In case you haven’t noticed, affiliate marketing can be one of the most lucrative ways to make money online. The trouble is that you simply cannot be bothered with signing up for an affiliate account with all the different companies on the ‘net. It’s just too time-consuming.
Affiliating with the Merchants
You’ve probably come across CPA advertising networks that are very similar to Click2Sell. From an affiliate’s point of view, you get access to a range of products and then your goal is to send targeted traffic to the advertiser. That’s not enough for you to get paid, because the site visitor needs to follow through and actually make the purchase. Some advertisers provide ad creatives, but most just leave you with an affiliate link. It would be nice to have a greater level of support, but this is more the fault of the merchants than it is the fault of Click2Sell.
From the merchant’s point of view, adding products to the Click2Sell marketplace is a pretty straightforward process. You provide a product name, description, and price. The cool thing is that you are able to set the commission rate, which can be anywhere from 5% to 95%. The marketplace will accept downloadable products (e-books, software, etc.), physical material (requiring a shipping address), and subscription services (memberships, etc.).
Navigation and User Experience
Navigating through the control panel on this online merchant platform is done through a series of tabs near the top of the page. These include For Merchant, For Affiliate, Payments, and Marketplace.
Under each of these tabs are additional options. Under Reports, for example, you can click through to a daily report, conversion report, referral report and so on. The general report is shown below. You get all the basic information like the conversion rate, the number of refunds, and — most importantly — how much money you’ve made.
Browsing the Marketplace
Strangely, there are two ways to access the marketplace. You can either click on the main Marketplace tab or you can find a link to the marketplace through the For Affiliate tab. From there, you can search for specific keywords and browse categories. Results can be sorted by a variety of criteria, like rank, payout per sale, and conversion percentage.
Products range from an instant article wizard to a guide on LCD monitor repair. If you click on the “More Info” link attached to any product, you get presented with a page similar to this one below for Adwords in Detail, a downloadable online “private lesson” on Google AdWords. From this page, you can then create an affiliate link and it is added to your list of campaigns under “For Affiliate”.
Posting Fees and Referral Program
There are no fees for the affiliate to join or use Click2Sell. The merchant is charged a flat fee for each transaction and this is dependent on the value of the transaction. For products that are US$19.99 or less, the fee is $1. For $20-$39.99, the fee is $2. The fee for a transaction of $40 or more is $3. Any PayPal payment processing fees are on top of this.
Click2Sell also has a referral program where you can earn 30% of every transaction fee. This applies to both referred affiliate and merchants, as long as they stay active.
Promote Products and Make Money
In the end, I don’t think that there is anything particularly special about Click2Sell, but at the same time, there’s not a whole lot to complain about either. The products in the marketplace are typically accompanied by those long single-page sales letters, so that gives you an idea of what you’d be promoting if you were to sign up as an affiliate.
The user interface is fairly intuitive and the payout levels vary considerably. Some merchants might only offer a dollar or two, but there are others that have fairly massive payouts as well. There is one merchant that sells a limited edition platinum ruby, diamond, and sapphire ring. A referred sale results in a $625 commission. And that’s with a 5% commission rate.