Archive for the ‘ClickBank’ Category
Suppose you cannot change
- your site
- your price
- your traffic
then is it possible to increase your sales ?
Yes – you can make your customer purchase an
It’s a tactic that I’ve been sadly ignoring until
I came across ClickBank’s new PitchPlus feature.
I’ve now implemented it on one of my products (the
first of many) where it is producing great
If you are a ClickBank vendor and want to do
likewise get my book
It’s free and no sign-up is needed.
And affiliates – I’ve not left you out. Head for
the last chapter.
Yes – an opt-in form on your ClickBank thank you page IS allowed
providing these other requirements are met:
1. A valid, clearly displayed email address where customers can reach you
if they require technical support for your product, as ClickBank does not
provide technical support.
2. A reminder to the customer that his or her credit card or bank
statement will show a charge by ClickBank or CLKBANK*COM, rather than a
reference to your specific product. This reminder should be prominent, as
customers sometimes request refunds because they forget that ClickBank is
handling the purchase.
3. For a recurring billing product, a restatement of the rebill schedule.
4. Clear instructions on how to download or access the product, or
information on how and when it will be delivered to them.
By the way I hope you are protecting your thank you page.
Digital theft is a huge problem. See why here
Occasionally affiliates want to promote a product they have seen advertised but cannot find it at the ClickBank Marketplace where they want to check out its statistics and in particular the commission rate.
The possible reasons for not showing are
- the vendor chooses not to post the product at the Marketplace
because he does not want to use affiliates or – more likely -
he wants affiliates to sign up through his own management
system (such as easyClickMate)
- the product slipped out of the Marketplace as it failed to record a sale in thirty days (it is reinstated on the next sale)
- the product is one of several in the vendor’s account, only the main one is listed in the marketplace.
If you still want to promote the product you should contact the vendor.
If you want in-depth information and statistics on the MarketPlace products
try the sites here
If you go to the ClickBank Marketplace
you will see information about each entry.
There’s a common misconception that $refd stands for the refund rate. **
It’s not. It stands for %referred.
All the terms are explained here
So where do we find or calculate the refund rate ?
The answer is – you can’t.
The reasons are
* the vendor account does not necessarily represent one item (up to 500 items are allowed)
* the commission rate may have changed
* the price may have changed
If you see 3rd-party tools claiming to show the refund rate they cannot be accurate.
** This term was finally dropped by ClickBank in Aug 2010
Typical affiliate question: I normally receive $20.10 for an affiliate sale but sometimes it’s $19.98 or $19.54. Why is this ?
The answer is that the customer is located in an EU country where VAT needs to be collected. This affects the calculation of commission – you can check with the calculator here
Another circumstance where commission varies is when a vendor has more than one item in his account. Although your customer did not purchase from the usual landing page his affiliate cookie was set which meant that when he found another product you earned the commission.
You can check this by looking at the Transaction report in your ClickBank account and see different Item numbers for the same Vendor.
If you want to make sure that a customer purchases through your affiliate link and not another’s the best way is to offer a bonus after the sale.
People have been confused over whether ClickBank allows this. You won’t find in their TOS but back in November 2006 they said that their security team would use the following policy ’from here on out unless we experience any additional problems’
Affiliates may offer bonuses that are not cash or cash
equivalents if they adhere to the following:
1) Affiliate must state clearly and prominently that the
bonus offer is not the responsibility of ClickBank or of the
seller of the primary product.
2) Affiliate must state clearly and prominently that
ClickBank will not honor any refund requests that are based
on non-delivery, quality, or functionality of the bonus
3) Affiliate must provide their own direct contact
information (email address, etc.) and state clearly that any
issues regarding bonus delivery, bonus functionality, or
bonus quality must be addressed with the affiliate, not with
ClickBank or the seller.
How to do it
You will need to tell your prospective customer on your landing page that they must ensure they are purchasing through your link and that the order form should say [affiliate=yourid] at the bottom.
After the sale they will need to contact you with some form of proof, such as the ClickBank receipt, so that you can forward on the bonus.
Too much hassle ?
How about an automated solution which does everything for you so that you don’t need to lift a finger ?
Here is the tool I recommend.
You are a ClickBank affiliate – and you see a product that you would like to promote.
However – you reckon that you could make a better job of selling it than the vendor’s sales page.
So you would like to use your own sales page and link directly to the ClickBank order form.
Can it be done ?
Yes – here are two methods but note: Before you do this you MUST request permission from the vendor.
1. Affiliate Link
Here is an affiliate link which takes the visitor directly to the order form instead of the sales page.
(there is an underscore between AFFILIATE and VENDOR)
- The normal hoplink takes priority over this link: therefore you will not get commission if your visitor has previously gone through another affiliate’s hoplink
- The link does not set a cookie: therefore you will not get commission if your visitor later returns to the site without using that link
- This is an unofficial link. It is not listed at the ClickBank site, so it could be withdrawn at any time (though the last time was back in August 2002).
Here are two scripts which include, among many other features, the ability to provide the direct order link without the disadvantages mentioned above