How To Make Money With ClickBank in 2018: No Nonsense Guide

Most online marketers know about ClickBank (and if you don’t I’ll explain exactly what it does just below) but few of you guys know how to make money with Clickbank.

Usually people who are new to affiliate marketing sign up, check out a crappy product and wonder how it can actually make sales. Then, they try to throw some random traffic at it and seeing that nobody bought it, curse at the platform and call it crap. Sounds familiar?

2014 was the first year we tried to make some money off the platform and we ended up making $37,075 off it without trying very hard (ClickBank has always been considered as a secondary monetization method, so far, for our businesses).

As we saw the affiliate marketing revenue from Clickbank grow we paid more attention to it and decided to optimize the process so we can make more money on Clickbank.

After a few months of hard work, we managed to transform this small income stream into something a lot more seizable as you can see by this screenshot:

In this post I will show you exactly how to make money with Clickbank using the process we devised during this time period.

Let’s get started!

What you will learn

  • What ClickBank is and how to use it to make thousands of dollars monthly
  • How to pick products to promote
  • The most common ways to promote ClickBank products
  • The unique funnel we use to scale up our sales
  • How to build these funnels
  • How to scale them up and take over the offer

What is Clickbank?

While many people will call Clickbank yet another affiliate network, that’s not all it is. The platform is more of a marketplace for product creators and affiliates to make money together without cumbersome paperwork or agreements.

A product marketplace for affiliates

As an affiliate marketer, you can jump right in, create your unique affiliate links for thousands of products (more on that later) and start pushing traffic right away to earn money. You will also see your earnings in real time.

It’s free to join and there’s no screening process. No cap or complicated metrics. It’s basically a simplified affiliate network, open to anyone that wants to give it a shot.

In case you want to try it out, simply go register on their homepage.

An e-commerce platform for information product owners

As a product owner, you can add your product to the database and ClickBank will take care of all the checkout and e-commerce part, as well as offering an affiliate program for it.

This is great if you don’t want to handle the technical part of things but you have to know that the platform will take quite a bit of money off your sales ($1+7.5% of the sales).

That’s why if you start making some serious sales volume, you may want to move out of the platform eventually. But when you get started and only make a few hundred dollars per day, it’s a great help to not have to deal with all the tech stuff.

Pros & cons of ClickBank

I really like ClickBank and I think it’s a fantastic place for new affiliate marketers to get started and earn money without the hassle of more advanced affiliate networks. There’s no cap, you don’t need to be approved for 90% of the offers and you can start selling straight away.

Trust me, that’s a huge plus when you get started and have no track record to show to those big networks.

Here’s a short lists of the pros & cons of the platform:

  • Highly paid offers (75% commission is common)
  • You can sell in most countries
  • Several recurring offers to sell, for ongoing income
  • Takes the tech out of the way
  • Lots of shitty products & sales pages
  • Lots of competition on popular products
  • Hard to tell what does well without investing traffic
  • High costs associated to the e-commerce platform

How to Pick the Right Product to Promote

One of the best ways to make money on Clickbank is to start as an affiliate, promoting pages that have already been optimized, in order to build your sales funnels.

Much like keyword research for SEO, picking the right product to promote on ClickBank is extremely important. No matter how good you are at promoting, if you push traffic to a sales page that doesn’t sell, you will not make much money.

Here is a short video of me going through the ClickBank affiliate marketplace to find juicy products to promote.

The Different ClickBank Metrics

Initial $/sale: The average amount of money affiliates make per sale.

Avg %/sale: The % of the sales price affiliates take as a commission on average.​

Grav: Gravity, the number of affiliates that sold this product in the last 12 weeks.​

Avg Rebill Total: Average $ affiliates take as a commission as a result of rebills.​

Avg %/Rebill: % of rebills paid to the affiliate, on average.​

What is a great product to promote

If you want to learn how to make money with Clickbank, here are the things we look for when it comes to screening offers to promote:

  • Low cost initial offer with up to 3 upsales
  • Video sales pages & “native” sales pages (pages that feel like content)
  • Products with good reviews online (low refunds = more money and less list burnout)
  • Gravity above 20 (means that the page converts fairly well)

Marketplace ClickBank Administration

Creating your affiliate links & TID’s

In order to know where your conversions come from, the best practice is to create a new link each time you put a link somewhere. This way, you will be able to tell which emails/pages convert and which don’t.

In order to create a tracking ID, when you create your link simply add it in the “Tracking ID” field as per the screenshot bellow.

Affiliate Program Promote Products for VENUSIND

I recommend you adopt a naming convention for ids like paleo-mail1-2.

This way, I would know the conversion comes from the paleo funnel, first email, link 2.

How Everyone Tries to Make Money from ClickBank

If you read on other online marketing blogs, you’ll see a ton of “tactics” to make money with ClickBank. Some of them work and some of them clearly don’t work.

The issue most of these tactics have, apart from the last one, is that they have very limited preselling. People are thrown to sales pages without knowing exactly why they are there or who is this guy trying to sell them an information product.

From our experience, preselling is HUGE. You need to give people valid reasons why they should buy the product and if you can be that 3rd party giving a recommendation, your conversion rates will 5-10x very often (hint: that’s what I do all over Authority Hacker).

Additionally, repeat exposure to the offer does very very well for us. More on that later though.

Let’s have a recap of the most “common” ways people make money with ClickBank, before I show you our secret sauce.

Direct linking / banners

This one is the most common and very often least profitable. The tactic is simple. Find a somewhat related article on your site and slap a banner on the sidebar or in the middle of the article, without any form of preselling the product specifically.

Article Related Affiliate Offer Banner

Because the traffic is somewhat related to the offer, some people will convert. However, your EPC (earning per click) will be very low because the product does not come recommended by the author.

In content links

In content links are usually in line recommendations that are embedded directly in the text. The recommendation often comes from the voice of the author and if they’ve done a good job building trust throughout the article/post, the conversion rates will be decent.

In Content Link with Affiliate Offer

However, they’re not very prominent and will only catch the attention of the most attentive readers. Other than trusting the author, there’s not much of an incentive to click through.

Reviews

This is one tactic we still use to this day and for good reason: it works! Review traffic is extremely targeted and people landing on your page have a very high chance to buy.

If your review doesn’t look completely biased, there’s a good chance they’ll trust you and click through your link to buy the product.

Read more: How to write product reviews that sell without being cheesy

Old School New Body Review on Health Ambition

The issue with reviews, is to actually get the volume of traffic you need to make a lot of sales.

The traffic on review keywords is low and the competition is fierce. Every SEO and their sister tries to make money with reviews and you end up sitting in the middle of a negative SEO fest, for trickles of traffic.

Not ideal, if you’re trying to build a long term property. Also, there’s no other way to scale than horizontally (produce more reviews) because there just isn’t much traffic for each product review. This makes it hard to grow faster or use paid traffic to push things up.

Building a Value Oriented Media Funnel

All the methods we talked about before tend to work to some extent but they’re usually worn out and overused by everyone in the industry making it very competitive and hard to scale unless you have a site with hundreds and hundreds of reviews.

Plus, nobody links or shares any of the content above because it sells and people tend to hate linking or sharing stuff that sells something to its readers. It’s just the way it is.

Not being sharable or linkable is a huge handicap in today’s social web. This means you will have to pay or produce all of your traffic and if you ever want to have a chance to show up in Google, you’ll have to spend hours doing tedious link building. Not fun, not scalable, not economical.

