ClickBank is one of the most famous sites for affiliate marketers to earn huge commissions.
ClickBank is known (and even calls itself) the worlds largest affiliate marketplace for digital products, having paid out over TWO BILLION DOLLARS in affiliate commissions since it’s inception more than 13 years ago.
Affiliate Marketers known ClickBank to be the “go-to” place to find new digital products to sell.
However, ClickBank has also been the subject of a large group of unhappy marketers, with many calling it a “scam”.
In this review, I will explain how ClickBank really works and whether it’s worth your time or not.
First things first, what do you actually DO on ClickBank?
ClickBank is a place to find digital products and services from different vendors to sell online. Every time you sell a vendors product or service you will earn a commission payment from that vendor. All this is provided by the ClickBank platform.
OK, so you find a digital product to sell. Your job is now to sell it. That is, after all, how you are going to make your money working online.
How do you sell Digital Products online?
This is where your job begins. To sell the digital products you have chosen via ClickBank you must understand digital marketing. Or be very good (and consistent) at posting adverts.
Ultimately, this is what you will be doing. Regularly driving traffic to your digital product is what will help generate sales for the vendor and ultimately commissions for you.
You could choose to promote for free, for example by posting adverts to Facebook / Instagram on a daily basis. Or you could choose to invest in your marketing by buying a website / domain name / web hosting and creating a real niche for the digital product you are trying to sell. It’s a risk Vs reward game. The more you risk the more you may get rewarded.
What Commissions can you earn?
Affiliates can earn commissions up to 75% of the selling price – which is huge. If you are selling a $100 product you will earn $75! If you sell a $1000 course you could earn $750.
In general, you’ll find a good range of commissions ranging from 10% right up to 75%.
After you have generated two commission checks, payable every two weeks, then you can apply for direct deposit in your bank account. If you live outside the USA, check to be sure direct deposit is available in your country. But there are just a small number of countries where this service is not available.
What are the negatives then?
While not necessarily a negative, ClickBank has over 50,000 digital products to promote. So finding a product to promote can be difficult. Especially considering the number of people who may already be promoting the digital product you may be thinking of promoting. The key is to do your MARKET RESEARCH. Do potential customers want the digital product and are other affiliate marketers already over-advertising the digital product?
These sort of factors can ultimately affect your earning potential.
Another big negative on ClickBank is the vast number of “get-rich-quick” products and inactive vendors. Savvy customers can spot a SCAM a mile off, and many see buying through ClickBank as an immediate SCAM flag.
Also, don’t expect to actually be paid the commission every time you make a sale. ClickBank offers a 10 day “no questions asked” refund policy. If a customer who buys a digital product doesn’t like it they can get a full refund within 10 days. If a sale is refunded you lose the commissions. There’s no getting around that.
Finally, you often have to buy the digital product or service yourself via ClickBank before you can sell it as an affiliate marketer. So if you’re planning on selling a digital product worth $1000 be prepared to invest your first $1000 in to buying the digital product yourself!
So, is it worth it?
If you love the process of choosing a product, marketing it and driving sales then absolutely yes.
If you love the idea of earning unlimited commissions from selling different digital products and services, then again yes.
But… if you are not confident about whether you can make sales, or if you have never tried affiliate marketing before ClickBank may not be for you.
Ultimately, what you earn with ClickBank is down to your effort and abilities.
ClickBank is the worlds most successful Affiliate Marketing websites and therefore the quality is high. However insufficient affiliate promotional tools let the service down.
ClickBank is free to work with but you may have to invest in the digital product you wish to sell. You may also have to invest in other promotional material such as a website to help you generate web traffic.
You can get started immediately with ClickBank, but some vendors may wish to consider your application before you can start selling their digital products.