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Does Clickbank allow *YourDomain*.com to forward to Affiliate.Vendor.hop.clickbank.net?

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  1. jackie_girl

    jackie_girl Newbie

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    If I purchase a WeightLossWhateverWebsiteDotCom domain then forward it to my Clickbank Affiliate link (which forwards to the vendor), will Clickbank still track the link?

    I have tried using link shortening website to mask the Clickbank affiliate link on a couple of promotional products and it did not seem to track.

    I have basically been trying to advertise Clickbank on Pinterest but to no avail, I have failed with several hours and a few months of my own trial and error. Please help :/
     
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    You can make a presell landing page with good content - the most simple way is start with static html (remember to optimized meta tags) & host it on S3 to save money, then Pinterest -> Your presell page -> CB
     
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    I haven't actively used CB in years, but up until I forgot about a domain I had that was set up exactly as you described (last year I let it go, once I realized it, somebody had already scooped it up) and it worked when I had it. In my domain provider, I just sent the forwarder to my aff. link. It generated income for a few years like that.


    I'm not sure what the current TOS would say about it, though, so you might want to wait for advice from someone who is still actively using CB.
     
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    Did you make any sales through that method? If you were successful, did you stop due to you not being able to get traffic to YourDomainDotCom?

    It seems that if it's that easy, this would be a much easier method to scale things up... much easier than what I have done (failed) in the past with...
     
  5. DJMS1

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    Basically, I had my main money site reviewing the product with normal aff. links pointing to the vendor. But I also made Youtube videos of me using the product, and in the description field I had "to get this product: link" and that was my other link (with the forward)

    The only reason I forgot about it was because the vendor themselves took down their own site (they were doing to some site and product remodeling) and when they came back, the product was only worth $3 in commissions vs. the $30 per sale I was making before. The niche itself was pretty dried up by that point (which is why they discounted it) so instead of making $4k per year from that link, I went to making like $100-200 annually. By then I had realized the power of a different niche and moved on. It was also my first ever venture into IM, so now I do things a little differently since I primarily use Amazon, but yeah it worked at the time.
     
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    I've said this other threads before relating to CB, but the reason I stopped promoting with them was more due to the crappy vendor websites. Most of them look like they were designed 15 years ago, very few of them being responsive, and not very friendly to conversions. If you find a niche that you're interested in and a vendor page that looks up to date and converts, then CB is still useful.

    What I liked about them was the weekly payouts when business was good. Unfortunately, I just have no interest in what they have in the marketplace anymore, personally. For you it may work, though. We all have different approaches and what no longer works for me could be a cash cow for someone else.
     
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    Ahhh, so it at least is confirmed that purchasing a domain and forwarding it straight to the clickbank aff link will work and clickbank will track the hops. That's good to know. Thank you so much.
     
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    Yes it does work, just forward it from GoDaddy (or whatever you use) and you're welcome.
     
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    Honestly, I am pretty new to IM. I have yet to make a single cent on CB, yet I have a few hundred hops spread over about 5 different offers. I guess persistence and testing is the key. What I don't like about CB is the payment page. Correct me if i'm wrong, but the ones that I've clicked through to test out look like it's a html page written like it's just a simple .txt file... i'm talking about the final page you go to as a CB customer to put your credit card info on. Is this correct? Or am I missing something?
     
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    Sounds like you're linking out to the "checkout page." I used to link out to the vendor page (ThisPRODUCT.com). I could be wrong, but I think some vendors don't allow going straight to the checkout page.

    *Edit* I seem to remember there being something wrong with the cookie when you do it this way, and you can stuff it somehow but that's taking a risk with the TOS I would think.
     
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    Actually, i probably explained that wrong. I have been using my website to link to the clickbank affiliate link... but what I meant is that the thing I don't like about CB is that when/if the customer ever gets to the "checkout page" it seems like most of them turn around... I mean, I would if I had to decide whether or not to give my credit card to a webpage out of the 90s... idk just my opinion.

    I'm just waiting for these hops to finally make ONE SINGLE conversion... that would give me a boost in faith LoL... I hope I'm not doing something wrong. I find one of the products on the affiliate marketplace, then when I like the product i click on the red "PROMOTE" button, copy the link (after adding my tracking ID), then advertise that same link.
     
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    Okay, yes I understand now. And yeah, that's my problem with it too. Not only do some of the vendor pages look like dinosaurs, but the checkout page might not look so trustworthy to buyers either.

    Are you building new sites for each niche, or do you just have a regular blog that talks about random stuff, where you add aff. links?
     
