To ClickBank or Not To ClickBank?

Last Update: July 12, 2015

Hello everybody.

I have recently received emails and videos offering ClickBank University as an alternative to make online money. I have also read some thorough reviews written by some of the WA members, in which both pros and cons are explained in detail.

What moves me to write this blog is Kyle's recent post about the unfair advantage this program can involve for people who don`t enroll in this program but still want to make money as affiliate marketers

My question is : Have you seen or felt any difference in their service so far? Do you think is better to explore other options with other affiliate networks?

On the same line, which one do you think is the best affiliate network right now and what criteria have you used to determine that?

Commission Junction? Amazon? LinkShare?


Have a great Sunday! Blessings,

Hilda



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leoemery Premium Featured Comment
I've used Click bank as an affiliate and as a vendor, my personal experience has been great. They pay on time and it's direct deposit - and they handle all refunds with their 60 day money back guarantee

With that said you need to do your homework about which products you want to promote, some can be garbage.

I have signed up to Commission Junction - They represent some of the biggest companies plus the product I want to represented is there. Once I get into it more I can post my experience.

I am registered with link share but have never used it. And I have never done anything with Amazon.

As for which is better that is subjective, each has it's pros and cons.I guess it comes down to which works best for you and do they have the product you need.
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hildacbg Premium
Thanks a lot for your thorough reply, Leo! In other words, you have not noticed any kind of disadvantage now that they are implementing the Clickbank University program? I signed up with Commission Junction but since I did not do any sale in a while, they closed down my account. You are right due diligence is necessary to choose the correct product or program.
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Marcus1978 Premium
I have had some minor success with CB in the past. About 6 years ago I had a website called Yeast Free Diets which promoted a good recipe ebook on Clickbank. I made a steady but small income from that. I also made some commissions for a few other products by writing lots of articles for EzineArticles and then linking to domains that redirected straight to CB sales pages.

But in recent times I have learned that CB have one very dirty trick up their sleeve. If you don't make any commissions for a while, they deduct money from your account. This happened to me. It's disgusting.

Amazon are great. I used to have a bunch of different niche sites that promoted Amazon products. The great thing about Amazon is that once someone has clicked your link through to Amazon, it doesn't matter what they buy, you still get a commission. So someone could click from a review about camera lens cleaning kits, then go on to actually buy a whole new lens for their camera. The down side is the cookie for Amazon only lasts 24 hours, whereas with ClickBank it lasts a month I think.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of internet marketing products on CB are scams, or at best misleading. This is probably more of a reflection on the IM industry as a whole than CB itself. But if CB had more integrity they would have harsher rules for what they agree to list.

But if you find a product on CB that you know is good, then I would say promote it. If it's good, it will sell.
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hildacbg Premium
Thanks a lot for sharing your personal experience with CB. I must tell you that Commission Junction also deducts from your earnings if you don't make any sales for a while. Since I had not made any commissions to deduct from, they gave me a month notice before closing my account.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Ahh, I see.
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Avecita Premium
Hi Leo, - We can actually be affiliates from both Amazon and Clickbank products at the same time right? And even more affilate programs?
I believe we can as haven't seen anything saying otherwise, just want to check.
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leoemery Premium
Yes you can
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Gordi Premium
I use Linkshare, and Clickbank. I find that Clickbank has a limited number of products compared to Linkshare
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azgorilla Premium
Likening CB to Linkshare? Never having used Linkshare, I am ignorant in it's use.
Am I understanding you in that LS is similar in nature to CB?
Tom :)
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AngelaHall Premium
Although ClickBank has higher commission than Amazon you also have to look at the price of the items being sold. You could potentially sell something via Amazon for over $100 and make the same amount if you had sold an item via ClickBank and received 75% commission.
And as Leo said, you have to do your research when looking at ClickBank products, especially anything to do with affiliate marketing.
Sometimes I think we might have better results looking at smaller companies instead of affiliate networks. Like finding a company that has it's own affiliate program.
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DoubleTap Premium
I'm wondering which ones pay the highest commissions consistently?
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hildacbg Premium
Amazon commissions are not that high.
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leoemery Premium
Amazon is the lowest 3 to 8% - Click bank can be as high as 75% - and commission junction on average is 15%
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DoubleTap Premium
Whoa, do I know that!!! LOL! But Amazon's where I got my start and it's hard letting it go!
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DIVICAN Premium
Great
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