– If you're wondering how to make money with ClickBank affiliate marketing, this is definitely the videoyou've been waiting for.
If you didn't already know, ClickBank has been aroundfor more than two decades in the affiliate marketing business.
I'll tell you precisely what ClickBank is, how to make it work foryou and how to generate a consistent stream ofaffiliate commissions from it.
Sounds interesting? Keep watching.
(swooshes) What you'll learn in this video is how to get started with ClickBank as an affiliate marketer; how to differentiate between high-quality and low-quality products; the key success factorfor ClickBank affiliates; and the biggest mistake newbies make when promoting ClickBank products.
Plus, I'm gonna show you a proven way to consistently driveaffiliate sales on ClickBank.
But first, what is ClickBank? It's among the leading affiliate networks for digital products like eBooks, video tutorials, and software.
It's been around since 1998, has more than 200 millioncustomers around the globe.
They also claim to have created more than one thousandmillionaires through its platform.
In short, ClickBank connectsdigital product creators with affiliate marketers.
ClickBank doesn't own the products listed on its marketplace.
It only provides a platformfor thousands of product owners to connect with affiliate marketers who wish to promote their products.
Why do product creators use it? Well, to gain access to thousands of influential affiliate marketers who have their dedicatedsubscribers and followers.
It's an easy and quickway to market your product to hundreds of thousands of people, even if you have no following of your own.
Affiliates often use ClickBank to find high-quality products.
It can promote them using their websites to visitors and subscribers.
The best part is, they earna commission on every sale.
It's a classic affiliatemarketing just like– What happened? It's a classic affiliate marketing just like any other leadingaffiliate marketing platform.
But unlike Amazon Associates, ClickBank is a platformfor digital products only.
Can you make money with ClickBank in 2020? The answer is definitely yes! The online education industry, most digital productsfall into this category, is booming and is worthwell over $100 billion across the globe, sincepeople are consuming more digital info contenton their smartphones than ever before.
Plus, the affiliate marketing industry is also growing steadily.
In the U.
S alone, affiliatemarketing spending will exceed $8 billion by 2022.
All this means that therehas never been a better time to promote digital productsas an affiliate marketer.
Does that mean you can pickany product from ClickBank, start posting youraffiliate links everywhere, and become a successfulaffiliate marketer? Not really.
Promoting products from ClickBank, or any other affiliate network requires careful planningand a long-term strategy.
Otherwise, you'll endup like the thousands of other wannabe affiliate marketers who think ClickBank is a useless platform.
I'll explain the strategypart later in this video.
For now, let's look atsome of the main advantages ClickBank offers overother affiliate networks.
The major pros and cons of ClickBank for affiliate marketers.
As I've already mentioned, ClickBank has its share of supporters and haters.
It does offer you somesignificant advantages over other affiliate networks, but it also has several weaknesses that you should know about.
Let's take a quick look at the major pros and cons of ClickBank.
Number one, it's areliable affiliate network.
ClickBank is not a new name in the affiliate marketingspace, like I said before.
It has been around formore than two decades and is a proven platformwhen it comes to connecting product creators with affiliates.
As an affiliate marketer on ClickBank, you'll consistently comeacross high-quality products that you can promote, knowing that you'll get paidfor every sale you make.
Number two, there's a wide rangeof products in every niche.
No matter what niche you'rein or what hobbies you have, you'll find relevant productsto promote on ClickBank.
Just look at the numberof product categories they have on their affiliate marketplace.
There's arts and entertainment, business and investing, computers and internet, cooking and food, e-business, employment, fiction, games and so many more.
Take a look.
The more popularcategories like E-Business, health and fitness, self-help, et cetera, have hundreds of productsat any given time.
All this means you'llnever be short of products you can promote as a ClickBank affiliate.
Number three is an attractive commission structure for affiliates.
Most ClickBank products offergenerous commission rates ranging from 50% to 75%, sometimes even 100% in some cases.
