$52,173.95 - and that's just ONE of my Clickbank accounts!

by WillR
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You just gotta love Clickbank sometimes...

A few days ago I logged in to my Clickbank account that I haven't used in ages. What do I see right at the top of the page? Yes, a big warning box alerting me to the fact Clickbank have updated their Promotional Guidelines and all vendors must adhere to these new rules.

Ok, so that sounds fair enough, right? But what do I then see literally just under that warning box? Yes, a nice big advertisement for a sales page claiming some nice big earning figures.



So naturally I head on over and take a look at the sales page that is being advertised right inside the Clickbank members area. What do I find?

Clickbank's New Promotional Guidelines

5. Promotional Techniques

We Will NOT Allow:

Statements that infer that the product is significantly easier to use than it really is (for example, “one push button to make money” or “three simple words will provide you income”). ClickBank requires that pitches make reasonable attempts to reflect the actual effort required to achieve typical results. It is generally unreasonable to assume that someone with little or no experience in Internet marketing can achieve a 6-figure income with an hour or less of effort per day.
Oh really? Could have fooled me.



How about this one?

Clickbank's New Promotional Guidelines

2. False Scarcity

We Will NOT Allow:

False scarcity messaging when there is no actual scarcity of the product (for example, “Only 300 copies” when there are unlimited copies, tickers running down the amount of time there is to purchase, and listing that this is a one-time opportunity TODAY only).
Now some people make argue this one with me but I think I am right in saying the image below is an example of fake scarcity. If you are using the threat of a price increase to try and encourage people to buy then to me that is scarcity. If that price does not increase in the next few days (which it hasn't in the offer I am referring to) then that is FALSE scarcity.



Way to go Clickbank! Setting a FINE example as always. If you want people to adhere to your rules then stop advertising products that are clearly in violation of the new rules you are trying to implement.
#$52 #accounts #clickbank #clickbank account #earnings screenshot #proof of earnings
  • Profile picture of the author drumguru69
    thats funny.... do as we say, not as we do, I guess!
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  • Profile picture of the author Qamar
    LOL.. that's funny!

    I guest you've got a pair of sharp eyes....
    As for me, I have become "blind" to these kind of advertisements,
    especially at Clickbank!

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    hilarious. Not really, though. Why bother to post new rules if you don't abide by them? Is it just fluff to show the FTC that they really are trying? Don't think that tactic will work. I've seen them fine both the ad network and the affiliates for misrepresenting benefits and fake testimonials even though the ad network had similar TOS.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ansar Pasha
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    Clickbank is in it for the money... it's clear that they put up these "rules" just to cover their asses in case the FTC comes knocking. They've been making "policy updates" for years!

    All I could do was laugh when everyone was going batsh*t crazy over the coming CB changes a few weeks back.

    Hilarious find WillR

    Ansar

    Edit: Suzanne, just saw your post after I posted... how do you appear offline? Lol...
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    While I despise the "See how I made $32,197.56 in 2 1/2 hours with 2 wrenches and a keyboard" hype stuff, I did notice that CB is giving these vendors until the 31st of this month to get their products in compliance, which at that point (and I would assume this would be the case per their terms) they would be shutting down vendors who are not in compliance.

    So, either this person is waiting to change their stuff until the last minute or they are trying to ride it out for what its worth until the 31st. Either way, I hope to see CB stick to their guns on this and end the hooplah.
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    • Profile picture of the author sjean
      Is that ad only shown when you are logged into your clickbank account? I wonder if it is closed to the public. I am not sure the FTC rules on that one. Anyone?
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by bhuff85 View Post

      I did notice that CB is giving these vendors until the 31st of this month to get their products in compliance, which at that point (and I would assume this would be the case per their terms) they would be shutting down vendors who are not in compliance.
      Yes, from what I understand those products that were approved BEFORE the 1st of August have until the 31st of August to become compliant - and I understand that. What I don't get is why they (Clickbank) would be silly enough to advertise offers like this inside the members area when they are in the process of trying to get everyone to clean up their acts.

      You can't release new guidelines, whether they are enforced now or in a few weeks, and then turn around and advertise products that don't properly follow those guidelines... in front of the very people you are trying to enforce those new guidelines upon. Well you can do it... but it's stupid and hypocritical.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rob Howard
        Originally Posted by WillR View Post

        You can't release new guidelines, whether they are enforced now or in a few weeks, and then turn around and advertise products that don't properly follow those guidelines... in front of the very people you are trying to enforce those new guidelines upon. Well you can do it... but it's stupid and hypocritical.
        I think those advertisements are paid ads. Regardless, they could easily disapprove them.

        It's also possible that the advertiser purchased before the new rules came to be, and clickbank is obliged to give him his advertising run.

