of IP addresses and email conversations that proved they were lying.

eBay, I have to declare now that I love eBays affiliate program. Yes there are occasional tracking problems and they can make stupud decisions like expiring loads of accounts for no aparrant reason but if you can accept these as just teething problems with a new network the results are excellent.  I recently switched a site from adsense which was making about $50 per month , It immediatly started earning me around $300 a month with EPN (ebay partner network).

In the past month i’ve had simple sites with just an article or two and a few eBay listings earning me over $150 a day.. Unlike Clickbank eBay can be seasonal, I know that in November or December I’ll earn 5 times as much than I will in April, but I quite like that as it comes at an expensive time of the year.  Last years Christmas eBbay earnings bought me a Jeep Grand Cherokee, This years should pay my Housing costs for a year.

I am currently working on a new system to help me produce good quality profitable ebay affiliate sites and I fully intend to build an extra 20 or 30 eBay sites and make it my major income stream in the coming year.

Finally Amazon, I have a love hate relationship with amazon. I love that a customer usually goes from my sites to amazon and not only buys the product that I was promoting but 3 or 4 others that are unrelated and I still get commission for them.  I also love the wide range of products available.

 I hate that the commission is so low 4% – 7% usually depending on how many products you sell each month, (mine is usually 6.5%) but the extra sales tends to make up for that. I hate that they won’t do direct deposits into my bank account as i don’t live in the US. I have to get a cheque/check sent to me and then paid in to my bank and wait 4 weeks for it to be credited to my account .

Lastly I hate that I have to wait so long for payment, I’ve just received septembers finalised details a few days ago.  Compare that to Clickbank and ebay who will both have paid me what I earned in November before Christmas. With Amazon i’ll be lucky to have a credit in my bank before April. If I lived within the US it would be much better I could also concentrate on Amazon UK which I do for some sites and many of the payment issues would disapear.

So thats a brief round up of the big 3 affiliate programs , I am sure you can tell that eBay is by far my favorite at the moment. Throught out next year I’ll be keeping you up to date with how my new ebay sites are going and if I make my targets.

Right I am now off to move house….

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Peter

Thanks for the rundown of your favorite three Mark. I’m curious – what do you mean by a “system to help you produce quality profitable eBay sites”?

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Mark

Peter,

Just a way to build these sites as quickly and efficiently as possible. Why spend weeks building and promoting a site if you can create sites that rank at #1 in a couple of days with very little work.

I’d rather build 3 sites in 3 hours that earned me $15 a day (in total) than spend a week building 1 that earned me $20 a day

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Paul Forcey

Do you make most of your money from new sign ups for ebay or from the people who go and purchase something?

Any tips for someone just getting into the eBay affiliate game?

Paul

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Paull Hamilton

Your information regarding eBay is very, very interesting. I think that I shall have to give this a serious looking into.
I have serious problems with Clickbank, although a new user, I had a few sales but because they were paid with PayPal I could not get paid. You have to have at least 5 different credit card payments, including at least 1 Visa and 1 Mastercard to reach your minimum balance, Clickbank will not allow PayPal payments to go towards this balance. So, if you only got PayPal payments Clickbank could hold your money for ever. Not Good.
http://paullhamilton.com

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