How many times did you read your favorite blog and even before you know it, you came across various products?
A great way to build an online business is to promote products you believe in or you use – and affiliate marketing is a great connection between companies and individuals that make it possible.
If you have been looking to get into affiliate marketing to start promoting products and earning a commission – you’re in the right place.
Whether you know about ClickBank or not yet, I’ll show you how to promote ClickBank products for free. Therefore, you’ll learn how affiliate marketing works and how to sell products and earn commission even if you don’t own the product.
Stay tuned and keep on reading to find out exactly how you can take one step towards building a successful online business.
What is ClickBank?
ClickBank is an affiliate marketing program that is unique because it offers access to thousands of different vendors and millions of digital products.
You can think of ClickBank as an Amazon Associates Program that allows you to promote physical products. In this case, ClickBank gives you to access & tools to promote almost any digital product there is.
Therefore, instead of having to sign up for the affiliate program of every company or vendor you would like to promote – with only one ClickBank account, you can get granted access to any vendor of your choice with just a couple of clicks.
Almost anyone can become a ClickBank affiliate and the best thing is that it’s totally free. And from my experience, most of the products offer a high commission rate – which is ideal for affiliate marketers.
But should you join ClickBank and is this affiliate marketing program good enough for you? Keep on reading to find out!
Why Should You Promote ClickBank Products?
ClickBank offers plenty of benefits, and here are some of the most significant ones:
- It’s totally free to join as an affiliate marketer
- Large number & a wide choice of digital products
- Decent commission rates
- New products are being added on a daily basis
- It’s very easy to get started, sell products and earn commissions
If you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for a while and you have your niche by now – that’s great. I am 90% sure you will be able to find at least a couple of quality products that will fit your niche and your type of audience.
However, if you’re just starting out and you don’t even know what type of products you’d like to promote – there’s nothing to worry about. ClickBank has a wide range of products and niches to choose from. Doing a search for a quality product might even be a great way to find your niche (or at least narrow down your niche).
In my opinion, I believe ClickBank is a great way to monetize your blog or your niche website.
Because there are over 6 million available products ready for you to promote, it’s easy & free to join ClickBank, and most importantly – most products offer a great 50-70% commission rate.
However, even though it’s important to choose products wisely and find out your niche – marketing plays an important role.
Therefore, keep on reading to find out how to promote ClickBank products for free – and even find out what will you need to start your own online business.
How to Promote ClickBank Products for Free
Are you ready to start taking a couple of small yet significant steps that could change the way you browse the internet and even make money?
In this section of the post, I won’t only show you how to register on ClickBank and find quality products – but I’ll be showing you how to efficiently do the marketing side as well so you can acquire traffic and grow your credibility & business online.
Therefore, let’s start with the first thing which is finding your niche.
Find a Niche
Even before you register on ClickBank, you should find your niche. In case you don’t know what is a niche – there’s nothing to worry about.
Niche is a topic of interest, and it’s most likely something you’re passionate about. It can be either something you enjoy doing such as a hobby or a sport but it can be a career you are currently doing or would love to do.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience or knowledge. You can always start small and teach others what you know, and as you do that – you’ll eventually learn more & grow.
Write down things you enjoy doing, things you are passionate about, things you could talk about for hours. Write down anything that comes to your mind.
Then, ask yourself – is this something I’d like to learn more about, write about, and even share with others?
Narrow the list down to a couple of topics, sleep on it, and choose one!
However, keep in mind, narrow topics are always better than broad topics. There’s less competition and yet you’ll still have your hands busy.
I love using a research tool called Jaaxy for this. You can type anything and get dozens and even hundreds of results associated with a single topic – making it very easy to find your niche.
I have written a post on how to do keyword research for free and find your niche – so make sure to check that out before moving to the next step!
Create a Website
I know that many of you don’t know how to make a website – but luckily, you live in a modern age where it doesn’t take days for someone to create a website. You won’t even have to write a single line of code.
All you have to do is choose a name for your website and let the platform such as SiteRubix do the rest for you.
I’ve even written a detailed post on how to create your own website in 10 minutes, so make sure to check that out if you need help.
Platforms such as SiteRubix that combine WordPress help take care of the coding part and yet help users visually create their website and polish it up to perfection.
Therefore, if you have no technical experience or if you have never created a website before – there is no excuse!
Create a ClickBank Account
We’re getting really close to the most interesting part which is ClickBank account creation.
Head to ClickBank.com, and click on the big grey button in the right top corner that says “Create Account”.
You’ll be taken to a registration page where you will have to enter the following details:
- First name
- Last name
- Phone number
- Email address
But you’ll also learn the capabilities of ClickBank in a short introductory video.
Once you agree on Terms and Conditions – ClickBank will ask you whether you’d like to get training or not. I highly recommend getting the introductory training since it will help you find your way around the platform a lot easier.
ClickBank will guide you to complete your profile, sort out the way you’d like to get paid, and even learn how to use take the full advantage of the platform.
Once you have created your ClickBank account – it’s all about finding the quality products that fit your chosen niche.
That’s exactly what I’ll show you next!
Apply to Affiliate Programs from Vendors
Once you have successfully registered on ClickBank, it’s all about finding the quality products, right?
To do this, head to the ClickBank marketplace by clicking “Marketplace” in the top menu. On the left sidebar, you’ll find plenty of categories (niches).
