It’s never been easier or more accessible to make money online than right now in 2020. The problem is digital marketing and sales opportunities are so varied and diverse that it feels like you need an MBA just to learn the basics. However, even for someone with absolutely no business or marketing experience, there’s no simpler moneymaking plan to understand than advertising.
Even if you’ve never thought about being an advertiser before, you can learn “the ad biz” faster than perhaps any other method of digital marketing that’s out there. All you need is a good product to sell, someone to pay you to sell it, and a place to put your ads. Sounds simple, right?
Why Do Companies Pay So Much for Marketing?
Every single business on the planet that manufactures or produces a product wants to sell it. Now, what do you think costs more for that business? A full-time salaried-and-commissioned salesperson with office space, a company car, and a corporate credit card? Or a freelance advertiser earning a commission on each sale, for doing all of the so-called “heavy lifting” of connecting with the customer?
Independent marketing agents are far more affordable than employed salespeople. As a result, there is a never-ending demand for digital marketers to help sell products for businesses, both big and small. You become the company’s affiliate representative whose job is to promote and sell those products. You then receive an agreed-upon commission for each sale. This process of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” is called affiliate marketing.
How Do I Find Companies Who Hire Affiliate Marketers?
Just go look! If you pay close attention anytime you visit an e-commerce website, you’ll regularly find a page (often listed near the bottom with their “Contact” page) describing an affiliate program. Businesses in every sector use affiliate marketing, from sporting goods stores, to SAAS services, to home landscaping companies. But scoping out each and every individual business that you can sell for is a mountainous task by itself. For that reason, your best bet is to join an affiliate network like ClickBank.
Affiliate networks are platforms that partner with a large list of companies offering affiliate programs. Because their focus is on pushing high volumes of affiliate sales, an affiliate network can oftentimes strike better deals with each affiliate than you can as an individual. As a result, you can make money with ClickBank much faster and easier than you can by arduously building your own custom affiliate list.
How Much Do You Make on ClickBank?
ClickBank pays some of the most lucrative affiliate commissions on the web right now, with some products paying out as high as 70%.
Seem a little crazy?
Don’t worry, these commissions are legitimate. Some goods (like digital products, for example) are produced with little or no overhead costs and can often be sold for exorbitant prices. As a result, sales are so valuable that the affiliate can pay an ultra-high commission to incentivize each one.
Now, not every affiliate on ClickBank pays quite so high. But the average commission falls anywhere from $20-$50 per sale. There are even companies that pay several hundred dollars per sale! If you choose one of those companies, you could earn $1,000 easily with just 3 sales a day. Do that every day, and you’re on your way to as much as $30,000 a month or more, PER PRODUCT, just making money on ClickBank.
As we’ll see later, the #1 ClickBank affiliate marketer in the world earns six figures in a single week with a simple, 3-step ClickBank affiliate marketing strategy. While this level of success takes a little time, it’s attainable with just a few hours per day of effort. And all it takes is a good product that people want to buy (which is already provided on ClickBank) and a good website (which is already produced by the company selling the product, so you don’t have to build it). Literally all you have to do is send people to a website!
Can You Really Make Money With ClickBank?
Absolutely, you can. We’re going to discuss the different paths to making money with ClickBank now … No matter which method you choose, you can learn a lot about making money with affiliate marketing just by using online resources.
The most common ways to make money on ClickBank include:
- Direct marketing through an email list, for which you will need an email address for every person who sees your ad
- SEO-driven affiliate blog post
- Using Facebook ads with an affiliate link
Each one of these methods comes with its pros and cons. However, we’re thinking about the quickest and easiest ways to get started making money with ClickBank regardless of your experience (or lack thereof). Looking at that list, do you know much about the first two items? But you know exactly what advertising is!
If the biggest corporations in the world are throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at ads, then you can throw a few bucks at ads and make money online to pay for your lifestyle. Once you start to make money online, you’ll never want to work another “day job” ever again. Trust me, ClickBank can pay you well enough that you’ll never have to.
How Can I Earn Money From ClickBank Fast?
The best strategy to make money with ClickBank fast is to focus on paid ads, to get your affiliate products in front of as many relevant viewers as you possibly can. We’ll get into this more later. For now, just know that promoting ClickBank products through affiliate links makes you money the fastest when you create ads with cool content that draws your audience to the affiliate website.
