Made First Clickbank Sale!

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I was never much into clickbank. I've been earning a fair amount of money through Adsense and was pretty satisfied. But, about 2 weeks ago, I decided to make a change.

I have a site in the fitness niche. It is averaging over 500 targeted visitors per day but the problem is, according to a survey I put up, my visitors are mainly consist of teenagers that are trying to get a six pack. They also mentioned they have no interest in buying products...Which kinda broke my heart.

On November 11, I thought "Whatever... I am going to promote a Clickbank product anyway and see how it goes. It can't hurt."

So, yea, I put a link on my site's sidebar and it's been doing poorly. Very poorly. This morning (12 days after I put the link up), I have receives over 930 hops and zero sale. I told myself if I don't make a sale after 1000 hops, I will put Clickbank behind me.

Tonight, as I was going to bed, I decided to check if I have reached 1000 hops yet. And lo and behold...



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Yup... After 987 hops (in 12 days), the site has made a sale.

I know the conversion rate makes it look discouraging. But, keep in mind all I did was putting an affiliate link in my sidebar. I am sure it will get better if I hire a copywriter to do some pre-sell and such.
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  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool
    Hi mate,
    Congrats for your first sale.
    And Click bank have many great products to promote and with different types of banners. we can put any one which suits to the website template, It really impacts on the sales when we choose right banner.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnBrown
    Congrats! The first time you get someone to purchase anything online is a great feeling. I remember my first Clickbank sale, so I know exactly how you feel. Before you know it you will start having $100 days. Keep up the good work!
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    • Profile picture of the author jhuman
      Congratulations!
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  • Profile picture of the author manny2513
    Congrats!! Man I remember the feeling of making my first sale man. It was the best feeling ever. I make about 5-10 sales per day now but nothing like the feeling of that first sale bro.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    Ya, I remember my first Clickbank sale as well. Good feeling. Makes you want to take more action to scale it up, rinse and repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author HazeBlazer
    Originally Posted by Dash Evra View Post

    I know the conversion rate makes it look discouraging. But, keep in mind all I did was putting an affiliate link in my sidebar. I am sure it will get better if I hire a copywriter to do some pre-sell and such.
    Congrats! Am I ever so jealous, but I'll be in your shoes very soon! Also what did you mean by "I am sure it will get better if I hire a copywriter to do some pre-sell and such"? what do you mean by pre-sell? and why a copywriter? Sorry for newbie question.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
      Originally Posted by Cru View Post

      Just an FYI, it doesn't matter if you have one adsense block or three adsense blocks on the same page, you'll get paid the same amount. The reason you would want three (if it looks good with your layout) is that there are more chances for it to get clicked. So you can definitely have a clickbank ad taking one of your ad spots and then one adsense ad somewhere else on your page and you'll still make the "guaranteed" money that you get from views.
      Trust me, my layout would look bad if I added in banners any other places. I like m site to look attractive to the eyes. It provides better user experience and make me look more professional.

      Originally Posted by HazeBlazer View Post

      Congrats! Am I ever so jealous, but I'll be in your shoes very soon! Also what did you mean by "I am sure it will get better if I hire a copywriter to do some pre-sell and such"? what do you mean by pre-sell? and why a copywriter? Sorry for newbie question.
      Pre-selling is basically an article that help convince the visitors to buy the products before they click on the affiliate link to see the sales page. It helps increase conversion rate (number of sales per click).

      A copywriter is a professional (the good ones, anyaway) who specialize in writing such articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author vtotheyouknow
    Dash,

    Congratulations on the sale! ...But..

    Jeff Walker would call what you're doing "hope marketing". You put your banner on the sidebar and hope that you make a sale. And you did, which is awesome but a 1/1000 conversion rate stinks, teenagers or no teenagers.

    You must must must build a list. Now. Yesterday!

    Offer an enticing opt-in incentive, write a great value-filled autoresponder sequence and promote truth about abs or whatever the product after several trust building emails. Don't be surprised if you convert more in the 5% range this way. Which, with 1000 people on your list is almost $1200.

    Of course they'll say they don't want to buy anything in a survey. Who's going to say, "yes! I wanna spend money on XY and Z...now"

    You'll be amazed at how these gangly adolescents all of a sudden have credit cards and do want to buy because you've done your job convincing them that their lives will be better when they have better bodies, and they will be (and they, in turn, convince their beleaguered folks to shell out the dough).

    Good luck!

