With the move to the online marketplace many persons have left the traditional employment environment and made the move to working online, from home. The major things required to accomplish this is a computer, the internet and a successful method of earning. One of the more popular online ‘employment’ opportunities has been as affiliate marketers.
Businessdictionary.com gives the definition of affiliate marketing as:
“In electronic commerce, means of achieving greater market penetration through websites who target specific groups of internet users. For example, Amazon.com (which sells books, electronics, pharmaceuticals, toys, and many other items) has thousands of affiliated interest specific websites from where the visitors can reach products offered by Amazon. The entire sales transaction takes place at Amazon's website which is equipped to handle the complete online payment acceptance process. Amazon passes on a percentage of the sold item's price as commission to the affiliate website from where the sale originated.”
Persons therefore register online to sell the products of others such as Amazon.com which is one of the largest online marketplaces. Another popular site for affiliates is Clickbank.com which is like an online conglomerate, selling thousands of products and services under hundreds of categories.
ClickBankClickBank through its website clickbank.com describes itself as:
“As one of the largest online retailers, ClickBank harnesses the awesome power of our digital marketing partners combined with a vast library of over 6 million unique products in order to reach 200 million customers around the world. We are committed to featuring products that satisfy our customers and providing entrepreneurs with the right tools and resources they need to create, publish and market their products in order to grow their business.”
These digital marketing partners are in fact affiliate marketers, persons or companies who sell/markets other persons’ products and are paid a commission for the sale.
ClickBank Digital Marketers
A review of the ClickBank.com shows that several ‘promises’ are made to both and retain high performing digital marketers. This is aimed at broadening the number of persons selling the wide selection, and ever growing, of products and services offered on the website. This organization, ClickBank.com, is deemed to be very credible and one of the more successful online marketing companies which makes the following promises to the digital marketers (affiliates):
For 17 years, we’ve partnered with digital marketers like you to sell our products to over 200 million customers around the globe. Our digital marketers stick with us because of our ever-expanding catalog of quality digital products and unsurpassed reputation for reliability – we pay commissions on time, every time so you never have to worry about when you will get paid.
· EARN COMMISSIONS AS HIGH AS 75%
ClickBank pays some of the highest commissions out there because we know that quality marketing is worth paying for. We work with our product creators to set the most competitive commissions possible, up to 75%.
· CHOOSE THE PRODUCTS YOU WANT TO PROMOTE
With ClickBank, you select the digital products and offers to promote. Our online marketplace contains tens of thousands of products that you can choose from, so you’re sure to always find offers that will profitably appeal to your audience.
· GET PAID ON TIME
We’ve built our reputation by paying our affiliates on time, everytime for 17 years. You can choose to get paid as often as every week, through multiple payment options. Also, thanks to ClickBank’s HOPLINK™ tracking system, you’ll always get credit for your sales even if a customer waits up to 60 days to purchase after clicking your link.
· RECURRING COMMISSIONS
Many of the products available on ClickBank are sold on a recurring subscription basis. These are some of the greatest opportunities for digital marketers because as long as the customer continues the subscription, you’ll continue earning money month after month, year after year, long after the original sale.
· PROMOTE AUTOMATIC UPSELL OFFERS
You can choose to promote products that offer customers upsell options as part of the purchase process. Upsells deliver more value to customers and put more money in your pocket.
· DEVELOP PARTNERSHIPS TO INCREASE YOUR INCOME
Our unique joint venture program allows you to easily split earnings with other ClickBank partners. You’re in control, so you can set up joint venture deals and payment sharing contracts that work for you. We’ll handle the payments, making collaboration easier than ever.
· TAP INTO ADVANCED ANALYTICS
With ClickBank’s advanced reporting, you’ll have access to detailed data about impressions, clicks, and sales for your offers. Armed with this data, you’ll be able to fine-tune your campaign targeting to increase your earnings.”
To a Digital Marketer ClickBank.com offers a truly attractive earning potential. However, as with any such entity the success of the product and the commission earning potential will differ. Affiliates therefore need to evaluate the offerings and choose their niche market. And that is a major challenge for the registered affiliates. They seek the answers to the following questions:
· Which are the more successful products?
