With thousands of available affiliate products in hundreds of different niches, it can be hard to make the right decision and successfully start your new ClickBank business.
Most people get overwhelmed by the options and never even get started in the first place.
Or worse, they jump around from one niche to the next, creating free blogs or YouTube channels, and losing interest when a few blog posts or videos don’t get them any results.
We’ll show you the exact process of setting up your ClickBank account, choosing your first niche and products wisely, and three different strategies for generating traffic and your very first sale.
We cover all of these topics in detail, step-by-step.
Use the table of content below to jump to the topic that interests you most.
Before we get into the technical approach of how to make your first ClickBank commission, you need to set up your account correctly.
Visit the ClickBank signup page, and fill it out with your name, email address, country, and phone number.
After that, scroll down and click the continue button to read through the terms and conditions.
The gist of the terms and conditions of their affiliate contract is this:
- You need to follow their policies, including their 60-day return policy (as a seller).
- You need to follow FTC and other national regulations when promoting your product (no unsolicited spam emails in regulated US states or European countries, for example).
- You must not misappropriate copyrighted content or patented products (don’t plagiarize).
- You must not sell or promote products to children under the age of 13.
- ClickBank may review your promotions at any time (but isn’t obligated to do so).
- ClickBank can adjust your commissions or suspend or delete your account at any time if they find you in violation of their terms of service.
These are the big things to avoid, but you can also read through it yourself, so you know exactly where you stand and what to avoid.
Once you’re sure that you understand the terms, scroll down and click the “Accept Terms and Conditions” button.
Then, click the “Join ClickBank!” button, and you’re officially a member.
ClickBank will ask you if you want training. If you’re new to the platform, you could opt-in, but we’ll give you all the step-by-step training you need in this guide.
Finish Your Profile
After that, ClickBank will ask you to complete your profile.
Click the button and fill out the remaining personal and tax information.
First, fill out your complete address with the country, phone number, street address, city, and zip code.
Then, you need to fill out your payee name and your tax identification number. If you don’t have a corporate one, your personal identification number will also work. (Note that ClickBank only requires this information for US-based accounts.)
Then, set your goal to “promote products as an affiliate” and choose your company’s revenue and save it.
You’ve now finished your profile and can start promoting offers.
ClickBank will send 1099 tax forms every January to US accounts with more than $600 in earned commissions to file their taxes. But there’s no other information needed now.
Create Your Affiliate Sub-Account
The overall ClickBank account is where you manage sub-accounts of all types, including vendor accounts where you can sell your own products through ClickBank affiliates.
So the next step is to set up your affiliate sub-account. Navigate to the accounts menu, and click the “Create an Account” button.
Set the account type to an affiliate.
Choose a unique account nickname, then click the “Sign Up” button to create the account.
You can now login to the account by clicking the account name link in the “Manage Account Nicknames” table.
Click through, and you should see this page welcoming you to ClickBank with links to the knowledge base and ClickBank University.
That means you’ve successfully signed up as an affiliate with ClickBank, and you’re ready to proceed to the next step.
Now that you’re all signed up, it’s time to find the ideal niche for your new ClickBank business.
If you’re not quite sure what a niche is and why you need one, let’s cover that first.
What Is a Niche and Why You Need One
A niche is a specific subcategory of a larger industry, like the Keto Diet or weight loss for new moms, not general weight loss.
Focusing on a single niche is crucial if you want to make the most of your marketing efforts.
- Without a niche, you’ll struggle to develop a brand, convince visitors to come back to your site, or sign up. After all, who wants to sign up for a newsletter that covers a broad range of topics at random? Would you sign up for a weekly email about anything and everything?
- Without a niche, you’ll struggle to become an authority in your space. Follow the Google E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness) principles to get Google rankings.
- It’s much easier to start ranking for niche keywords in Google and get featured on smaller niche publications and blogs.
The 4 Factors of a Good ClickBank Niche
When you’re choosing a new niche, you want to make sure that you line up these four factors for the best results:
- Your Interests and Expertise: It’s easier to write about what you know and build relationships with potential customers when you share their passion.
- High-Quality, Sellable ClickBank Products: You need something to sell.
- Consumer Demand: There can be no business without interested customers.
- Manageable Competition: You don’t want to be just another affiliate among hundreds of established websites and blogs.
You may wonder why it’s crucial that you have expertise or are interested in a topic.
It’s simple. You need the ability to create a high volume of engaging content for your niche site and social media. And the chances are much higher if you care about your niche.
Start With a List Of Your Interests and Areas of Expertise
The best way to get started is to simply list your areas of interest and expertise in an Excel spreadsheet. List them in order of interest or experience.
Even include hobbies you might discard as there not being any money in. Knitting, meditation, and gardening are all large niches with many full-time affiliate marketers, bloggers, and influencers in them.
Once you have the list, add extra fields to reflect the consumer demand, competition, and available ClickBank products.
You can use this simple spreadsheet to evaluate the earnings potential of your different interests, hobbies, and fields of expertise.
Find ClickBank Products
If your goal is to make passive income from ClickBank products, you need to choose a nic