One of the simplest ways to make money online is to sell other people’s products. The practice is commonly referred to as affiliate marketing. In a nutshell, you find an interesting product online and agree with the vendor to give you a commission for every sale that you drive to their website.
Before I run through Make money with Clickbank Affiliate is to do. I want to go through some questions that people are always asking about the website.
What Is Clickbank?
Clickbank is an affiliate network known for being home to thousands of digital products like e-books, videos, and software. They’re simply middlemen between product vendors and affiliates.
If you’re the vendor, then you create your own product and set it up using Clickbank’s system. They then list your product in their marketplace so that tens of thousands of affiliates can see you. They handle the tracking using unique tracking links and cookies so they know exactly where the sale came from and credit the referring account accordingly.
Confused? It’ll be clearer in a moment. A lot of people start off as affiliates and then, later on, become vendors. We will focus on making money as an affiliate in this blog post, as it’s the simpler route.
As an affiliate, all you have to do is sign up for a ClickBank affiliate account and then start browsing their marketplace which lists all the available products from their partner vendors. Once you find a good product (we’ll get into that in a moment), ClickBank will give you a unique “affiliate link” that points to the vendor’s sales page. All you have to do then is make people buy through that link. You earn a commission for any sale made through your affiliate links.
Why ClickBank? Is ClickBank Legit?
Yes, Clickbank is legit. They aren’t as well known as Amazon Associates program, but they do a great job of providing people like you and me with products to recommend our readers.
Clickbank is not alone in what they do. There are many similar affiliate networks ( I list some at the end of this blog post). So why and when would you choose Clickbank over others? Here’s a breakdown of the top advantages I see:
- Very high commissions: Most ClickBank products pay 70%+ commission. You read that right. So in that case, if you sell a $100 product, you earn $70. You might think that’s way too high to be real, but it is. They’re mainly able to do that because most of their products are digital, which means there are no “production” costs, “shipping” costs or any other costs that are usually associated with physical products, hence the high commissions.
- They pay fast: As often as weekly or bi-weekly. Many affiliate networks pay on a NET 30 basis, which means they keep your money for 30 days after you’ve earned them. This can be a huge inconvenience and create cash flow problems especially if you’re running paid traffic.
- They’re newbie friendly: Some affiliate networks are strict when it comes to accepting new affiliates. They’re usually scared of fraudsters who can potentially jeopardize the network’s relationships with their advertisers and vendors by using shady promotional techniques. While this cautiousness is generally a good thing, it also makes it hard for new affiliates to get into those networks. How can you start taking your baby steps and experimenting with things when you’re not even allowed to promote any products?
- International affiliate friendly: Their direct deposit payment method works with Payoneer, a popular digital wallet that can help you easily get paid online no matter where you’re from in the world (with a few exceptions).
- Big variety of products: They have thousands of products available across about two dozen categories. That’s a lot of niches, a lot of products and a lot of opportunities.
Is ClickBank Safe?
Yes. Clickbank is a network used by hundred of thousands if not millions of affiliate marketers. It is just a way to find new affiliate products to recommend and then connecting with the owner of the product.
Think is Clickbank as the Amazon or Walmart of affiliate offers. You can shop around, find what you like, and then promote it on your website.
How much does it cost to join Clickbank?
It is 100% free to join the Clickbank platform, you just need to add a few details and state whether you are wanting to be a vendor and or affiliate you can be either or both.
Although to be a vendor you will need to have your own product to add to the marketplace.
Don’t forget to add in your bank details so you can get paid…
How do I get paid through Clickbank?
Getting paid is really simple. There are currently two ways to do this. The first is by check in the mail, and the second is by bank transfer which they recently introduced.
How long does it take to get paid from Clickbank?
Unlike most affiliate networks and programs Clickbank payout every two weeks. This then takes approximately 10 days to actually receive your commission check or bank deposit
How to making money with Clickbank
The 3 steps simple process so that you can start earning from this great affiliate platform.
Sign Up for your free account, as I have mentioned previously this is a simple task and free to do.
Step 2: Choose your product niche
Click on the marketplace tab to reveal what products are available to promote.
Once in the marketplace on the left-hand side, there is a menu of different categories. This makes it much quicker to find products in a certain niche. Eg Health & Fitness.
