Clickbank product selection checklist

Clickbank product selection checklist

Selecting a great Clickbank product to promote is one of the most difficult tasks you will ever face as a Clickbank marketer.

For me, Clickbank product selection is probably the most single area where most of the affiliates make mistakes, this is probably why you’re not making money in Clickbank.

In this post, I am going to give you 10 point Clickbank product selection checklist.

 1. Avoid the  make money online niche

This is important, you need to go for a niche that most of the audiences are not affiliate themselves,most people who buy products from making money online, affiliate marketing, Internet marketing will buy from their own affiliate links to save some cash and as a result you will never make a commission so I try to avoid them.

NOTE: In this rule, I have only one exception, affiloblueprint. I think it is the best course on how to make money online, I will recommend it to anyone and I don’t really care if I make a commission from it or not I just want people to learn from it.

2. No Adsense or Leaks in the sales page

There are some vendors that will put Adsense ads or their affiliate links to other products in the sales pages, you need to avoid them, for the very simple reason, if they can’t trust their own product to make them money how can you trust that product?

Also, I avoid products that send visitors to their opt-in page first, this is because you will be building them their list and also if that visitor changes a computer and receive an email from the vendor promoting the same product you will not get credit for the sale.

3.No hype

There are many sales pages with hypes, things like big houses, flash cars, stupid count down clocks and unnecessary urgency/scarcity are a no-no to me.

Most of these products are proven to be scams and also most of the time go against FTC rules and they can put you in serious troubles.

4. No pop-ups/discounts.

There is another thing that annoys me, there are some products that have a lot of pop-ups and discounts, if a product is selling at $47 and then it instantly give a discount let say $17, this is an indication for me that the product is probably not that good, having one pop-up it is not a big deal for me but having more than one it is a big no for me.

5. Gravity between 5 and 40

For me I will never promote any product of gravity less than 5, if the product has a gravity between 5-20 I will consider it if I know that it is a good product and from a trusted vendor.

My comfort range of promoting Clickbank product is the gravity between 20 and 40, again if the product has a gravity between 40 and 60 I will check it out. I normally don’t promote products with gravity higher than 60.

6. Average sale of $20+

Clickbank will show you how much on average each affiliate make per sale, normally I don’t promote any product with average sale less than $20.

This is because when I started an online business my aim was to make at least $20 per day (this is the salary I used to make per day in my job), so for me, the aim is to make at least my daily salary from just one sale and concentrate my energy in that.

7. Products I only used

You know when I started promoting Clickbank products I used to sell anything and spam link everywhere on the internet.

Then one day one gentleman send me an email asking me to give him details about a product he was about to buy by using my affiliate link, I couldn’t do it because I never used the product, I was so embarrassed and since that day I decided to promote only products I used and got results with them.

8. Good vendor reputation

This is very important for me, I know when my prospects want to buy I certain product will try to find out more about the vendor if the vendor has a bad reputation or they don’t care about their customers probably they won’t buy.

The easiest way to check this out is to buy a product yourself and send a vendor a help ticket, see how they handle it, the language they use to respond to you, if they are rude or take too long to respond, probably they will do the same to your customers and you need to avoid them.

9. Reasonably high earnings per sale

Clickbank will show you how much percent you will earn per each sale across the whole funnel, for me, I always go with the product that offers at least 50% per sale.

10. Something that you’re interested

In order to make consistent sales in Clickbank, you will need to provide contents for your prospects, this can be by writing articles, using videos, audio, or emails.

You need to promote something that either you know the niche (you’re an expert or you are interested in learning about it).

I know that they say go with the money flow, but creating content for a topic that you’re not interested can be the motivation killer, unless if you outsource everything.

So that is my Clickbank product selection checklist if you’re interested in making money in Clickbank. I will recommend to check out affiloblueprint as it teaches you how to promote Clickbank products step by step.