To make it even better, there are tons of recurringcommission programs on offer as well, whichmeans you sell them once but keep earning monthly commissions as long as your referralis an active customer.
As the screenshot shows, you can find recurring commission programs using the search filter on theaffiliate marketplace page.
Although recurring commissionssound more attractive, one-time commission programsare also worth exploring if they offer a healthy commission rate.
Number four, it's easy to get started.
Getting started on ClickBank as an affiliate is pretty simple.
There's no complex documentationor upfront fee required.
You need to be from an eligible country, have cookies enabled in your browser, and have a valid tax IDif you're in the U.
and there are many morecountries that accept affiliates.
And unlike some other affiliate networks, you can sign up both as an affiliate and a vendor on Clickbankat the same time.
However, vendors are charged a one-time sign-up fee of $49.
Number five, there's a quick payout cycle.
You've done the hard work, made the sale, and earned the commissionyou were promised.
But now it's stuck withthe affiliate portal, and they're not releasing the funds because they have aquarterly payment cycle or some insane requirementbefore you get paid.
This does happen on someaffiliate platforms.
But not ClickBank.
The payouts are done weekly and bi-weekly, depending on your payment mode.
Number six, they offera comprehensive training in ClickBank University.
ClickBank has a detailed knowledge base that gives you all the basic information about using the platform.
But they also have apremium training program called ClickBank Universitythat's taught by a couple of seven and eight-figureClickBank vendors and affiliates.
It costs $49 and shares thebest practices affiliates, and product creators can follow to make a fortune on ClickBank.
We've already hyped up ClickBank by listing all these advantages.
But it's not all pretty.
Here are some of theweaknesses of ClickBank.
Number seven, there're lotsof less-than-stellar products.
ClickBank has a pretty lowentry barrier for entry for product creators and affiliates.
As a result, lots of mediocreand overhyped products make it through to itsmarketplace listing.
As an affiliate, you need todo a research on your product before promoting it to ensureit's a quality product.
Otherwise, yourcredibility can take a hit.
Number eight, they've been known to have slow customer support.
ClickBank has thousands of customers, but their customer support isn't awesome.
Email tickets can take aslong as seven working days to get a response whichis not very impressive.
Number nine, the negative impact of other affiliates on your business.
Dozens of affiliates promotethe same ClickBank products by publishing blog content, YouTube videos and social media posts.
Most of it can be classifiedas desperate sales content that sings endless praises of a product instead of objectively reviewing it.
As a result, evengenuinely useful products can look suspicious when potential buyers research them on the internet.
Number 10, a penalty on dormant accounts.
ClickBank charges you a $1 a day penalty after 90 days of no earnings, $5 a day after 180 days, and $50 a day penaltyafter 360 days of no sales.
With this quick overview ofClickBank's pros and cons, let's move on to the sign-up process.
Here are the steps to sign-upas a ClickBank affiliate.
ClickBank has recently changedits account creation process and made it much simpler and faster.
Click on the Create Accountlink on the top of your screen to go to the sign-up page.
There's nothing fancy on this page, just a simple sign-up form that you can fill in less than a minute.
Before you can submit the form, you also need to accept theterms and conditions agreement.
Next up, ClickBank will ask you if you're interested intheir training content.
This is a pitch for their paidClickBank University program.
You can watch the free videos if you want, but I don't recommend spendingon the paid program just yet.
This completes the basic account setup.
But before you get started, you need to complete yourprofile and payment information.
Again, you'll be taken toa basic information form where you need to submityour full address, payee name, et cetera.
If you're in the U.
, you may also need to enter a valid Tax ID to get paid.
At the bottom of this form, there's a dropdown menu where you need to chooseyour account type.
Since you're joiningClickBank to promote products as an affiliate, choosethe relevant option.
This takes you to your account dashboard where you're again askedto create an account.
