I Concluded Clickbank Was Useless.. How Wrong I Was!

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Hi

I just want to share this with people because I think its pretty weird and funny. I started with IM last September. I made a few review sites based around clickbank products. After about 3 months and no sales I moved onto other areas and thought clickbank was a waste of time. I have done pretty well since then and not really checked any of my old sites. I logged in about 1 month a go and found the odd sale here and there one was from a hubpage the others were from a few of my sites. I thought that this was just lucky and considering the amount of time they had been up a few lucky sales here and there is not that much of a big deal. But today I logged in and there is a steady flow of sales now coming from my sites, articles and hubpages.

I have absolutely no clue why this has suddenly happened! The rankings are the same or even worse than they were in September! I have added no content or changed anything and the volume of visitors is only marginally more than I used to get last year.

It's pretty good in the sense it has made me reconsider clickbank now that I have seen sales come in and i'm definitely going to give clickbank a second shot! I wish I had more information on why this has happened! Has anyone else noticed a similar thing?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by tjm2788 View Post

    It's pretty good in the sense it has made me reconsider clickbank now that I have seen sales come in and i'm definitely going to give clickbank a second shot!
    Good for you, and I wish you good luck.

    Originally Posted by tjm2788 View Post

    I wish I had more information on why this has happened! Has anyone else noticed a similar thing?
    Not quite the same in my case ...

    But on the basis of my first 3 - 4 months' almost-non-existent earnings from Clickbank, I completely understand why so many people "drop out", decide Clickbank "isn't going to work for them" and look for other things instead. (I make a full-time living from Clickbank now).
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    • Profile picture of the author Wordpress Guy
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Good for you, and I wish you good luck.



      Not quite the same in my case ...

      But on the basis of my first 3 - 4 months' almost-non-existent earnings from Clickbank, I completely understand why so many people "drop out", decide Clickbank "isn't going to work for them" and look for other things instead. (I make a full-time living from Clickbank now).
      Full-time living from Clickbank is stunning. What do you do exactly? I still can't figure out what can be done for CB products other than some Onpage & Offpage SEO. Can you throw some limelight please?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by narayanan86 View Post

        Full-time living from Clickbank is stunning. What do you do exactly? I still can't figure out what can be done for CB products other than some Onpage & Offpage SEO. Can you throw some limelight please?
        I'm just an article marketer (not an "article directory marketer"!).

        I attract targeted traffic to my little sites by writing for syndication, offer people a "free report" (or something similar) in exchange for their email addresses, build lists, and send out email providing people with more of the same sort of thing to which they were attracted in my articles. And promote appropriate Clickbank products, to which those people are potentially targeted, on my sites and by email.

        Some writing (or outsourcing) skills are required, of course.

        There's nothing particularly difficult about any individual part of it.

        The "difficulty" is that there are a lot of parts, a lot of little, counterintuitive ways to go wrong, and nobody to tell you (though many like to try) reliably where you've gone wrong, when you do.

        So in spite of no individual step being difficult to learn, the overall learning-curve is, in effect, quite a difficult one.

        Some people fall off it through getting misinformed by others trying to help, meaning well, and being misinformed themselves.

        Others (many others) are misinformed by people with either commercially or emotionally motivated reasons to repeat many "urban myths of internet marketing", and unfortunately misinformation is almost everywhere.

        It often seems "collectively very difficult" to people because there are so many little steps involved in the process, and unfortunately failure at any one little step will characteristically undo the whole thing(!), but once it's up and running it's pretty easily scalable/duplicable and it just "works".

        This is, I think, part of the reason why 10% of Clickbank affiliates tend to make 90% of the affiliate-referred sales, while the other 90% are collectively responsible for only 10% of them. And it's also part of the reason why, when it comes to asking for advice, it's good to bear in mind that "the general consensus of opinion" is always quite likely to be a mistaken one.
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        • Profile picture of the author j0s3
          I think the 'what may have happened' - at least for those of you who saw rankings go 'up' - is Google's recent Panda update.

