Can You Make Money With ClickBank? Let’s Find Out. Are They LEGIT?


I actually stumbled upon ClickBank by trying to sign up with Affilorama. I have heard of ClickBank but wasn’t for sure what it really was or if it could be of use to me.

After having to pay to join in order to sign up with Affilorama, I figured what the heck. I already paid so I want to know. Can you really make money with ClickBank?

Here is a video that will show you a little about ClickBank and what my opinion is on it.

Initial SignUp With ClickBank

The initial video I had to watch, Milana stated “in 3 minutes” they will teach us how to generate sales, but yet the video lasted close to an hour.

I have discovered that the answer to “Can you make money with ClickBank”, is actually a yes and no kind of answer.

Yes you can make money with ClickBank, but it will not be as easy nor as soon as they lead you to believe, if you know how to do it, choose the right product and put a lot of time into promoting it correctly.

No, you can not make money with ClickBank if you choose a product that is NOT legitimate. Even though the videos say they only allow vendors’ with LEGITIMATE products, it is simply not true.

If you are a beginner you will not make money with ClickBank. If you do, it will take you awhile to do, due to the limited training and resources they provide.

Justin said I am going to be shown how to make my very first sale as soon as TODAY. WHAT? How is this possible? I am ready so let’s get this started. I am ready to make MONEY. Oh, I received the money back that I initially paid when I first joined. No problems either.

The first thing I noticed was how hard it was to maneuver my way around. For a beginner like myself it is very difficult to figure out where to start and how to get there.

Their platform is definitely NOT user-friendly. If you are a newbie like myself, I wish you luck. It will take you awhile to figure out your way around. I have found a platform MUCH easier, and unlike Clickbank, you can try it for free no scams involved. To read a review on it just click here.

What Is ClickBank

ClickBank is an affiliate marketing platform for vendors’ as well as those who are looking to promote products for vendors. These products can be digital or physical products.

ClickBank affiliates use a referral link program called hop link that is provided through ClickBank. This program is supposed to direct customers to the vendors’ website. If the customer buys a product (you) will receive a commission.

The vendors’ focus on selling their product while the affiliates focus on helping the vendors’ grow their business by selling their product.

I have been instructed to not only pay for WordPress so that I can set up a website, but have been instructed to also, buy a domain, and pay for someone to host it for me.

So what does ClickBank do? Just give me products to promote? I can do that without them and without having to pay for every single thing I need to do it.

When first joining ClickBank you might think it will be simple. Pick a product and promote it, and if you think that way, you are wrong. There is much more involved. As a beginner you wouldn’t know any different.

How To Be An Affiliate With ClickBank – Step One- Pick Your NicheNiche

Your first step is to pick a niche. A niche Is considered to be something That you are passionate about, something that you are very knowledgeable about, or something that you would like to be knowledgeable about. It could also be a hobby.

Using these factors to determine your niche are very important because you will be writing a lot of content about your niche in order to sell your product.

You are very passionate about healthy food, and working out, you would not want to choose baby products to promote. If you are looking to become more knowledgeable about a subject, then you can choose that because you will be doing research on it and that will be how you write your content.

Step 2 Build Your Platform

In this lesson a platform is a website. ClickBank support states that you can build free websites. This is true, but keep in mind, that you will more than likely have competition in the niche you have chosen.

You want a great looking site that speaks to your readers. If the readers are not able to navigate through your site, they may not come back, and they may not share your site with others.

You can build a free website with WordPress which is by far the best place to build your website. You will not need to know coding or download any software.

Just keep in mind about that you need to have it hosted with security and support. It is very important especially in this type of business.

Step Three-Grow Your Audience

The fact that they have this as the third step really has me confused. We are growing our audience and haven’t a clue as to what we are even going to be promoting.

Did I miss a step somewhere? No, I did not. They do not instruct you to visit the market place until you have completed all of their instructions/training.

I suppose this MIGHT work based on the audience you are targeting and the niche that you have chosen, although I am really against doing things in this order.

I don’t know about you, but I believe I would want to know what I was promoting before building my website. How will you build your website to promote a product that you haven’t chosen yet?

You want a professional looking website, you want your audience to trust you and you want to be honest with your audience. These are some things that they cover in their training, yet you don’t choose a product until close to the end.