This step allows you to link your existing ClickBank accounts together, in case you already have one.
But since you want to start a new account, just choose the Create Accountoption under I'm New Here.
Again, choose Affiliate in account type and enter any nickname you'dlike to use on ClickBank.
Keep in mind that your nickname will also become your usernameand cannot be changed later.
So choose it carefully.
Once you complete this step, you'll get an account confirmation email with a verification link.
You need to click it toactivate your account.
Congratulations! You're now ready topromote ClickBank products as an affiliate marketer.
Here are the ways toget paid on ClickBank.
ClickBank supports fourdifferent payment modes.
The first mode is check:ClickBank mails a paper check to your mailing address to the payee name you've entered in your account.
Number two, direct deposit:ClickBank deposits the payment directly to your bank account, it's not available for all countries.
The third option is wiretransfer: For countries where payment via directdeposit isn't an option, ClickBank offers wire transfer payments.
The fourth option is Payoneer: Payoneer is an internationalpayment service that gives you a virtualU.
or European bank account where you can receiveACH transfer payments.
You can also directlylink your Payoneer account with ClickBank to receive funds.
You can configure your payment settings in the Account Settings tabon your main dashboard page.
To set up payment by directdeposit, wire transfer, or Payoneer, you need to enteryour bank account details.
Checks, as I've already mentioned, are delivered to the mailing address you entered at the time of sign up.
Here is a popular question:is ClickBank a scam? Is it legit? Or is it a rip-off? Now, I've seen these questions repeatedly on different forums and social networks.
Here's your answer.
ClickBank is not anaffiliate program itself.
It's an affiliate platformthat connects product creators with affiliate marketers.
Every product listed on ClickBank is a separate affiliate program that independently recruits affiliates.
They just use ClickBank to of it.
ClickBank has some basicproduct quality guidelines and quality filters to ensurethat every product listed on its marketplace is legit.
It also routinely banslow-quality, scammy programs that somehow make itthrough to its listing.
But ultimately, it's yourresponsibility as an affiliate to research a product andthe reputation of its creator to determine whether it's worth promoting.
Because at the end of the day, the products that you promote will shape your reputation.
If you're not careful and start promoting low-quality products, peoplewill stop trusting you, and your sales numbers will go down even when you promote agenuinely useful product.
So here's your answer in simple words: Clickbank is not a scam, they won't cheat you, and won't keep your money.
But not every productlisted on its marketplace is worth promoting.
This brings me to thenext logical question: how do you find quality products and affiliate programs on ClickBank? To get your answer, youfirst need to understand how the ClickBank Affiliate Program works.
Here's how the ClickBankaffiliate program works.
Once you sign up as anaffiliate on ClickBank, you can immediately start promoting products to your audience.
But to identify the right products, you need to understand thedifferent terminologies used on the platform.
Let me start with some ofthe basic terminologies.
The first is the Initialor Front-End Offer: This is the product offer that you originally promote to a customer.
It is usually a low-priced product designed to turn astranger into a customer so that more products can bepitched to them in the future.
Next, there's the Upsell: Thisis the higher-priced product that is pitched after a customer purchased your front-end offer.
Then, there is One-TimeCommission: This is a commission in which the affiliate is paid only once when the initial sale is made.
There's also recurring or rebilling: This is a commission typein which an affiliate keeps getting monthly orquarterly recurring commissions for selling a membership product.
Pretty simple, right? Let's move to the product listings now.
For example, here's an affiliate product from the ClickBank marketplace.
The different sections within this listing will help you determine thepotential of this offer.
Let me quickly describe them to you.
One, the initial dollars per sale: This is the average commissionamount an affiliate earns for selling a ClickBank product.
This also includespayments for any upsells that are a result from the initial sale.
But it does not include therecurring commission amounts.
There's the Average Rebill Total: This is the averageamount an affiliate makes from recurring commissions of a product.
