Today, I’ll show you how to make money with Clickbank step by step.
I made over 30k/month using Clickbank.
You will need your own website for this kind of result. This is not a quick and dirty guide to affiliate marketing.
New to affiliate marketing? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through everything without overloading you with complex definitions.
Whether you’re new online marketing or not, this guide will teach you one method on how to make money online.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you sell someone else’s product for a commission.
A more complex definition can be found here.
What’s important are the key players:
- Vendors(the product owners)
- Audience(the product buyers)
The first thing you need to do is find a group of related products, also known as a niche.
In order to do that you’ll need to be part of an affiliate network where you can see all the vendors and their product offerings.
We will join a popular affiliate network called Clickbank, who offers mainly digital products.
Find a Niche
Register an account with Clickbank.
On the top right corner, find the marketplace.
On the left-hand side, you’ll find ‘Categories.’ Start browsing some categories.
It’s important that you don’t find something you’re really passionate about, since work kills passion. Find a niche you are interested in and want to learn more.
I selected the Diets & Weight Loss niche and found a product called the Fat Decimator.
Now, you might be tempted to think to yourself “Who buys this stuff?!”
The short answer is a lot since the Gravity measures high at 259.3
Reserve judgement when assessing a niche and its product. Our highest grossing product had an extremely ugly landing page and a gravity of 20.
Gravity is Clickbank’s internal measurement of the number of unique affiliates who earned a commission from the product in the last 12 weeks.
Contrary to popular belief, we do NOT recommend marketing products with high (50+) gravity. The reason is because higher gravity also means stronger competition.
Get To Know Your Vendors
The best way to vet a product and your ability to successfully market it is to email the vendors and ask for a review copy of the product.
A review copy is a professional way of saying free sample. Note that it’s not important what they respond with, but rather how they respond.
Here’s an example of good vendor response:
Remember that the vendor is on your side. If they don’t have confidence in their products or disrespect their affiliates, run the other way.
One of the BIGGEST red flags when searching for vendors is when their capture page leads to their own merchant instead of Clickbank. Make sure to visit the capture page and make absolute sure it routes back to Clickbank, like this:
After browsing through the categories and emailing prospective vendors, you should have an idea of a niche you want to enter.
You are now ready to build content.
Build a Site, Write Content
If you’re wondering why you need content or even a landing page, we’re here to tell you that it’s a great question.
We often get newer marketers ask us why not directly promote the vendor’s product via affiliate link. This means to put up an ad and when users click on the ad, they go directly to the landing page of the vendors product.
The answer is you can, but it’s not effective in terms of return on investment(ROI). Whatever method you use to drive traffic, it’s going to cost money. The question is how much money is it going to cost in relative to how much you gain?
If you spend $1 on ads to make $2, that’s a fantastic ROI (100%). If you spend $1 on ads to make $1, that’s a bad ROI (0%).
Through our experience (believe me, we tried) we realized that ROI on direct advertisement is the worst, sometimes losing money.
Ok, so we need somewhere in between to establish credibility, and provide more value to users so they are more likely to convert to a sale. We’ll create a website where we’ll direct our traffic and ultimately convert our customers.
To build a site, you need to pay for a web host. We recommend Hostgator based on 3 factors:
- Uptime (The % of time the site will be working) of 99.97%
- Cheapest plan costs $3/month
- Average Load time of 419ms compared to industry average of 890 ms
After selecting a plan (we recommend the cheapest, the Hatchling Plan), you will need to select a domain.
You will have a leg up if you purchase an expired domain. An expired domains is advantageous because it allows you take the old domain’s SEO profile, mainly their backlinks.
If you’re still a beginner, ignore expired domains and just select a new domain with words that are relevant to your niche.
Avoid spending too much time looking for a “perfect” domain. It doesn’t exist and if it did, it would cost a fortune.
I selected dietadviceonline.com since my niche is in diet and weight loss.
After purchasing a hosting plan and a domain, you’ll want to install WordPress. WordPress is a Content Management System(CMS) which is just fancy term for a framework that allows you to build a site without knowing how to code.
Once you’re at the WordPress dashboard, select a theme. Now, you’re ready to write content.
We highly recommend you write your own content if you’re a beginner since it helps you understand what good writing entails.
However, if you want to outsource it, use platforms like Fiverr.
Next, we’re going to research our niche – diet & weight loss – by putting ourselves in our customers shoes. The Fat Decimator product we chose solves a problem and that problem is being overweight.
If you’re an overweight person, you might go to google to solve your problem by typing in ‘How to lose weight.’
Since Google is pretty good at ranking high quality articles near the top, we will model our content around the top articles – this does NOT mean plagiarizing.
We want to write articles that deliver problem solving content to the user right away. In this example, I’m looking for advice on losing weight.
In the article make sure to include your affiliate link.
Once you’ve written several articles we’re ready to drive traffic to it.
Drive Traffic Using Facebook
We’ll be using facebook to drive traffic to our website. We want to build a community since we want to attract people’s interest in reading our content and not to promote products.
After you have your Facebook page up and running, you want to make a post, giving readers a preview to your article and then link your article.
Boost the post using a small budget and test it by applying Google analytics to your website.
Keep adding articles and boosting posts at a 5 articles to 1 post ratio.
Make sure your articles/content is high quality or else the money you make from your affiliate product is not going to exceed your advertising budget on Facebook.
Hi! My name is Kenta. I’m an internet marketer. I love business and programming. I hope that you’ll join me on this journey to internet success. If you have questions or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out via the contact form!