Spark by ClickBank Review (2022): The Pros and Cons of ClickBank’s Official Affiliate Marketing Education Platform

Wait, a review of Spark by ClickBank… from ClickBank?!

Yep, that’s right! In this Spark by ClickBank review, I want to provide context about where the Spark affiliate education platform came from, what it’s all about, and who it’s meant to teach.

Spark account dashboard
Spark account dashboard

But in the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that ClickBank owns and manages the Spark education platform – and I personally work with the team behind Spark.

So, while I’ll do my best to offer an unbiased look at the program, my proximity to Spark is something to keep in mind. Now, let’s dive into the review!

What is ClickBank?

In case you’re unfamiliar with ClickBank, we’re an affiliate marketplace and e-commerce platform that helps connect sellers (i.e. people with products to sell) and affiliates (i.e. marketers looking to promote products).

There’s a thriving world of online business that you can be a part of on ClickBank – either by selling your own product or by getting a commission when you sell other people’s products. A lot of everyday people don’t even know about the incredible opportunities online – or if they do, they’re not sure how to make affiliate marketing work for them!

So, if you’re new to this “affiliate marketing” thing and want to learn how it’s done? That’s where Spark comes in!

What is Spark by ClickBank?

Spark is the official affiliate marketing education platform from ClickBank. We teach affiliate marketing concepts to help people like you build a successful online business!

Spark landing page
Spark landing page

In a nutshell, Spark is an online community and membership site with video training on everything you need to know to make money online. Currently, we have courses on getting started with affiliate marketing, copywriting, Facebook Ads, email marketing, entrepreneurship, and much more.

This program was launched in October 2020, and since then, our students have already racked up some big wins. Check out these numbers:

  • 500 Spark students have gone on to make money on platform!
  • Spark students have collectively made $2.9M on ClickBank!
  • There are 14.1K active members in Spark’s VIP community!
  • Spark students have watched more than 40K hours of Spark educational content so far!
  • We have 10+ course packages on offer in your membership!

And these are just from the first year of Spark. We have big plans for Spark in 2022 and beyond.

Spark By ClickBank vs ClickBank University: A Quick History

For a full understanding of Spark By ClickBank, we should take a quick look back at ClickBank’s previous education product, ClickBank University (CBU).

ClickBank University
ClickBank University

The reality is, CBU had a mixed reception, and everyone – including ClickBank – knows it. CBU was a product where we partnered with an outside team, and while it certainly offered value, it felt like too much of a high-pressure sales pitch. We wanted our own education platform to be more informative and useful than CBU.

So, we decided to bring our training program in-house, and launched the new Spark By ClickBank brand.

What’s Included in Spark

One of the things that’s special about Spark is our ability to leverage our direct response industry connections to bring the most cutting-edge marketing strategies to students.

We partner with subject matter experts for every subject covered in our courses – including people inside and outside of ClickBank – so we can ensure you’re getting training from marketing professionals who practice what they preach.

This includes experts like:

  • Perry Belcher – copywriting and offer creation
  • Ben Harris – affiliate marketing
  • Robby Blanchard – Facebook Ads
  • Max Finn – Facebook Ads
  • Ian Stanley – email marketing
  • Anik Singal – copywriting
  • Paul Counts – organic traffic
  • Rachel Pedersen – TikTok

Spark is an educational tool that teaches you step-by-step how to get started making money online. It’s primarily intended for a beginner audience, but there’s still some useful information to be found for more experienced affiliate marketers.

The monthly Spark Certification membership includes:

  • 17 video courses with 70-value packed lessons (getting started with affiliate marketing)
  • The Spark VIP Community Facebook Group (ongoing lectures and Q&As)
  • The 7-Day Challenge with Ben Harris (paid ads)
  • The Producer’s Playbook (entrepreneurship)
  • Perry Belcher’s Secret Selling System (offer creation and copywriting)
  • Robby Blanchard’s $100/Day Formula (Facebook Ads)
  • Free Traffic Academy (SEO, YouTube, Pinterest)
  • How to Grow & Monetize TikTok (TikTok)
  • Future Spark 200 courses

Here’s a taste of what the course materials look like.

Spark Certification

Spark Certification course library
Spark Certification course library

In the core Spark Certification course, you get an in-depth introduction to affiliate marketing across 17 modules. Designed for beginners, this course offers a big-picture overview of how to approach your marketing for a successful online business.

Secret Selling System

Secret Selling System
Secret Selling System

Inside of your Spark membership, you’ll get instant access to Perry Belcher’s gold-standard sales copywriting course, Secret Selling System.

This was originally a 3-day workshop put on by Perry Belcher for thousands of dollars a seat, and it’s included in your Spark membership. Learn how one of the top marketing minds in the world approaches offer creation, copywriting, funnel building, and more.

The Producer’s Playbook

The Producer’s Playbook

In The Producer’s Playbook, go on a journey of discovery about the entrepreneur’s mindset with Anthony Trister. This course reveals what it takes to be an entrepreneur, including mindset, choosing a product, making deals, and more!