In the ClickBank affiliate marketplace, this amount is only displayedfor subscription products.
The average dollar per sale:This is the average amount of commission an affiliate earns for promoting a ClickBank product, the initial plus therecurring commissions.
There is the average percentage per sale: This is the average commission percentage an affiliate earns for a product, including the initial andrecurring commissions, plus any upsells.
Average percentage Rebill: This is the average recurring commissions earned only on rebills.
The Grav or Gravity: Thisparticular stat is essential.
Grav is the short form of Gravity, which is a unique ClickBank score that shows you the salespotential of a product by taking into accountthe number of affiliates who've earned a commissionin the last 12 weeks promoting that product.
A high Gravity score meansthe product is selling well, but it also means lots ofaffiliates are promoting it.
Cat: This is the industry category of a product on ClickBank.
There is Affiliate Page: This is the URL of the affiliate page of the product, where you'll find theaffiliate recruitment details plus promotional material for the product.
And finally, there isAffiliate Support Contact: That's the email tocontact the product owner in case you need any moreinformation about that product.
Now, that's a lot to digest and it can be a bit confusing, I know.
The two main things to lookinto at a product level are the average dollar persales and the Gravity score, plus if it offers one-timeor recurring commissions.
You need to know when you're getting paid.
With this info out of the way, let's see how you can find profitable ClickBank affiliate products.
Here's a few tips to finding profitable affiliateprograms on ClickBank.
There are a lot of mediocreproducts on ClickBank.
But there are some real gemslisted there on there as well.
How do you find them? Head over to the ClickbankAffiliate Marketplace and choose the industry in which you want to search for products.
Let's explore the Self-Help industry.
Here's what you'll see inside.
This is the list ofproducts in this category sorted by product popularity.
Here are a few things you need to do.
Number one, check TheProduct's Gravity Score and Average dollar per sale.
Sort the product list by Gravity score to see the products thatare, one, selling well, which means they have a landing page with a high conversion rate, and two, being promoted by many other affiliates in your niche and making them good money.
Now, what Gravity score should you target? There are varying opinions on this.
But in general, agravity score of above 50 is a good starting point.
The higher, the better.
But that's not the only thing to consider.
Also, keep a close eye onthe Average dollar per sale because that's the averageamount of commissions you can make by promoting a product.
Try finding a product with a reasonably highAverage dollar per sale number and a 50+ gravity score.
You can also add another filter to find only recurringcommission programs if you want.
Once you're done with this, let's move to the next point.
Number two, analyze theproduct's landing page.
This is a crucial step.
The quality of a product's landing page tells you a lot about its real value, the problems it solves, and if a product is worth promoting.
There are a couple ofimportant landing pages for every affiliate product, one is the sales landingpage for the customers, and the other is theaffiliate landing page where the marketers are recruited.
You'll sign up as an affiliate from the product's JointVenture or affiliate page.
In most cases, you'll berouting traffic from your site and email list to theproduct's landing page.
Are you comfortable doing it? Or do you think the landingpage has a scammy look to it? Is it making promises thatare too good to be true? On the contrary, ahigh-quality landing page is a strong indicator of a solid product.
The other thing you need tosee is the promotional material that the product vendor is offering.
For example, here's the affiliate page of a popular ClickBank product.
Look at the ready touse promotional material they're offering to their affiliates.
Apart from offeringcomplete email swipe files for your affiliate email campaign, this affiliate even offers images for your Facebook Ad campaigns and the sales copy to use with it.
The affiliates just need to copy/paste and start promoting the product.
This shows that thevendor is well-prepared and serious about product marketing.
It's also a solid indicatorof product quality.
Number three, research theproduct's sales funnel.
Most ClickBank offers are made up of several product tiers.
The initial front-end offer isusually a low priced product that is used to suck customersinto the sales funnel.
Once inside, the customer is redirected from one upsell offer toanother higher-priced product.