· Which products would provide the highest potential in terms of commissions?
· Are there commission of products that will maximize earning potential of the affiliate?
This is the solution that Click Bank Code seeks to address; to provide the solution to, and crack the Click Bank, offering a product that will maximize the earnings of the digital marketer.
Before I going into the overview of the Click Bank Code it is judicious that the following disclaimer given on the Click Bank Code website (www.the-cb-code.com) be noted:
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On the ClickBank Code website (http://www.the-cb-code.com) Michael Jones, who claims to have been new to be new to marketing for Click Bank tells his story of his first experience of marketing for Click Bank; he shows the record of his earnings for a period of approximately two (2) months between February and April 2009 - $92,199; the equivalent of approximately $48,000 in steady income for a four (4) week period.
Having accomplished this significant achievement Michael Jones felt he had developed a model that had ‘cracked’ the Click Bank code, producing similar earnings for those persons who shared his programme. He therefore has an introductory video on the Click Bank Code website
In the video Michael promises that, should you buy his Click Bank Code programme you can steal his ‘closest guarded secrets and will:
· Show you how to ‘kick down the door’ and dominate any Click Bank niche.
· Give you access to the web templates you need to create your own website for FREE.
· Will show you how Tom’ snipe’ products identifying the most profitable products for the Click Bank offerings, and not ‘wading’ through the maze of products, some of which are very unprofitable for an affiliate.
· Will show you three (3) things that you will absolutely fail without.
· What is ClickBank gravity and what it means to your operations.
· Show you how to ‘steal’ your competitors keywords. By doing this you will capitalize on the work already done by others. By utilizing this you may be days and weeks ahead of others on the learning and earning curve; almost instantly becoming profitable.
· Boost your income by almost always picking products that will be successful and not waste time, energy and money on products that are unprofitable and will ‘bomb’.
· A super-fast method that will flood your affiliate site with buying traffic- the very same day you start promoting.
· Advertising tricks to minimize your spend on advertising, with expensive, popular keywords at rock-bottom prices.
· Show you how you would know if a product is profitable; there is no guessing on this.
· Now throw the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) manual, which seeks to maximize the visibility and ranking of a website, out the window.
· Shows you achieve results almost immediately- now; there is no wait.
· Show you, step by step, how to write landing page copy. The landing page will convert your visitor to your site to a purchaser.
· Show you how to send your landing page score through the roof.
· Show you what code to write on your page to determine what keywords work.
· How to get “Google Juice” by putting the keywords in the right place.
· Show you how to set your Google Adwords budget the right way.
· Show you how to manage tour content network.
· Show you what to do if there is no conversion of the activity to sales.
· Show you what to do to recover if you get ‘slapped’ by Google.
The ClickBank Code is marketed by Michael Jones for $77 and Michael is so confident that purchasers will be pleased and will be successful with these tools that he offers a 60-day money back trial period; if you no longer want it you will be refunded the entire amount, no questions asked. Have a look at this video.
The ClickBank Code Product Offering
1. Finding products to promote
2. Getting free traffic
3. Building landing pages for those products you promote
4. How to auto-pilot your income streams
Additionally, the module deals with the basics of ClickBank, explaining concepts such as conversion rate, Clickbank Gravity, PPC, CPC, CPM, CTR etc. This video also introduces a rather easy Excel tool which does the analysis to find the product which can make you money.
Video 1: General introduction and how to sign up for ClickBank.com
Video 2: Introduction to ClickBank.com
Video 3: The three (3) most important steps for affiliate marketers to be successful
Video 4: Explanation of Internet Affiliate Marketing
Video 5: Introduction on how to select products on ClickBank
Video 6: Selecting profitable products and an introduction to Keyword Research
Module 2 – Excel Analytical Tool & Keyword ResearchModule 2 focuses on the use of the Excel analytical tool developed by Michael Jones and also addresses the keywords research with free tools including Google keyword tool and SpyFu.
