If you’re willing to take on some risk and have the heart of a true hustler, you can make extra money online doing commission-only sales for startups and other businesses. While you won’t be getting a regular salary, with the right sales strategies and skills as an inside sales rep, you can make decent money for each sale you bring in. And because you’ll most likely be working with startups, if you can negotiate a little equity you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds.
The Wirecutter is the best example of an affiliate site that I've ever seen. I wouldn't even put it in the same category as what you'd think of as an affiliate site, aside from how they make their money. Brian Lam's a great example of someone who sticks to a principle and then grinds it out to the nth degree. Can't say how many times I've used that site (and TheSweethome) for product reviews.
ClickBank’s journey started when founders Tim and Eileen Barber observed that the rapid growth of the Internet was creating an explosion of websites and digital content. They recognized that the explosive growth of the Internet would make it increasingly difficult for consumers to be able to locate the products and services they needed online. Since those embryonic days, ClickBank has grown into a top 100 internet retailer and worldwide leader in digital ecommerce, processing over 30,000 digital sales each day, improving the lives of over 200 million customers and working with more than 6 million entrepreneurs in 190 countries around the globe.
Most of the people think that Clickbank is just another affiliate network, but that’s far from the truth. The platform is simply a large marketplace for product creators with a massive list of affiliates. Product creators pay Clickbank to list their product, Clickbank uses its massive affiliate follower base (me and you) to promote those products and everyone gets a cut. Simple, right?
The basic strategy is this: Post interesting content consistently with relevant hashtags. Use a service like Hashtagify for hashtag ideas. Follow users in your niche and engage with their posts. I also know a couple of people who grew their Instagram accounts quickly solely depending on shoutouts from influencers. You can use a service like ShoutCart for that or contact influencers directly (most of them list their email addresses in their bios).
in the beginning it’s helpful to search by niche and commission percentage until you locate offers that you want to promote. Make sure you take the time to look at the vendor’s sales page before promoting their product. They might be offering a 75% commission rate, but if their website doesn’t look trustworthy or put together you aren’t going to generate many sales, no matter how much traffic you drive their way.