13 June 2014

How to Make Money As a ClickBank Affiliate

If you are looking for online opportunities to make money, ClickBank market place offers a fantastic option. In this post I am going to give you a step by step guide on how to start making money promoting ClickBank products without a website.
For those unfamiliar, ClickBank.com is a market place where product owners list their products in hopes of attracting affiliates who would promote their products in exchange for commission.
The website allegedly pays out as much as 75% commissions in their affiliate programs. One reason for such high payout is that they focus purely on electronic contents (Digital Products, e-books, etc…). As the distribution cost is practically zero, so product owners are able to expand the commissions for the affiliates.
Now, there are actually 2 ways to profit from ClickBank:
  1. Make money promoting CB products as an affiliate.
  2. Sell your own products on CB.
This post is mostly about a method I used (and still use) to profit as an affiliate marketer promoting other people’s products. But I will also briefly touch on the second option.

Making Money with ClickBank Affiliate Marketing

Getting Started

Regardless of the fact that you own or do not own a website, if your idea of making money is through affiliate marketing, you got to have products to promote.
And over at CB, the product choice any affiliate can find is enormous. Before you can promote any of their products, you need to be registered with them first.
So, to get started, register over at ClickBank.com. It will take you less than a minute.
Upon successful registration, you will be presented with a mind-boggling range of amazing products, each come with promise of huge commission. If nothing else, the high commission payout would get you excited.
Find a Product to Promote
Once you get access to the humongous database of products, sift through the collection and figure out a really good quality product for you to promote.
I would suggest don’t stray from the straight; find a product that you are already familiar with, or better still, have some expertise and knowledge about it.
While this is not a prerequisite for any product promotion activities, your habit of doing so would make things a lot easier going forward.
If the above is not an option, then pick on one that shows high gravity. It is an indication that the product has successful track record among previous affiliate marketers, so your chance of replicating this success is going to be enhanced.
Write Articles

Writing articles online and using them as a way to promote things is an effective strategy. Sit down, do some research about the product you have chosen in step 2 and write a few articles about it.
The sales page of the respective product should be a good source that you can use for your content.
Keep in mind that you are not at this moment trying to push for a sales pitch. All you want is to have the articles generating enough interest for your readers to click on your link so that they can learn more about the product.
These articles will play a central role to your online money making strategy. Your job as an affiliate marketer is to successfully entice readers to click the link on your articles so that they can be led to the products sales page.
Certain article directories allow you to incorporate your link within the article text itself, while others restrict the link to be included right at the end of the article or the section on bio data.
No matter what the rules are, your objective is to embed that link, and have a call to action.
It is worthwhile to point out that there are article sites that prohibit any affiliate link. What you would do in this case is to create a free blogspot blog, and have your link embedded there instead so that readers can still be led to the sales page, without contravening the rules on “affiliate links not allowed”.
Start an Article Marketing Campaign
Once you are done with your articles, try to submit to as many articles directories as practically possible. If you find the manual way of doing so is too tedious, an article submitter tool could be a good option for this purpose.
Alternatively, you just have to decide on the top few article directories you would submit your articles to.
I would try to submit to the top 5-10 article directories manually, then find someone on Fiverr, pay them $5 to submit to a few hundred other directories.
Make Sales & Money
On the assumption that your articles will get approved at the respective article directories, you can expect sales to start trickling through.
I have vast experience on this, but I never fail to get impressed how such simplicity could yield so amazing profits. Trust me, there are loads of people who choose to make money this way without investing any time and effort to build their own full-fledged websites.
It won’t take you that long to write a few decent articles and have them submitted to a few article directories.
In fact, you can be creative! By outsourcing  the written work to a freelancer, you could save both time and effort. There are plenty of decent freelance writers on websites such as freelancer.com and Fiverr, at a reasonable rate.
For articles submission, Fiverr has a service that submit articles to lots of article directories at five dollars a piece.

ClickBank is Not a Scam

Some argue that the whole thing is just a massive scam as they claim to never get any payment from them. Sure, there may be a few people here and there that may have been cheated a few times, but I think the majority of those who claim its a scam do so because they fail to take any action.
They for some reason have this idea that all it takes for them to make money is to write one or two articles and put them out there without doing any promotion.
Well, bad news is you ain't gonna make any money that way. It takes serious planning and effort to draw traffic, and then to turn traffic into sales, no matter what platform you are on.

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