Clickbank: Exclusive Getting Started & Scaling Guide-Part 3

Part 4 – Clickbank Sites that You Should NOT Promote
1. Clickbank products that have (external) ads on their sales page. The only buttons that should be present on a sales page are the ‘buy/order’ buttons, period. Yet, I still see sales pages (mostly by inexperienced vendors) that contain adsense or amazon ads. This is pretty much implying that the vendor does not believe he/she can generate a good income by selling their product, so why you should you invest time and money
2. Products with buy buttons that do not go to the clickbank order page. I’ve seen a handful of products that will have buy buttons that go to the clickbank order page (as should be), but in addition, they will have a button or a buy link that does not go to the clickbank order page (it goes through another payment processor). This is a way of cheating affiliates, so make sure you check that all buy buttons on the sales page go to the clickbank order page. promoting it? In addition, having ads on the sales page will cause visitor leakage. Vendors who do this have absolutely no clue on how to be vendors.
3. Products that exaggerate their promises, especially financial promises. I’m talking about products that promise you’ll have 7 figures appearing in your account a few weeks after purchasing the product (make money quick schemes). Promises like these will lead to high refund rates (most MMO products have refund rates over 20% in fact). If you do decide to promote these products, make sure you factor in the refunds when calculating returns (especially if you are using paid traffic).
4. Unresponsive vendors. Before starting to promote a product, ALWAYS contact the vendor (ask for a review copy, or ask a question about the product, or just introduce yourself). If you get no reply within 48hours do NOT promote the product. It usually indicates that the vendor is not really serious about their product, or that they are not confident about it. It also usually indicates bad customer support, which in turn will mean high refund rates.
5. Sales pages that collect emails. A good number of sales pages on clickbank collect email addresses through opt ins, and later send follow-ups to the visitors. Some will send them naked links to the product, i.e. (this is OK as you will still get the commission [assuming yours was the last hop link they clicked]) but some vendors will over-ride your hop by sending the links in the emails as hop links (using their own affiliate account). The only way to know for sure what the vendor is doing, is to subscribe through their opt in, and check the emails you receive yourself. In addition to these 4 types of clickbank products that you should avoid promoting, there are two more types that you need to be CAREFUL about:
6. Vendors that require approval to promote. In theory, this is a very good thing, as vendors can screen affiliates and blacklist those that spam or use other methods that go against clickbank TOS. However, vendors can use this mechanism to cheat affiliates, as they may white list you first, and then blacklist you when sales start to come in. This means that visitors will still go to the vendor’s site when they click on your hoplink, but you will not get the commission. Admittedly, I only know of one vendor (profit edge) who did this on a large scale (and they happened to own a lot of products), but it is still a point you should keep in mind when promoting vendors that need to white list you first.
The next part is to build an build an MNS with high-quality, useful articles. Minimum is 5 articles but I would recommend having 10-15. You can use articles found on the vendor’s affiliate page to start with, but re-write them, so that you’ll rank better (as duplicate content does not rank). You can also outsource the writing/re-writing – check freelances sites such as Up-work; you can get very good rates.
Part 5 – Generating Content for the Micro Niche Site (MNS)
If you are tight on budget, here’s a trick to get quality content for cheap: find 10-15 good articles from other websites (relevant to the topic at hand), this can include the articles in the vendor’s affiliate section. Copy and paste them in one word document. Now, when you post your job on freelancer sites, say that you are looking for someone to re-write a 5,000 word report (or whatever the total word count is). You will generally get lower prices quoted if you ask for this, then if you had to ask for someone to re-write 10 articles of 500 words each. Also, obviously getting re-writes is much cheaper than asking for articles written from scratch.

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