Monday, August 6th, 2007

Clickbank Cracks Down On The One Time Offers

ClickbankDisturbing news has just hit me personally. Although I have been reading the circumstance, posts and rants about Clickbank’s initial release on doing away with OTO’s (one time offers), I never really thought about it much. I only have one website (membership site) on Clickbank and it does actually have an upsell OTO. This really blows, almost like a kick in the gnads. I have long dreaded putting any products on that (just my opinion) horrible network.

I think the only thing that network really was good to me for was allowing me to absolutely destroy Survey Sites in affiliate sales. Here I was with 5 accounts just pummeling MySpace, Friendster and HI5 and I got away with it. No big deal to me now to come right out and say it. Fox Media already had their go at me, and that is the reason I shut down my other blog. I was quietly removed from teaching my eccentric Myspace tactics but that will in no way stop me from expressing the pure wickedness of Affiliate Marketing Clickbank products there this past year. What a fun time that was. I truly enjoyed the $60,000+ from Paid Etc and SurveyIncome System :).

Anyway, back to the topic. Here’s the direct quote I read in the Warrior Forum and it is almost identical to the response I got when asking Clickbank regarding the status of this crap they have just pulled.

Clickbank‘s order fulfillment requirements state, “It is very important to give customers what they want as rapidly as possible. Do not present the customer with advertisements or links to things that they did not purchase. Senseless distractions will confuse and annoy customers, and will greatly increase your risk of losses due to refunds or disputed sales and increase customer complaints.”

Clickbank does allow publishers to offer one-time offers or upsells. However, all product offers must be made before the customer arrives at the Clickbank order form. Publisher cannot wait until the customer has paid for their product, and arrived at the thankyou page URL to offer them the upsell. We allow publishers to make an upsell that goes from the pitch page to the upsell, that way customers can decide which version they’d like to buy before arriving at the Clickbank order form.
Please let me know if your require further assistance.

¬†Well, that is just a doozie isn’t it?

Everyday I get closer to wanting to pull my hair out with them. I had scheduled 3 products to complete by the end of this year and was all geared up for using Clickbank as my payment processor. I want to gather a large list of affiliates, as I always do so the damn things would run on autopilot. Given the circumstances, I think I am going to have to rethink the whole situation.

I understand there are ways around this, but that will require more work, programming and rework. They do not like “sneaky” tactics? We are marketers for christ sake. This is what we do and who we are. Looks like to me, they just chopped some major limbs off the brainstem. We will see in the coming weeks, as for now, I have to go rework my site:(.

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6 Responses

September 10, 2007

How do you “gather a large list of affiliates” ?

Do you use your own opt in list?

Do you turn customers into affiliates?

How do you mobilize a large group of affiliates (like an army) to sell your product?

Please share your knowledge, Ralph.


September 12, 2007

good story

October 31, 2008

i see…no problem…

November 29, 2008

Publishers still manage to get around this clickbank rule but initially agreeing to every single rule that clickbank wants them to keep but after they are approved – its pretty much anything goes!

June 6, 2009

In near future mayb we get some good news Related to it…