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How to Make Money with ClickBank [$300+/day]

If you’re already familiar with what affiliate marketing and ClickBank is, you can scroll down to the “Getting Started” section to get into the nitty-gritty of how to make money with Click Bank ($300+/day goal!). Otherwise, keep reading!

One of the simplest ways to make money online is to sell other people's products. The practice is commonly referred to as affiliate marketing. In a nutshell, you find an interesting product online and agree with the vendor to give you a commission for every sale that you drive to their website.

If you’re new to this I know what you’re thinking: How do you find such products? How do you negotiate with vendors? How do they know that the sale was referred by you? How and when do they pay you and how can you trust them? And most importantly, how can you promote their products effectively and make a nice living doing it?

This is where ClickBank (and many other similar networks) chime in. Clickbank is an affiliate network known for being home to thousands of digital products like e-books, videos, and software. They’re simply middlemen between product vendors and affiliates.

How does it work?

 

If you’re the vendor, then you create your own product and set it up using Clickbank’s system. They then list your product in their marketplace so that tens of thousands of affiliates can see you. They handle the tracking using unique tracking links and cookies so they know exactly where the sale came from and credit the referring account accordingly.

Confused? It’ll be clearer in a moment. A lot of people start off as affiliates and then, later on, become vendors. We will focus on making money as an affiliate in this blog post, as it’s the simpler route.

As an affiliate, all you have to do is sign up for a ClickBank affiliate account and then start browsing their marketplace which lists all the available products from their partner vendors. Once you find a good product (we’ll get into that in a moment), ClickBank will give you a unique “affiliate link” that points to the vendor’s sales page. All you have to do then is make people buy through that link. You earn a commission for any sale made through your affiliate links.

Why ClickBank?

Clickbank is not alone in what they do. There are many similar affiliate networks (I list some at the end of this blog post). So why and when would you choose Clickbank over others? Here’s a breakdown of the top advantages I see:

How much money can you make?

 

This is a highly subjective question. The biggest factors involved are the products you choose and how you promote them. We’ll break down exactly how to do that in the next sections. But if you’re asking if it’s possible to make money with Click Bank as an affiliate in general, then the answer is yes, definitely.

It’s not uncommon to see people doing 3 figures daily on ClickBank. A typical sale earns you $15-$50 in commission. Say the average is $30. This means you need 4 sales a day to hit $100+. Seems doable, doesn’t it? Depending on your level of expertise you could hit your first sale in days or months.

But if you’re a complete newbie, it’s not unrealistic to aim for your first sale in 2-3 months. From that point onwards, once you prove to yourself that it works, things become much easier.

If you’re looking for great examples of people making good money on ClickBank, check out this post by AuthorityHackers as they detail the strategy they followed to make thousands of dollars on ClickBank every month. Warren Wheeler of AMNinjas also recently wrote case study explaining how he was able to bring a brand new affiliate website from $0 to $300+ per day in less than 3 months with ClickBank. Both of these posts discuss relatively different strategies. I’m actually going to get into both of those strategies as well as my recommended path to follow for beginners (and why I think beginners should follow it).

How to make money with Click Bank: The $300+/day Blueprint

So now on to the nitty-gritty. Here’s the breakdown of what I’ll be covering to help you get your first ClickBank sale. There are 3 major steps:

  1. The product/offer.
  2. The funnel.
  3. The traffic.

We’ll go into more details regarding each step but let me give you a quick overview of each. The product/offer is the ClickBank product you’ll be promoting. This might seem like it’s simple enough but screwing up this step could potentially hinder you from earning a single cent because the other steps are built on top of it. Product research has its own separate section below.

Next up is the funnel, the funnel basically represents the journey a visitor takes from the point they’re exposed to your website/ad/link for the first time, and up till the point they make a purchase through your affiliate link. There are different approaches to this and we’ll be discussing examples in the dedicated section below.

Finally, the traffic. You have the product, you’ve set up the “journey” your visitor will go through to finally get to the product, now all that’s left is to actually start driving those visitors to your funnel.

1) The Product

So before you choose a product you need to hop on the ClickBank website and sign up for an affiliate account. This is a straightforward process that you can start here. Once you’re done, it’s time to navigate to the marketplace and start browsing.

