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The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Three

©2009 Doug Champigny, http://Captain-Affiliate.com. All Rights Reserved.

Earlier Posts In This Series:
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part One
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Two

OK – so far we’ve looked at The POWER OF FREE as used as an incentive for the big Resell Rights Fortunes launch, and as used for ongoing prospecting with the free WordPress SEO Blog installer and Mike Paetzold’s free WordPress Q&A. Today let’s look at another way sites are using The POWER OF FREE to help their members on an ongoing basis – this time by creating new free reports each month.

Chances are you already know a lot about using products with Private Label Rights, but in case PLR is new to you, having Private Label Rights means you get the original source code for a product (e-books, videos, audios, etc.) and can alter them as you wish, add your name as the creator of your altered product and so on. As a result, these are usually the most expensive form of rights you can buy for any given product – in fact, most don’t even offer them.

So it comes as no surprise to me that people are flocking to join Mike Steup’s Niche Audio Club. Mike runs a great membership there where paying members get a new audio e-book every month, along with the transcript in e-book form, the site to sell it from and more. But Mike also has a free level of membership where members get just the e-book in text version with PLR each month.

This benefits the free members by giving them a new niche e-book to customize and sell each month, and it benefits Mike by giving him a large free membership base, the more successful of whom will eventually upgrade to his paying service to increase their offerings and profits each month. Mike pays it forward by giving away new free PLR e-books each month, then is rewarded with new paying members as they see how high-quality his materials are and how much they can make with them.

This next example is a completely different animal… Regular readers of this blog know that ClickBank Pirate is one of my favorite new sites, both to promote as an affiliate and as a user of their services. CBP differs from Mike’s site above in that their services are only available to paying members – so how are they using The POWER OF FREE? That’s the key to what they do for their members each month…

As a paying member, each month you get one or more new ClickBank products to promote as an affiliate. CBP provides a free report for you to give away for free that’s related to the product or it’s niche, and designs the professional squeeze page and follow-up system to help you sell the ClickBank product to your prospects – all you do is drive targeted traffic to that squeeze page.

Here’s a few samples of the type of free reports they provide, and the squeeze pages they design for them. Take a look at at least a couple of them so you get the idea (don’t worry, they open in a new window so you don’t lose your spot here):

Commissions Blueprint

Free Website Builder

Micro Niche Finder and

ClickBank Pirate itself.

Go ahead and take a look at those if you haven’t yet – you’ll see how professional the squeeze pages are and how the reports are in line with the product being promoted. If you go ahead and grab the free resources there you’ll also find that they are professionally written and first-quality all-round.

So in this case, instead of the members getting free resources, members make their commissions by referring people to free reports THEY can download. A neat twist on The POWER OF FREE, don’t you think?

So in these first three posts on The POWER OF FREE you’ve seen how various sites are using free gifts and free services as incentives to build sales, and how this can benefit you as an affiliate. In the next post I’ll give you concrete steps that you can take right away to put The POWER OF FREE to work for you in your own online marketing starting right away! Be sure to bookmark this blog or subscribe to our RSS feed to make sure you don’t miss it!

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Clickbank Pirate just launched a little over 24 hours ago – but response has been so phenomenal they realize how badly they underpriced it – and are planning to fix that PRONTO! Right now you can join Clickbank Pirate and lock in at their launch rates: $47 for the first month and then $27 a month thereafter. But that changes tomorrow morning, August 6th at 6am Eastern. Here’s the note they just posted in our JV area:

Clickbank Pirate ends launch discount, plans 40% price increase tomorrow

Both the inital payment and the monthly rates are going up by almost 40%, to $67 initially and $37 a month thereafter.

I’m of two minds about this – first, I like my readers being able to get into these sites and get the resources for the lowest price possible, but second I want to see the resource owners making enough that it’s worth their while to keep the site updated with fresh content regularly. And I have to admit, this resource is powerful enough, to me, to be worth the membership if I had to pay $97 or even $197 a month for it – after all, it doesn’t take many Clickbank affiliate sales to cover that off each month, and that doesn’t even include what I’ll make on the CB Pirate affiliate program itself!

