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.
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.
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.