So how do you remain shareable while making sales? Simple, give free stuff and add value.

But how to make money with Clickbank then?

You sell to the people that wanted more free stuff and gave you their email for it.

You basically keep your front end clean of ANY sales pitch. You run it like a media company offering free content to the readers.

You then offer lead magnets through content upgrades, opt in pop ups and retargeting. The lead magnet offers more free stuff to those who are interested enough to trade their contact information for it.

You can THEN start linking to the offer from the thank you page and start emailing people about the offer so you make sure they don’t miss out on it.

But wait! If I only show my offer to those who opted in am I not losing on sales?

Well, if someone doesn’t care enough about the topic to give you their email address, they probably won’t give you money for it.

Here is an outline of the system we use:

funnel

This system for me is the best out there for the following reasons:

  • You keep your front end clean of commercial offers meaning you can get tons of links/shares etc.
  • You can target viral topics or high traffic keywords related to the problems the offer solves meaning there’s no traffic problem.
  • It can run 100% without PPC, if that’s not your thing (many of those run purely on organic for us)
  • You’re building an email list meaning that you own the audience. This means that you can sell more things to them once they reach your main list, and the value of your media property is greatly increased and compounds over time.

Let’s dive into each element of the funnel and how you can execute each of them:

Traffic & content

This one is pretty straight forward. If you create value only content, getting links using these tactics and getting shares is fairly easy. There’s 3 main ways I recommend you to go after traffic:

  • SEO – If you’re going to create content, you might as well optimize it for search engines. If you want more info on implementing SEO for your authority site I recommend our free authority SEO course (see what I’m doing here?).
  • Facebook – Pretty much all audiences are on Facebook and you can get very cheap traffic. I recommend this method by Digital marketer or to build a big fan page, engage it and drive traffic through organic reach (case study coming soon on that one).
  • Content distribution networks – I don’t have a ton of experience with these but judging by the number of people running this tactic across networks like taboola and outbrain I imagine this must be fairly successful. This works especially well if you’re covering a widespread issue.

Remember there rules. Keep the content clean of promotions (apart from your opt in), give value, establish yourself as an authority and don’t be greedy. That will really set you apart from 99% of affiliates.

Opt in

Create a complementary piece of content to the article. For example, if the article is a list of tips, create 3 more tips that people can download. This can be more recipes or anything that is a continuation to the content. This way, the people that were engaged enough to read until the end will most likely want to trade their email for more.

To distribute this lead magnet I recommend you look into:

  • Opt in pop ups – They just do wonders for us, with up to 6% opt in rate on this very site and 5.5% on Health Ambition. We collect hundreds of emails daily with those. Read more on opt in pop ups.
  • Content upgrades – They’re a great final call to action at the end of your content, hard to miss along with the pop up. It’s also very inexpensive to setup. Read more on content upgrades.
  • Retargeting + Opt in page – If people didn’t take your offer on the site, maybe they got busy. Add them to a retargeting list on Facebook and send them to an opt in page to download the bonuses.

Thank you page & offer

Now that people have opted in, you need to redirect them to a thank you page where you can (finally) promote your offer.

While promoting the offer is important, it’s also important to “bridge” the offer with the lead magnet they just opted in for. Otherwise, people will be frustrated and think they need to pay for the lead magnet. Trust me we’ve made that mistake!

Thank you page example
Note that we also have a retargeting pixel on this page to setup a negative audience and not advertize the lead magnet to those who already opted in.

You then want to explain to people why the lead magnet they’ve downloaded is incomplete and why they should take the offer you present along with it, to get better results.

In this case, people download a juicing recipes book but we explain to them that without the 30 day plan, they won’t get very far and achieve what they want.

Notice that the call to action is to “continue” meaning we’re not telling them anything is for sale yet. That means more clicks to our sales page and eventually more sales.

You can build these landing pages with your regular theme short codes but I recommend Thrive Content Builder (read the review) for it, with the drag & drop editor you can create these in seconds.

Email Marketing

This is where things start to be fun. As opposed to people trying to throw traffic to a sales page once and then have no chance to see those visitors again, you have their contact details!

Note: If you don’t have an email marketing service yet, I recommend Getresponse, it’s far superior to Aweber and offers great automations for the exact same price.

That means you can expose them to the offer again in case they didn’t buy and take your time to convince them that it’s what they need (and you know it is because they downloaded the related lead magnet).

When you get started, I recommend to only set up a 3 part autoresponder. It’s enough to know if the offer is going convert or not. Here’s how I break it down:

Email 1 – Features & Logic

In the first email I first send them the link to the lead magnet a second time (the excuse to email them) and ask them if they saw the offer (affiliate link). I then go on and give a bullet point list of why I think they should get it as well as maybe 1 testimonial to give it credibility and start easing into the emotional realm. I’ll usually finish with a question, opening a loop making them want to open the next email.

Email 2 – Emotions

In the second email, you email them to answer the question you asked in the previous email and start (excuse for the email). Then you go on and help them visualize themselves having solved the problem and all the things they could do when it is solved.

In the case of weight loss for example it could be:

  • Being more attractive and finding the love of your life
  • Not being ashamed when people look at you anymore
  • Having more energy / being able to do more
  • Not dying early

Simply elicit positive emotions of all the great things that could happen and link it back to your product.

Email 3 – Scarcity

In the final email of the series you want to push people to take action right now. This is when you use a mixture of limited time offers (discounts, bonuses etc if available with the offer) and guilt people for not taking action.

You can use sentences like: “Einstein defined insanity as the fact of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” or “You need something new if you really want to change your life”.

This is when you want to make sure the product actually delivers. If I guilt someone into buying a product that actually helps them lose 20lbs and live a better life, I’m happy I did it. If you guilt low income overweight people to buy a crappy pseudo science product and they lose both money and hope, you’re not a great person.

These sales tactics are powerful and work but you have to have ethics when using them. Remember, we want to sell MANY things to our prospects so the first product better deliver! Really helping people makes you more money.

If you’re thinking this is a lot of work, and it really isn’t, then imagine how happy you’ll be when your daily emails go out and you see money trickling in that way (wait, was that visualization?).

Transaction Search Clickbank

Once people have gone through the 3 part autoresponder, simply add them to your main broadcast list and email them your next pieces of content. If they’re interested, they’ll opt in and enter a new mini sales funnel.

This is a great way to not burn your email list while constantly selling. Those who don’t opt in never get sold to, until they are interested enough to download your lead magnet. At this point, you’re seen as a great value giver since your front end is always pure value.

Retargeting

Sadly, this option is becoming more and more popular so I won’t be able to enjoy it alone anymore.

Using Facebook or any other retargeting service, you can create audiences of people visiting your website (minus those who opted in from the site) and advertize lead magnets to them.

The process is fairly simple and after a bit of optimization you’ll be able to let it run as people get out of your retargeting list after a bit. I cover setting up these campaigns in my upcoming training product (Double your leads).

Authority Hacker Ad Set Summary

Campaign Summary

Send that traffic to a squeeze page. They will know who you are and you can achieve as much as 70% opt in rate with some headline tweaking. Here’s an example of opt in page I send traffic to our juicing funnel.

Scaling

Now that you’ve built the initial funnel, let it run for a little bit. Perhaps start building a second one and after a while, decide if it’s worth spending more time on it.