Using Facebook paid ads works so well because, once you have the perfect balance of the right audience and the right creative content, all you have to do is, as they say, “spend money to make money.” The most successful ads cost a little bit upfront and then continue to generate revenue for extended periods of time. They do this by reaching new customers rapidly over time, which you can ramp up further by simply increasing your ad budget. Once you’ve got the right balance, the profits are explosive. (And this literally takes just a couple hours a day! Any one up for a golf game later?)
Where Do I Place My Paid Ads?
To make money with ClickBank the fastest, Facebook ads will bring you the highest returns in the shortest period of time. Facebook ads give you the flexibility to pick which ClickBank products to promote to which target customers.
They also help you put your product in front of the most optimal prospects within the confines of your predefined budget. Simply put, you have full control over how much you spend on ads and who you want to see them.
Using Facebook to make money online is a classic strategy, and you don’t have to invent your own products to do so. You can choose any number of ClickBank’s affiliate products to sell.
How to Use Paid Ads with ClickBank
We’ve discussed why paid ads work, and we’ve covered the advantages of selling affiliate products through ClickBank. Now let’s talk about combining the two and how to start your own hustle selling someone else’s product to put LOTS of money in your own pocket.
Here’s everything you’ll need to run your ClickBank affiliate marketing operation with Facebook ads.
- A ClickBank account
- Your favorite ClickBank product
- A Facebook account
- Your ads for the ClickBank product
There’s a little more to it, but that’s pretty much it. Once you have these basics configured, you’ll be ready to start testing ads to make money with ClickBank. The startup costs here come mostly from the creation of your ad content. You could also create a website if you want, but it’s not required. If you choose to do that, web hosting is typically a few dollars per month.
Once you’ve really nailed down the basics of making money with Facebook ads and ClickBank, you’ll find that – if you do choose to create a website – that site can become an even greater part of your digital marketing strategy, bringing you more passive revenue as you work to optimize your advertising. ClickBank products come with a killer landing page and website where you will point your affiliate links, so that part is DONE FOR YOU!
How to Make Profitable Facebook Ads
It’s easy enough for people to say, “just run some ads and spend lots of money.” But if you just throw some cheap words into an ad and pump cash into it, you might as well have dumped that money into a slot machine. There are a ton of tips and tricks of the trade one has to learn in order to craft a paid Facebook ad that will make money.
First, you have to know the basics of putting together a Facebook ad. You want to make sure you maximize your dollars earned per click. In other words, you want each click on your ad to spend as little of your budget while making as much revenue as possible. Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of making that happen.
Craft Your Ad Properly
When you create your first ad in the Facebook Ad Manager tool, you’ll see a laundry list of options to choose from. We’re going to talk further about some of the choices you can consider, but first, you need to set up your ad properly.
In this section, you’ll set up the link to your desired product or landing page. In some cases, you’ll get referral credit for customers who fill out forms or sign up for services. For your Facebook ad, you’ll drive traffic to a special landing page or website, and then point those readers through your affiliate link to the product creator’s page where they can learn more about the ClickBank item and ultimately purchase.
In other common scenarios, you might get credit from generating sales on the affiliate’s e-commerce store. You’ll want your ad to generate clicks to the website where you then make the sale on behalf of your affiliate. Although it’s not required, this could be your own landing page which can be a sales page or a blog post.
In either case, you’ll want your ad to show a more readable and memorable link for your customer to remember. You can fill out the “Display Link” field to show a shortened URL. For example, Commission Hero – a course helping literally thousands of people with zero experience hit $1,000 days online – might want to drive their customers to the URL https://www.commissionhero.com/home#section–73022. Their Facebook ad, however, can instead display the more friendly link CommissionHero.com.
Treat Your Ad Campaign Like a Business
You’re starting to see how incredibly simple it can be to get into the business of affiliate marketing using Facebook ads. But don’t be fooled by the clarity and simplicity of the process. The work itself can be challenging and, like any business, carries some amount of risk.
You may be tempted to let your ad campaign run on auto-pilot once you start making money every day. This is one of the biggest pitfalls any internet marketer can fall victim to. Although so much of the process is automated for you, it’s still up to you to refine and perfect your business to ensure its continued success. But don’t worry. Once you’ve got the ads dialed in, we’re talking about a small amount of time to keep things running well.
Make sure to check in with your ad campaigns every single day. While you don’t need to obsess over every number and every trend every day of the week, you need to have a close eye on the progress each ad is making, which advertisements are outperforming the others, and where you may be bleeding unnecessary ad dollars.
