Are you currently trying to sell stuff online?

I’m sure you will agree that converting your visitors into sales is hard.

And getting yourself profitable? That’s even harder.

There is a simple secret to increasing the value of each customer you market to:

Sales funnels. Clickfunnels Status

By producing a well-designed sales funnel, you can dramatically increase your sales and provide more value for your customers.

In this article, I’m going to present you to ClickFunnels, the application I am using to create sales funnels for my business.

You do not need any technical know-how to utilize this, and it will truly change the way you run your business.

Plus:

If you are ready to throw yourself into the ClickFunnels world, it’s one of the best affiliate programs on the market. I’ll be speaking about that too later on.

 

What is ClickFunnels?

ClickFunnels was created back in 2014 by Russell Brunson and his group. Since that time, Russell has turned ClickFunnels to a $100 million per year company and they just crossed over 65,000 active members as of August 2018.

At its core, ClickFunnels is a software for constructing sales funnels. With a lot of additional bells and whistles.

You can use it to build:

– Landing pages

– Squeeze pages

– Webinars

– Membership sites

– Every type of sales funnel you can think of, complete with order bumps, upsells and downsells

Plus, with the highest end Etison Suite package you will even have the ability to start your own affiliate program (Backpack) and replace your email service with (Actionetics MD).

Essentially, you’re getting everything you need to market and promote your products online, without needing to hire expensive programmers.

And individuals are utilizing ClickFunnels with great success.

If you check out their 2 Comma Club site, you can see that almost 300 entrepreneurs have already created 1 million dollar funnels using ClickFunnels.

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What are the best parts of ClickFunnels?

Best Feature #1: Funnel template blueprints

In case you’ve never created a sales funnel before then ClickFunnels has you covered.

Russell has identified 22 different forms of funnels that he has employed successfully in his own business.

The funnel types fall into 3 main classes: Lead Capture FunnelsSales Page Funnels, and Event Funnels. But there are some other special funnels like Membership funnels you can make as well.

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They include simple funnels such as the Squeeze Page Funnel which collects a visitor’s email address and then sends them to a Thank you page when registering.

Or to more sophisticated sales funnels like the 2-Step TripWire Funnel which sells a very low ticket front-end product (your tripwire) and then upsells them to a more expensive products using Order Form bumps, and One Click upsells or Downsells.

In addition, every funnel type has its own set of free templates and paid templates. So even if you don’t have any design skills, your funnel pages will all have a consistent, professional design.

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Here’s a high-level summary of how to create your first sales funnel:

  1. Choose a funnel type.
  2. Select a template.
  3. Customize each page to fit your business.
  4. Add your products and ensure all your email and payment integrations are set up.
  5. Set a domain name for your new funnel.
  6. Save your funnel.

Your sales funnel is now live and you can start sending traffic to it. Clickfunnels Status

 

Best Feature #2: Good Visual Drag and Drop Editor

While ClickFunnels gives you a wonderful starting point with its funnel and webpage templates, the ClickFunnels editor is where you can actually make each page in your funnel your own.

Pages in ClickFunnels are laid out with sections that can have any number of columns and rows. You can then use your mouse to drag elements around and put them where you want them.

While not as adaptable as Instapage’s landing page editor, it’s still quite nice and it may be used to achieve just about any design you desire.

What I like is that the editor is quite intuitive to use.

Selecting elements on the page and transferring them where you want is quite seamless.

Text elements can be edited inline, and modifying any element’s properties could be accomplished via the fly-out sidebar.

And contrary to other editors on the market, everything is organized in a logical way.  You’re not spending a lot of time hunting for what you want to do.

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The main thing is that no coding is required. So you do not need to spend time learning HTML or CSS or any technical things like that.

 

Best Feature #3: Nice Selection of Page Elements

Elements (or widgets) are vital for providing you the flexibility to design the specific pages you woud like and ClickFunnels gives you a large variety of them to use.

Fundamental elements include Headline, Photo, Text, Button, Input forms and Video widgets. These are the fundamental building blocks for any landing page you construct in the software.

