Do you offer rebate or cashback? Have you been cheated before?

by fiero
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I'm a beginner affiliate marketer and product buyer myself.

I'm looking for real experience and opinion. We know that affiliate network like Clickbank don't allow rebate or cashback offer. And we also know that certain product vendors prohibit this e.g. Niche Blueprint.

Other than that,

1. As an affiliate would you offer rebate or cashback i.e. if not against the TOS? If yes, how do you manage the offer?

2. As a customer, how do you ensure that you'll get the rebate or cashback? Anything you can do if you dont get back the money as promised?

Thanks for sharing.
#cashback #cheated #offer #rebate
  • Profile picture of the author TMJonsson
    I've ran cashback promotions in the past. One recent one was quite successful and earned me over a thousand dollars with not a whole ton of effort (in comparison to other methods of earning that kind of money).

    I have been contemplating offering up a low cost WSO on this strategy, but was unsure whether or not the demand for such a product was there.

    I take it this is something that you would find interesting?

    As to your question... There are a number of ways to ensure that the customer AND the affiliate are protected. There is an inherent risk for both parties, since they must both be "trustworthy" and honest individuals. Assuming that this is true for both parties, there should be no problems. There are those who try to scam the system however (on both ends).

    While running my promotion, I learned my lesson the hard way and ended up losing a 50 dollar commission because an unscrupulous customer found a way to claim his rebate from me, while still claiming a refund from the product creators. So I paid his "rebate" out of pocket since the corresponding affiliate commission to recoup my cost never arrived. I had taken steps to ensure this would not happen, but never the less, it did. I learned from the loss and moved on.

    As for the customer, assuming (once again), that you are a honest and professional marketer, you must give them every reason to believe and have faith in your offer. If they sense "BS" when you mention sending them a rebate, they will not take your offer. So being honest, upfront, and being easy to communicate with are CRUCIAL components.

    My promotion had many great successes, as well as several failures and aspects which I could have improved upon. When it is all said and done however, I feel that this is a GREAT way to promote products which allow it, because unlike other "Bonus" rewards that affiliates offer for buying via their links... A cash rebate has an immediately positive impact on that customer financially. That is always going to be an easier sell than "Here is my free bonus eBook report on blah blah blah". (Not that I think that is a BAD thing, quite the opposite).

    I am very glad you have posted this question here today. I think I may take the opportunity to get my thoughts and experiences down on paper and possibly create a report or WSO based on this method.

    Hope this helped!
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    • Profile picture of the author fiero
      Wow Tyler. Thanks a lot. This's exactly the type of insights I'm after.

      I agree with you, I, as a customer would prefer cash rebate over anything else. I bought products because I believe the product would deliver what it promises to deliver. Still bonus offered by affiliate would sweeten the deal, although it may not close the deal. Like I said if I'm already going to buy, given the choice between a cashback and some other forms of bonus, I'd take the cash any time.

      I came across affiliate offering from $300 to $1000 rebate for The Magic Bullet, I wonder how many people took it up and will get (or remember to ask) the money beyond the guarantee period.

      As an affiliate, I have not tried the cash rebate tactic as I mainly use Clickbank. As far as offering bonus, I used to offer them but it's no longer the main selling point. I still continue to get sales even after the bonus ran out.

      So cash rebate would be something interesting to experiment.

      If you write a WSO on this, you'd want to include networks or vendors that allow rebate or cashbank.

      Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author TMJonsson
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Absolutely not. I'll "compete" in many other ways, but never on price.

      Alexa, your view on the practice of rebates is completely valid. However, my observation was that as a newer marketer with no list, clout, or name recognition, a cashback rebate was a very successful strategy at building a list of BUYERS and generating a decent chunk of income (in my case ~1k)

      I completely agree, if you can add significant enough value without bartering with the customer on price, that is ideal... This is just another method for getting sales from people on the fence about a product, where a little "discount" pushes them over that fence (or for folks who want ONLY the product and are not interested in bonuses).
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  • Profile picture of the author TMJonsson
    I think with my situation, I felt that offering some cash back on the product I was promoting was setting me apart from the HUNDREDS of others who were also promoting.

    It was (and still is) an incredibly successful product, owned by many here at WF no doubt. There were literally hundreds of other marketers and blogs/sites promoting this product with great success. It was so highly saturated that a newbie blogger like myself stood no chance to compete.

    I had to find my USP, and I did... Worked very well and I am proud of the results!

    I think this could work well for other marketers as well
    **In very specific situations**
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  • Profile picture of the author Dviau17
    Previously On a prior Launch I had an interview with the product owner and what we did was we set up a Discount coupon code only available to my subscribers to my list. so the day of the launch i sent them the email of getting the product and type in their bonus code here, therefore it has nothing to do with me as an affiliate but for the product owner himself. I still incentivise it to my list and they love it.

    Saving 10% on a $500 product is still saving them $50. Why settle for an ebook when you can get cash in your pocket right?
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    • Profile picture of the author TMJonsson
      Originally Posted by Dviau17 View Post


      Saving 10% on a $500 product is still saving them $50. Why settle for an ebook when you can get cash in your pocket right?
      Precisely why I feel that this method is a valid money-making strategy for affiliates AND product creators.

      Thanks for your input!
      I am hard at work getting my thoughts together to create a report on this method!
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    • Profile picture of the author fiero
      Originally Posted by Dviau17 View Post

      Previously On a prior Launch I had an interview with the product owner and what we did was we set up a Discount coupon code only available to my subscribers to my list. so the day of the launch i sent them the email of getting the product and type in their bonus code here, therefore it has nothing to do with me as an affiliate but for the product owner himself. I still incentivise it to my list and they love it.

      Saving 10% on a $500 product is still saving them $50. Why settle for an ebook when you can get cash in your pocket right?
      Yes I think getting a discount deal as opposed to offering cash rebate is one step better. All parties are already protected since there's no cash upfront and no cash to pay later. But product owners may or may not give the special discount deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    The affiliate management program I use allows me to set up a special promtional offer for 1 or more affiliates for a particular product. I can make the offer time sensitive and also limit the number of sales.

    It just takes a bit of time and effort providing additional marketing tools for your affiliates. In the long run, every one benefits.

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  • Profile picture of the author Marketstriker
    I prefer cashback to rebate. It's really effective way to increase sales.
    As customer I would just try to find out how honest is a businessman. In case I didn't get my cash back, I would let all potential clients know about this lie. I'm sure decreasing sales would make the businessman to understand his mistake.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcdc2000
    This is quite old thread...

    However, we as affiliates, can we still offer cashback and it's not against their TOS?
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