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April 23, 2014

ClickBank Affiliates: Redesigning a ClickBank offer page

Category: Affiliate Programs, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 11:36 am

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you join ClickBank as a vendor. CBMultiLink is our company’s product.

If you are a ClickBank affiliate, one thing that you may wish to do is “redesign” a vendor’s offer page, so as to present the product pitch in a different way. There are several reasons why you might want to do this, including:

  1. You might believe that you can create a more effective or more attractive offer page.
  2. You might want to tailor the pitch so as to appeal to your audience.
  3. Some vendors that offer multiple products for sale will set affiliate traffic to link to the home page of their site - but an affiliate (you) who wants to promote only a particular product, might prefer to skip these intermediate steps, and send the buyer directly to the payment link. Note: Vendors with multiple products would be well-advised to get a copy of CBMultiLink, as they can use that to allow their affiliates to link directly to both their home page, and product-specific pages).

The first question is: Is it allowed, within ClickBank’s rules, for an affiliate to redesign a sales offer page?

My understanding at the time of writing (check with ClickBank’s terms of service or ask them if unsure) is that it permitted, but only if the affiliate gets the explicit permission of the vendor in question.

The second question is: How to do it?

Anyway, what you need to do is do View Source on the vendor’s sales page. Look for the ClickBank payment link, which should look something like this:

http://productid.vendor.pay.clickbank.net

Where
- productid identifies the product, and is usually (but not always) a number.
- vendor is the vendor’s ClickBank nickname.

Now design your own offer page, and for the payment link, insert a link to.

http://productid.affiliate_vendor.pay.clickbank.net

Where
- productid is copied directly from the original payment link
- vendor is also copied directly from the original payment link
- affiliate is your ClickBank nickname

This will work, but it does have some limitations:

  1. This method works for most vendors, but may not work for those vendors with server-side complex scripted sites
  2. Users purchasing through this type of payment link are not “cookied”. As a result, you will only receive credit for the sale if the visitor has not previously clicked on somebody else’s affiliate link.

The third question is: Is there a better way to do this?

Yes.

If the vendor gets a copy of CBMultiLink, they can set up as many different landing pages (including product-specific pages) as they want, all of which affiliates can directly link to. Moreover, the vendor could even offer branded pages for their top affiliates, or allow his affiliates to host their own pitch pages.

Using CBMultiLink in this way, will also solve the two issues with the affiliate_vendor type payment links:

  1. This method can be made to work for all vendors, even those with complex scripted sites.
  2. Users will always be “cookied”. That means you will receive affiliate credit for the sale, regardless of whether the visitor has previously clicked on somebody else’s affiliate link.

Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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March 28, 2014

More than 15 Years with ClickBank!

Category: Company Announcements, Affiliate Programs, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 11:05 am

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

Earlier this month, an important anniversary passed, which I had previous failed to mention…. it is 15 years (or was on March 3rd) since we joined ClickBank. I have to say, in retrospect that it was a great decision… as we’ve made quite a bit of money as both a vendor (selling our own products) and affiliate (earning commission by promoting others products).

Here’s a review of the ClickBank affiliate program that I wrote about 9 (!) years ago. ClickBank has improved and upgraded many features since that time, as well as added new types of membership options, but if you join under the option “ClickBank for Affiliates”, it’s still fundamentally the same (hint: click the option “I have an established audience” under “Affiliates” on the ClickBank sign-up page to go directly to this option.


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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CBMultiLink - ClickBank Affiliate Management / Multiple Landing Page Script - Updated

Category: Company Announcements, Affiliate Programs, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 10:54 am

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

We’ve released a new version of CBMultiLink, our tool (PHP script) for ClickBank vendors.

The main purpose of CBMultiLink is it easily allows vendors to offer their affiliates a choice of multiple landing pages to link to, while still earning credit for sales they generate (by default ClickBank only allows vendors to only give their affiliates a single landing page).

