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ClickBank How-to Guide

Updated on July 14, 2011

Faybe Bay's Guide to ClickBank

It's day one on my new me schedule, ClickBank sign up, and training. I have a terribly sad avoidance issue, and so it is with great trepidation, I embark on unknown territory. I do this with one cigarette left to my name and no money to buy more. I need ClickBank to work for me. I need all I have learned in my two months on line to miraculously turn my words into cash money.

I presume that we all have a similar need, although many would have taken the ClickBank plunge sooner than I. Alas, fear has paralyzed me from trying. Now that I have clicked on the dreaded join ClickBank here free, link and joined, I ask myself: "What was I afraid of?" That was the easiest thing I have done so far! Man I should have listened the first 150 times I was told to join. If you can type in your name, e-mail, and choose a user name, you can join ClickBank. Be sure that you sign up as an affiliate, which is free, a vendor pays 49.95 to sign up, plus a small monthly fee.

Many sites have three or four pages of information that is required, and on top of that, a waiting period to be accepted. Not so with ClickBank, as soon as you are done, go to your e-mail and confirm your account. Copy the 8 digit password that they sent you, log in and learn.

Now, navigation for me has been a bit difficult, I kept clicking on all of the helpful articles, but what I needed was video. They have that too! I happened to notice it off to the left, in red, VIDEOS! Yay! If you click that link it will take you to ClickBank videos, and you can get a jump start on me!

Okay, I am off to learn more, and I will share that with you as we go!


Okay, first thing to know, Affiliate sign-up is free, Vendor sign-up costs money. So say you know something that you could write a book about, you can create that, become a vendor and sell. But if you are just looking to make money, with no eye to create a product, then join as an affiliate. This does not prevent you from making a referral link, to promote ClickBank, but your referral link will pay for vendor sign-up and sales.

Okay, on to the Videos:

  1. Signing up for ClickBank. This one is easy, and I'd already done that, but if you didn't believe me, you can watch the video. I wasn't fibbing, it really is that easy!
  2. Creating a HopLink! Man what an easy topic! See, I can read all day, and still be unsure of myself, but when I tell you this is easy, just trust me. The video is so simple, if you can type and click, you can do this, too!
  3. I Have a HopLink, now what? This video is less than 6 minutes, and explains where you can post your links. Now here is where a problem comes in. A suggestion to post in forums, is a no-no here and on many other sites. Also you must pay attention to the Terms of Service for any site that you paste your links on. The best idea is to write an article promoting and paste your link there. Then promote your article.
  4. Do I need a web site to be an Affiliate? The answer is no, of course, but this video will help you make the decision of whether you would like to build and start your own web site.
  5. How to post HopLinks in a Blog: Now this is one we all need. Of course as I lost my first blog, and was rather lazy with my second, this is going to be one that will really help me. I have to set a schedule, divide my time between blogging, hubbing, and promoting my affiliate programs. This video is around 11 minutes of the best time you will ever spend learning to make money with a blog. This guy really gets me! I have nothing to lose, he says, and no sense in wasting anymore time! I wish I'd found this two months ago!
  6. This last video is for Vendors. If you have not joined up as a vendor, you really don't need this. However, if you have an expertise in any field, or even a hobby that you could spin into profits, joining as a vendor is an investment of 49.95

Now, for the fun stuff

Okay, if you watched video 5, you will see this guy has a web site to teach you how and why to become a blogger. As much as we would all like to make immediate cash, and I have smoked my last cigarette, an education is important. I have over 60 hubs, but I have little to show for that, other than the fantastic friends I have made at hub pages. If I had a $1.00 for every friend, that would be something! But I don't. I know my next step is to go learn.

You may have been told that if you write, they will come. As in the field of dreams movie, no this will not happen without work. In field of dreams, Kevin Costner does much more than build a baseball field where his corn field should be. He goes in search of more information, takes a road trip, and meets individuals he would have never met, if it wasn't for his dream.

You have to do that as well. Don't just build your hubs around keywords, and affiliate links. Don't do that with your blog, or your web site, either. Yes you must build these things, but building them does not mean "they" will come. You must, click away, and surf the Internet, that superhighway, that will take you to unknown places, and introduce you to characters you would have never met otherwise.

You have the dream, but you must follow the road map. The signposts and road maps on this journey are free, and you don't even have to gas up before you go. Take it to the next level, leave your comfort zone, and go meet some interesting characters who will explain the next leg of your journey, get others to see your dream, and make it their own as well.

Are You Actually Thinking Of Doing This?

