Over 2,900 people per month active search for “Clickbank Scam” on Google.
Which is pretty funny, if you ask me, because according to Clickbank…
ClickBank is the Internet’s leading retailer of digital products. Whether you’re looking to sell, promote, or shop for digital goods, ClickBank is for you.
So calling Clickbank a scam is like calling Walmart or Kmart or PetCo a scam.
They simply cannot be a scam because they do not offer a business opportunity of any kind – they retail digital products provided by other sellers and manage the affiliate programs for these sellers, if required.
Commission Junction, PayDotCom.com, LinkShare and the WarriorPlus all offer similar services:
An all-in-one sale, delivery and affiliate management system.
So now that we have the “clickbank scam” issue out of the way, let’s talk about how you might earn some extra income by leveraging their system.
There are over 10,000 digital products being offered through the Clickbank Marketplace.
You will find ebooks, video tutorials, membership sites and even software there.
All of these products were created by… and are offered by… any number of SELLERS – the people who pay a fee to have their products featured in the Clickbank Marketplace.
Which means, of course, you might buy one of these products and that product might leave a little to be desired. And if that is the case, you can ask Clickbank for a refund and 9 times out of 10 – you will get a 100% money-back refund within 7-10 days. In fact, over the years I’ve asked for maybe a half dozen refunds (because the product was crap) and it was granted each and every time.
So one way to make money online would be to create your own digital product and offer it through one or more of the affiliate management programs available.
Becoming a Clickbank Vendor/Seller
The benefit to becoming a vendor is two-fold. First, you are truly entering the arena of doing business online. You are moving from being a consumer to being a producer. And producers get paid.
Second, as it related to marketing, you are getting your product EXPOSED to a large number of active “affiliate marketers” who make it a goal to sell other people’s products and services to earn a commission.
Selling your digital product through ClickBank is one of the best ways to quickly get exposure and sales for your product. Within a few business days, you can be up and running and have your product promoted by our huge network of affiliates.
Here are the easy steps for getting set up as a ClickBank vendor:
- Sign Up as a Vendor
- Create a Sales Page and Receipt Page
- Make a Payment Link & Add to Your Page
- Complete Product Profile within Account
- Complete Company Profile within Account
- Test Your Payment Link (Paypal is Default Option)
- Request Product Approval (Takes 2-10 Days)
- Pay One-Time $49.95 Activation Charge
- Wait for Approval
You can also sell your products through multiple affiliate directories so don’t think you are limited in any way by creating a vendor account. Depending on the shopping cart/order processing software you use, you can offer potential customers a choice of where they make their purchase. You can also create any number of sales pages – one for clickbank, one through an ebay store, etc.
Becoming a Clickbank Affiliate
Most people who first get started online do not have their own digital product, membership site or software to sell. Instead the sell other people’s products and services in return for a commission. This is commonly called becoming an affiliate marketer and could be one of the reasons why you hear “clickbank scam” on occasion.
What happens is people will buy into a particular “make money” program that teaches them how to become an affiliate marketer and these products usually encourage beginners to start by promoting Clickbank products. So the new person follows the instructions, does not have any great success and then screams “clickbank scam” out of desperation. When, in fact, their failure had absolutely nothing to do with Clickbank. But it had everything to do with their marketing methods and the instructions of the product they purchased.
Becoming a ClickBank affiliate is a quick and easy process. By following the three simple steps below, you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful affiliate in no time! If you’re looking to get started creating and selling your own products as a vendor, click here.
- Create a FREE account – To get started as an affiliate, first you’ll need to create a free account. This takes just a couple of minutes and when complete, you’ll be ready to start marketing and making some money.
- Find a Product or Two to Promote – Once you have a Clickbank Usersname – you’re ready to find a product to promote. The best place to start is to venture into the Marketplace and go through the various categories. Another option would be to sign up for a Clickbank management tool like CBengine.com which gives you an inside into the best selling products, which pay the most commissions and which offer a nice monthly residual.
- Start Marketing – Once you have picked a product you will be given an affiliate link to promote. Now you simply share that link on forums, via youtube videos, on your web site or blog. Write a product review and maybe even offer a bonus. You can also consider running some paid advertising if that makes sense.
Clickbank Scam or Not?
As we have discussed, there is no way to the “clickbank scam” accusations make any sense. Clickbank is simply a retail seller of various products and an affiliate management system. In fact, one telling point is they have paid their affiliate on time, every time for over 14 years – which says a lot.
However, some of the product you may purchase through the platform could be rightfully called a scam – or at least not worth the price you might pay. But, again, this isn’t Clickbank’s fault. And you can always ask for a refund which is usually promptly given.
Bless and be blessed,
PS – We have a made a LOT of money over the years promoting dozens of offers on Clickbank as well as many other well-known affiliate programs. It’s pretty easy, really, once you wrap your mind around the entire affiliate marketing process. Here is a FREE resource to help you get started: