New Clickbank eBook Directory

This is a program I haven’t seen before – it’s a very nice searchable directory for Clickbank products. I’ve added an ebook store here so you can check it out:

SuperAff’s eBook Store. It’s very clean, not littered with ads and it’s fast. One thing to remember is to update the store every few weeks so that the products are up to date.

Best yet: It’s Free!

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Script was easy to set up and you can edit the header and footer files to display what you’d like.

I have some more playing to do with this yet.

Thanks to PHP Freebies for the excellent script.

Now I just need some traffic to the eBook Store and some sales!

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New Aff Site – GF

I launched this site at the same time as my other newest one – LG. This is more geared to Spring/Summer activities and I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen now. But with Christmas just behind us, I thought maybe some shoppers would be out there looking for this.

You never know who didn’t get just what they were hoping for, or who’s looking to accessorize what they just got.

This site is near pathetic, hasn’t even been sniffed at by Google or any of the spiders. I’ve been running it on ppc (Google Adwords) since the end of December and I’ve had less then 10 clicks. No sales yet. The ppc prices are steep-ish so that’s a good sign.

But there is lots of movement around the site, still a one page wonder or two, but the small amount of visitors I have had seem to be clicking around. That’s a good sign.

I’ll keep this running on adwords for a little while yet and see what happens.

Wish those darn spiders would find it already! πŸ˜†

New Affiliate Site – LG

Right after Christmas I whipped up a new affiliate site selling accessories for a big ticket item. I figured why not see if there are any buyers out there right after the holidays?

Here are my stats so far:

148 clicks from ppc (Google Adwords)

6 sales

This is a great little performer for me! However the average commission so far is between $4 and $5, I was hoping it would be twice that amount. We’ll see if I can achieve some bigger sales in there to boost my average commission.

Since I’m still trying to find my way through using datafeeds and database driven sites, this is all straight html and static pages. Yes, some people still hand build their links! πŸ˜† But I’m learning.

I’m very pleased so far and a bit surprised that it did so well right after Christmas (I started advertising on the 27th of December). I’m not running at a profit yet, still playing with my minimum ppc bids. So far I’m at a $15 loss. The past 5 or 6 days has seen a real drop so maybe I just caught the tail end of the hot season for this type of product? Or the week is just slow for sales in general.

We’ll see if I can turn this around into a nice little profit site.

One thing to note is that there ARE buyers right after Christmas. Just have to find niches that would accomodate what they’re looking for at this time of year.

Is Affiliate Marketing Dead?

Considering all the BHOs (Browser Helper Objects) and parasiteware, cookie stuffers, ad blockers (such as Norton’s), inept merchants, and the growing concern that search engines are penalizing affiliate driven sites, is affiliate marketing dead or a tired old dinosaur ready to flop over?

I don’t think so.

I think affiliate marketing may change as we know it today, and evolve as everything online has. Sure we as affiliate marketers have a tough fight daily to protect ourselves from the parasites trying to grab our sales, watch our merchants and make sure they aren’t up to tricks, and yeah both Google and Yahoo seem to want us at the bottom of the pile, but I think affiliate marketing will always be with us.

Some of the answers may be turning away from cookie based tracking (to dodge the parasite thieves), learning and actively pursuing new methods of advertising and promotion so that we’re not dependant upon organic search results, and developing better tools and techniques to stay ahead of the website defacers (ad blockers).

But as long as we have websites and people viewing them, we’ll always have an opportunity for a sale. Always.

How we achieve that sale may get more complicated, but we’re a smart bunch. And hey – no one ever said this would be easy!