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Affiliate Programs – Clickbank

Clickbank-LogoThis post is part of a series on Affiliate Programs for Blogs

Clickbank is another affiliate program that I know quite a few bloggers use. I’ve used it myself to promote a small selection of products with moderate success.

The product I’ve seen the most success with is Joel Comm’s What Google Never Told You About Making Money with Adsense (affiliate link) which I reviewed here. I think I had some good results with this product because I’d personally read and used it and gave an honest appraisal with it for my readers. Personal recommendations are important with all affiliate sales – but especially with Clickbank as some of their products have a pretty average reputation.

Many of Clickbank’s products are e-books and software products – which are broken down into the categories of Business to Business, Computing & Internet, Fun & Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Money & Employment, Sports & Recreation, Home & Family, Marketing & Ads, Society & Culture.

As I note below – while the money can be good with Clickbank – you might pay for it with the ‘cheap and nasty’ feel that many of it’s products have. I would strongly recommend that you carefully consider which products you link to and suggest that you (or someone you trust) has personal experience of them before recommending them to readers.

Clickbank Pros

• it is pretty easy to use Clickbank. Once registered you just need to insert your affiliate name into a URL to be activated for the product

• commissions are very good. Some pay out up to 70% of the value of the product. I’ve made commissions of up to $50 on some sales and know of people who make quite good money from them.

Clickbank Cons

• many of Clickbank’s products are quite quite cheap (although expensive) and nasty. You get a lot of get rich quick programs, dodgy e-books etc. There are some quality products in the mix – but they don’t have the best reputation among many people.

• the Clickbank affiliate interface is pretty basic. In comparison to the stats you get from programs like Amazon and Adsense it’s not very helpful.

• there are no inbuilt options for creating links automatically as there are with many other affiliate programs. I’ve heard of a variety of clickbank tools that can help with this but if you just use their provided interface all you can really create is text links.

What experience have you had with Clickbank? Would/do you use it? Which products have you had success with? What works best in your Clickbank strategy?

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Comments

  1. There are excellent post.

  2. Hi ALL

    Thanks a lot for all the great info! I really learned a lot, but…….

    All affiliate programs are like women (to me). I don’t like ALL women. I cannot love them all. I choose the one that I love and want to stick with for the rest of my life, but it gives me NO RIGHT to say that another man’s woman is NO GOOD.

    If my woman don’t satisfy me, I must divorce and find I new one. It was not the woman’s fault, but MINE. I am the one who chose her in the first place. Just my two cents :)

  3. Thank you for your review of Clickbank. We appreciate you sharing your opinion and doing the research needed to fairly evaluate the service. We have seen fit to link to this article in our independent ClickBank Reviews section. Anyhow, keep up the good work spreading truth.

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  5. Anamika says:

    Click Bank is the product most internet gurus make money with. It has lakhs of affiliates but because of lack of knowledge in how to promote the clickbank products and seeing no results even after a lot of efforts results in many giving up soon. Patience is an essential quality any CB affiliate should develop.

  6. trademetips says:

    Thanks for the review. Just started with ClickBank, and it seems a bit cumbersome to scroll through dozens of products, trying to find relevant products to suit one of my sites. Because their are no images, I had to spend time to create them to embed with their links.

    This is in contrast with Amazon, which has a minefield of images, and advertising avenues (widgets, slide shows, carousels, etc), with direct easy setup, to easily display more than one product. Though the abundance of e-books for easy download at ClickBank, might attract visitors to purchase…

  7. Steve says:

    I have a ClickBank store, and I read with interest the comments on their products. I’ll be looking into winnowing out some of the “nasty” products, but I generally leave it on autopilot. Personally, I have bought more than a few products over the years that came from Clickbank or similar sites.

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