If it’s making some sales and you want to expand it, all you need to do is pick one area and expand it. These include:

  • Creating more SEO content around more keywords related to the product you’re selling.
  • Link building your existing content to improve its rankings.
  • Using paid social to grow the traffic to your content.
  • Expanding your autoresponder from 3 to 12-15 emails to increase sales.
  • A/B test your pop ups and opt ins to increase opt in rate.

Owning the offer

When you’ve reached a certain scale, you should already be making several thousand dollars per month. At this point, it’s time to start considering swapping the affiliate offer with your own offer.

This will allow you to keep all the money coming in and control things such as:

  • The upsales
  • The sales page
  • Being able to buy traffic directly to your sales pages
  • Have affiliates make money for you by promoting your product

To wrap it up

As you probably guessed, the scope of this strategy is slightly larger than ClickBank itself. ClickBank is a great, simple place to start replacing things such as Adsense or Amazon revenue for real sales. It tends to generate much more revenue.

You can use this in other networks or even for your own products. Be careful though, as offers do occasionally get pulled. You need to be sure you have a backup offer in case this happens (or you’re ready to create a backup yourself).

I hope this tutorial inspired you to get out of the “easy” monetization methods and showed you that it is possible to build a long term property, be seen as a value adder and yet make money with Clickbank.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

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259 Comments

  1. Wow Gael!
    You did great job, probably you spent couple nights to make it live :)

    Interesting tactics. I will look into this for 2 of my niche sites since my sales conversions are really bad.
    Also the pdf list is awesome!

    Thanks,
    Yaro

      1. what is the secret of earning $100 every day on clickbank. Ihave tried different method i know best, but right now i am so frustrated i don’t know what to do.
        kindly help.
        eugene.

  2. Awesome post Gael. I’ll definitely be revisiting this one in the future with the authority site that I’m currently building out.

    Quick question for you, when you are using FB ads to drive traffic to your page, how much do you usually pay per conversion?

    I have developed what I think is a pretty cool 11-part auto responder series that solves a critical problem people have in my niche – it includes a number of affiliate links as well (although not clickbank – yet). I currently have a squeeze page set up which I’m driving traffic to through using FB ads, but I’m finding that I’m having to pay way too much for every conversion ( > $1.50 per conversion).

    I have the feeling that I have all the right content on the squeeze page. I’m describing the value of the offer, creating urgency that it will only be free for a limited time and is normally valed at $XXX.XX, have a countdown timer to signal when the offer expires, but I’m still paying a lot per conversion.

    Am I trying to convert them too quickly by sending them straight to a squeeze page and should I send them to some great content relating to the subject first with a pop-up of the offer following after?

    Let me know what you think. Cheers. (sorry for the long comment)

    1. Hey Tom,

      Ok I can’t give a definitive answer because I don’t know how much you make maximum per sale for that offer but if you pick your offer right, we get up to $120 initial sales due to multiple upsales, that clearly helps with paying for paid traffic.

      $1.5/email doesn’t shock me more than that but I like driving traffic to your blog first then retarget people. The cost/conversion is roughly the same per lead but because of the credit you earned having them visit your blog first, they’re more inclined to listen to your advice -> more conversions.

      Another thing to consider is that even if you break even on the first sale, you’re still winning. All you need to do is create more content about other problems that target market may have following the same principle and queue them one after the other. For example if we target women that want to lose weight they may also have wrinkle problems, digestion problems, diabetes, aging problems etc. We can easily create a chain of issues we run the email list through, let them opt in for what matches their issues and make several sales to that audience.

      So if you break even on the first sale but you’re able to scale massively, you win.

      Finally, A/B testing is your friend, you can probably cut the cost in 2 or 3 by testing different headlines/landing pages etc. But aim for break even you’ll make good money from follow up emails/promos (you just have to run them).

      1. Tom Attenborough

        Thanks Gael. Appreciate the detailed feedback!

        I think I’ll try and wait for my site to gain a bit more authority so that I can start experimenting a bit with converting organic traffic and optimizing my site around that.

        Once my funnel is optimized, by having tested it on organic (free) traffic and I have a better feel for how much a subscriber is worth I can probably justify spending money on ads a bit more.

        I love the idea you mention of being able to “cross-sell” different solutions to subscriber that may have a common set of problems, like you mention. That makes the opportunities almost endless.

        I suppose that does require a very good segmentation strategy that allows you to keep track of where your subscribers opted in in the first place, so that you can target specific solutions that are related to that problem that prompted them to join your list.

        That’s for a later date for me at this point though. In the meantime I’ll just have to keep at it on the “content creation” and outreach front so that I can start generating a bit more organic traffic to start experimenting with.

        1. I actually disagree on the traffic part. You can start this with fairly low traffic. Pushing it back makes you miss out on data and focus on vanity metrics such as traffic which makes you no money.

          Mark and I have made the commitment in 2015 to put products first then work on traffic rather than the other way around because we realised we wasted so much time running after traffic and then when we got it didn’t know what to do with it.

          Also, building these funnels is great to force you to commit to build traffic successfully rather than drop a project out half way.

          1. Tom Attenborough

            That’s a fair point Gael, but the only thing I worry about is that it actually makes link building more difficult.

            If you have pop-ups and optins on every page, I would have to think that it would be a lot harder to convince someone to link to it. Especially since the pages where you have your optins (and probably receive the most traffic) are probably the same pages that you have your best content on as well that you’d be hoping to pitch in your outreach campaign.

          2. Given the fact we built 150+ links to such pages in the last 3 months, I would not worry about it.

            Forget your assumptions and try things before discarding them.

            If the content is great people don’t mind the opt ins especially if they offer more free information. Remember, people linking to you are bloggers too, they understand why you do these things.

          3. Great suggestion Geal! I think this is a great point on traffic. Even though I have lots of traffic, I think I am only spending more money on hosting instead of earning more money. I am now re-structuring my overall strategy after re-thinking my traffic strategy.

            Even though I generate more than 100 visits by a guest post, I am converting 0 of those visitors to email subscriber. I think I have done something wrong on my content strategy, or even overall strategy.

  3. Hi Gael

    This guide is excellent – probably my favourite of all your posts here at Authority Hacker.

    Years ago I had a bunch of CB minisites that each made me a decent income – but I haven’t dabbled with the platform for ages. This guide sets out how to get back into it all again.

    It seems to me that retargeting (as well as the email list) is absolutely key to this.

    Thanks for putting this together :-)

    Cheers

    Loz

  4. Wow Guys !!

    Amazing piece of content. I have one question though.. How long can it take for the whole funnel to be set and how much money someone needs to build that kind of funnel?

    Keep up the great work !!

    1. Thanks Pavlos, if you only use organic to start with you can just get started with an autoresponder and a website. It would take maybe 3-4 days to have a small funnel then you can pump content and throw traffic at it :).

  5. Interesting you swear by Outbrain. I’d heard how pricey they were so I’ve been experimenting with a few of their competitors. How are you tracking the ROI on these paid advertising options?

    1. Outbrain is not necessarily the network of choice, it was just an example. As for tracking the ROI usually you’ll want to track campaigns in Google analytics and track clicks on affiliate links as event and average value/email or you’ll want to duplicate the post and run paid traffic to the duplicate so you know exactly what the conversions are as you can put them in separate email lists etc too.

