23 Mar 11 4:17 pm
Cheating Clickbank Vendors?
A few days ago, I compiled a list of 27 Clickbank programs that I thought were good and that I could promote to my list. They are all in the Trading market.
However, I am becoming increasingly astonished by how many are seemingly robbing the affiliate in some manner of their commission. I have now started going to each and going through the process to see if I really AM credited on the Clickbank order form. On many, I am finding "affiliate=none".
One particularly sneaky one is a guy who has the Clickbank order form and proper credit given if someone orders right from his home page. However, if they opt into the free offer and get on his list, and then
click the link within the email to order. they get taken to a completely different ordering system
that has nothing to do with Clickbank! Now, since most people are NOT going to order a $97 a month recurring commission product the moment they arrive, this effectively means he is hitting up Clickbank for leads and not paying the commissions on the vast majority of conversions he makes, i.e. all the ones who order from one of the emails.
I have reported this guy to Clickbank.
But there are others. Most of them seem to involve some sort of intermediary software that creates a membership account BEFORE taking the person to the order form. By the time they get there, your affiliate data is missing.
I have so far raised this issue with Clickbank on three or four programs out of not that many that I have gone through as of now. I am seriously wondering how widespread this nefarious practice is and why Clickbank is not more rigorous about doing something about it.
The lesson here is if you are about to promote something, make absolutely certain that you test the process all the way first, even signing up to the optin form and then trying to order form what you receive thereafter, to MAKE SURE that you still get the credit.
Often, at least from what I am finding, you will not!