You now have a list of products in your chosen niche. Next, select the drop-down tab and you’re your list by gravity. Gravity is how many individual affiliates have promoted and made sales over the last two weeks. You want this to be fairly high so that you know that the product is converting and selling well.
If you look within the brief description of the product it shows the gravity score. 20 plus is always a good indicator that the product sells okay.
There is nothing worse than promoting something that doesn’t convert you are then wasting your time.
Step 3: Create and get your hop link
Creating your hop link is the final step and probably the easiest. From the marketplace listing of the product that you have decided to promote all you have to do is click on the promote button.
Here you can be given a choice of pages to promote (some products just have one page) choose your page I normally go with the default sales page.
You can also add your own tracking code this is ideal if you are promoting in various places and want to see which one performs best.
Step 4: Promoting Your Links
There are two different ways to actually use your links.
Directly: This is when you send people directly to the sales page of the product. Although the easiest and quickest way to get your links out there, the results can vary.
Also, beware that you are allowed to post direct links as not all places allow this type of link. More on that later
Landing Pages: The other route of promoting your links would be via your own sales funnel. This tends to work well as you are giving the customer loads of value before offering them a solution to their problem they have.
My Preferred Funnel
I use a blog and write informative articles that I can then direct traffic too. I then create free giveaways such as reports, e-courses, checklists and the like that are very targeted towards the product I am promoting.
That way I know if they sign up for the freebie I know they are very targeted as a potential customer for my Clickbank product. Once on my email list, I can, of course, keep giving value and promoting more relevant products.
No blog … No problem you can start building your own for free
Building your own list
In order to start building your own email list, you will need an email service provider so that you can collect, store and automatically email out.
If you already have a WordPress blog (WordPress is the best blogging platform and one I would recommend) To create separate landing pages for your free gifts can be done by using a WordPress plugin like Thrive Architect. With Thrive you can create optins for your blog and landing pages fast. No technical skills are required either so super easy for a novice.
Thrive leads can also be added to enable more ways of collecting details and building your email list.
Having sorted your blog and landing pages now all you need is traffic which in some way is the easiest part.
If you are using a blog to send people to then optimizing your articles for the search engines is a good way to get some free traffic.
One downside to this method is that it can take a few months to get a good amount of traffic. The upside if google starts liking your content you will get thousands of free visitors every day.
One of the secrets to maximizing the search engines is to create a continuous stream of quality content.
Paid Adverts are definitely a much quicker option but of course, these will cost you. I would advise doing some research on long-tail keywords that are going to be much cheaper to advertise for.
There are plenty of platforms these days where you can use paid ads, here’s a list of the most popular ones.
- Bing / Yahoo
Although you can use paid ads on social media sites as stated above, don’t forget you can also create free profiles and share your links on these too.
Be sure you don’t just spam links everywhere as this send your followers running in the opposite direction. Go to give advice and help others first and foremost. Quality blog posts work well on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.
Make sure you read through the individual terms and conditions about posting affiliate links on all your social sites.
YouTube is a great way to reach targeted people within your niche. It tends to be easier to rank higher within the YouTube search too. This means you will get free views on your videos and by adding a link in the description you can make some serious sales.
Remember you don’t have to be an expert to start a YT channel my first videos were pretty grim but the more you do the better you will become. Even the top Youtubers had to start at the beginning.
Pinterest is a visual sharing platform but don’t underestimate it. People are using Pinterest as a research tool for information just like Google.
If you can use the right keywords and create a great pin (image) then you could get an avalanche of traffic that can last a few months if not longer.
That’s partly why I use it.
With other social networks, your post can very quickly disappear and stop driving traffic, but with Pinterest, your pins can keep being shared and clicked for months, this means it’s very easy to start generating huge traffic if you post new pins every day.
More on making money with Pinterest here
As you can see from this article it is very easy to start making money with Clickbank affiliate network. Joining and discovering products to promote is quick and easy to do.
Make sure you do some research about the product and see if they have a god gravity score and affiliate or JV page. Both these will help you when promoting it.
As I have explained there are plenty of ways to promote your links and get sales.
Learning to become a super affiliate
One of the best places I have come across in my time online for learning affiliate marketing (and blogging) is Super Affiliate System – John Crestani’s Autowebinar Funnel this is a great place to get involved in and caters for newbies as well as experienced marketers.
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