What is ClickBank University?  And – is it Legit or a Scam?

First,  ClickBank University is promoted at www.clickbank.com.  It is on the ClickBank home page as part of the promotion of the Clickbank experience.

You can use Clickbank as a standalone business with no cost!! –  if you are on the internet market-er side of this business already.  And – if you can perform that part of the business with your own skills you may not need to consider Clickbank University.

Before I critique Clickbank University lets understand what Clickbank is first.

Clickbank is the company and system that Clickbank University teaches you to use.  So, proceed first to understand Clickbank itself.

I was not familiar with ClickBank before I started extensive reading.

I did not understand there are 2 businesses within one and Clickbank University is a Program that teaches skills to best utilize Clickbank – in their opinion.  And Clickbank University charges for that teaching.

 

My laymen’s “unfamiliar” definition of Clickbank is:  

It appears ClickBank is a facilitator.   It provides opportunities to people to make money through the internet. 

Sales people pick products from the Clickbank site to market and sell online – the product owners list their product(s) to sell on the Clickbank site.  Then that huge sales force can pick and sell their product(s).

ClickBank facilitates that process so everyone can make money – if the sales person can send people to the Clickbank site to buy the product – the product owner then sells it.    Money can be made.  With ClickBank being the internet “location” that facilities the whole process.  It lists the product, takes the payment for the product and distributes the funds to both parties – it then takes a small fee in the process.

ClickBank facilitates an opportunity for the sales person to promote the sale of the product owner’s  products.  The sales person then makes a commission.  There is NO COST to this sales person to participate – the product owner pay a onetime entry fee of $49.99  to list his product(s) on the Clickbank site to be sold. 

For the sales person to market products there is NO sign-up fee – NO handling of goods – NO handling of the purchase payment(s).  The sales person can choose from many thousands of products – they choose! –  there is only a $2.50 transaction fee to receive their money from their commission.

When the sales person begins to choose the product(s) – the commission is listed along with other statistics to help the sales person choose wisely.  The product can be actual physical goods or electronic E products.  And – if there are ongoing membership fees or training fees – the sales person receives commission on that also.

If you have no money to start a business or to pay for training –  If you have no product of your own – you can start this on your Facebook or other social media to “try” and market the products of your choice.  Or, you could add the products to your existing website as an affiliate link and send your traffic to the ClickBank product’s site to buy.  The sales person then receives commsion for each item sold – if and when it sells.

So, for a sales person looking for income this is not a Scam.  Nor is it for the product owner for they receives help to sell their product(s)  and then are paid.

However, the slaes person still needs to research and execute marketing methods to send faij traffic to send to the ClickBank “store”.  The seller need to market the specific products of their choice.  I would think the marketer-seller would choose something that relates to their “niche”.  The good thing is there are thousands and thousands of products.  The seller should be able to find one or more that compliments their interests and creates interest from their niche site.

Further definitions of ClickBank.

ClickBank facilitates a place for product sellers to bring their products to market.

ClickBank has created a place to list and offer a product owner’s products to sales people – marketers.

ClickBank provids a huge internet marketplace where product owners list their products for sale.  Then sellers/marketers can pick the product that fits their interest and marketing.  That product is then offered through their marketing efforts and sites to consumers. 

ClickBank allows people without products to sell something and make money.  And – it allows product owners to find a place to bring their product to market.  The product is then presented to thousands upon thousands of internet marketing-sales people. 

ClickBank does charge the product owner a small activation fee ($49.95) for the first approved product they list.  The product owner needs to read the other charges – which are minimal.  It could be a great way to bring your product to market – especially E-products – and if there is continuing membership fees – even better.

The product sellers cost to start is minimal (almost non-existent) for the product sold.  You are afforded the potential to have the “world” market your product without marketing costs.

The sales person – internet marketer is provided unlimited products to sell with NO COST to acquire those products (either in money or time or to create them).  The sales person markets to get people to the product – everything else is done for them.

The product owner – with no advertising budget – gets a place to sell their product with NO advertising costs.

Here is a link to WikiLeaks for more information about Clickbanks:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ClickBank

Here are a few highlights from it.

ClikBank started in 1998. They have over 1.45 million affiliates (sales force).  Approximately 100,000 designated as active at any one time.

As of 2014 –  more than 6 million clients and it distributes to 190 countries.  Over 30,000 transactions per day.  In 2011, it had over 46000 products.