This is My Field of Dreams

I know that my friends and even my children are telling me not to expect too much, don't get your hopes up. You don't even know what you're doing. There is no magic system. This is a gamble, you're going to lose everything (again). You need to just get a real job. Quit wasting your time, this is ridiculous! Have you lost your mind? I worry about you, you are wasting so much time on line, you have responsibilities. Those people aren't your friends, and they aren't making money either, or if they are, they've tapped the source and it's too late for you!

Are your friends and family saying the same things to you? Have they said these things before when you tried something new and different? Did you give up? Are you planning on giving up now?

See, what they don't realize is that the world is big enough for all of us. When I tried Avon, Tupperware, and Amway, those businesses could only grow by the size of your contact list. Not so with Internet Marketing. In this field, the market grows exponentially every single day. Home computers, new software and a new way to do just about anything, hits the airwaves and information Superhighway, every single day. Minute by minute, your potential customer base is growing.

Build your field of dreams, if you build it, they will come. It is guaranteed, as long as you never stop reaching, never stop learning, never stop building, and never stop growing. Never give up, never surrender.

Just Making the Movie became an impossible dream.

Imagine, After the Movie, People did come!

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    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Wow StephSev108, don't know where you dug this old thing up from! It's so bad! Thanks for the compliment. I have learned so much since writing this. Some of the videos and links probably don't work anymore.

      I promise to do some housekeeping here as soon as I get the time! (Should I have said HubKeeping? Oh well)

      Thanks, I will clean it up in case someone else finds it. Great luck to you!

    • StephSev108 profile image

      Stephanie Marie Severson 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for a great hub!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bizchickblogs! I guess I should have done more with it right away, but I got sidetracked by life! I can see by the bundle of joy in your lap that life keeps you busy as well. As soon as I really get selling, I will definitely let you know how it works!

      in the mean time, Share a sale has been very good and offers amazing back up and educational services right to your e-mail. I have been very impressed by them. I wrote a hub about them as well, and it is the easiest affiliate program I have found outside of adsense and Amazon!

      Good luck to you. If you check out Edweirdo he has made his first $100.00 adsense payout in only 5 months with hub pages!

    • bizchickblogs profile image

      T Peterson 

      9 years ago from Tucson

      Definitely let us know how well you do! I have a number of colleagues who do well with Clickbank. I was never a particularly good salesperson so it doesn't appeal to me, but I have an account and should I one day come across something I think is valuable enough to talk about, I will! There tends to be a lot of competition on Clickbank.

      One thing's for sure - if you've got $50 and an ebook of your own, you will no doubt be successful by marketing it to ClickBank affiliates like yourself who are ready and willing to sell for you.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      @ Compusmart, I don't know what Cj is.

      Hey Habee, I found out ShareASale is a lot easier. I wrote a hub on that too.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the info, but I'm still a little confused.

    • compu-smart profile image

      Tony T 

      9 years ago from London UK

      ClickBank, Cj, and AdSense have been good to me!;)

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Supermom! I am so pleased that you have taken the time to help me on my journey! I am not desperate, although I am not working right now. I want to build a real business, one that will help others as well as myself and my family! I will check out your site, thank you!

    • supermom_in_ny profile image


      9 years ago from NY

      You have.

      ShareaSale is an affiliate netwrok like

      You may benefit from reading my site. It has a lot of info on making money online:

      I've been doing this since 2005. You're off to a great start. The only way anyone can succeed is to take action and that's what you're doing.


    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Supermom for the info! I will want to read your hub. I also found ShareASale, much easier than ClickBank! I have to get more irons in the fire. I have some good things going, just haven't got enough marketing savvy yet. Still, at only 3 months in, I feel I have learned a lot!

    • supermom_in_ny profile image


      9 years ago from NY

      I applaud you for taking the first step, then the second and so on! :)

      However, you will need to look into another avenue for instant payments. You need to fulfill a lot of requirements just to get your first paper check. I just created a hubpage about this and wrote about an alternative. I know you will want to check it out.

      By the way, Clickbank can make you money. You will need to invest a lot of time article marketing, building links and a list. Anyone can do it, when they put their mind to it and work!

      Good luck!


    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Pamela, and HubMeNow. I am still learning, and what I find I will pass on.

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      9 years ago from Emmen

      I loved your writing style, casual-profession, direct, clear and with video's to stimulate the mind. Thumbs up!

      You're totally right btw, in the end there is no such thing as easy money. But if one is willing to put in the (honest) work, a modest income is waiting on the internet.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I haven't tried Click bank. It seems I've had to learn so much lately but I may look into it eventually.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Peter, I need to learn more and really get started.