    1. Matthew’s comment is spot on. The core fundamentals of this post tower over 99% of IM books/ebooks/blogs/etc.

  6. Thanks for the awesome post Gael! I am very new to the scene of making money online, but I rather enjoyed reading this truly EPIC post. It gave me some great things to think about! :)

  7. Thanks for a Great Article.

    When you do 1-3 follow up autorespond emails, what how long between email 1 and email 2 and then email 3 is sent? Same day, 1 day 2 days?

  8. I have always been interested in Clickbank products and advertising but there is so much conflicting information about how to promote the products. However, among all the guides I have read, yours takes the trophy.
    Kudos on a guide well done!

  9. Incredible post. I’m doing a similar setup with financial offers from several affiliates though this is a more complete strategy. I’ll be implementing it into all my campaigns going forward.

    And look at that even the comments have little bits of juicy info.

      1. Incredible post;I’m doing a similar setup give breaking news on peoples,entertainment;advice ;I’ll be implementing it into all my campaigns going forward.

        And look at that even the comments have little bits of juicy info.

  10. Hi Gael,

    This is an awesome post and i really like the way you present it. I saw one minor flaw which could be a bad experience for your visitors. You have a link above “10 best list building tools list” but when i downloaded it only shows 9 :-).

  11. Great work Gael.

    I, too, have always looked at ClickBank as a secondary and even tertiary monetization source. But it can be a great sources of revenue. I linked one of my articles to a related product on CB, and without really doing promotion or anything unusual, I get a few sales a week. Mind you, the keyword(s) for the post aren’t that huge either. So, even though the traffic not huge on that post, it still manages to get some sales.

    I think I will be scaling this up this year. Reading your post gave me another push to take CB a bit more seriously. The main reason I haven’t done it is thAT CB traditionally has been known for a lot of really crappy products it has. But it does seem that more and more truly good products are appearing on the market.

    Anyway, thanks for the post and the kick in the butt I needed to focus more on CB.

  12. Hi Gael

    Wondering if you can create some kind of video tutorials on this blueprint. While this article looks pretty easy to follow along, I guess I can be lost at some stages.

    1. It’s been asked by a few people actually, I might consider putting some training together for it soon. I suggest you subscribe to the list and I’ll send an email out about it.

  13. Hi gael

    First of all thanks for the lovely useful info.
    I have come across many clickbank guides and have written one myself for newbies on my blog ..but this is the first time i have read about sales funnels/ retargetting etc with clickbank sales.

    This will surely put my plans for clickbank that i had into more concrete action.. Thanks for putting out such a honest useful post

    Jeff
    http://www.digitalgrog.com.au

  14. Authority hacker is fast becoming my favourite MMO blog with post’s like these – Turn it up!!

    Your income figures at the start of the post – are they from mini funnels like the one you laid out? or are they also from your authority sites such as health ambition?

    This will surely be another distraction for me to try and not think about!

  15. I can’t believe it took me SO long to find your website! I waiting for something like this for a very long time.

    I’m sure it must have been a pain to set up a very neat design like the one you have here, but I must tell it pays out: I was hooked immediately once I landed here! Keep up the good work.

    I want to ask you something, though. I have no website, and I’m looking for way to promote people directly to a sales page (affiliate).

    Since Facebook Ads and AdWords have been banishing all kinds of accounts recently, I contact directly the bloggers for a paid post or banner on their website, driving traffic to the sales page.

    Even though I’m having profit with this approach, I know it probably gonna stall in the near future (CTR is lower than I expected and going in a downward trend).

    Some of the things you wrote me gave me a better overall vision of a system that works, but I’m looking to master the affiliate part of this business in the next months.

    What I ask you is this:

    What kind of email capture page and product can I build to pay bloggers to link to that page? I think building a squeeze page with an free ebook would make most bloggers turn down my offer. Plus, what the banners/posts would be about?

    1. Hey Arthur, glad you like the site! I don’t think bloggers would be against giving free stuff instead of asking money for it. Squeeze pages work fine. But I’d still recommend you build your own site and own platform, its just better in the long run. The way you do it is you create a free post (like this one) with free downloads inside then drive traffic to it. Everyone is happy to link to free info then you can retarget people without too much trouble.

  16. Hey Gael,

    Great post. Thanks for writign this up.

    I have a couple questions for you.

    Do you guys ever build one of these funnels with just a couple pages for SEO and paid traffic, and then just leave them? Or does every funnel get turned into a full-fledged website?

    And what type of prep do you beforehand? Do you guys do a ton of keyword research, determine your USP, figure out all the content you’re going to post and when? HOw fast do you uusally get these up and running?

    Thanks again,
    Matt

    1. We run many of these mini funnels on 1 authority site. It’s basically like running several small businesses in parallel.

      Beforehand we get to know the product, test it ourselves, find practical uses for it and give real life field tested info when we promote it and match the content with popular keywords. How fast it depends really, from 2-3 days to 2-3 months depending on the product, content and resources available.

      Gael

  17. Very informative posts Gael. I made some of my first money online using ClickBank. It wasn’t as difficult as some may think. Consistency is key though. I got some golden nuggets in the post when it comes to increasing your sales. I haven’t used retargeting before, but I hear it works. May be something I try very soon.

  18. Hello Gael,

    I am absolutely new to the whole online marketing thing. I visited CB in 2012, then, it appeared overwhelming so I put it on the back burner. A week ago I revisited CB and ran two campaigns without a website nor blog . I went to Fiverr and had traffic directed to my CB ad. At this point, I’m just waiting to see if anything converts. I jumped in without knowing too much of what I was doing… I needed to take some type of action.

    I see the great potential and endless possibilities in making money on line. I also saw the numerous youtube blogs stating how they can help you make thousands of dollars a day. However, the ones I read were a bunch of fluff. I really want to do the CB business but not sure how comfortable I feel about blogging but willing to try it. Do you have a course or a one-on-one you can help me get started.

    1. Hey Diane,

      Let’s do a little reality check here, I highly doubt you can buy traffic on Fiverr and have it convert on any ClickBank offer. Quality traffic is not acquired on Fiverr (that’s for sure). Focus on building a value adding funnel like described in the post rather than looking for a shortcut. You can’t just spend 5 bucks to make 40 in 5 minutes, I’d be a billionaire otherwise :).

  19. I have learnt a lot from this guy. Though I have been making some money from clickbank but the idea here is something I have never thought of.

    I love your generosity.

    Cheers

  20. Gael, i think this method is great, i’d like some advice from you. Here is my situation:

    I’m just starting at Clickbank, so I’m a total newbie, but if I want to follow this strategy can I do it promoting just one product, for example, Category>Health & Fitness —> X product. Then, should i start a blog or something like that where i can talk about things related to the product subject? if so, do i have to start making entries about this recurrently? or I can opt for just making an article with a free ebook in exchange to user’s e-mails and follow the process?

    Remember, i’m just starting but I want to do It right since the beginning. Thanks for your advice!

    1. Hey Frederico!

      Yep, you can totally do it with a single product :) Just try to pick a product that has upsales, you will make more money (little green arrow up in the Clickbank listings)

  21. Pretty Nice Article Gael. This is much better than playing the waiting game of 4-6 months for the site to rank in Google. Much faster to test the funnel right away with paid traffic and get leads in your funnel for future marketing as well. These funnels might take time to build initially but once set they are truly source of passive income unless offer is taken off.

