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Is It Possible To Make Money With Clickbank?

Updated on February 9, 2012
Make Money With Clickbank
Make Money With Clickbank

One search query people put in and find my blog is “can you make money with Clickbank?” I see that and other like, “is Clickbank lucrative,” “is Clickbank a scam” and of course the “how to make money with Clickbank.” I want to try to address these questions and hopefully give you a better understanding of the entire process. The fact is you can make money with Clickbank, but you have to do it the right way.

What is Clickbank?

Clickbank is one of the largest digital product retailers. Think of them as a huge warehouse of ebooks. There are ebooks on most any subject or niche available from how to sell Amazon product to getting rid of zits. Authors, or marketers, write ebooks and post them on Clickbank. Affiliates pick ebook products related to their niche and promote them on their blog or websites. The affiliate makes a commission on each sale. That is the short and sweet of it.

Is Clickbank a Scam?

Absolutley not. Are there scammers with ebooks available at Clickbank? Yes, but most of them are in the “make money” niche. The reality is people who are in dire straights get excited when they see products promoting ways to make money with little work. Unscrupulous marketers take advantage of that and create rehashed ebooks that offer methods or software that doesn't work. But get away from the “make money” niche and you find a great deal of useful information and quality products to offer your readers and customers.

People outside of the “make money” niche have no real reason to make unsubstantiated claims just to sell ebooks. Most products are full of information that benefits your customers. As an example I promoted some stuff in the worm farming niche. My grandfather raised earthworms and night crawlers for some local bait shops, so I had some knowledge of the industry. I evaluated the product I was going to promote, and indeed this was a quality product. In order to make money with Clickbank, just understand that as long as you stay away from the 'make money” niche you will find more quality products.

Is Clickbank Lucrative?

Of course everyone wants to know if Clickbank is lucrative, especially outside the “make money” niche. Yes you can make money with Clickbank as long as you do it the right way. The right way is not doing what other marketers have been doing for years which is basically slapping up a few or a few hundred articles that don't say anything, just to get links out in front of people.

Promoting Clickbank products takes work. On my blog I did a One Week Marketing review where I mention that in order to make money online you must do the work necessary. There isn't a secret formula. There are methods that are easier to handle, especially if you are starting out. But ultimately you have to do some work, especially in the beginning.

Google and readers are tired of seeing the same thing over and over. Seriously, look at how many web pages there are that are nothing more than a sales page. Then look at how many web pages out there that really don't give you any information on what you are looking for. Then also look at how many pages say the same thing. To make money online, whether it is promoting Clickbank products or anything else, requires that you be different and offer quality content with useful information for your readers.

Research Possible Clickbank Products

One thing that really helps when you want to promote any product is to actually own the product. That's why I talk so much about One Week Marketing on my blog. I own it and it works well. Now in order to own the product does not necessarily mean you have to purchase the product. For example, let's say you have an organic gardening website. You found an ebook at Clickbank that you would like to promote on your site. You have two choices. One, purchase the product. The second choice is to email the author of the book and inquire about a “review” copy. Most authors outside of the 'make money” niche will have no problem either giving you a full copy or a partial copy to review. Now if you get a copy like this, write a review of the product and give your honest opinion.

But what if you cannot afford to buy it or the author doesn't give out a review copy? Do some research online. There are plenty of reviews out there. You can spot the ones that aren't truthful or biased trust me. Look for as much information as you can on the product. Look at the sales page of the product and verify some of the information. Bottom line is do your due diligence before you offer it to your audience. You will find that you will make more sales as long as you offer products that give your readers value.

Yes, You Can Make Money With Clickbank

You can make money with Clickbank, just like you can make money promoting any other product or service. The key is offering a quality product to your audience. Doing your research before offering it to your readers helps to ensure that the products you offer give your readers value. Give your readers value and they will come back again and again. They will tell their friends. Give them crap, and you will find it hard to make money period. Realize that you must do some work on your part and you will make money with Clickbank.


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    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California


      Yes do check it out. They have some good crafting products available.

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California


      There are some products in Clickbank that "might" interest you. Take some time one day just to check it out.

      It's good to be picky what you promote on your site. The readers always come first. As long as your audience is happy, the revenue will follow. :)

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      ocbill - Sorry to hear about your experience. The thing with Clickbank, they charge $1 once your account is inactive for 90 days of no sales. From their "accounting Policies": Accounts with a positive balance but no earnings for an extended period of time are considered dormant. Dormant accounts are subject to a charge of $1 per pay period after 90 days of no earnings, $5 per pay period after 180 days of no earnings.

      Many people expect to put up some content and have it drive traffic to Clickbank products all by itself. Just doesn't work that way. It is great that you had the sales. Capitalize on what worked and expand.

      As with any business model you choose, you must always keep growing your business whether it's writing web content, affiliate marketing or anything else.

      That's the funny thing with affiliate marketing. 95% of those who start affiliate marketing, give up because they did not get the results they expected as quickly as they expected. I did the same thing when I started out. Affiliate marketing is not a "get rich quick" process. It is a legitimate, and lucrative, business model. There is work involved, especially on the front end.....but the ROI of time is well worth it. :)

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      7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      i know you can make money with them. I did. the problem was I made 1 or 2 sales but it didn't cross their earnings payout threshold. Then I had no sales in 4 to 6 months after that and they deduct from your acct. when you make no sales. So, I ended up with $0. In my circumstance, and probably others who got jilted, it was a raw deal.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks, Ken! I will check this out more closely.

    • carolapple profile image


      7 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

      I have only been vaguely aware of Clickbank but your hub says some interesting things about it, so I may check it out. I have a blog site but I'm very picky about what I promote on it. Mostly books that I absolutely love. Informative hub - thanks.


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