What is ClickSure? Is ClickSure Safe? Here’s a review on this affiliate network and why future reviews will carefully consider which network a vendor uses.
In the last review, I took on a product that had not yet been launched (and is still pending) and I noticed that this vendor was affiliated with ClickSure, something at the time, I had no idea what it was. I eventually began talking with a friend about the product and he mentioned ClickSure. This turns out to be an affiliate network.
I began looking into ClickSure to find out if what my friend was saying was true and began finding a horror story beyond description. Thus my article and review on the company.
What Is An Affiliate Network?
First of all, an affiliate is an individual that promotes a company’s products for a commission on each sale. This is in its simplest terms. Companies offer what are called affiliate programs. These are the official contracts they work up in official documents that hold the offer, policies and pact, usually in a package, for affiliates to join.
These often include necessary promotional tools the affiliate can use to actively promote products for the company. The company gathers necessary credentials from prospective affiliates through a special application form and makes the decision to bring individual affiliate marketers on board or not.
An affiliate network is company that creates a marketplace for the businesses with affiliate programs and affiliate marketers. What these do is provide a place for the two parties to meet up. It’s sort of a job fair of sorts. Albeit this platform handles all of the sign-up and pay-out processes for both sides. An affiliate network is like a mall that houses all kinds of individual stores under one roof. The affiliate network also provides stats to the affiliate marketer on the performance on any affiliate program being made available to the affiliate marketer.
Finally, the affiliate network operates under a set standard or policy (Terms of Service) under which all activities and conduct are governed within the membership of its vendors and affiliates. Some are pretty rigid, and others are not.
Clickbank and Commission Junction are two famous examples of affiliate networks. These are perfect places for newbie affiliates to get started and also great places for vendors to set up, letting the affiliate network do the work for them. They are indeed, affiliate marketplaces.
For more information about affiliate marketing, please see my resource on this page, or you can click on the affiliate cycle image just above to get to that page.
So, What About ClickSure?
This will be a straightway write-up on Internet history that was in the making on September 1, 2011.
In and around 2004, product launches began to really take hold and took the Internet by storm. Then properly known as the “Wild-Wild-Web,” and still in its infancy, some great products and services began springing up in droves.
However, as would be expected, an even greater number of others jumped onto this bandwagon and began pumping out wannabe, me-too, and outright scam products and services. The online world began turning into a den of pirates like never before seen since the great Dot-Com crash.
Clickbank, one of the pioneers of the affiliate network movement, amongst others, were getting overwhelmed with these inferior products and services, and fearing their reputation, began upgrading their policies to include stipulations about such media as video marketing, about the viability and functionality of products being promoted through them, and so forth.
September 1, 2011
ClickBank initiated such an upgrade to its Terms of Services, effectively cleaning house of the fraudulent and inferior products that were overrunning the marketplace there. Other established networks followed suit.
September 7, 2011
A week later, a new affiliate network, ClickSure, premiered from out of China. It is not clear whether this company got started by disgruntled vendors who had been kicked out of ClickBank. This information is conjecture and isn’t known for certainty. However inference to the sudden uprising of the company was indeed retrospect to ClickBank’s new policies as shown:
The earliest version of ClickSure’s website had a message on its front page about ClickBank’s policy (actually merely a link to it the policy itself as it first appeared.) At the next website update later that September, this message was removed. They were, by the time of the update, established and fully functional.
The droves of vendors and developers now banished from ClickBank and others, had a place to flock to – and they did just that! The affiliate network mushroomed with selections not fit for ClickBank and US FCC & FTC regulations.
Since the inception of ClickSure, there have been innumerable complaints and negative write-ups against the company and vendors using the service.
It is known that a few products and services channeled through ClickSure are not bad, but the vast majority of them are.
In one report, it has been said that over 60% of all ClickSure-endorsed products are handled by some of the same dubious folks insofar as production and marketing, creating the familiar uniform appearances of the deceptive advertising and associated scam products out there.
What’s Inside ClickSure?
ClickSure offers a very easy-to-use-&-navigate platform for both affiliate marketers and vendors. Its customer service tends to be rather poor and though this handles international transactions, which is said to be a good thing for those that can’t use some of the more superior networks for reasons other than compliance, there are numerous complaints of unauthorized charges by ClickSure and unresolved issues of all kinds.
ClickSure harbours just about any vendor and affiliate marketer. This means malicious and ruthless marketers! For this reason, the offerings at this marketplace is literally filled, not only with rubbish products and services, but ones that cause serious financial damages to end users. One must be very careful which products/services he/she makes an alliance to for the sake of reputation.
Why is all this so?
Let’s look at ClickSure’s policy – it’s Terms of Services. They’re not long at all and we won’t need to include everything. Below is a copy of ClickSure’s TOS on the condition of product and services sold through them:
As you can see, the fact that ClickSure places all the marketing, quality of products/services responsibilities upon the vendors using the service, making it open-season for a massive free-for-all, anything-goes scenario.
The company appears to be only interested in the money it incurs from transactions which will never stop regardless of reputation of the company nor that of vendors and affiliates using it. Due to the motives of many, many vendors who do not wish to abide by ClickBank’s policies, ClickSure is a thriving business. US laws cannot touch them and their services are gladly accepted on an “as-is” basis.
What Does This Mean at DanielEuergetes.com?
Any products and services being reviewed at this site with the knowledge that it is being hosted by ClickSure and any of its subsidiaries, will not get a good review unless it is exceptional and is otherwise impossible to be hosted at one of the better quality networks due to issues above and beyond product or service integrity as set forth in their policies. This would be on a very rare occasion, if at all.
Any products or services reviewed on here must be of high quality, ethical, legal, fair and of good report before it will be considered an awesome product worthy of a high mark here. Being in alliance with ClickSure, under most circumstances, is a reputation (amongst other) issue(s.)
Who Is Daniel Euergetes?
I am not employed and have not been since February 2010. I have long decided that the employment world has not been for me and that I needed to do something about it.
In 2004, I began trying my hand at Internet marketing and, after having been through a number of training programs and simply trying to find out how to market on the Internet, I became a proud member of the best online business training community that I have yet to see, anywhere. Today I make a consistent income from what I’ve learned there and continuing to grow from the ongoing training and support.
This website is just one of the outcomes that have come as a result of my training!
I have always been able to pick out the quirks in advertising, especially the elements in it that goes against ethical and fair practices. I have had additional training in critical thinking, logic and argumentation. I do what I can to help folks realize their dreams in rising above mediocrity.
If you would like to reach heights beyond that of the average, I can help you in a number of ways. I specialize in online business training and know where the best resources are.
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