Sales funnels are one of the best ways to convert your visitors into leads and then those leads into customers.
Clickfunnels is by far the best sales funnel builder you can have. There are some alternatives like Kartra, Leadpages, etc.
But, none can do better than Clickfunnels.
So, Today in this tutorial, I will explain how you can use Clickfunnels for affiliate marketing and make a huge amount of money from it.
Here is brief about what you will learn in this Tutorial
- You will set up a highly converting sales funnel on ClickFunnels
- Set up an email marketing campaign for your funnel.
- Some of the best traffic sources.
The Complete Tutorial to Use ClickFunnels for Affiliate Marketing
Setting Up Your ClickFunnels Account
Setting up Clickfunnels is quite easy and straightforward. If you already have a ClickFunnels account, you may skip this step.
Otherwise, You can indeed start using for free using 14-day Trial that ClickFunnels offer. Here’s how you can set up your free account
- Go to ClickFunnels.com and click on the “Start Free 14-day Trial Now” button
- You will be prompted to enter your details like name, email and password.
- On the next page, you will have to choose a plan that you want.
Here is a small comparison between the 2 planes. Choose according to your needs.
Unless you are some kind of a professional internet marker, you wouldn’t need the Clickfunnels platinum. So, I suggest you go with the basic plan.
But, the basic plan doesn’t come with an email marketing tool. So, we will use another tool called Getresponse for our email marketing campaign.
- After selecting the plan, you will have to input your debit card or credit card information. But, don’t worry, you will only be charged when the 14-day free trial ends.
- That’s it, you will now be redirected to your dashboard.
Selecting Your Affiliate Product
Before we start creating a sales funnel, we need an affiliate product. Affiliate products can be found from Clickbank, JVZoo, WarriorPlus or even Clickfunnels. You can choose any product you like.
For this tutorial, I will be choosing a product which offers some free training. That way, the chances of converting a visitor into a lead is really higher.
The affiliate product is from ClickFunnels itself. It’s called LadyBossMovement. It offers a 48-hour on-demand free training, which is exactly what we want.
This affiliate product can be found on Clickfunnels affiliate page.
Now, this offer can be promoted like everyone else does, by driving traffic to the affiliate offer directly.
But, instead, you should first collect the email address of the person and then slowly nurture them by sending them emails once in a while.
P.S – You may select any affiliate product that you want. But, make sure that it provides some kind of free training or a free product with it.
Creating Your Funnel
Once you select your product, it’s time to build your funnel. This funnel will have just 2 pages, the landing page and the thank you page.
Follow the steps below to design your funnel:-
- Head over to your ClickFunnels dashboard. Click on “Click Funnels” in the menu and then click “Funnels”.
- Click on “Add new”
- You will have 2 options here Clicking on “Create New Funnel” will let you create a funnel in your own or you could click “start cookbook”, which will list 22 different funnel types that you can use for your business.
- After you select your template, you will finally reach a page like this one.
You can now edit anything you want in each of these steps. The editor is very easy to use and you do not need any technical knowledge for that.
The design of the landing is pretty simple and it should be. I have used this exact same landing page to create a ton of leads.
You would get a landing page like this one shown below.
The second step in the funnel is the thank you page. This page is shown to your visitors once they submit their email address.
You will have to make some changes to thank you page.
The thank you page will consist of the thank you message and a video which promote another affiliate product which closely relates our primary product.
In this case, I will be using a ClickFunnels intro video for encouraging my visitors to start their free trial. I will also add a button which directs the users to the free trial of Clickfunnels when clicked.
In The End, the thank you page will look like this.
Now, we need to link this page to the Optin/landing page. To do that, copy the URL of the thank you page. Then go to the editor of the landing page, select “General” from the “Settings” tab on the menu. Paste this URL to the field where it says “on submit go to”.
Your Funnel is not finished yet. You will now need a powerful email marketing tool to nurture your leads and finally make them buy your affiliate product.
Setting Up Your Email Marketing Tool
Email marketing is one of the best ways to reach a potential customer. The email marketing tool that we will be using is Getresponse.
It is a very powerful tool and moreover, it is free for the first 30 days.
Once a visitor enters his/her email address you would need to send out the link to your affiliate offer (ie. the free training) through an email.
Now, this is where Getresponse comes into play.
With Getresponse, you could create and send emails to people in your lists. You also get the feature to target specific people in your lists like those who opened the message, clicked a particular link in the message and much more.
To create an email marketing campaign for your funnel, we need to do 3 things:-
- Create a List
- Draft 2 Emails
- Create an automation Workflow.
1. Create a List
A list is where all those who submitted their email address resides. To create a list, go to “Lists” which can be found on the menu.
By default, a list is built for you with just your contact info in them. But, if you want another list for this tutorial, you may create one.
