Succeeding as an Affiliate

There are many ways to be successful as an affiliate, but this article lays out the process that we have found to be the most reliable and sustainable while still being very inexpensive. Many affiliates try to skip steps 2 & 3 and go straight from picking a product to immediately promoting it. This makes it really difficult to succeed, and doesn't set up your business for success, so make sure to implement the steps in the order they're listed here.

By reading this article, watching the videos, spending plenty of time working on each step, and taking consistent action every day, you have a much higher chance of being successful as a ClickBank affiliate.

The following subjects are covered in this article:

Step 1: Choose Your Niche

The more you focus your efforts on understanding one area, the better you will understand the needs of the customers in that area.

In this video, we share strategies and tips for picking a niche for your new affiliate business. Be sure to spend plenty of time on this step! Don't rush it when getting started.

Step 2: Build Your Platform

Building a platform gives you a means of communicating with potential customers.

In this video, we walk you through the process of developing and building your platform, which will be the basis for growing your audience and promoting products to them. 

Resources

You can buy your own web hosting and web design from a number of different providers. For a list of our recommended partners for web hosting and more, see our Partners page

We typically do not recommend using free web hosting solutions, because you don't technically own your website and can potentially lose what you've built at any time. It is worth investing a relatively small amount of money to use a paid web hosting service.

Step 3: Grow Your Audience

Attracting a larger audience means a larger pool of potential customers.

In this video, we'll share the steps you can take to start growing your audience and getting traffic to your platform. If you're not sure how to get visitors to your site, this is the video for you! Just make sure you've watched Steps 1 and 2 first.

Resources

Step 4: Promote Products

Once you've created a platform and an audience, you can begin to promote products.

In this video, we'll talk about how you can promote products to your audience in a way that will get you the most sales and make your audience love you at the same time! There are lots of great strategies and tactics in this video, but your success hinges on having done the previous steps properly, so don't jump straight into promoting products before spending time on the earlier steps.

Traffic Sources

There are many different ways to get traffic, both free and paid. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Paid

Paid traffic, such as PPC or banner advertising, is usually more controllable and scalable. If what you're doing is working, you can spend more to grow your traffic. It also has the advantage of being able to start very quickly, if not immediately. The main disadvantage of paid traffic is that it can be quite expensive and requires a lot of supervision to avoid losing money. Paid advertising platforms such as Google AdWords can also have strict requirements regarding advertisers and ads, so be sure to pay close attention to all rules and warnings.

Free

Free traffic, such as organic search engine visitors, video marketing, or social media/forum traffic, can be a great way to get highly relevant visitors to your website without paying for each visitor. Building a platform that delivers free traffic can be a great long-term affiliate marketing strategy. However, the downsides of free traffic are that it can take a lot of time and effort before you start seeing results, and can be unreliable.

Conversion Rates

Your conversion rate is the percentage of order form visits that become purchases. It depends on many different factors:

  • Where is your traffic coming from? (Free vs paid, warm vs cold)
  • How well does your audience know, like, and trust you? This can have a huge impact on your conversion rate.
  • Conversion rates can vary widely, even among products in the same niche. Things like sales copy, pricing, page layout, and vendor reputation can have a big impact on how many Hops it takes to convert a sale.

Because there are so many different factors that can affect conversion, there is no way to tell how many Hops it takes to lead to a sale. For some affiliates it may only take a few Hops, whereas others may take hundreds or more.

Resources

Next Steps

Once you've gone through these videos and have a solid understanding of how to be a successful affiliate, visit our article on Using the Marketplace to start finding products to promote.

FAQ

Q: Do I need several accounts to promote different products as an affiliate?

A: No. As an affiliate, you can promote as many different products you want through a single account. You don't need to sign up for separate accounts.

Q: Do I need my own website to start as an affiliate?

A: No. You can advertise using your own website, but you don't need one. You can also promote products using online ads, email newsletters, online classifieds, or search engine advertising.

Q: Does ClickBank provide ads with images to use in product promotions?

A: No. However, many ClickBank vendors provide ads, copy, and other resources directly to affiliates through their Affiliate Tools page or through their marketplace listing.

Have more questions? Submit a request

52 Comments

  • 0
    Avatar
    Mark Newton

    Thanks, Owen.

    Would you recommend that I choose a domain name for my blog based site ('my platform') that is similar to the name of my established (Niche) youtube channel?

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Mark,

    That makes sense to me - you want people to know that your blog-based site is related to your youtube channel.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Cheryl Warren

    Thank you. So much value and a very soothing and likable voice and personality! Awesome Owen!

