Earning Commissions & Getting Paid

If you're new to affiliate marketing, the idea of earning commissions for promoting other people's products can be both exciting and confusing. How do you know how much you'll earn? How is the sale tracked and reported? When will you get paid for the sales you've driven?

Overview

Here's a simple overview of how ClickBank commissions work:

  1. You find a product to promote and create a customized HopLink.
  2. You promote the product online.
  3. A customer clicks on your HopLink, goes to the vendor's website, and ends up purchasing the product from ClickBank.
  4. You receive credit for promoting the sale. Your commission is calculated based on the net sale price (see below) and credited to your account within two minutes of the sale.

How Commissions Are Calculated

Every ClickBank product has a commission rate that is set by the vendor, ranging from 1% to 75%. When you drive a sale to that product, ClickBank processes the sale, applies its charges, then calculates the commission rate based on the remaining net sale amount. Here's an example of how much you'll earn on a one-time purchase product with a 55% commission rate:

Retail Price: $29.95

Subtract 7.5% + $1: -$3.25

Net Sale Amount: $26.70

55% of Remainder: $14.69

Therefore, as the referring affiliate for this sale, you would earn $14.69.

Recurring products can have different commission rates for the initial purchase and the rebill purchases, but the calculation is performed in the same way.

The maximum commission you can earn on a single sale is $150.

Getting Paid

Obviously, the goal of being an affiliate is to get paid for your efforts. To receive your first commission payment, there are two requirements:

  1. You must reach your payment threshold, which you set in your Settings.
  2. You must meet the Customer Distribution Requirement.

For more details about these requirements, and more information about how and when we send payments to you, see the How We Pay You article.

All accounts default to a paper check payment method until you elect to change to direct deposit or wire.  If you're located in an eligible country, you can start receiving payment via direct deposit. Once you become eligible for direct deposit, you can specify this as your payment method in Settings->Payment Information. If you are not within a country supported by direct deposit you may be eligible to receive wire payments or can continue to receive payments with a check.

Refunds and Chargebacks

One question you may have is whether you will still receive your affiliate commission if the product is returned or if the customer requests a chargeback on the purchase. Unfortunately, the answer is no. All money is returned to the customer, so the vendor and affiliate must return their portions of the sale as well.

Because of the 60-day return period for all ClickBank products, we utilize a return allowance to cover the possibility of returns.

FAQ

Q: I misspelled my ClickBank nickname in my HopLink and I know I've made sales! Can I get that money?

A: Possibly. If the misspelled nickname you used belongs to another ClickBank user, we cannot transfer that money to your account. However, if the misspelled nickname does not belong to anyone else, you can contact customer service for access to that account. All sales made using that nickname will be listed in the account's sales reporting, even though the account did not exist when the sales were made. However, we cannot transfer money from that account to your main account.

Q: Can vendors cheat affiliates by "undoing" the commission on a sale, or by pretending that a sale was returned?

A: No. Unlike some other affiliate networks, ClickBank is the retailer in the transaction and is responsible for tracking and paying commissions, so vendors cannot attempt to avoid paying commission on a sale. If a vendor requests a refund on a sale, they lose their portion of the sale as well, so there is no incentive for them to pretend that a sale has been refunded.

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21 Comments

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    Jatin Piplani

    Sir, where shall we promote our product after copying the promoting link? Should we do that in my clickbank new account which I have created recently or where in my account, it means in which option whether in settings or something?

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    Owen Allen

    Jatin,

    You promote vendors' products in your advertising efforts. This could be in ads on other sites, on your own site or blog, in emails, or elsewhere.

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    Blesso Benson

    Hi Owen,

    I have linked Clickbank to Payooner to get the commission to the local account. Should I make any changes in the payment policies, like a check mark on the Direct Transfer?

    But I don't see any details being asked about adding Payooner. I received an email from Payooner that all the Clickbank payments will be transferred to the bank via payooner.  With in the settings> payment policies, I couldn't figure out what needs to be done.

    Regards,

    Blesso.

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    Ronnelle Torres

    What if my nickname is not my true name? Can I still receive my payment or can it still be wired on my payment account?

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    Owen Allen

    Blesso,

    The How We Pay You article has a section about payment methods, which explains how to make sure Payoneer is connected correctly.

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    Owen Allen

    Ronnelle,

    Your account nickname doesn't have to be your actual name. Take a look at the How We Pay You article for more information about how to get paid.

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    Ada Macdonald

    hello i have a question if you promote a digital product for clickbank and the customer wants a refund will the affiliate marketer be charged please if anybody can answer my question feel free to comment

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    Owen Allen

    Ada,

    If a customer requests a refund, all portions of their payment are returned to them. That includes the affiliate portion, the vendor portion, and ClickBank's portion.

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    Hari Kn

    What is tricking Id  how could I know my tracking Id ?

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    Hari Kn

    When try to get a link of a product it shows two links one is hoplink HTML code and a domine address also in these two links which one I need to copy ?

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    Owen Allen

    Hari,

    Take a look at the Using HopLinks article for information about how to use the generated HopLinks and how Tracking IDs work.

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    Abraham Oliha

    Hi Owen, I'm new to clickbank and I live in Canada and I was just wondering if it's ok to use my social insurance number for affilate since I don't live in the state 

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    Owen Allen

    Abraham,

    If you're talking about the Taxpayer ID requirement discussed in the Creating an Affiliate Account article, that's only for US-based affiliates, so you don't need to worry about it.

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    Alain Lasquety

    Hi Owen, aside from inserting your promotional link in blogs/ websites, can we promote the link in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.?

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    Owen Allen

    Alain,

    Yes, you can.

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    Kobi Sarusi

    Order Form Impression – When a customer follows a Payment Link to your order form. Data on order form impressions is displayed in the Order Form Impressions section. ClickBank filters out Order Form Impressions that come from automated sources.
    What its mean ? I order auto usa traffic i not get paid for it ? Becuse it auto traffic ?!?!

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    Owen Allen

    Kobi,

    Any traffic that's not coming from an actual human is automated, and we do our best not to count it in our reporting, because we're trying to only display customers and potential customers. Bots hardly ever buy anything.

    It's worth noting, too, that you're paid per sale, not per order form visit.

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    Dany Polovets

    Hi Owen,

    Is it correct, that conversions will be finally approved and paid 60 days after conversion generations?

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    Owen Allen

    Dany,

    You should be paid sooner than that. Most accounts are paid every two weeks, with a two-week delay, and a portion of the total held in reserve. You can take a look at the How We Pay You article for more information.

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    Dany Polovets

    Thank you for the answer, Owen.
    I meant that if a refund period of a product is 60 days (that's what I saw on product landing pages), affiliate has to wait 60 days in order to be paid for specific conversion. Is it correct?
    In general, what is the average refund period for Clickbank products?

     

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    Owen Allen

    Dany,

    60 days is the default return period, but some vendors can increase or decrease that using an admin-controlled feature.

    Even though refunds can be requested for 60 days, we don't retain all of your account balance until that period has passed. We retain a portion of your balance from one pay period to the next, so that refunds and chargebacks can be covered, but not all of it.

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