If you have ever tried to make money online through affiliate marketing (and you most probably have otherwise you would not be here!!), you will have most definitely come across JVZOO. In this review of JVZOO, you will find what JVZOO is, the features it offers and how it can help you as an affiliate marketer.
What is JVZOO?
Founded in 2011, JVZOO is an online platform where people can make money by selling their own digital products or selling other peoples products and earning a commission.
For the past two years, it has been listed as one of the fastest growing companies in the Inc 5000 list.
It is one of the top affiliate networks and sells products from a wide variety of niches.
From my experience, the most popular niches are eCommerce, internet marketing and eCourses on how to make money online.
The platform offers a lot of tools and services for both vendors and affiliates to help maximise their earning potential.
It is a free to use platform, although there are fees for both vendors and affiliates when a sale is made.
My review will be based solely on being an affiliate marketer and the quality of the products on the network.
JVZOO has a lot going for it and it has grown exponentially over the past few years, however, it also has its problems like the quality of products on its marketplace which I will get to later on in this article.
First I want to go over some of the features they provide for affiliate marketers.
These features include the following;
- Sales statistics including EPC, Overall sales, Funnel sales, Conversion rate and refunds
- One affiliate link that tracks all the sales within a funnel.
- Affiliate campaign statistics including clicks, visitors, sales and conversions.
- Promote webinars with your own customised intro.
- Offer bonuses for higher conversions and sales
- 100% commissions on many front-end products.
JVZOO has thousands of products you can promote as an affiliate marketer. Although there are products from over 200 niches, the following are the most popular according to JVZOO;
- Health and Fitness.
Now, I will be honest with you, I regularly visit the JVZOO marketplace and keep tabs on the best-selling products and I hardly ever see products in the self-improvement and health niche.
Although I am seeing more products in the health and fitness niche but hardly any of them are top sellers.
In fact, there is not a single product in the top 100 best selling products of all time on the JZOO network that is from the self-improvement or health and fitness niche.
So, I really do not understand why they would put that claim on their website.
In my opinion, the JVZOO marketplace is full of both good, bad and outright rubbish products.
From my personal experience, software products are very popular on the network. However, even if a product does sell well, never equate with it being a good product.
I have purchased a few products from the JVZOO network, some did what they were supposed, others came nowhere close and all of them had ridiculous claims on their sales page.
All these products were best sellers and I was disappointed with many of them, although the products I was disappointed with were products I purchased when I first started affiliate marketing.
Back then I never questioned the silly claims made on the sales pages and honestly thought making money online would be as simple as running a simple Amazon affiliate store!!
The image below is from a sales page of a product I first purchased from the JVZOO network, trust me, you cannot make autopilot commissions just by creating simple affiliate stores!!
However, I have learnt my lesson and now only purchase products after thoroughly investigating them.
Choosing A Product
The following is what I do before I purchase any product from JVZOO ( or Warrior Plus and Clickbank)
Look at their joint venture page, this is where they provide information about the product so that potential affiliates know what they are promoting.
You can find information about products that are about to be launched on the following websites;
However, many serial product launchers have realised that many people read their JV page to find out more information about the product.
So even the JV pages are kept intentionally vague (especially the ones that are selling a make money online course/training)and do not provide much information about the product.
Most JV pages are now just full of hype and how much money affiliates can make.
So, if the JV page is vague, which it usually is I wait at least a month and then read some real reviews, do not trust reviews written on the day the product is released. This is called launch jacking and I find it highly troublesome (more on launch jacking later).
Sign up for a free JVZOO account and search for the product that interests you, analyse their sales stats and make sure the refund rate isn’t high.
Below are the stats for some of the best selling products on the JVZOO marketplace
I usually only purchase products that have a refund rate of 5% or below, however, if the vendor of the product is someone I trust, then I am flexible with the refund rate, especially if it is a product that I really want.
Sales stats are available for all free members of JVZOO.
There are so many products that are launched every day on JVZOO and with a staff of 17, I don’t believe they have a proper quality control process in place to make sure products do what they claim on the sales page.
This is the reason I believe why there are so many rubbish products in the marketplace and why launch jacking is so widely practised.
Launch jackers are affiliates who get reviews access to products weeks in advance of their release so that they can write a glowing review and rank it on Google and YouTube.
They usually entice people to buy from them by giving away huge bonus materials (most probably PLR products) and many do not provide an honest review of the product.
Launch jacking is all about making as much money as possible during the initial launch period.
It’s not a method I totally agree with, but it is effective when done properly and hence the reason you see so many positive reviews as soon as a product is launched.
That is the reason I stated not to trust reviews of products that have just launched.
JVZOO Product of the day
Every day, JVZOO advertise a product of the day, you can see this on the top right-hand corner of their website.
The JVZOO product of the day is usually one of the top three selling products and necessarily the top selling product.
However, even the product of the day can be a dud, this is one of the reasons, if a product interests me, I wait until a month after it is launched to purchase it.
