In this post I’m going to show ClickBank Affiliate Marketing for beginners 2020 and how you can start making money from it. Most people who read my posts will be familiar with Affiliate Marketing, but for those absolute newbies landing on here for the first time, here’s a quick explanation.
Affiliate Marketing is when you promote other people’s offers and will receive a percentage in commission for every sale you make. There are hundreds of different affiliate programs you can promote and they all differ in what percentage they offer. Affiliate Marketing is a great business model because you do not need your own products.
This also means you will not have to worry about customer service and all of the other technical and annoying things about creating your own product or store. You are the middle man and just simply have to drive traffic to the offer and start getting paid. You will just need a number of things setup in place to start earning as an Affiliate Marketer and I will show you how to do that in this ClickBank Affiliate Marketing for beginners 2020 guide.
What Is Clickbank?
Clickbank was founded back in 1998 in San Diego California and is a platform which sells digital products such as ebooks, videos, courses, and music. Here is some interesting information about this Affiliate Marketing network.
- 200 million customers spread across 190 countries
- 87th largest Internet retailer in North America
- 276 categories and 21562 product listings
- 6 million entrepreneurs on the platform
- Over 200 million dollars in annual sales
The platform is split into two different functions depending on what you are using it for.
- For Affiliate Marketers: As an affiliate you can sign up by creating a new account for free and get up and running straight away with promoting the available products to start generating commissions.
- A Place To Sell Your Products: If your a bit more experienced and want to add another income stream, you can start selling your own products on the Clickbank platform. It’s a one off $49.95 fee to become a seller but this cuts out a lot of crappy, low-quality products which is a good thing for affiliates.
#Pros & Cons Of ClickBank
- High paying affiliate offers
- Easy for beginners to get accepted
- Quick and easy payouts
- A wide variety of niches and categories to promote
- Recurring affiliate offers on some products
- Reliable affiliate network
- Sell in most countries
- No tech skills required
- Some bad products and sales pages
- High competition on popular products
- Slow customer support
How To Get Started With ClickBank
Creating A Clickbank Account
To get started, the first thing you will need to do is setup a Clickbank account. Head over to clickbank.com and in the top right corner you will see a button which says “Create Account”.
#Step 1: Your Personal Info
You must complete all of the required fields for you to be able to move on to the next step.
#Step 2: Complete Profile
This section require you to complete your profile by filling out additional details.
#Step 3: Create Your Account / Nickname
You will need to create a nickname which is your user ID can use to generate affiliate links (more on this later). This name will show up to other people so it’s a good idea not to make it too personal.
The whole process is pretty self explanatory, just follow the instructions from the screen and you’ll have an account setup in no time.
How Do You Get Paid?
Let’s take a look at the ways you can get paid with Clickbank.
Check: You will receive a check in the post from Clickbank.
Direct Deposit: You can get paid directly into your bank account. This option isn’t available for all countries.
Wire Transfer: If you are in a country where you cannot get direct deposit, Clickbank offers wire transfer payments as an alternative.
Payoneer: This option is an international payment service where you are given a virtual EU or US bank account. You can then start receiving ACH transfer payments.
You can choose your preferred payment option by going into the payment settings inside your Clickbank account.
ClickBank Metrics Explained
Initial $/sale: This is an average commission you can earn as an affiliate which also includes upsells of a product from that initial sale. Any recurring commissions are not included in this amount.
Avg Rebill Total: This metric is only displayed on products that have a subscription or recurring offer. This number will show the average amount an affiliate can make from the product.
Avg $/sale: The average amount of commission an affiliate can earn from promoting the product.
Avg %Rebill: The average recurring commission earned on rebills.
Grav: Gravity is a Clickbank score with a high gravity meaning the product is selling well and a number of affiliates are making money from it. It does also mean that that the higher the gravity, the more competition.
Cat: Category of the product.
Affiliate Page: Some products have an affiliate page where you can access lots of promotional materials such as banners and email swipes.
Affiliate Support: The product owners contact details.
How To Pick The Right Product To Promote
Choosing the right offer to promote is a key factor in how much money you will make with Clickbank. Here’s some tips on how to choose a winning offer.
Choosing a Niche
The first step is knowing what niche you are going to target. Once you log into your account, click “marketplace” in the top menu bar. You will then see a list of all the available niches and categories down the left hand side of the screen. If you click on the arrow, a drop down menu will appear showing a list of sub-niches within that category.
Check The Product’s Gravity Score and Ave $/sale
After looking at the different categories inside Clickbank, the best thing to do is to click on a large category (not one of the small categories from the drop-down menu), and then order by gravity. In this example I have chosen health & fitness.