Have a good day

 

 

Clickbank gravity explained

Clickbank gravity explained

When it comes to choosing a profitable Clickbank product to promote as an affiliate, there is one key factor to consider and that factor is Clickbank gravity.

You have to understand what ClickBank gravity really is to choose profitable ClickBank products. From this article you will know:

  • What is ClickBank gravity?
  • How does ClickBank calculate it?
  • How vendors can manipulate Clickbank gravity
  • How to understand and use gravity correctly?
  • The myths and truths about Clickbank gravity

The Definition of ClickBank Gravity

According to the information on the ClickBank website:

Gravity: Number of distinct affiliates who earned a commission by promoting the vendor’s products during the past 12 weeks. This is not an actual number of affiliates. For each affiliate an amount between 0.1 and 1.0 is added to the result, depending on when his/her last transaction occurred. More recent transactions are given a higher value.

This definition tells us that a vendor’s gravity represents a number of affiliates who have sold the vendor’s products in the last 12 weeks. But!!! It doesn’t show us how ClickBank calculates gravity.

How does ClickBank calculate gravity?

According to the guys from cbgraph, you can download their full Clickbank gravity report here. This is how Clickbank gravity is calculated.

  • ClickBank recalculates Gravity every day
  • Any vendor’s gravity is a sum of scores of distinct affiliates who have sold this vendor’s products in the last 12 weeks
  • An affiliate’s score can be:
    • “1”: if he/she sold at least one copy of the vendor’s product yesterday
    • “0,96”: if this affiliate’s last sale was the day before yesterday
    • 3 days ago: 0,96^2 = 0,9216
    • 4 days ago: 0,96^3 = 0,884736
    • n days ago: 0,96^(n-1)

 

Here is an example of what those numbers mean and how they can be misleading

If a super affiliate yesterday sold 300 copies of a product A that product will have a gravity of one today (remember it is just one affiliate).

And if 100 affiliates sold each one 1 copy of the product B (probably by buying through their own affiliate links), product B will have a gravity of 100.

So if you follow the Gurus advice of promoting a product of highest gravity for sure you will choose a product B but in reality, product A is probably better because it has many sales, makes more money and probably higher conversion ratio.

How vendors can manipulate Clickbank gravity

Now you know how Clickbank gravity is calculated, let us see how products creators and vendors can manipulate Clickbank gravity.

There are two ways that vendors may use to manipulate the gravity

By buying through their affiliate link

Most of the vendors have a list of partners and friends who have a Clickbank account, what they can do is to ask them to buy the product using their own affiliate links and then they will send a refund via PayPal, if he got 100 friends to do this, the next day the product will have the gravity of 100 and most newbie will jump in to promote and some of them will make sales and he will make sales even if the product is bogus

Create a launch competition

The first method is not popular anymore, here is the most popular method vendors use to manipulate Clickbank gravity. It is by creating a product launch competition.

Here is how they do it, they create a product, it does not matter if it is good a bogus product, what they do is to start recruiting affiliate and promise to give them  prizes during that launch ( most of the time it is money), the more cash they promise the more affiliate they get.

Some of those affiliates have a huge list of subscribers and followers, all they have to do is to send email to their list and promise them some bonus and eventually they will make some sales.

This is the reason you will find a brand new product with gravity above 400.

So, here where the majority come in, they will see that the product has a gravity of 400, they will jump in and start spamming their links all over the internet, for sure some of them will make sales now and then, the gravity of the product will go down to maybe a little bit over 100 and stay there for a long time, that is why I won’t recommend you to promote any product with gravity over 100 unless you bought it, used it and you really liked it.

Note: Not all vendors who do product launch do this in order to manipulate their product gravity, some honest reputable marketers do this in order to increase their product awareness and maximize profit by selling high-quality products, that is why you should always check out the product first.

How to use ClickBank Gravity?

According to affiloblueprint, you should never promote a product will gravity less than 6, the gravity less than that tells you that very few affiliates managed to make sales promoting that product and this could be because either a limited number of affiliate tried to promote that product or the conversion ratio is very low, you can’t afford that especially if you’re a beginner.

