Youtube Affiliate Marketing: Easy Way To Earn $125+ A Month With Clickbank (For Beginners)

In this video, I’ll show you how I make an
average of $125 in passive income each month from a handful of simple Youtube videos. I’ll tell you about the 5 steps I took to
set this up, and how you can do it as well, even if you have minimal experience and no
money. In the start of 2017, I was trying out some
new things in order to gain experience and (hopefully) set up more income streams. One of them was affiliate marketing on Youtube. At that point, I’d already had some success
with building a branded channel for one of my blogs. However, I wanted to try a different, more
passive approach as well. What if I published a handful of videos on
popular topics, optimized them as well as I could, placed affiliate links in the descriptions
and just left them there? With no buyer keywords or preselling whatsoever,
would I even get any sales? Well, here’s what happened. My game plan was quite simple — it consisted
of 5 steps: 1. Find a good product on Clickbank. 2. Search for popular Youtube videos in the product’s
niche. 3. Create a bunch of similar, but higher-quality
videos. 4. Place affiliate links in the descriptions
of these videos. 5. Wait for them to rank (and, hopefully, start
getting commissions). Pretty straightforward. Still, there’s some important details you
should know about. Let’s go through each step, and I’ll tell
you more about what I did and how it all went. Step 1: Find A Good Product On Clickbank Before you start creating content for affiliate
marketing, you should first check if there’s any offers available to promote. For this little side project, I decided to
check Clickbank. In order for this to work, the Clickbank product
had to: Be in a niche I could make videos about. Have a higher-than 20 “gravity” score. Come with a professional sales page. And, of course, be of decent quality. After scanning through Clickbank for a few
hours, I finally found a prime candidate. Step 2: Search For Popular Youtube Videos
In The Product’s Niche Next, I went to Youtube to look for successful
videos I could model. For this project, I was looking for videos
that: Were related to, or in the same niche as,
the Clickbank product. I could easily produce a series of. People would tend to share and re-watch. Had a high average view count. Contained unoriginal content, yet were never
taken down for copyright. I could re-create with similar or better quality. I first started typing in keywords associated
with the Clickbank product. After a while, I found a couple of “maybes”,
but nothing too great. Finally, after some time spent browsing through
the suggested videos feed, I found exactly what I was looking for. Step 3: Create A Bunch Of Similar, But Higher-Quality
Videos As soon as I found the right videos to model,
I began the creation process. Here’s everything I used make my videos:
Various footage and small clips from other Youtube videos. Free stock photos. A few clips from (already
had a subscription). Creative Commons music found on As you can see, I spent exactly $0. Timewise, it took me about 1-2 hours to edit
together each video — I ended up making 11 of them. All in all, this little side project cost
me no money and only 15 hours or so to complete. To increase the videos’ chances of ending
up in the “suggested” feed, I copied a lot of tags from other popular videos (using the
“Youtube Keyword Hack” explained in this video). Step 4: Place Affiliate Links In The Descriptions After the videos were fully rendered and uploaded,
I went ahead and added the affiliate links. I didn’t just add the raw URL’s, though. Instead, I bought a domain on Namecheap that
was related to the niche of the Clickbank product. I then made a new WordPress install on my
Bluehost account, and made some clean-looking links with the plugin “Pretty Links”. This plugin lets you create a custom link
(using your domain) that redirects to another address — in this case, the affiliate offer
I was promoting. So, instead of my links looking like this: They looked something like this: Much more clickable, don’t you agree? When that was sorted, I added them to the
top of every video description, along with a short call to action. (If you don’t want to buy a domain, you can
at least shorten your affiliate links by using “” for free.) Step 5: Wait For The Videos To Rank I had already decided not to spend any time
promoting the videos on social media, forums etc. My other e-ventures were much higher on my
priority list. So, after I optimized the titles, descriptions,
tags and thumbnails, I shifted my attention elsewhere. After about a week, I checked the analytics… As I looked through the numbers, I felt a
bit disappointed. If you’re experienced with Youtube, you’ll
know it takes a while for brand-new channels to gain any momentum. Still, with all of my 11, high-quality, keyword-optimized
videos, I barely averaged 30 views a day. And, worst of all, not a single person had
clicked on my affiliate links! The next 2 weeks showed similar results. But then, one month in, I noticed a sudden
burst of views on two of my videos. 71, 138, 261 views. And it just kept more or less doubling as
the month went by. Finally, in the start of June, it came… The spike of all spikes — 1306 views in
one day! By the end of the year, my videos were getting
a total of 1000-2000 views every single day. And, best of all, people were finally clicking
on my affiliate links. Just a few days after the big spike in views,
I got my first affiliate commission. I already had some experience making money
with other Clickbank accounts. Nevertheless, I had created a new one for
this little project of mine, and this was my first sale on it. That’s always a good feeling. On the 14th of June, 2017, I received my first
weekly payment from Clickbank — $231.44. Not exactly life-changing money. Still, as mentioned, I hadn’t paid a single
dollar to make the content, and I only spent around 15 hours total. With that in mind, getting this so quickly
was encouraging. My videos more or less kept their rankings
throughout the year, resulting in a pretty consistent flow of extra income. Unfortunately, there were a fair bit of refunds,
but that’s to be expected when you don’t do any preselling whatsoever. Remember, all I did was put a link in the
description of my Youtube videos. Plus, my call to action didn’t directly mention
buying. Because of this, most people didn’t know what
to expect when they clicked it. After all the Clickbank costs and refunds
had been accounted for, I earned $752.56 from my little Youtube channel in the last 6 months