This is done via websiteredirections and email follow-ups.
For example, here's the sales sequence of the same product I sharedwith you on the previous point.
As you can see, initially, the traffic is directed to a Video Sales Letteror VSL landing page or a simple text landing page that pitches the front-endoffer at a low price.
Once the customer purchasesthe front-end offer, they're taken to an upsell offer.
If the customer declines it, they're taken to a down-sell offer.
Next, they're taken to another offer.
In case they decline, they'll get follow up emails with more offers, it's a lot of offers.
And that's how most ClickBankproducts make money: by offering multiple touchpoints to the customers until they buy the main product.
Before promoting aproduct as an affiliate, study its sales sequence andthe number of upsells in it because it will have animpact on your earnings as well as the conversionrate of the offer.
Number four, research the product creator.
If the product's landing pageand affiliate pages look good, make a quick Google search about the product creator as well.
Find the products they'velaunched in the past, and see the generalsentiment about them online.
This often gives you a good idea of whether products by a particular vendor are reliable or not.
Number five, check onlinereviews and customer feedback.
Product reviews come next.
Search the product online and see what the reviews are saying.
But you have to be careful about this because most of the reviews are either going to be fullof praise for the product, by the affiliates, or full ofhatred, by the competitors.
Look for genuine reviews and feedback to get an idea of theproduct's performance.
Plus, pay special attentionto forum discussions and Reddit threads because that's where most of the dissatisfied customers vent out their frustrations.
Number six, buy the productyou want to promote.
If the product does well on all the points I've mentioned above, it's time to buy it yourself.
Yes, you heard that right.
Most front-end productsaren't very expensive, and buying them will tell youexactly how useful they are.
If you're in the affiliatemarketing business for the long-term, alwayspromote the products that you're confident about.
You can even try asking the product vendor for free access beforepromoting the product.
Some will agree, some won't.
This is an additional step but one that'll not only help youfind reliable products but also help you promotethem with much better accuracy and high-quality content.
If you think the productis worth promoting, sign-up on its affiliate page, grab your affiliate link, and let's start promoting.
Following the steps I'velisted will help you filter through all the over-hyped products and find the real gemsthat are worth promoting.
So, what's the right way topromote an affiliate product? Do you create a product-focused niche site that sings endless praises of the product and does everything to sell it? Not really.
Whether you're selling a product yourself or promoting one as anaffiliate from any platform, you need to build trustwith your target audience before you can persuadethem to take action.
Here's how you should go about it.
Build a long-term sitebased on well-defined needs.
The first step of promotingan affiliate product has nothing to do withaffiliate marketing.
It's about building aplatform, a blog, a website, a social media profile, or a YouTube channel that targets a set of problems, not a set of products.
Now, let me explain.
Most affiliates just grab affiliate links, publish product reviews on theirsites and YouTube channels, and wait for the customers to come.
And they never arrive.
Trust me, I've been there.
Some of them even directlypromote affiliate links via Google or Facebook Ads.
And again, it only sometimes works.
Serious affiliates take the longer route.
They build a blog or a YouTubechannel where they provide genuinely useful contentto their audience.
People start trusting them and take their recommendations seriously.
Their content is not alwaysabout products or sales.
Most of it targetsdifferent customer needs and answers the most common questions of the target audience.
This is the authority site model that we've always advocatedhere on NicheHacks.
Once you build such a site, you are not limited toone or two products.
For example, here's a screenshot from Matthew Woodward's blog.
Look at the number of productshe's promoting on his blog and making a lot of money from them without publishing any hard sales content.
Once you've built authority, you can pick any relevantproduct from ClickBank, start promoting it to your audience, and people will buy itbecause they trust you.
Creating such a platform does take time, but the ROI is much higher than a short-term one-pageproduct-focused site that's created only tosell a certain product.
Choose products thatsolve the right problems.