    Oh, and did I mention build a list? :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Congratulations! And here is for more.
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    • Profile picture of the author GeoMasters
      Agree! Build a list. Get yourself popup domination or something similar and start building your list. I recommend you buy a PLR fitness eBook and use it to get opt-ins. Hey, if it sounds good teenagers will get their parents to buy them stuff.
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      • When my son was an early teenager, he'd study the WWE wrestling websites & merchandise and makes lists of things he wanted to buy. That would go on for months, then finally he made a small 10 buck purchase.

        He'd get mail order catalogs like "Things You Never Knew Existed" and bookmark the pages with stuff he wanted. He was always catalog shopping, but only made an actual purchase one time ever. And that involved a very unstreamlined and inconvenient method of him giving me cash and asking me to place the order for him with my Visa. I've spoke with other parents and its the same sort of thing with their kids. Teens buying stuff is far and few between.

        As stated in this thread, Teenagers is a HUGE market of non-buyers.

        Apple was one of the few companies able to crack the nut,
        with their iTunes music sales.

        Nowadays, other than selling iPhone/smartphone apps,
        it's still kinda a lost cause marketing to teenagers.

        So the takeaway for the OP here is that if your
        heart is set on marketing to teens, consider converting
        your product to an iPhone app.

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  • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
    that is good news. I am trying to do the same in my newly lunch site, I hope I will have my first sale soon.

    Congratz!
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    Congrats, on your first sale, still working on it here
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  • Profile picture of the author ejoka1986
    Originally Posted by Dash Evra View Post

    I was never much into clickbank. I've been earning a fair amount of money through Adsense and was pretty satisfied. But, about 2 weeks ago, I decided to make a change.

    I have a site in the fitness niche. It is averaging over 500 targeted visitors per day but the problem is, according to a survey I put up, my visitors are mainly consist of teenagers that are trying to get a six pack. They also mentioned they have no interest in buying products...Which kinda broke my heart.

    On November 11, I thought "Whatever... I am going to promote a Clickbank product anyway and see how it goes. It can't hurt."

    So, yea, I put a link on my site's sidebar and it's been doing poorly. Very poorly. This morning (12 days after I put the link up), I have receives over 930 hops and zero sale. I told myself if I don't make a sale after 1000 hops, I will put Clickbank behind me.

    Tonight, as I was going to bed, I decided to check if I have reached 1000 hops yet. And lo and behold...



    Uploaded with ImageShack.us

    Yup... After 987 hops (in 12 days), the site has made a sale.

    I know the conversion rate makes it look discouraging. But, keep in mind all I did was putting an affiliate link in my sidebar. I am sure it will get better if I hire a copywriter to do some pre-sell and such.

    Hi David,

    congratulations on your first sale with clickbank.

    Anyways I was impressed with what you said about making enough cash with adsense, I am interested on that, I have some blogs but they don't earn enough with adsense, how do you do it to make a decent income?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
      Originally Posted by vtotheyouknow View Post

      Dash,

      Congratulations on the sale! ...But..

      Jeff Walker would call what you're doing "hope marketing". You put your banner on the sidebar and hope that you make a sale. And you did, which is awesome but a 1/1000 conversion rate stinks, teenagers or no teenagers.

      You must must must build a list. Now. Yesterday!

      Offer an enticing opt-in incentive, write a great value-filled autoresponder sequence and promote truth about abs or whatever the product after several trust building emails. Don't be surprised if you convert more in the 5% range this way. Which, with 1000 people on your list is almost $1200.

      Of course they'll say they don't want to buy anything in a survey. Who's going to say, "yes! I wanna spend money on XY and Z...now"

      You'll be amazed at how these gangly adolescents all of a sudden have credit cards and do want to buy because you've done your job convincing them that their lives will be better when they have better bodies, and they will be (and they, in turn, convince their beleaguered folks to shell out the dough).

      Good luck!

      Oh, and did I mention build a list? :p
      Thanks for the feedback. Yes, as I mentioned above, the conversion rate sucks. But, I didn't put much effort into it. I just throw my affiliate link in there to have some proof that my visitors are interested in buying before I decide whether or not I should spend money and time on a marketing strategy... Yes, I do plan on building a list.

      Originally Posted by ejoka1986 View Post

      Hi David,

      congratulations on your first sale with clickbank.

      Anyways I was impressed with what you said about making enough cash with adsense, I am interested on that, I have some blogs but they don't earn enough with adsense, how do you do it to make a decent income?

