There are 3 affiliate networks with which I’ve made good money with over the years: Wealthy Affiliate, Amazon and Clickbank, and the latter is the still the one which made me the most money (It’s about $500,000 in total, yes half a million).
In this article, I will share my personal success stories with what I was promoting (and still am in some cases) as well as a brief explanation of how I am making it work for me. I will also show you different ways to make money with this network as well.
I’ve also made a video explaining my success story with CB:
If you’d like to learn more, let me start/continue with the biggest success story I have to date:
I made about $400,000 via promoting a program called Fat Loss 4 Idiots as an affiliate marketer. Although the program is no longer on the network (unfortunately…), it was one of the hottest products back in the day.
Here are several ways I made money selling this product:
1) Wrote many articles on Ezinearticles.com, sent traffic to an opt in page, gave them a free eBook on diets and promoted Fat Loss 4 Idiots there.
There was a point where this sales funnel was making me $100-$200 a day. In total, I would say this made me about $20,000.
2) I had a Squidoo lens where I was showcasing reviews of Fat Loss 4 Idiots and linking to it. The way I got reviews was I asked the list I gathered from the method above to talk about it.
This provided me with several $1,000’s in sales.
3) I created a personal website that was promoting Fat Loss 4 Idiots. This website ranked high on Google for search terms related to it’s method of weight loss: Calorie shifting.
It’s still up on Google today (look it up). This led me to make several $1,000 as well and in fact, after Fat Loss 4 Idiots died out, a new opportunity appeared (in 2018), which has since the switch in promotions made me an additional $1,000+ in Clickbank earnings (see it here).
4) There was a very popular diet being promoted on televisions and I used it’s popularity to drive people to buy Fat Loss 4 Idiots. This ended up making me $200k over 2 years. Here’s more specifics (and a check to prove it). And here’s a check I got:
5) Made about $50,000 promoting the same program through another popular televised product called “Pink Method”. The popularity of this product was short, but there was enough time from the point that it was aired for me to make a 1 page site and funnel people to buy Fat Loss 4 Idiots. I used Bing ads to get traffic to the site that was promoting it.
Again, all of these methods involve promoting the same program, but through different methods and in some cases using other popular products, their traffic numbers and funneling them to promote Fat Loss 4 Idiots.
Next we have a Clickbank program called “YayFood”.
Unfortunately like Fat Loss 4 Idiots, this program is no longer available. But I did make a few $1,000 promoting it via the 3rd method I listed above. I basically used the same calorie shifting website and promoted both Fat Loss 4 Idiots and YayFood. This promotion was earning me $8 a month for each sale I made, so it made sense to refer higher volumes of people as those numbers would be recurring and generate a decent, stable income.
Made 1 measly sale promoting Affilorama.
This is a program you can still find on Clickbank today, it is a membership site which teaches online marketing. And I actually promote it on THIS website, but I do tell people to try a cheaper, better alternative which is Wealthy Affiliate.
I’ve gotten many people into Wealthy Affiliate while talking about Affilorama, but 1 person decided to try it anyway and purchased a lot of the program’s products which earned me $350 for the sale.
Made about $20,000 promoting 2 diet products: the 2 and 3 week diet.
After Fat Loss 4 Idiots “died out”, I still had interests in marketing weight loss products on Clickbank through a weight loss site. After all, my initial success online was through Clickbank and selling diet products so I didn’t want to throw this away, but I had to find a different product to promote and these 2 options presented themselves as the most popular sellers on Clickbank in the weight loss category.
While they didn’t sell as well as Fat Loss 4 Idiots, I was still able to make decent sales with them through starting a weight loss website and promoting it there. Basically what I did was I took popular diet books that were on Amazon, wrote reviews on them and funneled them to a page where I was promoting these 2 products.
The sales were up and down and I’ve been going through some tests with this lately, but overall, in about 2 years, I made about $20k doing this. Honestly, it’s been more of a frustration than success as I made the mistake of making a weight loss site instead of a niche specific site to sell this product to, so I blame myself in this case.
But it’s still a success story.
I made a few $100 promoting a relationship book.
It was an eBook on getting your ex back by a friend of mine called Travis Sago. This guy is one of the most successful online marketers I know and this eBook was one of the biggest sellers on Clickbank. At the time I had still been using Ezinearticles.com as a traffic source, but I was funneling it to a review of this eBook and it worked out OK.
Some very important things I need to mention:
As you can see from the stories above, I did mention that some of the products are no longer in business. Just as much, places like Ezinearticles and Squidoo are either no longer good to use or just aren’t active anymore (like Squidoo).
If you still seek to make money with Clickbank, I can tell you there’s still tremendous opportunity to do it and rather than experiment with different options, which may or not may fall apart tomorrow, there’s still a VERY good way to make it work for you and it will continue to work for years to come.
All of the sales I made with Clickbank were through their affiliate program and I talk about affiliate marketing in great detail here so you can understand the potential too.
How to make money with Clickbank in 2019:
The ideal scenario with which you can make good money is to create a niche site and promote the products from that network that best fit that niche. I hinted at this earlier when I was talking about the 2 and 3 week diet not doing as well as I wanted to because I didn’t make niche sites, but a broad, weight loss site.
It’s a mistake I am correcting now, but Clickbank isn’t the only place I make money through and I have consistently been making good money with the formula I just told you.
It’s a great formula because with your site you have long term money coming in and if something happens where the CB product is no longer in business, you can still switch to something else and it doesn’t even have to be a CB promotion, it can be something entirely different. It’s your site that will be the money maker, not the product. The product can always switch, that’s the point I want to make.
So the important thing is to set up a good website where this is all possible and this is why I will be recommending that you do the following:
Just remember that the key to making good money with CB or any other program is to have the niche website, more specifically a HUNGRY niche site. Once you have that, then finding a product to suite that hungry niche is easy. But always start from the site, not the product! My recommended program will show you all of this.
Update: Clickbank also offers it’s own training program.
It is called Clickbank University and I review it in that article I just linked. When it first came out I didn’t really like what it had to teach and left. But years later, it did update.
However, I would still recommend the above program, Wealthy Affiliate (link here too) instead of CB University because it’s still the best one there is for learning these things and again, it was the same program that showed me the tools to make the $500,000+ from CB.