"Can you use your own Affiliate Link to purchase a product you want to promote?"
A lot of people believe this is an 'Ethical Dilema" where it really depends on the person purchasing through their own link. Others believe it is alright to do simply because the product owner would get the same profit per sale.
A few threads here on the Warrior Forum that discuss this topic are...
The problem with these threads is that they have no solid answers for those who are asking this question.
So here is the 100% real answer direct from CLICKBANK CUSTOMER SERVICE!!
I contacted Clickbank Customer Support via Email, asking the following (From personal experience)...
I have been looking all over your site to find your terms about purchasing |
products through your own affiliate link. So far I have had no such luck.
Could you please explain your rules for purchasing products through your own
affiliate links. As an Affiliate, I would do this in order to review a product I
was promoting, which would benefit the seller. Also, most sellers I have
contacted have either given me a free review copy, or told me to purchase through
my own link for a personally discounted price.
Are there any rules against doing this? Thank you in advance.
**Please Note, this is cut/paste directly from my email.**
CBCSR(Eileen H): CLOSED: 2011-04-04 01:52:31 PM |
We strongly advise that you do not order any products through your own HopLink.
If you choose to do so, your account may be suspended from receiving payments for
any of your sales.
We understand that you would like a discount on products you wish to promote,
but ordering through your own HopLink is not acceptable and ordering through your
own link will cause your account to remain unpaid, even if you do meet the CDR.
While we understand your wish to purchase the products you hope to promote at a
discount, this is not the purpose of opening a ClickBank account, and is
forbidden in the Client Contract to which you agreed.
Please be aware of the Customer Distribution Requirement, which states your
account must reflect sales made with 5 or more different credit card numbers, and
the sales must have been made with two different payment methods (either Visa,
MasterCard, or PayPal). Note: PayPal purchases do not count toward the minimum 5
different credit card numbers.
This requirement is in place to help prevent affiliates from abusing the
ClickBank Affiliate Program by using their accounts for the sole purpose of
collecting rebates and/or discounts on their own ClickBank purchases.
Please note that if your account is ever found to be violating our Client
Contract, it can be terminated and any funds earned through purchases through
your own HopLink can be held.
You may review our accounting policies by following the link below:
Accounting Policy - ClickBank
ClickBank Client Support