7 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Clickbank Like The Black Death

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So you’re thinking of making your affiliate marketing fortune through Clickbank?

Think again.

Clickbank was one of the first affiliate networks I came across when I stumbled into this amazing business model a few years ago.

But I quickly learned that it’s one you really want to avoid if you want to promote great products and earn high affiliate commissions.

You see, Clickbank is populated with tons of low-quality, low-paying affiliate programs that kinda make you cringe.

You know those shady make money online hyped up products that are all talk and no trousers?

Yeah, it’s full of those ones.

Not something you’d be proud to put your name behind.

So in this post, I’ll outline reasons why you want to avoid using Clickbank for affiliate marketing and offer some better alternatives (not Amazon Associates).

Let’s get cracking!

1. The Vast Majority of Affiliate Programs are Awful

If you take a few minutes to browse through the Clickbank marketplace, you’ll quickly discover that the platform is teeming with low-quality affiliate programs.

Even some of the most popular programs in certain categories are for products that seem like total trash.

Case in point:

The “AZ Code” is the number one product in the E-business/E-marketing section of the affiliate marketplace.

Number one in popularity!

Yet it’s full of hyped of claims of making thousands of dollars in a matter of DAYS.

We’ve all heard the saying “When it sounds too good to be true” it probably is. And even if the program was totally legit — I’m not fond of the “get rich quick” vibe it portrays.

Another example:

Crypto Currency Codex is the top product in the Business/Investing category. Another one that immediately strikes me as hyped up garbage.

They claim that their students have turned $20 into $100,000 in just 3 months…


Are these guys for real?

They use some classic terms to draw the “get rich quick” crowd into the product like “weird” “low-risk” and “loophole”.

Last time I checked, Cryptocurrency was one of the most volatile markets in existence — certainly not something that’s low-risk.

And little things like the green screen video background just screams stereotypical sleaze-ball internet marketing program.

2. The People That Promote Clickbank Are Trash

Clickbank seems to attract certain types of people to their marketplace. These people don’t strike me as human beings that value traits such as honesty and integrity.

You know the ones I’m talking about:

“Make $3000 a day within 2 weeks working less 30 minutes every single day”

Pie in the sky promises of wealth and riches along with a supposedly simple, easy and straightforward system you can use to get it.

These snake-oil sleaze-balls make their money by selling overpriced programs and products that are full of fluff and lacking in substance to lazy wantrepreneurs.

The push-button solution is all a lie.

3. The Best Products Are Teeming With Competition

Because the majority of products in the Clickbank marketplace are bottom of the barrel junk — the stuff that’s half-decent is promoted by the lion share of affiliates on the platform.

This means there’s ultra-stiff competition for anything worth promoting on there.

So you may have a hard time driving traffic to the products as so many other affiliates are already doing the same thing.

The one exception is if you manage to find a traffic source that’s relatively untapped (which is rare) but certainly possible.

4. The UI is Like Something out of the 90’s

Clickbank really hasn’t put much effort into upgrading their user interface on the affiliate marketplace side.

It honestly looks like something out of the 90’s!

Check it out:

And while the dated UI may not be a dealbreaker for you, it just worsens the experience on the platform.

What’s more, it makes it harder for you to filter through the affiliate programs that are actually worth a second look.

Clickbank have taken the time to upgrade the retail side of the platform but have neglected the affiliate marketplace.

5. The Vetting Process is Worryingly Basic

The quality of published affiliate programs in the Clickbank marketplace is a testament to the weak process for approving products on the platform.

Practically anyone can write an ebook and get it published within a few days.

The guys at Clickbank seem to be really keen to get as many products on their platform as possible.

But this mantra has clearly backfired as they’ve ended up with a marketplace full of sub-standard products that don’t offer much value.

6. They charge you for having a dormant account

That’s exactly right.

They take your money if you leave it in your account for a certain period of time.

This rule is so strange — when I first came across this, I really struggled to understand why they chose to do this to their affiliates.

So here’s the gist:

As stated in their knowledgebase article, having a positive balance for an extended period of time will lead to “dormancy fees” being deducted from your account.

They reserve the right to deduct up to $100 a month from accounts that haven’t seen any activity for a few months.

This has obviously led to some people losing money from their Clickbank accounts — who reads T’s and C’s anyway?

Imagine busting your balls to successfully promote a product, only for Clickbank to remove your hard-earned cash from your account a few months later.

Not cool.

7. The customer service and refund policy is questionable

Alarm bells are ringing.


Because Clickbank has a 1-star rating on Consumer Affairs with plenty of people complaining about products they’ve bought through the marketplace.