      Thanks
      Correction: My name is Dash... Not David

      I am no Adsense expert. Sorry. All I did was placing the ads in positions that will catch my visitors' eye. It makes to sense to hide your ad block if you want people to click on them.
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      • Profile picture of the author ejoka1986
        Originally Posted by Dash Evra View Post


        Correction: My name is Dash... Not David

        I am no Adsense expert. Sorry. All I did was placing the ads in positions that will catch my visitors' eye. It makes to sense to hide your ad block if you want people to click on them.
        Ooops, sorry I meant to write Dash, just that I was chatting with a friend of mine called David, must have mixed the names!
        Okay thanks for the reply!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author edhoyz
    Congratulations for your first sale!
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    Congrats on your 1st clickbank sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author winsenken
    This is the beauty of internet marketing. You hardly predict what is going to happen next. Congratulation to you by the way!!! Hahaha!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author steven sanderson
    Congratulations mate
    i always love to hear about success stories so very well done to you, i remember our first click bank cheque, all you need to do is tweek it now and look forward to a cheque every month, well done.

    All the best
    Steven.
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  • Profile picture of the author nadal619
    Congratulations man , keep up the good work.

    I am just wondering , what type of traffic tactic do you use or depend on ??

    Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanRegios
    Nice Dash
    Congratulations man , i`m new in this kind of things and i don`t know where to start some advice ?

    good look man and congrats again .

    Thank you for post this.
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  • Profile picture of the author realnetworker
    Whoopee! Thank you Dash Evra! You just made me go look at my Clickbank account, which I had not checked for a while, since I got tired of seeing all those zeros!

    And, amazingly, I also made my first sale! (a bit over $20.00) It was from a product in the piano/music lesson niche, that I was promoting on a website that is 7 months old, and is getting over 3,000 visitors a month now, and just got promoted to a PR2 in the last Google Pagerank update.

    It is the best site of all my sites so far, I have been doing IM for almost a year now, and this is my first real sale on any of my sites. I have also just recently starting making consistent money from Google Adsense, so I am excited that my efforts are starting to pay off!

    Thanks again to the OP for getting me excited enough to check my own Clickbank account
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  • Profile picture of the author FreshMedia
    Congratulations. It really is a good feeling to make that first sale from selling affiliate products. I hope there are other products in your niche you can promote with better conversions. Keep testing to increase those conversions/earnings.
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    Super congrats on your sale!
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    Congratulations ! Never Never Never Give Up !
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    Great,,,I am still learning about CB...Hope to make some money on it/
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    Prepare yourself for a refund request. Seems to be the growing trend with CB products.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
      Originally Posted by nadal619 View Post

      Congratulations man , keep up the good work.

      I am just wondering , what type of traffic tactic do you use or depend on ??

      Thank you
      I am not using any of the traditional method like article marketing, SEO etc... The fitness niche is way too competitive for that. The best advice I can give you (without giving away exactly what I am doing) is to think outside the box. Rather that competing against other sites, try to work with them instead. Ask to do guest blogging for many different sites in your niche. Much easier to get free traffic that way IMO for competitive niches

      Originally Posted by RyanRegios View Post

      Nice Dash
      Congratulations man , i`m new in this kind of things and i don`t know where to start some advice ?

      good look man and congrats again .

      Thank you for post this.
      To go Google and search for: Ed Dale The Challenge. It is a 30 days, FREE, high quality, internet marketing training. It is very newbie friendly. That's where I started at in 2009.

      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Prepare yourself for a refund request. Seems to be the growing trend with CB products.
      Thanks for raining on my parade
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    • Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Prepare yourself for a refund request. Seems to be the growing trend with CB products.
      He should be fine, seeing as he's not in the false promise "MMO" niche.

      Congrats buddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    Congrats on your first CB sale ! I hope you have many more !

    And build your list !

    Good luck
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  • You've made a SALE.. your first clickbank sale! Many congrats!

    As Jim Rohn would say... a ratio has began, you now know u need around 1000 hops to make a sale...
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  • Profile picture of the author todawg_not
    Congratulations buddy, I remember my first CB sale I was so excited.

    I think vtotheyyouknow is right. Hope marketing works for awhile till you get
    discouraged.

    Building a list works.

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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I remember the first time I saw that green bar .... awesome feeling. Congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    Congrats man on the first one. Those bars speak louder then the amounts that follow in clickbank. I remember when mine finally decided to show up and it was awesome.
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    How does regnow Digital River compare with clickbank? Isn't Digital River the largest affiliate?
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  • Profile picture of the author Elluminati
    Congrats. I'm still trying to mess with it, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    Congrats on the first sale hopefully there are much more to come!
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    Congrats on the sale!
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    congrats, i know how it feels to see the sales come through. its even more exciting when that first check comes in the mail
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