Know Your Ideal Customer
This is an important part of the market research you’ll need to do before you ever write your first ad. In fact, it’s prudent to research your market’s target customers and key demographics before you even select the product or products you want your ad to target. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on the social media traffic just itching to find your product.
Your ad campaigns will make more and spend less money if the content is highly specialized to the exact buyers who are interested in your product. (Notice we didn’t say “who MAY be” interested.) It’s a lot more lucrative to show your ad fewer times to a more motivated buyer than it is for your ad to show thousands of times to viewers you couldn’t ever call buyers.
As they relate to your product, you’ll want to consider categories like:
- Age group
- Income bracket
- Marital status
- Number of children
For example, if you’re selling patterned cloth diapers, do you want to spend money showing your advertisements to single men in their forties with no children, or do you want to show them to married young mothers of newborn twins?
Then, beyond the simple demographics of your customers, think about what really drives them to spend their hard-earned dollars on any product. What motivates someone to buy? Answering this question will help drive more traffic to your ClickBank links.
To answer this question, see if you can identify the “pain points” that keep your customer awake at 3 a.m. Our married young mother has newborn twins. Disposable diapers can run up to $900 throughout the first year of a newborn’s life, and she has two of them! That’s enough to keep anyone awake at night. Tell your customer how you can relieve this stressful financial burden with your affordable and reusable product.
Write High-Quality, Socially Targeted Copy
In order to actually get your customers to click your ad, you have to tell them something they want to hear. Everyone scrolling through their Facebook and Instagram feed knows that they’re seeing a barrage of advertisements. While that might deter some folks from ever clicking a “Sponsored” post, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ready buyers out there. It simply means that the buyers in this environment are more conscientious about what they click on.
As you learn more about online marketing, pay close attention to how other advertisers talk to their customers. The advertisements you see over and over again are the ones that speak to their customers like people, like friends, or like close and trusted advisers. Your ad should read like a conversation at a party, holding a degree of interest and intrigue from start to finish. There will be plenty more chances for you to hard sell to these customers once they arrive at the landing page.
Content that converts clicks into sales is content that buyers in your market want to read. If they’re on social media, they’re looking for material that matches their topics of interest. And since you did market research in the last section in order to know your customer, you now know what sorts of content matches their interest on social media.
Steal Focus from the News Feed
You’ve identified your perfect customer and you’ve got some killer copy that will make them click your affiliate links, but how do you get them to “stop the scroll” in their endless news feeds?
The very next post in their feed is likely to be even more interesting to them than something they identify as an advertisement. And on Facebook, the word “Sponsored” is often one of the first words buyers see in an ad.
There is no exact science to say exactly what will work best for your particular product and each ad campaign. This is an area where simply studying and learning can teach you a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Create a portfolio of “attention grabbers” that have made you stop in your tracks on your news feed. This collection of sales techniques and copy that’s proven effective is called a swipe file.
Each time you see another advertiser use material that stops you and excites you about their product, screenshot it and add it to your swipe file. Also, collect any materials you notice being repeatedly used in paid ad spaces like Facebook and Google AdWords. If a business is continually spending money on a particular ad, then the odds are their ad is doing something right. Copy what they do to learn what products to promote, to see what sorts of advertisements get the best traffic, and to learn how to make the best landing page to convert that traffic.
Video vs. Images
Speaking of videos (and, for that matter, grabbing attention), you’ll steal many more eyes from the news feed and get far more clicks if you can use video content in your advertisements. According to Databox, advertisers employ about a 50-50 ratio of images versus videos as their featured ad content. However, their data suggests that videos increase conversions by as much as 30%, with 60% of surveyed marketers claiming that they saw an overall increase with video over image.
If you think about the content that makes someone “stop the scroll,” just think about how long that content needs their attention to get the message across. Just a photograph of an adorable puppy might stop a viewer for a few seconds, long enough for them to appreciate it and move on. But even a 30-second video of the puppy playing with a toy stops the viewer and gives you time to blast them with advertising messages.
In fact, the video content of an ad doesn’t have to be particularly relevant to the narration or text in the ad if it stops the viewer and gets them to pay attention to the post. Consider pharmaceutical commercials that show a happy family in the background while telling you how their medicine cures ugly and embarrassing gastrointestinal symptoms. Like we said, if the big advertising companies do it, and you see it done over and over, then there’s probably a method to the madness.
Use Clear Calls-to-Action
While you may have gotten your buyer’s focus and secured their interest with a killer ad, you still have to earn their click. One of the frustrating hurdles in internet marketing is that customers never seem to go where you want them to go. Customers are fickle, and many of them have limited skills in interacting with technology.
