How long will people still buy clickbank style ebooks?

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Hey guys, long time lurker, first time poster....

I have an old ebook i wrote a few years back. I was thinking about re-branding it and re-launching it on clickbank.

Is clickbank and the pdf type ebook a dying industry? I am willing to commit to this project if there is a few years left for it but am looking for some opinions about the long term viability of this marketplace.

Do you guys have any thoughts about the future of clickbank and electronic products such as pdfs etc? I know kindle books are surging now...

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    I promote clickbank product because the have the most big launches. But I would never sell a product on clickbank these days because of the high refund rates.

    As an affiliate I can say with confidence that the return rates at clickbank is at an all time high.

    The no questions asked 60 day return policy is being exploited by habitual refunders.

    Add to that, the fact that you have to wait so long before they release your allowance and when they do release your allowance they do not release all of it.

    I suggest you try clicksure. They let you set your own refund policy and they have a system in place that blocks habitual refunders from buying through their marketplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Look for trends in keywords connected to the niche in which the ebook is. Some niches work well in Clickbank while some don't. The best way to find out whether a particular niche works is to do research on its popularity. Look for similar products on Clickbank and other marketplaces.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    It's like asking, how long will cars still be around for.

    No one can confidently answer your question... no one.

    If you have a product that you feel people would find value in then by all means sell it. Make sure you go over it and update it though if it's a few years old. People want only the most up to date information.

    People are ALWAYS going to buy information, whether 50 years ago or in 50 years time. At the end of the day, books, magazines, ebooks etc, it's all just information. Whether Clickbank is still around in 10 years time, that remains to be seen but it's irrelevant. Just because Clickbank is not around does not mean you cannot still sell information. Clickbank make up only a very very TINY percentage of the entire information product marketplace.
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    • Profile picture of the author seeksucces
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      It's like asking, how long will cars still be around for.

      No one can confidently answer your question... no one.

      If you have a product that you feel people would find value in then by all means sell it. Make sure you go over it and update it though if it's a few years old. People want only the most up to date information.

      People are ALWAYS going to buy information, whether 50 years go or in 50 years time. At the end of the day, books, magazines, ebooks etc, it's all just information. Whether Clickbank is still around in 10 years time, that remains to be seen but it's irrelevant. Just because Clickbank is not around does not mean you cannot still sell information. Clickbank make up only a very very TINY percentage of the entire information product marketplace.
      Of course people are always going to buy information, book stores are not going anywhere, and neither are professional authors and professionals writing books. Famous people like Michael Jordan might write a book on his life and people would buy it because it is interesting and comes from someone with a unique perspective of value. But speaking of clickbank in a positive light is ridiculus and I will tell you why.

      ClickBank tries to rip people off to make a quick buck. There are mostly horrible products on ClickBank of which neither the affiliate, nor the promoter of the product make much money. The only people making the real money are ClickBank itself off of all the transactions.

      How can all these people on ClickBank sell products and claim to be experts? Who are these people? Are they really experts? Of course not, because if they were they would be making money as an expert not selling useless ebooks.

      My problem with a lot of internet marketing is that complete crap products are being sold. The truth is that people are trying to ask, 'How can I move the text around in a sales page or squeeze page to trick people to the point that I can make money off of them.' This will never work because people will always catch on.

      I will say this time and time again, you need to provide real value to make money online. The same type of value you would be offering to anyone who is in a real business offline to make money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Scott M
        thanks so much for the responses...i guess my trepidation is this concept of creating a cash flow/business model that is sustainable over at least a few years... I definitely agree that digital information is surging at an all time high right now.

        I guess its up to me to figure out what people are willing to pay for, in what format, and how to deliver it to them. whether that be clickbank, ejunkie, amazon whatever.

        thanks again...now I need to get to work!
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      • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
        Originally Posted by seeksucces View Post

        ....ClickBank tries to rip people off to make a quick buck. There are mostly horrible products on ClickBank of which neither the affiliate, nor the promoter of the product make much money. The only people making the real money are ClickBank itself off of all the transactions.
        ....
        I have no idea where you are getting this from?

        Thousands of marketers make a lot of money using CLKBK, both as vendors and as affiliate sellers, including me. There are thousands of good products, and to say they are mostly 'horrible' products tells me you're just ranting.

        ...and how exactly does CB try to "rip people off"?

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        Bruce
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    I have no problem selling books through CB. My view is that it is essentially just a payment gateway and there are advantages to their refund policy as well as disadvantages.

    With regard to your specific question regarding the future of PDF books, I think that the wider market for digital books has already moved away from PDF. But you can sell digital products of all kinds via CB - videos, books (in all digi formats) software etc.

    Cheers,

    Will
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  • We have 3% refund rate on CB.

    People with horrendous refund rates
    need to look at the quality of the
    product, and the connection you
    make with the consumer after they
    purchase.

    People are still making multi-million
    dollar CB launches in the fitness space
    and no doubt in various verticals.

    I personally am moving to the Kindle,
    Nook model , the margins arn't as
    interesting but average punters really
    trust Amazon etc and it makes it
    easier to convert , and the delivery
    ensures, so far, what appears to be
    zero piracy.
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  • Profile picture of the author tayuyaa
    People dont buy ebooks... they buy solutions...

    So as long as people will have problem and that you'll have
    a solution to their problem they will buy... no matter if it's
    an ebook, a dvd, an audio, a video, a piece of paper or what ever...
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  • Profile picture of the author NoviIM
    I stay away from promoting digital products. There is a very high refund rate with those type of products.
    I mainly stick to promoting physical products.. ie, amazon, cj... etc.
    They just convert better.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by NoviIM View Post

      I stay away from promoting digital products. There is a very high refund rate with those type of products.
      I mainly stick to promoting physical products.. ie, amazon, cj... etc.
      They just convert better.
      Sorry, but that's just a ridiculous generalization. I have several digital products that all have refund rates lower than 2% -- some are even at 0%. It has to do with the products you are promoting NOT the fact they are online products.
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    The ebooks business is not going to die any sooner. With Kindle and iPad getting popular, it is only going to increase. Scott, instead of just re-branding and re-launching I suggest you add some value, may be a new section, a related topic or a bonus section thereby adding value. Wish you success!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    people will stop buying ebooks the day...

    1) The internet goes down...

    2) Clickbank closes down.

    Cant see any of these happening anytime soon. But we are meant to all die in DECEMBER 2012..... which would mean 1) and 2) would not really matter any more. LOL.

    If this is the last post you read, I just want to say "Goodbye cruel world!"
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