How do you sell an affiliate product if you're new to a niche? Again, you need to thinkabout the long-term and understand the needs of your audience and list down theproblems you want to solve to become an expert.
After that, you go to theClickBank affiliate marketplace and find three to four productsthat are genuinely useful and connect directly withthe needs of your audience.
And this is important.
You can't start promoting every product that's offering a good commission rate.
The products must be relevant.
Once you find such products, sign up as an affiliate, grab your links and move to the next step.
Create a lead magnet toattract relevant subscribers.
Newbie affiliates directly start posting their affiliate links everywhere.
Most of them never make any sales.
And even if they do, it'smostly one-time sales with no prospects.
But the real money is in repeat sales.
Research shows that the probability of selling to an existingcustomer is 60-70% as compared to a newcustomer that's just 5-20%.
This is why experiencedaffiliate marketers first drive traffic to alead magnet landing page and turn strangers into email subscribers.
This approach has several benefits.
It turns cold trafficinto email subscribers, which is a huge business asset, offering a free high-value lead magnet builds trust and authoritywith your subscribers.
An email list allows youto repeatedly reach out with new offers without having to invest in any new traffic sources.
But here's a crucialpoint to keep in mind.
Your lead magnet hasto be directly aligned with the products you plan to promote.
For example, if you plan to promote a weight loss program from ClickBank, you can offer a freeeBook of high-nutrition but low-fat recipes thatencourage healthy living and help people lose weight.
That's just one example.
The focus of your lead magnetshould be on the core problem of your target audiencebecause this prepares them for future sales pitches.
Create an engaging emailauto-responder series.
Once you have thesubscribers on your list, it's time to start building the ground for the products you want to promote.
Remember, getting peopleon your email list is the easy part.
Retaining them is the hard part.
If you don't want them tounsubscribe from your list, make sure you don't bombard them with one product offer after the other.
What's the right approach? Create an autoresponder series that consists of six or seven emails spread across 10 to 12 days.
The initial emails shouldgive be all about free value.
Share knowledge, tips, and different techniques that they can immediately start applying.
After two or three emails, start introducing theproducts you want to promote.
Position them as solutions to the main problems of your subscribers.
Once you send initial emailpitches, share success stories, incentives, extra bonuses, and so on, to make the sale more attractive, increasing the momentum until you reach the finalemail of the sequence that closes the series with a final pitch.
Drive traffic to your leadmagnet with Facebook ads.
Your lead magnet andautoresponder sequence are ready.
But how do you get subscribers fast? By promoting your leadmagnet with Facebook Ads.
Publish high-qualitycontent, product reviews, and YouTube videos.
There's no better way to buildauthority and sell products without coming acrossas a desperate salesman and creating useful, high-qualityand evergreen content.
The most successful affiliate marketers sell products within theirregular informational content without ever appearing desperate.
This not only drives sales but also helps them rank for high traffic long-tail keywords in search results because their content always targets genuine customer problems, needs, and questions.
Video content is booming right now, and customers prefer watching videos over other types of content.
Take this for example.
Plus, YouTube is the world'ssecond-largest search engine after Google Searchwhere millions of people look for product reviewsand helpful content.
Overall, your success orfailure as a ClickBank affiliate will be determined by howquickly you can build an audience that trusts you becauseof high-quality content.
Once that happens, selling anyproduct becomes much easier.
So, are you the next ClickBank affiliate marketing success story? There's no reason you can't be.
It's a competitive affiliate platform.
Your success, however, will depend largely on how well you canconnect with your audience and become their go-to source for everything related to your niche.
If you can do that, drivingsales from ClickBank or any other affiliate networkshouldn't be a problem.
For more information about how you can be a successful affiliate, subscribe to the NicheHacks blog or if you're ready to takeyour earning to the next level, become part of NicheHacks Academy, and we'll give you deeperinsights into affiliate success, eCommerce and a lot of other great topics.
Thanks for watching.
We've got a lot more to come.