The general exploration phase

A lot of people will recommend selecting a niche/category you’re familiar with right off the bat and browsing products inside it. Although I agree with this approach for strong reasons I’ll outline later, I do not think it should be the starting point. Simply go ahead and hit the “magnifying glass” button next to the search bar without typing anything.

This will allow you to browse an aggregate list of products from all categories. You can use the “sort results by” drop-down menu to sort the results according to a number of different criteria. For our purposes, we’ll keep it set as “Popularity” for now although I also encourage you to sort by “Gravity” and browse products that way.

At this point, forget categories, niches and everything else. We simply want to identify what makes a good product. But what do these terms mean? High gravity means a lot of affiliates are making money with that product or it’s a “proven” product.

You might be thinking that’s a no-brainer, right? Simply sort by highest gravity and pick a product out of those. Well, while many advise going that route, it has its issues. The main one being: high gravity = a lot of affiliates = a lot of competition. This isn’t always a bad thing but might not be ideal for people just starting out.

Before we move on to the next section, browse through 10-20 high gravity products. Visit their sales page and their “affiliate tools” page. Notice how they sell the product to both their customers and YOU as an affiliate.

You’ll quickly start noticing patterns. The common traits you see among the top products usually have a significant contribution to their success. We want to understand these traits so we can spot them in other products that may be less competitive but can sell well.

Here are some things you might notice:

Choosing a product

At this point, you should have a general idea what a good product looks like by analyzing top gravity products across all categories. You should also have some ideas about which niches/categories you want to get into. Now it’s time to choose a product to promote.

Here’s a checklist:

That’s about it, here’s an example product I’ve chosen:

https://stopshinsplints.com/

This product has less than 10 gravity but I’d give it a go because it meets most of the criteria above. Most importantly, it focuses on an aching problem and promises to solve it.

To get your affiliate link simply click “promote” and enter your ClickBank nickname. Click submit and you'll link will come up. All you have to do is to copy/paste it and use it during promotions.

2) The Funnel

Once you’ve chosen your product, it’s time to think about the typical journey your visitor would go through till they end up buying your product. Here are some of the most popular “journeys”:

So what’s the recommended approach?

Although the third approach is the most complex in terms of setup, it has a major advantage: you’re building your email list. You can get in touch with everyone who filled your form and can promote offers to them again and again. This is why it’s the recommended approach.

There’s a popular saying among internet marketers, “the money is in the list”, and it really is. An email list is a long-term asset you can leverage with a click of a button with negligible cost. So how do you go about doing this?

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A visitor reads the article, gets intrigued, subscribes to get the freebie, then you email them the freebie using Aweber. A couple of days or so later, you pitch them the affiliate product. A lot of vendors actually prepare email swipes for you. You can browse their affiliate tools page for inspiration.

With the funnel set up, now you’re ready to start running some traffic!

3) Traffic

So how do you drive visitors to your website and hence your offer? When driving traffic you could either “pay” by spending effort and time or pay by actually paying for the traffic. Let me explain this by actually breaking down the recommended traffic sources.

SEO

SEO, in a nutshell, is working on making your website rank high in Google search results when people enter specific search keywords. The big pros of SEO are that it’s a very long-term strategy and could keep bringing you traffic for years with minimal effort. It's also inexpensive or almost free if you do all the work yourself manually.

The drawback is that it’s slow at first, it could take 2-3+ months to see your first sale if that is your main traffic source. It’s also tedious in the sense that it requires a lot of effort link building, especially if you’re trying to rank for highly competitive keywords. For an in-depth SEO blueprint, check out our how to rank in Google guide for beginners.

If you’re looking for a full step-by-step training on how to create a niche website and promote it from scratch, check out Niche Pursuit Insider.

PPC

If you have a budget and are willing to pay for traffic, you might want to explore investing in Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, Bing Ads or any of the other networks you can buy traffic from. Their first advantage is a double-edged sword. You can literally start receiving traffic within minutes from starting a campaign. But once you stop running the campaign, the “traffic tap” stops.

You also pay for every visitor/impression. The risks and stakes with paid traffic are higher but there are also some interesting rewards like the ability to scale crazily overnight by launching new campaigns and increasing budgets. This “on-demand” scaling is not doable with SEO.

You can also opt to use a hybrid approach which I would highly recommend. If you’re on a budget focus on SEO, and once you start seeing results reinvest everything back into more SEO and content, then start exploring paid traffic. This is how you prevent your eggs from being in one basket.

