Introduction To Clickbank

Lesson 7: Profitability as an Affiliate

Clickbank is a third party affiliate network which means that they are the liaisons between publishers or merchants and the affiliates.


Clickbank makes sure that the merchants’ merchandise is promoted and they make sure that their affiliates are paid their commissions on time for every sale that they made.


Profitability as an Affiliate


For merchants, the site is a great forum to sell their digital products and get leverage through over 100,000 affiliates. They know that their products will get the best chances of being sold.


If you are looking for an affiliate program that promises to give you the chance to make good commission earnings, then Clickbank is the best place for you. Getting signed-up is very easy and also free. There are no registration fees or joining fees involved and there are no hidden charges.


In order to be a profitable affiliate, you need to understand that being a Clickbank affiliate is a real business and businesses are built through repeat business. If someone buys a product from you, that person is highly likely to buy from you again. So you need to focus your energies on making your business work.


The key to a stable affiliate commission income is repeated business as it is always easier to sell a product to someone who has already bought something from you.


Choose Your Niche and Your Products


You need to take the time to think about your niche. What types of products would you want to sell? Then you should choose a series of products within that niche to market or promote.


If you are interested in gold and feel that you would do well promoting products related to golf then, by all means, choose that as your niche. If you believe that you can promote lifestyle-related products best, and then go for that.


Choose the Program That Works For You


The next step is to make a plan about how you can promote the products that you have chosen. Choose a method that works for you. If you are a great writer, you can create an e-book related to the niche you have chosen and offered it for free after making sure that there is a squeeze page or a sales page promoting your Clickbank products.


Or, if you have a website, you can have links to the products you are promoting. There are so many ways you can promote products. Let your imagination take flight. The key is, go with your strengths and choose what you are familiar with.


If you are a blogger, then you can promote your Clickbank products through your blogs. There is also article marketing, social media, pay per click, press releases and much more ways of promoting products that are available.


Capture Leads


Whichever method you choose to promote your products, you need to have a mechanism that captures leads. This means that whether you are giving away an e-book as a means to attract customers or giving links on your website, you need to have a way to get to know about the people who visit your page.


This can be in the form of a place where customers can leave their email addresses. For an e-book giveaway, you can make the download of the e-course in the form of a download link that people will get in their email. Or a direct download link after they give their email.


This will provide you with a list of people who are interested in the niche enough to have given you their email address. They are now your leads. Capture them.


Regular Communication Is Important


Once you have your leads, you can now send regular emails at certain intervals to help you pitch your products. Just ensure that the emails contain quality content and are not spam. A newsletter would be a good idea. This helps you build a relationship with your leads.


Put some links in the email that would help promote your Clickbank products or have some simple squeeze lines to help sell your products.


After Sales Service Is Key


Once a customer has bought a product, never think that your relationship with that person has ended. It has actually just begun. Keep in touch with that customer and make sure you regularly send them a copy of your newsletters or emails. Treat that customer as a lead again.


Remember that a customer who has already bought a product once is likely to buy again. Take care of that customer. Offer the customer related products to the one he or she has just bought.


Mix in Some Recurring Income Generating Products


Whenever you are building your portfolio of Clickbank products chose a couple of products that can help you earn recurring income. These are products that involve monthly memberships or subscriptions. These are important as they mean a regular monthly income that can truly help you with your affiliate business.


Your success depends on the amount of effort you put in. You need to be focused, consistent, patient and you need to be a quick learner. This is very important because you may face a situation where in your promotional efforts may not be working for you and you need to adapt a new approach. There are many Clickbank vendors or publishers who offer a wealth of marketing and promotional materials. Many even offer sales pages, pictures, video testimonials, articles and blog posts. You can use any materials that they provide you however you see fit.


Clickbank’s affiliate program is a very good business option. There are many affiliates who have found earning very good money. The key is to keep in mind that there are no quick fixes. You will need to work and you will need to invest time and effort into your business.


The best part of being an affiliate comes when you get a sale and the commission comes in. But do not rest on your laurels and keep at it. This will help you to keep earning and building a customer base that will be advantageous to you in the long run.


Wrapping Up


Summing up, Clickbank is an excellent electronic network, with an easy and simple to utilize system, simple sign up process and effective support. Although there are a couple of things that could be made better… as with anything else, all in all, Clickbank is a truly accessible electronic network that ought to be perfect for individuals first getting rolling in marketing and affiliate marketing.

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