One the other end of the scale it is important to try to avoid high gravity products, this is because most people will go for higher gravity products and this will create a huge competition which is not a bad thing but for beginners you should avoid that for now, I will recommend to promote products up to a gravity of 40.

ClickBank Gravity myth and truth

Myth 1: High gravity = too much competition.

The Truth: Yes this is true, but it is a good thing, competition is your friend, if you have a high visited blog or a list of subscribers who trust you they will have no problem of buying that product, as longer as you bought it, tried it and you can prove that it works never promote a low quality product with higher gravity just to make money.

Also if you’re starting out I will recommend to stay away from high gravity products.

Myth 2: High gravity = high-quality products

The Truth: This is what I was talking about, Clickbank gravity can be manipulated.

I have seen high gravity products that were scams or outdated. Test any product before you recommend it. Also, many times you will find great products with lower gravity.

Myth 3: Low gravity = It does not sell well

The Truth: You can never know if you do not test it by yourself. As I said, gravity is not an indicator of how many sales it makes but how many sell a product.

Do not listen to any “gurus” about which product to sell or not. If you know your niche think if they will buy it and how it can help your readers.

Final words

Here you go, by now you should know everything about Clickbank gravity, how it is calculated, how some vendors can manipulate it and how you can use it to find a good product to promote, if do you want to learn more about how to make money in Clickbank I recommend to check out affiloblueprint as for me it is the best affiliate marketing training course on the market.

As always thank you for reading and if do you have a question don’t hesitate to ask me via the contact form or by leaving a comment below, thank you.

 

10 blogging mistakes that will kill your profit

10 blogging mistakes that will kill your profit

Do you have a blog? Are you making any profit? if not you’re at the right place because in this post I am going to give you 10 blogging mistakes that will kill your profit.

Lack of focus

This is the problem I had, I had like 15 blogs in 15 niches, it was difficult to create content and maintain all blogs at the same time. Just pick one niche, one domain name and one blog, write contents until you’re profitable and then you can think about starting a new one.

There is another problem, people start with one blog and one domain name but they will have content about weight loss, politics, travel, sports etc. you name the topic you find in the blog. This is a bad strategy you will fail to attract your ideal customer and probably it is one of the reasons you’re not making any profit.

Creating content that will not solve the problem

This is another mistake; you create great content but it won’t solve your visitor’s problem, this is the cold harsh truth, your visitors they don’t care about your blog or your content, they have a problem and they want a solution for it.

If your article is about how to make a 100 calories meal, you should write just about that and not another thing.

Concentrate on the fancy design

This is another problem that most of the people who are starting blogging face it, they concentrate in building a fancy blog with a lot of features, they lose a lot of time, money and energy in that.

Yes, having a good looking website is a good thing but it won’t drive any visitors to your site or make you money.

As Jim Rohn said, don’t major in minors, just concentrate on major things and you will make a profit.

Not giving the visitors what they want

You need to know exactly what your visitors are looking for, and when you figure it out you need to give them exactly that, not more not less.

If a person comes to your blog after clicking a link that promised them 3 steps to start a blog, don’t send them to the article that has 2 steps to make $100, you need to be congruent with your messages and landing pages.

Just remember why are there in the first place.

Being afraid to sell

Most bloggers are afraid to sell because they think it is a bad thing if you’re selling a good product that actually can help them to solve their problem you’re not selling to them, actually you’re are helping them.

If you’re genuine try to help people, they will be happy to buy from you and they will thank you for that.

Swimming against the stream

Talking about selling, some bloggers go to another extreme, they try very hard to sell and they end up without selling anything.

Instead of trying to sell hard, just try to go with the stream, for example if someone is reading your article about ‘’how many calories are there in a banana’’ you can write an article explaining about bananas and calories they contain and at the end of the article you can say something like this ‘’ hey if you liked this article you can go this link and download the list of low calories food that you can buy in your local supermarket’’ then you can send them to a link that has a squeeze page and a free report or to a paid product.