Think I’m kidding? Look at the math…

Pick a product from those Clickbank Pirate affiliate sales funnels they provide you with that sells for $37 a month or more and pays 50% commissions or better, earning you at least $18.50 a sale. If your combined affiliate marketing efforts just get you an average of 1 sale per day, that’s 30 sales in that month, or $555. Your first YEAR’S payments are $67 for the first month, and 11 payments of $37 – a total of $474. So as long as in ANY ONE MONTH during that first year just ONE of their funnels brings you a sale a day, that one product, in one month, has covered your annual CB Pirate investment!

And that’s with just one of the funnels – they start you off with 6 and add from there. And those calculations are based on joining after the price hike tomorrow – if you get in at the launch rate, it takes even less to break even! Now obviously I can’t say you will make that, or anything – only YOU know what you’re capable of right now, how much effort you intend to put in and how much you intend to learn about professional affiliate marketing over the next year.
My point here is that as little as 3 sales of any one product per month can keep you in the black on this one!

For affiliates, of course, this can also be good news – as the price rises, so do your Clickbank Pirate affiliate commissions paid out to you through Clickbank itself. Get regular sales going every month their and you’ve got an affiliate commissions payment coming every two weeks, paid through the most trusted name in affiliate marketing: Clickbank!

The good news for you is that every Clickbank Pirate member is automatically enrolled in their affiliate program, and full resources are provided to help you make money on that end of this site as well – after all, the more you make referring new members the more they make too, so it’s in their best interest to help you sell more memberships every month.

So, lets cut to the chase here… Do I honestly think the Clickbank Pirate site is worth joining and worth promoting as an affiliate? No matter what I say people burned by others won’t accept it, so lit’s pretend you’re from Missouri and show you… Here’s how much time and effort I feel it’s worth ME putting into promoting Clickbank Pirate as an affiliate:

1) The links in this post are, of course, affiliate links.

2) Other blog posts I’ve done promoting Clickbank Pirate:

4 other blog posts and 3 videos on thisaffiliate marketing blog.
3 blog posts on my Internet marketing blog.
2 blog posts on my Clickbank Marketing blog.
2 blog posts on my Marketing BlogZine.
1 blog post on my Advanced Twitter Marketing blog.

3) Promotional videos created and uploaded to Simple-Clickbank-Profits.com, YouTube, Bebo and Motion Box.

4) New report entitled ‘Clickbank For Newbies‘ published and being given away for free; both the squeeze page followup pages and the report itself have ads for ClickBank Pirate prominently included.

5) Various tweets about Clickbank Pirate on both my @SuperAffil and @CaptnAffiliate accounts.

You see, unlike a lot of the ‘experts’ today, I walk the walk before I talk the talk. So far I’ve invested the time to do 13 blog posts, create 3 videos and upload them to a total of 5 different sites, published a new report and built the squeeze and follow-up pages, tweeted the links and e-mailed our opt-in lists a few times. And the site is only 32 hours old so far… longer-term strategies like article marketing will be brought into play next.

Mind you, this also shows why I say the amount of effort you put in plays a huge role in what you make from affiliate marketing – if you do any less than what I’ve shown there, don’t expect to get anywhere near the same results I do – and keep in mind that I’ve been in marketing & advertising for about 30 years now, offline and now online for the past 12 years.

But I’m not asking for your faith based on my extensive credentials, but based on actually seeing me DO exactly what I always suggest to you. Anytime you wonder whether an affiliate marketer is giving you the straight goods or just looking to make a buck off you, look around to see if THEY are doing what they suggest YOU do. The Captain may not reveal EVERY trick or tactic he uses outside of his high-end mentoring, but for every suggestion I DO make on how to promote affiliate opportunities it’s always easy for find examples of me doing them too!

So when I say you should be promoting Clickbank Pirate and the affiliate funnels you get with your membership, know that I’m right there in the trenches with you, both guiding your efforts and putting in the grunt time myself! 🙂

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Clickbank Pirate launched 18 hours ago, and their servers bogged down all day under the weight of so many smart affiliate marketers charging to the site to join – it even broke down a couple of times, but was brought back up by their great staff in short order…

Being a super-affiliate, it should come as no surprise to you that I spoke to the site’s owners, Cindy Battye and Soren Jordansen, a few weeks before launch to get the inside information, and with what I saw I began promoting it as soon as they’d let me, at the start of the pre-launch. In my personal and probably biased opinion, it’s that good an affiliate marketing resource, and since it all revolves around Clickbank products I knew affiliates would love it. It even uses Clickbank itself, so affiliates know there’s no worry over being paid on time – Clickbank has never missed a single affiliate commission payment in it’s 10 years online!

