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Clickbank Initial Sales: What's A Newbie To Expect?

Updated on January 11, 2012

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Several weeks ago, I wrote a Hub about my initial Adsense earnings. I’d recently posted answers to some questions new Hubbers had about Adsense and it made me realize that I’d had similar questions a few months ago. I wrote that Hub to try and help others understand Adsense workings and how to use some simple statistics to set their expectations correctly. I well remember logging in to Adsense everyday in the beginning, inevitably disappointed to see those zeroes for “Today’s Estimated Earnings”. Likewise with selling Clickbank products. My stats for Clickbank sales didn’t look anything like all the ones on Guru’s pages and I spent months waiting for my first sale. But those initial sales on Clickbank did come and so this Hub is here to share that info with you and help you learn what to expect from initial Clickbank sales.

As I said in that first Adsense article, it took roughly 3 months or over 1,000 views of my Hubpages articles to start seeing some consistent Adsense revenues. My results were similar with selling my first Clickbank products but because I stood to earn more, my disappointment was even more marked when sales didn’t come in. The good news is that I’m here to tell you that the sales can in fact, come, if you are persistent and willing to continue learning and working.

Some Initial Clickbank Statistics

When I first started out trying to sell a Clickbank product on wire jewelry making, I had my first article about that product published. Then I sat and waited for the sales to start coming in. Then I waited some more, certain that that one article on wire jewelry would pull sales. Then I waited some more.

When I finally gave up waiting, I realized that there were obviously some things I didn't understand about Clickbank, internet marketing or the whole shooting match about online sales. In retrospect, the thing I most misunderstood about selling on the net was that it takes lots of exposure to get above the noise level. The Internet is so vast these days, that it takes a lot more than one article to drive sufficient traffic to gain sales of just about anything.

As a test then, I wrote articles about a handful of jewelry making Clickbank products to see how much my efforts in writing articles would drive traffic. As many of you already know, when someone clicks thru the link to a Clickbank product, it's called a "hop". I wanted to see how many "hops" it would take to make a sale so that I'd know in the future how to set my own expectations for potential sales.

Initial Clickbank Calculations and Test Results

After waiting a few weeks to let my Clickbank articles mature, I started to calculate how many "hops" it took to make a sale. My first results only included a hundred or so "hops" but at that time, it took 20 "hops" to make a sale.

My second calculations have proven more valuable since I have more data to base the statistics on: with 215 total hops for 4 Clickbank products that I wrote articles on, I've made a total of 6 sales. From that, I now know that it will take 36 "hops" for me to make a sale or roughly around that figure.

This has been extremely useful in helping me set my own expectations regarding the sales of Clickbank products. The effort, thus far, has been worth it and I may continue focusing some effort in this direction.

It's also very important to realize that I have chosen random CB products that I related to and were well done. I reviewed all the products first before writing my articles and recommending the products. In some cases, I contacted the authors of the Clickbank products to ask if I could purchase at wholesale in exchange for reviewing their products. Some accepted which helped money-wise.

Other CB products may convert better than the ones I chose so please remember that these are just my own statistics and not necessarily indicative of what someone else's experience might be with CB. I do however, hope that this hub is helpful to some of you just starting out selling CB products or thinking about doing so. It does work but like most everything on the net, it takes decent amounts of traffic to gain results.

If any of you has found this hub helpful, please feel free to write a brief comment or even better, maybe share some of your own experiences with Clickbank as I do believe these kinds of hubs can be very helpful when starting out, thanks.


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    • wirewoman profile image

      wirewoman 6 years ago

      Well, that's been my hope, thanks. Since I wrote this, I've had some CB products sell reliably so I'll have to update this hub, ha!

    • Tams R profile image

      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      Interesting facts for your personal experience. It will help set other's expectations too.

    • wirewoman profile image

      wirewoman 6 years ago

      Glad this was helpful, I will update this soon but don't try and learn this stuff all at once. Focus on one aspect first and learn the rest slowly over time. It does come but it does take some tenacity at least from my own experience. Best of luck and thanks

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      lpanfil 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I feel like I have so much to learn and so little time. Useful hub. Thanks.