ClickBank can be a wonderful place with plenty of opportunity if you know how to look for it, so here’s a step by step guide on ClickBank for beginners.
I’ve always been a big fan of ClickBank but even with this being said it does have its downsides. It pays to know what you’re getting into, and if you’re unfamiliar with how ClickBank operates then things might be a little dicey.
I’ll be going over everything from the sign up process, how they operate, and the pros and cons of using ClickBank: This will broken into 4 segments
- What is ClickBank- A short review over ClickBank for those of you who are unfamiliar.
- Getting Signed Up- A general overview of the signup process and what to expect.
- Getting Familiar With The ClickBank Marketplace- How to navigate and use the marketplace ClickBank offers.
- Stats and Their Purpose- What the marketplace statistics mean and how to read them.
- Getting Familiar With Attributes- Learning how to utilize attributes for your product searches.
What is ClickBank?
ClickBank is the largest affiliate marketing database for online programs, e-books, informative products, and other types of online programs.
It’s essentially a huge network of programs that you can promote once you get accepted into their program, really opening up your potential when promoting as an affiliate.
You get a link that ClickBank provides that links to either the program/software creators sales page or home page and you refer through there, pretty simple.
It saves you the headache of having to go through and apply for all these programs individually, now you can just grab the link and promote and ClickBank will take care of the rest.
So now that you’re a little more familiar, lets kick off this ClickBank for beginners guide.
Getting signed up
Getting set up with ClickBank isn’t all that difficult as long as you have a semi established site and agree to their terms and services you should have no trouble getting things going.
You’re just going to need some basic information, such as a username/email, password, some payment information, and some agreements to their terms and conditions like I mentioned earlier. The whole process shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes.
ClickBank will not accept those who violate the following:
- Promote things such as violence, sexually explicit materials, illegal materials, activities, and/or content, or any discrimination based upon sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- You will not defame any person.
- You will not promote any products to children under the age 13.
- You will not incorporate any variation of or misspell any third-party trademarks or other brand identifiers in any domain name, username or other identifier, including on any social networking site.
- You will not in any way copy the “look and feel” of any third party website, or otherwise imply that the Promotion is in fact a third party website.
These would be the reasons as to why ClickBank would deny a site, but if you follow these guidelines and have a semi-developed site you should be fine.
You can look further into ClickBank’s Client Contract when you enroll as depicted in the image below.
Becoming Familiar with the ClickBank Marketplace
Something that you’re going to have to become real familiar with is the ClickBank Marketplace.
With ClickBank being as massive as it is, you’re going to fins some high paying, high converting products to choose from, but even with this plus they’re does come some bad.
Once your signed up with ClickBank you can access the online marketplace by clicking the tab “Marketplace” in the upper part of your screen as shown in the example below.
Once you there you will be given a search bar (as shown below) where you can simply just look up the product, and get a link to promote.
Since ClickBank is so huge a sour apple tends to slip in there every once in a while and these are ones you want to beware, so we are going to go over some ways you can ensure you select the best opportunities on ClickBank.
There are some helpful tools that ClickBank offers to help us with this process.
They’re referred to as “Stats & Attributes” and what these do is they give you a clear understanding on how the product is selling and some background information on the product.
When you search for a specific product or within a specific product category you will be given listings like this, this is a valuable piece of information when looking into a program to promote and contains some things you’re going to want to pay attention to such as:
Stats and their purpose
- Avg$/sale- This is the total amount you can expect to get from a customer’s one time purchase.
- Initial $/sale- The average amount you can expect to earn with each sale.
- Avg%/sale- The average commission rate for the sell of all the sales of the vendors products, including up-sales, re-bills, and one time purchases.
- Avg Rebill Total- The amount you can expect to earn if the program offers a monthly subscription or service that would require rebilling. This will only show for vendors that offer recurring billing.
- Avg%/rebill- Average commission rate earned on recuring billing.
- Grav- This is the “gravity score” of the product. It’s a calculation that shows how many affiliates have made sales with this product in the last 12 weeks. The higher the number the better the product is selling, but this can also mean a good possibility of high competition, so do your research before hand.
- You can guage competition for other people promoting these products by simply using a keyword tool.
Getting familiar with Attributes
Attributes are a useful little addition ClickBank offers when you’re searching products, giving you the option to really narrow down your product search to a selective list of products.
Required Product Types
- Shippable Media- Products that can be shipped
- Pitch Plus- A product that includes up-sells
- If you’re looking to target a specific demographic of people you want to ensure the product is user friendly and does not have a language barrier involved. Last thing we want is to promote a product to a reader who can’t understand it.
Required Billing Types
- One Time- A standard single-sale product.
- Recurring- Program that has recurring billing.
- $1 Trial- Product offers a $1 trial for those who sign up.
- Must Have Affiliate Tools Page- Only allows vendors that have stats (like shown above “Stats and their purpose”) to show in the search results.
- Must Have Vendor Spotlight Page- Will narrow down your search to vendors who provide stats and have additional background info. (always a good box to have checked off)
- Support For Mobile Traffic- Will show programs that are capable of handling mobile traffic.
Feel free to use these any time when looking for programs, they are a valuable tool that is offered with your membership and should be taken advantage of.
Commissions & What To Expect
So now that you’re a little more familiar with how ClickBank operates and how to navigate the site lets get to the core of this program, commissions.
What kind of commission rates can you typically expect? You can expect anywhere from 1 – 75% commission per sale made, with a max one time purchase up to $150.
Wrapping Things Up…
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