When it comes to making money online, affiliate marketing is at the forefront for most people.
And when it comes to affiliate marketing, specifically affiliate marketing networks, ClickBank is the biggest name out there.
With ClickBank, you have access to hundreds of thousands of digital products that you can promote as an affiliate and make money.
Normally, when people talk about making money with ClickBank, they assume you have a website of your own.
But what if you don’t have your own site to promote products on?
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There are actually ways anyone, with or without a website, can earn money as an affiliate marketer through ClickBank.
In this post, I’m going to give you a step by step guide on how to start making money promoting ClickBank products without a website.
What Is ClickBank?
For those unfamiliar, ClickBank.com is a marketplace where product owners list their products in hopes of attracting affiliates who would promote their products in exchange for the commission.
You can earn as much as 75% commissions on certain products.
One reason for such high payout is that they focus purely on electronic contents (Digital Products, e-books, etc…).
As the distribution cost is practically zero, product owners are able to expand the commissions for the affiliates.
Now, there are actually 2 ways to profit from ClickBank:
- Make money promoting CB products as an affiliate.
- Sell your own products on CB.
This post is mostly about a method I used (and still use) to profit as an affiliate marketer promoting other people’s products. But I will also briefly touch on the second option.
1. Making Money with ClickBank as an Affiliate Marketer
- Getting Started
Whether you have a website or not, to make money with ClickBank, you have to pick a product and promote it.
But before you can promote any of the available products, you need to sign up with CB (which is free.)
To get started, visit ClickBank.com and create your free account. It will take you less than a minute.
Once you signed up, you can access every product available on ClickBank.
Go ahead and familiars yourself with the interface and how everything works.
- Find a Product to Promote
Once you get access to the humongous database of products, sift through the collection and figure out a really good quality product for you to promote.
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Find a product that you are already familiar with (even if just barely,) or better still, find one that you know a lot about it or the niche it belongs to.
If the above is not an option, then pick on with High Gravity.
High Gravity is an indication that the product has successful track record among other affiliate marketers.
- Write Articles
Writing articles online and using them as a way to promote things is an effective strategy.
Sit down, do some research about the product you have chosen in step 2 and write a few articles about it.
The sales page of the respective product should be a good source that you can use for your content.
Keep in mind that you are not at this moment trying to push for a sales pitch.
All you want is to have the articles generating enough interest for your readers to click on your link so that they can learn more about the product.
These articles will play a central role to your online money making strategy.
Your job as an affiliate marketer is to successfully entice readers to click the link on your articles so that they can be led to the product’s sales page.
Certain article directories allow you to incorporate your link within the article text itself, while others restrict the link to be included right at the end of the article.
No matter what the rules are, your objective is to embed that link and have a call to action.
It is worthwhile to point out that there are article sites that prohibit any affiliate link. What you would do in this case is to create a free blogspot blog and have your link embedded there instead so that readers can still be led to the sale’s page, without contravening the rules.
- Start an Article Marketing Campaign
Once you are done with your articles, you are going to submit your article to various article directories.
This is where your traffic/customers are going to come from.
Remember, you don’t have a website of your own, so we are using article directories to promote our product(s).
I would try to submit to the top 5-10 article directories manually, then find someone on Fiverr, pay them $5 to submit to a few hundred other directories.
- Make Sales & Money
Once your articles are approved and published on these article directories, slowly, but surly, you’ll start to see sales.
It won’t happen instantly, but if you write enough articles and submit to enough sites that get decent traffic, it will happen.
You will get sales and you will make money.
My Own Experience.
This is one of the first methods I used to make money online.
I had no website and I just happen to come across a forum post explaining how another person was doing this with success.
So I started doing it, and sure enough, within weeks I started making sales.
These days, I have my own sites and don’t do much of a ClickBank marketing, but plenty of other people are still making a lot of money with ClickBank using this and other techniques.
What I like about this method is its simplicity. It won’t take you that long to write a few decent articles and have them submitted to a few article directories.
In fact, if you have the money, you don’t even have to write the articles yourself!
You can outsource them to freelance writer.
There are plenty of decent freelance writers on websites such as freelancer.com and Fiverr, at a reasonable rate.
Other Promotional Techniques
If you want to take this one step further, you could also promote the product you have chosen on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
There are some people who also put ads on Craigslist in related categories and draw traffic to the product’s sale page that way.
2. Making Money As a Seller on ClickBank
If you have digital products of your own, CB can help to facilitate the sales.
For example, if you’re a good writer and want to make and sell eBooks, you can sign up with CB and add your eBook(s) to the marketplace so other affiliates can promote it for you.
ClickBank is a great place to find affiliates how can sell your eBooks to more people that you could ever do on your own.
ClickBank charges a one-time fee of $49, and for every sale they help to make, they will take away 7% as their commission.
It is entirely up to you on how much you want to sell your products.
You also decide how much to pay your affiliates.
Clickbank Isn’t a Scam
Some argue that the whole thing is just a massive scam as they claim to never get any payment from them.
Sure, there may be a few people here and there that may have been cheated a few times, but I think the majority of those who claim its a scam do so because they fail to take any action.
They for some reason have this idea that all it takes for them to make money is to write one or two articles and put them out there without doing any promotion.
Well, bad news…
You ain’t gonna make any money that way!
It takes serious planning and effort to draw traffic and then turn that traffic into sales, no matter what platform you are on.
The biggest draw for me about ClickBank is that it is entirely possible to make money without a website, and the process of doing so is straightforward.
And there is no reason to restrict yourself.
Sure, there are some not so good products that I wouldn’t want to associate with. But there are also tons of fabulous products that I would be proud to promote.
ClickBank is no get rich quick scheme. You need to work hard in order to make sales so you can earn commissions.
But if you’re willing to put the time and effort needed to reach ClickBank success, you will make money without a doubt.