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ClickBank Questions by Stephan Miller
It would seem that Clickbank would provide more for their customers. Obviously, when it comes to internet marketing and affiliate programs, you could put it in your top 10 links. No other database of affiliate programs offers such a possibility for profit on either affiliate side or product creation site. And you can't beat fact that commissions from over 10,000 products get consolidated into one check. But there are still a few lingering questions that may get you thinking.
What is up with site? I mean, a site shouldn't be overly complex. In fact, complexity can be a turn off. Then again, I have found more complex site templates from free sites. And its not just that. How many of you Clickbank affiliates have found news about Clickbank or FAQ's about Clickbank on a forum, clicked link and FAQ is on Clickbank domain. But, if you go to Clickbank homepage, there is no link to page you just visited.
I don't know about you, but if I were running a business, I would make sure that customers and vendors could get all of information possible and not have to find out news through third party sources. But, on other hand, I can't complain. The checks do come in. I have never had to search for a customer service link on site, because there has been no reason to. You make sales and you get a check. It's that simple and I have never found anyone who says otherwise.
Then you've got to wonder about search feature. There is none. But why? For one reason, if Clickbank itself had a search feature, any internet user who is familiar with Clickbank clicking on an affiliate's hoplink could recognize this. They could then go to Clickbank and buy product under their own affiliate ID at up to 75% off, which wouldn't matter much to Clickbank or product seller, at least in beginning. They still collect their cash.
But eventually, product seller would notice a drop in sales. Affiliates would become less than satisfied with results of all their hard work and stop working as hard to make sales that weren't coming in anyway. Therefore, there would be less advertising of product in total. You can't underestimate value of an affiliate army who are rewarded accordingly.
There are plenty of third party products available that will essentially build a search engine on a Clickbank affiliate's site for them.
Even without this, there are some out there who know what a Clickbank Hoplink looks like and just where to put their own Clickbank ID in order to make a commission for themselves.
Should affiliates themselves be responsible for protecting their sales. I don't think so. Of course there are products that can help you protect your links, but shouldn't responsibility rest on product developer. Our heroes, third-party software developers, come to rescue again by providing software to do this for you, but only a few of product developers selling through Clickbank rely on these products. This leaves a lot of affiliate out in cold, relying on link cloaking to protect their sales.