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The Day I Gave ClickBank The Flick

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  :laugh_tb: 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  :lol_ee:

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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  1. My only experience with ClickBank was from the other side. I was looking for a way to sell PDF versions of my book on-line. While scanning the list of products offered by ClickBank it reminded me of those late night infomercials: they go on and on forever telling you how this is the greatest product ever invented, but without telling you a price. Finally they get to the price and it seems pretty reasonable. But then they add “But wait! Order today and we’ll throw in a 100 piece set of Ginsu knives.” and near the end “But wait! Order in the next ten minutes and we’ll DOUBLE your order for free! That’s right, TWO of these amazing products and TWO HUNDRED indestructible Ginsu Knives all for a mere $29.95 (and a small handling a processing fee per order) ORDER NOW!”

    I also saw that in order to “fit in” I’d not only have to write sales copy that had almost as many words as the book itself, but I’d have to price the PDF version at $25 to $35 when the eBook sells for $3.99 and the paperback for $7.35. Yeah, I liked that profit margin, but the price to the consumer didn’t excite me: couldn’t see anyone but an idiot paying six times as much as the eBook to get it in PDF.

    Now I’m *really* glad I decided not to do business with them. Thanks!

    1. Hey Allan, that is something else that put me off about them. Most of the sales copy is written in such a fashion that it sets off my scam alert. I go by the old “if it sounds too good to be true” rule and a lot of their stuff fits into that category. The way I look at it is if I’m not game enough to buy it then I’m not about to promote it to my readers.

    2. These are the same things I am thinking right now. I have been a click bank member in the past but due to their tactics etc… I was pissed off and decided to quit. Now, I am with other affiliates, earning okay with non scam products.

  2. Twitter:
    It’s about time you joined me on that revolution. Not sure you remember that I went off on them a couple of years ago because of their policy of saying you had to have sales from buyers in multiple countries before you got paid; I thought that was ridiculous. That and what you’ve stated about some of the embarrassing landing pages a product would send your buyers to. Ugh!
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…11 Lessons Learned From 11 Years In BusinessMy Profile

    1. Yeah, and don’t forget their dumb dormant account policies. That’s almost like a bank taking money from your account because you haven’t made a deposited for awhile. :naughty:

      I think I do remember that article and yes, as usual I should have taken your lead.

        1. I’m sure we have banks here that charge fees and stuff for services rendered and stuff but I doubt there would be too many that would do it because of inactivity. If they tried it with me they woud lost my account quicker than you can say “wassup” :wink_ee:

          1. Where I’m from all commercial banks charge dormancy fees, but it’s after two years, not a mere 90 days a la Clickbank. While two years is a reasonable period of time, 90 days is just highway robbery.

            1. You sort of have to wonder why someone wouldn’t access their account for two years don’t you? If I’m not going to use an account I would cash it out. Something you can’t do with ClickBank until you meet all their requirements.

  3. I have tried promoting ClickBank products in the past but never had luck selling anything worth. The most I earned was like $1 with 20 cents, and that was like 5 years ago. I also found it quite hard to promote quality items and that’s why I never really pushed too hard for it.
    Gustavo recently posted…Houston Internet MarketingMy Profile

    1. Looks like I’m not the only one to have had a problem with them.

      Apparently there are some out there who do well promoting their products and all I can say is good luck to them.

  4. I never thought that companies can write something like this also in their terms and conditions copy, actually I never looks at those tabs redirecting towards TOS but now after reading your case I’ll give some time where my money gets collected.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. That’s probably a good idea Robinsh and you’re very welcome.

  5. Hey Peter,

    Man I feel your pain. I have promoted a few things on CB before and even though I made a few sales here and there, I didn’t reach the $100 minimum to withdraw my money.

    Now it has been decreasing little by little too and I had a good idea of what was happening but I also did nothing to stop it.

    I really don’t like this kind of business but since CB has so many affiliates already, I still won’t give up on placing a few products there and see what happens.

    Too bad you’re going somewhere else but I know that there are many other marketplaces with much less strict rules to their affiliates.

    It was nice to see I wasn’t the only one on this situation but of course, I would have loved to see you were doing better with them.

    Take care and speak soon Peter! ;-)

    1. Apart from making more sales I don’t think there is anything you can do about it Sergio.

      I’m not worried about losing their products, there are a lot of other sites promoting quality affiliates to take their place.

  6. Thanks for posting this interesting and informational text, I have been thinking about promoting clickbank products for a while, but now I actually don’t know if it would be a good decision. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences!
    Lisa recently posted…Wolken auf dem HimmelMy Profile

    1. Hey Lisa, you still may want to give them a try, just keep in mind that unless you continuously make sales they will continue to take money from your account.

    1. Forewarned is forearmed they say :smoke_tb:

  7. Hmm, thanks for the warning, I was considering them. I guess it goes to show how much research pays off.

    1. That’s for sure Arthur.

  8. Twitter:
    There was a time when I use to love clickbank. Those were like the golden years. You grab a product pick some keywords, attach your affiliate link presto easy money.

    That didn’t last very long, because people started abusing the system.

    I remember having about $140 sitting in clickbank when I first got started using it. They wouldn’t give me my money because I didn’t meet their affiliate agreement, something along the lines of having x amount of sales via credit card. I was getting most of my sales via pay pal which didn’t help my cause very much.

    Besides all that and what you just mentioned above all in all clickbank has really turned out to be a disappointing service.

    sometimes, doesn’t it feel like they got you by the coconuts. :)

    Thanks for a great post!
    Larry Rivera recently posted…The Secrets To YouTube SuccessMy Profile

    1. I never really loved it Larry so I’m not going to miss it. I had an email from an plugin author asking me to promote his plugin but when I saw it was part of clickbank I declined and directed him to this post.

      Seems to me they have too many rules you have to meet before getting access to your money and that to me is just wrong. I suppose this way they get to keep more of it. :tongue2_tb:

  9. Well, I never had problems because I always make a sale every week.. I mean you only need one sale every 3 months to avoid being dormant.. it’s not really a difficult task

    1. It is if you can’t find any decent products to sell. That was my biggest problem because I won’t promote a product to my reader that I wouldn’t buy myself.

  10. Same thing happened to me Sire. I actually earned $60 and it’s long been gone after the daily deductions.

    I am not a prolific blogger or marketer, so that’s part of the reason why I did not make a sale after that first one. But like you, and most importantly, I also don’t want to fool readers into buying something that’s really not anywhere near the worth of their money.

    1. Hey James, luckily I found a site that is way better than ClickBank. You can read about it here

  11. My only experience with ClickBank was from the other side. I was looking for a way to sell PDF versions of my book on-line. While scanning the list of products offered by ClickBank it reminded me of those late night infomercials: they go on and on forever telling you how this is the greatest product ever invented, but without telling you a price. Finally they get to the price and it seems pretty reasonable. But then they add “But wait! Order today and we’ll throw in a 100 piece set of Ginsu knives.”

    1. Hey Will, seeing as how you’ve commented on my JVZoo post I reckon you should join them and see if you have a better experience with them when it comes to selling your book.

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