I am assuming they don’t want you to complete any of the steps until you have gone through what training that they do provide.

This was another issue I had. It is not beginner friendly what so ever. If you haven’t a clue about internet marketing, then you may meed to go through the training more than once.

Wouldn’t you think it would be easier if it were set up in a step by step type of way? I know I think it would be. Especially since they aren’t even showing you HOW TO do any of the steps.

Step Four Promote The Product

In order for you to promote the product you have to have a website, this also means that you need a hosting service and security for your website.

Don’t believe the whole “you don’t need a website” thing. If you think about it, others that may be promoting the same product that you are, aren’t playing around.

Nowadays everyone tells you that you can use social media. UM NO. You can no longer just throw a link with a little information and expect people to click and buy.

Most social media site will no longer let you just throw a link on there. You now have to create a post and hide the link within the post.

This means you need to create a great looking website, filled with quality content in order to keep readers coming back, and or wanting to share you post with others.

How many times have you seen post on social media pages? Have you clicked on any? Most people scroll over them unless it is truly something that caught their eye.

At this point, since you have just started promoting this product, in order to get traffic to your site and start earning trust, you will more than likely have to pay for traffic.

You can use social media. It may work and it may not. It will depend on a lot of things, like whether you are reaching your target audience and if they are interested in your content about the product.

Nothing is as easy as it seems and nothing in life is free as we all know. Not knowing the ins and outs will make it much more difficult.

I strongly suggest that if you are new to affiliate marketing or new to working online in general, that you find a program that offers you REAL training. You need to understand what to do and why you need to do it. To get this now for 7 day free trial, Click here to learn more.


Step 5Step Five-Choose Your Product

My first product that I choose was CB Passive income 4.0. When I clicked on the link for the product, I was taken to what appears to be the creator of the products pitch page.

Be careful when choosing your product. Research it! You want a product that is legit. After all you are trying to HELP others, not mislead them. You will be the one they no longer trust if you offer them a faulty or misleading product.

It has been said that you need to be careful when choosing products on ClickBank as they have had issues with SCAMS. My thought on the product I have chosen, will be in a review for you to see later. So keep an eye out for it as I smell something fishy.

Members may notice they are getting an error code for a product that they are promoting. Chances are the vendor may have produced a scam and the product was removed. The member can go to the marketplace to see if the product has been removed, if so you can no longer promote the product.

I don’t know about you, but I had rather not choose a scam to promote. I want to actually make money and have others trust me when they see my name.

Not all products that are removed are scams, I’m sure. The product may have been discontinued or whatever. I am glad that I don’t have to worry about any of that with my number one product that I promote.

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Step Six (If You Are Lucky) Making Money

This will be the hardest step, especially as a beginner. It will take at least a few months. Like I said in the video, you cannot just throw up a link to the product and expect to make money from it.

Most social media sites do not allow you to even do this anymore. Which means you need to write quality content about the product and a lot of it..

There are steps that you need to take in order to get your product to this stage. Researching the product, writing A LOT of quality content and/or creating videos on the product.

Your content will need to get comments and traffic in order to gain trust with Google and the other search engines. Trust goes a long way even in this type of business.

If no one trust you then why would they trust the product you are promoting. Even though some still fall for those scams or products that don’t really do what they say, there are those that have caught on and know what to look for.

In the video I showed you that I didn’t make any money (and still haven’t), but that isn’t saying that YOU can’t, but I am not saying that you can either.

I clicked on the UNOFFICIAL success forum and there was nothing but an error code. Hmm what does that tell you?

If you do it the right way you can. As a beginner the odds are definitely against you without having the proper training, tools and support.

To start with a program that gives you all of that, plus step by step lessons on everything you need to know, and a lot more, you can try it free for seven days free (with the option to remain free) of charge.

But only if you want the best training available with lessons that also SHOW YOU how to do what is being taught, as well as the support from thousands of like-minded members from all over the world.


My Honest Opinion

I stand behind my belief that you can make money with ClickBank IF YOU have the knowledge and are able to get traffic to your website, and have the quality content that your audience is looking for and are promoting a legitimate product.

I also still believe that, you can not make money with ClickBank. Especially for a beginner. I know from past experience what it is like when trying to learn about affiliate marketing.