JVZOO Top Sellers
JVZOO have 4 top sellers list, they are;
- Top sellers for the day
- Top sellers for the day before
- Top sellers for the week
- Top sellers for the month.
- You can filter this list by either sales volume or total revenue.
Like I stated earlier, just because a product is a top seller, does not mean that it is a good product.
It just means that a vendor has a massive email list and lost of affiliates to promote for him/her.
Can You Make Money With JVZOO?
Well, it should be obvious by now, not only can you make money, but there are affiliates making six to seven figures annually with this network.
However, making money with affiliate marketing is not as easy as some people make out.
One of my first purchases from JVZOO was a product called Commission Machine by a well-known affiliate marketer by the name of Michael Cheney.
Of course, back then, I was only too happy to depart with my money and become instantly rich, which of course never happened.
The Commission Machine is just one of the many products on the JVZOO platform that make ridiculous claims about making money online.
However, despite the many rubbish products in the JVZOO marketplace, there are good products that you can promote as an affiliate. I would stay clear of any products in the MMO like the Commission Machine niche as most of them are over-hyped and you can find better material for free.
Just follow the method I laid out earlier and only choose products that have low refund rates and has been on the market at least a month.
There is one thing you must be aware of, if you want to promote an offer from JVZOO, you will need to request permission from the vendor.
From my experience, most vendors will grant your request if you let them know why and how you will promote the product.
Of course, if you are new to affiliate marketing I highly advise you to learn how to build an affiliate marketing business before trying to blindly promote an affiliate offer.
JVZOO have their own program called JVZOO academy that teaches people how to make money on the network both as an affiliate and as a vendor.
It is a program that has been developed in partnership with Sam Bakker who is one of their top vendors and affiliates, it costs a one-time fee of $27 (but there is most probably some upsells) and the reviews have been mostly lukewarm, nothing groundbreaking and you can find better training with superior tools and services with Wealthy Affiliate.
Alternatives To JVZOO
There are many alternatives to JVZOO, many of them have similar issues with regards to the quality of the product and services. Platforms like Clickbank, WarriorPlus and Warrior Forum all have the same problem, so I will not name them as good alternatives.
If you are like me and always on the lookout for good software products, there are two sites that you should check out, they are;
Both AppSumo and Stacksocial are deal websites for digital products ( Stacksocial has deals for physical products as well).
I purchased Serpstat from AppSumo for a lifetime deal at a ridiculously low price ( for anyone who may not be aware, but Serpstat is one of the best SEO tools on the market). They have real reviews from actual users and you can make an informed decision on whether or not the software actually does what it says.
CodeCanyon sells a wide range of digital products, from Amazon affiliate themes like Rehub (endorsed by Amazon) to HD Stock video and images. They also sell WordPress plugins (a lot of JVZOO vendors sell WordPress plugins but do not actively maintain them), eCommerce software, Facebook apps and many other different types of digital products.
So if you see a service or product that looks good on JVZOO but unsure of the vendor or if the product or service actually does what it says, check the above sites and see if you can find a similar product. You may find something better, with real reviews and better support.
Like all business’s JVZOO has its fair share of criticism, the main one being that the marketplace is full of rubbish products.
I will have to agree with that assessment, the company seems to have no quality control in place and just lets anything through.
However, it isn’t just disgruntled customers saying this, I follow many of the top affiliates and vendors and some of them admit that the majority of products are rubbish.
However, this is not just on JVZOO but also networks like Clickbank, Clicksure, Warrior Plus and of course the Warrior Forum.
One other complaint I keep seeing is that many vendors just abandon their products and provide no support for existing customers.
The main culprits are vendors who launch multiple products a year, sometimes vendors release different products that do the same thing. After a while, they completely abandon the product or do not keep it updated.
Speaking strictly as a consumer and affiliate marketer, the JVZOO network has its fair share of good and bad products.
There are many good products on this platform, the problem I have is that even good products have over-hyped sales pages.
With every product, the message of the sales page is nearly always how much money you can make, there is nothing wrong with making lots of money, however, I find it highly unethical to make ridiculous claims that are never backed up by real proof.
As for the bad products, the only thing you can learn from them is to study their sales page and see how they manage to sell such rubbish.
If JVZOO had a more robust quality control process its marketplace would not be full of rubbish products that make exaggerated claims, the majority of complaints against JVZOO are because of low-quality products that do not live to the claims made by the sales page.
I would advise against purchasing cheap make money online products there will be nothing in them that you would not find on YouTube, blogs and internet marketing forums.
Those are the products that give the network a bad name, I understand why they let them through, it makes them a lot of money!! And unfortunately, that is what matters.
I would also advise against purchasing products as soon as they are launched unless you trust the vendor.
Overall, I believe JVZOO is a good network that has a lot of good products for both consumers and affiliate marketers, if they had a good quality control process in place, it would be a lot better.
Have you purchased products from JVZOO? Do you promote any JVZOO products as an affiliate? Would love to hear your thoughts on this affiliate network.