I`ve had only negative experiences with clickbank. I`ve only ever sold one 33 dollar digital product. The kicker is that about 5 weeks later, it got refunded! Quality really is a big issue with these products as you said. Thanks for finally explaining “gravity.” Now I`ve got a great way to judge what is quality and what isn`t. One question thought, does gravity take into account refund rates?
ClickBank is a privately held internet retailer of both physical and digital products (Affiliate System) where affiliates or product owners can use to make some money (or too much money this depends on your capacity). When someone click on your affiliate links and buy the products then you earn some commissions. This is the way how affiliate can earn some money from Clickbank.

At the age of 21, I decided to start my own dating coaching business called Lifestyle Transformations.  I had two friends that were my partners in it and we ran this company for 4-5 years in Vancouver.  We started by offering 1-on-1 coaching and then eventually hosted our own seminars and workshops.  Our business model was to offer free seminars in our city, have up to 20-30 people attend, offer massive value to them for free, and then up-sell them on one of our 3-day bootcamps. 

Clickbank is a simple, yet complicated place. In general, it has 2 different functions. One for vendors (product owners) and another one for affiliates (people like you). Vendors publish products (usually digital) and affiliates sell those for them when an affiliate makes a sale, they receive a commission (usually 50%). Clickbank pays anything from $25 to over $150 per sale, depending on the product price and how much vendor is paying in commissions per sale.
Yeah I have finally after a couple years decided to find a couple products and promote them. No sales! I’d love it if this worked but nothing so far. I have to give it more time. I am promoting on backpage. I go through the ads to see whats popular. One thing I’ve noticed on Backpage is that most of the people that are making money from the services or products they are offering post pretty often. They keep their ads alive. They know it’s their money maker so they post a lot and they’ve found ways to keep their ads from getting flagged AND more importantly they’ve found ways to keep their competitors ads flagged and removed. So if I am going to get pretty serious about clickbank I’m running to Backpage and Craigslist which I’ve done and observe what’s being posted all the time. It’s basic but I’ve seen results with a couple other things I promoted. (My own services)
Not everyone is able to do this, being an affiliate is similar to being a marketer. There are people who can do meanwhile others cannot, Clickbank is not a means of making money, but more of a base to make money, acts as intermediary between vendors, affiliates and customers. You will work for yourself, find customers who would purchase the products you advertise but do nothing for Clickbank.
So, I put together a free master course for you to take that spreads out all of the work involved in starting a blog, into a series of action-packed lessons. My free course breaks the entire process of starting a blog down into an incredibly simple 7-day process for going from 0 to publishing (and promoting) your first blog post in just 1 week. I can't recommend it enough.

Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with Clickbank. Refunded 5 weeks later? That’s pretty extreme! I could not find any info on CB on whether gravity takes into account refund rates, but from other blogs, I read that NO, it doesn’t take it into account. The Earned/Sale category however does take this into account, which is why the average $ earned per sale will sometimes be different from the actual commission you make.

Do you love getting refunds? How cool would it be to get money back on stuff you’ve already bought? Paribus is a service that lets you find out if stores you’ve shopped at online owe you a refund.  It’s free to sign up. Paribus connects to your email account and checks your receipts.  If they find out a retailer has dropped their price they file a price adjustment claim for you.  Try out Paribus.
This is why you can make some great money online doing product reviews for companies. No, this doesn't mean doing fake reviews or lying. It's exactly the opposite. You can sign up for Facebook groups, go on sites like Upwork (where clients will post jobs for freelancers such as reviewers), or just reach out to companies directly to find out about these opportunities.
Totally awesome Gael. Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, the per-engagement presell sequence strategy is the way to go in 2015 – pulling folk in with front end value content building that all important relationship factor and enticing them to opt in for more…, then offering them a solution at a lower price as it’s the first offer on TY page…and then promoting the opt in throughout your posts starting out with the problem, then turning it into finding the solution (as you have done above, lol!), plus Outbrain to LINK relative content, AND get affiliates on board + repeat with many blog posts and many offers, specially ads via FB and Pinterest Pin posts – man this is a powerful win-win. Makes SO much sense to me – am doing this right from NOW…Will be following your CB success and I’ll report back mine… R.
Nobody knew then that the internet would morph into the biggest information, entertainment and shopping portal ever seen in human history. But that is exactly what it’s become. And even though your Aunt Martha might tell you otherwise, there are tons of ways to make money online, at home, in your pajamas or even over-looking a beach if that is what you prefer.

