5 Steps to Make Money Working Online Using the ClickBank Affiliate Program

by Tom McEwin on 22 April, 2010

The ClickBank affiliate program homepage provides a quick 5 step description of how to make money working online.  While some of these steps need quite a bit of elaboration, they still provide a useful plan for getting started.

Step 1 – Signing up for ClickBank Affiliate Program

Unsurprisingly the first step to earn money with ClickBank, is to sign up with ClickBank.  This just involves filling out a form.  In this step we also get to meet a handsome looking fellow by the name of Alan who is looking to make money working online.

Step 2 – Finding Products to Promote

The description given for this step is twofold:

  1. find a product to promote; and
  2. create a ClickBank affiliate link.

Now the affiliate link is something that ClickBank largely takes care of itself, so is not something that we really need to be worried about.

However, there are many different things to consider when choosing a product to promote from the ClickBank affiliate program.  Firstly, it is important to do some research to be able to identify and target a hungry crowd.  This is a very big topic in its own right.  Then, after identifying our target audience, it is necessary to start looking at what products that hungry crowd might be after.  This will involve considering the various products which ClickBank has to offer and coming to grips with the different types of information available about ClickBank products.

Step 3 – Promoting ClickBank Affiliate Links

The next step is to promote the ClickBank affiliate program link.  ClickBank suggests that this can be done using search engine ads, blogs, and posting reviews in forums.  But there are plenty of other ways that immediately spring to mind (and no doubt many other methods out there as well):

  • using classified ad sites
  • article marketing
  • Squidoo lenses
  • email lists
  • twitter
  • Facebook ads

Each of these requires different specialised knowledge in order to both get started and use effectively.  This can complicate things somewhat, but ultimately the aim is to get targeted traffic to click the ClickBank affiliate link.

Step 4 – ClickBank Tracks Each Sale

This step is fairly self explanatory – ClickBank tracks things and affiliates such as Alan get paid a commission.  Alan has started to make money working online and likes this so much he gives this the big thumbs up.

However, this is subject to any ClickBank refunds that get issued. In the event that the particular sale gets refunded, Alan will lose his commission.  Expect a big thumbs down from Alan if that happens.

Step 5 – Find and Promote More Products

The final step described for Alan is to rinse and repeat – find and promote more products on the ClickBank affiliate program.  Here we see Alan taking a bit of a nap.

Still, to the extent that this plan works, why wouldn’t he feel “in control of his future and as he gets better at promoting products he sees his earnings grow.”  Good for Alan.

Way Forward

So what can we take from ClickBank’s 5 step plan to make money working online?  Well, it is simple in theory, and there are some steps which are quite easy, but there are a number of areas which require a decent amount of knowledge to either get started or to use effectively.

In my next post I’ll be looking at the product that got me started on my affiliate marketing journey.

© Tom McEwin
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Wal Heinrich April 25, 2010 at 4:36 PM

You make it sound really easy, Tom. I will look forward to finding out what you did to make Clickbank a success for you in your next post.
.-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

Tom April 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Thanks Wal, although I can’t take any of the credit for making it sound easy – that is ClickBank’s doing. I think that step 2 (finding a product to promote) and step 3 (promoting the ClickBank affiliate link) require a bit more know-how than ClickBank suggests in order to do these things successfully. But the concept is still good.

My next post will be a review of a product I know you are quite familiar with, and which helps provide some of the knowledge necessary to succeed with steps 2 and 3.

David Moloney April 26, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Another great logical edition to your Clickbank mastery course! I like that you provided hints on the channels you can use to promote your Clickbank products. I look forward to reading about the product that got you started.
.-= David Moloney´s last blog ..Small Business Outsourcing Saved Me $5,000 and My Sanity =-.

Tom April 26, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Thanks David, I am glad you are enjoying. I figured it is better to methodically work my way through a particular area of internet marketing than to jump all over the place.

The product which I’ll be talking about next isn’t a ClickBank product that I sold. Rather it is one that helped give me the knowledge necessary for steps 2 and 3 of the ClickBank affiliate program formula.

Colin April 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Nice concise guide to Clickbank Tom – looking forward to putting the steps into practise soon.

Rita Pepper April 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Hi Tom
You do make it sound so easy, I have started looking for products from ClickBank affiliate program. trying out one or 2 so I will see how I go

Jill Brown April 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Hi Tom,
Thanks for this info. You have explained the process so well that I am also looking forward to finding a suitable product on Clickbank and to promote it as an affiliate product for myself.

Tom McEwin April 27, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Thanks for your comments Colin, Rita and Jill – happy you liked the post. I always find the hardest problem is just starting a new endeavour. Once I get over the initial inertia it is comparatively easy to keep chipping away at things.

Darrin May 18, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Hey Tom,
Well put, I think it is important to have a plan of action as without a plan you plan to fail! Guidance and persistence are vital in my opinion to be successful online and anyone can do it as long as they are consistent.
To your success
Darrin

Tom McEwin May 18, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Thanks for your thoughts Darrin. I agree that having a plan is crucial to achieving success, particularly online. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Ian Paul Marshall August 9, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I just started to go through clickbank looking for good products to promote. It’s tough creating products on your own and clickbank is a good resource to find some quality products for your niche.

I’ve used facebook ads recently to do some research for a product I’m creating right now and I have to see that I really really really recommend other people to tap into this resource.

1) facebook ads are cheap. I did the price per thousand impressions option and got amazing value for my money

2) it’s super targeted. scary targeted. you can pinpoint the exactly group of people you’d like to see your ads.

3) good response. I was surprised to see how many people actually clicked my ad and then followed through on my call to action.

Give it a try you may be surprised by the results. I know I was.
Ian Paul Marshall´s last blog post ..Search Engine Optimization – A Visual Guide

Tom McEwin August 9, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Hi Ian, thanks for your comment. Facebook has struck me has having a fantastic potential for targeted marketing to a very well defined niche, although I haven’t taken the time to thoroughly investigate the possibilities as yet. But I’ll definitely take a look at Facebook ads when the time comes.

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