Are you trying to sell things 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 raising the value of each customer you market to:

Sales funnels. Funnel Hacks Webinar

By creating a well-designed sales funnel, you can dramatically increase your earnings and provide more value to your clients.

In this post, I’m going to introduce you to ClickFunnels, the application I’m using to build sales funnels for my business.

You don’t need any technical know-how to utilize this, and it will truly change how you operate 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 will be speaking about that too later on.

 

What’s ClickFunnels?

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

In its core, ClickFunnels is an application for building sales funnels. With a bunch of additional bells and whistles.

You can use it to construct:

– Landing pages

– Squeeze pages

– Webinars

– Membership websites

– 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 be able to start your own affiliate program (Backpack) and change out your email service with (Actionetics MD).

Basically, you’re getting all you need to advertise and promote your products online, without needing to employ expensive developers.

And people are using 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.

That is remarkable.Funnel Hacks Webinar

 

What are the best features of ClickFunnels?

Best Feature #1: Funnel template blueprints

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

Russell has identified 22 different forms of funnels that he has used 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 create too.

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

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

In addition, every funnel type has its own group 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. Funnel Hacks Webinar

 

Best Feature #2: Good Visual Drag and Drop Editor

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

Pages in ClickFunnels are laid out using 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 need them.

While not as adaptable as Instapage’s landing page editor, it’s still very nice and it can be utilized to achieve pretty much any design you want.

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

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

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

And contrary to other editors on the market, everything is organized in a logical manner.  You are not spending a lot of time searching for what you want to do.

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

 

Best Feature #3: Nice Selection of Page Elements

Elements (or widgets) are all essential for giving you the flexibility to design the specific pages you woud like and ClickFunnels gives you a large array of them to use.

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

ClickFunnels also includes several advanced components such as:

– 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 majority of elements, you can change common properties like background colors, margins, fonts, and orientation.

Then there are element specific attributes 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’s no doubt in my mind that ClickFunnels has the very best, legitimate affiliate marketing program which you can be a part of.

First the Fundamentals:

The ClickFunnels affiliate program pays 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.

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

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

But that’s not all:

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

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

Whenever someone visits this URL, they’ll be able to add this funnel directly into their accounts if they are an existing ClickFunnels member. If they aren’t a member yet, they can sign up for the ClickFunnels 14-day free trial 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 on.

 

What I don’t like about ClickFunnels?

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

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

For some reason, this procedure appears to take approximately 8-10 seconds every time.

While I don’t know what’s really going on behind the scenes, it doesn’t make sense to me why this would take so long. It’s somewhat annoying, although only a minor annoyance.

 

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

ClickFunnels limits you to 20 funnels, 100 pages, and 20,000 visitors on their cheapest plan. I’m not a fan of software products which restrict you in this manner.

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

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

You will need to upgrade to the Etison Suite plan if you want to build unlimited funnels.

 

Bad Part #3: Fairly High learning curve

The scope of what ClickFunnels can do is pretty huge, and it can definitely be intimidating to some.

That is why ClickFunnels put a lot of work into the onboarding process to help ease you into the software. The ClickFunnels interface is pretty well designed for the most part and when you’ve assembled a few funnels yourself, the entire process does get easier over time.

 

ClickFunnels Pricing

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

So how much is ClickFunnels now?

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Currently, the cheapest ClickFunnels plan is $97 a month. On this plan, you get access to all of the funnel production tools, but you are restricted to creating 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 receive unlimited funnels, pages, and visitors. However, this will run you $297 a month.

As far as I can tell, there are no ClickFunnels coupon codes out there. However, you can buy Funnel Hacks for $997 which provides you 6 months of Etison Suite for free plus some extra bonuses. This brings the cost down 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 in any way which lets you give the software a complete test before you fully commit.

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

 

Everything else you should know about ClickFunnels

How is their support?

ClickFunnels support is quite good in my experience, even though they can be somewhat slow in responding. They use Intercom, so you may directly ask questions in the live chat box. Support requests are usually answered within a few hours and I found the team to fairly helpful to all my questions.

 

Do I need my own domain? Funnel Hacks Webinar

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

One nice bonus 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 very first game in the onboarding training.

 

Do they have an active community?

