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    New to Clickbank. Are there no banners, etc?
    Hi,

    I just signed up for Clickbank as an affiliate, logged in & I don't see any area with info from the merchants, such as banners, buttons, etc., like Commission Junction has, or even any area to read about the offers of the merchants. So far, it looks like all I get is a hoplink from the "shopping" area. Am I missing something?

    I've got a couple of websites with Google ads & thought I'd try something new. Pretty new at the affiliate game.

    I'm also building a website and am looking for a good affiliate network to sign up with as a merchant. I've narrowed it down to Clickbank & Shareasale. I thought I'd sign up as an affiliate to both to see what it's like from the affiliate end.

    As a Clickbank affiliate, do you really just create your own text links to your Clickbank merchants? Seems weird not to have more options.

    Thanks for any help & info.

    Karen

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    "I've narrowed it down to Clickbank & Shareasale. "

    Go with Shareasale. You could start a poll on this and i guarantee you Shareasale would win in a landslide.

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    Hi Trust,

    Wow, that was a quick response! Thanks.

    Yes, it seems like Clickbank doesn't want you to contact them, whatsoever. In their contact area, there isn't even an option to ask questions as a merchant or affiliate. Unless I'm missing something, it looks like it's basically a link exchange. I don't even see any bulletin boards where members can ask each other questions, etc. How do the merchants & affiliates contact each other? Seems like there's a brick wall there. Weird. But, like I say, I may be missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawjunkie
    Hi Trust,

    Wow, that was a quick response! Thanks.

    Yes, it seems like Clickbank doesn't want you to contact them, whatsoever. In their contact area, there isn't even an option to ask questions as a merchant or affiliate. Unless I'm missing something, it looks like it's basically a link exchange. I don't even see any bulletin boards where members can ask each other questions, etc. How do the merchants & affiliates contact each other? Seems like there's a brick wall there. Weird. But, like I say, I may be missing something.
    Clickbank will respond to you - did you try contacting them? Clickbank is more of a self-serve type system - you can promote any merchant at any time. I make about $150 per month with them with one of their product types. Keep in mind they only sell electronically delivered info-type products.

    Share-a-sale offers all types of products. Why not promote both? Basically you figure out what you want to do and then find merchants/programs to fill the need.
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    Check out RegNow
    I use the RegNow affiliate program for my software sales. They have a good selection of banners that you might find useful.

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    Thanks Cheesehead & Heir,

    Cheesehead, on the Clickbank "contact" page, there is no contact email or help request form for affiliates, that I could see. How would I contact them? I also didn't see any type of forum or "how to" or anything.

    And, are there banners somewhere? Or do you just create your own links? Thanks.

    Heir, thanks for the tip on RegNow. I was looking at using them as a merchant for a software program I'm working on. Are you happy with them?

    Karen

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    Lawjunkie in order to get those links or banners and so forth you may need to go directly to website of the program/product that you join. Some of these sites will have a resource page where you can get all appropriate links. Contact the owner of the site, they are usually willing to give some assistance to their affiliates.
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    Thanks
    Thanks Vincyheat. Makes sense. It was just so different from any other affiliate programs I've joined. It's nice to have the freedom to create my own links, though, especially text links. Usually the text links required by merchants don't flow very naturally.

    Karen

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    Heck, I don't even see a place to sign up for ClickBank? I'm so confused! LOL!
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    Clickbank only lists information products

    why an affiliate would want to promote anything else seems a bit long-sighted to me (yes, long sighted) because everyone needs information. Plus the fact promoting info products means searches from google find what they want - information - that's what the majority of people use google for, like an online encyclopedia.

    So then, if you use adwords you can create a small page with free information and then offer the product as a more in-depth extention.

    The commission rates on non-info products are crap, clickbank's info products have good commission rates.

    Who the hell would waste their time and money promoting a product that only carries a measily 10% commission for a $19.95 product?!

    Info products all the way in my opinion for affiliates! Everyone needs information, and always will.

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    Mikebeatham,
    That's the beauty of affiliate marketing - there are many avenues you can take. There are loads of affiliates making loads of money off of progams that don't include information. I agree with you that that is an excellent way to make money (it certainly pays my bills) but...don't limit yourself. I've also learned how to make money selling widgets at a smaller commission rate - but I sell more widgets! And they don't all cost $19.95 and many pay more than 10%. It's fun to explore the different programs and methods.



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    >>banners, buttons

    try look at merchant's site affiliate section

    >>do you really just create your own text links to your Clickbank merchants?

    text link works best

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    Mike,

    I also think both real products and info products can/should be combined. If you site is about widgets (to use zimmy's lead) maybe you offer blue and red widgets to your visitors, in case that's what they came for. In case they don't like those you offer them an ebook 'Make your own green widgets at home' or the likes. If they still don't like that you offer them a way out to related products using Adsense.