ClickFunnels also includes a number of advanced elements like:

– SMS Signup

– Surveys

– Pricing Tables

– Progress Bars

– Facebook Comments

– FAQ Blocks

– Countdown Timers

– Custom HTML

Plus, there are specialized elements like Membership elements for your own membership pages and order and shipping form elements for your order pages.

Each element can be easily customized in the editor sidebar. With most elements, you can change common properties such as background colors, margins, fonts, and orientation.

Then there are element specific properties like the image URL for the Image element or the Button text of your button.

 

Best Feature #4: The ClickFunnels Affiliate program is awesome

There is little doubt in my mind that ClickFunnels has the very best, legitimate affiliate marketing program that you can be a part of.

First the basics:

The ClickFunnels affiliate program pays out 40% recurring commissions for each referral you make and you can win cool prizes like $500 towards your own dream car once you hit 100 active referrals.

On top of that, they offer 5%, 2-tier commissions for referring people to the ClickFunnels affiliate program itself.

In addition you earn 40% commissions by promoting any product in the ClickFunnel’s ecosystem such as DotCom SecretsExpert Secrets or even the Software Secrets books.

And thanks to the ClickFunnel’s sticky cookie, you’ll also earn commissions on any upsells your referrals buy as they go through their specific funnels as well.

That’s not all:

ClickFunnels also has another great feature for affiliates known as share funnels.

Inside the Settings tab of any of your funnels, you can grab your Share Funnel URL.

Whenever someone visits this URL, they will be able to add this funnel directly into their accounts if they’re an existing ClickFunnels member. If they are not a member yet, they can register for the ClickFunnels 14-day free trial and then get your funnel added to their accounts.

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What’s really amazing is that this share URL also functions as your affiliate link, and you’ll get a recurring commission if this new user ends up staying.

 

What I do not like about ClickFunnels?

Bad Part #1: Why is adding a funnel so slow?

After choosing your funnel type and template, it needs to get added to your account.

For some reason, this procedure seems to take around 8-10 seconds every time.

While I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes, it doesn’t make sense to me why this could take so long. It’s a bit annoying, although just a minor inconvenience.

 

Bad Part #2: Limits on funnels you can create and visitors

ClickFunnels limits you to 20 funnels, 100 pages, and 20,000 visitors in their cheapest plan. I am really not a fan of software products which limit you in this way.

If you are just building sales funnels for yourself, these limitations are most likely okay.

But you can get more annoyed at these limitations if you are doing client work, building funnels for multiple customers or promoting ClickFunnels as an affiliate with share funnels.

You’ll want to upgrade to the Etison Suite plan if you want to build unlimited funnels.

 

Bad Part #3: Fairly High learning curve

The range of what ClickFunnels could do is pretty huge, and it can certainly be intimidating to some.

That is why ClickFunnels put a lot of work into the onboarding process to help ease you into the program. The ClickFunnels interface is fairely well made for the most part and once you’ve assembled a couple funnels yourself, the whole procedure does get easier over time.

 

ClickFunnels Pricing

Over time, ClickFunnels has evolved their pricing plans. Initially, they had 3 different pricing tiers, however they have now been merged into 2 separate plans.

How much is ClickFunnels now?

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At the moment, the lowest priced ClickFunnels plan is $97 a month. On this plan, you get access to all of the funnel production tools, but you are limited to generating 20 funnels, 100 pages, and 20,000 visitors. You also don’t get access to Actionetics, their built-in email service provider and Backpack, which allows you to create your own affiliate program.

To get access to that, you’ll need to go with the Etison Suite plan. It features everything, and you get unlimited funnels, pages, and visitors. However, this will run you $297 a month.

As far as I can tell, there aren’t any ClickFunnels coupon codes out there. However, you can purchase Funnel Hacks for $997 which gives you 6 months of Etison Suite for free plus some additional bonuses. This brings down the cost to $166.16 per month.

ClickFunnels does make it easy for you to demo their service with their free, 14-day free trial. It’s not constrained whatsoever which lets you give the software a full test before you fully commit.

