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HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH CLICKBANK: THE $500+/DAY BLUEPRINT

So now on to the nitty-gritty. Here’s the breakdown of what I’ll be covering to help you get your first ClickBank sale.

There are 3 major steps:

  • The product/offer
  • The funnel
  • The traffic

We’ll go into more details regarding each step but let me give you a quick overview of each. The product/offer is the ClickBank product you’ll be promoting.

This might seem like it’s simple enough but screwing up this step could potentially hinder you from earning a single cent because the other steps are built on top of it.

Next up is the funnel. The funnel basically represents the journey a visitor takes from the point they’re exposed to your website/ad/link down to where they can make a purchase through your affiliate link.

There are many different approaches to this so experiment around and play to your strengths.

Finally, you need the traffic.

You have the product, you’ve set up the “journey” your visitor will go through to finally get to the product, now all that’s left is to actually start driving those visitors to your sales funnel.

1) THE PRODUCT

So before you choose a product you need to hop on the ClickBank website and sign up for an affiliate account. This is a straightforward process that you can start here.

Once you’re done, it’s time to navigate to the marketplace and start browsing.

THE GENERAL EXPLORATION PHASE

A lot of people will recommend selecting a niche/category you’re familiar with right off the bat and browsing products inside it. Although I agree with this approach for strong reasons I’ll outline later, I do not think it should be the starting point.

Simply go ahead and hit the “magnifying glass” button next to the search bar without typing anything.

clickbank marketplace for making money

This will allow you to browse an aggregate list of products from all categories. You can use the “sort results by” drop-down menu to sort the results according to a number of different criteria.

For our purposes, we’ll keep it set as “Popularity” for now, although I also encourage you to sort by “Gravity” and browse products that way.

At this point, forget categories, niches and everything else. We simply want to identify what makes a good product.

But what do these terms mean?

High gravity means a lot of affiliates are making money with that product or it’s a “proven” product.

You might be thinking that’s a no-brainer, right? Simply sort by highest gravity and pick a product out of those.

Well, while many advise going that route, it has its issues. The main one being: high gravity = a lot of affiliates = a lot of competition. This isn’t always a bad thing but might not be ideal for people just starting out.

Before we move on to the next section, browse through 10-20 high gravity products. Visit their sales page and their “affiliate tools” page. Notice how they sell the product to both their customers and you as an affiliate.

You’ll start to notice all the most successful ClickBank products have traits in common in their offer, their funnel, and their pages. Learning this lets you search for these traits in underperforming products.

You’ll quickly start noticing patterns.

The common traits you see among the top products usually have a significant contribution to their success. We want to understand these traits so we can spot them in other products that may be less competitive but can sell well.

Here are some things you might notice:

  • Video Sales Pages (VSLs)

These are a popular type of sales pages that convert very well because of their dependence on easily digestible, highly engaging videos.

  • Strong Affiliate Tools

You’ll find that most top products have dedicated pages that help you get started quickly promoting their products. They often even create ready-to-go ads, content, and templates for you. This shows that the vendor cares about attracting and retaining affiliates.

  • Social Proof

Most products will have testimonials/reviews or other types of social proof that show people using and benefiting from that product successfully.

  • Strong Copy and Clear Call to Actions

If they have a written sales page you’ll likely find that it’s very convincing and keeps pulling you in to read more. They’re often story-driven as well.

The buy now button will be impossible to miss and the whole page will be directing your attention to it to complete the purchase. It leaves no doubt in the visitor’s mind on what should be done next.

CHOOSING A PRODUCT

At this point, you should have a general idea what a good product looks like by analyzing top gravity products across all categories. You should also have some ideas about which niches/categories you want to get into.

While many will point out that the most profitable ClickBank niches are often health, wealth, and relationships, you should search based on what you’re interested in and can promote.

Now it’s time to choose a product to promote.

Here’s a checklist:

  • Interest in the niche

Passion/huge interest is a bonus. People really underestimate this point. You’ll be eating, drinking and breathing this product/niche for weeks, possibly months and years to come if it’s successful and you start focusing on growing it. Having an interest in it makes things so much easier and helps you keep going when things get tough.

  • Gravity is not a deal breaker

People will tell you to choose a product with at least 30+ gravity. This is not a rule of thumb by any means. I’ve promoted products that had a gravity of 5 and made good money, as long as the product hits other points on this checklist (and the one in the above section), you can give it a go.

 
  • “Wow” factor and solution for niche problem

If your target market sees this and instantly thinks “I need this! How have I been living without it?” Then you’ve got yourself a potential winner. It helps to be knowledgeable/interested in this niche so you can easily judge this point.

  • Great sales page

Clean, convincing, and easy to complete checkout.

  • Affiliate tools/support

Try getting in touch with the vendor for affiliate support. Good vendors will be prompt with affiliate support and will show you that they care because they make money when you do.

2) THE SALES FUNNEL

Once you’ve chosen your product, it’s time to think about the typical journey your visitor would go through till they end up buying your product. Here are some of the most popular “journeys”:

  • Direct linking:

This means you’ll send people directly to the vendor’s sales page. This used to work well and still does in some rare cases but most of the time, it’s not recommended to go down that route. You need to “warm up” your visitor first before sending them to the offer page. Unfortunately, because this is the lazy man’s route, a lot of people choose it.

  • Lander > Offer:

This is a much better approach than the above. A lander or landing page is a web page that you create and that acts as a middleman between the offer and the visitor. This could be a review of the offer, a video, an article…etc. The visitor would land on it, consume it and then click a link and get redirected to the offer. Warren Wheeler’s case study on AMNinajs.com uses a variation of this funnel.

  • Lander > Opt-in > Offer:

This is AuthorityHacker’s approach in the case study referred to above. You basically send your visitor to a landing page and offer them a free gift related to your offer in exchange for their email address. You then send them the offer (among other things) via email.

3) TRAFFIC

So how do you drive visitors to your niche website and hence your offer? When driving traffic you could either “pay” by spending effort and time or pay by actually paying for the traffic. Let me explain this by actually breaking down the recommended traffic sources.

SEO

SEO, in a nutshell, is working on making your website rank high in Google search results when people enter specific search keywords. The big pros of SEO are that it’s a very long-term strategy and could keep bringing you traffic for years with minimal effort.

It’s also inexpensive or almost free if you do all the work yourself manually.

The drawback is that it’s slow at first, it could take 2-3+ months to see your first sale if that is your main traffic source. It’s also tedious in the sense that it requires a lot of effort link building, especially if you’re trying to rank for highly competitive keywords.