Clickbank Letdown

by Michael Mason 11 replies
Sorry in advance, but I need to vent a little....I've been promoting this one product on Clickbank for a while now and it has made me money. I haven't personally bought the product but it seems pretty good so I don't feel too bad about promoting it. The sales page is very professional looking and the site also has a blog with tons of free information that would be helpful even if you didn't buy the product. All in all, it seems really good.

Today I was out shopping and walking around and just happened to notice an ad for something completely unrelated. There was a person on the ad....the SAME person who sells the product I'm promoting. I highly doubt that that person sells a CB product for one niche and also has his face on the ads I saw today...So this leads me to believe that the "author picture" on the CB sales page is just a stock photo.

I felt really disappointed after seeing that ad. It's like the CB salesmen lied to me. I've been putting pictures of that guy online and recommending this product...now I find out that the picture is probably of someone who doesn't even know or care about that product.

Why do people feel the need to put fake pictures online? I think it is better to have no picture on your site then to put stock photos on your site and claim they are of you...and have the possiblity of someone finding out you lied. Sorry for the rant...is this a common thing and I'm just over-reacting? Or does anybody else agree with me?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    It's hard to say without seeing the site. Does it say the person in the photo is the author, or are you just assuming that?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mason
      He doesn't just point at a picture and say "this is me" but he pretty much implies that it is him. There is one section toward the top of the page where it says "a letter to you" or something like that, then he signs his name and puts that picture. On the affiliates page he puts that picture by his name again.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Did you look for a name on the ad you saw elsewhere?

        Some do use stock photos - not uncommon. I've seen a few sites where a stock photo would have been an improvement! This has been done in advertising for many years (think Betty Crocker).

        The person may not be comfortable with his face plastered online - may not look good in photos, feels he doesn't project the product image effectively, may be using a pen name, etc.

        If the product is a good one and is selling well for you, isn't that what counts?

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        • Profile picture of the author Amy Bass
          If it is a bodybuilding product and the guy says it is his body using his techniques then I would totally agree with you. If what he looks like has nothing to do with the product I wouldn't worry about it.
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          • Profile picture of the author spudzz
            Andy Jenkins fezzed up about using stock photos for "Sales Support Staff" or "Design Consultants" on his various product sites and subscribers pay him nearly $900 a month to hear more!

            It's no worse than using a pen name (think about it - are you really Joe Blow or Josephine Blow, and does it actually matter?). I agree with the previous comment though that the one exception would be if you were stating that "this is me after using this product" when it isn't. That's just illegal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon_Sezs
    Originally Posted by Inisheer View Post


    Why do people feel the need to put fake pictures online?
    It depends on the product you are selling. For instance, if you are selling a diet and are carrying weight on your face, then a picture may not be a good selling point.

    Alternatively, if you are selling bras and panties and are a 40 year old man, then chances are you won't sell as many.

    It is all a part of the marketing game online. Get used to it. If the product delivers, who cares who is pitching it, right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul_Short
      Originally Posted by Simon_Sezs View Post

      ...if you are selling bras and panties and are a 40 year old man...
      Simon! Shhhhhh, I asked you not to tell anyone about that ;-)

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author samstephens
        Originally Posted by Simon_Sezs View Post

        Alternatively, if you are selling bras and panties and are a 40 year old man, then chances are you won't sell as many.
        Originally Posted by Paul_Short View Post

        Simon! Shhhhhh, I asked you not to tell anyone about that ;-)

        Paul

        It's okay Paul, he said SELLING them, not wearing them

        cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author jhongren
    I think this is what they call avatar. I know of some authors who are men and they have ladies'' pictures in their sales page to represent themselves so they can tap into the ladies market.

    Similarly in forum, we never know if the member's photo is real or not till we meet the members in person.

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    • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
      You've been "recommending" (your term) a product you haven't actually bought and now you're worried about a stock photo??? It's no more false than your "recommendation".
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    • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
      Originally Posted by jhongren View Post

      I think this is what they call avatar. I know of some authors who are men and they have ladies'' pictures in their sales page to represent themselves so they can tap into the ladies market.

      Similarly in forum, we never know if the member's photo is real or not till we meet the members in person.

      John
      Hey John, I think I saw that picture on your avatar on iStockPhoto.com!
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