Here are some uses of CBMultiLink:

  • If a vendor offers multiple products, affiliates can link directly to the particular product’s page for the product they are promoting.
  • If a vendor has a product that appeals to different audiences, they can give their affiliates a choice of audience-specific landing pages to link to. For example, if a vendor is selling a weight loss product, they might have different pages aimed at men or women.
  • In one recent case, a ClickBank vendor had a landing page with a pop-up. The pop-up was actually highly effective in helping generating sales, so it was obviously best to keep it there for most affiliates. However, some affiliates wanted to advertise the product using a pay-per-click search engine which didn’t allow linking to pages with pop-ups - the solution: use CBMultiLink to give affiliates the choice of 2 landing pages - one with a pop-up, and one without.

CBMultiLink is easy-to-install and use, and allows an unlimited number of landing pages. It also includes a link generator for affiliates to use, and supports ClickBank tid’s (tracking ids) unlike some of its competitors.

This last feature is one of the reasons for the upgrade: we have had customers approach us who wanted to upgrade from one of one competitor’s scripts, including one called “LaunchPad”, because apparently LaunchPad doesn’t support tid’s. The newest version of CBMultiLink makes this easy: As long as you set the landing page ids in CBMultiLink to match the “offer ids” that you were previously using in LaunchPad, all existing LaunchPad affiliate links will continue to work - plus you can use the extra CBMultiLink features (like support for tid’s) as well.

Please contact us if you have questions, or visit the CBMultiLink page and watch the video to find out what CBMultiLink can do, and how easy it is to use.


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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May 11, 2013

Free Link Cloaker Script

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 12:56 pm

We are pleased to announce the release of “Quick Link Cloaker”, an easy-to-use PHP Script for cloaking your affiliate links. The purpose of this script is to hide your affiliate id in a link, so as to prevent other people substituting in their own affiliate id (so as to “steal” your commission), or removing your affiliate id (since some people wrongly believe that if an affiliate earns commission that they end up paying more).

The nice thing about this script, is that you can generate an unlimited number of cloaked links with virtually no effort. Simply log-in to the admin area of the script, paste in the affiliate link, and you immediately get a cloaked version of the link back.

Quick Link Cloaker script also has the advantage that you are not dependent on some third party service (like URL shorteners) that could be down, go out of business, have incompatible terms of service, etc.

Quick Link Cloaker works on pretty much any host that supports PHP. The installation procedure is basically upload the files to your webhost, go to the admin page and follow the instructions. No editing of text files or anything like that. So, in other words, it is very easy.

Example of cloaking a link….

Before cloaking, say your affiliate link could be something like

http://www.someaffiliateprogram.com/link.php?prod=123&aff=yourname

After cloaking your link might look something like

http://yoursite.com/lc.php?j=aC3-mt./mmmm_6_/2.ng4-74/mtcM6_5mrfIng4-8JOjijjim/mmmmJnp-945/mt.

or

http://yoursite.com/cloak/lc.php?j=aC3-mt./mmmm_6_/2.ng4-74/mtcM6_5mrfIng4-8JOjijjim/m

Please note: if you need cloaking and tracking of your links performance - then please check out our ad tracking PHP script - click/counter tracker.


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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May 9, 2013

Legal Copyright-Safe Images for Your Website or Blog

Category: Affiliate Programs, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 4:30 pm

Disclosure: Our company is an AllPosters Affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy a product after following a link from AllPosters. We may also earn commissions from sales of other affiliates that we help AllPosters recruit.

Lots of people create websites or blogs, and then wonder where they can get images to put on them. There are quite a few different options, but sadly many people choose the worst option and end up getting into all sorts of difficulties as a result. In this article, I’m going to talk about the different options for getting pictures for your website or blog.

Please note: I am not a lawyer. This article is not intended as legal advice. This article is just my layman’s understanding of some of the general issues about using images on a website Please consult a lawyer if you want legal advice about your particular circumstances or particular scenarios that are applicable to you.

Okay what are the options?

  1. The first option, the worst option - and the option that I would not recommend is just to help yourself to images that you find online at other websites. The problem is that such images are usually protected by copyright (and possibly other rights), and if you copy them to your site, even with perhaps some modifications, you will be most likely infringing the owner’s copyright. The consequences when you get caught can be quite bad:
    • The owner/rights-holder may sue you
    • The owner/rights-holder may demand that you pay license fees for your infringement, and threaten to sue you if you don’t
    • The owner/rights-holder may get your web-host, domain registrar, etc. to shut your website down (for example by using the “DMCA”)
    • The owner/rights-holder may contact your partners, advertisers, affiliate programs, etc.. At best you may find yourself facing some awkward questions. At worst, these companies may no longer wish to work with you - for example, you could get terminated from affiliate programs.

    Will you get caught? Of course there is no guarantee that you will or won’t be caught - but the odds of being caught are substantially higher than you might think - since major rights-holders have automated software which can scan the web for infringing images. In other words, even if you aren’t caught immediately - you could be caught at any time - which frankly isn’t a position that you would want to be in.

  2. The second option is to photograph/create the images yourself. Generally speaking you will own the copyright of images that you create (although you will still need to be careful so not to infringe trademarks, people’s rights to privacy, etc.). Of course, the downside to creating your own images, is that even if you have the skill, you may not have the time.

    Moreover, as a practical matter, it may not be possible to get some of the images that you might want this way: If you need a picture of a particular Hollywood starlet, are you going to fly to Los Angeles?

  3. The next option is to use public domain images. Public domain images are images which are not protected by copyright, either because they are so many decades old that the copyright expired, or because the rights-holder has specifically chosen to release the image into the public domain.

    As with your own photographs, you need to be careful of rights other than copyright - for example, the privacy rights of people in the photographs. Additionally, you should also be aware that copyright durations last different amounts of time in different countries - an image which is public domain in one country may still be copyrighted in another.

    That said, public domain can be a great choice if you can find the image you want - public domain collections tend to be heavily biased towards historical photographs from many years ago, etc., rather than commercially orientated images.

  4. Another option is to use permissively licensed images. These are images where the rights-holder has allowed very broad usage, with few restrictions, usually without any associated charges or fees.

    Again, it can be hard to find commercially-orientated images this way, but if you do find what you need, great! Be sure to carefully read the license terms - as some licensors may not allow use of their images on websites that generate revenue (commercial web sites), etc.

  5. The next option is to commercially license the images. You can license images from stock photo companies. Additionally, some clip art collections include photographs with a grant of rights that permits the use of the images online.

    Again, be sure that you do carefully read the license terms!

  6. Finally, one option that I think you should consider is to join the AllPosters affiliate program.

    Joining the affiliate program is free, and once you join you can link to any one of thousands of posters (using a thumbnail or full-size image link). Moreover, you even earn commission on sales of the posters!

    In other words, this is a way to legally and affordably (or in this case free) get a wide choice of images that you can incorporate on your websites or blogs.

    Here are some example images:


    Singer Christina Aguilera


    Singer Christina…
    Dave Allocca
    Buy This at Allposters.com
    Dinosaurs - Cretaceous Period


    Dinosaurs -…

    Buy This at Allposters.com
    Hawaii


    Hawaii
    Kerne Erickson
    Buy This at Allposters.com
    Star Wars- Return of the Jedi


    Star Wars- Return…

    Buy This at Allposters.com

    Do you know anywhere else I could get such a great choice of celebrity images, travel destinations, educational images, etc., without paying royalties?

    And don’t forget images such as these can earn money - if click on and buy one of these posters, my company earns a commission (so please feel free to buy one of these posters :-) )


   

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March 12, 2013

CBRocket 4.00 - Downloading the ClickBank Marketplace

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank Vendor and Affiliate, and has been for more than 14 years. We earn money by selling our own products through ClickBank, as well as earning affiliate commission on other products sold by ClickBank, including ClickBank’s own products/services.

CBRocket is a PHP Script which allows you to download the entire ClickBank marketplace to a MySQL Database on your website. Once downloaded, you can then setup a ClickBank search engine/mall as part of your site - allowing you to display all of the 12,000+ ClickBank products as part of your web-pages, all tagged with your affiliate id (so you can earn commissions on sales of any of them).

As we’ve previously mentioned, ClickBank have made some major changes recently. One of the biggest, but less obvious changes is that the marketplace is only visible on ClickBank’s site after you log-in - so it can only be seen by ClickBank vendors and affiliates. Now that ClickBank’s own marketplace pages are not visible to most of the internet - this of course opens up a gap in the search engines, and a potential opportunity for those who want to cash in on that gap…

Anyway, unlike some of our rivals, CBRocket is fully compatible with the new ClickBank website.

What’s more, CBRocket downloads the ClickBank marketplace data super-quick. Although be fair, the download time does depend on your web host. I tried it on a couple of hosts myself - on one, it took seconds, but the other did take a couple of minutes. Either way, that’s not bad for downloading more than 12,000 products all tagged with an affiliate link! Please also note,

  1. You don’t have to download the marketplace data very often - only when you want to update the listings on your website.
  2. When CBRocket downloads the marketplace data, it can do so into temporary tables - so downloading does not require any website down-time, and your visitors will not even be aware an update is in progress.

I’ve made a quick video of the download process, which is perhaps not that interesting to many (it mainly shows the logs of what technical process is going on during the download - which most users will simply ignore after clicking the download button), but I’m sure some people will be curious:

Once you’ve downloaded the data, what can you do - display a search engine of ClickBank data, with your template, your banners, your affiliate id, as part of your site. Here’s a live demo for you to check out.

Find out more about CBRocket, or get a copy to install on your website, at ScriptRocket.com


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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March 11, 2013

The Ultimate Ad Tracker - tracking ads, banners, website visitors, conversion rates, and more

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Click/Counter Tracker version 4.00. This is a powerful PHP script for tracking all your advertising, marketing and sales - including tracking website visitors, ad-tracking, conversion rate testing. split-testing sales-letters and squeeze-pages, and tracking your banner advertising campaigns.

The most important new feature in the script is a special feature for tracking banner advertising campaigns. You can use this feature to track all your campaigns, and so as to test out different banner ad designs, and different venues for banner advertising. With the information the script collects, it’s as easy as pie to know which banner designs generate the highest click-thru rates, and which venues/ad-networks are the most effective for banner advertising. Using this information, you can maximize the Return On Investment (”ROI”) of your advertising campaigns.

Here’s a video showing the new banner advertising campaign features of the script:

Other features of Click/Counter Tracking include

  1. Tracking clicks on your advertising links

  2. Tracking visitors to your websites and web-pages

  3. Measuring the conversion rates of your squeeze-pages, opt-in forms, and sales-letters

  4. Split-Testing (also known as “A/B testing” - except we don’t limit you to testing only 2 items at a time!) multiple versions of squeeze-pages, opt-in forms, and sales-letters.


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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March 7, 2013

How to track Banner Advertising Campaigns [Updated]

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 1:58 pm

In my last post, I talked about how to create banner images, in this post I will talk about demonstrate how to track banner advertising campaigns.

First of all though, why do you need to track your banner advertising campaigns?

Here are some reasons:

  1. So you know which banner designs are being click on, and which are not. This allows you to test out different banner designs, so as to find the most effective one.
  2. So you know which websites containing your banner generate a response, and which don’t. This allows you to test our different advertising venues, so you can tell the difference between those that are profitable to advertise on, and those that are not.
  3. So you will know if you are getting the number of clicks/impressions that you paid for, when paying for advertising.

In short, what you want to do is separately track the impressions (i.e. displays of your banner image) and the click-throughs, for each of your banner advertising campaigns. You can then different images and different advertising campaigns.

The way to do this is to use our Click/Counter Tracker script. This is a PHP script that you install on your website, and which can be used for tracking all your advertising links, conversion rates, and split-testing of sales letters.

To fully track a banner advertising campaign, you need to create two trackers: one for counting impressions, and one for counting the click-throughs. The impression tracker is set with a destination URL of the banner image, the click-through tracker is set with a destination URL of your landing page. Then you simply use these URLs when activating your banner campaign. That’s it.

At the moment, on the current version of Click/Counter Tracker, version 3.02, you need to do 2 steps to setup the 2 trackers, but now this issue has been brought to my attention, we will look at reducing that to one step, which will make this kind of tracking even easier.

