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My advice on becoming a successful clickbank seller

Discussion in 'Clickbank' started by salec1, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. salec1

    salec1 Newbie

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    A bit about myself: I created four clickbank ebooks over the years. Two are big hits. One was a flop. And one was only performing so-so.
    My products have about 1-2% refund rate. Always remember, affiliates ARE important. 50% of my sales come from affiliates - mostly from the same few superaffiliates. Quality IS important. Take pride in your product and offer the customer more than he/she expects. It's just good, ethical business.

    My advice -

    1. Have a specific niche you're an expert in. Or, at least, something that you can appear to be an expert in. Coin collecting? Gardening? Plumbing? Basket weaving? Whatever... just pick something specific.

    2. There are certain niches to avoid, because they're so over saturated: online marketing, adsense, weight loss, get-rich-quick schemes, gambling, and others.

    3. You'll need to keep up on customer support EVERY day. Every day I get emails from people who had trouble downloading, have questions about what they read in my ebook, got a double charge from clickbank (it happens at least once a week), or (rarely) even need a refund processed.

    4. There are some great products in the clickbank marketplace. And there are some super crappy ones. And even some outright scams. Because of this, clickbank doesn't always have the cleanest reputation with customers. You'll need to make your product stand out as honest and reputable.

    5. Despite what I said above, Clickbank has been good to me. They always pay on time. It is easy to attract good affiliates. They accept all types of payments from all countries. They are good about answering emails when you write to them. Their fees are reasonable.

    6. When you develop your sales page, don't pay a professional to design a site. That part is easy. Just look at other sales pages that work and imitate the style. Be sure your writing and grammar on the sales page (and in the product) are flawless. Invest in a copywriter to write the sales page, if needed.

    7. Invest in some good, brandable graphics. You should have a logo, a graphic header, and things like that. (There are cheap graphic designers all over the internet.) Personally, I don't like to use pictures of paperback books and cardboard boxes - it confuses customers. I used to have pictures of paperback books - and then they'd pay for the product and write back to say, "I didn't receive my book in the mail." Now I just use square logos instead.

    8. 95% of successful clickbank marketers have an opt-in list. I don't. Affiliates LOVE the fact that I don't have an opt-in list. Most publishers milk the list to upsell and resell and nag potential customers. Also, customers are less likely to trust sites with an opt-in list. Personally, I think it's spam... and I don't want to be a spammer. I don't think I've ever signed up for a clickbank publisher's list and found that I liked receiving the emails. Most clickbank publishers would disagree with me. Use your judgement.

    9. Keep your prices reasonable. My products are under 30. I've sold thousands each year. And remember -it's an ebook. Not costing you a thing to reproduce, print, ship. Most ebooks are overpriced - and it's why most clickbank publishers fail. Customers aren't stupid.

    10. Offer a super commission. I offer affiliates 60%. I can then tell affiliates "you'll make more than I do on the sale." When affiliates look for products to promote, they're looking for an honest product, a sales page that converts, and high commissions. If you offer them a higher commission than others, they will flock to your product like birds flock to.. uhh... whatever birds flock to.

    11. Patience. My clickbank products are over 4 years old. They didn't start doing well until 6 months or more after I released them. It took time to get ranked in google and to build an affiliate base. But once it gets going - you'll be happily collecting your checks at the mailbox.

    12. Offer free content on your website. Make the main sales page your homepage, but offer lots and lots of free articles (written by you) as well. The free articles will bring traffic to your site. And traffic is customers. (Upload your articles to a traditional website format, instead of a blog - this way they seem more current if you don't update them regularly.)

    13. Speaking of traffic, learn the basics of SEO. Without it, your site will be lost in Google's rankings.

    14. Don't waste your money buying products to tell you how to make/sell things using clickbank. They're a waste of money. You can figure it out pretty easily... and everything you need to know if available for free on the internet.

    Creating the product, designing the website, writing a sales page, creating articles - it's TONS and TONS of work... It took me hundreds and hundreds of hours. But once it's done, you can sit back and enjoy the profits. The only real work is checking your emails and replying to customers who need help.
    That's all I can think of now. I wish you success.
     
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  2. jgeeked

    jgeeked Regular Member

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    What is your niche? or product? Share if you like you may gain some new affiliates
     
  3. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    This exact article is also on reddit. http://redd.it/g6kb4
    Are you the original author, or did you just find and share it here?

