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5 Fail-Proof Steps To Make Money With Clickbank

written by Michael Chibuzor on November 9, 2012

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Enough of the noise, it’s time to make money with clickbank.

Before I share the five fail-proof steps with you, I want to point out that you can’t make money online by merely joining clickbank.

You can only make money when you select and promote one or multiple affiliate products from Clickbank.

A lot of people are overwhelmed when they visit this #1 affiliate network – they’ve questions that bug their minds every day. Keep reading for answers…

I’ve experimented with Clickbank, Paydotcom, AdSense, Highprofits, Commission Junction and several others.

CB happens to be the best in terms of commission they pay, and how easy you can get started immediately.

When you join commission junction or shareasale for instance, you’ll have to wait for approval from the vendors. But clickbank is not like that.

Without much ado, let me show you the 5 fail-proof steps to make money with clickbank.

You already know what I’m talking about – affiliate marketing. Once you get the basic knowledge, you can use it to earn extra income online. Enjoy and leave a comment below…

Step one: Choose a profitable niche

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I’d assume that you’re a member of clickbank. If you’re not, you need to register and it’s 100% free. After registering, you’ll gain instant access to the member area. There, you can add your payment information and view transactions.

Most people think that the only way to make money from clickbank is to promote “make money online products.”

Believe me; you’re not alone because I once walked in those false assumptions. The truth is, you can make more money in other niches, especially health and computer related if you drive targeted traffic.

And if you’re just starting out with clickbank affiliate marketing, I suggest you stay away from internet marketing offers – it’s difficult to convince target audience to buy such products.

Other profitable niches you can choose from are:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Health & Fitness
  • Cooking, Food & Wine
  • Games
  • Computer & Internet
  • Languages
  • Software & Services

Step two: Choose a hot product

You can determine how hot a digital product is from its gravity. When a lot of affiliates are promoting a particular offer, it’s a sure sign that it’s converting well.

As a rule of thumb, always go for a high gravity. But there are other ways to know if a product can convert more sales.

Visit the salespage. Is it professionally written? What about the design, the e-cover, the graphics, the call to action, the text color, font and styling? Let’s assume that you’re a potential buyer, does the salespage prompt you to click “buy now” button?

If at first sight, you fell in love with the copy, you should promote such products. Everything online changes, but the way people buy products online and offline is always constant. So, choose a hot affiliate offer and run with it.

Step three: Build a squeeze page

A squeeze page is a website, but has one important focus – to capture email leads of potential buyers. Most people don’t even have a squeeze page, which is the #1 reason why they don’t earn a significant affiliate income.

If you’ve a blog, you might be more comfortable with a landing page. A landing page also has a sole objective of building your email list, but it educates first. You need a good autoresponder service for email marketing.

The truth you’ve to know when promoting Clickbank products is that “people buy from who they know, like and trust”. And to build such relationships where people can trust you, you need to capture email leads and follow up.

I recommend Aweber or Getresponse for your email list. If you’re not a web designer, you can find good squeeze page templates or use software to generate high converting squeeze pages.

Step four: Drive targeted traffic to your squeeze page

It doesn’t matter who you’re or what your business is about online, you need people who are interested in what you’re offering. In affiliate marketing, especially that of clickbank, what you need more than anything is targeted, real-time, desperate and willing buyers.

The importance of targeted traffic can’t be underestimated. If you’re promoting an acne product, the type of traffic you need would be different when you’re promoting acne scar product.

And the best way to drive targeted traffic to your squeeze page is through content marketing. Yes, knowing your prospects, their needs and how they respond to various content formats – is the key.

So, when you write an article that shows the top 7 ways to eliminate acne scars, the only people you’d attract to your squeeze page already have scars all over their body.

See, you don’t need people who are suffering from acne or skin rashes, but acne scar problem. In other words, they’ve succeeded in curing the acne. All they want right now is how to get rid of the scars.

Other proven ways you can drive targeted traffic to a squeeze page are:

  • Blogging
  • Video marketing
  • Guest posting
  • Forum marketing
  • Adswap strategy
  • Collaborating with a super affiliate
  • Pay per click advertising (PPC)

Step five: Follow up, educate and recommend an offer

The fifth stage has three important arms. Step 4 helps you to build your email list. Afterward, you’ll need to follow up with subscribers – by educating, entertaining and solving their problems.

Yes, you already know their problems, which caused them to subscribe to your list in the first place. “According to the Holy Bible, it’s the sick that needs the physician.”

In order words, people can only subscribe, click or buy a product if they have problems plaguing their lives. And they believe you’ve the right answers.

As an affiliate marketer, your primary role is not “selling.” You’re to stand in the gap between the product owner (vendor) and potential buyers.

Every step you take must be geared towards building a relationship – so that potential buyers can make buying decisions based on inner convictions, and not by trickery or hype. That is inbound marketing at its very best.