It’s up to you to help. Even if you’ve got your customer in your back pocket, they can’t buy from you if they don’t know how. Your link has to be clear, front, and center for them, and you must tell each one exactly what to do with it, or one or two of them are bound to get lost. Fortunately, Facebook makes it easy to capture this traffic.
The Facebook Ad Manager gives you a variety of choices for a stylized call-to-action button. There are several appropriate choices you might pick depending on the behavior you’re trying to get from your buyer:
- Shop Now
- Learn More
- Sign Up
- Watch More
Notice none of those options say the dreaded “click here.” That antiquated non-call-to-action is dripping with marketing stigma that drives buyers away. Notice, instead, that these terms give customers explicit instructions about what comes next, all wrapped up in a nice clickable button that takes them exactly where you want them to go. Your image or video content should also include an explicit call-to-action that matches the one in your link.
ClickBank products come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure to understand your ClickBank offer so that you can give people the right call-to-action to the landing pages.
Always Be Testing
Once you’ve built the best Facebook campaign you can, it’s time to start running them. Using a low budget you feel comfortable with (and considering the cost of each click, which Facebook will help you determine), launch your content, and carefully study the top performers over the first couple of weeks. Your first set of ads is an investment in future ads, functioning as a set of data to teach you about what your audience responds to.
Once you’ve determined your top performer, sculpt your other as to incorporate the same kind of elements. Use the top-performing ad as a template for other similar products. Then, see if that product performs just as well, or if a different ad works best for that other product.
Testing is the name of the game and it never stops. As long as an ad is making a profit, it’s a good ad, especially for ClickBank. But an ad can go stale. So make it a habit to test new ads. You will better understand what the current market responds to this way.
Is ClickBank Still Profitable in 2020?
Absolutely it is. If you’re not convinced yet, take a look at some of the snapshots from Commission Hero. Robby Blanchard earns more in a single week than many working folks earn in a few years, all through the ultra-high commissions offered on ClickBank. And he does it all in a few hours a day! (What could you do with all that extra money and time?)
Robby’s strategy focuses heavily on the power of Facebook ads promoting ClickBank products across a range of industries. While you shouldn’t necessarily expect to make a million dollars in your first year, you can rapidly achieve profitability in a few months with the right product and strategy.
Robby’s free Commission Hero training goes into great depth about how to execute your Facebook ad strategies, and he also offers a paid course that holds your hand, step by step, as you achieve success.
Investing in the paid Commission Hero course buys you a wealth of unique knowledge that thousands of people with NO experience are using to make huge money with ClickBank affiliate marketing. It also includes a lot of tools to give you ideas (and shortcuts) along the way like:
- Proven ad images from million+ dollar campaigns
- Robby’s 3-step system to earning high commissions online
- “Done for you” landing pages on which you can simply plug-and-play your own product information
- Marketing training for other social media platforms like SnapChat
- Access to Robby’s network of digital entrepreneurs and other people who are learning like you
- Weekly coaching Q&A sessions to learn about anything from product selection to the nitty-gritty details of affiliate marketing
Thousands of people have been signing up for (and making BIG money off of) Robby’s affiliate sales techniques. Building an affiliate network is a simple concept, but it takes real effort to grow an affiliate marketing business to the impressive figures you see on the Commission Hero website. To get started, make a trip over to Commission Hero’s landing page to see what they’re all about (and to see a fantastic example of a landing page with killer sales copy).
Yes, You Should Promote ClickBank Products with Ads
As you’ve seen, it’s easy for even a beginner to promote your ClickBank product by advertising on Facebook. You can also sell your product through other means like using SEO to drive organic traffic to your website to read a blog post. In addition, you can try to reach people through direct marketing messages that promote a ClickBank product. You can even build an email list, and create blog post content and DM messages that hard-sell your existing customer base. Just make sure to grab each customer’s email address on your sales page, blog post, or better yet, as a part of signing up for your affiliate products!
People are hunting social media for the one product or service that alleviates that elusive pain point keeping them up at night. These are the people who make the traffic you’ll drive to your ClickBank links. If your ClickBank marketing business is configured right, you’ll be able to promote ClickBank full-time. (Well, not full time since it only takes a few hours a day!)
This is why so many people turn to Commission Hero to help them generate major ClickBank profits and make money every day, so they can say “see ya” to their dreaded 9-to-5.
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you go through them to make a purchase, I will earn a commission (at no additional cost to you), which compensates for my time spent to compile this information. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.