Make Money With Clickbank Affiliate Marketing

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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Subscribers will get my latest guide The 5-Minute Guide to Affiliate Marketing which will help explain how to use affiliate links. Affiliate marketing is a great way to create passive income, and who doesn’t want that?


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

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.

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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.

photo of a typical clickbank product and its details

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.

Avg $/Sale:

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.

Initial $/Sale:

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.

Avg %/Sale:

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.

Avg %/Rebill:

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



About Returns

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.

Grab my free guide, The 5-Minute Guide to Affiliate Marketing  and see if it is something that you want to use to create passive income.


Happy blogging and follow me on Pinterest!

-Irma 🙂

Make Money With Clickbank Affiliate Marketing

14 thoughts on “Make Money With Clickbank Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Hi Irma
    Great post. I am a member of Clickbank already but have not found a proper product jet. I probably just didn’t invest enough time to choose a matching product to promote.
    Now, I learned how to search for some specific criteria and will try again.
    Thanks for the input and have a great time

    • Hi Stefan and thank you for visiting again!

      It is a bit of a task to find something that you feel is worthwhile to promote, as well as current. I would be happy to promote some of the products if the landing pages looked a bit more professional as well, but that may just be me.

      Irma 🙂

  2. I have heard so much about click bank and the success stories of a few of its members. This system seems to be a very good system. Thanks for this valuable information that you have provided that is so helpful.

    • Hi Normand and thank you for visiting again 🙂

      I think that there are some real gems at Clickbank…it just takes a bit of mining to find them!

      Irma 🙂

  3. Awesome post! I bookmarked it for reference. I never heard of clickbank before and am definitely going to check it out, seems like an awesome tool to make money online. I just started looking into affiliate marketing and clickbank seems transparent and easy to get started for new users like me. Thanks!

    • Hi Simon and thank you for visiting today!

      That is Clickbank…user friendly! I was actually surprised to find a somewhat famous self-help guru promoting Clickbank products through his website (Clickbank also promotes this guys products), so I know that there must something for everyone!
      Best wishes for success with affiliate marketing…there is no where to go but up!!

      Irma 🙂

  4. Hey bro! Thanks for all the helpful info. I really wanted to become an affiliate and this post made that so much easier and simpler. I wasn’t sure what to do with clickbank or what type of products I wanted to promote but you definitely helped me with that. You covered all the bases and I could not ask for much more so thanks again!

    • Hello Apollo and you are very welcome!

      Thank you for visiting my site and I wish you the best of luck with affiliate marketing! It really is an awesome way to build a business.

      Irma 🙂

  5. I was leery about signing up with clickbank just because they have so much to chose from. Perhaps I will revisit the idea and take a little time to decide what I need and not worry about all the other companies. Thanks for encouraging me to try this again. I will look again later this day. Is there a favorite company of yours that pays good and on time?

    • Hi Bob, and thank you for visiting today 🙂

      I have gotten some mixed results, as I was not in a position to do an A/B test at the time. I started promoting a product with Clickbank because that was the only way to access the product, so I signed up.

      I am happy with how easy it is to use and I feel that Clickbank is less rigid than some other companies to deal with.

      Irma 🙂

  6. I’m new to affiliate marketing and have never heard of clickbank, but it looks like something I should definitely look into. Sounds like it’s an easy affiliate program to sign up for, which would be nice because I have signed up with a few that were not that easy. thanks for sharing. quick question, are all the products digital or is it a mix? thanks.

    • Hi Will and thank you for visiting today 🙂

      I understand that Clickbank has a number of physical products including exercise equipment and DVD’s. I would offer the same advice though, which is to not sell anything that you would not buy yourself.

      You take the same chances promoting inferior physical products as you do promoting inferior digital products. It pays to find a product that you like and then research it as much as you can online before signing up.


  7. I actually wonder about return rate too. I actually think of starting Clickbank since it has way higher commission rates. Do you have any tips for choosing the products?

    • Hi and thank you for visiting!

      The only advice that I can give to anyone about the products on Clickbank is to only promote things that you truly believe in. Going through the offerings in some of the categories, I found some really questionable products that I would never purchase myself.

      Some niches have some pretty good stuff, for example exercise programs, which if they are reasonably priced are probably okay.

      Best of luck!
      Irma 🙂


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