I have just created an account with them, has anybody got any examples of their Product reviews so I have an idea of how much content and layout so I can create my own
Hi Richie, I am using both Clickbank and Plimus products on my Hubpages and have had some good success promoting these products, one or two in particular.
You will find promoting Hubpages targeted towards such products requires some skill. The idea is not to "sell" in your writings, but to provide either an answer or an improvement by using the product.
Product review sites do quite well at the moment as a lot of people want "how to" or "does it work" information before they buy.
My experience has been that I make more affiliate sales of such products on HP rather then Adsense, so I highly recommend exploring this avenue of extra revenue raising.
Richie, with Clickbank you have to create everything yourself! It's not like other affiliate programs where they give you banners or guidelines on how to advertise.
All you'll get from Clickbank is the hoplink (the link you use as a hyperlink). When someone clicks on it, they'll be taken to the product landing page. You can take a look at the landing page before signing up for the product.
As others have said, a huge percentage of Clickbank products are absolute junk - the cost of creating and marketing a product there is so low, it's a magnet for spammers. I only joined because I came across a couple of products I wanted to market, and it turned out they were on Clickbank. I've tried ploughing through their site to find other good stuff but it's hard work!
Hey Richie, there are a few hubbers who do visit the forums on occasions, that also work with Clickbank. However, it needs to be said that not many hubbers come to the forums versus membership.
So, I guess the best answer is for you to type "clickbank" into the search engine of HubPages and locate what you are looking for.
The people(hubbers) are far between on the issue of using Clickbank in the first place, considering 50% of the products are useless and make no money for anyone.
Picking products to do reviews about could be a sticky situation, considering or depending on the product itself.
Hope that helped.
I don't use Clickbank, but I've got some unsolicited advice for you. DON'T PROMOTE PRODUCTS YOU HAVEN'T USED YOURSELF. Pet peeve of mine. I hate to see all these "get your ex back" and "cure cancer naturally" ebooks being promoted, taking advantage of emotionally vulnerable people just for a few bucks commission. Remember: there are real live people on the other side of the internet connection.
Hey Maddie, I do not want to enter into an argument on specific, but you are correct, a lot of the products, as I said in my previous post are useless and take advantage.
However, please do not dismiss things such as "cure" methods for things like cancer or other "method" for fixing health issues.
I recently heard a commercial on live radio about a book that explains how to use specific supplements/herbs/natural stuff as a way to help fight cancer and other physical ailments. It spoke of how the pharma companies were trying to prevent the publication of the book, because it goes against the data "they" supposedly have.
I'm not picking on you, but there happens to be more to some things than just what's spread about by "big" companies and media.
I do agree with not promoting something not yet used by any individual beforehand. U.S. Law requires that anyone who is selling a product/goods, must have used the product themselves, otherwise they can be held accountable for what happens when someone purchases the product/goods via them. No one is allowed to endorse any product unless they have tried it for themselves.
People selling their miracle cure are using the old Big Pharma conspiracy theory as a marketing tool. Why else would you be advertising. I'm with Maddie on this one.
Bottom line. Governments around the wolrd spend billions every year treating diseases like cancer. If some $5 herbs helped they would be all over it, particularly now that every government is broke.
Nice to be one-sided. There is no conspiracy theory about the helpfulness of supplements/herbs and natural remedies.
Actually, only ignorance would allow this view. Government doesn't do what's in the best interest of the people and to think that they would spend less if they could is absurd.
But, thank you for your reply. My post is supported by my experience and more.
Oh, Cags. You misunderstood me. I am all for alternative medicine. I started out as a holistic health practitioner, don't forget. I was just talking about how many people choose their affiliate promotions by what pays the most, completely blindly, without stopping to think about whether or not they're ripping off emotionally vulnerable people.
I think there's a difference between writing about the reported pros and cons of a given supplement, based on research, and claiming that something is a miracle cure without having any evidence (other than the product manufacturer's hype or paid testimonials).
Thanks Cags, Thanks Maddie.. I was looking at one product which I do have an interest in and was going to try it before I review it.. I'm not sure now. I was just looking for a revenue service as an extra alternative to my adsense earnings
No offense to a lot of those who have commented so far, I find it incredibly ironic that those who have not made any money from Clickbank are dismissing it off hand.