  • 0
    Avatar
    Thierry HENRY

    Hi Owen,

    Thank for this very good vidéo. I m just wandering if my only problem (big problem) it s that people don t opt in. Because i ve got a traffic that aregrowing i post Twice or three time a week.Sometime a rank first on some keywords but i m still a small list and just 5 people perk week. I was thinking about doing paid advertising and using pixel caffeine to get a better conversion on my blog.

    what do you think ?

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Thierry,

    Those methods could definitely get more traffic on your blog. The questions in the long run will be whether that traffic sticks around, and whether the investment is worth it. It's up to you to judge that.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Lutrenda Streater

    Hi Owen, now that i have copied and saved hoplinks, where do i go next? confused. How and where do i put hoplinks if dont have site yet and still want to promote products.

     

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Lutrenda,

    If you want, you can promote products on social media, or through advertising on other sites. Each method has its own selling points and drawbacks, but you can succeed with any of them.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Michael Buckley

     Hello Owen-

       My Background is mainly Entertainment which included training in many different Disciplines, such as Singing, Tap Dancing, Presenting and Acting. As well as this, I have also enjoyed Tai Chi, Yoga and many other Sporting Activities.I have also taken pride in my Appearance and consider Grooming and Deportment as Paramount, when Self Promotion has been necessary. My ambition is to Promote Information Products, including Self Help in three Formats - PAPER(Books,Courses,Manuals and Newsletters), DIGITAL(CDs and DVDs), and eventually LIVE EVENTS(Seminars and Workshops).I really would appreciate your Professional Advice and look forward to hearing from you. Regards   Michael Buckley 

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Michael,

    My recommendation would be to take a look at the Marketplace and see what products you can find in the niches that interest you. If you see a lot of products that are of interest to you, then you could succeed at promoting them.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Muneeb Ur Rehman

    Thanks for very informative tutorial videos.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Yusupha Sisawo

    HELLO every one ,i have been a member since now but i didnot know where to start ,

    am a train teacher my passion is edcation ,by educating people online and home school ,where i will talk about passive income ,how is this ,can someone help me ideas on this .thank you all 

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Yusupha,

    You could certainly begin. There are plenty of products related to education and passive income, and you could be successful as an affiliate in that niche. Keep reading the articles in this section for more information about getting started.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Azman Ab Rahman

    Hi,

    Based on Video Step 4, it is recommended that I sell products that I am passionate and know about. It is recommended that I buy the product first or ask for a review copy. 

    Can I buy the product using my own affiliate hoplink or must buy from the vendors web site?

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Azman,

    Yeah, you can use your own affiliate link.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Gena Campbell

    Have you ever produced a simple sample of promoting a product outwith a website, like a digital product.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Gena,

    Some vendors offer samples of their products, either to affiliates for evaluation purposes, or to customers as a taste of the full product. Each vendor can decide what works best for them.

  • 0
    Avatar
    Robert Beck

    Great information given to become successful in all businesses.  Click Bank does a very good job of presenting information on how you can be the best in whatever business that you want to go into are use in your present business.

     

  • 0
    Avatar
    Damodar Boruah

    Mail to Owen sir!
    Firstly Happy New Year 2018 and my unknown friends here.

    Incredible Videos i have learnt alot but i am unable to start from which corner i start.Though i have good writing background ,as a poet, i am, for short time ,i was an app reviewer too from click bank my website: damodarross.popularreviewer.com where fromfrom one can download app too, but my point is though I want to be an affiliate which one I should start to Earn Money but till date I have not earned any.Yes I have not written many reviews too.

    I have good presence in Facebook with 2400+ friends and member of 90+ literary groups ,having little exposure in twitter too.So guide me how to start fast.

    And my book Whispering Windows is in many online sites including amazon.

    Kindly guide that I can earn fast.More so I am student of CBU 2.0 too.Due to my present financial position I am unable to go fast too.Please give me way that I start fast.

    -Damodar Boruah

  • 0
    Avatar
    Victor Reveron

    These videos are VERY VERY good, they cover some very important topics in great order.  The information is useful, actionable and easily understood, plus... the price is right!  I have been bombed with emails fro a guy that calls himself "coach..." trying to get me to respond to his "fantastic money making secrets" but I just totally ignore those. Thank you ClickBank, for the videos!

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Damodar,

    To get started as an affiliate, first look through the whole Understanding the Affiliate Role section, then the Working as an Affiliate section. Let me know if that's helpful, or if you have further questions.

  • 0
    Avatar
    MARLENE FEARON

    Hello Owen,

    Thank you so much for the training. You have a very good voice. I have a website for my restaurant can I use it?? 

     

  • 0
    Avatar
    Owen Allen

    Marlene,

    If you're talking about promoting products on your restaurant website, then sure, you could do that.

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Powered by Zendesk