Five Things You Should Know Before Becoming a ClickBank Affiliate
You've probably heard about a company called ClickBank and wondered, is it really that
easy to make money online? I guess I would have to ask you what you consider easy. I could
offer an answer of yes and no, but that wouldn't really help you would it? Before we address
the issue of making money with ClickBank, first let's learn who and what ClickBank is.
ClickBank was founded in 1998 as an online retailer of 10,000 digital products. By
digital I mean, e-books (electronic books) and⁄or software products that are delivered
immediately upon purchase, and are downloaded onto your computer. Some sales are final
upon completion or purchase, but there are also products that one could purchase that
incurs a monthly fee. Which means, the affiliate Sales are made utilizing ClickBank's
services every three seconds. ClickBank serves over 200 countries and is consistently
ranked as one of the most highly trafficked sites on the web. With that being said, do you
believe that you could earn money as an affiliate of ClickBank? Let's find out!
Promoting ClickBank products is an easy way to convert your online skills into cash.
To become an affiliate, simply sign up and provide all necessary information, such as
your mailing address, banking information, and social security number. You then search the
ClickBank marketplace for products to promote, input your hoplink (product link containing
your affiliate number) into your marketing campaign and that's it. Sounds real simple huh?
It is, but lets look a little deeper. There's always more information lurking behind the scenes.
First let's address the issue of giving out your social security number to ClickBank.
You might be wondering why this is necessary. I believe he's called Uncle Sam. He needs to
know every move you make, but more importantly, how much money you make. You are required
to report your earnings to the IRS. So understand, it's not that ClickBank wants this
information, they are required by the IRS to have it.
Now, let's briefly touch on the following subjects regarding ClickBank:
• How to find a CB product to promote
• Payment Threshold
• Dormant accts
How to find a CB product to promote:
What's hot? If you're someone who's always in the know, you shouldn't have a problem
finding out what the latest hot item is. ClickBank has thousands of products, so it will
be somewhat of a challenge to figure out which product to promote. As any good marketer of
CB will tell you, make sure it's a product that you would use or that you have purchased.
That doesn't mean that you have to buy every product that you promote, but if you are
closer to the information, then you're better able to promote it.
For instance, if you're an avid gardener, you're better off promoting a product on
gardening versus a product on how to end debt. You may want to seek out resources that
will help you locate a niche product. This resource should also provide you with tools
that help you market more efficiently.
CDR (Customer Distribution Requirement):
Let's say you earn $100 in commissions and of course you're sitting and waiting for
your check to arrive. Well, before you get too happy, you should know that ClickBank will
withhold payments for the following reasons: You must have acquired sales that were made
with 5 or more different credit card numbers. You must also have sales made with two
different payment methods (either Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal). PayPal purchases do not
count toward the minimum 5 different credit card numbers. Once you have met the Customer
Distribution Requirement, your account will begin issuing payments.