Getting Started

Not signed up as an Affiliate Partner yet?

Step 1: Read Terms & Conditions
Step 2: Create your hoplinks
Step 3: Upload a badge
Step 4: Map out your promo

Step 1: Read the Affiliate Partner Terms & Conditions

Very important. All Affiliate Partners must agree and adhere to everything laid out in the Affiliate Partner Agreement.

It’s your responsibility to read the Agreement and make sure you understand what you’re signing up for. If you don’t understand any of the terms in this document, write to us at [email protected] for clarification.

Step 2: Sign up for a free Clickbank account

Sign up for a FREE ClickBank account if you don’t already have one. ClickBank is a trusted third party affiliate management company. Your commissions will always be paid on time, every time. ClickBank is a leader in online secure credit card processing for digital products.

Step 3: Create your hoplinks

You’ll use your “HOPLINK” anytime you link to one of my products.

As a ClickBank affiliate, one of the first things you need to know is how to use a HOPLINK™ referral tracking URL to promote ClickBank products. This article will teach you everything you need to know about what a HopLink referral tracking URL is, how to use one, and how to make sure it is working properly.

What is a HopLink?

A HopLink referral tracking URL is just a website address. However, these referral tracking URLs are special, because they route traffic through the ClickBank HOP™ referral tracking system. Each referral tracking URL includes customized information that directs people who click on the URL to a ClickBank vendor’s website, where they’ll hopefully make a purchase. The Hop referral tracking system also captures information about who was responsible for that visit— namely you, the affiliate. This ensures that if a customer clicks on a HopLink referral tracking URL you’ve posted and ends up buying the product within 60 days, you get credit for the sale and receive a commission.

Creating Your Hoplink

The easiest way to create HopLinks requires you to know your ClickBank account nickname (username), as well as the nickname of the ClickBank vendor you want to promote, which for Robb Wolf is “badgato”. If you know both of these nicknames, you can create your own HopLink by sending people to a website address in the following format:

To make the HopLink work, you just replace AFFILIATE with your ClickBank nickname/username.

Testing Your HopLink

After you’ve created your first HopLink, it’s important to test it to make sure you’ll receive commissions for sales you promote.

To test your HopLink to make sure it’s working correctly, you can either enter your HopLink directly into your browser’s address bar and hit Enter, or click on your HopLink directly if you’ve already posted it somewhere online. Once you’re on the vendor’s website, click their Buy Now button so you’re taken to the ClickBank order form. If you scroll to the bottom of the order form, you should see [affiliate=yournickname].

Whether you’re using plain text links or fancy coded badges, ALWAYS replace,,, or with your unique hoplink. Otherwise, your affiliate earnings won’t be tracked (and we don’t want that!).

Make sure that the affiliate links you are using look like this:

Step 3: Upload a badge to your site

Badges live on the Promotional Toolbox page. Grab one and link it to your affiliate hoplink. Done!

Step 4: Map out your promo

Pull out your handy calendar and make a plan for how and when you’re going to promote each product. Decide when you’d like to send out a blog post, an email to your list, post graphics to Facebook, product-themed tweets, etc. The most successful affiliate partners use a combination of all these things, scheduled over an extended period of time.