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Here’s a no-BS guide to proper Clickbank affiliate strategies and ways to make money on Clickbank in 2018 and beyond…
Most of the affiliate marketers know ClickBank, in fact, Clickbank is usually where most of the people start their online business. But here’s the biggest issue with it: only a few people out of every 100 marketers will actually make money from it.
Here’s how it usually goes: People join Clickbank, find a low-quality product, they throw some random traffic at it and after seeing that nobody bought anything from their affiliate link, curse at the website and call it BS or scam. Does this sound familiar? I’m sure you’ve seen people like this at some point (if you’re not one of them)
It Started Slow For Me…
The biggest problem I’ve noticed is that some people think the internet is a magic place where you make a million dollar overnight and I can’t blame them either.
I’m sure you’ve seen some marketers driving supercars and telling everyone that it’s easy to make money on Clickbank, but it’s really not. I don’t want to bum you out completely, so I have some good news as well: some luck and the right strategy, you have a chance to make it as well.
Sidenote: as the CEO and the Founder of Aversity, I earn over $600,000 a month and Clickbank isn’t a big part of my income but I still do six-figures with it.
2012 was the first year I tried promoting Clickbank and made $350 from it, then in 2013, I made over $350 a week and in 2014, I ended up making over $65,000 from the platform without even trying too hard (I still had a job back then and couldn’t invest too much time)
and to this date, I’m one of their top affiliates, banking over half a million a year from multiple Clickbank accounts and also ended up building my own multi-million dollar marketing company, Aversity.
I think you get the point. But the real question is, how I went from $350 a year to over $500,000? or In fact, $0 to six-figures on Clickbank?
You’re about to find out…
So let’s jump right in with a little catch-up lesson, for those of you who don’t understand what I’m talking about right now.
What You Will Learn In This Post:
- What is Clickbank and how affiliate marketers make money from it
- How to find the most profitable products to promote on Clickbank
- The easiest way to promote Clickbank products and earn commissions
- How to build sales funnels for Clickbank products
- Tools to build sales funnels
What is Clickbank and how affiliate marketers make money from it?
Most of the people think that Clickbank is just another affiliate network, but that’s far from the truth. The platform is simply a large marketplace for product creators with a massive list of affiliates. Product creators pay Clickbank to list their product, Clickbank uses its massive affiliate follower base (me and you) to promote those products and everyone gets a cut. Simple, right?
A product marketplace for affiliates
As an affiliate marketer, you can get started instantly. Simply, create your unique affiliate link using the tools provided inside (I’ll explain more on this) and start sending traffic right away to get sales. Clickbank dashboard will also show your earnings in real time.
You can join for free and there will be no screening or interviews. It’s an open and simplified network for everyone (although I think it’s not available in some countries). In case you want to try it for yourself, simply visit Clickbank.com and create your account.
A ready to use payment system and product delivery platform for info product owners
Believe it or not, gurus and product owners are very much in love with Clickbank. It provides everything they need in one place to build a successful online business and sell their product.
Clickbank gives them the secure checkout system, info product delivery system and a very powerful affiliate program with hundreds of thousands of affiliates. It’s the perfect formula for success!
How to find the most profitable products to promote on Clickbank?
Finding a good product to promote will save you countless hours and will also allow you to keep your commissions! In the video below, I’ll explain what do I look for when choosing a Clickbank product to promote:
P.S. Here’s a list of top selling Clickbank products
Imagine yourself, investing countless hours to build a promotion campaign for a Clickbank product. After a while, you find out that no one is buying the product, or worst, people buy but return it, because it doesn’t solve a problem.
Products you pick and promote on Clickbank should solve a serious problem, have a landing page with a good sales video and have a great affiliate section with a variety of tools for you to use in your promo campaigns.
Nothing is worse than making the sale, earning the commission and losing it a day later. This is a critical step and you should take it very seriously if you want to make it on Clickbank.
Also, don’t forget to contact the product owner for a review access. It’s impossible to sell a product if you don’t know what’s inside or what you are selling. Most of the product owners will give you a review access if you ask them nicely!
The easiest way to promote Clickbank products
I know, I know…
I bet you’ve been waiting for this one. So let’s talk strategy and get started with some basic but good strategies. After that, I’m going to share some alternative strategies with you.
As always, I have a full video to explain this, because I know everyone loves a good video. In the video below, I’ll share one my fastest Clickbank promotion strategies and how I use a very simple set of tools to earn commissions:
The video above will give you an idea of the most common Clickbank affiliate strategies. Remember, they can and will make you money, if you invest some time and be patient with them, but they’re not anywhere near what we do to make over $500,000 a year from Clickbank.
but before I share my secret sauce with you…
I want to go over some of the most common strategies that people use to promote products and make money on Clickbank. Remember that I’m not saying these strategies don’t work, but they are not the fastest and the most reliable ways to go about it.
so here they are:
Banner Ads and Direct Traffic
Direct traffic is the most common strategy among newbies for a good reason: it’s easy to implement and not very time-consuming but more importantly, it’s the least profitable strategy in affiliate marketing.
