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ClickBank vs. ClickSure – What Are the Differences?

April 1, 2013

By Carol Amato

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.

ClickBank vs. ClickSure

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

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 affiliateClickBank vs. ClickSure 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.

  • Reliable payments.

  • Powerful tracking tools.

Keep in mind the old saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true…it usually is.

The problems that hClickBank vs. ClickSureave come to light recently about using ClickSure may be simply growing pains.

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.

I urge you to read the recent blog post from Eric Holmlund (Eric’s Tips and Real Guys Coaching Club) that is a warning about ClickSure’s black hat marketing practices.

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.

Take Care,
Carol

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  • Emily

    Thanks for explaining this clearly.

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Emily!

      You are very welcome, let me know if I can help you. Thanks for stopping by. :)
      - Carol

  • Cherrylene

    Now I know the real difference between them. Good article Carol!

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hello Cherrylene!

      So glad I could help! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)
      - Carol

  • http://tdeansnyder.com Terry

    Carol,

    Great post! I’d just like to add if someone is actually successful in getting a refund from Clicksure, it is generally less than what you actually paid for the product. They ‘Clicksure’ claim it’s due to the exchange rate at that time.

    No matter how good a product looks or sounds, I will never buy it if the only payment method is with Clicksure.

    I have gotten one or two good products through Clicksure but the bad experiences out weigh the good.

    I love what you do. Keep doing it!

    T. Dean Snyder
    South Korea

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Terry!

      Thanks for the kind words – much appreciated! :)

      Hadn’t heard that yet, thanks for sharing your experiences so others can benefit!

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts.

      - Carol

  • Marcelino

    Thanks for the explanation about Clickbank & Clicksure differences.
    I have use both. I think clickbank better in REFUNDS

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Marcelino!

      You’re welcome! Yeah, I stay away from ClickSure…

      Have a great weekend. :)
      - Carol

  • http://ruth-clark.com Ruth Clark

    Thanks Carol for clearing up some questions. I haven’t created any products yet, but plan to do something in Tiffany’s challenge in May just to get started. You are so good about keeping us up on the trustworthy people and sites. I appreciate it.

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Ruth,

      You are very welcome. As soon as I learn of good information, I want to share it! :) I enjoy what I do, so that really helps!
      Have a blessed day.
      - Carol

  • asgonzales

    Surely there are different but this two has a great part in internet marketing. I should try bought if I can. =)

    • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

      Yes, try both.

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