Don’t be too desperate to recommend an affiliate offer, build the relationship first. And it doesn’t have to take months. You can establish a strong connection with your subscribers within 7 days.

It all depends on what you do to help subscribers’ life better, and much more rewarding than you met them. But don’t forget to recommend a helpful affiliate product. If you fail to do that, you’ll still be broke – and that’s what you don’t want to experience.

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An affiliate marketer is like an agent. You’re neither the principal nor the buyer. When you write product reviews, blog posts and content for promoting your affiliate offer, make sure it can bring the buyers closer to their goals – not yours.

And don’t send a prospect to the salespage directly, no matter the temptation. Capture their email address and name (for personalization) first.

Encourage them to join your email list at all legit cost. “The money is in truly in the list,” once you build a strong relationship.

With clickbank, you can make a lot of money from digital buyers. Unlike Amazon shoppers who wants to buy nutribullet blender – which can only bring in 4% commission.

Are you a clickbank affiliate marketer? What is your experience so far? Please add your 2-cent in the comment below. Your success is certain!

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{ 23 comments }

Raplus November 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

So far, I could sell only one clickbank product. That mean I have to learn many things.

Jason James November 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

The only way to make money with affiliate marketing is by writing “epic shit”, imho.

Chris Jones November 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

True. You do need some writing skills.

Doesn’t have to be pretty though. What’s important is that what you write resonates with your target audience.

You want them to fell a connection to you.

Tony Moly November 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

An amazing post, Michael. It’s nothing new but many times I forgot them, and choose the wrong way to go.
Thank you for your post. I found so confident after reading it.

Ben Troy November 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

yes, John posted an blog with title How to really make money with Clickbank and that post talked about this strategy already. But it still works all the time .

David Braybrooke November 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thanks Michael, great article! With some recent changes at Clickbank, affiliate accounts are now being graded with a scaled colour system that determines how effective an individual account is. It is now more important than ever for Clickbank affiliates to attend to best practise when marketing and selling any of the products on the site. This new site change should ensure a higher quality experience for all in the Clickbank community!

jesper November 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I’ve always found clickbank products a bit spammy. But I’ve never thought about promoting them this way. I guess it’s all about finding the right audience.

Michael Chibuzor November 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

There are hundreds of valuable products, from credible info marketers. Those are the ones you should promote.

Dean Saliba November 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I like your disclaimer at the start warning people that they will not make money just by joining Clickbank, so many people really think it is that easy. I haven’t checked for a few years but the last time I looked there were mainly health products available.

Michael Chibuzor November 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Yes Dean, I had to add a disclaimer to save my head. Lol!

faisal November 10, 2012 at 6:14 am

But Clickbank does make money when a new product comes ;p

Lisa November 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

Some great points there, thanks. Building “the list” is top of my to-do list for the new year. It’s easy to be tempted to promote any old crap, thanks for the timely reminder that we are only ever as good as our last recommendation, that unsubscribe link is ony ever a click away!

Rikky November 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

Affiliate marketing is all about driving targeted traffic. No traffic no money:) also ggle doesnt like websites with aff links especially from clickbank leading to lower results in SERP ;(

Michael Chibuzor November 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

I don’t think Google hates affiliate link from Clickbank. Once you’re able to engage readers, solve their problems and call to action, you can make sales. The bottom line is to drive targeted traffic – “no traffic no money.”

Stocks on Wall Street November 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Really good idea and thanks for the tip. Going to implement it and I think it can help me a lot.

Ivan November 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi, how you can do to capture emails before they leave your site? I’m talking about a review post for example, when you wirte about a product and get organic traffic. Thanks

Caleb November 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

The list building aspects are what most overlook but the main benefit is once you’ve built up a list for a certain niche you can promote endless Clickbank products to that list without having to worry about traffic bcz that list IS your traffic!

Bob November 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Great article. So many people who are promoting a money making offer get so caught up in it that they never think of offering something else they found on clickbank to their list. Look for something like software that could enhance or help grow their business.

Caleb November 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

That’s a great idea because software actually does something as opposed to just reading an ebook PLUS you can easily make a video of you using the software which would boost sales :idea:

Mr Baim November 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

I am still newbie in internet business, I do affiliate at clickbank and still have no money…What should I do? Any suggestion for me?

Bob November 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

It takes time to make money at affiliate mkt. While building up that part of you business you can get involved with other types of mkt programs that create quicker income without a lot of work, because the program or your direct sponsor helps you and already knows what works and what does not. Choose the program and sponsor wisely. On my website you can get a free report from a company called Cutting Edge Income. They do not sell anything. Their report is a must read for someone like you.

Pappy November 18, 2012 at 4:57 am

I would love to try CB but they don’t take Nigerians in Nigeria. What d’u recomend?

Xep January 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

I just signed up with clickbank and Inwill give it a try. Thanks for the post now I know where to begin.