    Also loved how you used Hook, Open Loop and Email Triad Concepts for your email marketing.

    Have you tested these for Physical Products as well? Just curious if Amazon based review sites can be converted to this model as well?

  22. Hi Gael,

    I loved your post. First post with a clear clickbank strategy to work with. Definitely my foundation for the clickbank strategy. I noticed, you reply on comments on the post, so I give it a go.

    I got a question about the funnel. You were talking about the first page to be a blog page. I interpreted it as having you own blog(website), that should compete with other expert website. I was wondering if the first step of your funnel can be the opt-in page. The blogs that refers to the opt-in page are guestblogposts on expert websites, so multiple ways of traffic and seo. So you are only building an opt-in page, thank you page, landing pages etc on your website, but no blog to become an expert. Is that something you can do? Or is that not Google friendly or most expert websites are against?

    Greetings,

    Elisabeth

  23. i heard so many internet marketer talked about click-bank !!!! so now it’s time for me to try :) thanks for sharing

  24. Hello Gael I just read your post. Great read. But why are you giving away such gold for free. It doesn’t make sense compared to all the other affiliate programs I have seen.

  25. Awesome post…
    I agree with other commenters: better than a lot of paid programs :)

    Could you tell me which software you’re using to make those nice-looking diagrams?

  26. I have a good experience with Clickbank, this is the first network which gave me bucks.
    So, far I believe that “reviews” articles convert best, I have had lot of success with just one “product review” keyword.

  27. Hey Gael.
    Thanks a lot for that awesome share.
    Dear Gael, what your suggestion about that I will tell you:
    I want to sell clickbank offers but I’m not in any groups in FB or other Social networks. and don’t have enough followers.
    But I’m good in WordPress and Seo secrets.
    if I Creating a website and get some traffics how much time takes its going to work?
    and if you have better suggestion I will happy to know…
    Thanks

  28. Great post Gael, thank you.

    When you refer to writing a blog post; are you assuming that one has a niche site already built or can this blog post live on a lead page for example?

    Thank you,

  29. hi – great post! Very useful.

    Can I ask do you use Google Adwords if you have your own website ? Of have they really cracked down on squeeze and landing pages ??

    1. Adwords will let you promote squeeze pages but not the short ones we are used to. You need a template that’s a lot bigger and has more content. I suggest you look into Leadpages, they have Adwords compliant squeeze pages.

  30. Thanks Gael for this wonderful article, showing me completely new stuff. I used to promote clickbank products the old fashion way but it does not works anymore. I will try to follow your excellent guide and see what I’m able to achevie. Thanks and regards. Georgi

  31. Andrei Bordeianu

    Hey Gael nice job love you post. I would like to get started on this clickbank and i could use some new trick. My question is where could i find some cheap PPC to start with. Thanks and again nice post. thumbs up

  32. Hallo Gael

    I really enjoyed reading your article, it is rombust, articulate and very informative. I want to start my own website, i have gathered over 50 emails, please advice me…and how much do i need to get a good website?

      1. I was actually thinking if you could set minimun number, because i need to outsource all my blog post, and i have a tight budget.

  33. I don’t usually comment on blog posts, but I couldn’t resist. The value that you provided here is awesome. I really like the Value Oriented Media Funnel. That’s really smart.
    What tool do you use to create the funnel diagram?

  34. hello my name is ralph an I have been trying to promote clickbank productes on line but I have not had any luck , I do not have any website and to be honest no money what so ever, and live with my parents right now and have been trying to get something going to make some kind of money to move forward with everything , but have had no luck in promoting any product from click bank , just wondering what you can suggest to me , and please do not say get a job because I have been looking for one.

    Thanks for your time Ralph

    1. Hey Ralph,

      The process we use is in this post and I’m sorry but I’ll have to say it, if you can’t very basic online business cost you shouldn’t try it in my opinion, your time is better spent looking for a job to cover these costs.

      Gael

  35. Hi,,, How are you doing? My first question is: What country are you from? No biggy, just curious…lol
    Tremendeous free teaching, that helps clear the smoke on what it takes to get an online business going. BUT, you concentrated on click bank and said nothing about getting my web site going and all the necessary details. I always thought the web site as a business sign telling people that xyz is open for business, check it out! Otherwise, people would walk and not even knowing that your biz is open. True?

  36. Hi Gael,
    What a great post mate.This is brilliant for newbies who are struggling to get a start and build up some confidence in their ability to become successful.Just getting those first few sign ups and a sale or two is very inspiring when you are starting out.You make some good points about giving value first and then gently selling your offer,too many marketers like to sell,sell,sell…. This drives me nuts,so I guess it happens to most potential customers.I hope to get more brilliant content from you in emails in the future to help me build my business.
    Thank you,Scott

  37. I have been making money online for over a year now. Not in the big time yet, still consider myself to be learning my craft. I was doing it really ineffectively (using adsense and amazon along with a t shirt affiliate deal) and driving traffic almost exclusively though facebook. Probably averaged about $800 a month over the last year, mostly because Christmas brought an absolute ton of t shirt sales)

    With recent Facebook algorithm changes, my traffic dropped by about 50,000 hits per month… which cut my income dramatically. Thankfully I had collated an email list of over a thousand highly targeted niche specific subscribers. Not that I knew what it was worth or how to use it.

    Because of this drop in income, I have been forced to try out other methods and systems. recently I wrote a blog post promoting a clickbank product, then sent out a link to the blog post via email. Just cold – sent it out telling people to have a look at the post. I made over a hundred dollars from one email, in a single day. I have since been convinced that email really is the way forward. Imagine if I had spent the last year focused on collecting emails rather than getting adsense clicks!!!!

    Lesson learned – with an email list you control your traffic. This article is priceless. I have spent weeks and weeks researching purely how to use an email list properly, and this is by far the best resource I have found.

    Add to that, the 9 list building tools they are giving away as an email sign up incentive and you have total gold content.

    This kind of advice will transform careers of anyone willing to take action.

    And all this from my first visit to your site (found through a google search, incidentally :)

    1. Hey Thomas,

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your first hand experience with us. YES email is where money is made, Adsense is just gravy.

      See what Thomas said guys? Take action and this could change your career :)

  38. Love the post, is there a way I can get samples of the three part emails you use to test? Out is there some kind of resource that does a good job explaining it?

  39. I am going to have to put these tactics to work. Although I am currently working to create my product and I will be trying to find affiliates to sell it. I have no problem sharing a piece of the pie if people can bring in results. :)

    1. Hey James,

      We are actually in the same boat but this system allows us to build similar funnels for affiliates and have them promote the opt in. We both make more and this makes our list much bigger for future promos :).

  40. Totally awesome Gael. Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, the per-engagement presell sequence strategy is the way to go in 2015 – pulling folk in with front end value content building that all important relationship factor and enticing them to opt in for more…, then offering them a solution at a lower price as it’s the first offer on TY page…and then promoting the opt in throughout your posts starting out with the problem, then turning it into finding the solution (as you have done above, lol!), plus Outbrain to LINK relative content, AND get affiliates on board + repeat with many blog posts and many offers, specially ads via FB and Pinterest Pin posts – man this is a powerful win-win. Makes SO much sense to me – am doing this right from NOW…Will be following your CB success and I’ll report back mine… R.