    • Peter Dickinson profile image

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Great article. Nicely pulled together. I have been a Clickbank Member for perhaps a year. I really need to spend a bit more time promoting the products. Thanks for writing.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      One step at a time. Thanks, I am quitting smoking and it's taking it's toll on me today.

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      Super Chef 

      9 years ago from Around the world

      I am sure you will get there in the end I wish I could and I've been trying for years.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Super Chef! I actually feel like I am ten steps behind everyone else! It helps to think this little step is good.

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      Super Chef 

      9 years ago from Around the world

      Nice hub Faybe good information

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the tip Sandy! I seem to remember hearing that about all of the affiliate programs, set them to the lowest payout so the money doesn't get eaten up in fees.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I sell products from Clickbank, though I'm still waiting to make money. I had some in there waiting to get paid and didn't realize it was set at $100 and not $10 payout. Needless to say, after so many months there they zeroed out my account. So why do I still use Clickbank? I can't answer that.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you LadyJane and RedElf, for stopping by. I am off to sleep. I got through the whole day not buying cigarettes, hopefully 2 days to go, and I'll be free of them! I will write more of what I learn tomorrow.

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, Fay! I'll have to check it out, too, I guess.

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Sounds promising maybe I will check it out myself I havent heard about this but most of the time Im in a cave. Good luck and good hub.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Hi Mega, I have to work my way through, but yes, you can find an information, or service, and sell it on your hub, your blog or wherever you van put your link. If something is available that my uncle would like I can e-mail him the link. It is like writing a movie review, and then selling the DVD, same principle.

    • mega1 profile image


      9 years ago

      unless I didn't read this right - and missed it - you didn't really say how one makes money on this site - you sell the products they list on your hubs? is that what you do, like the Amazon affiliate program same kinda thing? anyhow, I'm just not that knowledgeable about these things and so far my lack of online earnings is proof of that!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Benny Faye, it is always a good day when I see you!

    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Fay, for a very interesting hub, I appreciate you. Thanks for sharing. creativeone59

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Rafini, good to see you, don't get overwhelmed, just pick a product and write a review, then move one to the next product.

      De Greek, I need all the luck I can get!

      Hub Llama, I bow to your expertise, I was so happy to find that link. I mean I can get Wuthering Heights, but reading about internet marketing... Not so much. I need to be shown the way, and the videos are great.

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      Hub Llama 

      9 years ago from Denver, CO

      Nice tip about the videos. I never saw that link over there either for some reason.

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      Good luck:-)

    • Rafini profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      I had heard of clickbank a while back in the forums but had no idea what it was, thought it had something to do with reporting for setting the record straight! I just might go and sign up.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Calicoaster, I have more to learn, but I saw a video on how to make your choices... Now if I can just find that again, I can do a hub on it! :-)

    • calicoaster profile image


      9 years ago

      Great hub! I enjoyed reading it, though I registered into Clickbank long time back. Did some initial endeavors and then dropped it off, partly because of my lack of interest, and partly because I had many other things to do that looked more important and lucrative. Now, you have reminded me from this hub. Will surely go back and browse through the long deserted Clickbank territory of!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Ann, I think we all go through our phases, and for some of us this is just such uncharted territory! My son actually read two of my hubs, as he promised he would when I got 200 followers. He thinks I'm good, but getting my daughter's to look is much harder. I raised them to be grounded in reality, and they think I am losing it! :-)

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      Ann Nonymous 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      This is a very interesting hub Faybe! I am unfamiliar with it but you wrote about clickbank so well and how you began the journey I feel like I visited the site! I wish you much success here and that you will be comforted with peace and your financial issues look upwards. I know you can do it!!!!!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Lorlie, and Marisa. I took way too long to write this, but it was worth every minute. I went to bed and couldn't sleep (lack of cigarettes, but I am not putting them on a credit card!)and came back to see you had stopped by. I cannot tell you what your support does for my morale, as I sift through the "dross". I know that when all is said and done I will see this through, and quit smoking too. If we give up, there isn't much we can say, except, what if I'd tried? So I keep trying, and you ladies keep going too! Sooner or later it will pay off.

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      Kate Swanson 

      9 years ago from Sydney

      Faybe, I joined Clickbank and then never used it because it seemed to be full of rubbish which I didn't feel comfortable selling. Then months later, I came across a good ebook and lo and behold, it was being sold through Clickbank! So now I feature it on my site. I haven't sold anything yet but at least I feel good about selling it - and the commission rate is very good if I do.

      I remember Mark Knowles saying, ages ago, that it was worth sifting through all the dross on clickbank to find the gems - looks like it was true!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      I applaud you, Faybe! Overcoming fear is a huge accomplishment!


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