Hey guys, I've noticed a lot of people obviously having a hard time to either get their first sale with Clickbank and some of them struggling to increase their monthly revenue. I don't personally have the time to privately coach people so I thought I'd bring this to the BHW as well. P.S (Originally posted on DP) There's basically two ways to advertise/sell an affiliate product, if you're on a tight budget then I'm sure you wouldn't start buying your traffic so lets have a look at how you can start generating great amounts of traffic and sales without spending a dime. (I hear this a lot -- FREE traffic, it's not actually free whilst you still have to spend your time which is money) but you can start off generating a nice monthly income with $0. Here's some strategies that I've personally used and got amazing results over the past two years or so. Again, consistency is the key, you should never give up on one strategy right away .. There are 100,000 affiliates in Clickbank alone so imagine how much competition there is in pretty much all niches, Giving up will only give satisfaction to the other affiliates that are continuously growing their business ... If you haven't read my tips on article marketing please see -- http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/clickbank/210407-killer-article-marketing-tips-know.html 1) Youtube Videos (Driving avalanches of traffic from youtube is not a secret anymore, but still I don't see many people implementing this tactic) People love videos and sometimes video marketing is more effective than article marketing. (This is probably one technique that's generating most of my sales as an affiliate). If you can manage to upload 10 videos daily related to your niche you'll be able to start seeing some nice profits in less than 30 days. You have roughly 300 videos at the end of each month all lined up and sending traffic your way for months and years to come. You can make you own videos (recommended). They can be sideshows, reviews or anything that is related the product that you're promoting. Use the description area of the video to link the video to your landing page and watermark your video from start to finish. (choose a domain name that's easy to remember) TIP! There a lot more video sites other that Youtube that you can take advantage of. See http://www.tubemogul.com/ for one of the greatest online video distribution service. 2) Classified Ads. These sites are mostly free to use and they can drive a nice amount of targeted traffic to your landing pages. (You can either publish you own ads or articles) Here's 4 classified sites that are worth your time: http://lycos.oodle.com/ http://www.usfreeads.com/ http://www.craiglist.com/ http://www.inetgiant.com/ 3) Answer Sites (Everyone has heard about Yahoo Answers and yes they've been getting very strict lately due to the large number of spammers). Use this service wisely and add some value to your answers. You will not get banned if you're going to provide quality/valuable answers, and always link your web site in the resource section, not in the body of the answer. You'll need to build your profile first (must be level 2 to be able to post live URL's) so slowly build your profile to level 2 by answering/adding some value to the community. You answers should be 3/4 sentences long, always check your spelling and grammar. A poor/low quality answer will never get too much attention. If you're not able to do it yourself properly, you'll be better off hiring someone else or not doing it at all because you will risk getting banned and completely wasting your time. Here's a complete list of answer sites: http://answers.yahoo.com/ http://www.answers.com/ http://www.allexperts.com/ http://www.answerbag.com/ 4) SEO. There's been a lot of debates on the forums on Search Engine Optimization, however in reality it's a no-brainer. Search engine optimization is probably the best way to get targeted traffic to your web site but how can you get your web site to rank for a few popular keywords in your niche? Once you manage to rank a certain web site for a popular terms you shouldn't stop building link right away, SEO is an on-going process that takes time. It's recommended to build your links slowly, especially if your domain is fairly new. You want to avoid getting penalized by the search engines, therefore take your time to build quality/high PR/ relevant links. 100 links from relevant web sites will be worth a lot more than 1000 links from unrelated forums for example. (you can find these on google/ exchange links with other webmasters that have sites related to yours etc) Hope you guys enjoy and get the ball rolling soon' P.S Feel free to list any of your techniques, what has worked for you in the past. Best Al.