Five Ways to Make Money With ClickBank

    February 20, 2003

ClickBank not only allows you to accept credit cards on your web site without the need for a merchant account, it also provides other ways in which you can generate income – in this article, I’ll highlight five different ways you can start making money with ClickBank by the end of today.

1. Become an affiliate for ClickBank products
You can easily sign up as an affiliate via and then take a look through the full range of products in their marketplace for products you’d like to promote, for example by looking in the appropriate category you should find products that match up well with your existing business and that you’ll be able to promote to your mailing list.

To promote a product, you simply create a hoplink, which is of the following format:

Just replace ‘nickname’ with your own ClickBank nickname, and ‘merchant’ with the nickname of the merchant. If you’re not sure what the nickname of the merchant is, you can always go to their sales page and extract it from their sales link – it’s likely to be in the following format:

where ‘Merchant’ is the merchant’s nickname.

Or for an automatic way to generate hoplinks, try the following page:

2. Sell your own product through ClickBank
There’s no surer way of making money online than selling your own product, and with ClickBank you can start doing this quickly and easily.

You can sell up to 50 different downloadable products through ClickBank with a single account – and to become a merchant costs less than $50, rather than the hundreds of dollars it often takes to set up your own merchant account.

And you won’t be alone – thousands of web masters sell through ClickBank including people like Ben Prater, Joe Vitale and Jim Edwards.

3. Sign up your own ClickBank affiliates
Just by signing up with ClickBank as a vendor, you can start recruiting affiliates to sell YOUR product almost immediately – and if affiliates are receiving commissions from selling your product, that means YOU are making money.

You can define exactly what level of commission you want your affiliates to receive – personally I give my affiliates 50% so we’re both on an equal footing.

4. Send ClickBank new clients
You can earn cash just by promoting ClickBank itself, full details are available at – it’s not big bucks, but it’s useful as an additional income stream with commissions ranging between $0.05 and $10.00.

5. Promote a ClickBank Storefront
ClickBank’s own MarketPlace is fairly limited in terms of functionality, but various companies offer a ‘storefront’ for all (or some) of the products listed in ClickBank’s MarketPlace, and each one of which will have your ClickBank affiliate nickname attached.

The idea is that you promote your own storefront, and get commissions from people who visit and go on to purchase products that are listed.

The most powerful one I’ve seen is at, but there’s a couple others you can view for comparison at and

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