Spark VIP Community

Spark VIP Community

Spark VIP Community is a space exclusive to Spark students where you can continue learning and growing alongside your Spark courses. Through this private Facebook group, you get access to live webinars with Perry Belcher, weekly Q&A’s with industry experts, and more.

You’ll also see weekly trends from the ClickBank business development team and have the opportunity to collaborate on all things digital marketing with other Spark students!

7-Day Challenge

7-Day Challenge
7-Day Challenge

Look over Coach Ben Harris’s shoulder as he creates a funnel to get his first ClickBank sale in just 7 days. Just follow along to get a feel for how to be a successful affiliate.

Originally done with a focus on Facebook Ads, there’s a newer version of the 7-Day Challenge done using native ads.

$100/Day Formula

$100/Day Formula
$100/Day Formula

Robby Blanchard is known to many as the #1 ClickBank affiliate in the world. He’s found incredible success over the years as a Facebook Ads expert, and he’s bringing that knowledge to Spark students in his $100/Day Formula Facebook Ads course.

You’ll learn how to choose offers, target an audience, create ad copy, set up a landing page for your Facebook Ads, and more.

Free Traffic Academy

Free Traffic Academy
Free Traffic Academy

Free Traffic Academy comes from Paul Counts and Shreya Banerjee of Marketing Counts. They have served as fractional CMOs and seen their free traffic methods featured in more than 140 high school and colleges around the United States.

You’ll learn step-by-step how to get free traffic in your business, including through a website, YouTube channel, and Pinterest account. By the time you’re done with Free Traffic Academy, you’ll have your free traffic methods all set up, bringing in visitors that you can put affiliate offers in front of!

How to Grow & Monetize on TikTok

How to Grow & Monetize on TikTok

How to Grow & Monetize on TikTok is an incredible TikTok course from the Queen of Social Media, Rachel Pedersen. She has millions of followers across TikTok, Instagram, and other popular social platforms, and she runs an agency to help businesses find success on social.

In this course, you’ll learn all about one of the biggest marketing opportunities in our lifetime: TikTok. Not only that, but you’ll learn her inside secrets on everything from account setup to video production to post-production, and a whole lot more.

After this course, you’ll be ready to make a real go at TikTok affiliate marketing!

Spark 200 Level Courses

As we release brand-new expert courses on different topics, they are added to your monthly Spark membership for free.

Convertri Landing Page Builder

If you choose to join Spark Plus, your Spark membership also includes full access to Convertri, a popular landing page builder that will help you build your funnel even faster.

How Much Does Spark By ClickBank Cost?

A standard Spark membership is $47 per month, but if you’re interested in signing up now, there’s an opportunity to try Spark for one month at 50% off.

There’s also Spark Plus, which is $97 per month and includes full access to Convertri’s landing page builder software (which is $97 per month on its own!).

If you just want a specific course, we offer Spark 200 level courses from subject matter experts that you can purchase a la carte at various price points (typically between $97 and $297, one-time).

Or you can get access to ALL of them at once inside your monthly Spark membership at no extra cost!

Meet the Spark Team

The Spark team has three full-time members currently, as well as several subject matter expert partners from all over the world.

Ben Harris is the face of Spark, Holly Miran manages the Spark community, and Monica Snashall works behind-the-scenes.

We wanted you to get to know who you’ll be learning from inside of Spark!

Ben Harris

Ben Harris
Ben Harris

Ben Harris brings over 10 years of online marketing experience to the Spark team. Ben began his career as an entrepreneur, co-founding MB Nutrition, which went on to have the highest rated pre-workout powder in the United States on Amazon.com in 2016 – before being acquired 18 months later.

Shortly after, he joined ClickFunnels, one of the fastest-growing software companies in the world, to assist driving their company revenue and affiliate program. In his time at ClickFunnels, Ben grew affiliate revenue by leveraging partnerships and recruiting high volume clients. In Spark’s first full year (2021), the team led thousands to their first ClickBank sale, and went on to generate millions on the ClickBank platform.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Ben has a deep passion for selling products and services online, and is an avid affiliate marketer. While not on his computer, you’ll find Ben spending time with his fiancé, or on the golf course.

Holly Miran

Holly Miran
Holly Miran

Holly Miran is a master networker and highly present in our Facebook community. She provides a ton of value and ensures our Spark students have an educational and supportive place to meet and network with their peers.

Holly is like a Swiss army knife when it comes to marketing, so her wealth of knowledge is a huge asset to Spark.

When not in the community, you’ll also find Holly writing copy, creating TikTok videos, strategizing ways to improve the program, and helping out anywhere else she’s needed. If you have any questions about the Spark program, Holly is your go-to gal!

Perry Belcher

Perry Belcher
Perry Belcher

While Perry isn’t technically a ClickBank employee, he is our partner for Spark Campfire, which is a valuable part of your Spark membership. Inside of Campfire, Perry provides lectures and Q&As for a community of thousands of Spark students.