A lot of other big names jumped on board for the launch too, some doing a lot better than I did but most not as well, since they had other launches to promote while I focused on bringing you what I felt would do you the most good – Clickbank Pirate. And as a targeted traffic expert, I was well rewarded for my efforts, bringing in commissions well into 3 digits in the first 12 hours the site was open. And the beauty of it is that those commissions are already sitting in my Clickbank account!

And now that it IS open, I suggest you get your Clickbank Pirate membership right now, and go look at their affiliate program with an eye to choosing which affiliate resources YOU’RE going to use to promote the site. They have a lot of them there, and you’ll probably want to create more yourself if only to help differentiate yourself from other CB Pirate affiliates. Now don’t misunderstand, my results sure aren’t typical, and you may make more, less, or even not make anything at all. Only use my results to see the site CAN make money for affiliates – how much others make as Clickbank Pirate affiliates depends mostly on them, they’re experience, background, effort, focus, etc. etc. If you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for any length of time, you know results vary from person to person and even from promotion to promotion for one affiliate. Even I and my super-affiliate buddies have made a killing on some and completely flopped with others…

I’m assuming the following scenario based on my 12 years online full-time to this point: most of the big dogs will now move on to the next big joint venture, and most of the new Clickbank Pirate members will focus mostly on the great affiliate funnels they get each month, since everything but driving traffic is already done for them. If that’s the case, you should have a pretty good field for marketing the CB Pirate program itself. I know I intend to go on promoting it regularly instead of simply pocketing my launch commissions and moving on…

Why? Because I think it’s the best there is at what it does, and that my readers, mostly affiliate marketers, can do well with it. When I find the best resource in any area, it’s my self-imposed duty to get that information to as many people who will benefit from it as I can. I do the same with Hosting For Marketers because of their web hosting, autoresponder and affiliate program package, Jeff Dedrick’s Viral E-book Explosion becuase of their free brandable e-books, and Socrates Socratous’ Resell Rights Fortunes because it’s the most advanced and easiest to profit from resell rights membership site. In fact, even mentioning them here is part of the Captain’s affiliate marketing strategy, since all use my affiliate links – as they should.

All 4 get another star too, since the affiliate programs for them can all result in residual commissions, allowing a successful marketer to build his commissions from them over time – and the Clickbank Pirate affilates can do the same!

CB Pirate affiliates also have the benefit of being able to push their affiliate funnels they get each month too, of course, which can boost their earnings that much more if they get good enough at it.

And as always, if you’re going to seriously promote the site, be sure to set up your own funnel for it – a free download & squeeze page and then follow up with your message. You can see my funnel, and download my new Clickbank For Newbies here.

Go on over to the site now, and become one of the Clickbank Pirate affiliates and members – you’ll see the affiliate resources link as soon as you log into your members’ area. And if you have any questions about promoting the site, leave a comment below, ok? The Captain’s here for you… 🙂

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ClickBank Pirate Affiliate Marketing Blogs Announced
©2009 Doug Champigny. All rights reserved.

It was announced today that the Clickbank Pirate memberships will include 1-touch affiliate marketing blogs as a standard member’s feature when Clickbank Pirate launches Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 11am Eastern. In this video, Doug Champigny, AKA Captain Affiliate, gives a quick sneak peek video tour of the new affiliate marketing blogs from Clickbank Pirate:


(View The Clickbank Pirate Affiliate Marketing Blogs Video at full size.)

Clickbank Pirate is so impressive, as soon as I was granted early access to the members’ area I agreed to participate in the launch JV – and since this is an affiliate marketing training blog, you already know every link to their site is an affiliate link (After all, if I wasn’t affiliate marketing non-stop, what would qualify me to be your affiliate marketing mentor? 😉 ). But that gives you an idea of how strong the backend is on this puppy – I’ve yet to see an affiliate marketing site that I think measures up to Clickbank Pirate in terms of making it push-button simple for affiliates to handle all of the technical aspects of an affiliate sales funnel – for all intents and purposes, all that’s left for a Clickbank Pirate member to do is generate targeted traffic into their funnel…

Blogging For Affiliates: Post, Ping Tweet – Rinse & Repeat!

