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Digital Products That Always Sell

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Hello guys! If you’ve been reading my affiliate marketing articles for a while now, you’ve probably noticed how frequently I advise against selling digital products. It’s almost a catchphrase at this point, right?

When I talk about digital products in that sense, I’m usually talking about poorly-written ebooks claiming to have a miracle cure for baldness or a magical weight loss formula. Those kinds of digital products are things that gave affiliate sales a bad name in the first place…and they are way too plentiful!

That being said, I’m no fool. I know that there are some digital products that still sell like hotcakes. These below, for example, are perennially popular on major e-tailers like Amazon.

Apps

If there’s one type of digital product that remains incredibly popular among buyers, it’s apps for mobile devices. They’re cheap, easy to install, and are generally viewed as secure compared to computer programs.

The good part about trying to sell apps is that there are tons of awesome apps for almost every purpose. So, doing app roundup articles will be a cinch. Moreover, most people use more than one app for a given purpose, which means you should expect double commissions on a single article.

Of course, quality still matters here, but for the most part, app developers already know this when they’re making something for people to use. That said, you don’t need to worry about having to settle for bad apps. Many top apps cost money and roll by the same rules as others, so there’s no reason to skimp on quality.

Movies + Music

Amazon Video and Amazon Music are both open to giving commissions to affiliate marketers who push their goods. With music, the same can be said when it comes to major e-tailers like iTunes. People love media, and consume it regularly.

Movies are a perennial moneymaker, which is why they are excellent topics to write on. Don’t believe it? Make some new music articles or articles about top new movies, and get back to me.

Guided Classes

It’s often said that the internet holds more knowledge than humanity ever had available to it, all at your fingertips. Is it any surprise, then, that people want to find new ways to learn fun skills or find out how others do the things they do? It’s really not.

There are now several major platforms that are completely and totally dedicated to helping people learn new skills, including Masterclass and Udemy. Payouts for these classes are high, too, which makes this route a great choice for people who hold education in high esteem.

Much like apps, the beauty behind being an affiliate marketer for classes is the fact that there are classes for almost every topic imaginable. Since multiple classes can exist for similar issues

Content Subscription Services

Most of the digital products I’ve mentioned so far are single-use, or single-purpose in nature. That’s great, if you’re okay with a one-off, but many people aren’t. That’s why many companies are now rolling out content subscription services.

Subscription services act a lot like Netflix or Hulu+, in the sense that they give you access to all the content that a service has. For sites like Masterclass, this means you get an unlimited amount of classes. For Gaia, this means that you get access to spiritual content.

Believe it or not, there are quite a few subscription services that now have affiliate programs in place. By highlighting their value online, you can get a nice slice of that pie.

Online Discount Programs

Another popular digital product isn’t something you buy, but rather, something you sign up for. I’m talking, of course, about digital discount programs like Ibotta or Honey. These are programs that are used in free apps, that give people cash back on their purchases.

Because they work as a form of advertising, companies that offer these programs give a fairly good kickback to affiliates. You can get anywhere from $5 to $25 per signup, depending on how many people you market it to.

Industry-Specific Software

Though rare right now, there is a new trend of professional-grade software companies using affiliate marketing to help raise awareness about their product. Professionals need software that improves their workflow, and the software isn’t always cheap.

Just about every business imaginable needs some kind of software to make things work these days. Depending on the format and type you decide to market, you can get a seriously high income from working with business software.

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What Is Dropshipping and How To Do It

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If you’ve been looking at online marketing blogs, you’ve probably come across the term “dropshipping.” It’s everywhere. Heck, most people have heard of the term, even if they aren’t into online marketing. We’ve all heard that it’s either a great way to make money, or something that people used to make money from but no longer do. 

So, what’s the deal? Here’s the scoop…

What Is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a business model that has been around for ages, but really flourished with the advent of the internet. In a traditional business model, stores would buy inventory, store it at their company’s address, and sell it in person or via mail. 

With dropshipping, people cut out the need to store items in a warehouse or retail area. Dropshippers advertise products and sell them through their website. When people buy the products, the products are shipped directly to the buyer from the manufacturer—no storage needed. 

This reduces the startup costs of online businesses and also makes running a business more convenient. However, it also makes it harder for business owners to track shipments and guarantee a posting date. Even so, most dropshipping companies remain popular with both buyers and sellers alike.  

How To Set Up Your Own Dropshipping Store

Setting up your own dropshipping store isn’t hard; it’s getting the sales that can be the hard part. However, you’re still going to need to know how to make a store before you start. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Choose and sign up for a store platform. Though it’s possible to make your own dropshipping store with your own coding, most people prefer to use platforms that use modules and templates to create their stores such as Shopify. Platforms like Shopify help streamline the ordering process, give you analytical stats that help you figure out your best sellers, and also ensure that all your store’s processes are running smoothly. 
  • Figure out your niche. The best dropship stores are ones that center around a specific niche, such as summer dresses or funny gifts. Your niche should be focused on a certain product, lifestyle, or person. This makes marketing items easier for you, and also makes choosing products easier for you.
  • Design your storefront. Your storefront should be easy to navigate, visually appealing, and feature gorgeous photos of your products. Many platforms give you tools to create a storefront from a template, but you can always go for a customized look if you want to splurge.
  • Choose your products. This is the hardest part of your dropshipping operation, and the one that you should place the most effort into. There are literally thousands of manufacturers who have good products, but the thing is, finding products that work for you and ship quickly is going to be difficult. There are a lot of factors that go into making a good product selection, including location and quality. But, that is going to have to be for another article. There’s too many details to mention here.
  • Stock up your store. Once you find good products, you’re going to have to stock up your store. Most stores do well with a dozen or so products, but there are plenty of dropship stores that have pages and pages of products to choose from. It’s up to you to decide how you want to structure your store. 