          Good for you people - keep at it
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          • Profile picture of the author lissylou
            Originally Posted by j0s3 View Post

            I think the 'what may have happened' - at least for those of you who saw rankings go 'up' - is Google's recent Panda update.

            Good for you people - keep at it
            I was about to say the same thing.

            I have read a few people having the same experience ... sites they had forgotten about and not updated have all of a sudden started making some sales, but then some of thier main sites, that are updated regularly have taken a big hit.

            Its Google playing having fun and games again when the new algorithm comes out.
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        • Profile picture of the author Wordpress Guy
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I'm just an article marketer (not an "article directory marketer"!).

          I attract targeted traffic to my little sites by writing for syndication, offer people a "free report" (or something similar) in exchange for their email addresses, build lists, and send out email providing people with more of the same sort of thing to which they were attracted in my articles. And promote appropriate Clickbank products, to which those people are potentially targeted, on my sites and by email.

          Some writing (or outsourcing) skills are required, of course.

          There's nothing particularly difficult about any individual part of it.

          The "difficulty" is that there are a lot of parts, a lot of little, counterintuitive ways to go wrong, and nobody to tell you (though many like to try) reliably where you've gone wrong, when you do.

          So in spite of no individual step being difficult to learn, the overall learning-curve is, in effect, quite a difficult one.

          Some people fall off it through getting misinformed by others trying to help, meaning well, and being misinformed themselves.

          Others (many others) are misinformed by people with either commercially or emotionally motivated reasons to repeat many "urban myths of internet marketing", and unfortunately misinformation is almost everywhere.

          It often seems "collectively very difficult" to people because there are so many little steps involved in the process, and unfortunately failure at any one little step will characteristically undo the whole thing(!), but once it's up and running it's pretty easily scalable/duplicable and it just "works".

          This is, I think, part of the reason why 10% of Clickbank affiliates tend to make 90% of the affiliate-referred sales, while the other 90% are collectively responsible for only 10% of them. And it's also part of the reason why, when it comes to asking for advice, it's good to bear in mind that "the general consensus of opinion" is always quite likely to be a mistaken one.
          That definitely is a tough, but a good read.. Said things that weren't said by many
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  • Profile picture of the author jdwolfe
    I also understand why you and others, including myself get discouraged with Clickbank. I promoted various products and spent way to much money without making one penny. Then yesterday I checked my Clickbank account and made $200 in one day! I am thrilled and bewildered why this happened. Go figure.

    Just don't give up...Good things will begin to happen!
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  • Profile picture of the author tyang
    Wish I can get as lucky with clickbank, no sales in over 4 months. On the bright side, making some decent money with adsense
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  • Profile picture of the author anislagan
    Good on you guys. Clickbank was one of the reason why I abandoned IM in 2006-2007. I started promoting 2 products now ... but I have no illusion I would earn much from them, if any.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    I have quite a few products with Clickbank as a vendor and they are no different to any other payment processor.

    It all comes down to the marketing of your products, in the OP's case (this is just a guess) I think your rankings might have shot way up which is why you are starting to see sales.

    Carry on with it - repeat what works and drop what doesn't.

    You can make a very good income from marketing products online Clickbank, Paypal you name it...

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    Steady website traffic is a mysterious and almost untamable beast. Even the best SEO gurus will get thrown a curve ball by Google every few months or so. But you're doing the right thing by continuing to plow along. You never know when Google or one of the other search engines might decide to have a love affair with your website.
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  • Yeah those billion dollar companies are useless.

    Why do so many people think the world revolves around what they can do? I see this over and over.

    This isn't an insult it's a reality check.

    The most common thing I see is "What is the best ________"

    What should I promote, what will... blah blah blah.

    There are people who are such talented marketers they can make money with almost any offer. Then there are those who are so clueless that you could take them by the hand and show them exactly what to do start to finish and they still couldn't make money.

    That's just how it is.
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