And now, with the announcement of these push-button affiliate marketing blogs, even the task of driving targeted traffic became somewhat easier – post to your blog including a link to your squeeze page, ping it and start tweeting the link on Twitter. Do another post, ping it, tweet it on Twitter. Post, ping, tweet – rinse & repeat! Clickbank Pirate sure makes affiliate marketing easier, doesn’t it?

Plus, your Clickbank Pirate affiliate marketing blog already has your affiliate ads embedded on each page, as you saw in the video above. Even if that’s all that was involved in Clickbank Pirate it would still be worth what little they’re asking for membership when the doors open August 4th – but that’s just one very small part of it! I’d be disappointed if I thought anyone reading this, or hearing of Clcikbank Pirate elsewhere, didn’t join upon launch if they have any intention of making money online or starting a work-at-home business full or part time.

Think about it… If one is new to affiliate marketing, this saves thm having to learn how to set up squeeze pages, set up autoresponders, write the follow-up e-courses, build their pre-sell pages and now even having to set up & optimize their own blogs! It takes months, sometimes years for a newbie to learn how to do all that, time that they aren’t earning what they could be and should be. Clickbank Pirate lets them have all that within 48 hours of becoming a member!

But there’s another reason I’m so fired up about Clickbank Pirate, besides making it easier for you, my affiliate marketing students, to start making money online and make money so much faster… For super-affiliates like the Captain and other seasoned marketers who already know how to do all that, this system lets us skip those steps, saving us both time and either effort or outsourcing costs and letting us focus on the part of the biz we love best – MAKING MONEY! 🙂

You see, for a real Type-A personality marketer, it’s the marketing we love – and the perks it brings when you’re so good at it. Sure, we know the technical junk is part of that success, so we do it – it’s a big part of what keeps us ahead of the rest of the pack. And don’t ever doubt it – if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes! But this way we can stick to promoting our new Clickbank Pirate affiliate marketing funnels – blogging, tweeting, e-mailing, creating and distributing articles, videos, podcasts, press releases – all the true online marketing tactics and techniques.

And saving time by skipping the tech headaches helps us refine our skills too, since we’re spending a greater amount of time actually marketing. Plus our strategizing will improve, since our mindset stays locked on the marketing. If you’ve been affiliate marketing for any length of timed building your own sales funnels, you know that doing design, coding, FTPing, installing blogs etc requires an entirely different mindset – a headset of slower action, more attention to tedious details, greater frustrations – all of which means it takes longer to get back into your success groove when you get to return to your marketing activities.

How often has a great promotional strategy hit while you were marketing, only to be forgotten while you set up the next piece of virtual real estate? How often have you agonized over whether the article you just wrote should be submitted, used on your blog or put into your autoresponder followup? Or had a great idea for an e-mail, only to realize you already covered that topic in your e-course?

Well no more – now that the e-course, squeeze page and salespage are already completed for you, EVERY idea you come up with can be acted on immediately, put to proper use in your marketing effort! If you’re still not completely frothing ast the mouth to get in there, you need to stop and think… How much time have you spent writing your followup campaigns? How frustrated have you been trying to perfect your squeeze pages and get the autoresponder & followup pages in place? How much time have you lost worrying your salespage or pre-sell page into a suitable state – and what was the conversion rate on it when you were done??? And now for the biggie – if that time had been spent simply driving targeted traffic to professionally built squeeze pages and pre-sell pages, how much more would you have earned in the past year?

OK – so we both know this service is easily worth a few hundred a month minimum. But fortunately for us both, it’s not going to be anywhere near that high – in fact just a few affiliate sales through the Clickbank Pirate system each month keeps us in the black, and everything beyond that is profit, baby!

I could still go on and on – but before the Captain starts gushing like a virgin first mate, head on over to the Clickbank Pirate site and set sail on your own success voyage – just remember to bookmark this site and our sister site, Simple-Clickbank-Profits.com, for a stream of ongoing help in refining your affiliate marketing skills and keeping on the bleeding edge of affiliate marketing in general. Go on now – there’s nothing the captain would like better than seeing you pull into port a year from now riding your own success, mooring alongside us on our infrequent dockings at the port of the offline world!

