The next step in the ‘how to make a blog” series is monetization with Digital Products.
Many blog owners, by now, would be making the mistake of building their site and publishing blog posts…all without any plan or idea of how they are going to monetize their site!
The successful blogger doesn’t do that. The successful blogger ensures that they can monetize their site before building anything!
So let’s check some digital products…
What is a Digital Product?
In simple terms it is a product that can be instantly downloaded or viewed on-line.
One of the best-known places for finding digital products on the web is Clickbank.com; they only sell digital products that can be downloaded instantly and one of the most attractive things about Clickbank is the high affiliate commissions they pay – up to 75%!
Digital products are great because people buy them on impulse and they can have them within seconds. Write an article around a digital product that’s relevant to your niche, rave about it (but only if you loved it!) and make some money.
Some internet marketers concentrate solely on selling Clickbank products and make substantial incomes.
Where to find Digital Products to sell
Clickbank has over 10,000 digital products in just about every category, including
- Arts & Entertainment
- Business & Investing
- Home and Garden
There’s sure to be at least a couple of products you can find that will be relevant to your target market.
Some products sold on Clickbank contain “upsells”. These are additional items offered with courses, or could be a monthly membership. You will get additional commissions if your visitor decides to purchase any of them…so you see how lucrative this can be.
The company offers great management for its advertisers to keep track of stats and figure conversion rates. They pay weekly or bi-weekly via direct deposit.
Just like affiliate marketing, Clickbank deals with the tracking and all the accounting, leaving you to concentrate on marketing your blog and the Clickbank products you’ve chosen to promote.
If you want to find out which Clickbank products are selling the best, they provide tools and instructions on their site.
You could also visit cbengine. This site is packed full of useful free information about Clickbank products, or you could sign up for a free 15-day trial membership to get even more in-depth help with product choice.
This is a must do action…
If you do decide to promote a Clickbank e-book for example, we suggest you purchase it yourself to make sure it’s good quality before you offer it to your readers.
Product quality does vary enormously.
If you don’t like it, you do have the option of getting a refund within 60 days, as do any of your readers who purchase it through your link.
Other Places to Find Digital Products
PayDotCom.com is another good source for finding digital products to promote. They have thousands of products in the following categories:
- Business to Business
- Computing & Internet
- Fun & Entertainment
- Health & Fitness
- Home & Family
- Marketing & Ads
- Money & Employment
- Society & Culture
- Sports & Recreation
If you sell any kind of affiliate products on your blog you should clearly state on a separate page that you earn commissions for products sold. Successful blog creation depends on you being open and honest with your readers.
In the next post on the series, “How to make a Blog” we shall cover the topic of “Choosing a Domain Name and Hosting”.
The previous posts in the ‘how to make a blog’ series: