The ClickFunnels Affiliate Program has undergone quite a few changes in the last few months, so I have finally decided to give this article a bit of a make over, looking at a look of the changes, and what it might mean for you.
The major changes only effect those who signed up after around November 2019 and hadn't earned $100 with the affiliate program, but I will explain all below.
What Is ClickFunnels?
For those who don't know, ClickFunnels is a Software as a Service (or SAS) product, that allows you to build simple and easy to use 'Funnels' to generate leads and money.
They are a self hosted (i.e you don't need your own website or hosting) service, providing you with drag & drop building tools to create a variety of different landing pages, bridge pages, and of course...funnels.
Who Is ClickFunnels Used By?
ClickFunnels can be used for a variety of different business areas, and isn't just tied down to Affiliate Marketing or the 'make money online' niche.
I have seen, and even used to use ClickFunnels to sell physical products, as I will show below, as well as seeing people to use it to promote and sell their own membership sites and courses.
The physical product funnel can be a brilliant one to promote if you are in the eCommerce space, or even the DropShipping niche, as so many of them rely on a small number of products to generate their revenue.
It can also be used by those who want to create membership sites, or even their own affiliate programs by using their higher tier option that opens up a variety of extra tools.
If you want to read a bit more in-depth about ClickFunnels, then give this review a read!
How Do I Sign Up To The ClickFunnel Affiliate Program?
If you already use ClickFunnels in your everyday business, then you are automatically added to the affiliate program, without even needing to do anything else.
Simple head over to your dashboard and hover over the account icon, and you will find the affiliates link, this will take you too the dashboard.
You can also turn on/off the 'Badge Commissions' option here.
If you are someone who doesn't use ClickFunnels, or simply wants to promote them without owning it, then currently the only way to potentially get in is via the 'WhatsYourDreamCar' optin page.
Though, there is currently no guarantee you will get accepted. Some have said that doing ClickFunnels OneFunnelAway challenge or the ClickFunnels boot camp possibly boosts that chance, but this is unfounded and there is no solid answer here.
It's worth noting that they have opened their Whats Your Dream Car page with the ability to sign up, but it doesn't say if you get instant access to the tools and items to promote.
What Does The ClickFunnels Affiliate Program Contain?
This is the part of the program that has undergone quite a lot of change, so I have decided to split this out a little more to help those who may have become quite confused.
The ClickFunnels Program
The core of the affiliate program from ClickFunnels, is, well the ClickFunnels subscription.
Even if you don't actively promote ClickFunnels, or you are not an affiliate marketer as a living, you can turn on the 'Badge Commission' button for your account and earn 20% commissions from anyone who decides to sign up to the ClickFunnels program through that link.
March 2020 Changes
Every new ClickFunnels affiliate who had not already had success before their most recent changes in March will now only get 20% per month from people they sign up.
After you have eared $1000 in commission in a month, you can apply to get 30% and then once you have 40 paying members underneath you each month you can then boost that up to 40%.
The ClickFunnels Books / Russel Brunsons Books
ClickFunnels has a growing number of books that an affiliate can promote to their followers, readers or viewers.
The two most famous books are Expert Secrets and Doctom Secrets, both of which are part of a value ladder funnel, allowing someone to pay a fairly low price for the books, but then slowly be up sold or shown other offers that are more value, but also larger costs.
The value ladder funnels have now been updated to offer 40% across the whole funnel, giving you the potential to earn around $900 for promoting the books.
Network Marketing secrets is one of the lesser known books, but as with the other it is part of a value ladder, resulting in a total commission cheque of $174. The overall amount of products within this funnel is a lot lower, hence the lower commissions.
The Traffic Secrets book will be launching on March 17 2020, which is one of the newest books from Russel has the option of someone getting all the books together, access to the One Funnel away challenge, and even a podcast, that all ads up to a total commission take home of $249 if they take all the offers.
Finally, a book written by Jim Edwards is called Copy Writing Secrets. The book is aimed at those who want to write ads, landing pages or potentially ad style emails etc. Quite a good book to be fair, so if you haven't grabbed it, I would recommend it.
As with the others, it is priced low to encourage users to jump on the funnel, and then extra offers are shown to them or emailed over a period of time. The total value in commission is just over $300.
As you can see, there are a number of books that you can potentially earn 40% commissions across their full funnel, resulting in a nice pay day.
Training & Challenges
Over the last few months, and I guess years, ClickFunnels have re-done their training sections, especially around using ClickFunnels, and also being an affiliate.
Two of these programs are free to join, but then have an up-sell to the other program, which results in a $100 fixed price payout.
ClickFunnels Affiliate Bootcamp
The OG of ClickFunnels training, the CF Affiliate Bootcamp was originally a set of videos around how to get started with Affiliate Marketing, and then adding on information about ClickFunnels and ways to utilise CF to help you succeed.
These days, it is a little different.
The Affiliate Bootcamp is now a very valuable set of plans and interviews, with a number of Affiliates (or Super Affiliates) who where asked how would you kick start your affiliate business, in 100 days.
It's a bit like the 30 Day Challenge that Russel also started in 2019, except this is designed to be agnostic of platforms or techniques.
For a free training course, it's a great way of getting people introduced to both affiliate marketing, and ClickFunnels.
The 100 Day Affiliate Bootcamp, does eventually funnel users into the paid for One Funnel Away Challenge, resulting in a $100 commission if they take the offer.
The 30 Day Summit
Another new set of training, videos and information that appeared in 2019, is another precursor to the One Funnel Away Challenge.
The 30 Day Summit, is strangely a lot like the new and improved Affiliate Bootcamp, except these guys where given a ClickFunnels account, an internet connection and 30 days to get their business up and running.
Again, as with the Affiliate Bootcamp, this 30 day summit is free to join, and then leads onto the One Funnel Away upsell.
It's quite a good summit for people to attend as it actually gives people ideas on what they might do in the One Funnel Away Challenge, and at the time of me doing it, they where sold together (at the same price to be fair).
The 30 Day summit won't earn you a commission, but people will usually upsell to the OFA after they have done the 30 day videos, so you will then earn your $100.
The One Funnel Away Challenge
A training course that I feel has taken a hammering over the last few months, with crazy bonuses being thrown around, funnels that just promote this challenge and a lot of new affiliate marketers not quite knowing what they are doing.
But, the information inside of the challenge, paired with the 30 Day Summit or the Affiliate Boot-camp can actually be pretty decent.
The challenge takes people from their original idea (and how to come up with one) to their finished product.
For the $100 it costs, it not a bad little course, except it is heavily focused around ClickFunnels, and does spend the last few days doing upsells and pushing products too you.
As with the others, you will earn $100 per user who signs up and takes part in the challenge, you will also get a % of their recurring monthly subscription, if they decide to take ClickFunnels as well.
March 2020 Update
New affiliates will only get 20% of this subscription until they have earned $1000 in a month and then 40% once they have 40+ paying subscriptions under them each month.
Tools & Additional Resources
ClickFunnels has a number of tools and resources that can be promoted as additional items alongside ClickFunnels, or even on their own.
These can be a great way of earning either lots of small commissions, or a few large commissions depending on what you choose to promote.
A product that went live towards the end of 2019, the lead funnels file is 100+ different lead funnels for your customers to start generating commissions from.
The swipe file only costs $7, so you will only get about $3 for promoting it, but it's a great way of knowing if they are interested in other ClickFunnel products.
A mid tier affiliate offer, offering this can result in a $300 commission, and it doesn't have to be promoted to people who love ClickFunnels, any marketer would love this.
The Funnel Script generator is a program created by Jim Edwards, yep same guy as above, that helps you generate emails, sales copy, headlines, ads and even webinars, without really needing to do a lot of the heavy lifting.
See what I mean about being useful to just about any marketer.
If you haven't tried it, you can try the 'lite' version here. You can see the type of headlines and results it can give you.
How Can I Promote ClickFunnels
As with a lot of affiliate marketing, it's really up to you, and what fits in with your particular audience.
March 2020 Update
If you are new to ClickFunnels, and as such are only on the 20% subscription commission tier, then I would look at promoting the following products to build up leads and potential members.
- Any of the ClickFunnels Books - You can eventually earn high ticket commissions from these
- 30 Day Summit / Affiliate BootCamp / Brick & Mortar Summit - They all lead to the One Funnel Away Challenge
- One Funnel Away Challenge Directly
I would also look at aiming to promote and sell one of the higher ticket products each month to boost you to the $1k a month benchmark to ensure you can earn 30% per month on the subscriptions.
You can promote these via Solo ads, standard adverts, via SEO and blogging, YouTube or even via outreach with your audience.
Affiliates have also succeeded with a huge variety of ways when it comes to promoting ClickFunnels, resulting in some of the best training out there straight from the horses mouth.
Can You Make Money From The ClickFunnels Affiliate Program?
As with anything, it does require time and effort, but yes, ultimately you can make money from the ClickFunnels Affiliate Program. You do need to find a unique angle, and I would recommend going through the ClickFunnels Affiliate Bootcamp, to get 15 different ideas on how to sell ClickFunnels.
After the March 2020 update, new affiliates do need to reach that $1000 in commission before they get access to higher monthly commissions and access to directly promote the monthly subscription. This equates to around 50 monthly subscribers, or 1 or 2 of the big high ticket products that stem from the books. Or even 10 One Funnel Away Challenges.
It is fair to say that the ClickFunnels affiliate program is not a lucrative as it may have been, there is a much higher emphasis on the books and the software, and of course how ClickFunnels can help businesses grow, and less around the 'business in a box' or share funnels. But, you can still make money from it.
If you are serious about promoting ClickFunnels and it's products, then I would find a previous winner who has done well with the product and the affiliate program and follow either one of their courses, or their general advice.
I started this blog around 2017, after realising that I wanted to let people know about all the different ways someone could make money online. From DropShipping, Affiliate Marketing, Network Marketing and more.
This blog has now grown to review and explain a variety of different tools and platforms, in the bid to help you.
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