I've been living in the wonderful world of physical products, lead generation and ecommerce for quite some time now, and actively promoting niche digital products through Clickbank has just not been much of a focus for quite some time.
You see, there was a time when I did promote clickbank, and focused quite heavily on it, but that was in the wild wild west days where buying digital ebooks was a novelty and traffic was super easy to come by... or was it?
Back then Clickbank was relatively unknown, with niche products reaching a gravity score (more on this later) of 20 was like, a super duper amazing feat or something.
But when I see products like Woodworking Plans with a gravity of 139, and Wedding Speeches of 94, it makes me think, hmm... theres a lot of people making a lot of money here!
I did a webinar with a gentleman named Adam Short from Niche Profit Classroom which you can access for free here:
Adams basic process is pretty simple, and in fact plays perfectly with my preferred style of physical product promotions.
Step 1 - Research the Marketplace
Step 2 - Setup the Site
Step 3 - Get Traffic
The only difference is that instead of promoting physical products, you're promoting a digital product that is relevant to the marketplace (or setting up your own product and selling that).
If you don't want to spend the time to watch the webinar, let me give you the exact steps you need to go through to start making money with Clickbank as a Clickbank Affiliate (I've added a few more to Adams list just to break it down a little bit).
Step 1 - Go to http://www.clickbank.com and make sure you have signed up for an account there
Step 2 - Go to the marketplace in Clickbank http://www.clickbank.com/marketplace.htm and search the categories for something you're interested in
Step 3 - Find a product in that market place that has a Gravity of 8 or more (I picked one that was about 90) - While I don't have an exact defined algorithm of how Gravity is made, the essence is this, the number represents the amount of affiliates that have made AT LEAST ONE affiliate sale within
the last 1-2 weeks.
NOTE: For this test purpose, I chose Shed Plans.
Step 4 - Go to https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal and make sure that there are a large number of searches for the phrase and market you have selected, in my example, Shed Plans gets 22,000 exact searches a month
Step 5 - Go to http://www.google.com and make sure there isn't a huge level of competition (Adam recommends doing this via Page Rank - for me personally I look at the number of links in the top 10 results - you can do both using http://www.seoquake.com)
Step 6 - Register your domain (not giving this to you yet :D) - I mostly use http://www.namecheap.com
Step 7 - Setup your domain on your hosting account, these sites for us are usually through Hostgator - http://www.hostgator.com
Step 8 - Start posting content consistently to the site
Step 9 - Build links to get rankings and traffic
Step 10 - Check Clickbank account for money :D
So those are my expanded 10 steps to making money with Clickbank, the webinar is an hour long and has a tonne of content, Adam goes into pretty heavily what he does, he shows you an example site, and how much its making and really lays things bare.
I look forward to posting results over the coming months!