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Clickbank Gets A Real Affiliate System
Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:29 PM
Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:51 PM
It costs $50 for a single-domain license. I have multiple domains but I just send all the transactions to SEO Research Labs. It was extremely easy to set up. PHP and MySQL are required.
<added>One other cool thing is that it lets you create coupon codes, so you can offer special limited-time discounts without having to go and change your prices.</added>
Posted 27 September 2003 - 06:40 PM
If there's a change to the URL (like the one Mike Grehan did a while back) you can just change where you send the clicks.
Absolutely! I found that my redirecting was a blessing in disguise. I don't understand why people use the long ugly affiliate links when all they have to do is redirect.
As to ClickBank, they may not be a "real" affiliate" program in your mind, Dan, but I'll take my big checks I get from them every other week, right on schedule! No muss, no fuss.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 06:57 PM
I think the main thing is people don't know how to do a redirect. Cpanel and Ensim, if they have one of those, will do it automagically, but not everyone is even aware of their options.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 11:16 AM
I'll have to check that out, Dan. Sounds like just what I need!
Posted 28 September 2003 - 03:21 PM
Clickbank's great, Jill, but you can recruit a lot more affiliates, and sell a lot more, if you give your affiliates a second tier.
Which brings up a whole other issue, who do you want being your affiliates.
In my experience, only a couple of other sites/people are good affiliates. They are people who truly believe in the product, and who also have a vehicle for letting others know about it.
The rest may plunk a link on their site or something, but it doesn't make any sales.
So, personally, I am not all that interested in an extra incentive to give most affiiliates since they're not gonna make sales anyway.
What I do instead, is give those who DO make lots of sales an extra bonus. Since Clickbank doesn't allow you to change the percentage for each affiliate, I simply do it by hand and send a bonus check at the end of the month, giving the good affiliates 50% instead of whatever the normal percent I give is.
This keeps them interested in continuing to mention my product, and rewards them for a job well done. I didn't think of it on my own, but had others do this for me as I sold lots of their products.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 04:45 PM
For me, giving a marketer like Michael Campbell a second tier means that he's likely to sign up his friends (Robin Nobles). He also has a mailing list of people who have generated money for him with similar programs.
For the "average" affiliate, a second tier doesn't mean much. For the "super-affiliates" like Michael, Allan Gardyne, etc. it's a reason for them to promote your program to people who *can* move the product.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 11:00 AM
Let me ask you something about the resource you listed a few messages back. Do they handle the affiliate transactions? What I mean is, do they take care of the currency conversions, mailing checks, etc. for all the affiliates?
I didn't see that addressed on the site (unless I just overlooked it).
Posted 29 September 2003 - 07:20 PM
There's also an "instant commission notification" option, so an affiliate who has that turned on can get an email every time she sells a keyword report.
Either way, Paypal handles the currency translation.
Posted 06 October 2003 - 07:20 PM
I emailed ClickBank to see if they were having server problems and they said they were not. (I found out later that they were, in fact, having problems!)
About a week ago, I did a test purchase. I went straight to my site and ordered. The sale showed up, but it showed as an affiliate sale! And what's more, it was an affiliate whose site I've never visited.
Again today, I made a test purchase. This time I went to a friend's site and used her affiliate link. The sale showed up in my stats, but from a different affiliate. Again... one whose site I've NEVER been to!
Anybody have any ideas as to what's actually going on? Where the heck are all my sales and why are my test purchases showing up as if they are from affiliates I didn't even know existed?!
Dan, I checked into the program/script you mentioned and it looks good except for two things. I have affiliates in other countries than the ones PayPal services. I'd have to cut them loose and I don't want to do that.
Also, doesn't PayPal have a limit on credit card purchases from people without PayPal accounts? I'd hate to force everybody who wants to purchase several ebooks into getting a PayPal account before they buy. I couldn't find any information about this on their site.
Posted 06 October 2003 - 07:33 PM
My sales of your course are same as usual, fwiw.
Posted 06 October 2003 - 07:49 PM
That should just affect any sales I get using *my* affiliate links. Like when I resale your NG report, I use the protected affiliate link.
But other people coming to my site from Google or from another affiliate's page wouldn't be affected. Would they?
Posted 06 October 2003 - 11:06 PM
You probably have no idea how many ways, and in how many places, Clickbank cookies are landing on your system. The cookie persists for a long time, so you won't necessarily know who it came from. Some folks use invisible frames etc. to load Clickbank pages from popular products, and that drops a cookie on you.
Or maybe you were reading my excellent review of your course and just forgot about it.
Posted 07 October 2003 - 06:46 AM
It's just odd that none of this stuff happened before September. Maybe I'm paranoid. I guess I should be grateful. Even though sales seem down at my site, they are stronger than ever with other sources.
I don't know... just can't help thinking something's wrong.
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