of that year. That boils down to an average of $125.24 of
extra income each and every month. Again, not really mind-blowing numbers. However, considering how little effort went
into it, and that I did absolutely no additional work after that, I felt good about it. As I’m making this video, it’s the start of
October, 2018. So far, the Youtube channel has given me $1162.43
in affiliate commissions this year. When we break it down, we get an average of
$129 per month. In other words: Really stable results! That means that I’ve already earned $1915
from this quick little project of mine — and there’s definitely more to come. Was it worth the 15 hours or so of editing,
optimizing and uploading? I’d say so. All in all, this was a fun side project that
validated some earlier observations and taught me a few lessons: Point 1. It takes time to grow a new channel. During this project, my earlier experience
with Youtube was more or less repeated. For the first month, all my videos were pretty
much dead in the water. It takes time, usually 1-2 months, before
the algorithm starts picking up your brand-new content. If you’re completely fresh to the game, don’t
give up if you’re not seeing progress right away. Just look at this graph: Assuming you’re publishing high-quality, optimized
content, your videos will start getting more views eventually. As with all other money-making strategies: Persistence is key, so hang in there! Point 2. Even though cold Youtube traffic can be easy
to get, it converts REALLY poorly. All things considered, almost $2000 in profit
isn’t too shabby. However, in theory, if you’d get the same
700 000 views on a series of product review videos, for example, you would be making some
serious bank. (And you could monetize those videos as well,
since it’s original content). But that was part of the deal with this experiment,
after all… I knew it would be much easier to get views
if I made some trendy videos with a broader appeal. However, the affiliate sales will then obviously
be much, much lower. This is because the average viewer has no
intention of buying anything (or even clicking on links) when they’re watching these types
of videos. Point 3. I could easily have done more to earn more. If I wanted to invest more time into this,
I could have created a landing page, a lead magnet, and built an email list. This would let me warm up viewers before sending
them to the sales page. Also, I could have followed up with them later
by using an autoresponder — possibly leading to more sales. If you want to do something similar to what
I did, and maximize your commissions, I suggest you go through these additional steps. Once it’s all set up, it can be just as passive
as the Youtube videos themselves. Point 4. Targeted traffic is POWERFUL. This kind of ties into point number 1. Looking at all the views my channel got compared
to the affiliate commissions, one thing became clear: The difference between targeted, warm traffic
and unfocused, cold traffic can be astronomical. This obviously varies between niches and products,
but consider this example: In the end of 2017, I did a video review of
a newly-launched digital product and posted it on Youtube. I gave a short call to action at the end,
and added an affiliate link in the description. With just 0ver 9000 views, that video gave
me $542 in affiliate commissions. Compare that to the 1900 I made from almost
700 000 views… Of course, the review video took some effort
to make, but still — the difference in money earned per view is simply huge. So, despite the nice passive income, this
method has a really poor conversion rate compared to regular marketing strategies. With that being said, it’s:
Very easy to set up. Requires little-to-no money. Requires little-to-no experience. And is completely passive after the initial
work has been done. Also, you get the opportunity to learn more
about the inner workings of Youtube and affiliate marketing — without committing to anything
big. So, do you want to give this a shot yourself? If so, remember the 5 steps I told you about. I’ve covered all of these steps already, but
I can give you a bit more info about number 2. I won’t reveal my videos here, since they
still make me money. However, to make things easier for you, we’ll
look at a prime example of what I’m talking about. Keep in mind that I haven’t tested the following
niche myself, so I can’t promise that it’ll work for you. With that being said, as long as the criteria
are met, you should be able to make some money. Now, I want you to look at this Youtube channel. This is not an official channel belonging
to any basketball organization, such as the NBA. It’s actually ran by one or more people from
Australia. The entire channel is built upon taking clips
from other sources and mixing them together with minimal editing. Many of the videos get hundreds of thousands,
if not millions of views. And, yet, the channel has not been taken down
for copyright infringement. How come? The truth is, certain rights holders do not
issue copyright strikes in the majority of cases. Instead, they let most of the videos stay
up, but lay claim to them. This way, they get to put their commercials
on the videos, and all the money generated from Youtube ads go to them. So, the one who’s running this channel probably
doesn’t earn much, if anything, from regular Youtube monetization. If you pay attention to the descriptions of
their videos, though, you’ll notice something… An affiliate link, right there! And you can find it on pretty much all of
their newer videos. So, this person is sending lots of traffic
to an affiliate offer, using nothing but unoriginal content. That’s what I’m talking about — one of your
links could be placed there. In this case, since we’re talking about basketball,
you could easily promote the Clickbank product “Vert Shock” — a popular jump training program
related to basketball. Just look at all the views these videos have: If you created just a handful of videos that
got this kind of exposure, you could make some good extra income. Could YOU make a channel like this? I bet you could. There are no secret shortcuts when it comes
to making money online. Persistence, goal setting, constant improvement
— all of it is needed if you want to succeed in the long run. The best thing you can do is to build something
that lasts — something that’s yours. With that being said, the method I’ve shown
here could be a great entry point if you’re a beginner (or if you just want to try something
new). You probably won’t get rich by doing this. Still, as demonstrated, you can definitely
earn some nice extra income.


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