How to Track Your Clickbank Sales

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track clickbankA lot of really good money can be made from selling or promoting products on Clickbank. For those who don’t know, Clickbank is a website that allows creators of digital information products to sell their stuff very easily.  The biggest benefit of Clickbank to vendors is the huge army of affiliates ready to help you sell your product.  The reason there are so many affiliate is because of the high commission rates offered. Affiliates often make more than the creators of the products themselves, many times up to 75% commission. And many affiliates make an easy full time living just from promoting products from Clickbank.

If you don’t have a Clickbank account you should get one. It’s free and you can make a lot of money from promoting products offered there.  Get a Clickbank account here.

The problem many affiliate marketers run into however, after they’ve promoted several products and sales are starting to roll in, is trying to remember which vendor ID goes with which product they are promoting.

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The screen capture above shows two sales from my Clickbank account for today.  The vendor column tells you which vendor who’s products I am promoting and the TID column is an ID set by me (optional and highly recommended) that helps give a clue to where the sale came from.

If you notice I’m using a TID on the second transaction called “coupon”.  This is a sale that came in from a coupon site I own.

If you look at the first row however, it tells me nothing.  I don’t even know what product it is, where it came from, nothing.

Figuring out the Vendor ID

To help you figure out which vendor sells which product, I use a free website called CB Trends. There are many other sites that provide this same service, this just happens to be the one I use.

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Simply enter the vendor ID is the text box and CB Trends will tell you exactly which product that made the sale.

Using  a TID

To further help you understand your sales funnel you should really include a TID (Tracking ID) on the end of all of your Clickbank affiliate links.  Clickbank makes this super easy to do.  When you find the product you want to promote, click on the GREEN  promote button.  This will pop-up another window where you can enter your Clickbank nickname and a tracking ID.

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Some suggestions for what to use as your TID are:

  • Website Name (if you’re promoting the same product from multiple domains)
  • Website page name (helps with analytics to know which pages are converting better)
  • Website email campaign (help to know your email marketing is working)
  • Website placement (Did they click on a banner, widget, or text link?)

The sky is the limit so use your imagination. As long as the TID helps you understand where sales are coming from, that is the key.

How do you track your sales from your sites to Clickbank?  Leave a comment below and let us know!


5 Responses to “How to Track Your Clickbank Sales”

  1. Thanks for the tips Joe! I don’t use the tracking ID nearly as much as I should.

    I’ve been struggling to find the easiest way to keep track of the different affiliate programs and products across my sites. I keep think there just *has* to be something already out there.

    I finally just decided to use Excel with a tab for each site. Maybe I’ll trick it out with a pivot table.

    I have a system for everything else, but when it comes to affiliate program tracking I feel scattered. That’s one thing I love about Adsense. Channels and Analytics makes it so easy to see where your money is coming from.

  2. When I first got started online some years back, I made my first few sales as a Clickbank affiliate. Your post has done an excellent job providing an overview for new affiliates to get started online with Clickbank. Thanks!

  3. You’ve got great insights about click bank marketing, keep up the good work!

  4. I’m worry about not getting paid for a product that sold on my website and is there a way to track that?

  5. Joe says:

    Sure that’s totally understandable. There are several ways to try to protect and track sales.

    If you’re using WordPress, you can install a plugin for tracking ads and affiliate links. Something like Maxblog Press Affiliate Ninja (cost $) or Whydowork Adsense (free). These plugins are designed to hide and track affiliate links and will work for this purpose.

    Another way is to use JPress’ Gopages which will hide affiliate links and help protect you (this is free)

    Finally (this one is tricky as you really need to understand html) you could manually embed your links in an iframe so when anyone click on a link it still looks like they are on your site. This one is the most time consuming and the hardest to get working but is free.

    I hope this helps. Out of all of these I would go with Gopages. Its easy to use should do what your looking for.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Joe

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