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ClickBank Pirate is set to launch on Tuesday, making affiliate marketing through the ClickBank digital downloads marketplace mush easier for newer affiliate marketers and much faster for experienced marketers and super-affiliates. This has resulted in my setting up a sister blog to Captain-Affiliate.com called Simple ClickBank Profits to provide additional related affiliate marketing training and resources to members of ClickBank Pirate.


ClickBank Pirate will be an affiliate marketing no-brainer must-have in every affiliate marketer’s online arsenal of professional tools and resources. Successful affiliate marketing now requires a complete sales funnel for each main product the marketer is promoting, including those from ClickBank. ClickBank Pirate will design, create and host these funnels for their members, covering some of the most popular ClickBank products. This removes all the technical skill requirements from the members’ activities, leaving them free to focus on the most important, and most enjoyable, part of our industry – the actual marketing!

While I have been mentoring you on affiliate marketing here on the Captain Affiliate blog and will continue to do so, ClickBank is big enough and unique enough to warrant it’s own training blog, so that’s why I set up the Simple ClickBank Profits Affiliate Marketing Training blog. Don’t misunderstand the title of the blog – using the information presented there will make affiliate mmarketing the ClickBank products simple when used with the ClickBank Pirate system, but there will still be a lot of effort required on your part. You still need to put in just as much effort, but the processess involved will be much simpler.

This is great news for you – you’ve never shied away from putting in the effort, so now you have the opportunity to get better results faster from your same affiliate marketing time and effort. Just as you surpass the results of those who don’t put in as much effort as you currently, ClickBank Pirate can increase that gulf exponentially!

So until launch on Tuesday, you have three simple steps to follow now:

  1. Sign up for Free to the ClickBank Pirate Notification List
  2. Read The Posts on the Simple ClickBank Profits Blog & Bookmark the Blog or Grab the RSS Feed
  3. Be Sure You Have An Affiliate Account At ClickBank and that All Your Information there is Current.

See? I told you each step will be simple! ClickBank Pirate and ClickBank Affiliate Marketing Training from Captain Affiliate – What a Team! 🙂

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Is Captain Affiliate to become a ClickBank Pirate? And what will that mean for you and your affiliate marketing efforts if I DO become a CBPirate?


ClickBank is the biggest affiliate products directory online, allowing affiliates to choose from thousands of products to promote. It is above reproach to date, and since it collects the payments and then pays the affiliates and merchants separately, is the choice for affiliate products to promote for many, many affiliates – if not most.

Yet strangely enough, I’ve done very little with ClickBank products til now, selling just a few thousand dollars’ worth each year. Or perhaps not so strangely, since most of my affiliate marketing efforts go to promoting products and services released by people I know, products and services I’ve been given access to in advance so I can be sure they’re both high-quality and relevant to you, my loyal readers and affiliate marketing students.

But it was recently pointed out to me that not teaching you about ClickBank meant I wasn’t giving you a full affiliate marketing education, in spite of this blog, our Affiliate Marketing Revealed and Affiliate Marketing Special Report web sites and the @CaptnAffiliate Twitter persona.

Granted, no one else is giving you as much free affiliate marketing training – but that’s not enough… If I don’t do all I can to educate you in making money online, I’m not living up to my goals with all this – to help create a team of super-affiliates bringing down huge affiliate commissions.

As I was planning how to best teach you to use ClickBank successfully, some friends showed me a new site they’re about to launch to make promoting ClickBank products much easier for newbie affiliate marketers, and much less time-intensive for the pros. That was all I needed to realize the time was right to start showing you the ropes, and to include using their service in that education.

Thus was the decision to launch Simple ClickBank Profits – a new site I’ll put together designed just to teach you how to market ClickBank products as an affiliate – and I guess I’ll have to become a ClickBank Pirate along the way too… Don’t misunderstand, a CBPirate isn’t a negative connotation – it’s just the newest term for a super-affiliate who’s marketing products as an affiliate through ClickBank.

So head on over now to Simple ClickBank Profits and bookmark the site – I’ll start pouring content into it tomorrow to help you get up to speed quickly with affiliate marketing using ClickBank – see you there!

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