Let’s have a look at what some of these people are saying:

Laura had some issues with unauthorised payments…

Nicky received a totally different product from the one he purchased…

And Ilona had some good ol’ fashioned horrible customer service…

Does this surprise you?

It shouldn’t. Looking at some of the products they’ve allowed in their marketplace, it’s no shock that people have had trouble with refunds and customer support.

A superior alternative to Clickbank

So you’ve probably gathered that Clickbank really isn’t the best affiliate network to find awesome products to promote.

So where do you find the best affiliate programs?

Here’s the rub:

Most people don’t know about high-ticket affiliate programs. These are products/services that pay upwards of $1000 per sale — exactly the type of stuff you want to be promoting.

So instead of selling hundreds of e-books for a handful of dollars, you can focus on promoting quality goods and services for much more money.

I’ve written an extensive post that outlines these concepts and reveals some awesome affiliate programs that pay really well, you can check it out here.

Aside from that, you gotta do your own research. Examine your areas of interest and look for people creating great courses/products that you can promote in that space.

The best affiliate programs aren’t part of an affiliate network.

And if you’re new to affiliate marketing, make sure you get educated so you have the best chance of making this work.

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Bringing it all together

So you now know what to avoid when it comes to affiliate marketing.

Aside from having the mindset, skills and experience, promoting the right product is crucial to your success.

Good marketing can’t substitute bad products, not for the long-term.

So take the time to empower yourself with the right affiliate skills and align yourself with quality products that you’re proud to promote. This will help you maximize your chances of success!


By |2019-12-06T12:00:22+00:00April 13th, 2018|

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edward triano
edward triano

Thank you so much


What do suggest as an alternative money maker Bengu?


So if ClickBank is trash and I’m a Canadian looking to get into e-commerce or some type of online program to start making money online what do you suggest I use or look more into?

Leonard G.
Leonard G.

Absolutely brilliantly written and expertly crafted. Your content immediately resonates with sincerity and empathy. Your SEO is so strategically planned and executed that you appear, as in my case, right under ClickBank. Now I have a better understanding of the composition of an effective landing page. And I have the standard to shoot for when I create a landing page. Thank you.
Here is my email address and I will click thru


thank you for this!

Luis Silverio
Luis Silverio

what if you plan on using clickbank as a platform for a product sales page. To have affiliates promote your product or do you think clickfunnels is better and you drive your own trafic.

Deyvi Hernandez
Deyvi Hernandez

Thanks Bengu! excellent info. good looking out my man…


Thank you so much!


I had never heard of Clickbank until I ordered a product that was or seemed a scam. I immediately cancelled, a refund was promised that was on /20/19. Yesterday my Amex folks said there was a pending charge by clickbooks on my account. I chattered with a “Lourdes” this morning who said I have to cancel the Amex charge and gave me a reference number. She/it was very rude at the end failing to give me a reference name of the company official name…is the name really clickbook ?( Lower case intended).I asked. She/it did not like that. I terminated… Read more »

Concerned future marketer
Concerned future marketer

Awesome read. Great honest review. Appreciate the warning, I was close to buying the hype.

Roderick Moorehead
Roderick Moorehead

I was too.


It really depends on the product not all are bad products. I’ve purchased a few of them some are just not for me and had refunded with zero issue as long as you do it during the refund period which usually 60 days. It’s stated in the checkout process if the bother to read it. If you miss it that’s really on the user. There are good programs in there as well to promote as an affiliate but it’s really up to affiliate to do their research. This is true in any platform. Sounds like you were burned as for… Read more »

Rohan Paul

Do you use clickbank

pablo visconti

Great post Ahmad. I’ve been going through a tough time actually finding good products to promote. It’s freaking hard as heck, cause it seems like only the most hyped up products (at any given moment) EVER sell, whereas it feels like you have to go above and beyond, to have the better products stand out.
Will be checking out your recommended affiliate programs, hope to find some gold!

Christopher Joseph
Christopher Joseph

This is just another great landing page smh

William Allen
William Allen

Well, that’s an awesome and very informative post Ahmad! It sounds like you are a very good teacher, who does his homework before getting involved with anything. Are you offering any suggestions, in regards to what product you would promote?

Petey Wheatstraw

Thanks this was very helpful. I always found CB products complete trash. And as someone who is in the cannabis vertical they never had any products I could effectively promote anyways. However this post definitely solidified that. Keep up the good work.

Joyce Wood

Thank you, I appreciate your values!


Honest is nice , like how you wrote this thank you

Julie Campbell
Julie Campbell

I knew it! Ugh! And there website is just as you say…shady..! Thank you ! Its bs! But I can stop wasting my time

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon

What a scam to trash a good company to promote your weak offering. I’d bet Donald Trump is your role model.