Selling Online Using Google Adwords and Affiliate Networks
Selling online with minimal investment is now possible thanks to affiliate
networks like Commission Junction
or Clickbank, and pay per click
advertisers like Google Adwords.
The intention of this article is not to add to the hype or to make you believe
that making money online is easy. It is not. Its goal is to get you acquainted with
a few tools that make online selling simple, and to encourage you to gain some
What Can You Sell?
Affiliate networks like Commission Junction and Clickbank are one-stop-shops
where you can find thousands of products to sell. By gaining access to many
products in one place, you only have to sign up once and can consolidate payments
from different vendors in one check.
Commission Junction carries a broad spectrum of products throughout different
categories. Clickbank, on the other hand, specializes in informational products
like ebooks, courses, and software (which generally offer attractive profit margins).
Your first step, therefore, is to sign up with one of these networks and look
for products to sell.
Do You Need A Website?
A well designed and effectively promoted website is a great marketing tool that
can generate many revenue streams: advertising sales, affiliate sales, ezine marketing,
etc. However, the system I am describing doesn't require you to have a website. It
uses Google Adwords to generate relevant traffic to your affiliate landing pages.
In other words, once you sign up with Commission Junction or Clickbank and get your
affiliate ID, you can link your Adwords ads directly to the sell pages of the
companies you are affiliated with, and you will receive credit for any resulting sales.
How Do You Advertise?
You have to sign up with Google Adwords. This only takes a few minutes, and requires
a small activation fee of $5. You can start creating your ads immediately after
sign-up. Your ads will look like the ones you see to the right of the Google search
results pages, and will have this format: