There are two distinct ways to earn money with ClickBank.
1. As an affiliate
2. As a vendor
If you are a newbie affiliate marketer it is a good idea to get your feet wet learning to make money online as an affiliate first. The one exception to this would be if you already do have a product.
ClickBank has been around for several years and they have seen it all. As a result they are the number one digital marketplace in the world. You can trust them. To me – that’s a BIG DEAL!
They opened their virtual doors in 1998. They
How To Make Money With ClickBank
First you have to sign up to become an affiliate. So far they will let just about anyone become an affiliate. You still need to behave to stay an affiliate though.
They also have a couple of strategies in place to
There is more information below on how to get paid by ClickBank.
The individual vendors might require you apply to be one of their affiliates privately too. Which means that just the act of being accepted by ClickBank does not grant you access to everything.
There are several reasons for doing this. The most common reason is to avoid spammy affiliates that make it difficult for your site to achieve search engine rankings, or for sending garbage leads.
It is just a simple form asking you for your name and address etc. ClickBank is a REAL company and your earnings are reported. I cannot advise you on taxes and reporting your earnings but most countries don’t look too kindly on tax evasion so you might want to consult with your local tax office.
There are two ways to search the ClickBank Marketplace.
1. Using ClickBank search
2. Using CBEngine.com
CBEngine.com will give you much more information than just ClickBank but it IS a paid product. Many people do prefer to pay for their monthly subscription to CBEngine because it has a better search feature.
Both ClickBank and CBEngine lets you search by keyword or vendor name but CBEngine is just more accurate. They also give more information and graphs. For a full comparison between ClickBank search and CBEngine search go here.
The general consensus among other affiliate marketers is to pick your product by the gravity.
Choose your product by how well it will serve the people you want to promote to. If it is a weight loss product, check it out and see if you would be happy if you bought the product yourself. It’s a good idea to fully check into a product before you promote it. Remember, it is YOUR name that recommended it!
Another issue with high gravity is lots of competition!
Different products give different commissions. Some 75% and others 30%. I have heard people say they won’t promote anything with less than 75% payout. Commission is important, we are in the “business of making money” after all.
Commission should NOT be the
Here are other very important things to look for in a good affiliate product.
Check and see if the product of interest has upsells (ClickBank’s PitchPlus). This way you make more money than just the front end offer.
Does the product have recurring commissions built in? Promoting membership programs are great, you need only sell one for months of payments.
Use your own judgment when reviewing and deciding on whether or not you are going to go through the effort of promoting a product.
IMPORTANT – Is the landing page good? Does it do a good job? Will it convert well?
IMPORTANT – How well do they treat their customers? Do you really want to associate your recommendation with this product?
ClickBank Products I Won’t Promote Because…
Look carefully at the landing page. It is a sub-page? If so what is on the root url? If the root url is the same but the “buy now” is using an affiliate link.
Doubly bad if this is the page they are redirected to when they try to leave.
They offer several payment programs? Are they listed on more than one affiliate company (like JVZoo or RapBank?)
Upon checking the link in ClickBank it goes to a different product or the same product but a different payment processor. (BTW – this is something to watch for. Too many vendor’s start with ClickBank then switch after getting several people to sign up. Stay on top of what you are promoting.)
I always contact the vendor before I promote. If I don’t get a response I don’t promote. It indicates to me they don’t back up their product, or at the very least offer a poor customer experience.
Go through the entire landing page and buy process. Go through it again to track their exit or page abandon strategy. If there is more than one Exit-Pop I won’t promote. If there is a discount offered, I may not promote – or will be upfront with my list and let them know how to get the product cheaper.
If they have a free offer and are collecting leads I will sign up to their list and wait. What are they mailing out? Are they following up in a professional way or are they stealing your leads by emailing them affiliate links.
How to Promote/Sell a ClickBank Product as an Affiliate
This is the BIG question isn’t it?
How do you really get someone to
There is only ONE way to do this and that is to get your offer in front of people. You can do this by sending your offer as a one-off using solo-ads or posting on Facebook or Twitter or other social media traffic resources.
You can also do a product review. This you can post on your own website or on a Web 2.0 property. Be aware though – some of them don’t allow posting for the sole purpose of affiliate marketing.
For an example of a product review you can check out my review of Rosalind Gardner’s Affiliate Blogger Pro. (Highly Recommended)
Doing reviews for people helps them to get a better idea about what they are buying. Because of this I suggest you have a working knowledge of everything you promote. Many people will provide review copies so you can do this.
In other cases you will have to prove you can provide them with enough sales to make this worth their while. If this is the case then just buy it yourself. If it’s good – promote it. If not – return it and get your money back.
Making Money on ClickBank
To make sure you get paid there are a few things you need to know.
First, you don’t get paid right away. Because ClickBank is in effect a payment processing / merchant company too. Similar to any other company that accepts credit card online.
If you use another affiliate network they might be set up to pay you immediately through PayPal. As much fun as it is to get paid right away, this now makes you responsible for the happiness of your customer and to handle returns.
It also opens you up to complaints and PayPal disputes.
Using ClickBank you are protected from all of that. They withhold your payment until the guarantee time has lapsed (usually 30 Days) – then pay you (they also take a cut).
When you are new you won’t get a commission on only one product either. You must first make 5 separate sales that use at least two different acceptable payment methods – like Visa, MasterCard, Amex etc.
You also have to meet the payment threshold – this is first set to $100 but you can change it to anything from $10 to $1,000,000 (now THAT would be nice!!)
Once you have fulfilled the first two obligations they will MAIL you your cheque. You will not be allowed to sign up for direct deposit to your bank account until you have received a minimum of two cheques.
Sill Not Making any Sales?
The first thing to check is to ensure you are getting clicks. Look at the ClickBank analytics. If that shows you are getting clicks to the product landing page, the next thing to check is the page itself.
Test your affiliate links and make sure your affiliate id is on the payment form.
If all that checks out then look at your review or ad. Do they match what you are selling? Is your traffic the right traffic for the product?
Perhaps the price is too high, maybe the page just doesn’t convert.
If you believe that others are successfully selling this product then it might just be there is a large volume of competition. Even though people are seeing the product through your link, they end up buying through someone else’s link.
How to get People to Buy From Your Link
Offer a BIG BONUS!
What can you give that will compliment the product you are promoting?