Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 56
  1. #1
    Outsourced Program Manager Connie Burstin's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 5th, 2006
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    59
    Which are the new HOT products for affiliates to promote
    Hi guys,

    I have started to focus on the retail side of affiliate marketing. Since you are all experts on this field, can you share with me the type of products that affiliates are selling like "hot bread" lately.

    Cheers,
    Connie Burstin -
    [URL=http://www.burstingroup.com]Burstin Marketing Group[/URL]
    Affiliate Management | Copywriting | Translations | Designs
    MSN: connieburstin-at-hotmail.com
    Email: [email]cburstin@burstingroup.com[/email]

  2. #2
    ABW Ambassador PatrickAllmond's Avatar
    Join Date
    September 20th, 2005
    Location
    OKC
    Posts
    1,219
    ---
    This response was masterly crafted via the fingers of Patrick Allmond who believe you should StopDoingNothing starting today.
    ---
    Focus Consulting is where I roll | Follow @patrickallmond on Twitter
    Search Engine Marketing | Search Engine Optimization | Social Media | Online Video

  3. #3
    Resident Genius and Staunch Capitalist Leader's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    12,817
    LOL that's for me to know, and the competition to wonder

  4. #4
    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 13th, 2006
    Posts
    9,578
    I'd love to know
    ~Rhia7 -- Remember the 7
    Twitter me

  5. #5
    ABW Ambassador netnow22's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    748
    JellyBeans

  6. #6
    .
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Posts
    2,973
    Connie:

    This is the "$64,000 question" -- or the Holy Grail.

    Knowing which products (and which merchants) we can promote profitably is probably the #1 piece of information that most affiliates value.

    In general, your best strategy is to choose "products that you know," and/or products that match your web site niche.

    For example, in my role as an affiliate, I make some money from promoting student study guides and teacher lesson plans -- but that's just because I maintain a web site that is tightly matched to that theme, and which I've built up over a three-year period. (Side note: I notice that your firm represents a digital-book vendor which seemed a nice match for that same site; until I discovered that for most of the authors listed in their index, there are zero products offered.)

    I also make a lot of money from some very specific products that I promote via PPC. If I shared specific information here, then more affiliates would probably try to compete with me for those keywords. That just isn't going to happen.

    Of course, I'd love to say that "posters featuring famous quotations" are a hot product right now, because I also fill the role of affiliate manager for a merchant that sells those products, and I'd love if you'd promote these great products -- but I have no way of knowing if you'd find an effective and profitable way to promote these products.

    It's also important to recognize that a very valuable piece of information is to know which merchants and products not to promote:
    • I'm working my way through a list of nearly 3,000 merchants (mostly SAS and indy programs), and spending one to five minutes on each just to create an "exclude list" of merchants for my current project. These include defunct merchants still listed as active with an affiliate network, merchants with "leaks" (usually excluding merchants with multiple or severe "leaks" such as Google AdSense ads, affiliate links, non-commissionable products, prominent 800 numbers, and worse) and merchants who just have really dreadful web stores. And this is just my "first pass" through the list, which is excluding about one-third of the merchants listed.
    • I've recently done PPC testing promoting several different merchants, with horrible results -- spending time and money to determine that I can't find an opportunity with those merchants' products.

    I am "sharing" only small portions of my "exclude list" (by occasionally posting "worst practice" examples here on ABW, and by reporting "really bad" situations to the affiliate network).

    Yours is not a silly question -- and if you read a LOT of posts on ABW you can probably discern some specific products and merchants that affiliates are making money from -- but very few smart affiliates are going to reveal their most valuable trade secrets. (In general, only the very dumbest and the very smartest of affiliates are likely to honestly share this "trade secret" information.)
    Last edited by markwelch; March 8th, 2007 at 02:13 AM.

  7. #7
    ABW Ambassador
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    4,053
    In addition, what works for one may not work for another, simply because sometimes it takes knowing how to appeal to a particular target audience, and/or for a particular type of product line.

  8. #8
    Resident Genius and Staunch Capitalist Leader's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    12,817
    Of course, I'd love to say that "posters featuring famous quotations" are a hot product right now, because I also fill the role of affiliate manager for a merchant that sells those products, and I'd love if you'd promote these great products
    I was tempted to say "Tulips," myself.
    Even if it would be necessary to sell them alongside ice augers at this time of year...
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

  9. #9
    Merchant & ABW Ambassador
    Join Date
    May 31st, 2006
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    4,731
    Talking
    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    I was tempted to say "Tulips," myself.
    Then mine would be mini vacations to Orlando and Las Vegas. Eventhough we are seeing a surge since Feb, I got to be honest, you need to find a vertical.

    If you think that you are good at selling or you have lots of knowledge in bluetooth headsets for cell phones. Start a site based on that. Don't bump around the map selling ipods to tulips and bluetooth to vacation.

    Find what you like to do, dig deep and provide value to your site visitors. It takes months to build traffic unless you are doing PPC.

    p.s. nobody is going to tell you what they are doing cos eventhough we are friendly, you are still competition.