        In any event, I think I found your OP in the dictionary under "irony". lol

        Rob
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    • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
      Originally Posted by bhuff85 View Post

      While I despise the "See how I made $32,197.56 in 2 1/2 hours with 2 wrenches and a keyboard" hype stuff, I did notice that CB is giving these vendors until the 31st of this month to get their products in compliance, which at that point (and I would assume this would be the case per their terms) they would be shutting down vendors who are not in compliance.

      So, either this person is waiting to change their stuff until the last minute or they are trying to ride it out for what its worth until the 31st. Either way, I hope to see CB stick to their guns on this and end the hooplah.
      I think it will be telling if that ad is STILL RUNNING on Sept 1.
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I miss the old days when clickbank dope. Im sure they're still good in some ways, but I hardly even bother let alone buy. There is just too much bs out there. I feel wso's have them beat.
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  • Profile picture of the author royljestr
    That is really funny! Yeah, I think Clickbank is just trying to cover themselves because of the previous FTC crackdown. They want to be able to wash their hands of all the sleazy scammers if the FTC ever comes knocking.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Ha, nice.

    Clickbank has always felt a little "dirty" to me. It's been a long while since I've promoted any of the products in their marketplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorkay
    Perhaps Clickbank is giving everyone, including the
    advertised page, until August 31st, to comply... as
    it says everyone has until then to comply or face
    penalties.

    So, it's not yet August 31st,

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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Busted!

    You can't escape the WF Police.

    Will
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    all new vendors are required to do it prior to approval, but existing products have until the 31st to meet the requirements.

    I personally like the new rules, I just had a product on affiliate marketing accepted into clickbank according to their new rules and my conversions are pretty high.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    Whoever is in charge of policies must not have good communication with advertising.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
      Their e-mails are just as hypocritical...

      $.30 cents to over $30,000 per month... Get Rich Click...



      Sure vendors have until 8-31 but ClickBank should lead by example and clean their house right away.
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      • Profile picture of the author 0oo0
        you do know people DO ACTUALLY make that kind of money so the CAN legally show you that in an advertisment
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        • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
          Originally Posted by 0oo0 View Post

          you do know people DO ACTUALLY make that kind of money so the CAN legally show you that in an advertisment
          Yes and the FTC requires they provide proof on request if they're making income claims in the form of an "Earnings Claims" document so ask these ClickBank vendors for it and see if they comply.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    How does that saying go... New rule, same as the old rule.

    It is pretty hard for the leopard to change their spots.

    Did you point this out to Clickbank?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Why bother to post new rules if you don't abide by them?
      I think you nailed it. I've never been a big fan of CB even though I've made money with them. They've always been slow to make changes or update their practices.

      I fully believe the new "rules" were added as a nod to the FTC and it may work for a while. However, if they catch the attention of regulators, it will be a different story. I think CB is really dumb not to be regulating in a way that reflects their own new guidelines - and in time they may regret it.

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      • Profile picture of the author rts2271
        I said this before and I will say it again. CB is a endangered species. They are trying to milk out as much money and tow the fine line until the hammer of the Fed comes down on them. They have had numerous staff leaving en masse over the last few weeks. It's just a matter of time.
        At the same time promoting this junk has destroyed many many marketers and they can now not send a email even to themselves. I have heard from a couple of marketers that the mere mention of their name in a email blocks the email. The whole frauduct launch model is collapsing around them. You will probably see more than one on his way to sharing a cell with Bubba real soon.

        Times are changing and if you sell wishes and dreams on the internet expect to be roadkill.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    Great title btw
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  • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
    If I was CB I wouldn't risk my rep with customers for a few dollars.

    But Im not CB.
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    • Profile picture of the author sturmbro629
      Ive been interested in IM for under 2 months and I already completely ignore ads like these. 2 months ago I think i clicked on them all.:rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author SarahMcHarry
        Why don't we ALL contact these BS Clickbank merchants and challenge them to provide proof, to be published on the WF, that their products really do earn as much as they say? Or, if they don't, we'll publish the fact that they don't.

        We the warriors...

        Sarah
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  • Profile picture of the author nelg
    they have millions of pounds they find a way round it if we stop buying there rubbish i`am sure they will have to change,
    they keep talking about finding software under rocks, lost cell phones, some ones flat, and ware do they get them actors from i could that just watch this point click commissions i think he`s on drugs any one else seen it
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  • Profile picture of the author brianboyer
    LOL that is some funny stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    I'm looking forward to the end of the month ... looks like there is going to be a huge vacancy for courses in the Make Money Online niche
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
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    LOL! This is why I hate australians. j/k Will! I love you man!
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  • Profile picture of the author g36
    Usually products like that get a lot of refunds.
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    :)

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