Post by Brankica Underwood
Have you ever been happy for discovering a plugin? I know I have and it happened again, just a few days ago, when I ran into the Affiliate bonus plugin.
If you are promoting any product from Clickbank, you will love this one too. And if you are not promoting any Clickbank products, what are you waiting for? Do you know how many good info products they have?
For example, one of my favorite books WordPress Starter Guide by Lisa Irby is sold from Clickbank.
What is Affiliate bonus plugin?
When you promote a good product that makes nice amount of money there is a big chance you are not the only one promoting it. As a matter of fact, there are probably dozens and hundreds of affiliates doing the same thing.
So to make sure you sell more than them, what you can do is bribe the customers to buy from you and not the next guy. You can offer them money but what will you make then?
Better thing to do is to create a bonus product and offer it to those who buy through your affiliate links.
And that is where this plugin comes in. It automates the process of delivering the bonus to the Clickbank customer.
Before this, you would have to email back and forth with the customer, dig out the purchase confirmation number, compare it, make sure it is all correct and then email the bonus.
With Affiliate bonus plugin, you add the bonus, set the plugin up and it automatically delivers the appropriate bonus to the customer.
How hard is it to set it up?
The thing that scared me at first was the fact that I had to add 2 API numbers to the plugin and I had no clue how to make them. Fortunately, the plugin developer created videos showing how to set up all the plugin options.
So setting up APIs was pretty easy. I created both by following the video tutorial and then copied and pasted them into my main settings of the plugin. It took me about a minute to do it.
The reason you need to set up the APIs is for plugin to be able to see the purchase confirmations, compare them to the one the customer entered in the form and then deliver the bonus once the purchase is confirmed.
It takes a bit more time (few minutes per product) to set up the bonuses. The videos show you how to do this too. You will need a link to the bonus, vendor name from Clickbank and the product ID.
Setting up the plugin itself wasn’t that hard really.
Emails and list building
This plugin can be integrated with Aweber and you can even build a list by adding people who claim the bonus. I haven’t set this up and don’t plan to do that.
The second option is setting up email templates to send to people who claim bonuses. I did set this up because that is the way I will deliver the bonus to customers. At the same time, I set up another email that will let me know every time someone claims a bonus.
This is a really cool thing they made as an option for the bonus. You can set the bonus to expire. How would you use it?
Let’s say Lisa is running a contest and the person who will win is the one that makes the most affiliate sales for her book. And the contest is closing in 5 days. So to make sure you sell the most, you create a really cool and unique bonus and make it available only for those who purchase the book in the next 5 days. Pretty neat, don’t you think?
What I didn’t like?
Can’t really find anything I don’t like, yet. The plugin didn’t break anything, it seems to be working, the idea behind it is great and the set up wasn’t too complicated.
If you are deeper into selling Clickbank products and promote more of them than I, you will probably be even happier with it, once you see checks getting fatter and fatter.
What is the hard part?
Not sure if I would say “hard” but it took me some time to figure out which bonuses should I give away with the products I am promoting.
This is where you realize that the plugin is great, but you need to do your research well. Although blogging and social media and internet marketing are very connected, you still want to offer bonuses that are aimed at the same people who are buying the product.
You don’t have to wait for the bonuses to purchase the products, though, all you will need once they are up is your Clickbank confirmation number and you can claim your bonus any time.
If you are building an online business this is probably one of the most useful plugins you can have. It doesn’t matter what niche you are in, since Clickbank has products for every niche under the sun. A little bribe you offer to your customers can make a big difference in your income.
The price of this plugin is only $19.95 which puts it in one of those affordable brackets even if you are just starting out.