Selling e-books and virtual goods are a popular way to make money online. Creating an e-books often take a few hours, weeks, or months to make and then can be sold in unlimited quantity without requiring any inventory or infrastructure. A great online service for any aspiring author is Lulu. This service allows anyone to write a book or guide on any topic and publish it in electronic format. The author can also publish a hard copy, which can be used for book reviewers and other publishers. Other sites that help sell and distribute e-books and other virtual goods include ClickBank, Createspace, E-Junkie, and Sellfy.
Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.
Like talking to people and helping walk them through problems? You can bring in extra income as a contract customer support superstar for companies all over the world. Due to the 24/7 nature of online businesses, companies are looking for people in different time zones to help deal with issues that their users are having. Better yet, if you have experience in service or retail you’ll be perfectly suited. Check out indeed or the other remote job boards I listed earlier to find opportunities. 

With so many possibilities to make money online these days and T-shirt business on Amazon (Merch by Amazon) is one of the best possibilities. With the Merch by Amazon print on demand service, you sell only the t-shirts your customers want to buy. You never have to worry about inventory or out-of-pocket costs. To get started, simply set-up your Merch by Amazon account, upload the artwork for your t-shirt, and push submit - Amazon takes care of the rest.
Whether you have a website or are still dreaming up ideas for a blog, you can also look into affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you partner with brands and businesses within the content of your website. If you mention a product or service, you link to that produce or service using a unique affiliate code you received when you signed up for that particular affiliate program. From there, you’ll make money any time someone buys a product or service through your link.
I almost burst out laughing recently when I told someone I mostly work 4 day weeks (as I love 3 day weekends). They told me that’s OK as long as you’re doing 10 and 12 hour days. You’ve got to be kidding! I’m sure I’ve done a 12 hour day sometime when I was engrossed in finishing up a project, but that would never be the norm. That’s too much work and I’d be totally useless the next day.
A company such as Nielsen Panel pays users who keep their software on their computers 50 dollars per year. Smartphone holders can get rewarded for downloading and installing the MobileXpression for Android app. Users win Amazon gift cards, iPads or television sets. Earning online has been made easy by the wide variety of simple online tasks. Research about any online work to prove its authenticity and mode of payment to avoid scammers.
In 2017, there were almost 90 million pet dogs in the US. Which has opened up a huge opportunity to make money online as a dog watcher or sitter. Specialized sites like Rover or Care.com connect pet owners with pet walkers, sitters, and boarding houses to help look after their best friends when they’re at work or on a trip. If you’re an animal lover, you can make extra money and get to spend some quality time with a furry friend.

29. Videos – This could be an entire section on it’s own. Many people have made money by creating YouTube videos. Evan of EvanTube is a kid and he has made millions by creating reviews of products that other kids his age would use. It’s not easy to get views into the millions, but once you do, you’ll start seeing some cash come in. Many bloggers have completely turned to videos to get their point across by starting a video blog.
Now, if you don’t know people who might want your coaching services, there are a number of online tools and communities that make it incredibly easy to find clients and teach, on just about any topic area you can think of. Community driven platforms like Savvy.is, Clarity.fm, and Coach.me provide you with a network of potential clients to interact with, as well an integrated payment solution.
Totally awesome Gael. Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, the per-engagement presell sequence strategy is the way to go in 2015 – pulling folk in with front end value content building that all important relationship factor and enticing them to opt in for more…, then offering them a solution at a lower price as it’s the first offer on TY page…and then promoting the opt in throughout your posts starting out with the problem, then turning it into finding the solution (as you have done above, lol!), plus Outbrain to LINK relative content, AND get affiliates on board + repeat with many blog posts and many offers, specially ads via FB and Pinterest Pin posts – man this is a powerful win-win. Makes SO much sense to me – am doing this right from NOW…Will be following your CB success and I’ll report back mine… R.

Whether you have a website or are still dreaming up ideas for a blog, you can also look into affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you partner with brands and businesses within the content of your website. If you mention a product or service, you link to that produce or service using a unique affiliate code you received when you signed up for that particular affiliate program. From there, you’ll make money any time someone buys a product or service through your link.

Affiliate commissions  –  I wanted to attend conferences to help me learn and grow.  Many of those conferences offered an affiliate fee.  One of the first I attended was Mark Victor Hansen’s MegaBook University.  The price was $995 and I got a 30% affiliate fee.  I promoted it to my little group of friends, told them I’d buy them dinner, and had 12 people join me there.  I paid full price for myself, half price for my son and had flights and hotel expenses = $2500 and bought dinner for those 12 folks for another $300.  So I invested $2800.  But a week after I got home I got my affiliate check (33% of    the 12 attendees = $3582)  Deduct my total expenses and I got to attend the conference for free and netted a $782 profit.  I’ve done that more times than I can possibly remember with conferences, courses and programs.  We now conduct our Coaching with Excellence conferences and have affiliates who do the same as I did.  

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