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Clickbank Check Payment Arrives

May 21st, 2008

Yesterday I received a pleasant surprise in the mail when this check arrived from Clickbank. I had not logged into my account for a while to look at the actual numbers, but it seems that I managed to make enough sales to reach the default $100 minimum threshold without even realizing it.


To get a close-up view of the check, simply click on the image. Clickbank’s current check printing font is quite small, making it difficult for me to display a properly resized image that is easily legible. Fortunately, the thumbnail feature will allow you to view the image in its original full size without requiring me to display the whole thing on the home page. This is handy for keeping the overall “weight” of web pages relatively light and reducing load times.

After I received the payment, I logged into my account so that I could find out where the sales had been made. I was pleased to see that most of the sales were coming from my pages on bum marketing techniques and how to fix the computer CPU speed. This confirms that my overall strategy of combining bum marketing methods with targeted long tail SEO is actually working, even with Karlonia playing the role of the article directory. Now I just need to find a way to scale it up so that Karlonia will finally have a respectable income and I won’t have to worry about moving to a place like Malawi and subsisting on nsima just to be able to afford basic living expenses.

One of the biggest challenges with using this strategy is that in order for the traffic to actually convert into sales, the article page needs to provide information that helps the visitors solve a real problem that they are struggling with, and then suggest a product that can help them with the solution. I have found that it is not enough to just do the SEO and throw in an affiliate link or two as an afterthought. The product(s) that are linked to from the page must match up exactly with whatever the visitors are searching for as a solution to their problems. Otherwise the page will receive traffic but will not convert.

I still have many pages that are receiving a reasonable amount of traffic but are not yet monetized. Most of them are keyword-targeted articles that have been moderately successful in terms of SEO, but the topics do not match up well with any available Clickbank products. Recently I have signed up with Amazon and Barnes & Noble as possible alternatives, but their commission rates are generally much lower than those found at Clickbank. They do have a much greater selection of products, however, and even a small commission is better than nothing.

Another alternative that I have discovered recently is PayDotCom. This program uses PayPal and works much like Clickbank in terms of offering a variety of digital products with relatively high commissions for affiliates. They also have the advantage of being available to people in countries like the Philippines that are still not allowed to sign up with Clickbank. Moreover, they pay bonuses for referring affiliates who either become vendors and sell their own products or purchase the account upgrade that is offered to new affiliates. After catching up on the posting, I will browse through their marketplace and see if I can find some relevant products to include on my currently unmonetized pages.

9 Responses to “Clickbank Check Payment Arrives”

  1. comment number 1 by: shawal

    Congratulation on receiving your cheque..

    Hope that one day, i will…

  2. comment number 2 by: ArahMan7

    Hola Karlonia,

    Congratulations! You’re the forth to advertise Entrecard on My Journey To Recovery.

    I really would love to learn how to earn some money from ClickBank. Any suggestions?

    Come over again.

    Greetings and lots of love from Malaysia.

  3. comment number 3 by: Erica

    Good post - I found it really interesting, as I don’t know a whole lot about advertising on blogs.

  4. comment number 4 by: Marlene

    Hello, I haven’t heard about this Clickbank until now. It seems that your blog is a good source for internet marketing. Congratulations on your cheque!

    Btw, your EC is showing on my widget. Thanks for advertising…

  5. comment number 5 by: Robin

    Way to go on your unexpected Clickbank check. That was a very nice surprise. I love using Clickbank also, because they are a honest paying affiliate site. I have my default set to $10.00 I enjoyed reading your interesting post. Thanks for sharing your good news with us & tips! :-)

  6. comment number 6 by: eBay

    Congratulation on getting your cheque. Hope someday i’ll show my own cheque in my blog.

  7. comment number 7 by: The Internet Entrepreneur Diary


    I like your clean blog layout. Just wondering why you don’t have Google AdSense on your blog like almost everyone else?

    Just curious!

  8. comment number 8 by: Karlonia

    @Internet Entrepreneur:

    Although I did not quite have it set up at time of your comment, I do now have some AdSense units installed on selected pages. My current strategy is to place AdSense only on those pages that are receiving relatively high amounts of traffic from search engines (best quality traffic for actually getting clicks on the ads) and to keep it off of pages that are receiving less optimized traffic from sources like Entrecard or traffic exchanges.

    The basic idea here is to keep my CTR for the ads high enough to avoid the “smart pricing” problem that seems to have plagued many other AdSense publishers. Meanwhile, most regular readers and Entrecarders who are just looking at the home page and maybe a few of the recent articles will never be exposed to the AdSense ads and will instead notice the relatively clean layout :)

    Afterward, as some of the more recent keyword-optimized articles become older, drop off the front page, and begin picking up backlinks and search traffic, I can place AdSense units on these pages for the benefit of my search engine visitors and gradually increase my income from AdSense over time.

  9. comment number 9 by: Dennis

    pare gano katagal mo nareceive yung check? kc ung sa akin naipadala na daw ng clickbank ng october 14 pero till now eh ndi ko pa din narereceive? gano ba itinagal ng sa iyo ? salamat

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