  41. Hey Geal

    i was trying to start work on clickbank but i was not satisfy from all the stuff i read earlier…when i found this article really it look very very easy and very effective.Now i am going to make a cup of coffee and then i will start applying what i learn right now …i hope for getting the first result …best come later :P

  42. Hey Gael,

    Fantastic post. I’m fairly new to this topic, and had 2 questions:
    1. What is the typical time before (some) money starts flowing in? I understand you cannot guarantee anything but some estimate would be relevant. I did a quick research and most articles claim that affiliate marketing takes about 9-12 months to really show results. In this age of instant gratification, that seems too long.:)

    2. Additionally, do you think it’s feasible to use this as a passive income source, along with a regular job? I’m willing to put in the upfront investment of 2-3 months with more time, but after that, it’s difficult for me to spend more than 5-8 hours a week. Looking forward to your response. Loved the post.

    Cheers,

    1. Hey AS,

      Here are my answers to your questions:

      1 – Time is irrelevant. It’s like asking “How long does it take to go 100 miles?” Well it depends on the speed at which you travel. Same here, Potentially you could set all of this up in 1 day and run Facebook ads to your content and make your first sale tonight. Realistically it will take you a few weeks to fine tune everything and make money.

      2 – Yeah it is possible, once again, it depends on what your income goals are. If you really want to make bank though you will have to create your own products most likely :).

      Hope that helps!

      Gael

  43. Stupid report! Nothing new is shared here. The title of the post is
    “How To Make Money From ClickBank in 2015” and it do no justice to the content shared. Everyone one is the digital marketing space know that traffic (quality) is the MOST important tool for “Make Money From ClickBank” and your 2000 words article provided only few hundred words on how to get traffic. I bet you wrote this article to collect emails from digital marketers and pitch them products from CB. Bad karma for you!

    I just relaised that I wrote this long comment for nothing because you never gonna publish it. But I am happy that you read it this far.
    Regards

    1. I am going to publish this comment because I think there is a valuable lesson here for those who are trying to learn.

      Yes Janice, I want to collect emails, yes I will sell you something if you opt in and that’s what businesses do. This blog is a business.

      Now as to your comment on traffic it is true, traffic is important. But the truth is, acquiring traffic is easier than converting it. Plus we have many posts dedicated to traffic generation on this blog. Simply check this post, this post or this post. But must importantly, the reason why people struggle with traffic is that they try to promote a sales page or a heavily biased piece of content. Nobody wants to share that, nobody wants to link to that, and as a result you don’t get traffic and blame your lack of success on traffic (like you did in your comment above).

      What this article teaches you is that if you produce something that is shareable and interesting, driving traffic to it is MUCH easier. You can use social media, you can run link building, you can share it on niche communities and nobody is going to ban it or downvote it. Actually, if your front end is great value, people will share it around without you asking. Then all you have to do is offer a free downloadable resource in this piece of content (that does not decrease its shareability as it’s more free goodies) and THEN start selling via email follow up.

      This way you make it easy on yourself and traffic is easy (especially if you check the content I’ve shared earlier). The problem is, most people collect emails and have no idea what to do with them then or put the sales before the value. This post teaches them to put value first, sales second if they want to be successful.

      Anyway, good luck with your online businesses.

  44. Thanks! I have a few products mixed into my blog posts, and will be adding more. I have found CB to be a mixed bag so far – but need more time to see how it pans out. Also wondering about setting up more sites to follow the funnel you set up. I was pleased to hear you mention having 3 follow ups in the responder sequence. Someone else had suggested 10! I figured by 4 or 5 you lost them anyway.

    Great advice here!

    1. Thanks Ken,

      Yes, ClickBank is a mixed bag, usually high gravity products convert decently though. Yeah 3 – 4 follow ups tend to be enough, you make more sales if you do more but most of the time you’re better off showing them something else rather than hammering the same offer.

  45. Hi, AWESOME post!

    Any strategy to add some kind of retargeting pixel (or “burn pixel”) after an affiliate sale?

    How to stop serving those ads to people that have already bought the product?

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Alexandre, thanks for dropping by.

      The best way to pixel people who buy would be to offer a bonus and pixel people when they redeem the Bonus. Or to contact the vendor for them to put your pixel on their thank you page.

  46. Hi,

    To be clear ;) first I need to prepare article with a good shareable content and next all your “sales tips”. But I have one question do I need my own blog or site to start selling. I mean can I prepare a good article and post it somewhere else, in other words without my own website ?

  47. Hey Gael, great post, interested in hearing your thoughts on how to best guess the conversion rate before you start – is gravity the best metric / guess here?

    Cheers!
    Richard

  48. This is a great resource and you just got my email for your free seo course.
    I have a question: What do you use to make all those nice graphics. Like the pros and cons list, and clickbank metrics?
    Thanks

  49. I have been dabbling in this type of research for several years now, but have not pulled the trigger on taking any action. I have what you might call, “analysis paralysis”. After your post, I am going to take action and give it a whirl. Thank you for your efforts.

  50. Hi Gael,

    Great post, really enjoyed it and hope to apply it soon. One question though: how exactly are you running GetResponse combined with the advanced WordPress themes? I read that GetResponse has limited possibilities to integrate with WordPress.

    Cheers,
    Tim

  51. Hey Gael,

    Epic post! I’ve been hunting around various sites like Pat Flynn’s and others, but they never put everything together as you have. Now it starting to make sense for once. So, I’m a newbie and don’t even know the different between internet marketer and digital marketer or what this type of business is even called. I just want to learn this business and create a small passive income online in any niche. Because I know very little, I was actually planning to use this very same Sales Funnel in your diagram and all the tools mentioned to make my first couple of bucks online.

    What do you think?

  52. This is definitely the most comprehensive guide anyone has ever put together for free. I’ve been looking for someone to synthesize a topic like this for a long time, thank you so much for all the handwork you put into this. It shows.

  53. Really amazing content you have there,the one where you show how and where to put click bank offers on website is UNIQUE.i never saw someone teaching that.
    i am new to internet marketing,my first website will be up next week.
    Thanks a lot.

  54. Thanks for this great work on this post.

    I think that The key to succeed in Clickbank is to finding a good niche and don`t try new things or being creative. Even if you`re beginner you can still make money with the most competitive niches like weight loss and internet marketing niches.

    Thanks
    Omar

  55. very good , i wander if you could tell us more about squeez page >> i use autoresponder and i collect more than 130 mail >> but not sale yet>>

      1. Hi Gael, Thank you very much for this great post, it is the best post I’ve ever read about how to generate money online in general (not only ClickBank), enasmudher comment and your reply grabs my attention, if 130 emails is not that much, in your opinion, how many emails is considered a good starting point?

  56. Hi Gael. Such a wonderful posting and i got a lot of gems here.

    Just one question, how was your income for this year ? Is it good ?

    And are you still consistently generate income from clickbank ?

    Thank You. =)

      1. Hi Gael,

        Questions:

        1. You said you guys are making $1500-$2000/week. And that’s from how many authority sites, exactly?

        2. I’m very curious about your accent…! In what country were you born and raised? What other language(s) do you speak other than English? :D

  57. Awesome stuff! Thank you!

    Just curious, how do you track the people who opted into your lead magnet but didn’t purchase your offer?

    And how do you track the people who visited your site but didn’t opted into your lead magnet?

