affiliates earn 40% commissions by promoting TrickBank products. Once you sign up as an affiliate, your internet marketing skills can lead to additional income.

Here are just a few of the features and benefits you just can't stop talking about:

  • Simple, fast, and free account setup.
  • Commissions as high as 40%.
  • High-converting products drive high ROI on your marketing programs.

ClickBank makes it easy to become a successful affiliate. Opening an account and gaining access to our products will provide opportunities you can't afford to miss. Just follow these simple steps and start earning right away:

  • Sign Up as a ClickBank affiliate.
  • Incorporate our simple “hoplink” into your marketing campaign.
  • Earn commission on every sale, plus extended commissions on recurring billing products.
  1. What is a "hoplink"?
    For an affiliate to earn credit for a sale, the customer must first follow a ClickBank hoplink. The link takes the customer to the publisher's Hoplink Target URL, and automatically credits the affiliate with that referral.
  2. How do I make a hoplink?
    Your hoplinks should be targeted to the top level of the current window, and should be in the following format:

    Here's how to make it work...

    • Replace AFFILIATE with the your affiliate nickname
    • Replace CLICK HERE with any promotional text or image you prefer.

  3. How do I add a Tracking Id(tid) to a hoplink?
    The format of the hoplink URL with a tracking code is located below.


    In order for the feature to work properly, you must adhere to these standards during its implementation. The tracking code value, which is "zzzzz" in the example above, can be 8 characters long, containing alpha and numeric characters only. Any value longer than 8 characters will be truncated. Any value containing characters other than alpha or numeric values will have the entire tracking code value removed from the hoplink and order process and, will not show in the transaction report. Tracking code values received lower case characters will be set to all uppercase. The tracking code parameter, which is "tid" in the example above, must be lower case.

  4. Can I get paid for referrals without using hoplinks?
    No. The referral needs to pass through our link in order for us to track the referral.
  5. With hoplinks does the first or last affiliate get the commission?
    When a purchase is made the commission is awarded to the last affiliate who referred the customer to that particular publisher.
  6. For how long do you track each referral?
    After you make a referral, you will earn a commission if the customer purchases any product from that site up to 60 days later.
  7. Will I get referral credit if I hide hoplinks by making them open into a frame, iframe, layer, applet, image, or other sub-window object?
    No. These are illegal hoplinks. For security reasons, and to ensure proper tracking of your referrals, all hoplinks must be targeted to the top level of a new or existing window.
  8. What happens if I do make illegal hoplinks?
    The short answer is that if you make illegal hoplinks you will lose money.

    Hoplinks targeted to frames or iframes are automatically retargeted to fill the top level of same window, with full affiliate referral credit awarded. Note that this retargeting may have the unintended effect of displacing your entire web site.

    Hoplinks targeted to images or other invisible html objects give you no affilate referral credit at all. In some cases they will also prevent you from receiving affiliate referral credit for legal hoplinks on the same page.

    Accounts that are found to be abusing the hoplink system may be terminated without notice.

  9. How would I target a hoplink to a new window instead?
    To open a hoplink in a new window set the target attribute of the hoplink to "_blank". Here's an example of the contents of your 'a' tag:

    href="" target="_blank"

  10. My site relies on putting rotating advertisements in a separate frame. Is there a way to advertise hoplinks in a frame?
    Yes, just don't fill the frame with the hoplink. Design your own ad (an html page or image) to fill the frame. When the customer clicks on the ad (or some link therein), target that link to a new window filled with the hoplink.

  11. What about people whose browsers are set to reject "3rd party" cookies?
    Our hoplinks always open at the top level of the current browser window, and we issue all cookies during that redirect. These are called "1st party" cookies because the cookie is coming from the same domain name as the page itself.

    In contrast, most affiliate systems set cookies by having users embed a reference to an outside image, script, or frame on their web page. These are called "3rd party" cookies because the domain names don't match. Such cookies are frequently blocked by privacy software.

  12. Besides cookies, what other methods do you use to track hoplinks?
    Tracking hoplinks and affiliate credit with cookies is 100% accurate in the vast majority of cases. For some percentage of customers, however, cookies do not work for tracking. In these rare instances, customers either have cookies turned off in their browser, have utilized new browser security and/or privacy parameters, or have other software installed on their computer that prevents ClickBank from setting a cookie at all. We have developed a new technology that will accurately track hoplinks and award correct affiliate credit for most instances where cookies are not set. This new technology works hand-in-hand with our current cookie-tracking system to ensure proper credit is awarded to referring affiliates.

  13. Can I pass other parameters through the hoplink, to arrive at the Hoplink Target URL?
    Yes. We will pass up to 64 bytes of QUERY_STRING data through to the Hoplink Target URL.

    For example:

    Would redirect to...

  14. Can Google and other search engines properly index my site if other sites link to my site via hoplinks?
    Yes. Search engine robots have no trouble traversing hoplinks.

  15. Will I get referral credit if I make hoplinks that open into pop-up or pop-under windows?
    Yes. Pop-up, pop-under, and "exit" windows are not a problem.

  16. Is there a way for me to test my hoplinks and make sure they are working?
    Yes! You can verify that your links are set up correctly by following the steps outlined below:
    1. Enter your hoplink into a new browser window, and hit ""Enter".
    2. Click on one of the publisher's ClickBank order buttons.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the ClickBank payment window. You should see your account nickname listed as the affiliate. For example, [affiliate = joeshmo].
    This test proves that your link is set up correctly. It also ensures that your account will be credited with any commissions earned from paying customers as a direct result of your referral.

  17. My hoplink isn't working - what is wrong?
    Please check the following things:
    1. Make sure that your link is set up in the following format:

      If you are using the resolved form of the link (i.e. .../?hop=nickname), ClickBank cannot track your sales.

    2. Make sure that both your nickname and the publisher's nickname are spelled correctly.
    3. If clicking through the hoplinks brings up a 404 error, it means that either the publisher's website is down or the publisher does not have a Hoplink Target URL listed in their account. Please inform us of this issue by submitting an inquiry to our Report Problems Form.
    4. Use our Publisher/Affiliate Customer Service Form to submit an inquiry if you are still having problems.

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