There are very few people who actually make a living affiliate marketing.
Most people quit early on because they get confused and bogged down with the overwhelming choices. This is because there are virtually a million ways to make a buck online. The problem isn’t “how to make money online” but “how to CHOOSE how to make money online”.
Affiliate marketing is just ONE way. Within that category there are an abundance of niches to choose from and a variety of diverse ways to approach them.
That’s OK – Don’t quit yet!
This post will cover the
The Basics of Affiliate Marketing with ClickBank
You can skip this if you aren’t a newbie but you might miss a couple of important steps if you do.
Affiliate marketing basically means you get a commission if a sale is made by the product owner to someone you referred. (click here for more info on what affiliate marketing is) The product owner or “Vendor” is the one (or group) that designed and published the product you promoted. They are in charge of making the final sale, processing returns, and providing customer support. They do all the heavy lifting BUT will pay YOU up to 100% of the sale price. In some cases – even more!
The vendor writes the sales page, does all the follow-up email sequences and you get money. Your affiliate cookie is good for up to 60 days, meaning there is a chance your referral could pay out up to two months later. Nice!
Why Choose ClickBank
There are lots of affiliate networks and many come and go. ClickBank has been at it for a long time. When starting out, refining your affiliate marketing using a stable and reliable company will save lots of bumps later. Everything you learn using the ClickBank affiliate marketplace can be used in other places.
Plus there are 10’s of thousands of products to choose from in just about every niche a person can think of.
Generally the payout commission is 55% – 75%. ClickBank keeps a little bit for their role as well. The first payments to you come by cheque then you have the ability to choose direct deposit.
And it’s FREE!
Choosing Products that Convert
Contrary to popular belief, choosing a product solely because it has a high gravity won’t guarantee sales. Gravity is a number that represents the number of people promoting and making sales. On the positive side it does indicate there are converting sales and others are actively promoting it but there are drawbacks to doing what everyone else does.
Choosing a product that fits in the niche you want to be in, that converts, has low refund rate, and a high commission is the optimal wish list. Take some responsibility and buy the product first to see if you really want to associate your good name with it.
If your chosen niche fits with the product then there won’t be too big a bridge to gap with your sales copy or blog review.
Another important aspect that many folks forget about is the affiliate support and customer support. Is there any? Send them an email as an interested affiliate. After you buy the product send an email or communicate via their customer support portal. Are they responsive?
How You are Getting Screwed out of Your Affiliate Commissions
If they pass muster on the first few tests then the last thing to do is to test their followup for the traffic you send. When someone clicks on your affiliate link your cookie should be set on your prospects computer. If they don’t click on anyone elses affiliate link between that time and the time they purchase then your cookie will ensure any sale is credited to you.
Unfortunately some wingdings out there think it’s ok to use their own affiliate links on the sales page and in the followup emails (if they have a exit optin or other freebee offer collecting emails). Test these by signing up and
You can test this by making sure your affiliate username shows up on the bottom of the checkout page when you click the “buy” link on the sales page, then later when clicking the link from their autoresponder sequenced emails.
Another thing to watch out for is when the sales pages have more than one payment option. This can happen in a number of ways. One way is all the options are available on the main page. More often though, the clickbank sales page is a duplicate of the main sales page. The followup emails may not be re-cookied but the page they are sent to is now a different one with different payment platform that won’t credit you with the ClickBank sale. For example the vendor uses something like buymything.com/cb for the clickbank product but the followup page
Other Ways to get Screwed out of ClickBank Commissions
Private Affiliate Marketplaces
As a sidenote there are other affiliate marketplaces that allow for even MORE ways to rip you off. Some just don’t pay, or assign your sales to another PayPal email address, or process bogus refunds, or say you sent invalid traffic to get the sale – on and on.
Bottom line – do your due diligence before you start to invest your time and efforts into promoting someone elses product.