Can anyone make money with ClickBank affiliate marketing? Almost. ClickBank affiliate is one of the easiest affiliate networks to be accepted to, but is not available everywhere…yet.
ClickBank is a great place for new marketer’s to start, and once you see the catalogue of products, you will see how much earning potential there is with affiliate marketing!
This post was originally published October 16th, 2017 and has been updated to be current with new information. This post may contain affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Full disclosure is here.
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Sign Up For The ClickBank Affiliate Marketing Program
Go to ClickBank and start your sign up. With thousands of digital products in almost every niche, ClickBank makes it easy to sell products that are easy to purchase and download.
Easy for you and easy for your customers. Sign up to check out their vast catalogue of affiliate products.
The sign up process is fairly straightforward, and is free, but is only available in select countries.
If your country is not on the list, then try another affiliate program such as Shareasale or Cj.com.
The beauty of affiliate marketing is the vast amount of products available to us!
The other great thing about ClickBank is that signing up does not require a bunch of back and forth or submitting of tax information. You can be signed up and ready to go in a few minutes.
ClickBank Affiliate Marketplace
Once you have signed up, go to the upper menu of your dashboard and choose “Marketplace”.
This is where you will find the products available to your for your niche. Go on in and have a look around 🙂
You do NOT need to purchase any product that you want to promote, unless you want to try it out.
That would be helpful for review posts, to give an honest opinion on whether you think that the product does what it says it does, but again you do not have to purchase the product.
You can click the red title and see a description of the product and the landing page that customers will also go to when they click the link from your website.
All products have different commission levels.
If you choose to promote a product, clicking the PROMOTE button will take you to a pop-up window that will give you the option of adding a TRACKING I.D to your hoplink. See about hoplinks below.
The tracking Id is just text that helps you identify how each hoplink that you create is performing.
You can create multiple links should you choose to promote your product in more than one place, for example your blog post and twitter.
You add a different Id at the end of each link
Then watch to see which sells better or where you may have to tweak your promotion.
You can see your stats for each promotion on your REPORTING > SALES > BY TRACKING Id.
You can use these unique Id’s to create different A/B tests, testing out different keywords, landing pages and ads.
Just click the CREATE button to move to the next screen, whether you create the tracking I.D or not.
ClickBank Affiliate HopLinks for Tracking
The HopLink is your unique identification code that links sales of the product to you, so that you get paid. Here is ClickBanks guide to HopLinks.
The next screen takes you to where your custom generated HOPLINK will be found.
ClickBank does not recommend typing this link by hand, but instead always copy and paste it.
You will put this HopLink into a text box somewhere on your website or through a link from a blog post.
Customers who click your link will be taken to an identical page to the one that you visited when previewing the product, but when they purchase the sale will generate a commission for you! Easy peasy 🙂
Choosing ClickBank Affiliate Niche products
There are several things to consider when choosing a ClickBank affiliate product to promote.
Not all the products available are “quality” products. You also do not want a product that will work against your reputation in the future!
You can see the stats for each product underneath the main description of the product.
This information is from the ClickBank website and is current:
“The gravity performance statistic is an approximate, relative measure of how many affiliates have successfully promoted products from an account. The higher number means more conversions.
You can select this checkbox and enter criteria to search for products with a gravity performance score above a specified value, below a specified value, or between two values”
Grav is not the only thing to consider when choosing a product.
A high grav could indicate that many affiliates are making money promoting this product.
It can also mean the product is new and getting lots of activity, however that does not equal quality.
There could be tons of people promoting a new product, only to find a lot of returns in the future.
This number represents the average dollar value of the sale, including both initial and re-bill payments, to the affiliate who drives the sale.
Select this checkbox and enter the criteria to search for products with and avg $/sale above, below or between two values.
The average dollar value of an initial sale, not including re-bills, to the affiliate who drives the sale.
You can select this checkbox and enter criteria to search for products with and avg $/sale above, below or between two values.
Avg Rebill Total:
This is representative of the average total dollar value of a sale, including only re-bill payments, to the affiliate who drives the sale.
Choose this checkbox and enter criteria to search for products with an avg re-bill total above a specified value, below a specified value, or between two values.
This number shows the average affiliate commission percentage for a sale, including both initial and re-bill commissions.
Here you will enter criteria to search for products with an avg %/sale above a specified value, below a specified value, or between two values.
Average affiliate commission percentage for a sale, including only the re-bill commission.
Enter criteria to search for products with an avg %/rebill above a specified value, below a specified value, or between two values.
14 Tips For New Affiliates
These tips come from the ClickBank site, and they will help set you up for success.
1. Promote products that you personally find interesting and would consider purchasing
If you believe in that product, it will be easier to promote it and your content will be more believable. This goes for any affiliate product.
2. Take advantage of the tools and tips that vendors offer on the Affiliate pages of their sites.
Vendors want success too, and some also offer images, suggestions for keywords, and more.
3. Test your hoplinks and campaigns regularly to ensure they’re working properly.
4. Spend time researching various promotional techniques before you get started
ClickBank has a large library of resources for all affiliates. Please look through it to find helpful information on promotional techniques.
5.Be flexible about your techniques, and be willing to make changes if something isn’t working.
Different techniques work for different types of products, so experimenting is key to success. What worked in the past may not work in the future.
6.Store copies of your hoplinks on your computer.
Include notes for what product the hoplink corresponds to, and any other pertinent information. ClickBank does not store copies of your hoplinks.
7. Choose an inoffensive account nickname
This will be visible to customers, so be professional.
8. Follow the terms and conditions of any sites you’re using
If you promote on social media, be sure to follow their guidelines. Violations can mean account termination from ClickBank.
And some ClickBank don’ts:
9. Don’t spam
ClickBank takes spam complaints seriously and will terminate your account.
10. Don’t use negative advertising campaigns
Such as “Is Product X a scam?” and then linking to the product. Product manufacturers can have you banned if they think you are making a negative association with their product.
12. Don’t offer bonuses for purchases using your hoplinks
This is not allowed in ClickBank’s client contract.
13. Don’t use your password as a Tracking ID
Your tracking ID is visible to anyone who clicks your HopLink, so do not invite unauthorized access to your account. As well, do not mask or store your HopLinks in a frame. If your domain is masked, your link will be unreliable.
14. Don’t be overly concerned about picking a “perfect” ClickBank nickname
ClickBank does not advertise the return rate on products that you can promote. Try to choose products that you would buy if you were shopping for a product.
ClickBank works hard to make sure that customers have a positive experience with their products and give refunds up to 90 days after sale.
I would suggest reading all documentation on the ClickBank site to see all the different reasons for refunds and what ClickBank’s policies are before you sign up to promote products.
As you can see, signing up for ClickBank is not difficult. Choosing a product to promote will be the challenge!
With so many choices from so many categories, it may take you a day or two to find the ideal product for your website. You can promote as many products as you like!
Passive income is created by setting up systems that earn money on auto-pilot. Affiliate marketing can play a large part in your systems and you should consider it if you do not want to leave money on the table.
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