When we don’t know anything it can become stressful and aggravating which may cause us to throw in the towel and give up.

If you REALLY want to start your own online business, I STRONGLY suggest you click the link above. You will have everything you need all in one place.

You will not only learn everything you need to know in order to make your business a success, but you will be shown as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this and that it gave you some clarity.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please leave them down below. I love hearing your thoughts, good or bad, just as I love to respond to them. I am here to help you.

If you have been/are a member of ClickBank or know someone else that is or has been, I would love to hear from you as well. After all, I could be wrong, but what I have written is my opinion.

Wishing you the best in all you do

Lee Ann



Lee Ann Cermak-McQuay

I am a family oriented mother and love being involved with my little ones. My husband is the best guy a girl could ask for. I love helping others which is why I created this site. I know what it is like to NEED to work and earn an income, but not be able to do it outside the home. I am now able to help others find work they can do from home. And I love it.


  1. Working online from home is the best! Clickbank is a wonderful program that allows you to make money. It’s very important to do your homework with picking the right products to sell. Th gravity of a product will tell you if it’s a viable product that’s selling and making money. I would suggest looking into your program first to be better acquainted with Clickbank! Great stuff! Thanks,

    • It sounds like you might be a member of ClickBank or have been a member in the past? Would you be willing to tell us what your experience has been like and if you have made money while being a member there? Have you chosen a “bad” product that was removed.
      I have been a member there for a few months and have checked it out rather well. This article shows exactly what my experience has been like as a member.
      The training is just base training that you can get from anywhere on the internet. Yes the gravity shows if a product is selling, but that doesn’t make it a “good” or “legit” product. That could just mean that others are falling for pitch, or do not know the warning signs of a scam or bad product.
      That is how I see it. If you have proof of my being wrong, I would love for you to share it. I do not want to mislead my readers in any way. Maybe other members have had a better experience.
      I do appreciate your suggestion and look forward to hearing back from you.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  2. Thanks for the informative post! I did sign up with clickbank and so far have had concerns with some of their products. I agree that you have to do your research as it does seem that there are some scam products on the site. That being said, I have found a couple of products that are legit and I will promote. We’ll see what happens, but I’m definitely not putting my eggs in one basket on this affiliate site. However, I did get the feeling that ClickBank is always trying to upsell me which I do not care for. Thanks for the information and I’m glad I’m not the only one with mixed feelings!

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my experience with ClickBank. We definitely agree and it sounds like we had the samne experience with them.
      I think it is sad though that they do not investigate the programs they allow better than they do. We shouldn’t be put at risk by using ClickBank’s suggested affiliates.
      I would suggest maybe giving Wealthy Affiliate a try. You will not have to worry about scams or upsells. I am sure that you will have much better luck with them.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  3. Thanks for your thorough, honest review of Clickbank. I have been wondering about joining and I think I might join out of curiosity but proceed with much caution.
    Interested to hear how it works out for you in the long run, thanks.

    • I hope you found it useful and I do appreciate your taking the time to read.
      When checking them out please do RESEARCH any product that might interest you thoroughly and do proceed with caution.
      I am pretty sure that one of the products I have chosen may be a scam or close to it. Which I will be doing a review on in the near future.
      I have had better luck with Wealthy Affiliate than with ClickBank. There is no need to proceed with caution there. You are provided state of the art training unlike what you receive with ClickBank. You are shown the steps you need to take not just told. The training is much more in depth and if you implement what you learn correctly, there you will succeed.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  4. Fantastic article. I remember clickbank was one of the first affiliate programs I tried and I do agree they don’t give you a hassle about your refund. I agree you can make money but you need to be further advanced it’s definitely not for beginners. I was confused and just couldn’t figure out How to make money.
    I will be giving your recommendation a try It looks like I can be successful there.
    Thank you so much for this very informative article,

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with ClickBank. We definite;y agree that you really need to have knowledge about affiliate marketing before trying to make money with ClickBank.
      I was lost as well and I have knowledge.
      Please do check out Wealthy Affiliate. As long as you complete the training and implement what you learn correctly, you can be successful no matter what niche you choose. You may even want to try ClickBank again once you have taken the training. This time you will know A LOT more thanks to the step by step training and how to videos provided by Wealthy Affiliate. You may even be able to actually earn money with ClickBank when you try them the nest time.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  5. Thanks Lee Ann!
    I had been considering ClickBank but couldn’t find enough information in my own research to make a decision. Your experience has given me a more in-depth perspective. I think I will pass for now, and wait and watch what others accomplish with it.
    All the best. K