Organic Social Media

Creating Facebook pages, attracting followers and publishing content was once a lucrative practice. However, as you may already be well aware, Facebook has significantly decreased its pages’ organic reach that it’s almost impossible now to depend on organic traffic as a reliable source of income or visitors.

Thankfully though, Instagram and YouTube are still big players when it comes to organic reach. Many affiliates make a lot of money promoting products organically on these platforms.

YouTube

There are a number of different approaches here. You can record a video review of the product and leave its purchase link in the description. You can create a video giving free value related to your niche and recommend the product as an “upgrade”. If you can’t do this yourself, you can always hire someone on Fiverr for a very affordable price.

We’ve recorded and published a coaching call outlining an interesting youtube marketing strategy. Check it out if you want to go that route.

Instagram

Even though Facebook’s organic reach decreased significantly, Instagram is still going strong. This works especially well for visual niches like food, pets, and sports. Lots of interesting content out there to post in these niches and gain a huge following.

The basic strategy is this: Post interesting content consistently with relevant hashtags. Use a service like Hashtagify for hashtag ideas. Follow users in your niche and engage with their posts. I also know a couple of people who grew their Instagram accounts quickly solely depending on shoutouts from influencers. You can use a service like ShoutCart for that or contact influencers directly (most of them list their email addresses in their bios).

Where to from here?

I know the information in here may be overwhelming and you might be looking for an exact formula to start making money with ClickBank. The truth is, every single “option” I’ve mentioned here can make money but to sum it all up, here’s my recommended path:

The above is the basic, long-term strategy I recommend. It’s a lot of work but it pays off. You can always go the shorter route of just slapping together an opt-in page and driving paid traffic to it. However, these pages are much less likely to rank in search engines or bring you organic traffic.

Going the “valuable content creation” route allows you to utilize virtually any traffic source sequentially or in parallel and bring a strong, long-term asset that consistently brings in leads, traffic, and sales.

I hope this has been helpful, especially for beginners. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post them in the comments section below!


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By Youssef Akkari
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Adele D'Argenio

Very little of what your saying is true Clickbank is not the shiney coins you make them out to be.. I built a website, Facebook page and have not made 1sale in 4 months

Steve Paul

Re the comment above. At least Clickbank have a clear policy on releasing reserves, and they stick to it.

A lot of affiliate networks do not.

Youseff, do you think a giveaway PDF and 2 posts is enough to build trust before pitching the product?

The other issue is on CB / other networks is that a lot of these products are basically a scam and do not deliver on the results that they say they will.

Have you found any great products / sources of legit products with 70 + % payout that are actually legitimate?

Thanks

Steve

IAS

Fantastic article explaining the real way of earning money online.

Shafi Khan

Honestly speaking, ClickBank has never worked out for me. I’ve tried it several times with several products and traffic sources but the results weren’t satisfactory.

Also, the product looks fishier to me and hardly provide what they promise. I would better stick to Amazon affiliate from now on 🙂

Thanks for the guide, though.

Babur Shahid

Great article. Click Bank has worked for me using Bing PPC with a Landing page. People are crushing it if done right.

Jonah

Hi Youssef Akkari. I’m Jonah from Hashtagify. I’ve just read your article and want to thank you very much for introducing our tool to your readers 🙂

Anil Agarwal

One of the best platforms to find affiliate products to promote is ClickBank, I’ve been using for a long time now and found a ton of high paying commission products to make money from a few of the niche sites I own.

It’s a great platform where you can find useful products to promote no matter what industry you are in. The key is to come up with products that are actually useful to your target audience.

If a product is giving you less commission but useful for your target audience, you should definitely consider promoting it over a product which gives you high commission but are not so helpful for your audience.

Once you realise that your target audience wants and needs is more important, you can succeed in affiliate marketing. Also make sure to build trust with your audience so they won’t think twice before buying products from you.

Thanks for sharing this post with us, keep up the great work and publish more content related to affiliate marketing.

Amol

Hi Youssef,

Really superb post and I found something more interesting and deep content. I enjoy it!

Amol

Gretchen

I noticed that some Click Bank products have reviews and optional ads and landing pages. I’m going to try to find some in my niche with great reviews with ads that make sense.
Thank you for the funnel tutorial. I never thought about that.
My income has changed so I have to do the hard work because I really need the results to pay off. Great advice! Thanks again!

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