How Difficult is it to Sell a Product Using Clickbank?

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I have a few instructional eBook ideas I've thought about writing and selling. I have other projects going on and just wouldn't have the time to market them properly. The idea of affiliates doing the work makes it a more plausible idea.

Clickbank (I think) would be great for this, but honestly I don't know a whole lot about how it works. I am an affiliate on Clickbank, but it's not my focus. My question I guess is, how difficult is it? Does Clickbank have a lot of loops to go through? Do affiliates only pick up hot products and the new little guy gets ignored? Are the fees ridiculous?

I'd love to hear some opinions, especially from those who are making profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Foster
    To sell a product? Not hard at all. Put up a sales letter and pay your fee to Clickbank.

    The trick of it is getting people to promote your product once it's up.
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  • Profile picture of the author pdxkurt
    First set up a quality landing page and sales funnel, then promote your product and drive traffic to it and see if you can generate sales on your own. If you can do that then clickbank will be just fine, but you have to make sure the product can sell. Clickbank is not a magic solution, and you will probably be your own best affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
    The technical aspects of setting up a cb sales site, creating a product, and getting approved by clickbank are relatively easy. Especially since (a) tons of people have done it before, and (b) there are tolstoy and tutorials to help with many of the steps. Plus (c) you only have to do it once.

    So it's easy to sell a product.

    The hard bit is selling lots of product. And like anything else in sales, it's up to you to make a go of it. Nobody else is going to do all the work for you, not even click bank's affiliates (which isn't to say that can't generate some sales, just that you can't rely on them to do all the work),

    You are the number 1 expert in the world on your product. And you are the number 1 most motivated person to sell it. So there really is nobody better than you to drive sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author rfellows
    I'm in the process of trying to do the same thing,though not far along as you are at this point. My personal mentor says that Amazon is also a great place to promote your e-book on. I hope this helps you in some way! good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Wickaman View Post

    Do affiliates only pick up hot products and the new little guy gets ignored?
    Bad affiliates pick up only/mostly hot products and ignore the new little guy, but that isn't relevant to you, because they don't make (m)any sales anyway. 95% of the affiliates sell almost nothing. The remaining 5% (actually fewer) are the serious, pro-affiliates who collectively make almost all the sales. They're not interested in whether or not it's a hot product. They're interested in whether it's a good-quality product with a good-quality sales page which will convert their targeted traffic. So don't be put off by "what most affiliates will do", because "most affiliates" don't make any money (for themselves or for the vendors) anyway.

    Originally Posted by Wickaman View Post

    Are the fees ridiculous?
    No, but they're also not trivial. You have to pay $50 once, to list your product (you pay it only after the product's been approved), and then they take 7.5% + $1 per item sold, and what's left after that's deducted from the retail price is then divided between the vendor and the affiliate in the proportions specified by the vendor.

    To be sensible about it, you effectively need to have tried, tested and proven conversions of targeted traffic before taking on affiliates. This post explains: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8570427
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Pescetti
    Getting affiliates to promote your product on CB is a matter of PROOF!

    You've got to have perfectly-positioned copy, a website design that compliments it or a video that's produced to maximize the emotion in your script.

    Then you need to drive different types of traffic onto your site and collect data.

    If your conversions are solid, you'll be able to utilize those numbers in your affiliate pitch page and attract the kind of partners that explode your profitability.

    But the key is:

    Knowing HOW to drive targeted traffic that provides a healthy ROI.

    When you're a CB product owner, you're gonna wear many hats.

    So start doing your research now.

    Mark

    P.S. Savvy affiliates will know what converts on their list or lists. Take the time to put your funnel together right...

    ...or don't bother putting your product up at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    You need a lot of promotion and you can attract affiliates but the process of getting it up there on clickbank shouldnt be that hard
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Most affiliates disregard new products. You have to promote your affiliate program everywhere, besides proving that your sales letters convert.

    The beginning is hard.






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  • Profile picture of the author keith88
    Originally Posted by Wickaman View Post

    I have a few instructional eBook ideas I've thought about writing and selling. I have other projects going on and just wouldn't have the time to market them properly. The idea of affiliates doing the work makes it a more plausible idea.

    Clickbank (I think) would be great for this, but honestly I don't know a whole lot about how it works. I am an affiliate on Clickbank, but it's not my focus. My question I guess is, how difficult is it? Does Clickbank have a lot of loops to go through? Do affiliates only pick up hot products and the new little guy gets ignored? Are the fees ridiculous?

    I'd love to hear some opinions, especially from those who are making profit.
    Make a hot product and affiliates WILL promote. Don't have a lil guy mindset. GO BIG OR GO HOME!

    Make a big splash and affiliates will promote IF your product has....

    1. HIGH perceived value
    2. HIGH actual value

    Be generous to your affiliates and give them EVERYTHING they need to succeed. Thats how you will be successful with that!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I personally get more sales from MY own marketing my product than affiliates do. It's not difficult to sell on Clickbank. Just make sure you supply your affiliates the marketing tools necessary to sell your product successfully.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    It depends on the product itself.
    There are many products there and some with little in the way of sales.
    Test it from your own site first to see if there is any demand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Imamarketer2
    I recently put an ebook on Zaxaa. I considered clickbank, but decided it was too pricey since my ebook was really just a test for my market.

    You can list your ebook(s) on Zaxaa for free (they take a small percentage or 25cents, whichever is greater - after your product sells), and they do have an affiliate program. It's a fairly new site so they're not as big as clickbank, but the price is right and it's a great way to test your ebooks.

    I don't have an affiliate program right now and chose not to use the affiliate option on Zaxaa, and my ebook is still selling.

    Just an option for you to consider.

    All the best with your sales!
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    • Profile picture of the author Wickaman
      Thanks everyone. I have a lot to think about. I'll go ahead and write up a book and eventually create a site/sales page and try to market it myself. If all goes well then I'll consider clickbank and some other sites.

      I feel I'm pretty decent at setting up sales pages. I currently get about 10% conversion on one of my sites. But what I can't master is getting traffic. Once I can figure out how to drive more traffic the money will be much better. Traffic, at least for me, is the hardest part. That's why the idea of affiliates was appealing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Wickaman View Post

        I feel I'm pretty decent at setting up sales pages. I currently get about 10% conversion on one of my sites. But what I can't master is getting traffic. Once I can figure out how to drive more traffic the money will be much better. Traffic, at least for me, is the hardest part. That's why the idea of affiliates was appealing.
        I follow the logic completely. If you can get anything like that level of conversions, of reasonably targeted traffic, with a sales page for a product you're selling on ClickBank, I think you'll have no difficulty attracting and keeping good affiliates.
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