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Getting Started as an Affiliate
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!
1. Create an Account
To get started as a ClickBank affiliate, first you will need to create a free account. Fill out the ClickBank signup form, which takes just a couple of minutes. Be sure to enter all of your contact information accurately, in case we need to contact you regarding your account and so we can send you your earnings. You will receive an email with an 8-digit confirmation code you’ll need to enter to complete the signup process. This email will contain your account nickname (which you chose) and password (which is the same as the confirmation code you received).
Now that your account is created, click the Log In link on the confirmation page or at the top of the ClickBank website. Once you log in, you will be taken to the Account Home page. This is the page where you will eventually be able to see your earnings, as well as important ClickBank news, updates, and more.
If you click the next tab, called Account Settings, you will see all of the information you entered on the signup form. If you have listed a U.S. address, you will see a field called Tax ID flashing in red in the Account Information section. If you have a U.S. address and earn over $600 by the end of the calendar year, you will need to enter an Employer Identification Number (for businesses) or a Social Security Number (for individuals) in the Tax ID field. For more information, see ClickBank's Accounting Policy.
Next, you will see the Contact Information section. Since you are an affiliate, you do not need to fill out any of the email addresses or phone numbers in the Contact Information box except for your basic Account Email address and phone.
By clicking Edit on the Payment Information box, you can change your payment threshold, which is the minimum amount you need to earn before we send you a check. Please note that there is a $2.50 processing charge per payment we issue, regardless of the amount of the check or direct deposit. When you first start out, you can only choose to be paid by check. However, once you haveve received two (2) checks, and if you are in our list of supported countries, you can choose to be paid by direct deposit to your bank account.
Important: Affiliates should not fill out the My Site, My Products, or My Images pages. These are for ClickBank vendors only. Affiliates should not submit product approval requests and do not need to pay an activation charge for their account!
2. Create your HopLinks to our Products
Now that your account is created and you have a ClickBank nickname, you are ready to start selling our products! Click here to get detailed information on Creating Hoplinks.
We have gone a step further than many ClickBank vendors by creating custom webpages for you. So, instead of having a simple hoplink to our site, you can have images, product descripionts, sample files, etc. all on one webpage! We have found this to be extremely effective for our affiliates.
3. Start Promoting Our Products
OK, you have signed up for your free ClickBank account and have created your first HopLink. But where should you actually start promoting your HopLink? Trying to decide where to spend your time and effort can be a bit overwhelming at first, but we’ll give you some ideas to get started. Once you’ve mastered the basics, your imagination is the only limit to the ways you can promote ClickBank products.
If you have your own website, that is one great place to promote hoplinks. However - it is not necessary to have a website to be a ClickBank affiliate! ClickBank has created a guide called Common Ways to Promote Products that is a great place to learn about other methods affiliates use to promote ClickBank products effectively.
An important rule of thumb to remember is that if you want to get a good return on your time, money, and efforts, you should promote products to audiences that might be interested in them. For example, if you post your HopLink to a course on Internet Marketing in a forum dedicated to politics or gardening, people will not click on your HopLink and you may find yourself quickly banned from the forum.
However, if you link to the same Internet Marketing course in a forum or discussion group dedicated to making money online, along with reasons why you think this is a great product and how it can benefit other members, you are likely to get many more clicks and purchases from your HopLink. Posting a useful and relevant HopLink and description will also make it more likely that members will trust your recommendations in the future.
The same principle goes for other common promotional techniques like article writing or tapping into your social network— the more relevant and useful the product is to your audience, the better your sales will be.
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