Sorting by gravity will enable you to see which products are converting and selling well by other affiliates. Look through the products and find one with a high Avg $/sale and a gravity score of 50+. Also keep an eye out for products that have a good Avg %/rebill.
There are a number of good products you can choose from, but in this example I’ve with the Unlock Your Hip Flexors Revamped For 2020. It has a high Avg $/sale of $80.73, a gravity score of 111.2 and an Avg Rebill Total of $390.78. It also has an affiliate page which i’ll talk more about in a moment.
Analyze The Product’s Landing Page
Before you consider promote the offer, take a good look at the landing page first. It may be hard to spot at first but as you get more experienced, you’ll be able to tell the difference between a good sales page and a bad one. Just put yourself in the shoes of a customer and ask yourself if you would buy the product if you had landed on this page.
A lot of the good products will also have multiple different landed pages. One will be a video sales page, another will be a text based, and some even have landing pages where they are giving away a freebie. If a product has multiple different pages, you’ll know that they have put a lot of time and effort into doing this.
Affiliate Tools and Resources
This is a great page to look out for, especially if you are a beginner and you do not know how to start promoting the product. A product which features a large selection of affiliate tools will show that this is a high quality product that has been well-prepared and clearly planned out.
Typical tools you’ll find include:
- Product images
- Pre-sell content
- Swipes for email marketing campaigns
- Press releases
- Landing pages / sales pages
- Opt-in rates
- Customer demographics
In the example of this hip flexors program, you’ll see that it contains email swipes you can copy and paste straight into your autoresponder. It also has a ton of banners, images and videos you can embed onto your website.
Research the Product’s Sales Funnel
You can make a lot more money if the product has multiple different upsells inside of a funnel. Here’s how it works:
Front-End Offer: Usually a lower priced product which is designed to turn people into a customer and get them onto the sales funnel.
Upsell: There can be multiple different upsells within a funnel but there is generally around 3 to 4. Once somebody has purchased the front-end offer, they will then be re-directed to the first upsell. If they purchase this, they will then be re-directed to a second upsell (if there is one).
If they decline the offer they will directed to a downsell which will offer them a watered down version of the upsell for a cheaper price. The more products somebody purchases within the funnel, the more you will earn as an affiliate.
Check Online Reviews And Customer Feedback
It’s a good idea to also check out the reviews of the product online. Just be careful when looking because an affiliate of that product is going to give it praise so they can get the commission. If you know the review is from an affiliate, just ignore it and look elsewhere.
Getting Your Affiliate Links
In order to start making commissions from the product you will need to grab your unique affiliate link. Just simply click on promote next to the product, enter your Clickbank nickname, and then generate the link. Copy and paste this link and keep it somewhere safe. With products that have an affiliates tools page, you can also enter your nickname into the box where it will automatically generate multiple links.
Here’s an example of a product I promote called Manifestation Magic. You enter your Clickbank nickname into the box, click on “create my links”, and it will automatically generate affiliate links for all of the different variations of sales pages and banners.
Step-By-Step: How To Make Money With Clickbank
If you have made it this far then you now know how to setup a Clickbank account and how to choose winning offers to promote. To start making money you will need to start generating traffic by putting the offers in front of a targeted audience. If you have your affiliate link then technically somebody could click on it and you could make sales from day one.
Just keep in mind this is rarely going to happen. You have to be patient and keep building an asset that’s going to keep making you passive income. Things like this take a bit of work but the benefits in the end will be worth. Let’s look at ClickBank Affiliate Marketing for beginners 2020 step-by-step.
Building a blog
Starting a blog is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to making money online. A big percentage of big are unsuccessful when it comes to blogging, but the reason for this is because it takes a lot of hard work and time before you see results. If making money was easy then everybody would be rich. Anything that’s worthwhile in life requires work.
If you keep pumping out content week after week, eventually you’ll be ranking for things in Google and traffic and commissions will just come passively. It’s also not just about Clickbank, you can take your blog beyond just that. You can also make money with ads such as Google Adsense, your own products, plus a ton of other affiliate networks you can sign up to.
Building a blog becomes your asset in which you can scale up with unlimited potential. So how do you get started with a blog?
#Step 1: Hosting and Domain
You will need a domain for your site and somewhere to host it. Most hosting companies these days actually offer a free domain when you sign up. Here are my recommendations:
- Bluehost (Best Budget): Sign up with Bluehost here
- SiteGround (Best Overall): Sign up with SiteGround here
- WP Engine (Best Premium): Sign up with WP Engine here
Once you have your domain and hosting, WordPress is the platform you are going to be using. Most of the hosting platforms offer a 1-click WordPress install. I’m not going to show a full tutorial in this post on how to setup WordPress and plugins etc but it’s pretty straightforward.
