Most people would have heard of ClickBank by now and it’s probably safe to say that the majority of the associate ClickBank as a way to make money online. Unfortunately I’m not one of them and today I have decided that I will no longer be associated with them. Before you get any wrong ideas I want to be upfront by saying it’s not them it’s me. Heck, it’s not their fault that they have come cockamamy crap written into their client contract, one that I failed to read properly before signing up, now is it?
I’ve only ever promoted one product successfully using ClickBank, by successfully I mean I actually made a sale Having made that sale I was under the impression that the commission from said sale belonged to me. Imagine my surprise when if found the proceeds from the commission was steadily decreasing. Just take a look at the image below to see what I mean.
My ClickBank PayCheck Screen
Naturally I thought it was some sort of error so I hit the forums to see if I could get it resolved. What I found was I should have read that damn contract, part of which stated the following.
In addition to the foregoing, and in addition to all other rights and remedies available to ClickBank at Law or in equity and notwithstanding anything in the Agreement to the contrary, in the event You breach any term of this Agreement, or Your account becomes dormant as defined in our Accounting Policy and/or has a negative balance ClickBank will have the right to immediately suspend or terminate Your Account and Your rights to access, use and/or otherwise participate in the ClickBank Services.
I highlighted the word dormant because apparently that is what my account had become. So, what is a dormant account? For that we need to check their account policy.
Accounts with a positive balance but no earnings for an extended period of time are considered dormant. Dormant accounts are subject to a charge of $1 per pay period after 90 days of no earnings, $5 per pay period after 180 days of no earnings, and $50 per pay period after 365 days of no earnings.
As you can see from the image above my account has been dormant for so long that they are currently deducting $5 each pay period. Apparently after 180 days of inactivity they’re going to deduct $50 per pay period. Yeah, good luck with that
Perhaps they figure by doing that they’re going to motivate me to produce more sales but those sort of tactics don’t work with me. Besides, the main reason why ClickBank isn’t working as well for me as the other affiliates I have joined is because I’ve found it way too hard to find quality products that I feel comfortable promoting. Now, I’m not saying you can’t find good products there, they just seem to elude me and I’m not one to waste too much time looking for what I want.
To cut a long story short I’ve decided not to promote their products anymore because I feel my time is better spent elsewhere, with companies that respect what is mine and who don’t put their sticky fingers into my account making what is mine theirs.
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