How to find out more about products on clickbank

by mcerny
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I feel stupid for asking this, but seriously... When I go to the marketplace, I see the list of products with a brief description and that's it. Do I have to decide whether to promote a product based on that short description ?

I'd like to be able to at least get a short preview of the product, which would help me decide if it was worth buying the first place and after I bought it and liked it, I could start promoting it.

How do you find products to promote on clickbank ?
#clickbank #find #products
  • Profile picture of the author curly sue
    Try cbengine.com ClickBank Marketplace - cbengine, they show you the product, and whether its selling or not, down to the gravity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Williams
    That is a fair enough question and I agree (partially)

    I don't promote CB much but a way to determine a solid product other then CBs minimal details is to research the product yourself, contact other sellers privately and get their opinions, trail and error, test a few yourself and look at the history.

    Time will tell if it is quality or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by sexy sue View Post

    Try cbengine.com ClickBank Marketplace - cbengine, they show you the product, and whether its selling or not, down to the gravity.
    Sorry, but this really isn't right at all - it's just a widespread myth.

    The gravity has nothing to do with it: it's actually common for products with single-figures gravities consistently to outsell products with three-figure gravities, and there are reasons for that happening.

    There's no correlation per se between gravity score and sales numbers. That just isn't what gravity measures.

    These threads/posts explain ...
    Gravity High or Lower - Which Sells Best & Why?
    Clickbank gravity - is there a sweet-spot here?
    Understanding Clickbank Gravity
    Clickbank and gravity

    Originally Posted by mcerny View Post

    Do I have to decide whether to promote a product based on that short description ?
    No, and it would be very unwise indeed to do so.

    This post may help you: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post2161932

    Never promote a product without seeing it yourself.

    Here are suggestions on "how to ask the vendor for a review copy" ... (and if you still can't get one, it's permitted and legitimate to buy one through your own affiliate link).

    I just send them an email (if there's no contact address showing on their sales page, try "admin", "info" and "support" at theirdomain.com - one or more copies will normally reach them), explaining all the following:-

    (i) Who I am and what I've done before (giving links so they can verify);

    (ii) What my potential interest is in their product, why I'm able to promote a product in their niche and why I think from their sales page that theirs might exactly fit the bill for my (potential) customers;

    (iii) How I'd propose to market their product ... I'm really specific: I don't just say "by article marketing" or "by PPC marketing" - anyone can say that - I mention my existing lists, my experience, the marketing techniques I've previously found valuable in the niche (if applicable) and so on: I mention three or four approaches, the last one of which is designed to come across as a bit "unusual and different" and "get them thinking";

    (iv) The research I've done in the niche (i.e. making sure they know that I've done some!);

    (v) The domain-names I already own in the niche;

    (vi) A specific question I have about the product which is designed to draw an answer and at the same time demonstrate that I know what I'm talking about (not just "what the conversion rate is?" because I want to demonstrate that I'm aware that their average conversion rate will have absolutely nothing to do with the conversion rate for my traffic anyway, so that's a really bad question to ask in the first instance).

    The more you present yourself as someone to be taken seriously, the more likely they are to take you seriously.

    My overall aim is to leave them feeling "Wow, I certainly don't want to let this affiliate pick someone else's product instead of mine".

    (I confess, if I were a vendor, deciding to whom to give free review copies, rightly or wrongly I'd be asking myself "If they can't sell themselves enough to me, as a prospective business associate, for me even to take them seriously, how good are they likely to be at selling my product?").

    Be very careful indeed over interpreting the "information" (:p) at sites like the ones referred to in the replies above. The reality is that those sites have no information which you and I don't also have. All their real information comes from ClickBank's marketplace statistics, available to all. Most of the rest is guesswork, based on "secret proprietary algorithms". Believe them if you want to, but those places have no honest or accurate way of working out sales figures (or anything else derived therefrom!), because this information simply isn't published.

