this is how clickbank.com looked like in 1999

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see here: WWW.CLICKBANK.COM: ClickBank Link Security Services

and this is how links used to look like back then... http://hop.clickbank.net/hop.cgi?AFFILIATE/SELLER

You can even see the marketplace. it's very interesting.

This is a sales page I found on the marketplace: Submit 3000 (very shorter that today's pages)

And this is another sales page: "Chicago Man Reveals Web Marketing Secrets!" the domain is www.wso.net it is probably the first WSO ever. "Chicago Man Reveals Web Marketing Secrets - Backs Up Offer With Money Back Guarantee" says in the title.

I also noticed commisions used to be 20-50%.
#1999 #clickbank #clickbankcom #looked
  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    Memories... Nothing left but/Memories...

    LOL @ myself

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Cool share!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnhayesfc
    Oh how time has changed. Just think the way the web will be in 2019.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Titan
    Hopefully in 2019 there will be less hype about making money online and internet marketing.

    The way back machine is a great tool.

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  • Profile picture of the author Don Luis
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    I can still remember the good times around 1998 when I discovered the Internet. Web pages were mostly simple and I even out up my own using Microsoft FrontPage and uploaded them to Geocities or Angelfire. I remembered being extremely happy for putting up my own simple webpage with my scanned picture on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Stephens
      Originally Posted by Don Luis View Post

      I can still remember the good times around 1998 when I discovered the Internet. Web pages were mostly simple and I even out up my own using Microsoft FrontPage and uploaded them to Geocities or Angelfire. I remembered being extremely happy for putting up my own simple webpage with my scanned picture on it.
      This takes me back. Spending a weekend putting a site together with front page, and being so happy that the links actually worked. lol

      Geosites also. EVERYONE tried to use them. Really takes me back
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    Thanks for the share. It's interesting to see how it looked back in the day when Clickbank first started out.

    ...Goes to show even massive companies like Clickbank had to start somewhere.

    James Scholes
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  • Profile picture of the author Devon Brown
    Thanks for the rabbit hole! I'll see you guys in a few days after I look up every website to see the "good ole days"
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  • Profile picture of the author winsenken
    Wow, this is really ancient!! Haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Crooke
    cool stuff everyone.. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author stvbarb89
      hahah nice now I'm addicted to the wayback machine!

      Thanks for another distraction :p

      But this is really cool, we do all start somewhere
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
        Originally Posted by Devon Brown View Post

        Thanks for the rabbit hole! I'll see you guys in a few days after I look up every website to see the "good ole days"
        Originally Posted by stvbarb89 View Post

        hahah nice now I'm addicted to the wayback machine!

        Thanks for another distraction :p

        But this is really cool, we do all start somewhere


        Hehe I'm back... a day later. It was a fantastic mini-vacation, and I highly recommend it!
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  • Profile picture of the author JustLight
    Thanks for sharing on a lighter mood
    Just cannot help laughing
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    i liked clickbank when they had all the blue theme. Dont like the new red and green theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trivium
    It's always interesting to see how sites evolve over time. Thanks for the share
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Vraibel
    It's funny how with pages like that WSO, the design and appeal of it were relatively primitive but all of the selling techniques are the exact same as they are today.

    They'll probably never change!
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  • Profile picture of the author Praveen Kumar
    At the time ClickBank might be a Scam-Free or Guru-Free website with some sort of genuine and quality products.
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  • Profile picture of the author anahita56
    Thanks for sharing this! I didn't know anything about internet marketing and/or click bank then, but this is a bit of history that's good to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author mac101
    cool! Thanks for sharing
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    • Profile picture of the author Russel Mogul
      LOL I was about 11 years old in 99.....

      good grief
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    Those were the days...

    Now you need knockout web design, sales copy etc... to compete on Clickbank!

    Although come to think of it there were nowhere as near many people online back then!

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author serresser
    wow. if only i knew the income methods then that I know now before CL became so restrictive!
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  • Profile picture of the author jivens
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    LOL i use the wayback machine as a sort of motivational tool sometimes. Just to see how far these companies have come is amazing lol on the chicago man reveals web marketing blah blah blah wso he accepts money orders! LOL
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    • Profile picture of the author Bentley74
      That's wild! Thanks for sharing.

      Now I just need to resist the urge to play with that website! So many fun ones to try out!! lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        They should have kept it the same so it looks exactly how it functions.
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    • Profile picture of the author EugeneA
      Amazing... I missed all this.

      It was not too long ago, but so much has changed. Damn
      Really cool stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author DriftZ
    Oh man. I can't wonder IM-ING. Seems a lot easier since no little people knew about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author capitalalchemy
      SO cool. The other day I checked out Clickbank on the old way back machine, and that's what I found too, but - I'm impressed by those 2 examples of sales pages.

      The first one especially. Back links have always been big business apparently, but there is a lot more that we know today about building back links. Pretty cool to see what the offer was then - pretty sad to go on a site like Fiverr and see people still doing this kind of business/people buying into it, when it doesn't work as well now without the right kind of links, pattern, structure, etc.

      I wish I could have gone back in time - I could have done one better then

      Oh, at the top there is a link for an old optin form kind of thing. When you try to subscribe, an old version pops up (at least in Windows) that opened my outlook express with an outdated form of an auto responder. I guess we have come a long way.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    oh thanks OP, i have a tear in my eye of times gone by.

    Just think about how the internet has changed and also clickbank now. WOW! just wow!, but thanks for letting us reminisce on the 'good ole days' *grabs tissue* sniff sniff!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Wow thanks for the share. It goes to show you how time goes by fast and how the internet is constantly changing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    Wow, that hostgator site looked like crap. Well I guess for those days it was amazing but wow it was just a smile HTML site.
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