2. Draft 2 Emails
We need primarily 2 emails for this funnel. The first one is sent when someone submits the form on our landing page.
The second email is sent when someone who opens the message but doesn’t click on the offer link in the message. This is done to maximize sales by retargeting the visitors again.
To create an email, do the following
- Click on “Menu” and then click “Email marketing”
- Click on “Create newsletter”
- Then click “drag and drop editor”
- Give the email a name and a subject
- Click on next and choose a template that you want or you may start from scratch.
You won’t need to draft the emails by yourself. All these emails can be obtained from the affiliate promo tools that each vendor provides. This product has some email swipes that they provide. So, I will be using them. Always make sure that you read the email twice and edit if necessary.
The second email, however, needs to be somewhat like this. This is used for retargeting the visitors again.
Subject: Your Free Training Awaits! (Or Something like that)
Just wanted to contact you about the training that you were interested in. This training has helped thousands of people to built a profitable business online.
If you’re looking to build a business online, but you feel like you’re starting out at total SQUARE ONE…
Check out this training (Give your affiliate Link Here)
(Nope, it’s not mine- but I watched it and learned SO much!)
It’s a cool training by Kaelin Poulin (A.K.A. LadyBoss).
She and her husband have built a multi-million dollar online EMPIRE.
The above email is for reference only. Feel free to edit it as per your needs. Make it concise and short. People don’t like reading long emails!
After you write your emails, click on “save as draft” and then exit from the editor (Don’t click send right away).
3. Building an Automation Workflow
An automation workflow is used to automatically send messages as per our needs. You have the power to set it up however you want.
To configure your automations, do the following:-
- Click on “Automation” from the “Menu”
- Click on “Create Workflow”
- Then click “build from scratch” and create the workflow shown below
If you are new to building things like these, don’t worry, Getresponse shows you a small tutorial before you get started.
Now, what this does is whenever a person joins my list, a welcome message containing our affiliate link will be sent after 5 minutes (This is done, so that that person may watch the video on the thank you page.).
Once your prospect receives the message, he/she may or may not open it. If they open and click on our affiliate link, our automation ends. But, if he/she doesn’t open the message we will send the same message after 3 days.
Sometimes, he/she may open it but doesn’t click on the link, when that happens we send a message that we drafted above after 1 day.
To link them:-
- Go to the dashboard of GetResponse, navigate to the top left under the menu and click “Integrations & API.”
- On the left of your screen, click “API.”
- Click on “Generate API key”
- Then Go to your ClickFunnels account settings and navigate to Integrations settings, then select “Add New Integration.”
- Search for GetResponse in the search bar.
- Give your integration a Nickname.
- Paste the API Key.
- Click “Add Integration.”
P.S – This may produce an error. To solve it, just ask the Live chat of Getresponse which can be seen at the left corner. Tell them or copy/paste the error to the live chat and they will help you out.
After successful integration, go to your funnel in ClickFunnels. Click on “edit page”. From the settings tab in the menu, select “Integrations”. Then select Getresponse from the list. Finally, you will be asked to which list it needs to add. select the required and you are all set.
That’s it! You have successfully made a sales funnel for affiliate marketing.
Driving Traffic To Your Funnel
Driving traffic is the hardest part of all. You will have to market your funnel through different sources so that it receives maximum traffic and eventually more sales.
There are so many ways to drive traffic to your website. Some are discussed below.
1. Social Media Sites
There are a lot of ways to market your funnel on social media sites. Some of them are shown here.
You could also do paid advertising on these sites. They do convert really well.
I used Instagram in the early stages of starting this blog to bring in traffic.
2. Quora and Other Forums
Try answering questions on Quora and other forums. Many of Quora’s questions rank on Google. So, if you are able to provide an excellent answer and link your sales funnel in them, you could drive crazy amount of traffic in no time.
3. Solo Ads
Udimi is a marketplace where you can buy solo ads for a nominal price. The thing about solo ads is that they are highly targeted and can bring in lots of leads and sales.
Check out the reviews of some sellers on Udimi after you sign up. Lots of customers get sales when they buy solo deals from Udimi.
4. Exit-intent Popup
If you already have a website, the exit-intent popup can bring in lots of leads for your business.
Exit-intent popups are popups which triggers when a person is about to leave your blog/website.
I have personally used this and have got lots of leads.
5. Paid Advertising
Advertising on Google, Facebook, Instagram is a great way. However, you would require some money when you start.
This is how most internet marketers do affiliate marketing or sell products online.
So, this is how you can bring in traffic to your funnels. If you know any other sources of traffic, do let me know in the comments section below.
Building sales funnels isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and testing to find a strategy that you can implement using funnels.
This funnel which I have explained is just one out of the thousand marketing funnels out there. Be sure to check others out and test each of them.
Hope I have helped you in this comprehensive tutorial. Please let me know when you make a sale from this funnel.