Sound crazy? You’re right. It does…. but you’re only seeing a fraction of a much bigger picture that I guarantee will not only help you recruit 100’s of new affiliates, but increase revenues to your existing products and give you a super-boost of targeted traffic.
If you run your own affiliate program and you’re trying to recruit more people, you likely did all the basics – adding a link on your site, submitting the affiliate program to directories, etc. Since nearly everyone has their own affiliate program these days, affiliate networks and directories are getting a little crowded. If you’re just starting out, you’ll likely start out at the bottom of the pile and it is especially difficult if you sell only one or two products.
As the whole concept of affiliate marketing exploded with the onset of ppc advertising and the ease of setting up affiliate programs, so did the demand from internet marketers for only the best affiliate opportunities. Just like you have to compete for the best web traffic, you have to now compete to get the best affiliates selling for you.
So how you do get more affiliates to promote your website?
Now this might surprise you, but if you’re trying to find a way to attract more affiliates, one good solution is through reselling ebooks and software in a way that taps into the money-making desires of affiliates. People want the biggest & easiest commissions possible and will invest more time, energy & resources into promoting programs with big payouts.
How do ebooks & software with resell rights fit into this picture?
The more products you offer for sale, the more reasons affiliates have to link to your website and the more visibility you’ll have in your affiliate network. If you offer very big commissions (70-80-90%) on those ebooks, you’re bound to get a lot more attention from potential new affiliates. The goal here is not in generating huge profits from reselling these products – it’s the traffic factor – getting a large amount of targeted visitors into your site by having your affiliates do all the work. If the visitors they send don’t buy the ebooks you’re reselling, a good percentage of them will buy your main products or click on some Adsense ads. If they do buy an ebook, then that’s just extra gravy on your potatos. Even if you end up with a measly $5 on every sale, if your affiliates bring in 100 new sales every day – then that’s a fast $500 every day.
But I’m not saying you should increase affiliate commissions as much as 90% for your main products – certainly not! That would just be foolish. I’m saying that you offer these huge commissions ONLY on the ebooks and software you are reselling.
When you think about it, the one-time cost of an ebook or software reseller package ($30-$60) is probably one of the best investments you can make and most contain dozens or even hundreds of products to get started with.
As you gain more affiliates, you get more traffic, and thus make more money.