Wish you had read all these reviews before buying an Ebook via Clickbank. You buy what you want, give them your details, then they offer you another book at a discounted rate, you can’t proceed without buying the extra book. The link they sent wouldn’t work and my pc virus scanner wouldn’t open up the site saying it was a phishing website, after contacting both the seller and the bank, neither one would respond. Just automated ticket numbers. One after another after another. Live chat wouldn’t work either. Total scammers. Do not use.
What this article teaches you is that if you produce something that is shareable and interesting, driving traffic to it is MUCH easier. You can use social media, you can run link building, you can share it on niche communities and nobody is going to ban it or downvote it. Actually, if your front end is great value, people will share it around without you asking. Then all you have to do is offer a free downloadable resource in this piece of content (that does not decrease its shareability as it’s more free goodies) and THEN start selling via email follow up.
That’s for a later date for me at this point though. In the meantime I’ll just have to keep at it on the “content creation” and outreach front so that I can start generating a bit more organic traffic to start experimenting with.
Unfortunately there has been a very high grav product at Clickbank which makes false promises and uses a false scarcity tactic (in my niche). Clickbank could easily prove the false scarcity used in the sales copy if they wanted My concern is that this product makes so much money for Clickbank that they have a big incentive to do everything possible to keep that product selling for them, including turning a blind eye to the false claims and false scarcity.
This is obviously not fool proof as funds can be dropped into an account to pad it out, then withdrawn. Lets face it accounts can be fudged, in major corporations, (remember Enron) and creative accounting can and does occur in many companies daily. However requiring that earnings statements be verified in some manner, offers clickbank a means by which to make it harder for scammers to set up business on the site.
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I agree with you, that with all the hyped up products being promoted now, the best approach is to promote only the ones that you believe in. In my experience, products I have bought, tried out and then promoted have done the best for me.
BUT, they had become very loose in the IM products they were allowing to be sold through their site. In the last year or so, I have found so much crap on Clickbank relating to IM. Secret Russians, broke pole dancers, drunk gurus, massive passive that will only sell 197 copies… These products are scams and do not deliver anything like they promise and I was becoming a bit disillusioned with Clickbank simply because it allowed this rubbish to dominate its most popular products. Embarrassing for me and Clickbank.
This has certainly been an eye-opening experience for me. My number-one takeaway from all this is it doesn’t matter how great your keyword research, copywriting, and sales letter are if the website you’re linking to doesn’t convert. Publisher websites without strong sales copy — especially for tech-heavy products — will fail. As a corollary, if you are a publisher, don’t send your affiliates to your home page!
I should also say that once you have met the requirement of five sales from five different credit cards, Clickbank is pretty good about cutting you checks as soon as the pay period ends (assuming you have met the base amount).
I’m not advocating against using clickbank, just hoping to spread the word to potential users that it can be as much a nightmare as paypal has a reputation for being (inexplicably frozen assets, unreachable and unsympathetic customer service, etc.)
Now as to your comment on traffic it is true, traffic is important. But the truth is, acquiring traffic is easier than converting it. Plus we have many posts dedicated to traffic generation on this blog. Simply check this post, this post or this post. But must importantly, the reason why people struggle with traffic is that they try to promote a sales page or a heavily biased piece of content. Nobody wants to share that, nobody wants to link to that, and as a result you don’t get traffic and blame your lack of success on traffic (like you did in your comment above).
I am going to have to put these tactics to work. Although I am currently working to create my product and I will be trying to find affiliates to sell it. I have no problem sharing a piece of the pie if people can bring in results. 🙂