Here’s how you implement it: You find a somewhat related article on your site or someone else’s website and place a banner ad on the sidebar or in the middle of the article, without any preselling.
Product reviews are the most used affiliate marketing tactics for one good reason: they work!
Traffic from product reviews to the product page (your affiliate link) is extremely targeted. A good example was my Google Sniper Review video back in 2014. This video got over 38,000 views and made me over $25,000 in commissions…yes, $25,000 in commissions from ONE VIDEO!
As you see, product reviews are powerful and I still use them, but not as much as I used to.
Here’s how I write a good product review:
I don’t try to sell too much. All you need to do is to drive value and give good information to the buyer. Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer and address their fears and questions. Don’t beat around the bush and don’t try to waste their time and at the end, try showing some sort of proof or results. If you own the product, show what’s inside and talk about your experience with it. This will help you to build a relationship with them quickly.
Before I get into funnels, let me share a couple of Clickbank secrets with you…
First of all, the best way to learn Clickbank is to learn it from people who are making crazy money with it, right? (duh)
but how do you do that? It’s simple, you spy on top Clickbank earners. Here’s how:
You need to find every Clickbank related ad, sales page and video from popular marketers and grab the parts that make sense to you. Also, there are websites like Similarweb that allow you to spy on certain websites and channels. Watch the video below to learn more about ways you can spy on Clickbank top earners:
Another important Clickbank success secret is this: Build your own buyer list!
I recently published an article where I explained 5 steps to becoming a super affiliate (in any affiliate network, not just Clickbank)
In that article, I talked about the importance of buyer list and how to create one, if you’re just an affiliate. Here are the 4 steps to creating a buyer list for your Clickbank promotion:
- Create a presell page where you explain the features of the product and why someone should buy it from you
- Provide a valuable bonus and tell people that they can claim this bonus if they purchase the product from your affiliate link
- Create a list in your autoresponder and a popup using Leadpages. In the popup form, ask for order ID, Name, and email
- If the order ID matches your Clickbank sale, send them the bonus link, and if it doesn’t, remove the lead from your list.
Note: All of these steps are explained in detail and in action inside CB Masters Academy Clickbank course.
How to build sales funnels for Clickbank products
Everything I mentioned above will work to some extent but they’re usually worn out and overused by everyone in the industry, making it hard or impossible to scale unless you have a large website with hundreds and hundreds of reviews.
Another problem which I personally believe is the biggest one is that the strategies mentioned above aren’t going to help you build a good business with a steady income.
One of the biggest sources of sales in any business, online or local is existing customers. But how can you market a new product to your existing customers when you don’t have their information and there is no way for you to get in touch with them, simply because you directly sent them to your affiliate link?
This is why building a sales funnel is critical to your long-term success.
Here’s a simple blueprint of a sales funnel:
Here’s a video explaining the structure of the a simple sales funnel in more details:
Your Autoresponder Service
Your autoresponder will be the core of your marketing business. They key to success with Clickbank is automation and autoresponders will help you to automate your business. Without it, you don’t have a business.
There are dozens of autoresponder tools online and each one of them has it’s own pros and cons, but I use Aweber for my own purposes. I’ve been using it since I started back in 2012 and haven’t had any issues with them since then.
Your opt-in page is the page where you offer your visitors an incentive or “bribe” in exchange for their email. Like autoresponders, you can find dozens of different landing page builders online, but if you’re new to the whole scene and aren’t that tech savvy, I recommend Leadpages.net. Here’s an example of a landing page I built using Leadpages:
Leadpages.net is easy to use and will work perfectly with Aweber and more importantly, it’s very affordable!
To wrap it up
As you probably guessed, the scale of strategies behind promoting Clickbank products is much larger than the ClickBank itself. One thing you must understand is the fact that you need to choose your strategy based on the product, not what you know. Every product has a different audience and every audience requires a different approach, that’s why if you want to become a super affiliate on Clickbank, you need to learn these different strategies and choose the right one based on what you promote.
You will need to find a good product, find the right strategy based on the product sales pages and niche, then build a promotion funnel for it, drive targeted traffic and improve your funnel and traffic while you track your results using tracking tools such as Clickmeter, Google Analytics or Hotjar.
If you’re interested to learn more, in details that you’ve never seen before, I recommend you to check out my detailed Clickbank course, CB Masters Academy.
The important thing you should understand is that there isn’t only one formula or strategy to promote Clickbank products. A truly successful affiliate marketer knows ALL profitable strategies and uses them based on the product.
In CB Masters Academy, I teach you ALL of these strategies LIVE with details, build campaigns in front of you and coach you to success!
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