I will start by assuming you already have your ClickBank and Secure-eBook accounts. If not, create both account now - there are no application fees.

I will now guide you through a step by step procedure, from creating and packaging your product with Secure-eBook, configuring both your Secure-eBook and ClickBank account accordingly, to building your product Web page and your "Thank You Page" displayed after someone purchases one of your eBooks. Here are the steps:

  1. Create your product in your ClickBank account
  2. Configure your Secure-eBook account to work with ClickBank
  3. Create your product in your Secure-eBook account
  4. Package the secured version of your eBook with the Secure-eBook Packager
  5. Build your eBook's Web page
  6. Build your eBook's "Thank You Page"
  7. Test the process
  8. Submit your ClickBank Product Approval Request

1. Create your product in your ClickBank account

The first thing you will want to do is create your ClickBank product. To create your product, you first need to log into your ClickBank account. Then, using the top menu, go to Account Settings and then click on My Products in the top sub-menu.

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This will display all your ClickBank products with the possibility to create a new one. If your product already exists, you will only need to edit it by clicking on the edit at the right of the product. But if the product doesn't exist, you will need to create it and set its Delivery "Thank-you page" URL to http://www.secure-ebook.com/clickbank.jsp. You can set its price to zero if you wish to test the purchase process without having any real transactions to occur. Finally, click on the Submit button to process the creation of your product.

2. Configure your Secure-eBook account to work with ClickBank

Now that your product is created in your ClickBank account, you will need to configure your Secure-eBook account to work with your ClickBank account. To do so, log into your Secure-eBook account and go to your Account Information by selecting the corresponding option in the right menu.

On your Account Information page, scroll down to locate the ClickBank specific configuration fields: ClickBank Account Name and ClickBank Secret. You will have to fill these fields properly in oder to make your Secure-eBook account configured to use your ClickBank account. Your ClickBank Account Name is the username you use to log into your ClickBank account and your ClickBank Secret must match the one you entered in your ClickBank account.

If you don't remember what your ClickBank secret is, you will have to log into your ClickBank account, click on the Account Settings from the top menu and then click on My Info in the top sub-menu.

Scrolling down this page, you will find your Secret Key. This is the ClickBank Secret you need to enter in your Secure-eBook Account Information. It must match exactly and must be all uppercase.

3. Create your product in your Secure-eBook account

After configuring your Secure-eBook account properly, you now need to create your product. To do so, from your Secure-eBook account, click on the Create a new Product option under My Products in the right menu. Then, fill the form with your eBook's information.

Finally, click on the Save Changes button to create your new product. This will bring you to your product's configuration page.

If your product was already created, you can access its configuration page by selecting View/Modify a Product in the right menu, under My Products, and select your product. This will also bring you to your product's configuration page.

At the top of the product's configuration page, click on the ClickBank tab to access the configuration specific to ClickBank. In this page, enter your ClickBank Product ID which must match the one specified for your product in your ClickBank account. If you only have one product created in your ClickBank account, the ClickBank Product ID will be 1.

To find your product ID in your ClickBank account, log into your ClickBank account and, as you did in step 1, using the top menu, go to Account Settings and then click on My Products in the top sub-menu.

Below the option to create a new product, you will find your product list. At the beginning of each product, you will find the product ID. This is the ID you need.

4. Package the secured version of your eBook with the Secure-eBook Packager

At this point, your eBook exists as a product both in your Secure-eBook and ClickBank accounts. You now need to create your secured eBook itself, the file you will distribute as your eBook. To do so, if it's not already done, you first need to download the Secure-eBook Packager. This is done by login into your Secure-eBook account and clicking on the Download the Packager under Packaging eBooks in the right menu.

This will download a .zip file containing a setup application that will install the Secure-eBook Packager on your computer. After the Packager is installed, start it through your Windows Start menu. By default, it is located under a Secure-eBook folder. You will find detailed information explaining how to build the secured version of your eBook in the Packager itself. Just follow and read the instructions at each step.

The Secure-eBook Packager will create a Windows executable file in, by default, the My Documents\Secure-eBook folder. This is the file you will want people to download. Your secured eBook is your sample and your full content eBook at the same time. When someone opens your secured eBook for the first time, it will only display your sample. After the eBook is activated, the full content will be displayed.

It is also recommended to put your Windows executable file (.exe) into a .zip file. This will avoid potential difficulties with aggressive security settings that might prevent .exe files from being received on some computers.

The two final steps are used to build two Web pages: one to present your eBook and make people purchase it, and another one to thank people who purchased your eBook and provide them with a link to download it, known as your Thank You Page.