    1. people who visited the site but did not opt in > you can use negative audiences for your ads with facebook ads, you just take visitors to the site and substract the people that visited the thank you page. For people who did not purchase, you simply can’t with affiliate marketing unless the vendor adds a conversion pixel of yours on their thank you page.

  58. Hi Gael, This is amazing. Seriously this is worth gold. I’ve never read any blog post or an ebook for a matter of fact that goes into such detail. After reading this, I think I’m going to buy subscription to your pro program as well.

    Reading this article, I was intrigued by what you suggest about the autoresponder sequence. You say that we should start with a 3-mail sequence wherein we promote products. But, don’t you think such a sequence wouldn’t work as well in the non-IM niche.

    What I think is that in other niches (eg. health) we could offer some high value content in our mails and develop a rapport with our subscribers. After that we could probably send them a couple of promotional emails and a mix of content and promotion thereafter. Do you think this would work? Let us know what you think ??

  59. Hey Gael,

    You mentioned 20 gravity is good. What about 200+ gravity products in a competitive niche? Would I still be able to make sales, or would it be too saturated?

    Thanks for the help.

  60. Great post! Exactly what I was looking for. So what software or tool do you recommend to build this sales funnel. Please bear in mind that I am a complete beginner at affiliate marketing.

      1. Thanks for the great insight! Is this part of the page (comments section) also included as part of Thrive? If not, what do you recommend?

  61. Hey Gael,

    You did a great job writing this Clickbank guide, alot of gold nuggest here. I’m glad that someone is giving back to community & sharing such useful info.

    Cheers :)
    Andrew

  62. great info and rich content and guide , i have a question just to confirm if I understand so the funnel should work like This :

    Traffic —-t0– content —-to—pop up and collecting emails —–sending the lead magnet ——-send them to sales page

    for the pop up once they enter the email it direct them straight away to lead magnet and den the thanks page so where the thanks you poge will lead ??

    thanks again

  63. TERRIC JOB! It’s very impressive to read a post that is OVER a YEAR OLD and still has RELEVANT VALUE. This qualifies to me as a “SUPER POST”. Keep up the great work! I got to this from a Facebook Ad, let me ask…Did you outsource the illustration for your post & Ad?

  64. Hey Gael,
    Wow! what a awesome guide of make money from Clickbank.
    actually i am surprised to see this post because i tried this method last month without any knowledge so failed and now today i read all points why and where i failed .

    Thanks :)

  65. Wow! What an awesome guide! So in-depth and such quality information. Thank you for taking the time to write this and share it with us.

  66. Outstanding blog post Gael! This guide for optimizing ClickBank as an affiliate is exactly what I was searching for. Thank you very much for sharing this. Cheers!

  67. its a great guide with details. i would help a lot of beginner and pro marketers too. thanks a lot for sharing these informations.

  68. This is definitely the foremost comprehensive guide anyone has ever place along for gratis. I’ve been looking for somebody to synthesize a subject like this for an extended time, thank you most for all the work you set into this. It shows.

  69. Hi Gael, I’m new to this and thank you for this informative guide. I understand to the part of selecting an offer on clickbank and I registered as well. And I understand I need to get the link and I need to promote the product using the link. But I’m lost at where I should place the link. You mentioned several methods:
    Direct link/banners: where do I find article to place the banners? do I need to have my own website or article to do this?
    In content link: do I need to have my own website to do this?
    Review: do I go online and just place the link on the review of the product?
    And I’m lost in the media funnel. Do I always need a website to make this work? Thank you so much!

    1. In this case we are mostly talking about capturing emails and linking to the offer from the email but you could be linking in content too. Essentially, you need free content and your own site to attract people and then capture emails and then promote offers.

  70. I’m a newbie in online marketing, and this post is very helpful. I will be expecting more. Thank you very much.

  71. very nice article, I say many thanks
    I have a question, Right Now, using a review article for promotion still profitable/efective or not?

  72. 75% commission usually comes with some downside: that the products are not as good and tight as the bigger names, that the conversion needs not to be well. However, given that ClickBank is the one of the biggest out there, I guess it’s easy to underestimate its potential for someone looking to kick start as affiliate marketers.

    Tom

  73. Thank you for a post full of pure value.
    I really like the way you have explained the whole process in detail.

    When it comes to promoting offers from Clickbank, my biggest struggle is finding a good offer to promote, especially in the MMO niche.
    I think I will experiment a bit with the health offers since there seem to be more decent offers to promote (on Clickbank and outside it).

  74. Hi,

    I get the part about harvesting emails, but the problem I see with that, is that most reputable email marketing providers will cancel your account if you use it to send clickbank affiliate links.

    Anyone knows of a service that will allow this kind of links to be added to the messages.

    Regards,
    Mat

  75. Outstanding article Gael! This is really really helpful.

    A few quick questions:

    1) How many different Clickbank offers in total did you promote in order to generate the ongoing full-time income as seen in the above January 2015 income screenshot?

    2) How many Clickbank offers do you usually promote per month? (e.g. I was thinking dedicating maybe 4 or 5 emails per week on a given product so maybe promote around 4 offers per month, but wasn’t sure if this would burn out my list)

    3) Roughly how many subscribers would you need in your email list to generate the income seen in #1 above?

    Thanks
    Chris

    1. Hey Chris,

      We promoted around 20 products in 2014.

      We usually build these things as autoresponder so most things are being promoted at one time. As for subscribers I’d say from 20k you can start generating similar income as what you’ve seen.

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

  76. I had my hands on click bank recently but I wasn’t able to earn a single penny (saying frankly) :D but you compelled me to try again by that funnel strategy ..its great Gael :)

  77. I’m about to jump in to affiliate marketing and this explanation really helpful and give me many insights. Thanks! :)

  78. This is really gonna change life of many like me. Initially before two months I was not confident about making money using affiliate marketing . But now i know its a serious business and require a lot of smart work than hard work.
    Thanks for such a valuable post.

  79. Without releasing specific product details, can you say what product type (niche wise) sells best for you on ClickBank? I like how easy they make it for affiliates to promote stuff, but most of their sales pages simply aren’t that good. I’m sure there are a few good ones though.

  80. Hi,
    Great post about Clickbank here.
    Definitely, it’s one of the most lucrative ways to generate a passive income online.
    However, not every blogger are able to get good money out of it.
    Using the right tools, producing great content, solving your audience needs and problems, choosing relevant products or services to promote are some tips to reach success with affiliate marketing.This post is magnificent.
    Keep it up.

  81. Excellent Post Gael,
    I came across this post on the niche hacks group. I currently have a pure reviews site. I need to put a system in place that gives content and makes a funnel like you mentioned. Thanks a ton.

  82. Very nice post from you, Gael!

    How about thinking of open an high-paid training course to make money with Clickbank like you did with AHP, Gael?

    If it happens, I believe that I will be the 1st slot to order right away ;) . Clickbank is so profitable :)

  83. Hi Gael,

    Very nice post. Will you have an in-depth Clickbank course training like you did with AHP ?

    Hope you will :)

  84. Thank you for this article! I can’t tell you how many questions you just cleared up for me. I finally have a clear and concise plan of action! A few questions:
    On a time scale, how far apart should the 3 part auto responder emails go out?
    How soon should I send the first one?
    How often do you email your main broadcast list and would you suggest sending multiple offers/affiliate links in one email to them?

