Making money from your blog takes time. But setting up the basic foundation is as easy as installing a plugin and choosing your affiliates.
The easiest way to get started with Affiliate Marketing is through Clickbank. The basic idea is to find a product that matches your blog’s niche and review it.
You can also place a banner ad that links to the product in the sidebar. You can manually place code in a widget to display in the sidebar, or use the WP125 plugin.
How does ClickBank work?
Anyone can join ClickBank as an affiliate – it’s free. When you find a product that you wish to promote, either at a vendor’s website or by searching through the ClickBank Marketplace, you will be given a unique link which you use to bring customers to the product page.
Opening an account
The first thing you need to do is to sign up (not an affiliate link) for a ClickBank account. This information is needed so that ClickBank can send you payments. It’s free to open an account and very simple.
Choosing the product
The MarketPlace listings are ranked by popularity, so you can easily see which are the in-demand items.
Against each entry is a Create Hoplink link which provides you with your affiliate link and the rate of commission you receive on selling that item.
You should aim for products with a reasonable rate of commission, no lower than 25%, to make your efforts worthwhile. Be aware that ClickBank deducts transaction fees from a sale.
Payment is sent at the pay period end time which is every 2 weeks. You need to have received 3 pay checks before you can opt for direct deposit and receive payment every week. Full details of the ClickBank Paycheck Policy here
Here are some basic guidelines when choosing a product on Clickbank:
- Choose a product that you would actually use yourself and that you think your readers will find useful.
- Make sure the product you are looking into has high gravity numbers. This means it’s a popular product.
- Visit the vendors website and make sure they have an affiliate section with a list of banner ads.
Clickbank has a great resource for beginners. Be sure to check out their help center.
Adding the product to your WordPress Blog.
I have recorded a video (about 6 min long) to show you how I use Clickbank and WP125 WordPress Plugin to add products to my blog.
Note* I failed to mention a critical step in the video. You must add the WP125 widget to your sidebar in the Appearence>Widgets panel.
Please leave feedback below and I will use it to improve my tutorials. I would be glad to help if you have any questions.