#Step 2: Keyword Research
Keyword research is an important aspect for you to be able to start ranking on Google for specific search terms. There a few ways in which you can do this.
Hard/Manual way (Google Suggest):
When searching for something on Google you’ve probably noticed the “autocomplete” and suggested phrases. This is based upon popular searches that other people are typing into Google. The best way to go about this is to type in a seed keyword, press the spacebar and you will see a list of keywords appear.
In the example below using the seed keyword of “law of attraction”, you will see it generates law of attraction quotes, law of attraction love, law of attraction planner etc.
If you want to dig into even deeper long tail keywords you can type your seed keyword followed by the letter “a”, “b”, “c” and keep going through the alphabet finding all of the suggested keywords. Again using “law of attraction” as an example, type in this word followed by the letter “a”. As you can see, you will presented with a list of keywords you can target for your blog posts.
Open up Google sheets and start saving all of the keywords into a document to keep them organised.
Easy way (Keyword research tool):
There is an easier, less time-consuming way to go about the keyword research process. This is with a keyword research tool called Keysearch. It contains way too many features to go into within this article but one of the tools it has is Google suggest. Instead of spending hours doing it the manual way, you can type in your keyword, and with one click Keysearch will automatically generate all of the keywords instead of you having to do the alphabet method.
It will also show you the keyword difficulty score which will enable you to pick out keywords that are easier to rank for. You can then export all of this data as a spreadsheet.
#Step 3: Creating Content
You should by this stage have a huge list of keywords from the previous step. Each and every week you should be doing at least 3 blog posts per week, with each blog post based upon a different keyword.
The way I go about the research for a blog post is to type the keyword into Google, then open up all of the posts on the first page. Take a look at what they they are writing along with sub categories they are using within the post. Create a new post inside of WordPress, use the keyword as your title, then start creating a list of sub headings for your post.
You can then start writing the content under each sub heading until you have at least around 1,300 words inside the post. You will see a word count on the bottom left of the screen.
How do you make money with your blog?
You can make money from your blog by using the tools and affiliate links that were covered previously. If we take a look at a post from my blog you’ll see the multiple ways you can start making money.
The first one is actually inside of the content. Where it says “check out manifestation magic”, this is actually my affiliate link which directs people to the sales page of a product from Clickbank. You simply hyperlink your affiliate link into the text which you can easily do with in WordPress.
On the right hand side in the sidebar of the blog, the first image is a banner containing my affiliate link to a product called Tailwind, and the image below it is a Google adsense banner where you get paid per click.
This is why I say how important it is to create a blog because it’s a platform where you can provide a ton of value to people, build up trust, and then add multiple streams of income which will build over time.
#Step 4: Pinterest
Pinterest is a great platform to start generating traffic towards your blog. If you haven’t got an account then head on over to https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ and create a free account. The way to start generating traffic is to create 3-5 pins for each one of your blog posts and upload them into your boards on Pinterest with a link to that specific blog post.
You don’t have to be amazing at graphic design to create pins. Just simply create them on Canva for free where there are already a ton of different templates for Pinterest that you can edit and then download.
You will have to do a consistent daily schedule of posting your pins and re-pinning other people’s pins. You can also request to join group boards where you can pin your pins and generate even more traffic.
The easier way to do Pinterest
It can be a lot of hard work and very time consuming doing manual work on Pinterest everyday. The way around this is to use a tool called Tailwind. Tailwind will allow you to upload all of your pins and schedule them to go out at any time you wish. Just take an hour or so once a week to schedule your pins and you won’t have to do anything else with it, Tailwind will do all of the work and start bringing you traffic.
You can start for free but you are very limited on the free plan.
#Step 5: Scaling things up with email marketing
Once you’ve been doing this for a while, your traffic should keep increasing on a monthly basis and eventually you’ll be making more and more commissions. To really make the most of this and turn this into a life changing business, you’ll need to start capturing emails and build up a big email list.
As you can see on my blog I have these opt-in boxes set up in different locations such as in the sidebar and at the end of posts to collect emails. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
This powerful software will allow you to setup opt-in boxes and lead capture forms to start collecting emails on your blog.
You’ll now now an email autoresponder platform and the one I use is Aweber. You can connect Aweber to OptinMonster so that all of the emails captured will then be stored inside of Aweber where you can re-market to your audience and make even more money.
Hope you enjoyed this article on ClickBank Affiliate Marketing for beginners 2020. The key to success is taking action. If you don’t get started then you’ll never see any results. Just remember that the most successful affiliate marketing blogs out there today who are pulling in thousands of dollars per month, once started as a fresh WordPress install with no blog posts.
Imagine if they hadn’t of started or just gave up after a few months. They wouldn’t be the established sites that they are today. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below.