By now, you most likely have an ideal niche in your mind. Choose the right category to browse products within your niche.
Also, ClickBank features a quick & useful guide that will help you learn how to find & how to promote an affiliate product. If you’re new to affiliate marketing, they also have a quick start guide that is really useful for everyone who is just starting out.
For a platform that’s free, they still provide quite a lot of value.
When you find a product you’d like to promote, all you have to do is press the “Promote” button. This will then generate you a link that’s known as a “HopLink”.
Whenever someone hops on this link and makes a purchase of the product you just decided to promote – you’ll get a commission.
Wondering what to do with these links? It’s all about marketing yourself in a way to reach out to a specific group of audience who would be interested in your product.
I’m a big fan of having your own website since this increases credibility and yet gives you full control & ownership over the content you produce.
Therefore, let me show you what to do next to actually make your first dollar online!
What to do Once You are a ClickBank Affiliate Marketer?
Now when you have your ClickBank account set and ready and you have found your products – it’s all about creating content for your website.
Create Quality Content
At this point, your website probably looks very empty. However, every website has started there. Think of it as a blank canvas and you’re about to do art.
The art I’m talking about here is the quality content.
Since you chose a niche that you’re passionate about, it’ll be fairly easy to start writing content on the topic and share your experience or knowledge.
It’s all about targeting the correct audience by doing the keyword research and then creating content they might find valuable.
Keyword research will help you find out what are people looking for within your niche and what you could write about that would help others and attract them to your website.
Once you have your keywords – it’s all about creating valuable info content. I recommend focusing on informational content that will provide value. You don’t want your first post to be a promotion of a product – how is anyone going to trust you, your knowledge or experience?
Paste Your Affiliate Links
As you build out your website, you’ll have plenty of valuable content posted that will get indexed by Google and ranked.
Once your posts rank, they will be visible by anyone who searches for a post on your topic. That’s how you will attract visitors to your site – with the help of search engines.
It will take time to build out your website – but have you ever seen a business that starts generating money overnight? Me neither. Therefore, don’t think of this as a get-rich-quick scheme, yet instead, dedicate your time and effort into this for a longer period of time to increase the chances of your online business succeeding.
When you have plenty of informational content that provides value posted, it’s time to write a couple of product reviews. It’s a great idea to review a product you’ve found on ClickBank so you can directly paste your affiliate link. Ideally, you’d want to test out the product before promoting it.
And when your website starts taking off – you could be pasting your affiliate link to a couple of other review or info posts as well. Just make sure that the product fits nicely into the other posts.
Rank Your Site & Content (or Advertise via Social Media)
As I’ve mentioned earlier, your site will get recognized by search engines such as Google which will lead to acquiring rankings and even traffic.
It will take time and effort to get your website recognized as a fresh source of valuable content in a specific niche – but once it does, you won’t have problems acquiring rankings.
How many times did you go to the third or fourth page on Google? Not many times, right? It’s all about acquiring rankings on the first page of google (top 10 results) so you have the increased visibility.
Doing proper keyword research for everyone one of your posts is important, but there are is also another important factor you have to get right. This factor is known as SEO which stands for Search Engine Optimization.
It’s a way of helping search engines discover your website by using meta descriptions, using the correct settings to enable search engines to crawl your site for content, adding descriptions to your images (known as alt tags), and a couple of other things.
There is on-page and off-page SEO. What you should focus on in the beginning is on-page SEO includes everything from the title to the optimized images and post description.
It might sound like a lot of work – but once you do this, you won’t have to do it again. And what’s the result?
The ability to acquire free organic traffic you’ve previously targeted using keywords – which means, you will have access to “warm traffic” who is already looking for something you have to offer. Rather than acquiring visitors who don’t know what you have to offer and might not be interested in your content at all.
If you have a budget for your online business, you could also run ads either on Facebook or Google and gain quick exposure this way as well. Even though this is a quicker way, it costs money.
Therefore, if you don’t have a budget set for your new online business – there’s nothing to worry about since you can acquire free organic traffic if you are patient enough and you work on your site regularly.
Acquire Traffic & Make Sales
When you write content, make sure to understand that it will get read by real people, just like you and me. Therefore, try to be as helpful as possible and even share your experience.
People love stories so be a good storyteller. Once you acquire visitors, you want to make sure they enjoy your content and that they stay or even browse further through your website.
By doing technical things such as the right product choice and proper keyword research – you gain exposure and you acquire organic traffic & visitors.
However, it’s up to you to be yourself and communicate efficiently with your visitors. In the end, you want to gain trust of your visitors, right?
Therefore, when people read your posts and see your offers if they find them helpful – they’re more likely to make a purchase, resulting you in a commission.
This has been a long post, but if you’re still reading – you’re on the right path to learning how to promote ClickBank products for free and make some decent passive income.
Affiliate marketing is all about providing value first and then promoting products that might be helpful along the way.
Of course, there are affiliate marketers who try their best to make money overnight, but in most situations, it’s not a sustainable business. If you plan on starting a sustainable online business – there is no better way than to create your own site, show off your personality, experience, & skills, grow audience, and slowly but steadily start making money by monetizing your content.
Did you ever try yourself in affiliate marketing? How did it go? Will you give ClickBank a try?
Feel free to leave a comment below with your past experience, but don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have!