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Breaking Down 10 Successful Clickbank Products

Discussion in 'ClickBank' started by michaelzenga, Feb 27, 2009.

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    There are a lot of guides out there on how to make a gazillion dollars on clickbank. I was at a seminar recently and one well respected Internet Guru - Derek Gehl of The Internet Marketing Center, told the audience to only use black print on a white background when writing a sales page. Another guy at another seminar said only use bright colored backgrounds. Ryan Diess, a very well known Guru says to use robin’s egg blue (light blue). Which is it?!!!



    I wanted write a report to help me write my own copy and decided to study 10 random high-gravity sites on Clickbank, the biggest Internet payment processor/affiliate mall for information products. Gravity is a weighted measure which reflects how well a product sells through affiliates. Simply put, if affiliates are consistently selling a product on Clickbank, it is converting. Hence, by studying the traits of successful Clickbank sales pages, we are studying Internet copywriting success. Mike Geary of truthaboutabs.com claims his site does well over $10,000,000 in business with a gravity of 350 so these products generate serious sales volume.



    Taking 10 Clickbank products with gravities over 100 and create a report based on the metrics of each. Not only would this benefit my copywriting ability to have a printed sheet of what people are doing, it would also help me pick affiliate products. This guide is intended to provide some perspective in writing copy for successful clickbank products or selecting up and coming products on clickbank to promote.



    The products were:



    http://www.burnthefat.com/ - Gravity 174



    http://www.djkshadow.com/ - Google Shadow - Gravity 416



    http://infiniteincomeplan.com/ - Gravity 159



    http://www.maverickmoneymakers.com- Gravity 689



    http://www.ppcwebspy.com/ - Gravity 335



    http://www.pushbuttonmarketer.com/ - Gravity 154



    http://www.fapturbo.com/ - Gravity 880 (highest out of over 10,000 products)



    http://www.truthaboutabs.com - Gravity 353



    http://www.homemadeenergy.org - Gravity 130



    http://www.fatloss4idiots.com - Gravity 539







    Average Length





    When the sales pages of the products were cut and pasted into a word document, the average length was 22.1 pages, 4175 words and 11,222 characters.



    Ok, these pages are long. Contrary to what skeptics may profess, long sales letters are alive and well. A friend recently said to me “no one reads those long sales letters!” Well apparently someone does. Truth be told, the data on page length was skewed downward by truth about abs which has a 2 page squeeze page leading to a much longer traditional sales letter. Simply put, if you want to sell an information product on the internet, long sales copy generates millions and millions of dollars and all 10 of the letters we tested use long copy. The answer is clear…





    Background



    Internet Marketing Star Ryan Diess says that Robins egg blue as a background upped his sales over 30%. Well, 2 out of these 10 successful sites reflect his teachings. The most popular color was the traditional white with black print as Derek Gehl preached in January of 2009. Dark blue was also a popular color with 3 out of 10. Google Shadow uses a dark and rich wood grain background. There is no clear verdict here, but all else being equal, I would probably use black print on a white background with robins egg blue or dark blue borders on the side. That makes all the gurus happy!





    Headline



    The evidence is clear here, red was used in 7 out of 10 of the pages surveyed. 24 font made up for of the 7. Red is an attention getting color and I don’t see how you can go wrong using a 24 pt. red headline with black type and a white background. 2 of the headlines used blue and 1 used red. Diess claims Tohoma font will raise conversions over 15% and copywriting expert Drayton Bird says using Calibri in the body of a sales letter will raise conversions over 30%



    Subheads



    Blue was the most common subhead with 5 out of 10 using it. Typically sites use fonts for subheads about 1/2 the size of headlines.



    Email Opt-In



    This was split close to down the middle. 4 of the pages used an email fly in, while 2 others asked for email opt-ins on the page. 4 pages of the 10 do not use any sort of email opt in. The debate clearly isn’t solved: do you want to go for a chance at converting visitors onto your email list so you can have more shots at them? Or do you want to try for the clean, coherent message of only asking for the order. The debate isn’t solved. Personally, I like the tact that copywriters, Yanik Silver and Michael Fortin use, they make the site fade out momentarily while a flyin comes in and users can’t read the site until they read it or close it out.





    Testimonials



    All of the sites use testimonials as social proof is alive and well. The sites had anywhere from 3 to 10 testimonials. In some areas such as Sports Betting, the best converting sites use upwards of 25 video testimonials. Video testimonials are clearly better and more believable, but most of the sites just use pictures and written words. Only 3 of the 10 used video.



    Asking For The Order



    All of the sites in question asked for the order and most did it multiple times. Some even asked over 7 times. Clearly, one page sales letters, looking much like the great copywriters such as Joe Sugarman, Dan Kennedy, and John Carlton used in print, work just as well on a website.



    Affiliate Pages



    Clearly, all of these successful sites try very hard to make their affiliates successful. Most of the sites do the vast majority of their sales through affiliates, but in all actuality, it may be far less as authors always open multiple affiliate accounts to inflate their gravities. While one very successful Clickbank seller recently called 50% “stone age” and urged all publishers to offer 75% commissions, these 10 successful pages clearly didn’t listen. They offered between 50-75%, with most somewhere in the middle.



    An increasing trend is that many publishers want email opt-ins from affiliates and this case. This is a smart move because it allows them to stay in the ear of affiliates. 4 out of 10 used email opt ins. The best pages once accessed offered a vast array of tools for affiliates - email auto-responder series, some offered up to 3,000 pay per click keywords, many offered multiple banner ads. Geary on truthaboutabs even offered what he is paying per click in general. More and more people are buzzing about using Facebook for pay per click as it allows people to target by age and demographic.





    I hope this has been a useful read. The intention was to give a report simply on what successful and multi-million dollar Clickbank authors were actually doing on the page. Please keep up with our site for more blog posts.
     
    michaelzenga, Feb 27, 2009 IP
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    #2
    this is actually a great article for those who want to create their own product.

    [Captain Obvious to the Rescue!]
     
    ExpertForumGuy, Feb 27, 2009 IP
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    thanks for looking into it. Some great information
     
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    Great info - thanks!
     
    nickpeters, Feb 28, 2009 IP
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    This has to be one of the best breakdowns of some clickbank sales pages. Thank you very much for the information.
     
    livinglegendent, Feb 28, 2009 IP
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    Excellent guide, thanks for taking the time to write that.
     
    sap147, Feb 28, 2009 IP
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    Thanks for sharing that! As a newb to clickbank this is a great help!
     
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    Excellent analysis. Thanks for sharing!!!
     
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    #9
    good piece of information.
     
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    Most excellent. Appreciate the hard work & effort!
     
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    Very nice piece of information.
     
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    Good information.
     
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    Great info. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Yes, well done ... + rep to you!
     
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    Wow, this has got to be the best DP/Clickbank 1st posting I have ever seen. Thanks for the amazing research, and plz keep up the great contributions.
     
    flip, Mar 2, 2009 IP
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    "All of the sites use testimonials as social proof is alive and well."

    FatLoss4Idiots doesn't use any customer testimonials... I've made special note of this as I'm in the same niche and they're the most successful product in this niche (and arguably in any niche.)
     
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    Thank you for sharing what you've learned. We do appreciate it.

    Steve
    http://www.cheers2wine.com
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Good info.
     
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    Excellent analysis, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thank you, great info
     
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