Many people have questions about ClickBank. Whether this is a legitimate platform, how to set up an account, how to promote products and so on.
It is a well-known affiliate network so no wonder, people are curious whether it is possible to make money with ClickBank (CB) or not. Some of them just want to purchase a course or a program.
Others (like Vendors or Merchants) want to add their products to the CB marketplace so they can sell easier.
The majority of them would like to become a partner with CB as affiliate marketers.
Either way, they want to make sure that they do not get scammed.
It is understandable, nobody wants to lose money.
We are going to review ClickBank as one of the oldest affiliate networks (founded in 1998). Why there is some suspicion about CB, but most importantly we will answer the question, whether ClickBank is legit or not.
Right off the bat, I can tell you that it is legit, but at the same time, it is good to pay attention to some stuff.
The reason why so many people get confused about ClickBank’s credibility is not the ClickBank itself, but the products that are listed within the marketplace.
The truth is that there are many misleading systems/products, that people buy, and at the end of a day they do not benefit from it and/or they may feel like they just been ripped off.
Let’s start from the beginning.
What Is ClickBank?
ClickBank is an affiliate network that works as an intermediary between merchants and affiliates (or publishers).
Merchants are product creators who want to sell their products. To reach more customers, on top of building their website, they go to ClickBank and make a request to include the product within the CB marketplace.
It is like in the old days when people (farmers) living in countries did not have a chance to attract customers. They went to the market and offer their products here, where a lot of people gathers from all over the country/state.
ClickBank (as the owner of the marketplace) takes a fee for listing the merchant’s product.
Now, Publishers or affiliates are those who choose a merchant (or more of them) and they help them to sell their product for a commission. It is called affiliate marketing and it is one of the easiest ways how to start a business online (you don’t have to worry about suppliers, customers, you don’t need storage for merchandise, no customer support. Just make sure to deliver helpful and meaningful content).
ClickBank as the intermediary makes the payment procedures and overall relationship between merchants and affiliates easy. Since CB has been around for more than 2 decades, its affiliate technology is great.
Set Up an Account With CB
ClickBank is very easy to access. Unlike many other affiliate networks, ClickBank accepts everyone.
I mean almost. There are certain countries that are not accepted. (It is similar to the Amazon Affiliate program).
Here is the list of banned countries:
- BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
- BURKINA FASO
- CONGO, THE DEM REP OF
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REP
- COTE D IVOIRE
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
- EQUATORIAL GUINEA
- IRAN, ISLAMIC REP OF
- KOREA, DEM PEOPLES REP
- MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF
- PAPUA NEW GUINEA
- PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
- SIERRA LEONE
- The SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
- TANZANIA, UN REP OF
- SRI LANKA
Merchants have different conditions than publishers (affiliates) when it comes to partnering up with CB. But generally, it is an easy process, and as I said there are no restrictions.
Here you can watch how to get started with a new CB Account.
For those of you who don’t have a CB account yet and want to sign up, there was a change on October 29th.
Since October 29, there are some changes regarding the ClickBank account so I have decided to include this video.
It concerns how to find the nicknames and how to move to other areas within the ClickBank.
How to Choose a Product
Once you have your account up, you can go to any category you want, and promote whatever you want.
OK, not that fast 🙂
In a real-life, you should choose a category where you feel some attraction towards it. Or an interest.
Whether it is dieting, education, languages, sports or travel, you should choose one. At least at the beginning. (As your business grows you can definitely delegate some part of the work and start thinking about the new project or niche).
After selecting your favorite category, go to the list of products and choose a specific one.
If you are not sure, sort out the products according to popularity, so you have the TOP10 most popular product on the 1st page.
You may have heard about Gravity.
This is an indicator (each product has it) of other marketers who made money in the last 12 days. It does not show an actual number of affiliates though. It is a number calculated based on how many sales were made in the last 12 days.
Whenever a sale is made, CB adds 1 point to the gravity score. It is recalculated every day.
Meaning if the sales were done yesterday, the point is being added.
On the other hand, if there is no sale for yesterday, a new number is added to the gravity score. Instead of 1, a 0.96 is added.
This number decreases as there are no sales in the next days:
3 days without sale: 0.96 x 09.96 = 0.9216 ( = 0.96^2 )
4 days without sale: 0.96 x 09.96 x 0.96 = 0.884736 (= 0.96^3)
6 days without sale: 0.81537 (= 0.96^5)
and so on…
Enough of the math :).
- Usually, it is no recommended to promote a product that has lower gravity than “5”. That means that there are not that many affiliates (publishers) who sold this product.
- When there is a gravity higher than “20” it indicates that the product is popular and publishers have good results in sales (with this particular product)
- Gravity ranges from 5 to 20 – always check how old os the product. If it is a new one, this can be a popular one as well.