This is how you sell without selling.

Asking people to join your email list

This might sound cliché but asking people to join your list will kill your business, again, no one cares about you, your list or your blog, if you ask them you join it they won’t.

You need to give them a reason to join your list, you need to create something that will make them want to join your list, this could be a free report, free audio or a free video that will give them a solution to their problem, remember it is about them and not you.

Neglecting stats

Most bloggers ignore this, they install trackers in their blogs but they never check them and if they check them, they do nothing about it.

If you have Google analytics to your blog, you need to check it regularly you need to know which keywords drive traffic to your blog so that you can tweak your article to maximize the profit.

Also, you can check out which posts are getting the most traffic and put the related banner in those posts and make more sales.

Remember the devil is in the detail, you need to know what is going on with your blog.

Not Focusing on the single traffic source

If you are just starting out your blog, writing a great content won’t cut it, you will need to drive traffic to your blog, you can do it by using forums, commenting on other blogs, using social media, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc.

Not all traffic sources are created equal and people react different ways in different social media.

If you post a video on YouTube and people love it, you can’t post the same video in Instagram because the Instagram audience is into short Instagram stories, they won’t like your long video that YouTube audience loved.

When you create a piece of content for your blog you should have an idea of where you are going to post it and how that audience engaged to other content.

Set for low numbers

One of the problems of the modern society is that they settle to little thing, yes you should be thankful for what you get but don’t settle for a low-income blog while you have a potential to earn more money.

Final word

There you go those 10 blogging mistakes that will kill your profit, if you want to learn more about blogging and making money, in general, you’re in luck, for now, I am giving away a course called blogging mastery for everyone who is taking click funnels free trial through my affiliate link.

If you would like to get your hand in blogging mastery and other bonuses today join click funnels today and send me a message and I will send you an access link.

 

Essential Tools You Will Need To Run Your Online Business

Essential Tools You Will Need To Run Your Online Business

When you start your online business, you will need a set of tools that will help you to run it smoothly, in this post I am going to go through the essential tools you will need to run your online business.

Domain

First, you will need to select a domain name. For this, I highly recommend choosing either a .com, .net, or .org name. Ideally a .com.

There are several domain registrars to get your domain from, however, I prefer to use Namecheap. Also, I would recommend installing the Honey app on your browser to ensure you get the best discount possible when buying your domain from Namecheap.

As far as selecting a name, if you’re having trouble coming up with a domain name, I like to use a free tool called LeanDomainSearch.

Website Hosting

The other essential thing you will need to set up a website is hosting.

And, just like selecting your domain registrar, there are dozens of hosting solutions to choose from. However, choosing a web host is way more important than whoever you get your domain name from.

So, I’ve saved you some time and recommend that you get your hosting from WPX Hosting.

The reasons I suggest you go with them is their speed, security, and support.

WordPress Themes

Although it’s not essential to use a premium (paid) WordPress theme, most of the time they come with dozens of extra features than free themes and also generally make it very easy for non-coders to customize the look and appearance of the design.

So, if you are looking for premium theme recommendations, I suggest either Studiopress or investing in a Thrive Themes membership, which comes with several theme options as well as many useful plugins.

Page Builder

You will need some kind of software that you can use to build your squeeze pages, thank you pages, download pages, training membership, sales pages etc, and there is only one winner here and is Clickfunnels.

Autoresponder

Everyone knows that the money is in the list and in order to build an email list you will need an autoresponder, and in my humble opinion I still think that Aweber is the best autoresponder for beginners or if you’re using paid traffic like solo ads, but if you want a real autoresponder which was built with online entrepreneurs like yourself and myself I think ConvertKit is the best in the market.

You can try ConvertKit here for free and if you are not blown away with it i will send $10 on your paypal for your troubles ( of course after you have tried it for at least a month and you can prove that you actually did something with it.

