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    Owen Allen

    Sunny,

    Affiliates can only redirect customers to the vendor's HopLink target page (i.e. their pitch page) using a HopLink.

    If you want content to use in your advertising, see if the vendor has an Affiliate Tools page. These pages often contain images, branding information, and other resources for affiliates to use. If you want material beyond that, you'll have to contact the vendor.

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    Vai S. Thean

    Good day Owen,

    Started my Affiliate journey in Feb this year. Subscribers base are increasing daily but no sale. I use the created hoplink in my email marketing campaign. 

    So I did a test last week by clicking on the email link (i sent to myself & friend) which leads us to the vendor's landing page, which then lead us to the order page. We both tried making a purchase and to my horror, we got the error message of "Your order was not approved, please try another card". Tried several other cards and got the same message. (on Safari browser & phone).

    Contacted Click Bank Support and their reply - "I had the security team run a check on the regions where you are promoting to see if there are any issues and they have confirmed that we are actively accepting orders from all of the areas where your traffic is coming from". By the way, I'm promoting to the South East Asian Region i.e. Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia etc..

    Next, I reached out to the vendor and they gave me a trial credit card and it works (on safari browser).

    Today I tried again with my own card, pasting the hoplink directly onto Google chrome, placed an order and it works.

    I also did a test as suggested above and my affiliate ID is at the bottom of the order page.

    Q.

    1. Any difference between ordering using Safari & Google Chrome? 

    2. Any difference between clicking on direct hoplink or clicking on hoplink inserted as hyperlink in the email?

    3. What other the ways to simulate test to ensure the hoplink is working?

    Desperately need help! Thanks!

    Vai

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    Owen Allen

    Vai,

    The HopLink should work equally well regardless of browser or placement. As you note, the best way to make sure that your hoplink is working is to follow it and make sure you are listed as the affiliate when you reach the order form.

    It sounds like you were hitting an issue on the order form, but that doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with your HopLink.

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    Michal Bahno

    Hello Owen,

    Based on your experience;

    Is it a good strategy to put a hoplink directly to the paid ads using f.e. BingAds or other  search engines offering ads ?

    Or is it better to create my own site with specific topic and building slowly the traffic ?

    Thanks in Advance

    Mike

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    Owen Allen

    Mike,

    I don't know if you can really say that one is better - it's more a question of which one suits your strengths.

    If you feel that you'd be able to effectively target ads on other sites, you can be successful through that route. Ad buys can often involve an upfront investment, but they can be rewarding if targeted effectively.

    On the other hand, if you feel that you'd be more effective at building readership over time through your own site, and investing your time in chunks, you can be successful that way too.

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    Justin McFadden

    Can HopLink be secured using SSL like https ?

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    Owen Allen

    Justin,

    HopLinks can't be https at the moment.

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    Silviya Howe

    Hi, I try to promote few affiliate websites and I want to send my visitors to a paticular PRODUCT page, no home or sale page of the site. How to form my hoplink to DEEP link to any page of their site?

    For example: I want to link exactly to this page http://www.meditation-power.com/alpha-meditation.htm

    This is what vendor say:

    "Step 2: Set up your affiliate link. Change the "URCBIDHERE" to your own Clickbank affiliate ID for this link: http://myName.medipower.hop.clickbank.net/ (This is your product link.) Every time a sale takes place, you earn a commission. In fact, you can even use your own link to purchase a copy for yourself to review.

    Step 3: Add your affiliate link to free content and spread it around to start making commissions."

    How to link to " link to free content " properly???

    Thank you

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    Owen Allen

    Silviya,

    Some vendors have set up a redirection system to redirect customers from the HopLink target page to the correct product page. If the vendor has done so, you can find information about their system on their affiliate tools page, and information about using that scheme here: Redirecting Customers From a Vendor's HopLink Target.

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    Tarlochan Singh

    Owen Allen

    Hi,

    I just want to say that I am new at this. But you have helped quite a bit by answering all the questions. I will be writing to you in case I get stuck somewhere. Thank you.

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    Owen Allen

    Tarlochan,

    Thanks. I'm happy to help.

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    Ryan Davenport

    How do you know if your getting paid for promoting a product?

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    Owen Allen

    Ryan,

    You can look at Transactions Reporting to see if there are transactions for which you've earned commissions, and look at the How We Pay You article for information about seeing what you're getting paid.

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    William Jones

    This is a great tutorial series so far. I have two questions though:

    1) I already created and have used an encrypted affiliate HopLink. I followed the video and went through the process again and it generated a new HopLink. Does this mean that my old HopLink is now inactive and this new HopLink is the active one or is this just another HopLink I can use in addition to the first HopLink I created?

    2) I used my HopLink and hit the Buy Now button, but didn't see my affiliate ID on the order form. Nothing appeared down there (between the terms of sale and copyright notice). However, I have checked on my reports tab in my account and seen that 70 or so people have visited my HopLink. Does this mean that it works correctly and I should receive payments without issues or do I need to see my affiliate ID in order for it to work?

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    Owen Allen

    William,

    1) Generating a new HopLink shouldn't have any impact on an older HopLink - they should both work fine. Testing your HopLinks using the procedure in the Testing HopLinks section is the best way to make sure they're working correctly, though.

    2) If you don't see your account nickname listed as the affiliate on the order form, that could indicate a problem with the order form, or a problem with the HopLink. If you can't identify a problem with the HopLink, I'd file a support ticket to make sure there aren't any other issues.