In the meantime, here’s a video showing the 2-step setup process, and the kind of information you can get back:

Update:

A new version of Click/Counter Tracker is now available, which I describe in more detail here.

Here’s a video showing the new version of this powerful PHP script makes tracking banner advertising campaigns even easier, while providing truly comprehensive tracking information:


   

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How to Create Banner Ad Images

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 1:16 pm

Disclosure: The links to third party products in this article lead to other websites owned by our company. We may earn an affiliate commission if you buy a product after following a link to a product from any of these websites.

Advertising banners are graphical adverts that you can display on your own or other people’s websites (you usually have to pay other websites if you want them to display your banners). Some people may tell you things like “banners are dead”, and while it is true that average response rates to banners have fallen over the last few years, this is very much an exaggeration - there are still lots of opportunities for profitable banner advertising campaigns.

The first issue that you want to consider before embarking on a banner advertising campaign is what your objectives are. Some people claim that a benefit of banner advertising is “branding” - even people who don’t click your ad, will still see your banner, and may remember your brand. There probably are cases where banner branding works, but generally speaking, I am skeptical of these types of claims - I’ve must have seen thousands (possibly millions?) over the last 16 or 17 years of using the Internet, but I can’t personally remember more than a handful.

Your mileage and opinion may of course differ from mine, but generally speaking, I think for small business at least, the main goal of banner advertising campaigns should be to generate more traffic and/or sales to your website. You need to factor that in when designing your banners and creating your banner advertising campaigns, for example by:

  1. By creating banners that look like they are supposed to be clicked (sometimes banners just look like graphical elements, and people don’t even realize they are supposed to be clicked).
  2. By testing different types of banner design to see which gets the best response.
  3. By placing your banners on sites which relate to your own intended audience.

If you have an unlimited budget, you can simply pay a graphics professional to design a banner for you. Do bear in mind that the designer should be working to your requirements, rather than just producing nice-looking images! Moreover, you will need to pay for many different banner designs, so you can test and find the ones that produce the best results in terms of traffic, sales and profits.

For the rest of us, we probably need a solution which produces good results, but without the expense. What are the options?

  1. You can use a general purpose painting/graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, or Corel PhotoPaint. Of course, producing good results with these programs may require quite a bit of time and skill.
  2. Rather than starting from scratching in a painting/graphics program, you can use templates to get you started. This is definitely a time-saver, and allows a non-expert to produce good results quickly. Check out Easy Banner Maker which works with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
  3. You can buy a program specifically intended for creating banners. You not need Adobe Photoshop or any other graphics program to use these, and you do not even need any real graphics skills. The main options are Banner Generator Pro and Easy Banner Creator. The latter, Easy Banner Creator, looks like it has a few more options than the other one, but they both look like decent programs.

   

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March 6, 2013

What happened to the ClickBank Marketplace? ClickBank hid it, but you can still put it on your site with CBRocket 4.00

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank Vendor and Affiliate, and has been for more than 14 years. We earn money by selling our own products through ClickBank, as well as earning affiliate commission on other products sold by ClickBank, including ClickBank’s own products/services.

One of the best features of ClickBank is the ClickBank marketplace. Basically it’s a listing of pretty much every active vendor (a few vendors do choose not to be listed) in ClickBank. Under the “old” ClickBank you could even link to the marketplace as a whole, making every vendor listing be coded with your affiliate id.

As I mentioned in my previous post, ClickBank have made some major changes to their site. One other change they have made, is now the marketplace can only be viewed (on their site) after logging in. A few other people seemed to have noticed this as well, so I contacted ClickBank (specifically Jeff Leget) to confirm that this was a deliberate change - he said it was.

However the good news is that it is still possible to display the whole marketplace tagged with your affiliate link, and without requiring you or your visitor to log-in to ClickBank. In fact, the solution is actually better than linking to the “old” ClickBank marketplace - because you can have the marketplace appear on your own website, as part of your web pages, and part of your website design, with a proper search engine. The trick is to use our script, CBRocket. We’ve updated CBRocket to version 4.00, which is fully compatible with the new ClickBank, and super fast at downloading the marketplace data too!


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:
   

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