You’ve likely heard about ClickBank – or you might be using it as a third-party way to get paid for your affiliate sales. ClickSure is relatively new on the horizon and claims to have less refund problems.
They ‘sound’ the same, but are they really? In this post, I’ll let you know what the differences are and let you decide which is for you.
What is ClickBank?
ClickBank is the most popular source for online billing and receiving and helps promote and develop affiliate programs. It acts as the middleman between the affiliates and those vendors who actually sell the product(s).
Also see Intro to ClickBank.
Both of these products are designed to help you operate affiliate programs. You can see statistics as well as having a virtual ‘accountant’ to take care of payments and commissions.
Here are some features of ClickBank that you need to know before making a decision about which online billing product to choose:
Joint Ventures for Vendors and Affiliates.This feature lets you split your earnings in online joint ventures, promote other vendors and lets vendors pay second tier commissions to affiliates. As an affiliate, ClickBank lets you split profits from sales when you partner.
You’ll be able to set up a joint venture contract with your partner and specify how you want the payments divided and determine when you want the contract to begin – and end.
ClickBank vs. ClickSure
When you choose to joint venture using ClickBank, you can be assured than the split payments will be accurate and don’t have to wait for another partner to pay you.
Marketplace Search. With ClickBank, you can choose products and vendors that can help you increase sales. By discovering and promoting products that fits your niche, you can make more sales as a result.
Tracking Identification. Using TIDs (strings of letters or numbers) to track your hoplinks can be a huge help to vendors and affiliates. You’ll see exactly where your best efforts should be focused by tracking links from Twitter and other social media sites.
PitchPlus. This one-click to upsell feature is for both vendors and affiliates. With PitchPlus you can easily attach various products to sell to your customers after they make a purchase. It only takes one click to buy the additional product without entering all of the payment and identification information.
ClickBank is a tried and proven method of handling informational creations such as software and eBooks. It now has over 1,500,000 affiliate marketing members.
ClickBank has recently lost some of their members because of changes they’ve made regarding products that they no longer accept because they don’t meet their criteria for promotion. Some of these former customers are crossing over to ClickSure – but is that a good decision?
What is ClickSure?
ClickSure is the new kid on the block compared to ClickBank. ClickSure is similar to ClickBank in what they offer and are direct competitors of ClickBank.
ClickSure tends to be more indulgent when authorizing sales, upsells and video products, but they’ve garnered a pretty shaky reputation about refunds and accessing products after signing up. They’ve had many complaints about their customer service practices.
Here are some of the features that ClickSure advertises:
Hundreds of products.
Easy setup and no up-front fees.
Access to products in every market.
Powerful tracking tools.
Keep in mind the old saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true…it usually is.
But, since they’re based in China and Mauritius, ClickSure doesn’t worry about the FTC or any other organization that might accuse them of false advertising.
You may also want to know that ClickSure doesn’t work with Paypal – only using bank transfers. It’s true that ClickSure isn’t as rigid about their rules as ClickBank, but you need to compare results too.
Research both ClickBank and ClickSure on your own too – make up your own mind. Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.