  10. #10
    ABW Ambassador
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    West Coast USA
    Posts
    3,043
    I've been doing well with "Cures for Mesothelioma" throught CPA Networks.

  11. #11
    ABW Ambassador
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Nunya, Business
    Posts
    23,684
    Borat DVD came out a couple of days ago. Mines coming today via UPS.

  12. #12
    Outsourced Program Manager Connie Burstin's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 5th, 2006
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    59
    Hi,

    My question probably should it be the type of industry in general.
    I didn't meant to ask for people's secrets. I was just looking more for the type of products or services that affiliates are selling the most. Which means that people tend to purchase online more often lately.

    For example:
    - Ring tones
    - Secured Loans

    I have a large network of affiliates in the online gaming industry and many of those are looking to diversify. This is why I posted this question so I can point them in a good direction.


    Connie
    Connie Burstin -
    [URL=http://www.burstingroup.com]Burstin Marketing Group[/URL]
    Affiliate Management | Copywriting | Translations | Designs
    MSN: connieburstin-at-hotmail.com
    Email: [email]cburstin@burstingroup.com[/email]

  13. #13
    ABW Ambassador
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Posts
    1,350
    So why do I want to help gaming affiilates diversify into my area?
    I don't need any more competition than I already have.

  14. #14
    Outsourced Program Manager Connie Burstin's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 5th, 2006
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    59
    Hi Aunt,

    Nice to meet you. As per my note, I was just looking for directions.
    Connie Burstin -
    [URL=http://www.burstingroup.com]Burstin Marketing Group[/URL]
    Affiliate Management | Copywriting | Translations | Designs
    MSN: connieburstin-at-hotmail.com
    Email: [email]cburstin@burstingroup.com[/email]

  15. #15
    Affiliate Manager
    Join Date
    May 2nd, 2006
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    821
    Hi Connie,

    The contact lens industry is booming right now although I may be biased

    Bob

  16. #16
    ABW Ambassador
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Posts
    1,350
    Connie,

    I spend at least 20% of my time every day in marketing research to answer the questions you're asking. I suggest that you and your affiliates learn to do likewise.

    When the online gambling industry collapsed, there were numerous articles about how the hyper aggressive gaming affiliates would trounce us other more naive affiliates. I'm getting less worried by the post.

    I have other things to say, but I probably shouldn't.

  17. #17
    Newbie Zen Marketing's Avatar
    Join Date
    September 5th, 2006
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    13
    Hi Connie,

    I'm definitely biased, but I have found that the credit card industry is extremely hot, extremely competitive (like gaming), and extremely profitable.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Davison

  18. #18
    ABW Ambassador Paul_Ward's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Cambridgeshire, England
    Posts
    1,573
    Quote Originally Posted by Connie Burstin
    I have a large network of affiliates in the online gaming industry and many of those are looking to diversify. This is why I posted this question so I can point them in a good direction.
    Oh good, they're as clueless as I'd hoped!

  19. #19
    Affiliate Manager adambha's Avatar
    Join Date
    October 20th, 2006
    Posts
    301
    Quote Originally Posted by Connie Burstin
    I was just looking more for the type of products or services that affiliates are selling the most.
    Jewelry.

    Especially jewelry handcrafted in Nepal.

  20. #20
    Affiliate Manager
    Join Date
    February 22nd, 2007
    Location
    Novato, CA
    Posts
    121
    hehe, as a AM I want to start listing things that sell well for us as Merchants but I also don't want to step on any toes.

  21. #21
    Affiliate Manager BeachBDM's Avatar
    Join Date
    December 29th, 2006
    Location
    Port Hueneme, CA
    Posts
    571
    Quote Originally Posted by splinterproject
    hehe, as a AM I want to start listing things that sell well for us as Merchants but I also don't want to step on any toes.
    me too Terry!
    Sandra Martin
    sandeebottom at hotmail.com

  22. #22
    Outsourced Program Manager Connie Burstin's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 5th, 2006
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    59
    Hi guys,

    Thank you for your suggestions.

    Cheers
    Connie Burstin -
    [URL=http://www.burstingroup.com]Burstin Marketing Group[/URL]
    Affiliate Management | Copywriting | Translations | Designs
    MSN: connieburstin-at-hotmail.com
    Email: [email]cburstin@burstingroup.com[/email]

  23. #23
    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Winter Park, FL
    Posts
    6,930
    as boomers age, how about health products.
    google "bottom buddy".
    :-)

  24. #24
    Classic Rocker Mack's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 27th, 2007
    Location
    Lower Left Coast
    Posts
    1,167
    Could go with a coupon site. I hear that they need just a few more to hit the 2,000,000 mark.

    All kidding aside, you've probably heard hundreds of times to pick something you like to do, want to do, or something you have expertise in. That way it will be fun and interesting for you.

  25. #25
    Classic Rocker Mack's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 27th, 2007
    Location
    Lower Left Coast
    Posts
    1,167
    Quote Originally Posted by Donuts
    as boomers age, how about health products.
    google "bottom buddy".
    :-)
    Good idea. Think I can make any money selling Viagra via email?

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •