UPDATE: 26 May 2020
I have been receiving a lot of messages from readers saying that their accounts have been disabled shortly after they create them. It seems as though the cellphone method does not work from many people anymore as ClickBank has cracked down on it and their account gets deleted immediately when accessed on a PC.
If this doesn’t work then you have to use a VPN whenever you access ClickBank. The one that I use is PureVPN.
ClickBank is one of the biggest and most popular affiliate marketing networks in the world. They have a long list of affiliate products that internet marketers can promote. All of their products are hosted on their website, that you can browse to see more.
Can You Use ClickBank In South Africa?
You can use ClickBank from South Africa, and practically anywhere in the world. Your audience can also be from anywhere in the world. It is an online business so it is not limited by location. Some South Africans have encountered problems in setting up their ClickBank account and are not allowed to do it because their region is not accepted. This problem is only linked to the sign up process. There are two ways around this process.
The first is to simply sign up from your cell phone. For most people, this usually solves the problem. You can sign up from your phone and, thereafter, access your ClickBank account from your desktop.
In the unlikely event that the first option does not work, you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which allows you to sign up for region locked programs easily. A VPN allows you to create a secure connection to another network across the internet. In other words, using a VPN, you can make your computer seem like it is located in a different country. This will help you to circumvent some annoying issues like region-locking as is the case in being unable to join ClickBank from South Africa.
How Does ClickBank Pay To South Africa?
If you are using ClickBank from South Africa, you will have to get a Payoneer Account. Unfortunately, ClickBank does not pay directly into a PayPal account. The three ways that ClickBank pays are by a mailed cheque, by direct deposit or by Payoneer. The first two present a lot of obstacles if you are operating from South Africa so Payoneer is the best option.
Payoneer is a reputable online payment gateway that we use for freelancing and for popular affiliate programs like Amazon Associates. You can read our article on how to set up a Payoneer account and how to withdraw your money from Payoneer to a South African bank account.
How To Set Up Payoneer on ClickBank
- Login to ClickBank
- Click the Settings Tab
- Look for your payment information at the bottom of the page and click on Edit
- Choose Direct Deposit in the Payment Information Editor. The information entry screen will be shown
- Choose “Unites States” as your country
- Choose “New York City” as your city
- Use the information from your Payoneer acccount for Bank Name, Account Number and Routing Number
- Choose Checking Account as your account type
- Save your changes. You will get an email from Clickbank to confirm the changes
My Opinion On ClickBank
Unlike other big affiliate networks, ClickBank specializes in informational products. This means that a lot of the products found there aren’t physical products. One thing that we take issue with ClickBank is that the quality control there is limited compared to other big affiliate networks. A lot of the products found there are not of much value to buyers and border on unethical. So if you care about your reputation with your audience, then you would have to do a lot of research into any products that you find on Clixsense before marketing them to your audience.
ClickBank does, however, remain popular because of the large share of revenue that many of the products offer to affiliates. The products there range from as high as 50% to even 85% commission on sales of the products. This is largely because the creator of the digital product does not have overhead costs. Once the information product is created, it is duplicated at the click of a button. So the major input to the value of the product is created by the marketer and not the product itself, so the creator can get more sales by getting more people to market the product with an enticing high commission.
Alternatives To ClickBank
There are products that have high commissions but they are not as easy to sell because of possible trust issues. The lack of trial periods on many of the products also requires a big commitment from customers which will cause most to shy away. For products to convert well, the customer either has to have an existing relationship with the product or knowledge of the brand to buy easily. Better alternatives that offer these features are Amazon’s Associate Program, which sells products that people are already looking for.
The main affiliate platform that I use to make money is Wealthy Affiliate. The bulk of my commissions in the Make Money Online niche come from there. They also have resources that teach you how to make money in a niche of your choosing, which is where I ended up shifting my focus. Wealthy Affiliate has a free membership and a premium one, both of which pay out commissions for referrals. It converts quite well for me since with the free membership you are able to ascertain whether what you are buying into is valuable, and commit after testing it for yourself. You can check it out by clicking on the button below.
Money-Making Potential of ClickBank In South Africa
In South Africa, ClickBank does not offer the same potential as it does across the globe because South Africans at large are not yet comfortable buying online. There is still lack of trust to online shopping and it will take time for consumers to get used to online transacting. This is even more so with digital products. There is also the fact that the South African consumer base for online spending is comparatively small.
So if you are selling digital products, to increase your chances of success, you have to target a wider audience. You can do this by making your content appeal to any- and everyone, and not including localized nuances that will exclude other people, such as speaking a vernacular language or referring to things that are only available in a specific country.
ClickBank is definitely available in South Africa but it’s applicability is comparatively limited. There is a large selection of products to promote. You should make sure to do sufficient research before you promote the products, so that you can back up what you are selling to your followers. You can sign up for ClickBank on their website, and if you are struggling, you can try any of the workarounds mentioned above.
Have you had success with Clickbank? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.