Its a shame that more people do not network with their colleagues in the industry. You can find out a hell of a lot just by asking a few questions, and people (despite being a guru to most) are quite approachable. Let’s assume you wanted to set up some JV’s for the next few months. You will get your product name and JV details from somewhere like JVPress or JVNotifyPro, and then you will start setting up affiliate sites in advance. Sometimes you can only get the next three months worth of future products from these sites, so if you want to plan further in advance – or get a quick nod and a wink when the next product will be launched, what do you do?
The answer, of course, is networking. All you need to do is start gathering the Skype or email addresses of your favorite vendors, and then start up a conversation about their up and coming products. Often the big guys will plan a launch 6 months in advance if its a major one, so you can get way ahead of most affiliates and get your sites set up quickly (and domains bought).
If you cannot get direct access to the vendor themselves, there are affiliate managers who are happy to help you get the skinny on new and up & coming products. If you show an interest, then they will certainly let you know whats coming up.
The other great thing about this, is that you are in touch with the people that will be giving out the affiliate materials, so you can get ahead in this respect sometimes. Just make it clear that you are trying to get a head start, and really go to town on the marketing. Do you think they will deny you anything, if you are so keen to make them money? Exactly…