Marketing Your Dropship Company

Once you have a dropship store set up, you’re going to have to get it in front of buyers who are interested. The easiest ways to market it include through social media, word of mouth, and Google Adwords. 

The issue with marketing your dropshipping company is that each store will have its own needs and target audience.  How you reach them well all depends on what you’re selling and what kind of ads they respond to. Knowing that, it can be a trial and error type of deal for a while.

If you want to make decent money, it’s a good idea to have at least $100 to $500 for advertising spending. Going a fully organic route isn’t going to work well in most cases. At the very least, spending some money for good photos of models wearing your items or of items on display can improve your marketing plan immensely. 

Can You Make Money Off Dropshipping?

This is the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Well, the truth is that there’s always going to be an opportunity in setting up an online store—dropshipping or not. How much you make all depends on how well you execute your plan, what products you choose to ship, and how well you advertise your store. 

There are plenty of sellers who don’t make a single penny through dropshipping, but that’s mostly due to a lack of effort and a lack of marketing. Others make a decent effort and are able to get a couple hundred bucks per month with each site they make. 

Though most dropshipping sites are fairly low income, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of websites that make serious bank through their dropshipping. Some even make six-figure monthly incomes! 

Is Dropshipping Right For Me?

You’re probably wondering if you could be the CEO of one of the stores that makes a fortune dropshipping. That all depends on how much time, effort, and money you want to spend in order to make your business succeed.

The difference between big earners and mediocre companies is based on specialization, the products they choose, and yes, marketing. If you don’t have the time or the gumption to stick to your store’s guns, you’re not going to be able to make it as a dropshipper. It’s just that simple.

Look, I can’t tell you whether or not dropshipping will earn you cash. That’s something that only you can determine, based on your budget and your time allotment. A better question would be, are you ready for that challenge?

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How To Select A Good Product For Affiliate Sales

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As a writer, I often want to believe that good writing can sell anything—and to a point, it can. However, even the most skilled copywriters have their limits when it comes to being able to convince people to buy something. After all, a product needs to be able to do some selling on its own behalf.

When it comes to affiliate sales, the product you choose makes a huge impact on how much money you can rake in. Here’s what you need to look for when you’re trying to grow your profits…

Never sell something that you, yourself, wouldn’t buy.

The best test that you could give a product is to ask yourself if you would buy it. If the answer is a solid no, or a strong maybe not, then it’s not a product you should have on your site. Think about it this way—if you don’t believe in the product that you want to sell, why would others believe in your sales pitch.

Know the market that you’re pitching to.

Every affiliate product you will find on the net will have a target audience that it’s geared for. The problem with a lot of affiliate products is that they don’t always hit that target. In fact, the vast majority of affiliate products are pretty terrible and their target audiences know it.

If you want to choose good products, make a point of learning what your target audience really wants. Find out the tall tales others have told them, and avoid selecting products that clearly look like trainwrecks. You can do better than that.

Try it for yourself.

Want to know the best way to become a reliable affiliate marketer? Be the marketer who tries the product they want to sell, knows how to use it, and still enjoys it once they’re done giving it a spin. By having intimate knowledge about the product, you will be able to make a more effective sales pitch.

The rule about being willing to buy the product yourself still matters. If you are sorely disappointed by the product’s quality when you actually see it, then you have no reason to sell it to other people.

Don’t go for big niches.

Everyone and their grandmother wants to sell products that involve getting a better body or the secrets to weight loss. They’re popular niches, but that doesn’t mean that they’re profitable. The market is just too full of them, and there’s too much competition for traffic.

A better option would be to seek out products in very small niches, ones that have a dedicated group of people who want to see new products hit the market. Since competition is lower for those products, you might end up being the only person to sell them.

Avoid products that have “pie in the sky promises” with them.

Everyone loves the idea of finding a miracle product to tout, but let’s be honest. Miracle products don’t really happen in real life. If they did, they would be in every home and they would be a major cornerstone in the startup market.

It’s far better to look for an affiliate product that offers a realistic pitch than it is to expect a product to act as a panacea for all of life’s problems. Honesty gives buyers trust, and that makes them buyers.

Choose products that aren’t just e-books.

Unless you’re doing a roundup on entertaining e-books to read, it’s worth noting that digital products rarely ever work out as well as you’d hope they do. People prefer to have products they can actually hold in their hands.

Among affiliate marketing products, it’s a little guarantee of quality. After all, you can always use the product you buy in the physical world. If it’s a digital product that doesn’t even have any good knowledge in it, then it’s a total waste.

Research the people behind the product.

If you’re going to opt for an affiliate product, then you probably should consider researching who made the product you want to sell. If it’s made by a major media personality or someone who is licensed in their niche, the product will be more trusted and valuable.

Think about it this way. Would you rather take the weight loss advice of a Joe Schmo, or one of the top-ranking nutritionists in the country? Names and titles carry clout that way.

Finally, don’t pay attention to payouts.

Payouts are great and all, but they’re not the be-all, end-all of marketing. You will make more money selling more items at a lower percentage in most cases. So, put quality as your priority. It’s a choice you won’t regret.

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