Perry Belcher is a co-founder of Digital Marketer, a mega-successful online brand for digital marketing professionals – and he’s also a marketing legend with decades of experience in offer creation, marketing strategy, and copywriting.

Spark By ClickBank FAQs

Who is Spark By ClickBank For?

The Spark team eventually wants the product to feature content for everyone interested in making money online – from total beginner tutorials all the way up to super advanced tactics – but for now, the focus is primarily on beginners interested in affiliate marketing.

Is Spark By ClickBank a scam?

Not at all! We have a team of dedicated people working hard on the content, the community, and the subject matter experts featured inside of Spark. In addition, we’re constantly learning what our students need to be more successful and adding new training every month to make Spark even better.

Is Spark By ClickBank Worth It?

The short answer is yes!

The longer answer is, it depends on where you’re at in your affiliate marketing journey.

I’ve personally been in the affiliate marketing world for nearly five years, and throughout my journey, I’ve read and listened to and watched a LOT of educational marketing content. I’ve also put many of these lessons into practice in my own business. (See more about how I got my first sale on ClickBank.)

The highest compliment I can pay to Spark is the fact that, as Senior Content Strategist at ClickBank and a business owner with my own affiliate website, I still find myself going through Spark materials and taking lots of notes.

So, if I’m learning valuable things from Spark after several years in this industry, then I believe most people will find plenty of value in the program!

What is Spark Live?

If you haven’t heard of Spark Live, it’s an annual virtual event from ClickBank featuring legendary digital marketers from around the world. They share their expertise in keynotes, presentations, and live Q&As to help attendees find their online business path.

Spark Live is a one-time event that’s distinct from Spark by CLickBank, but active Spark students are able to attend Spark Live for free! Learn more in our latest Spark Live 2022 announcement.

What Spark Students Are Saying

We’ve had hundreds of Spark students make money on the ClickBank platform after going through our materials.

Below is a small sampling of the positive feedback we’ve seen from real Spark students in Spark Certification and in the Spark VIP Community!

Spark Pros and Cons

Now, the million-dollar question: should YOU become a Spark student?

Here are the biggest pros and cons I could think of about Spark, coming from someone who’s actually gone through most of the course materials to date.

Pros of Spark
  • The information is legit. ClickBank is one of the oldest and most trusted affiliate networks in the world. You can be confident that our in-house marketers are true pros, and that we only partner with the best marketing minds in the business for any courses taught in Spark. The strategies we share inside of Spark are legit.
  • Get access to experts. It can be difficult to learn something as complex as marketing without a mentor. Thanks to Spark, you get access to industry legends like Perry Belcher. Where else can you ask questions of marketing experts and actually get the answers you need to keep progressing?
  • It’s always improving. Spark isn’t just a static membership. In the fast-paced digital marketing world, you need the latest and greatest information. Fortunately, Spark is constantly updated with new material every month – including advanced Spark 200 level courses – and our team will retool or replace old courses whenever information becomes outdated.  
Cons of Spark
  • It’s still new. While we have a lot of big plans for Spark, the reality is that Spark is still just a few years old. The team is constantly figuring out the best way to teach students about the multifaceted world of affiliate marketing, so there may be growing pains along the way.
  • It isn’t cheap. At nearly $50 or $100/month, a Spark membership is an investment in your education. You should only sign up for Spark if you’re truly committed to growing an affiliate marketing income.
  • It’s mainly for newer marketers. If you have a lot of experience in affiliate marketing and e-commerce, Spark probably isn’t for you. It’s primarily for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who are still learning about affiliate marketing and want guidance on how to get started.

There are probably more pros and cons than just these, but that should give you a sense of whether Spark is a fit for you right now!

Spark By ClickBank Review Wrap-up

Well, that’s all I have for you about Spark right now. I hope this quick Spark by ClickBank review gave you a better understanding of what Spark is all about.

So, what’s the verdict? Should you sign up for Spark?

In my opinion, it is worth a test drive, especially for half off the first month. But even if you aren’t ready to sign up right now, it’s something to think about for the future.

That’s because Spark by ClickBank is still a work in progress… And it always will be!

If you’ve checked out any other prominent reviews of Spark, many reviewers complain about Spark not having enough content or being too basic.

And honestly, they were probably right – based on the version they reviewed in late 2020 or early 2021. But Spark today is a far cry from the very first version of Spark, when there wasn’t as much content and before our team learned what students were most interested in.

Since then, the product has continued to evolve and improve and deliver incredible value for thousands of students. When Spark started, I think a 2/5 rating would have been fair – today, I would easily give it a 4/5!

Inside of Spark, you can learn everything you need to start making money online. With a growing selection of in-depth marketing courses, access to industry legends like Perry Belcher, and a supportive community of fellow students, there’s a LOT to love about Spark by ClickBank right now – and it’s only getting better!

Interested in giving Spark a test drive? You can sign up now with this special 50% off link!

We’ll see you on the inside!