Table of Contents
What Is Clickbank?
Signing Up for a Clickbank Account
Using Your Hoplink
Profitability as a Merchant
Profitability as an Affiliate
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Chapter 2: Why Clickbank?
What is it about Clickbank that makes it so popular? What makes it a great business opportunity? Why Clickbank?
First and foremost, you will need to understand what Clickbank is. Clickbank is an online retailer. It is the largest digital information site today with an affiliate program network. This simply means that it acts as a gateway for publishers and affiliates. This is what makes it relatively easy for anyone to find products that they can promote and earn hefty commissions from.
One of the biggest pluses about Clickbank is that it is easy to set-up an account with. This makes it easy for you to start earning money right away. It uses a “hoplink” system that allows you to insert your affiliate ID. All you need to do is create a nickname that is embedded in your selected product’s URL and you can start selling or promoting the product.
Becoming a Clickbank affiliate is also free. There are no registration fees, no hidden charges and no other fees that will be charged if you decide to become an affiliate. You can simply go to the site, choose to become an affiliate and register. Once you do that, you can go ahead and browse through the products available in the Marketplace and choose those that you want to promote. You then proceed to promoting those products and then earn commissions on every sale that you make. Remember that you can earn anywhere from 10% to as much as 75% of the sale value as commission on any sale that is made through your promotion efforts.
If you have an existing home based business website, or blog, you can start making money with no need of creating a product of your own. This is very important because most promoters have problems regarding creating products that will sell. Clickbank gives you a wide choice of products to promote so you can earn money right away.
Another of the biggest pluses of affiliate marketing is that you get to earn by selling someone else’s products. Clickbank is the same, except for the fact that the products in Clickbank are digital products like software, e-books, subscriptions or videos.
With Clickbank you have options regarding how to sell the products. A lot of the affiliate retailers promote products on their Clickbank websites and earn commissions. Others put links on their home based business websites. You have a choice about how you can sell the products. You can choose the option that works best for you.
On the other hand, if you are a vendor or a publisher, Clickbank is a very good place to feature your product because you have the leverage of the hundreds of thousands of affiliate marketers that can promote your product on the web. All you need to do is create a selling page for your product that is well designed and well written so that affiliates will find it attractive and choose to sell your products. This makes it easy for you to start earning for your product that is being promoted and sold by someone else.
Clickbank takes care of the all the payment transactions by customers who buys products. This means that publishers need not go through the trouble of getting a merchant account with credit card companies. Clickbank will accept the payments in e-checks or credit cards. This gives publishers more freedom to work on their next product instead of worrying about transactions.
Clickbank is built on a platform that truly works. People get paid regularly and on time. Products get delivered and it is a win-win for all concerned. For all the ten years that Clickbank has been in business, it prides itself on never being late for payment even once. Considering the sheer numbers of transactions that they handle on a daily basis, their ability to keep track of who gets paid and paying those people on time is not something to be taken lightly.
Clickbank also handles recurring billing subscriptions or memberships through its Marketplace. Anyone with an account can offer up to 500 products. This means that mixing in a few recurring billing products to an affiliate’s portfolio or products means a regular monthly income.
Clickbank has been doing business for so many years especially in the service of credit card payment online. Now, they are also accepting PayPal as a way to pay for products sold in Clickbank marketplace. It gives more flexibility to online users.
Another great plus for Clickbank is that it has been in the business for many years and has built up a name and a reputation as being a brand that can be trusted. Customers know that their credit card details are safe. In this day and age where there are many cases of online customers getting defrauded, being secure in the knowledge that your credit card information is safe means everything.
This is also a big advantage for affiliates as they can be confident that the buyers who buy the products they are promoting will not face any problems. Publishers can also rest assured that their products are being sold in a legitimate and responsible site.
Clickbank also handles all the transactions involving payment of commissions to affiliates. This means that publishers can rest easy and focus on developing new products to sell. Publishers will not have to keep track of who sells what when and how much is due that affiliate. Clickbank takes care of everything.
Clickbank even issues refunds when required. Publishers can go on creating new products without any added stress. All this is available for only a small fraction of the total price of the products. Considering all the advantages, it seems more like a wise investment.
Clickbank also provides its partners with the information that really matters. They provide real-time tracking reports. This means that whenever there is a sale of your product, you can login to your account and see the sales records. You can also check the performance of your promotion efforts at any time night or day.
Chapter 3: Getting Started
Clickbank is deemed to be the leading site for selling digital products. There are more than 12,000 publishers or vendors that sell different products on the site and there are about 100,000 affiliate marketers that are registered with the site.
If you are interested in making income while being within the comforts of your own home, Clickbank may be the perfect thing for you. You can earn money either by selling digital products that you have created (like e-books, videos or software), or by becoming an affiliate and promote products that other people have created.
Publisher or Vendor
Getting started on Clickbank is simple. All you need to do is follow these steps and you are well on your way to becoming an internet entrepreneur.
Go to the Clickbank site and register for an account. Registering is free and there are no joining fees.
Take a moment and think about how you would like to earn money. Would you find it better and more suitable to create a product like an e-book and sell it? Or would you rather just promote a product that was made by someone else? The choice is all yours.
If you decide to be a vendor or publisher, you will need to create your product. Make sure that the product you create is unique and creates value for a person who may buy it. The best way to find out if it is any good is to think as a customer, look closely and honestly at your product and ask “what’s in it for me if I buy this?” If the pluses (advantages of using the product) outweigh the minuses (expense of buying the product), then you are on the right track.
Once you have your unique and high-quality product, you need to design your sales page. Include a picture or graphic of your product to make the page more exciting and interesting. Write a great sales pitch about what the product can offer people who will buy it. Have testimonials by real people. Make a “thank you” page too.
Complete a form on Clickbank and submit it for approval. Once Clickbank approves your product, log in to your account and pay a small investment of $49.95 as activation charges. Once your payment has been processed, you can begin selling your products.
Make use of the affiliate marketers by writing an email requesting that your product be listed in the Clickbank marketplace. Specify the category you would like to have your product classified as.
Once your product is listed in the marketplace, affiliate marketers can now help promote your product for you so that you can sell more of them and earn good money.
If you would rather promote a product that has been created by someone else, here are the steps on how you can get started.
Log in to your Clickbank account. Go to the marketplace and browse through the products that are listed there. Choose a product that you feel you would be able to promote effectively. When choosing a product you need to make sure that you opt for one that has a gravity of about 50% or higher. Gravity refers to the potential of the product to sell. The higher the gravity, the higher the potential of that product is. However, this does not mean that products of lower gravity percentages are useless. If you find a product that you believe is of good quality and of value to customers, you can always choose that product and promote it.
Once you have chosen a product, under that product, there is an option that says “create hoplink.” Type your account nickname on the field provided and click the “create hoplink” button. Copy and paste the hoplink onto a notepad or any other word processing software and safe onto your pc. This will help you in your efforts to promote the product. Hoplinks are links that take the customer, once they click the link, to the start page of the vendor.Other Details
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