In 2011, Revenue Magazine named it top affiliate network in the US.

The main website to Clikbank is below – at the top of their site Clickbank.com to sign up – you go to the top right side tos “create  account” – it’s the sign up page for the free account for anyone to sell products.  In the slider on that home page is the Clickbank University – click it – it is the link to the paid course to teach you how to market Clickbank.

The link their homepage is below:

http://www.clickbank.com/

This link is also a Clickbank link to more information about Clickbank not Clickbank University.

http://www.clickbank.com/corp/what-we-do/

Here is what I use.  The most recommended program is Wealthy Affiliates.  There are over 800.000 members using their training.  You can begin for free with full access for 7 days – then limited access thereafter for FREE.  Make sure its for you! You can get your first 2 websites for free – the site hosting is free. It is a full “university grade training platform”.  Any and all questions are answered there with the training.  Anything you need is there. There is an unlimited live community to ask your questions and get help!  Wealthy Afffiliate hosts your site and teaches you how to create an online business.  They teach you how to make money.  When you are ready – you can gain full access for $49 per month – that price includes your web hosting and other tools to use – no up-selling at all!  Go take a look for free –  try it out – you have no cost to try it!!  Try Wealthy Affilate Now.

Most people have to purchase ClickBank University to make money.  I can get pricey and is designed for people who have their own prodicts to sell.

Clickbank University is a training program to market products on Clickbank.

It is a pay site!

To find the site for Clickbank University – & when on the Clickbank site – click on the slider picture for Clickbank University.

They have a slick video presentation.   They offer training that seems to be complete.  Their training is in weekly video lessons that take you through getting quality traffic to the Clickbank Website to buy products.

This is their program description:

Join the BRAND NEW Fully Upgraded

ClickBank University 2.0

  • 8-Week Affiliate + 12-Week Vendor Class
  • Bi-Weekly Expert Classes
  • Specially Curated Add-on Trainings
  • CBU Toolkit and Traffic Center
  • Massive Discounts on our Favorite Tools
  • Live Events for a Fraction of the Price
  • AND The Exclusive ClickBank University Community
  • And Surprise bonuses

It is $1 for a week (does not include training).

$47 dollars monthly.

To get it all there are upsells.

$297 per year for Website bulder from ClickBank

$97 – The advanced master class

The course consists of orientation – sign up for classes to watch the traning – site builder- beginner training  (step by step video training for everything needed to get up and selling) – advanced training (much more advanced – traffic to sales, visitors to subscription, split testing, partnerships, paid advertising, and more.  Affiliates (learn how to promote other's products and get paid – community (exchange ideas and questions with people in CBU .  Lots of useful information!.

Cons to joining:

Videos are set in a format that some are locked for future viewing dates– so fast learners are held back.

You will only learn Clickbank Products – no training for physical products.

Lacks advanced SEO training.

Is pricey compared to related training platforms.

It is not for everyone – if you do not want to create your own products it is pointless to buy this. Without the advanced training and extra charges you cannot move forward.  So, some consider it a scam.

If you take the program and follow it exactly as presented – if you buy the advanced training and follow it also – there is no reason you will not be successful – make money – have success.

The program can be pricey – but the training is complete in their selected niche and processes – there are some areas that could be improved to make it even more effective though.

As I say over and over again. Google for more information about ClickBank University and look at pros and cons.  Do you own research.  Only you know if you are willing to do the work and take the time to learn.  It will only work if you will work!

So once again – it is – Legit not a Scam – if you will do the work and can afford it – it is legit.

 

Here is what I use.  The most recommended program is Wealthy Affiliates.  There are over 800.000 members using their training.  You can begin for free with full access for 7 days – then limited access thereafter for FREE.  Make sure its for you! You can get your first 2 websites for free – the site hosting is free. It is a full “university grade training platform”.  Any and all questions are answered there with the training.  Anything you need is there. There is an unlimited live community to ask your questions and get help!  Wealthy Afffiliate hosts your site and teaches you how to create an online business.  They teach you how to make money.  When you are ready – you can gain full access for $49 per month – that price includes your web hosting and other tools to use – no up-selling at all!  Go take a look for free –  try it out – you have no cost to try it!!  Try WA now!

 By David Kerchner  April 29, 2017.