Creating an Affiliate Account

You can sign up for a ClickBank account to begin working as an affiliate.

See the Signing Up For a ClickBank Account for the full signup procedure. In addition, the Taxpayer ID Requirement section explains the additional requirement for affiliate accounts.

Taxpayer ID Requirement

U.S. based Affiliate accounts earning over $600 are required to have a taxpayer ID number of some kind linked to their account, at a minimum a social security number. If inputting a social security number, be sure to use the proper 9-digit format including dashes: 123-45-6789.

ClickBank encourages U.S. based Affiliates earning over $600 a year to obtain an IRS issued Employer Identification Number (EIN) to input into your account as a taxpayer ID number. If you do not have one already, you can get yours at the IRS website. Note that this is a free process. The IRS will either provide your number online, or mail it to you. Once you have obtained your EIN please be sure to key it in to all of your ClickBank accounts, in this 9-digit format: 12-3456789. This helps to simplify the year-end 1099 reporting requirement.

NOTE – The taxpayer ID number input to your account must match the payee name on the account. If you are utilizing a business payee name but reporting under an individual social security number, you will need to fax a completed IRS W-9 form to us at 559-210-0502. Include a cover sheet that indicates your account nickname.

If you are utilizing a U.S. address but are a beneficial resident of a foreign country, you will instead need to fax a completed IRS W-8ben form to us at 559-210-0502. Be sure to include a cover sheet that indicates your account nickname.

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    Richard Reid

    Hi Owen, thanks for the info! I have just signed up for a Click Bank account and used my social security number but I also have a side business, creating graphics with an EIN number. I didn't originally intend for my side business to be connected to Click Bank but do you know if it would be easier just to use my EIN number for tax purposes? As the products I'll be promoting may not be connected with graphics, would I need a separate EIN number for affiliate marketing?

    I appreciate any advice that you or anyone else could offer me?

    Cheers!

    Rich

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    Owen Allen

    Rich,

    I don't know that there's a lot of difference in terms of difficulty - you can always apply for a new EIN for a new business if you're concerned about keeping your businesses separate, or you could use your SSN for your affiliate business.

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    Richard Reid

    Hi Owen, appreciate the feedback! Yeah, I think I'll probably just use my current EIN number, and operate my affiliate business as a division of my current business! I don't want to over complicate things, if I don't have to! Thanks again for your input!

    Cheers!

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    Ernest Kayser

    hi Owen i am south african does that mean i do not qualify to be an affiliate?

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    Owen Allen

    Ernest,

    When you sign up for an account, there's a dropdown for country. As long as your country is listed, you can sign up for an account.

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    ANDREW ANDERSON

    Richard if you register a separate EIN it will establish business entity that can later be used as a partner to a incorporated business. See a lawyer or tax specialist with experience in incorporation to see if it's right for you.

     

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    Waquar Campbell

    I am signed up for the account but need guidance in becoming an affiliate.

     

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    Owen Allen

    Waquar,

    Take a look at the articles in the Understanding the Affiliate Role section. Those articles should point you in the right direction.

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    Khangelani Mbekela

    Hi Owen,

    I am a South African currently residing in France, I have just signed up for the clickbank account and would like to be an authorized affiliate to promote company products etc.

    What steps do I need to take to become an authorized affiliate?

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    Owen Allen

    Khangelani,

    There isn't any additional authorization process. Once you have created your account, you can begin to promote products.

    Different vendors have different commission rates, preferred tools, and ways of working with affiliates, though. Some vendors only want to work with trusted affiliates, while others work with new affiliates. You can find vendors by looking at the ClickBank marketplace.

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    Samuel Wurtele

    got it

     

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    Rochel Barer

    Can we assume that a vendor is willing to work with new affiliates if I don't see that he's asking for us to apply? and he's just handing out a generic hoplink and reminding everyone to just insert their account nickname where the XXXX is?

     

    Thanks!

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    Owen Allen

    Rochel,

    Yes, plenty of vendors are willing to work with any affiliate. Some vendors only work with a set list of trusted affiliates, but they generally make that clear to other affiliates.

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    james daniel

    Hi,
    I am from Montreal, Canada. I just want to know do I have to provide information for tax purposes. Or do I have to provide any goverment issued ID or any kind of unique no.

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    Owen Allen

    James,

    Only US-based affiliates need to provide the taxpayer ID described on this page, so you don't need to provide it.

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    BILL POE

    I have found a product that I would like to promote and sell, the name is the lost ways, I bought the product and like it very much, I believe I can market it and make good money. I have a business already, a tax id # and a bank account. What else do I need to do?

    Thanks

    Bill Poe

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    BILL POE

    Can we purchas items from the vender, and sell them at our own store?

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    Owen Allen

    Bill,

    It sounds like your next step is to create a HopLink and use it to begin promoting the product.

    When you sell a product on ClickBank, you have to certify that you have the necessary copyrights for the product, so you can't resell a product that you didn't create without the creator's permission. If you like a product from another vendor, you're better off promoting it as an affiliate.

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    Jeremy Hacutina

    hello owen?have a nice day! How can i start with clickbank..the step by step process using my account..im beginner here.thank you

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    Owen Allen

    Jeremy,

    You can start by taking a look at the Affiliate Overview article. It shows the major steps in working as an affiliate, with links to related articles.

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    Ana Florijanovic

    I have an AppCoiner account for five days now, and I have wrote 8 app reviews. I have connected my Clickbank account to my AppCoiner account and I wonder when will this be paid and what is the problem?

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    Owen Allen

    Ana,

    You'll have to contact AppCoiner about getting paid for using their tool.

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