    If you are the original author then I hope you'll be sharing more of your experiences here as well.
    If not... well feel free to share good tips when you find them, but it's always 'good form' to mention the fact.

    Either way it's a nice and simple step-by-step on the basics for creating and marketing your own clickbank products.

    Thanks for sharing it with us and welcome to the forum.

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  4. rippa911

    rippa911 Junior Member

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    How has the new CB policies effected your business?
     
  5. OTrap

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    Rippa, they're really not that big of a deal.
     
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  6. kwapster

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    lol i dont think they're that big of a deal either
     
  7. bigballin6161

    bigballin6161 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Very good info. I plan on making a product soon. Do you have any suggestions for launches?
     
  8. OTrap

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    Since the changes were made, several products have already been launched, and they've been very good. Converted well. Upsold well.

    If you do things the right way, you can still make bank.
     
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  9. rippa911

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    Please show me a product launched recently. Need to see how they tackled it
     
  10. rippa911

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    Nah. He was out before.

    Look at Anik Singal's Commission Domination.
     
  12. b1step-ahead

    b1step-ahead Power Member

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    stupid question- but can you sell your ebook on ebay- or better yet can you sell your affaliate offer on a ebay auction or sale?
     
  13. OTrap

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    No, I think they have a rule against digital products now.
     
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  14. GreyWolf

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    The last time I was selling on ebay you could still sell digital products, but only if you delivered them as a physical product. In other words you couldn't just email the digital product to the buyer or give them a download link, you actually had to burn the digital product to a cd or dvd and then ship that item to the buyer.

    I believe you can still do that. So if you own the rights to the ebook then you can sell it on ebay and they ship a cd.

    If you're an affiliate then there's really no way to sell it directly on ebay since you won't be able to deliver the product yourself. In that case you can still promote it there, just not in an auction format. If you will be delivering the product through email or a download link then you have to list it as a classified ad. Specifically you need to list your item only in the Everything Else > Information Products category using only the Classified Ad format.

    You can read ebay's digitally delivered goods policy here:
    http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/downloadable.html





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  15. Royalserviceteam

    Royalserviceteam Power Member

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    oh ........ thanks for so many nice infor
     
  16. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Still hoping to hear back in the thread from salec1 though about if he's the original author or not. Reading through some of the comments on the reddit article it looks like the original author has a lot of really valuable experience he's willing to share with people.

    I suspect this is just a cut and paste job from the op. It's still a cool share either way, but it would be really cool if we have a new member with a lot of personal successful experience to share.


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  17. bontii

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    I read somewhere that once the product is purchased, you may then get in touch with the buyer and offer them the digital delivery option as opposed to shipping a physical product?
     
  18. GreyWolf

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    Yeah but that's just the reality of the situation, not part of ebay's policy. In other words ebay requires that you will ship a physical product, if you work it out differently between you and the seller then ebay doesn't really know anything about it. Unless you or the seller decide to file a dispute over it they don't really care.

    Another thing to mention is that this rule is about things like ebooks, images, videos, etc. They do allow some things to be sold with digital delivery such as turnkey websites, domains, and I think even subscriptions to membership sites. I'm not positive about the last one, but I know you can sell domains, hosting, etc.

    As far as promoting clickbank products though, (esp. as an affiliate) you would definitely need to do that as a classified ad to adhere to their policy.

    How well it would work I imagine would depend on the product though. For some things it might convert ok, but I think for most it would be less effective than other alternative methods for advertising.


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  19. salec1

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    Hi, apologies for the late response. Just checked this thread after a few days and I'm pleasantly surprised to see quite a few responses. You're right in saying I found this post on Reddit, and I'm not the original author. I'm quite new to the forums, so I'm still familiarizing myself with the forum rules so apologies if I gave the wrong impression, I kept the post in first person to maintain the integrity of the OP's message. It was a post with only 5 upvotes on reddit, so I thought it would be more appreciated in this forum!

    Let's hope the actual OP decides to join in on the discussion here :)
     
  20. oyim2000

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    You mean you are not the original author of this post?? Familiarizing your self does not means you can post somebody's post here in this forum as your own. Man.. thats not the way.