    I try not to rely on one way only to monetize my site, but the approach certainly varies from site to site depending on the site's concept. This way I also present my visitors with choices, hoping they see it as value-add.

    Frank

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    Hello,

    I would use both SAS and CB.

    Reason being is that SAS will give you all the banner ads you need for you to promote and they are one of the best AFF Networks out there.= when it comes to payouts, statistical features, and it's just the perfect site for newbie affiliate marketers.

    CB is the best "virtual product" affiliate network on the net. Everyone buys information. Trust me, I was doing easily $25k-$35k per month with ClickBank offers alone + email marketing.

    The sites you have with google ads, you should just use simple text links for your site from CB. For example: Make sure you hide the affiliate link and show only some catchy text as the link. People will see: BUY VIRTUAL PRODUCT, but your affiliate link is embedded in your 'a href' anchor tag.

    You say you want to sign up as a merchant? .. Which will mean you have your own virtual product to sell, correct? If so, sign up at both - just create 2 identical websites with DIFFERENT DOMAINS/LOGOs and sign one up at SAS and sign the other up through CB (as long as it's a virtual product - INFORMATION ONLY).

    If you looking for aff programs to sign up @ as the affiliate/publisher (person sending the traffic), then sign up for as many as you like or can handle.

    I prefer SAS, CB, Direct Response, AffiliateFuel, Leadhound, CJ, plus tons more... broaded your outlook in the affiliate world. You can use affiliate programs on the net BOTH WAYS ALL THE TIME. Affiliate side and Merchant Side! ...

    If you want to use your own banners for clickbank you will need to provide your affiliates with these. Contact CB and they usually give you a merchant's email. If not, then you do some research and usually (85% of the time) you can find their email address out just by the clickbank ID of your affiliate.

    If you want to use banners to promote other CB affiliate programs... usually I just make them myself and embed the CB tracking link. There are tons of free banner creators to use out there for the not so design savvy.

    Good luck my friend. I hope I helped a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawjunkie
    Hi,

    I just signed up for Clickbank as an affiliate, logged in & I don't see any area with info from the merchants, such as banners, buttons, etc., like Commission Junction has, or even any area to read about the offers of the merchants. So far, it looks like all I get is a hoplink from the "shopping" area. Am I missing something?

    I've got a couple of websites with Google ads & thought I'd try something new. Pretty new at the affiliate game.

    I'm also building a website and am looking for a good affiliate network to sign up with as a merchant. I've narrowed it down to Clickbank & Shareasale. I thought I'd sign up as an affiliate to both to see what it's like from the affiliate end.

    As a Clickbank affiliate, do you really just create your own text links to your Clickbank merchants? Seems weird not to have more options.

    Thanks for any help & info.

    Karen

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    An affiliate would want to promote other things b/c not everybody buys information... most people actually purchase GOODS on the net. Sure everyone needs information, but people use GOOGLE b/c the information is usually free. Not everyone is searching for information to purchase. It's mostly people looking for FREE INFO, and thats what a search engine is all about. Sure, some great info will be paid for by others... but I know CB very well and those programs are a dime a dozen. You really need some good promotion to make anything work, esp... CB.

    The commission rates are *NOT* crap for non-info products. Are you kidding?

    Sure CB products converts well, but not all of them - same applies for other affiliate network. It is always based on the product itself. Not which network they use to promote it from.

    I have to explain to you that I could promote something with SAS in the payday loan business and I could make $15pl (premium) and $7pl (standard) and get about 50 of them per day (easily) ... mostly using PPC. I do this now within my own program. Compare those #'s with the 50% commission you make from selling an eBook from ClickBank and you can see JUST BECAUSE OF THE PROGRAM, I will make more money. Except I work for the company so I'm not trying to make commissions. I'm just doing my job which is networking and bringing new affiliates in to promote my product, buy leads, etc...

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebeatham
    Clickbank only lists information products

    why an affiliate would want to promote anything else seems a bit long-sighted to me (yes, long sighted) because everyone needs information. Plus the fact promoting info products means searches from google find what they want - information - that's what the majority of people use google for, like an online encyclopedia.

    So then, if you use adwords you can create a small page with free information and then offer the product as a more in-depth extention.

    The commission rates on non-info products are crap, clickbank's info products have good commission rates.

    Who the hell would waste their time and money promoting a product that only carries a measily 10% commission for a $19.95 product?!

    Info products all the way in my opinion for affiliates! Everyone needs information, and always will.

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