Saturday, October 4, 2014

How To Really Make Money with Clickbank

The following is the business model I use to make thousands of dollars every week with Clickbank. This is going to be long and detail post (over 2,300 words). I encourage you to read though the whole thing because this model works and has been proven over and over by myself and other affiliate marketers. While this model shows how to make money with Clickbank, the model can be applied to any other affiliate network or product (even a blog). I just happen to like Clickbank because information is one of the easiest products to promote and sell on the Internet.
Hit And Run Marketing Doesn’t Work
Most new affiliate marketers getting into the business do what I call hit and run affiliate marketing. It’s the model they’re all familiar with because it’s the one they hear about the most. The hit and run marketing steps goes something like this.
  1. Select a Clickbank (or any affiliate) product to promote
  2. Send traffic to the landing page with PPC/PPV
  3. PROFIT!
I’m sure you’ve all heard stories of affiliate marketers spending $10K a day to make $20K? It sounds great doesn’t it? The only problem is there are not many affiliate marketers who can do that. Also, those who are making a profit using the hit and run model are leaving a ton of money on the table.
Spending money on advertising to get one customer that you will never see again is one of the dumbest business move you can make. That’s like Best Buy spending $50K on a front page ad on the Wall Street Journal to have those customers buy one item and then never visit the store again. They’re go under in less than six months if that’s the case!
Another problem with the hit and run model is it’s not very stable. You have to keep spending money on advertising or the sales stop. You risk the chance of Google slapping your landing page because of a low quality score, you may run out of money tweaking the ads/keywords/landing pages, competition can drive up bids to the point where you can’t make a profit, the advertiser may pull the offer, etc.

Your Work Isn’t Done Yet!

Even with all these combined factors, you still need to know if this product is worth promoting. You need to investigate a few things.
  • General competition in this niche
  • Competition from other affiliate marketers in this niche
  • Other people promoting this specific product
  • Keyword stats
  • The product itself (is it good)
Very often you’ll find fake reviews from other affiliates that make a product sound awesome, but it will probably be clear that they never tried it. Look for normal folks that may have bought it and mention it on their blog, YouTube, or in a forum.
There are many factors that can influence your success in a specific niche, with a specific product. There are a lot of smart marketers out there, and just going by these simple metrics, you’re going to run into at least SOME competition.
Don’t be afraid of it, but learn to assess it correctly. If most people are using EMDs, don’t use one. If most people have tiny websites with crappy content, put in the extra effort and blow them out of the water. If there’s a lot of negative reviews from people, avoid it even if the payout looks good.

What Now?

I know my Clickbank earnings were pretty poor, but I actually make a full time income promoting other affiliate programs. I just found that most of what was on CB wasn’t my style, and there was too much junk to sort through. Don’t be limited by what you find on there.
There are literally thousands of other affiliate programs out there with physical and/or digital products for you to promote. CB is just one affiliate network, and has a very limited number of things to promote.
I started out as a newbie in 2010, and quit my job in 2012. Now I spend my days helping other people on their own businesses. If you want to start a new online business or have an existing one you need help with, you can get 1-on-1 support from ME! All you need to do is join the same online business training center where I learned to build my first business.


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