Video 1: How to do keyword research
Video 2: How to analyze and select keywords
The 3rd module deals with various aspects of creating your website and landing page, with the video starting with suggestions for finding good domains names. The information found here is similar to that found in other places:
· Find a good, short domain
· Register a domain
· Get a good host
· host your site
· Use WordPress for the blog
· Use SILO structure for the site
· Write the copy/story for the landing page
There are six (6) videos in this module and while it may seem repetitive should complete them all to get the full value of the module.
Video 2: Choosing and signing up for a domain name
Video 3: Choosing a hosting service
Video 4: How to create a landing page
Video 5: Websites back office
Video 6: Displaying your site
Module 4 deals with how to get traffic with PPC. The videos focus on Google AdWords and the intricacies of creating ads on AdWords. Some of the pointers provided in the video are good. While some of the tips seem to be counter to those of other online marketing specialists it seems to have worked for Michael and is part of the difference on which the Code is built; so give it a try.
Video 2: How to turn around a losing campaign
Video 3: Finding those profitable campaigns
Video 4: Overview of PPC & Questions
The fifth module deals with getting free traffic with the use of articles. The videos teach you on how to do keyword research for your articles, how to write articles as well as several tips on creating articles to get best results.
Caution when implementing the black hat tips suggested by the author but you should definitely follow the white hat techniques. The tips harped by the Michael are relatively new techniques and definitely should be tried.
Video 2: Article topic investigation
Video 3: Article tips
Video 4: Promoting your article
Module 6 and last part in the course deals with free traffic techniques like forum marketing etc. The videos give some nice tips on mixing different techniques when doing forum marketing. An overview is:
Video 2: Assessment of Search Engine Optimization and PPC
Video 3: Advantages of joining Search Engine Optimization And PPC
Video 4: Forums to get your questions answered
Video 5: Advertising Forum
Video 6: Ins and Outs of Advertising
What do you get with The Clickbank code?The package contains videos and PDF training modules. Apart from the main training series, the package also comes with two (2) great additions - the Niche Navigator which is a guide teaching you on how to find profitable niches, aa well as
the Twitter Treasure Chest which is a guide that teaches you how to make money using Twitter.
The Clickbank Code is sold for what is described as the ‘very reasonable’ price of $77 and includes all of what is described above. You can buy the ClickBank Code on Clickbank as well as on www.the-cb-code.com and will get a standard two (2) months money back guarantee.
One thing Michael said, however, that piqued my interest was “I’m not talking about just picking the same old high gravity crap that everyone else jumps on…I’m going to show you my simple mathematical formula for picking the highest converting product every time “. I was truly interestedThe package includes approximately five (5) hours’ worth of video tutorials dealing with the very basic to more advanced affiliate marketing techniques with several bonuses added. The thing which the Clickbank Code includes which you can get nowhere else is the “Clickbank Product Evaluator” spreadsheet; this alone, I think, is more than worth the price of the product.
One of the videos is dedicated to how to use the spreadsheet properly. Here, you are shown how to use and cautions you to cull your keyword list and cull it some more until the list fits into the space available in the “Potential” workbook – just one of 4 sheets in that spreadsheet, showing you whether or not you should “Go for it!” or “Bail” according to the keywords you choose, their daily volume and estimated PPC cost. The spreadsheet will even determine your “Break Even CPC” (cost per click)This evaluation combined with the sales conversion and commission rates will give you a fairly accurate estimate of whether you stand to lose or gain on an AdWords campaign before you even begin.
Once you’ve identified a market with good potential, Michael even shows you how to scale up your campaign, i.e. if 100 clicks make money, 1,000 or 10,000 clicks will make you a lot more money.The Clickbank Code training series is highly recommended. The videos are well done and the audio is clear. Michael also shows you some good Google Adwords tricks that will increase your earning potential from ClickBank and other online marketing programmes.
Michael also shares several tips including a black hat tactic. Be careful though you could lose the account if caught.In closing, Clickbank Code is a tutorial series which trains you how to profit by selling Clickbank products, as an affiliate. The analytical spreadsheet is the major differentiator and along with just a few of Michael Jones’ tips are worth a whole lot more than the sale price $77.