How to Bypass a Clickbank Sales Page

December 20th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

It’s really easy. All you do is drop your affiliate cookie and then redirect to the order page. Since you dropped your tracking cookie before redirecting to the order form, Clickbank will track fine and see you as the referring affiliate.

Doing this enables you to control and split test your own sales pages for any Clickbank offer and gives you amazing flexibility when it comes to promoting offers.

courage wolf affiliate advice

Can’t direct link because it’s got a fucking exit pop? Re-create it yourself without the exit-pop.

Is the owner shamelessly building an email list off your traffic and diverting the sale? Build your own (better) page without the optin box.

Seriously, how many sales pages on Clickbank are complete shit? How many need to be split tested? How many would you be embarrassed to show people in real life if they were your own? A huge percentage of them.

How to Drop the Cookie

All you do is put your affiliate link in an <img > tag and drop it on your page somewhere. Like this….

<img src="http://yourafflink.com" width="1" height="1" />

Whenever somebody loads a page that has that code, your affiliate cookie gets set – it acts as if somebody actually clicked your affiliate link. This is referred to as “cookie stuffing” and there is a right and wrong way to go about it.

The wrong way is to stuff cookies on your sales page (index.html) and drop a cookie on every single visitor. If you get caught, chances are you will get kicked out because you’d be getting sales that you really don’t deserve.

The right legit way is to drop the cookie on the redirect page (order.php) and then send people straight to the order form. Here is a code example of what your order.php page would look like.

<html>
<head>
<title>Processing</title>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=http://3.mikegeary1.pay.clickbank.net/" />
</head>
<body>
<img src="http://yourafflink.com" width="1" height="1" />
</body>
</html>

By doing a meta refresh set to 2 on order.php, the browser gets an extra second to completely load the page which is just to ensure that the cookie gets dropped. Just know that the meta refresh must be set to at least 1 so the cookie actually drops. You could add a little loading icon in there for effect if you wanted as well. It would probably be smart to add some tracking code in there as well (Clicky FTW).

Redirect to the Order Form

The format for order form links on CB is http://ProductNumber.VendorID.pay.clickbank.net/. Inspect the merchants sales page and hover your mouse over the “Add to Cart” button. That’s the link that goes straight to the order form and where you redirect people to after you drop the cookie.

Check out my demo page if you’d like to see a working example. When you click on the order button, it will drop my cookie and redirect you to the Clickbank order page. On the bottom of that page, you should see my example affiliate id: funkyslut

Why Do This At All?

Because most sales pages don’t convert well with cold traffic and being able to split test the merchants sales page yourself gives you a huge advantage when it comes to monetizing your traffic.

Fucking sales pages these days. They all take that standard formula that hasn’t changed since 1995: Centered text, big red headline, ugly graphics and hype-fueled adcopy. I can tell a sales page just by glancing at the template, and chances are your vistors can too.

Don’t you think the template alone might create some buyer resistance? We all know that people don’t like being sold to. Why not split test a page that looks like a sales page with a page that looks more like an article? And then split test headlines and openers until you find that magical appeal that blows everything else out of the water.

11 comments

  1. Edgar says:

    Props on this post man!

    This is what I have been looking for a while. Thanks for posting this.

    You have just found another reader to your blog!

  2. Thank you for this. I have a number of review sites that convert very differently from Facebook to Google adds. It has never really made common cence to re-direct to the sales page. I am going to give your method a try. Thanks

  3. Javier says:

    This is a great strategy, but did you check with Clickbank if this is ok with their TOS?

    I’ve already sent like 5 emails to them but didn’t get a response. Would like to know if it’s possible to use this since it fits perfectly what I’m trying to do.

    I’ve checked with the vendor and he told me he’s ok with this

  4. Javier says:

    Just checked with clickbank support and they told me that if the vendor is ok with it then there’s no problem. And I got the ok from the vendor do will give this a try.

  5. S. Tanna says:

    We’ve developed a PHP Script for split-testing sales letters (upto 20 per test, but you can run an unlimited number of tests at the same time, for example if you have multiple web sites) & measuring the conversion rate of each to find the best one.

    Our script ideal for ClickBank vendors (our company is a ClickBank vendor, and has been since about 1998), but it can also be used for tracking the conversion rates of other sales and lead generation pages (e.g. squeeze pages).

    To use our script, you enter the URLs of the pages to test (the sales letters or pitch pages), the URL of the post-sale “Thankyou” page, and you are get a little fragment of tracking code to insert in each. The process is then automatic.

    It’s explained in my vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT6fGPrgu2c – I’d be interested in your comments

  6. Brandon says:

    This is a really kickass tutorial man thanks

    But i have a question say for example

    http://3.mikegeary1.pay.clickbank.net

    Link expires or the vendor changes the product number for WHATEVER reason to

    http://11.mikegeary1.pay.clickbank.net

    will I still get credited for it?? This is some of the Risk one has to take I suppose?

    Thanks in advance

    • admin says:

      I’m pretty sure they don’t expire. The only circumstance I can think of where the number might change is if the vendor changes the price of his product and generates a new link. Even then I’m pretty sure it would still work, you’d just be sending people to a checkout page with the old price. Don’t overthink it man :D

  7. Yvon says:

    Nice Post. I tried implementing it, but the 2 problems: I did it as a “Page” in text mode in WordPress, set the buy button to link to that “Page” which has the redirect instructions.

    I don’t know if this implementation was right or not.

    But one thing I know is that it takes a hell of a long time to redirect and I am on WPEngine; fast hosting.

    This is even after I set the refresh to “1″. It takes about 10 seconds to redirect to clickbank.

    Any ideas to speed up. Thanks for the awesome post though.
    Yvon

    • admin says:

      you seem to be doing it right. I’m not sure why it takes so long though. In theory at least, it should take 1 second to redirect and maybe 2 or 3 more seconds for the order form to fully load.

      Try using SpeedTest.net and seeing if your internet access is pretty slow. If it’s less than 8MB/second, then I’d say that’s pretty slow. My internet access has been 2MB/sec at times and everything takes FOREVER to load at speeds like that.

      Edit: After re-reading your comment, I think I know what the problem is. You say you are doing the redirect as a WordPress page? Copy/paste the code I have, name it order.php or something like that, and manually upload it to your site. That way, the redirect page is as tiny in size as possible and should be guaranteed to work. I think by using a WordPress page, it’s a bit overkill. The code is super easy since it’s just a meta redirect, so WordPress doesn’t need to load the navigation, logo, sidebar and all that kind of stuff. Maybe that’s what’s slowing it down.

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