Before I run through how easy making money with Clickbank is to do. I want to go through some questions that people are always asking about the website.
What Is Clickbank?
Clickbank is one of the oldest affiliate networks on the internet. It has a global presence and vendors can include their products and services within the platform thus allowing other people (also known as affiliates) to then promote them for the product owners.
The products are mainly digital and consist of membership sites, ebooks, online courses, and software.
When people promote products via the Clickbank platform they, in turn, receive a commission when a sale has been completed. This is known as affiliate marketing and is becoming more and more popular as a way of generating extra cash or even full-time living.
Can Clickbank be trusted?
Clickbank is just a middleman, a bit like a broker between the vendors (product owners) and the promoters (affiliates). There operate a secure payment process so people can purchase knowing that their details are safe.
The longevity of the company is a testament to how well they are a trusted name within the online marketing community.
By stating that you don’t trust Clickbank is like stating the same for your local Walmart (or Asda if you are in the UK)
They also have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website which is the highest possible.
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
Can you actually make money with Clickbank
Let’s show to 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
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 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.
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.
So you now have your 3 steps completed and are now ready to start promoting your link and making some sales.
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. I have used AWeber since 2010 and found them to be everything I need. There is a small monthly fee for this but you will easily reap the benefit by having this in place.
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.
Follow these marketing tips for affiliate marketing and you will be a success.
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 a site called Wealthy Affiliate this is a great place to get involved in and caters for newbies as well as experienced marketers.
You can join for free and get free training and use some cool tools. I will even connect with you and help you all I can. I look forward to meeting you there.