Do Product Testing For Max Profits

If you have a following via blogging or social media, doing product testing can help you to maximize your affiliate profits. Everyday new products enter the market and if you have the trust of your valuable subscribers and your followers you can demonstrate how products work in your niche and post a video of your demonstration. This builds even more trust and helps you to recommend the best products. I would share the good and the bad about all products. You need to tell them which products to avoid and which ones you feel they should try in their own business.

Doing this involves product research and time so you can effectively find products and do the testing. (Think of the testing as a school science project.) This also involves spending some money. If you are just beginning a business in affiliate marketing and don't have the funds to put into product testing, this can be difficult. But if you made money from affiliate marketing, you need to take some of that money and invest it back into your affiliate business so you can produce more income.

In the long run you will make more money and the investment will be well worth it. This will become more important because ClickBank will be implementing their new color coded risk management and all accounts will be judged based on this system, which I talked about in a previous post. To avoid the refunds, charge-backs, and boost your reputation, product testing is the route to consider taking. There are other changes Google and other major search engines make daily such as the SEO penalties and post panda changes to their algorithms that is making it difficult to rely on the search engines for traffic and affiliate product sales.

After you test 3-4 products within your niche, you can share it in the form of YouTube videos, a kindle eBook, blog post, and through emailing your subscribers/followers. The kindle eBook is definitely good because you get the option of giving it away for free and you can get many people to download for free to their kindle readers or they can download the book on the kindle app for their computers. People are giving away their kindle books for free and getting free advertisement in this way.

All you have to do is write a short kindle book that talks about the products you tested and your results, take screen shots of your demonstrations, and put links to videos of your demonstration in the book. You can also put your affiliate links to all three or four products in the kindle book. Just enroll in the KDP Select program with Amazon and you will get the 5 free days during a 90 day period. Make sure you price the book at $0.99 and pick your free days.

We constantly have to change the way we run our affiliate business because changes are constantly being made in the internet/affiliate marketing world. If you have a huge following you can surely take advantage of testing products, especially the new products. If you keep up-to-date with the new products' launch dates, you can be one of the first to try them out and share the results. Even if you don't have a huge following, writing the kindle book and doing the video demonstrations of the products you're promoting will help you increase your affiliate profits.

ClickBank's New Color Coded Risk Tiers

ClickBank will be using the new color coded risk management tiers to determine the status of everyone's account and this does include affiliates. Clickbank wants to ensure that customers are happy with purchases and they want to make sure vendors are selling high quality products. This will take effect in January of 2013.  How does this affect you? Well it is all about choosing the right products to promote and in many cases old methods of choosing products can put your account at risk. It is definitely more important to pick the right products because you want to keep a good reputation and you want to keep your ClickBank account in good standing.

What are some ways you can do finding a good product and putting in more research. I've mention before that you want to stay away from overly hype products, especially ones that don't live up to what is promised. One way of doing this is finding out what is missing in the market and what people actually need. You also want to make sure you are not over hyping the product in any of your promotions.  Doing so can cause refunds and charge-backs and this can cause your account to be placed in the high risk category.

You don't want all of your hard work to go down the tubes if your account loses points because if you get down to a zero your account can be at risk for termination. Accounts considered unacceptable will lose 2 points a day. So you have to take responsibility as an affiliate to make sure you are choosing good quality products to promote. Quality is so important as I talked about in a previous post.

Now lets talk about some affiliate strategies you can use:

Discuss a problem that you want to help your audience fix and then provide the solution. You know affiliate marketing involves more than just promoting an affiliate link. You should be talking about the problem. You need to become an expert in your niche and create a video or a blog post that talks about the situation. You need to provide tips and tell them how they can fix their problem. You should also consider purchasing the product to make sure it provides the solution before you recommend it. This is your business and if you don't take care of it, you lose it.  It's that simple. And if your account gets terminated all work is gone down the drain. It's like throwing away money. When you give good tips on how to fix a problem most people are experiencing then you can provide the product which will be the solution. This will help you to cut down the chances of getting a refund or a charge-back.

You need to tell your audience how they will benefit from using the product. Telling them how they will benefit will make them want to continue using the product. This is what you want to look for when searching for a product to promote, good benefits. You can easily do this by reading reviews that others wrote about the product. If the reviews are mostly bad, you may want to stay away from promoting it. Also you want to be careful with the reviews, if they are too hyped up, it's probably a fake review used to generate sales. That's why it is best that you try the product for yourself; it will help you promote it better. If you don't, you are putting  your reputation on the line and your ClickBank account in danger of being put in a high risk category. If you cannot buy the product, email the vendor and ask him or her for a review copy. It's worth the try. And if you are a good affiliate he or she may give you a copy if you can show them you can generate sales or show proof that you did it in the past with another product. If  you have to pay for the copy consider it an investment for your business. It is an investment because if a vendor's account is terminated from having zero points, your hard work will be for nothing and all the traffic you send to that product will result in all potential income lost.

You don't have to look at ClickBank's new color coded risk tier as a bad thing because it can actually be good. It can help you as an affiliate pick out the best products to promote that have a low refund/charge-back rate. I know it seems unfair that an affiliate has to suffer because of dishonest vendors or vendors with poor products, and it is, but affiliates do have a responsibility. We have to make sure we are doing our research and that we offer our readers, subscribers, audience, and customers with high quality products. We can't just go after a product that is paying high commissions with a webpage that has a bunch of colorful words full of hype because it seems appealing or look pretty. ClickBank knows this and that's why they are cracking down, so the time to make changes for the better is now, not later or next week because January will be here before you know it. Visit this page to see ClickBank's new policy.

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