ClickFunnels has an massive community. There’s the official group on FB with over 100k members and the ClickFunnels Avengers FB group (for affiliates) that has over 30k members.

Both groups are very active and it is an excellent place to get feedback on your own sales funnels and answer any questions that you might have.

Additionally, there are several other FB groups run by ClickFunnels affiliates that are also quite active. The main one I suggest joining is Automation Nation. It’s run by Spencer Mecham who is ClickFunnel’s top affiliate.

 

What integrations do they provide?

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

 

For payment gateways, ClickFunnels integrates with StripePaypalClickbank, Infusionsoft, Authorize.net, and a couple of others. The one limitation with using Paypal though is that it does not support One Click Upsells or One Time Offers. That is why I would strongly suggest going with Stripe if you’re able to.

 

What’s 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 are going to receive six months of the Etison Suite plan which is $1,782 in value.

You will 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 believe ClickFunnels has some negative buzz around it due to all of the affiliates who are making an effort to market it.

But no, ClickFunnels is not 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 fantastic software with an amazing affiliate opportunity. So many men and women are utilizing ClickFunnels to construct 6 and 7 figure companies.

When folks ask, “How can I create a sales funnel”, ClickFunnels is the #1 answer hands down. There’s no other software that can do every thing that ClickFunnels does at the moment.

 

What else is ClickFunnels used for?

Besides building standard sales funnels, there are plenty of ways marketers are using ClickFunnels at the moment in their business.

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

You are able to produce webinar funnels that will help you grow your brand and promote your services and products.

And you can use it to build 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? Funnel Hacks Webinar

To start with, you need to have a product or service to sell. If you do not have something to sell, then don’t even bother looking into ClickFunnels until you do. Unless you only want to promote it as an affiliate.

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

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

If you are unclear how to start, I would have a look at Russell’s very own multi-million dollar sales funnels to give you inspiration. Read his book DotComSecrets where he describes precisely the why and how of building sales funnels and how to tell stories to marketing your services and products.

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

By creating his very own community of raving fans he could then upsell his various other products and events like Funnel Scripts, Funnel Hackers Live, and 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 strategy 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 couple of 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 one of the market leaders in the landing page builder space and it is a very popular tool in its own right.

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

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

Leadpages is more limited in scope than ClickFunnels. You use it to create landing pages that will help you collect leads. This is not a bad thing because LeadPages really shines for building landing pages fast.

At this time, among the best strategies for developing your email list is by using content upgrades. By creating targeted lead magnets into your most well-known posts you can acquire opt-in conversion rates that far exceed your typical pop-up.

LeadPages is the best service for implementing this approach 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 are primarily focused on lead generation, I’d definitely suggest 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’re selling a service or product, then ClickFunnels is the better alternative . While it comes with a higher learning curve than Leadpages, once you master the instrument, it’s possible to really explode your sales as soon as you begin creating sales funnels for all your products.

 

ClickFunnels vs SamCart

SamCart is a product that allows users to build amazing, high converting checkout pages. Which gives it a lot in common with ClickFunnels.

SamCart is targeted towards getting set up 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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Concerning flexibility, there is not any comparison between ClickFunnel’s drag and drop editor and SamCart’s.

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

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

However, where Samcart is missing, is the ability to capture leads and build 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 powerful than Samcart.

 

ClickFunnels Pros

– Best software for creating marketing and sales funnels

– Editor balances ease of use with flexibility

– Integrates with all major email and payment providers

– Beautiful looking templates for every kind of funnel

– Great on-boarding process for learning the software

– Software continues to get better after each update

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

– 2-tier affiliate program

– Free domain name with SSL set up

– 14-day free trial

 

ClickFunnels Cons

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

– Plently of things to understand, a steep learning curve

– Split testing is pretty basic

 

Final Thoughts Funnel Hacks Webinar

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 willing to put in the effort necessary to create a high converting sales funnel?

Otherwise, ClickFunnels could be overkill for you. It’s possible to collect leads or market your front end product more cheaply using alternative services.

But if raising the average lifetime value of your clients is important to you, then I really recommend giving ClickFunnels a try.

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

Make the most of the ClickFunnels 14-day free trial, and see whether you can use it to grow your business today.