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What Is Clickbank?

As senior Internet marketers trying to learn the ropes on marketing online we struggle to understand many of the various programs. Seasoned marketers take for granted things like Squidoo, Hub Pages, and Clickbank. As the Internet evolves and rapidly changes it is hard to grasp all the ins and outs of this virtual world. Before you have your teeth into one program another has popped up. There is an endless supply of information and programs.

In this virtual world there are thousands of products and information eBooks that have been developed to address this ever changing Internet experience. How can we as senior Internet marketers take advantage of these products. One of the most successful ways is by understanding what Clickbank is all about.

When I started I had no clue what Clickbank was. I had heard the term bandy about in both positive and negative terms. However I did not initially realize that it could be a very useful program. Clickbank is a tool that facilitates both publishers that wish to market their eBooks and software and affiliates can earn commissions by promoting these digital products.

Clickbank for Affiliates

  • There is no cost to join the Clickbank affiliates program. • There are thousands of affiliate programs from which to choose and it is not difficult to find digital products that fit exactly into the theme of your we site. An example of that is if your web site is about weight loss there are literally thousands of digital products that you could promote on your site.
  • The affiliate programs on Clickbank offer commissions as high as 75%, so every time an affiliate product that you endorse is sold you make a lot of money.
  • Clickbank offers a dependable tracking system that allows you to keep track of your commissions at all times.
  • It ensures that affiliates are paid the money that is due to them and handles publisher relations.

Clickbank for Publishers

  • Clickbank offers publishers a two prong way to make money. First there thousands of people who use this service to buy products. Secondly it gives the publishers an avenue to promote their products to a wealth of seasoned and gifted Internet marketers.
  • For a nominal amount of the cost of the product and the speed of reaching countless customers setting up an affiliate program is considered an excellent marketing tactic. Although you get a wealth of advertising on the Internet you only have to pay for this when you make a sale. It does not cost you a dime unless a customer buys your product from one of these affiliate sites.
  • Clickbank allows easy access to real time product sales statistics so that you know how well your business is doing and also these statistics can be used to make key business decisions.
  • Relations with affiliates and payments are handled efficiently through Clickbank.

Clickbank for Customers

  • With the number of products that customers can find in the Clickbank market place it becomes an extremely desirable place to seek digital products.
  • It assures its patrons a safe and secure shopping experience and offers multiple payment methods.
  • It is used in over 200 countries worldwide; with customers swearing by the quality of service and products found on Clickbank.

If you have not visited Clickbank and explored its many possibilities it is time you did. For affiliates, publishers, and customers alike there are many opportunities that can be enjoyed in a save environment.

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As Squidoo’s Is Evolving How Will It Affect You?

Squidoo has been and continues to be a great source for Senior Online Marketers to try out ideas without the cost of setting up their own domains. However like many things on the Internet times are a changing and you need to be aware of some of the new guidelines.

If you have been following from the sidelines you observed as Squidoo evolved into a SERP-ranking powerhouse and finally invested in a guide to teach marketers how to do it themselves. They created content, did all the recommended traffic tactics – and one day awoke to discover their lenses locked and their efforts ruined.

Squidoo made many changes in 2009 – and for good reason. They were in the good graces of Google until one day the search engine giant decided to teach them a lesson and slapped their search engine rankings into nowhereland.

To combat this horrible effect, Squidoo knew what they had to do. They had to lock down spam lenses, implement some new rules and take down unsavory content. Gone were the porn lenses that were previously allowed on this site.

A new Squid Don’t lens was erected to help guide lensmasters in how to create a proper page on Squidoo. Many ClickBank products, which were the bread and butter of some affiliates, were blacklisted.

No more teaching how to cure toenail fungus or how to lose weight with acai berries. These topics were just too enticing for spammers, so Squidoo had to make them off-limits for everybody – even those who provided viable content about them.

Squidoo did create a great program called the Giant Squid program, where lensmasters with at least 50 good lenses could bypass the filter system they set in place – because they earned a badge of trust from the creators of Squidoo.

They limited the number of links to a hefty nine, which is more than generous considering places like Hub Pages only allow two. In the coming year, Squidoo will be checking up on lensmasters to see who’s abiding by their policy and who isn’t – and they’ll be cleaning house on lenses that don’t comply.

One unfortunate prediction about Squidoo is that they will continue finding new resources that help them make money. It’s understandable, of course – but it inserts links and competition in your lens that you can’t always turn off.

One of the best ways to get what you want on Squidoo is to become an active participant in their SquidU forum. Here, you can interact with the founders and worker bees on Squidoo – and they constantly ask for your input on future decisions, letting you speak out about how it will affect you.

For example, they’re considering giving lensmasters the ability to take a live Squidoo lens and purposefully make it a work in progress lens – but before they do, they’re asking for your opinion. Take advantage of this open door philosophy because not many social networks have it – they simply make the rules and you’re expected to follow them.

Within the Squidoo system you will find many people already anxious to share their ideas and expertise on how to build an effective lens.

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ClickBank Is A Changing!

As Clickbank evolves there are bound to be changes. There will be more competition for both product developers and affiliate marketers. This is bound to scare some people away but it also signals a healthy growing market place. With more selections there is room for more players.

ClickBank is stepping into the Global economy with its introduction of three tutorial videos to help bring on German, French and Spanish speaking sellers and affiliates. This broadens the scope for all other participants. .

Added to this they will be doing more handholding for the masses, training product creators to stay above the board and not spam or do unethical things, and training affiliates to utilize tools to make more sales. This is a chance for senior online marketers who are just getting started to learn a new area of  Internet marketing.

For example, in a recent ClickBank blog post, they even advised affiliates to use PLR to help promote ClickBank products. That’s a positive thing for marketers, because many online companies frown on PLR, not understanding its ability in the marketplace.

ClickBank is going to continue cracking down on vendors. Many topics are already being declined from previous lists and you can expect them to continue weeding out topics in the coming year.

They’ve recently shut down topics such as credit repair, marketing through social networks, multi level marketing memberships, and more. You’re unable to submit topics in these categories at all and they will not review your product for you.

ClickBank plans to ensure its vendors are in compliance with the FTC regulations – especially if you’re using the Vendor Spotlight feature. They don’t tell you what’s wrong, just that you’re not in compliance – and they direct you to the FTC’s website so you can investigate the rules yourself.

The site has also begun expending its marketplace categories, and probably will widen it more as the number of vendors and affiliates grow. You may have noticed, if you already have a product there, that when you log into your account, you’re told of your new category and subcategory – and given a chance to dispute it if you wish to do so.

Although some people are displeased with the Clickbank marketplace and look for other sources to market their products or to join affiliate programs; Clickbank still has the largest affiliate base. Or for those looking the largest number of products to promote as an affiliate it is still the number one site. Other places like PayDotCom are trying to give it a run for its money but so far Clickbank is number one. It is a great place for seniors working from home to start to earn money quickly.

For more on Clickbank go to What is Clickbank?

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