If $97 or $297 a month seems like too big a commitment for your current budget, there is also a semi-secret, unadvertised Share Funnel plan which you can also get access to for just $19 a month. You can only create 3 funnels and 10 pages with this plan, but it’s a great way to try out ClickFunnels on a budget.

 

Everything else you should know about ClickFunnels

How is their support?

ClickFunnels support is quite good in my experience, although they can be a little slow in responding. They use Intercom, which means you can immediately ask questions in the live chat box. Support requests are usually answered within a few hours and I found the staff to fairly helpful to all my questions.

 

Do I need my own domain? Clickfunnels Status

You don’t necessarily need your own domain name to launch a funnel, but I would recommend it. If you do not have one then your funnel URL will look something like http://username.clickfunnels.com.

One nice bonus that I did not know about is that ClickFunnels will buy you your first domain name for free and even install SSL on it for you. You can discover how to do this from the first game in the onboarding training.

 

Do they have an active community?

ClickFunnels has an enormous community. There is the official group on FB with over 100k members as well as the ClickFunnels Avengers FB group (for affiliates) that has over 30k members.

Both groups are extremely active and it’s an excellent place to get opinions on your sales funnels and answer any questions you may have.

There are also other FB groups run by ClickFunnels affiliates which are also very active. The main one I recommend joining is Automation Nation. It is run by Spencer Mecham who is ClickFunnel’s top affiliate.

 

What integrations do they offer?

Even though ClickFunnels has its own email service provider via Actionetics, it also integrates directly with the best email marketing software out there.

 

For payment gateways, ClickFunnels integrates with StripePaypalClickbank, Infusionsoft, Authorize.net, and a few others. The one constraint with using Paypal though is that it does not support One Click Upsells or One Time Offers. That is the reason why I would strongly recommend going with Stripe if you can.

 

What is the Funnel Hacks system?

If you’re looking to acquire the $297/mo. Etison Suite plan, then it’s definitely worth it to sign up with Funnel Hacks instead to save some additional money. For $997, you’ll receive six months of the Etison Suite plan which is $1,782 in value.

You’ll also get a lot of additional bonuses and training that include:

– 6 Week Funnel Hacks Master Class ($2,997 value)

– Instant Traffic Hacks ($1,997 value)

– Inception Secrets ($1,997 value)

– SOAP & Seinfeld Email Sequences ($997 value)

 

Is ClickFunnels a scam?

I think ClickFunnels has some negative buzz around it because of all of the affiliates that are making an effort to promote it.

But no, ClickFunnels isn’t a scam. It’s certainly the real deal.

It’s a great software with an amazing affiliate opportunity. So many people are using ClickFunnels to build 6 and 7 figure businesses.

It’s a software with an amazing affiliate opportunity. So many men and women are utilizing ClickFunnels to build 6 and 7 figure companies.

When people ask, “How do I create a sales funnel”, ClickFunnels is the #1 response hands down. There’s no other application that can do everything that ClickFunnels does at the moment.

 

What else is ClickFunnels used for?

Besides creating standard sales funnels, there are many ways marketers are using ClickFunnels right now in their business.

It is terrific for creating opt-in funnels that will help you generate more prospects and build your email list.

You can create webinar funnels that will help you develop your brand and promote your services and products.

And you can use it to create membership sites where you’re able to gate your premium content so that it’s accessible only to subscribers.

 

How can you make ClickFunnels work for you? Clickfunnels Status

First of all, you need to have a product or service to market. If you do not have something to sell, then don’t even bother looking into ClickFunnels until you do. Unless you just want to market it as an affiliate.

Next, you have to be ready to invest money and time into creating your value ladder and building out your entire sales funnel.

That means at least creating a lead magnet or low-cost tripwire product to get clients or customers into your funnel. And coming up with proper upsells, order bumps and other OTOs that complement or improve your main product offering.

If you’re unclear how to being, I’d take a look at Russell’s own multi-million dollar sales funnels to give you inspiration. Read his book DotComSecrets where he explains exactly the why and how of creating sales funnels and how to tell stories to marketing your products and services.