There are GREAT products on Clickbank - they didn't sell over a BILLION dollars because "it's all JUNK..." I'm a happy user of several money-making products on Clickbank, such as Magic Article Rewriter and Submitter, Micro Niche Finder, Magic Submitter, Bookmarking Demon...all of these tools have paid me money in their use.
Junk? Not quite!
The reason a lot of people discount Clickbank is because they have no idea what they're doing, and they don't make any money -- and conclude the problem is Clickbank...
If you can, get your hands on George Brown's "Google Sniper" for a system using Clickbank that **actually works**. It's a tutorial on the nuts and bolts of how to find and sell products that actually make you a profit.
Before jumping into it, I'd do some research if I were you, get training of some sort from those who have made money with CB.
Personally, I've made over $3k my first 6 months online, selling a $2k product (it's a physical product). I'm using Commission Junction, but also sell some CB products.
If you want to read more about how to do it right, you can read my friends' blogs:
All have used Clickbank to various degrees of success, and actually can point you in the right direction. They don't charge for giving you real-world tips that they've all learned the hard way, and they know what on earth they're talking about.
Here are two tips for you on Clickbank.
First, if you want to sell a product, arrange everything on their marketplace using the filter "By Gravity."
Gravity will tell you if others are making money with that product. The higher gravity, the more support and quality behind the product, and the more likely you will sell it yourself. If you want to FAIL on CB, then ignore gravity...
(A gravity over 50 is minimum, imho, but there are hot products with over 200 gravity, and at one point George Brown's Google Sniper was one of them!)
Also, it is plainly NOT TRUE that "they don't help you with anything, you only get a hoplink."
That depends on the program in question (and btw, I wouldn't take advice about Clickbank from someone who hasn't succeeded in it...just my two cents).
Just ASK the affiliate manager for the program you're interested in, you'll get a response in many cases. If you get NO response, then you should build your own links IF the product is selling. Otherwise, save your time and effort for other products.
Case in point:
dog training products - Kingdom of Pets is one affiliate company on CB that gives you A LOT of creatives. You can check out their product line and also their creatives for ideas.
Also, if you want to have this all ready for you first, then you'll want to see if there is a "For Affiliates" link or URL given. This is where you'll find the pre-made creatives to use.
Not every product line on CB is that developed, but again: JUST ASK! They want you to succeed, because it's a win/win. If you succeed, they do too.
One, I didn't say ALL products on Clickbank are junk - but blind Freddy can see the amount of junk that's on there. That doesn't mean they don't make money, it's amazing what people will shell out for.
Two, why do you assume I'm not making money from the products I do promote?
Three, thanks for the tip on "gravity" and the fact that creatives are available - but Clickbank doesn't do anything to make you aware of either of those things.
Try joining an affiliate like ShareASale and look at how much they do to pro-actively make their affiliates aware of all the features and creatives available.
I'm surprised actually how this conversation is going when you consider how many of us 'sell' Amazon products without having used them, or write about herbal remedies without having tried them.
We are writers. We do the research, read what other people have said about the products, and incorproate that into our articles.
We're not wikipedia. We don't have to be accurate and quote sources.
Marisa and all,
If your looking for creatives and help with selling SPECIFIC clickbank products most actually do provide, banners, videos and even email templates - you simply go the the sales page for the product (just click the hoplink) and find the "affiliates" link in the footer.
You should always examine the landing page of a CB product for ideas for how to promote and also to decide if the product sales page is something that would convert your audience ..sometimes they are just ridiculously long.
Although its often better to make your own versions of these tools to differentiate yourself from all the other sellers of the same products.
many of the Clickbank tools for internet marketers are very valuable ..as Maddie points out there is also a large collection of products meant to sucker those who are dealing with major health and relationship issues.
One positive thing about Clickbank is the 60 day no questions asked return policy - any CB product is guaranteed and fully refundable - this alone allows me to promote many of their products w/ no ethical qualms.
cags, I would love to see a citation for the US law you mentioned? It seems quite improbable
Check out my Socrates Wordpress hub, that is the only one I have made money off, I think it is the video that sells it, it was posted by the creator of the theme on YouTube so I snapped it up and featured it relativley high up in the Hub.
Good luck with CB
p.s I found cbfeed.com useful too.
I made some money in clickbank. Recently, I didn't make any money. I don't know why?
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