Also a tip for you – you must trust the product you are going to promote.
Don’t choose a random product just because of a high commission. Get to know, what it is all about, how does it work; how the system looks like and then promote it
That means, check the sales page. It can’t be too hyped up. Must be clean, understandable, and realistic.
Here (Home Income Millionaire) is an example of a very bad product.
You can see that they had been using fake testimonials as well.
Eventually, the Home Income Millionaire was removed from the CB marketplace.
This leads me to the next section on how to promote such a product.
How to Promote The Product
I see all the time, throwing affiliate links in FaceBook groups, without any introduction, hoping that someone will buy it.
Some people use this “method” so often that it is considered spamming.
They don’t realize that this is not working.
1st of all – FB feeds are not shown to all your followers. Also, FB wants people to stay on FB.
1. Social media
That being said, it is much better to do the research about the product at first and then write a post about what you have learned. Mention the highlights and the PROs.
This way people might comment on your post; If so, make sure you connect with them, reply to comments.
If you have followers on Twitter, Instagram you can leverage these platforms as well.
Another great approach is to create a YouTube video about the product.
You don’t have to be on the video. Make a presentation and record the screen.
Post a link to your website (as I mention in the 3rd paragraph), to the post where you describe the product as well.
Have that affiliate (hoplink) within your post. The best would be in the middle of your post and at the end.
3. Your own Website (+the above)
The single best approach is to have your own website where you describe the product. Have a link to Facebook, YouTube, and vice-versa.
You want to inform people about the product. Educate them that it is not a scam.
List the pros and cons. Obviously, if you promoting it, the cons will not outweigh the pros. But be legit.
Don’t try to trick people into buying some scam. They will find out and ask for money back. That means you get no commission. Remember that CB holds the commission until the 30 day money-back-guarantee period is over.
Some products offer a 60-days money-back guarantee. Only after this period is up, you get paid.
So there is no point in being misleading.
Regarding the SEO promotion, there is a very good training course teaching how to get free traffic. I am a member of that platform as well.
If you want to read about some tips on how your post should look, click here to read about 9 Proven Steps To Increase Site’s Ranking.
You can check the training by yourself.
First, 7 days are completely free. You just need to use your email address to sign up.
Can You Make Money with ClickBank? To Sum It Up
Sure you can. You just need to let people know about what they want. That means you need traffic (or getting more views in case you have a video).
In my experience, the beginner will have the best results using organic traffic.
You can also educate people on social media, like Facebook. For example, choose a group and be active within the community. Be helpful. Engage with others. Offer them a solution to a problem they might have – depends on the niche.
If it is losing weight, let them know your opinion.
Don’t send them your affiliate link right away. Make then curious about the offer you are about to present
What I Like About ClickBank
- Many programs paying high affiliate commission (50%-70+%)
- It is easy to get a partner with ClickBank – They accept beginners even without a website (although it is recommended to have a website)
- A large variety of products to choose from (both physical and digital)
- Founded in 1998 – so it has been a well-established platform
What I Do NOT Like
- ClickBank does not accept some countries to join (as per the list above)
- Some product listed in the ClickBank marketplace with low quality or misleading
- A minimum of 5 sales must be made from 2 different payment forms (f.e. different credit cards)
Is ClickBank Legit? – Final Thoughts
Yes, ClickBank is a legit platform.
The reason why the reputation might have been a bit damaged is due to the programs they used to accept.
But this has been fixed.
When a program has a high refund rate, it is removed from its marketplace.
The thing is, that for ClickBank it is not always possible to evaluate the quality of the new program. Therefore it is always recommended to check the reviews of the program you are about to join.
Make sure to check 2 or 3 reviews.
Is “name-of-the-product” a scam
One other thing you want to be careful about is that many of these reviews are just promoting that product and as an affiliate, they try to sell it.
In many cases though, such biased reviews are easily recognizable. One of the signs is that they mention almost no negative sites about the product.
Nevertheless, the CB representatives want to make sure that the refund rate is low and therefore customers remain happy. But it takes time, a few months, sometimes even more.
In case you like the idea of being an affiliate marketer, you should not limit yourself to ClickBank only. There are tons of affiliate networks out there.
Sure not all of them accept newbies, but with proper training, you will learn more and more stuff and tricks. You can become an authority within the affiliate marketing space and that opens a new door for you.
You can easily scale your income once you are an affiliate for more networks.
I know we have covered a lot. In case you have any questions, please ask. Also if you have a comment or any thoughts regarding ClickBank or Affiliate marketing let me know in the section below.
I will be more than happy to answer them. (Hopefully within 24 hours).
Thanks for reading