    Originally Posted by mcerny View Post

    How do you find products to promote on clickbank ?
    Like this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Wascally Wabbit
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      Never promote a product without seeing it yourself.
      Hi, Alexa - do you apply that rule to physical products as well? I believe the majority of what you promote/sell are non-tangible info products, but I do recall you mentioning you have a couple sites using Amazon Affiliates. If you are selling physical products via Amazon, do you always buy first? I imagine that could get very expensive especially if you are promoting higher ticket items. Either that or you might possibly end up with multiple items that you can't use (like, say, a 52" plasma tv by Sony, LG, Samsung, etc.).
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Wascally Wabbit View Post

        I believe the majority of what you promote/sell are non-tangible info products, but I do recall you mentioning you have a couple sites using Amazon Affiliates.
        Yes, I have two "specifically Amazon" sites, and sometimes promote (by email) individual Amazon items to my lists built from my other, main sites as well (though without Amazon affiliate-links actually in the emails).

        Originally Posted by Wascally Wabbit View Post

        If you are selling physical products via Amazon, do you always buy first?
        No, not always. I specify when I haven't, and tell people openly that I have, if not specified to the contrary.

        For example, I have a place on one my Amazon sites where I present a lot of different clocks (including some really nice ones, some gimicky/amusing ones, some "posh/expensive" ones, and so on), and I do say there "Of course I haven't bought all these myself", even though I honestly think it would be unreasonable of the reader to imagine that I have.

        I think a lot depends on the context.

        If you're doing, for example, a "comparative review" of several different wide-screen TV's on your own affiliate site, presenting yourself as an individual, I don't think any reasonable reader/visitor expects that you've actually bought them all. The potential problem/difficulty arises when you have a site called "widescreentv-reviews.com" (or whatever) because now visitors can reasonably expect that you're a "consumer magazine" or something, which may well have received review freebies from each manufacturer, and then there really is some potential inadvertently to mislead people, damage your business, have legal/regulatory problems, and so on.

        Just my perspective.

        (Half the time, when people get to Amazon, they buy something completely different from whatever I've promoted, anyway; still, they're all sales ... :rolleyes: :p ).
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by Wascally Wabbit View Post

        If you are selling physical products via Amazon, do you always buy first? I imagine that could get very expensive especially if you are promoting higher ticket items.
        Personally, I see no reason at all for buying Amazon products before promoting them. Especially for the higher end products, adequate product information is generally quite readily available from the manufacturer and niche publications. On the other hand, promoting Clickbank products requires a totally different approach with specific caveats as outlined by Alexa.
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  • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
    Originally Posted by mcerny View Post

    I feel stupid for asking this, but seriously... When I go to the marketplace, I see the list of products with a brief description and that's it.
    In case you are not aware - click on the title and you arrive at the sales page


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  • Profile picture of the author djleon1
    As already said the best way to get info is to contact the vendor directly. Amazing how simple that can be. If you are truly interested in promoting a product you could also buy the actual product!! Depending on the product niche you can find related forums to get some potentially real feedback on the product from buyers.

    The sales page is not the place to go to find out about the product - the sales page is to see how the product is being marketed. The sales page will likely be a lot of bullet points, some video, testimonials etc but not a lot of actual specifics on the product.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Have you ever considered actually contacting the product owner?????????????????
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  • Profile picture of the author artgirl
    I use CBEngine.

    It is a great tool to uncover hidden Clickbank nuggets that are very specific to a particular niche.

    Next, I head over to Google Adwords Tool and the Google Browser Suggestion. I now perform some intense keyword search. This is crucial! I drill down to keywords that have low or no competition.

    Next, I write or outsource my article writing and create excellent content for my Wordpress blog. Depending on the niche, I add it to an existing blog or I create a new one.

    This method works like clockwork every time!
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    There is only two options...

    You buy the products and review it or you ask the owner for a review copy...
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  • Profile picture of the author ODeez
    I suggest looking at the traffic trends and numbers at alexa.com. Also, google or bing the author to determine their reputation. A good rule of thumb is if they have a good reputation and the product is trending upward. It's a good product to promote. Contacting the author with any questions or concerns is a good practice also.
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  • Profile picture of the author konrud
    My strategy is to promote only fresh products with nice sales page and high gravity. If the product appeared in Clickbank 2 days ago and already has a good gravity it will be successful product for me.
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