  85. Excellent post I know it’s not a new post but nonetheless excellent info that I come to visit several times.
    So the Content Upgrade is the best way to convert good. Got it.

    I have a problem with Content Upgrades because my niche is in the physical fitness and when I am describing exercises or movements without embedding YouTube videos it doesn’t make sense.

    All my posts have embedded Youtube videos that I find on the internet and embed.

    Because the best content upgrade is in PDF format (a great excuse for asking for someone’s email too). How can I make use of content upgrade for a site that primarily needs videos to illustrate the exercises and movements.

    I think including plain links to other people’s videos in the PDF doesn’t look appealing and even confusing.

    Any smart suggestions? :)

  86. I honestly am in awe. That was such a detailed, no-stone-left-unturned post that I didn’t even absorb the entire message. It was information overload! (but in a good way)

    To be honest fellas, this has caused me to rethink my monetization strategy for my blog. This isn’t a catastrophe for me, since the blog is still new. But I was going to go with a simple adsense & amazon banner platform, but you specifically mentioned how inferior that is to your model. Damn.

    This means that I HAVE to check out Clickbank to see what kinds of goodies they carry in my niche. It would be foolish to ignore this sound advice, and I never considered myself a fool. Thanks a billion for the heads up.

    Just one more thing: in your post you mention that you roll over some of your opt-ins into another 3 email sequence. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but does this mean that you’re pitching people an average of 3 times for every 10 emails you send out?

    That seems kinda high, ratio wise. Am I wrong?

    Please advise.

  87. I live in Kenya and I’m hindered from doing most online businesses because Kenya is not a member of Clickbank. How can you people just open a branch. In fact countries like Uganda and Tanzania are members of Clickbank.

  88. Hi,

    great article although I have a question. We are looking if Clickbank is a solution to generate some extra revenue on our business template website.

    Due to the fact we thousands of different business-related templates, we are asking ourselves, if it possible to setup clickbank in such a way it adapts the Clickbank presented content to a keyword we give so that it’s matches up with the content on our website. For example, if our page contains a drop shipping agreement template only drop shipping related Clickbank content if presented.

    Best regards,

    Michel

  89. I’ve tried using Clickbank many times but never make enough sales to get past the threshold. I always lost the commissions through a monthly charge. This took any income to zero. After doing this a few time I gave up and use resell rights products or jvzoo now instead. I’ll try again (one day).

    Thanks for the writeup Gael, you always learn something reading other peoples perspective.

    1. Hopeton (the moneyguru)

      Yes Peter, i think this is a wicked move by clickbank to deduct a charge each from your commissions if it doesn’t pass the threshold. I have saw a couple of my commissions come to zero with these deductions, and this is very demotivating.

  90. Great post! Though.. I’m a complete noob at understanding this area of digital marketing. I’m tech savvy but have little background in marketing or business.

    My situation is I’m a Professor and Program Director for a Community College teaching massage therapy, a very in-demand field yet my college does little marketing. It’s my job to recruit students. I have a Facebook page and Twitter, and about 100+ followers on each. Can you see this type of system with funnels etc. working to help recruit potential students? If so, how? I feel like building content and creating opt ins should help, as we too are offering a “product”. Thanks for your time!

  91. Hi Gael this James.

    This is a ultimate guide to clickbank. Lot of thing are cleared. I always look for some great product to promote. It is difficult to sell clickbank product. The problem which I face is right traffic. If you can provide some article on this it will be helpful.

    Thanks

  92. I recently made over $20,000 in the last 2 weeks promoting a high ticket item on Clickbank. I had lost faith in Clickbank in recent years because of there ridiculous new policies and refund rates.I know lots of affiliates are making a killing from clickbank, but i will only promote high ticket offers on there for now.
    By the way this is a wonderful and well written article,keep up the good work.

  93. This is yet another great post.

    I personally is exactly like what u mention of ppl who stumble across click bank as a newbie. Brings back a lot of unpleasant memories tho.

    But i see now that i was lacking the system and the knowledge to really getting ramping.

  94. Clickbank, huh… now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while! I remember messing around with them back in 2011 when I was a newbie. Never did make any money with them, haha, but I’ve seen plenty of people who have! I’ve just never been any good at pushing the weight loss stuff, which I’m pretty sure is where most people make their money with Clickbank.

  95. Hi Gael,

    Thanks for the great article. If i’m a manufacture/seller and want hire affiliate to promote our product, which are the most effective ways to do so? To be more specific, we’re a start-up selling glass vessel sinks and high end kitchen sinks/faucets(www.arsumo.com).We’d like to give high commission rates for marketers to sell our product (10+%). Our product quality is great and we sell on wayfair and overstock currently but like to grow our own marketing channel. Thank you for your advise! I’m also considering to take your class to dive deeper into the marketer world.

    All the best,
    Annie

    1. Hi Annie,
      The best place to start would be to identify sites who are promoting your competitors or similar products. Then, reach out to them individually. If your products are good, if they convert and if you can offer favorable commission, then it’s just a matter to getting in touch.

  96. Hi Gael,

    I am a big fan of your site. I learnt a lot from you guys. I always wanted to earn some money from Clickbank but it is very for me as a beginner. As for beginner with limited budget, do you suggest us to choose one or two popular clickbank products in same niche and build a small website around it? Can it makes money?
    Thanks.

  97. Hello!

    Thanks for this guide.

    I made this funnel, I send traffic with Bing ads.

    But I have not yet made sales. I have 15 subscribes at moment.

    Can you help me? Look at my site.

    Thanks
    Daniele

  98. Amazing blog post, Gael! You don’t see detailed blog posts like this every day, you could almost make a video out of this…you should! anyway, thank for the info!

  99. Mr Gael Beton I appreciate your explanations and tips very much Mate, and also thanx to other guys comments here and their feedback.
    Question

    What’s your opinion on investing in shares stocks through one of those platforms, how safe are they, even on autopilot ?
    You probably seen it where u deposit $250 bucks and watch it grow…

    Thanx again
    [email protected]

    1. That’s a terrible idea. It doesn’t work. If you invented a machine that generates money, would you sell it on Clickbank or just use it yourself to become rich?

  100. Hello!

    Thanks for this guide.

    I’m using facebook ads and bing ads, I have not yet made sales at moment.! i wan’t more guide for facebook ads and clickbank please!

    Thanks.

  101. Super actionable stuff as per always! @Gael, a really quick question about the first email (link to the lead magnet – the excuse to email). Do you or don’t you recommend confirmed/double opt for getting people on the 3 email series list?

  102. This article isn’t just great as a clickbank overview it also has great allaround digital marketing stuff. Thanks man :)

  103. Just like to add 1 additional “CON” to the list of Pros and Cons of Clickbank. Their rule on paying out the commissions earned. You must have 5 sales all from different credit card accounts before they will pay you what you have earned. That flat out sucks!. Affiliates work hard to get even 1 sale and because of Clickbanks rule, lose that money over time if they cannot get another 4 sales, the commission keeps reducing steadily if 4 more sales are not forthcoming. Clickbank has got to change that rule, which many feel is illegal!. A sale, is a sale, and the commission must be paid out. Basically, Clickbank is “Ripping-Off” affiliate marketers.

  104. This is a ultimate guide to clickbank. Lot of thing are cleared. I always look for some great product to promote. It is difficult to sell clickbank product. The problem which I face is right traffic. If you can provide some article on this it will be helpful.
    thanks a lot

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