The first time I heard of Clickbank was in June 2018. This was after I had finished college and was sitting at my parent’s house unemployed. I may have searched on the internet “How to make money fast”, “Easy ways to make money”, “make money sitting at home” (Yes, I was very lazy) & “get rich fast.”
Yup. I actually searched on Google on how to get rich fast. I grew up a catholic. If there’s one thing my parents tried their best to instill in me it was to never succumb to greed.
Anyway, YouTube might have picked up on my desperation. I was recommended this video seductively titled: Clickbank For Beginners: How To Make Money On Clickbank for FREE (Step By Step) Hang on! Before you click on that link, listen to what I have to say.
“Clickbank affiliate marketing? What’s that?”, I thought. After about 15 minutes of research (lazy, unmotivated google searches) I had learned all I needed to know and was on my way to make my first million dollars.
You see, Clickbank is an affiliate marketing program. Founded by Tim and Eileen Barber in 1998, they have more than 6 million clients worldwide. Successful is an understatement.
Affiliate marketing is where dreams are built. Just create a basic website, paste some affiliate links and sit back and watch as the money rolls in, right? Wrong!
Affiliate Marketing 101
Clickbank is in fact, the most popular affiliate marketing site. It serves as a middle man between affiliates and product owners. What’s an affiliate you ask? Well, they are the middlemen between product owners and consumers.
Don’t be so quick to dismiss affiliate marketing. Even if you suck at sales and marketing, online affiliate marketing can be your game. Thousands of people have made regular income using Clickbank. What’s more, most of the products sold require a monthly payment from the consumer. Which means, you just opened up a new source of passive income.
To those people who have no idea how to get started in the affiliate business they even have their own training program called Clickbank University. And it really is the best course out there for you to get started if you’re a noob.
If you have a mindblowing product to offer to the world and lack the marketing budget to let the world know, then you partner with an affiliate who will in-turn market the product on your behalf. The affiliate makes a commission out of your sale. Simple. Really.
If the number of success stories online are anything to go by, then this model works really well.
Earn Huge Commission For Less Work
Who among us hasn’t been hounded by Tai Lopez’s cheesy self-help video advertisements on YouTube? Most of the video sales pages that product owners create on Clickbank somewhat resemble his videos. You’re probably thinking, “Man, this is such BS!” or “Ain’t nobody gonna fall for that.” And that’s where you’d be mistaken.
The landing pages and messaging within them have been thoroughly tested to act as buy triggers. They wouldn’t be able to offer affiliates 75% commission otherwise. That’s right.
There are products out there selling for $484 and you get to make a commission of $363. And what about monthly recurring incomes? That’s another $30 per month for no work. A good deal if you ask me. To most people, the allure of a passive income stream is too much to resist. And as an affiliate, you don’t have to invest any money into it at all. You don’t even need a website. There are many resources out there that teach you how to infiltrate FB groups and lure people into clicking your affiliate links.
It’s downright scary what depths people will go to to make some money. But, hey, that’s the way the world runs. You can either sit on the sidelines and criticize it and watch as people make
millions thousands, or join in the party.
If a social media post starts with “It’s crazy how much money…”, “Guys, you’re not gonna believe it….”, “I just found out this….” and points to a click, you have encountered an affiliate marketer in the wild.
Is it ironic that this website too uses affiliate marketing to make money? That was your disclaimer, by the way.
Too Good To Be True?
When it comes to passive income, it seems that only the income part is passive, not the effort you put in.
Here’s the thing. Even though you are guaranteed passive income streams, most often it doesn’t work that way. People who brought a product through your link could be unhappy with it and demand a refund or raise a complaint against you. Which is why it’s important to choose the right product to promote.
Most people who choose to engage in affiliate marketing give up just after a few weeks with no sale. Persistence is key here. But it alone won’t help you. You also need to know how to talk people into buying stuff. For that, you need to know where the right market is for the product you’re promoting. You can’t be posting an affiliate for a piano lesson on a Facebook page meant for weight loss.
The point is, don’t expect to be rolling in dough any time soon. The affiliate marketing scene is laden with lots of deception and false promises. Don’t be another victim.
Is it confirmation bias? Is it a case of the successful ones boasting about their success which then goes viral and builds hype around Clickbank? I don’t know. Who knows what’s going on in people’s minds?
Some of the products on Clickbank are downright shady. You can tell as soon as you land on their landing page with a cheesy, mediocre production quality video that goes on and on in a drab and uninteresting manner. But if they’re insistent on sticking with it, then it probably means it’s working, right?
Yes, you can make money with Clickbank affiliate marketing. But, and there’s always one, you will not become a millionaire anytime soon. I mean, let’s face it. If you had the chops to become a millionaire, you wouldn’t be turning to affiliate marketing now, would you? Truth can be a bitch sometimes. Hustle is the name of the game.
No, you cannot make any money or may make some money with Clickbank if you half-ass it. When it comes to passive income, it seems that only the income part is passive, not the effort you put in. Unless you put in consistent high-quality effort your income streams will dry up. The successful people out there making money are hustling day and night. They only make it seem like it’s a breeze just to get you to click on that sweet, sweet affiliate link.
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