No Product? No Problem!

As Carefree Entrepreneurs, we take the “easy way” whenever possible.

This philosophy guides how we start our businesses. What niche we go into. And, as I’ll show you today, what products we sell.

The great news is that you can sidestep the dilemma facing many new business owners: how do I create a profitable new product?

Take my friend John, whom I mentioned a few months ago. In his Carefree Business, he never creates products. He simply chooses among thousands of already created, proven-to-sell products to offer on his websites. This speeds up the time it takes for products to come in. And he never has to waste time trying to perfect a product he’s created.

John doesn’t stock these in a warehouse or ship them out … process orders or handle returns … or even talk to customers.

The only thing he does is some simple advertising. For that, he collects checks every month – from wherever in the world he happens to be at the moment.

It’s thanks to affiliate marketing.

Basically, John markets other businesses’ products (he specializes in nutritional supplements) and takes a commission (from 20 to 80 percent or more, depending on the company) on every sale. All he has to do is include a unique link (trackable to him) to the shopping cart of the company in an ad, blog post, article, or sales letter on his website.

It’s all automated. And John has nothing to do with the order after visitors to his site click over to the shopping cart. As I mentioned, affiliates don’t have to process orders, ship out products, or handle any customer service.

It’s a very low-maintenance business thanks to that level of automation.

The Easiest Way to Get Started as an Affiliate

As an affiliate, you can sell products from big names like Amazon or Walmart, as well as smaller companies who market everything from weight loss programs to legal services.

But today, we’ll focus on an affiliate network called ClickBank. It’s ideally suited to Carefree Entrepreneurs – and first time online business builders – because:

  • It deals solely in instantly downloadable digital information products. With instant delivery, customers are more willing to buy.
  • The products on ClickBank are cheap – nothing above a few hundred bucks. Again, that means customers are itching to pull out that credit card. Expensive products sell less. And the customer usually has to feel more comfortable, visiting the sales page a few times before making a final decision. Not so with ClickBank.
  • ClickBank has many proven bestsellers with long track records of sales and profits.
  • The commissions – at up to 75% – are among the highest online. That means you can sell these relatively cheap products – which sell much easier than expensive products – and keep most of the sales price for yourself. Product owners allow this because of the sheer volume of products they sell through all their affiliates. And because everything is digital, you get your commission payments much faster.

This well-established affiliate network is a one-stop shop. Many entrepreneurs base their whole business on ClickBank.

You’ll find products on just about any subject you can think of: investing, dog training, Disney World, weddings, computer help, languages, building chicken coops … And they’re in many formats that appeal to customers: ebooks, software, instruction books, travel guides, and more.

One bestselling product in the health and fitness area, The Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution, is a video series dedicated to exercising with the kettlebell, a heavy round weight with a ring attached. With a 75 percent commission and a sales price of $57 for the basic package … that’s $42.75 per sale you get to keep. Just five sales a day would bring in just under $1,500 a week.

And all you’ve done is set up a simple website selling this product.

What’s really cool is that many times the business you affiliate with has proven sales copy already written for you. You can use it on your own site in ads, blog posts, articles, and even full sales letters. The companies encourage you to “copy” all their advertising. They want you to market their products and will help you do so.

You’re bound to find a product related to your business’s niche on ClickBank. The list is easily searchable on the website. And you get detailed sales stats so you know which products are the most popular. These are proven sellers that have made affiliates thousands of dollars.

And when you want to start promoting a ClickBank product, it’s easy. You don’t have to contact each product creator and set up an agreement. You just register once with ClickBank.

Then you simply browse all the affiliate offers available related to your niche, pick one, and as a member, you’ll get links to the company’s sales letter and order page, trackable to your account. ClickBank handles the commission payments so you don’t have to follow up with anybody.

There really is no easier way to start selling online.

Of course, to generate sales, you need a website and customers visiting that website, right?

The tips I’ve been passing on over the past several months – and the ones to come – will help you do that.

But to speed up that learning … you have another option.

Nick Usborne’s How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites program is designed specifically for those starting their first online business. Using ‘simple to set up and manage’ website software, you could soon have a website generating up to $10,000 of extra income per month for just a few hours of work a week.

With Nick’s strategies for picking a profitable niche for your business, bringing traffic (potential customers) to your website, and creating content that primes visitors to buy … you’ll have a complete online money-making venture.

Learn more about Nick’s proven model for a Carefree Business here.

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