There you go, those are essential tools you will need to run your online business, The good news is that most of them have a free trial, you can check them out without actually paying for them and if you like them you can keep them and if you don’t you can cancel them.

And in any case, if you have trouble in joining or using any of those tools you can always reach out to me and i will do my best to help you out, you can contact me via contact form in this blog and tell me what problem you are having and I will be glad to help.

 

 

7 Ways To Stay Motivated In Your Home Business

7 Ways To Stay Motivated In Your Home Business

You’re doing it. For years you’ve wanted to work from home and you are finally doing it.

You are no longer an employee who has a “J O B”; you are now a business owner, self-employed, ruler of your own destiny AND you have inherited all the responsibilities that come with owning a business:

  • You are the manager and the project planner

  • You are the marketer

  • You are the product creator and service provider

  • You are the support department

And the list goes on.

 

Unfortunately, as a self-employed entrepreneur, you can not only choose when to work but when NOT to work. And this can be a real problem.

Believe me, many days when I get out of bed I decide to head to the golf course or local fishing hole instead of opening my laptop.

That’s because as an entrepreneur, there are so many things involved with running our businesses that we can easily get overwhelmed and not know what to do next.

So what does a small business owner do to stay motivated while working from home? Here are seven strategies that I use to help with my own motivation issues…

1. Remember the “why”.

Take a step back to remember the reason you went into business in the first place. What was your inspiration? It helps to focus intently on how you felt when you first realized you wanted to be successfully self-employed. For me, it was the sense of freedom and independence that I knew would come with success as an entrepreneur.

2. Give yourself a deadline.

If you’re procrastinating about a project, you may be motivated by the pressure of a deadline. Try giving yourself a deadline that you won’t want to back down on. Send an email announcing a new product launch. Setup a JV page and list your launch date at muncheye.com so you have to stick to it. Start accepting affiliate signups.

3. Maintain a support system.

One of the hardest parts of being a solopreneur can be a sense of isolation. When things go right (or wrong), we no longer have the “water cooler” to go to. Be sure there is someone who you can share with, someone who is available for a quick motivational chat when you need one. Even if it’s just a JV partner or a mentor that you can exchange emails with, even one good contact can help.

4. Keep the goal in sight.

A simple, yet effective motivational tool is to keep your goals in sight – literally. I’ve taken a picture of my dream house and made it the background wallpaper on my computer. One glance at it is a megadose of motivation for me!

5. Take a nap.

As counterintuitive as it sounds, taking a power nap is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your body AND mind. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or low, slowly and intently read each of your goals and then go take a power nap. Let your subconscious work on ways to manifest those goals while you rest.

When you wake, you’ll be raring to go!

6. Use checklists and rewards.

When faced with a large project, unpleasant task or anything that overwhelms you, the trick is to plan a task every single day, then reward yourself.

The best way I’ve found to take daily steps toward a goal is to use checklists. For instance, if you want to grow a powerful social media traffic source, use this checklist every day for a month.

Then reward yourself as your tasks or chunks or tasks are completed. The reward can be as simple as a short day trip to a favorite destination, or as exciting as a professional sporting event. Just be sure to plan a reward that YOU want and will enjoy!

7. Take a break.

You’ve most likely never worked harder than when you are first starting your own business. In addition to actually “doing” all the work, you need to work on marketing, support, and other “non-earning” tasks.

Don’t get caught in the trap of “all work and no play”. Be sure you take days off and breaks throughout the day to rejuvenate and gain some perspective. Whenever I’m stuck on a project, I grab the dog and go for a walk… by the time I return to my home office, things have usually sorted themselves out in my head.

It doesn’t matter how successful your home business is or how much you love to work from home; both new and established entrepreneurs face the motivational dilemma at some point.

While some of the above motivational strategies may seem conflicting on their face – giving yourself a deadline versus taking a break for example – they all have their place in the life of a successful entrepreneur.