5. Build your eBook's Web page

To build your eBook's Web page, you will have to use any HTML editor. This is the page that must convert your visitors into clients, so make it attractive and show the right arguments that will make people purchase your eBook. I won't go any deeper in marketing tips since this is not the purpose of this article.

The location of your eBook's Web page should match the location you specified in your product's configuration in your Secure-eBook account, in the Your eBook's Home Page URL field (see Step 3).

On your Web page, among all other content, you can place two things: a link to download your secured eBook (which could be shown as an invitation to see a sample of your eBook) and a button (or a link) to purchase your eBook. To easily add a purchase button on your Web page, you can use the Secure-eBook Button Generator for ClickBank. This button generator can be found in you Secure-eBook product's configuration, under the ClickBank tab.

If you use the Secure-eBook Button Generator just follow the instructions on how to use it and how to add the purchase button to your Web page.

6. Build your eBook's Thank You Page

Finally, you need to build your Thank You Page. This is the page where your clients will be sent after they purchase your eBook. You also build this page using any HTML editor.

This page must match the ClickBank requirements, so make sure your read the ClickBank policies carefully. Otherwise, they will ask you to make the required changes before approving your product.

Among other things, your Thank You Page will have to give instructions on how to download the purchased eBook. You could place a link to the secured eBook itself (which will make the download to start immediately when clicking on the link) or a link to another page, which would be a download page providing a link to download the purchased eBook. Whatever the option you choose, it should match the information you entered in your Secure-eBook product's configuration page in the Your eBook's Download Page URL field (see Step 3).

Your eBook's Download Page URL should be one of these:

  • The address of your Thank You Page
  • The address of your Download Page
  • A direct link to your secured eBook hosted on your Web site.

Finally, you will have to specify your Thank You Page address in your product's configuration in your Secure-eBook account. To do so, log into your Secure-eBook account and go to your product's configuration (select View/Modify a Product from the right menu under My Products). Then, click on the Advanced tab.

On this page, you will have to set the "Thank You Page" URL to your Thank You Page address. You can use the Preview button to confirm the link works properly. Even if the activation key is automatically sent by email to your clients when they purchase your eBook, you could also choose to display it on your Thank You Page. If you choose to do so, click on the Question Mark icon to the right of the field to get instructions on advanced integration for your Thank You Page.

Another field you see under the Advanced tab is the Purchase URL. Leaving this field empty will make people clicking on the Buy This eBook Now! button inside the secured eBook to go through the default Secure-eBook purchase process, using the default payment processor your configured in your Secure-eBook account.

If you do not wish to use another payment processor, such as PayPal, and prefer all your sales to be processed through ClickBank, you will need to set your Purchase URL to your ClickBank Sale Link displayed in your product's configuration under the ClickBank tab.

7. Test the process

Now that you are all set up, you must verify everything is properly configured. To do so, make sure your product's price in your ClickBank account is set to 0.00$. Then, make your purchase test. To start the purchase process, go to your eBook's Web page and click on your purchase button or link.

This should bring you to the Secure-eBook Purchase Page which you must fill. Then, after submitting the purchase form, you should be brought to ClickBank and asked to enter your payment information. If your information is properly entered and ClickBank accepts the purchase transaction, your Thank You Page should be displayed. Also, an activation key should be generated from your Secure-eBook account and sent to you by email.

The purchase transaction should also appear in your Secure-eBook account. You will find it in your Orders History under My Sales in the right menu.

Test the download link on your Thank You Page by downloading your eBook you just purchased. After the eBook is saved on your computer, open it and use the activation key you received by email and activate your eBook. To activate the eBook, you have to access the Activate eBook..." item under the eBook'' menu at the top left of the eBook.

After the eBook is activated, it should display its full content.

If everything worked as expected, then you are all configured. If it didn't work, review the procedure to make sure everything was properly done.

8. Submit your ClickBank Product Approval Request

After you are sure everything is properly configured, log into your ClickBank account again and submit your Product Approval Request. To do so, access Account Settings from the top menu and Product Approval Request from the top sub-menu. Follow the provided instructions and submit your request. ClickBank will then come back to you as soon as they have processed your request.

Conclusion

Configuring your Secure-eBook account to work with ClickBank increases your chances to attract more potential customers. Having your eBook listed on ClickBank will allow your eBook to be promoted by affiliates who would be interested to sell your eBook. ClickBank has over 100,000 affiliates and among them, some will probably be interested in finding customers for your eBook.

So I wish you as many sales as you could expect and, why not, even more!

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Alain Thibault
www.secure-ebook.com