And as you go through his own sales funnels yourself you can see how he goes from low-cost tripwire (DotComSecrets) into selling his flagship product (ClickFunnels).

By creating his own community of raving fans he could then upsell his various different products and events like Funnel Scripts, Funnel Hackers Live, and much more.

As soon as you’ve gone through his funnels, then you can take the parts that apply to your own company and create a plan for your sales funnel. Once you have that in place, you will be ready to start making money with ClickFunnels.

 

ClickFunnels versus the competition

There are a few ClickFunnels alternatives out there that share a number of the same capabilities as ClickFunnels. Two that I use myself are LeadPages and SamCart.

 

ClickFunnels vs LeadPages

Today, LeadPages is among the market leaders in the landing page builder space and it’s a very popular tool in its own right.

It also recently added the capability to sell products directly on their pages using its new Checkout widget

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Each product comes with a huge selection of fine looking templates. Both have drag and drop editors that make it easy for you to build the designs you desire. And both integrate with all the popular email service providers.

But, Leadpages is more limited in scope compared to ClickFunnels. You use it to create landing pages that can allow you to collect leads. This isn’t a terrible thing because LeadPages really shines for creating landing pages fast.

At this time, among the most effective strategies for growing your email list is by using content upgrades. By producing targeted lead magnets into your most popular posts you can get opt-in conversion rates that far exceed your standard pop-up.

LeadPages is the very best service for implementing this strategy with its LeadBoxes, 2 step opt-ins, and automated lead magnet delivery which is why they are the most popular popup you will see now.

So if you’re primarily focused on lead generation, I would definitely recommend trying out LeadPages.

However, if you are selling a product or service, then ClickFunnels is the better choice. While it comes with a higher learning curve than Leadpages, once you master the tool, you can really explode your sales once you start creating sales funnels for each of your products.

But, if you are selling a service or product, then ClickFunnels is the better choice. While it comes with a higher learning curve than Leadpages, once you master the tool, you can definitely explode your sales as soon as you begin creating sales funnels for all your products.

 

ClickFunnels vs SamCart

SamCart is a product which lets users create beautiful, high converting checkout pages. Which gives it a lot in common with ClickFunnels.

SamCart is geared towards getting setup and selling quickly. It supports both Stripe and Paypal and it comes with 17 distinct checkout page templates that you may customize.

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In terms of flexibility, there is not any comparison between ClickFunnel’s drag and drop editor and SamCart’s.

ClickFunnels is infinitely more powerful in that you’ll be able to design any checkout page you can dream of. SamCart only allows for some basic customizations to its own pre-made templates.

SamCart does permit you to add order bumps, upsells and downsells like ClickFunnels does. You can also quickly create coupons for your products which is just another great way to raise conversions.

However, where Samcart is lacking, is the ability to capture leads and create complete sales funnels. The products come in at the same $97 a month price point, and I find ClickFunnels to be quite a bit more flexible and more powerful than Samcart.

 

ClickFunnels Pros

– Best software for building marketing and sales funnels

– Editor balances ease of use with flexibility

– Integrates with all major email and payment providers

– Beautiful looking templates for each kind of funnel

– Great on-boarding process for learning the program

– Software has been better after each update

– Readily share any funnels you create and automatically earn affiliate commissions

– 2-tier affiliate program

– Free domain name with SSL installed

– 14-day free trial

 

ClickFunnels Cons

– Limitations on the amount of funnels, pages, and visitors with the standard plan

– Lots of things to learn, a steep learning curve

– Split testing is pretty basic

 

Final Thoughts Clickfunnels Status

Which software you go with depends on your requirements and the amount of work you are willing to invest in your business.

Although a lot of you are selling standalone products, are you ready to put in the effort required to make a high converting sales funnel?

Otherwise, ClickFunnels could be overkill for you. You can collect leads or sell your front end product more cheaply using alternative services.

But if increasing the average lifetime value of your clients is important to you, then I truly suggest giving ClickFunnels a try.

Not just to get access to the software but also because the coaching you receive will probably be both inspiring and enlightening.

Take advantage of the ClickFunnels 14-day free trial, and see whether you can use it to grow your business now.