Are you looking to make some decent money with affiliate marketing?
The Clickbank Marketplace can be an incredible place to get started, that is if you have the right tools.
There are lots of amazing, self published books on helpful topics that visitors are hungry to buy. The downside is that since it’s so easy to get on the Clickbank marketplace, there are a lot of bad products with poor grammar and worthless content.
Clickbank is making a huge effort to clean up the affiliate offers available and removing any vendors that have a poor history.
This even goes for affiliates that are experiencing high refund rates with the products or services they are promoting. So much so that if your account continues to receive a poor rating it will be deactivated.
Luckily, once you can separate the wheat from the chaff, you’ll have a killer source of income. Follow along, and we’ll look at how to scout for products the smart way on this affiliate network.
Narrow The Field In The Marketplace
Since there are so many products on the Clickbank marketplace, you’ll need to whittle your options down to a particular niche that interests you. The main Clickbank website is a little difficult to maneuver around, so you should start with a website like CBEngine or download a Firefox browser plugin such as CBSurge.
CBEngine is a website that allows you to see the top performers at the click of a button where Cbsurge is a browser plugin that shows you everything you need to get started with-in the Clickbank page.
As you can see from the screen shot above there are many different options you can select, making this a little confusing and at times frustrating for new affiliates.
Spend time looking at the pages for individual products.
Look for effective sales copy and high quality images and video. Ask yourself whether you’d buy the product here yourself. Would you feel comfortable recommending it to your friends?
The Gravity Myth
While many successful products have a high gravity rating, it shouldn’t be the alpha and omega for you as an affiliate.
Look for ratings between 10 and 100 – that means it’s good enough to make sales, but not so crowded with affiliates that it’ll be hard to get a page ranked in the search engines!
Check The Sales History
There are plenty of products that start with a splash thanks to paid promotion or hyping a small group of affiliates – but then their sales pattern drops off. It’s best when a product has a steady line of sales, or better yet, a slowly climbing trajectory – that’s a sign that interest in the product is growing.
Look For Commissions
There are so many similar products out there that it’s foolish to use one that doesn’t promise you good competitive commissions. Affiliates are the lifeblood of success for these marketers: you’re bringing them paying customers without any investment, so it better be worth it for you. Look for products that pay at least $17 dollars a sale.
Also keep your eye out for products with recurring memberships – these can give you money in your bank account every month, long after you’ve made the initial sale.
A Secure Page
It’s smart to avoid pages that have “leaks”. When I say this, I’m not talking about security leaks – although those are important too. Offers to join a mailing list, check out an affiliate program for the product, or read the product owner’s blog should all be seen with suspicion. This is especially true if the product is on “just another page” of the product owner’s website.
Always follow the buy now button to ensure your affiliate link is active at the bottom of the payment page. You can also subscribe through your affiliate link to any newsletters the vendor sends out to see if the Clickbank cookie is still active for your affiliate link. If not then maybe you should consider finding a more reputable product to promote.
You only get paid if the visitor buys the product, and the more distractions are on the page, the less chance the page will close the sale for you!
While you are here you should also check out our post on White Hot Markets 5 Ways to Uncover Them.