    • Thank you K.
      My honest opinion is that ClickBank is not for beginners, but if you understand online marketing and how it all works, then you probably can earn money, as long as you know how to choose legitimate products to promote. I don’t blame you for wanting to wait to see how others do.
      I am glad this information was useful to you.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  6. It is good you pointed out all the flaws of ClickBank for beginners. No one should be a part of it unless they know what they are doing. It takes a lot of skill and determination to do what ClickBank asks its users. I appreciate your thorough review.

    I do have a question though. When looking at products to promote on an affiliate marketing site such as this one, what are the most important factors you consider? Any tips you could give for a beginner like myself would be quite useful.

    Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

    • Thank you Alex. You have some great advice yourself. Much appreciated.
      When I look for a product, I use the same standards I would use if I was purchasing the product myself.
      I am in the MMO niche so of course I want to check for signs of it being a scam.
      1. What is their sales pitch like?
      2. Are they promising to make me rich?
      3. Are they saying that I can make money as early as today or overnight?
      4. Are they saying it is an automated system?
      5. Are they saying they will do it ALL for me?
      THe best rule of thumb for any type of product, if it sounds to good to be true, then it is probably NOT true.
      just like in the wight loss nich, you have to be careful of those that claim to just melt the fat away and all you have to do is take the product. We all know that is NOT true. Yet so many of us fall for it.
      No matter what product you are thinking of promoting, do your research on it first. Don’t just check out their page, use Google to see what others are saying about it. Check out the reviews as well. Doing your research will save you not only time and money, but it will save your readers as well : )
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  7. Training, tools, and support. Yes, I am a complete beginner with internet business, so I need all of these things. I need tiny little baby steps training, or I’ll just be stuck. Did you find customer service in ClickBank willing to answer your questions fully?

    Probably ClickBank isn’t for me. Your other one that you recommended sounds promising… especially if they’ll SHOW me what to do.

    • Laura, Wealthy Affiliate would definitely be the place for you to get the absolute best step by step training. yes, they do SHOW you how. The training there is top notch and easy to understand and follow. The training and community has helped me get to where I am today and I love it.
      As for ClickBank customer service, the only thing they answered was my refund. When I ask questions about the training or anything, I was given pre written answers, and was NOT able to comment in order to get a more detailed answer. That is another reason, I don’t recommend ClickBank for beginners.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  8. Hey Lee Ann,
    Thank you for this informative post. I have been looking for work from home opportunities for the last two years running into my share of scams, luckily without too much money invested. I am a fellow member of wealthy affiliate and I have to say I love how you incorporated the promotion for the program within this article. It truly is a wonderful place to be and I hope to gain much success being a part of it. Best of luck to you on your future endeavors and successes.

    • THank you Cynthia. I am glad you enjoyed the information.
      I included the promotion on Wealthy Affiliate because being a member of it and a member of ClickBank, I can honestly say that I would rather be with Wealthy Affiliate.
      I was only able to figure things out at ClickBank due to the training I had received at Wealthy Affiliate. If you are a beginner at ClickBank, the odds are stacked against you actually being able to make money. However, if you get the training from Wealthy Affiliate, you can then use it to help you promote the legit products of ClickBank.
      I hope that others will see this and gain some insight before attempting to join ClickBank as a beginner.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  9. Before, I have read some posts talking about ClickBank that mention that is not suitable for newbie because of the rules. If you want to receive the commission, you have to fulfill some criteria first. What you write remind me again to not choose ClickBank when my website is not getting much traffic. Before I join the affiliate program, I will read more details about the rules. Thank you so much.

    • Thank you CT I hope I have given you the answers to some of the questions you might have had about ClickBank. I don’t think their platform or training is beginner friendly. Not just because of the rules. THe platform is a little confusing and the training is just basic training. They do not SHOW you how to do things.
      If you are interested in a much better platform that is beginner friendly and has step by step training, just let me know and I will be glad to give you more information on it. Please feel free to click here for information as well.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

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