JV Frustrations.

By Mark / December 17, 2007

To misquote Charles Dickens, It was the best of times, it was the most frustrating of times. I recently wrote an e-book that I did a very limited release with. The idea was to test the water and see if i could attract a JV partner who would help me take it to the mass market.

I expected to sell maybe 20 copies with luck 30 copies. In 5 days it sold almost 250 copies and received some amazingly positive comments and feedback. I was seriously overwhelmed with the response. But even with all the positives I still couldn’t find a JV partner. I don’t know if it’s the time of year or because I am unknown but nobody seems interested in risking a JV to the mass market.

Still this won’t stop me developing the e-book and releasing it. I’ll just need to be more creative with my approach to marketing and use the resources to hand to try to drive the sales of the e-book.

There really does seem to be a culture of you promote my product and I’ll promote your product among the big name marketers. This is a far from healthy situation as you tend to get the same old stale products getting recycled with very few fresh ideas.

I thought that somewhere like JValert would be a good place to look as that is promoted as a place that is buzzing with marketers looking for JV’s  and product creators looking to sell their products. The truth couldn’t be further from that. The last JV posted was a month old and the last Forum post was also over a month old. Hardly buzzing.

In theory getting a few JV’s together should be the best and easiest way to launch a successful product but in reality it seems that unless you are already well known and have a list to which you can reciprocally promote items then you are going to struggle to launch a successful product.

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Matt

My good friend works in affiliates and like you said, it’s extremely tough to get in on the in, and build up a quality list…but your e-book sold 250 copies! That is pretty impressive and just shows that good knowledge/help is always needed.

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Paul Forcey

Mark
I can feel your pain, it is the same online as offline, who you know helps a lot.
One thing I have learnt is that once you refuse to promote someones product (it was really crap)they suddenly don’t seem to want to talk to you.

I for one do promote the Income academy because I honestly believe that it is a great place for newbies and more experienced people to get your ideas.

I am looking forward to getting a review copy (like the subtle hint) of your next book and I am sure I will be promoting it as well.

Paul

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SEO Consultant

This happens to almost every unknown writers. But however effort and hard work will get you through this period.

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Promotional Dude

Please excuse my stupidness, what is a JV Partner?
I want to get more into affiliate marketing this year, i have friends making it big, so I am out looking at blogs to get my brain around it.

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