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    The second unfortunately... but I'm doing some research right now to remedy that since all it seems to be producing are hops... no sales. If I find that it is still true that CB still tracks the hop forwarded from YourDomainDotCom, I will look into buying a few domains and trying to advertise them via social media...
     
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    Have you ever looked into other programs besides CB?
     
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    I've looked into Commission Junction, but I understand that you have to pay a fee if you don't sell one of their products within a certain time period. I guess at this point, my plan is that I will try to promote the CB link by using a forwarded domain and go from there.

    Do you recommend any other affiliate resources that I could give a shot at? Thank you in advance :)
     
  16. DJMS1

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    I guess I forgot about the CJ dormant period because I've always been able to bring in a few sales here and there. But I went back and read it, and if you don't make a sale within six months, it's $10

    I use:
    Amazon as my main program. I never took it seriously before because of the short win24-houra 24-hour cookie, but that site really converts if you send the right traffic to it. Pick items that have great reviews on the product page, they help do the selling for you.

    Cons: Lengthy TOS. You really have to take the time to understand what's allowed when promoting Amazon, because they'll terminate your account without much warning if you break the rules (even if it's innocent) and you lose out on the commissions you worked for.

    CJ I use as a backup program for some of my "exclusive" sites. The cookies are longer, the commissions are higher, but you gotta put in a little more work because it's more targetted. ie., with Amazon, someone might click a link you posted about vacuum cleaners, and they get to Amazon and decide they don't want a vacuum cleaner anymore, but Amazon feeds them a suggestion for garden gnomes and they decide they want that, the sale is yours. With CJ, you send someone to a vacuum cleaner site and they decide they don't want it anymore, no sale for you. CJ has a ton of vendors, though, so if you have a quality site, you can join enough to make it work.

    eBay. This one is so random for me, I only joined because I found out there was a product within my niche that was so exclusive, it was pretty much only made by one guy, and he was on eBay so I joined. I ended up using random links here and there on my personal blog (which I don't really use to monetize) but just one link generates at least $50-100 a month (it fluctuates) If I were to focus on it, it would definitely bring in a lot more, I just don't have any niches that depend on eBay.

    Shareasale. Again, this one was for a lone product that fit within the exclusive niche that I was talking about. I haven't made much money but it's because the product is so random, they have a growing catalog of vendors with decent commissions.

    I have accounts at Pepperjam and Affiliate Window but have never used them. Alternatively, you can just look for products you like and see if they have an affiliate program, more often than not if they do, they're usually run through CJ or Shareasale. Sites like Etsy have independent product sellers, under one site, but Etsy is run through Affiliate Window.


    In terms of CB, if you've already put in the effort, keep the links up, maybe do some SEO (on-page and off) and maybe take an audit of your content, make sure it's the best possible for converting. But in the meantime, since your blog is random, take a look at other options and products to scale up your operation a bit.


    Hope that helps.
     
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    You are a wealth of knowledge! I will PM you with my progress ...if any :)
     
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    OP, you have said that you've had only a few hundred hops on your affiliate links...
    That's nothing to see some sales (from free traffic), unless you have great landing page.

    How many visitors are you sending daily from Pinterest to CB offers?
     
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    Hey there, I am actually sending around 20-60 leads a day. I don't expect much from sales, but you refer to this as "free" traffic... I have tried paid traffic in the past but have been unsuccessful after my first $50 on bing ads.

    What would you recommend I do to start seeing some hops turning into conversions?
     
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    Hey jackie girl, yeah, those 20-60 hops/leads are nothing. You should have at least 200 hops from Pinterest every day to see will some of those offers convert.
    So, you've spent $50 on Bing... Now, should I say again that's nothing? :)
    I don't want to be rude, but you're starting out. Don't think that things are just that easy. If they would be easy everyone would be rich.

    I don't know why you have used Bing, but it doesn't matter. First, learn a lot about that traffic source (a lot of material on YT probably), then be ready to spend $100-1000 until you see some conversions. After that you need to work on optimization. Optimize ads, landing page, choose different offers...

    But, back to free traffic (without quotation marks :) ), if you think that you can just send some random visitors to Clickbank offer, then think again. Cold traffic to some weight loss offer, or whatever... is not going to work just like that.

    And, an answer to your question, start learning copywriting asap and create landing page where you will explain why they should visit that CB link of yours and why they should buy that product.
    Or/and gather their emails and then send them a bunch of related emails to your niche.

    Good luck, and let us know about your progress.
     
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