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    Mostafa Mahmod

    I have a private case with my affiliate work in clickbank, that's because this scenario:

    - I will give my affiliate url to my students, they will work with me, and they will do ads in facebook, adwords, ..etc, so how could I know the traffic source for each one of my students in order to give him a commission (as a shared between me and the student)

    eg, a book here in CB give a commission $4 for every sale, so I will give my student who achieved a full sale $2. so my issue now, how could I know this data in CB that give me source traffic for each student and his full sales. ofcourse the issue happen because of that I give all student a one affiliate URL. so any advice or solving might help in this issue?

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    Owen Allen

    Mostafa,

    You could have each of your students create an Affiliate JV Contract with you. That would let them automatically share a percentage of their affiliate commissions with you.

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    Fran Mobo

    I am trying to test the hoplink and so far I can only tell that it seems to be tracked with correct hop count for today and yesterday's test pay.  Yesterday's test order was actually paid with the right dollar for trial order of $1. But in the reporting, the dollar was not tracked.  In today's order, there is no tracking of dollar because I did not enter dollar. In fact, it does not let me pay with any of my credit cards. It started to reject my payment with one credit card, and prompted for a different one, when I entered a new card, it still got rejected. I am stuck. I really would like to test whether the hiplink really tracked the correct dollars or not. Please advise.

    Best,

    Fran

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    Mostafa Mahmod

    but this feature give me a limited shares, by another mean if I reach out the 100% so I can not give my affiliate URL for more students.

    this feature is good but limited. any advice ?

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    Owen Allen

    Fran,

    That sounds a bit in-depth for me to diagnose from the comments section. Go ahead and file a support ticket.

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    Owen Allen

    Mostafa,

    For the JV Contract to work, each student would create their own account. Since they'd be sharing their revenue with you, they'd be the ones limited by the 100% cap.

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    David Osborn

    Hello!

    Newbie questions..

    If someone follows your hoplink to a sales page, but then proceeds to go elsewhere online (or visits other pages on the website) and then returns to the sales page and buys, will the affiliate still be linked to the sale?

    Similarly, if a vendor re-targets visitors to his/her sales page via Facebook ads will the affiliate receive a commission if a sale is made from someone who initially visited the page via their hoplink?

    Thanks!

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    Owen Allen

    David,

    The last affiliate who directed the customer to the order form should receive credit for it. If a customer leaves the page and comes back, either via the HopLink or via reopening the page, the original affiliate still receives credit. If the customer's second visit uses a different affiliate's HopLink, though, that affiliate receives credit.

    I think it's rare for a customer to visit a pitch page, leave, and then revisit it from another source, for what it's worth.

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    Michel Bouchet

    Hi,

    I am just beginning to use ClickBank. I have understood how to create hoplinks and I have set one up on a website. It seems to work fine as far as I can see.

    Here is a question, if I send the hoplink I have created to friends or if I put it on Facebook (or any other SNS). Is it a valid usage? An will I get a commission if a product is purchased?

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    Owen Allen

    Michel,

    You can send your HopLink to others or put it on social media, and it will still work and give you your commission. Just make sure that you're following the guidelines for any site on which you post your HopLink (no spamming or the like).

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    Sphesihle Khuzwayo

    Thanks very much for your help along the way.

    since URL link is used for paid advertising.Which link must i use direct URL or HTML when promoting clickbank product on YouTube?

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    Steven Smith

    Owen Allen, 

           Hello,and thank you for imparting your knowledge to others!

    I'm very new to affiliate sales,utilizing clickbank,establishing a new and effective account and advertising .so ,I'm needing a more precise understanding of certain things in order to become operational.Perhaps you could help me get started better with these three things specifically.:1) where specifically do i find the vendors nickname to put onto a HopLink? ; 2) When I copy and paste the vendor link (which should include my own nickname- but unfortunately does not) on the dashboard ,how do I bring up the dashboard to see who I've begun to advertise product sales for ?and ;3) How specifically (step by step please ) [I am an eager but apparently slow learner in this new field] do I create my own hopshield  tracker number so I may begin marketing products and getting paid?

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    Owen Allen

    Sphesihle,

    You can present the link any way you choose - as long as potential customers follow the HopLink to get to the Pitch Page, you'll receive affiliate credit for their purchase.

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    Owen Allen

    Steven,

    If you find a vendor in the marketplace, their account nickname is displayed, and there's also a Promote button that generates a HopLink for them.

    Regardless of how you create it, you have to use a HopLink with your account nickname and the vendor's account nickname to get credit for your promotions.

    Once you've made promotions that have led to sales, you'll see those in the Transactions Reporting section.

    Regarding HopShield, once you've created a HopLink with your account nickname and the vendor's account nickname, it is valid and can be used. Tracking IDs and other parameters are optional.

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    Ryan Finnel

    Hi Owen,

    Its very good of you answering all questions clearly. Thumbs Up.

    I am new here too and i have three questions for you.

    1. I am in a country that is not listed on Clickbank's list of countries that allows Affiliates to participate with Vendors in this marketing program. I am very interested but cant able to find my country on the list to go on and create my Clickbank account. This also leave me in confusion as my Bank account details will somehow reflect my bank's country and so on.  Any ways i can still participate? 

    2. Can i create two or more Clickbank account (this would mean Different Nicknames) to promote different products for different vendors?

    3. Is it possible to promote several products using same Clickbank Account?

    Thank You

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