ClickBank has existed as a digital marketplace for over a decade, in many ways making it the grizzled old veteran of the internet marketing world. But as well as being one of the pioneers of this mode of marketing, it has also become the largest marketplace online for digital products.
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Whether you’re looking for an eBook, report, or even a downloadable software program, there’s a very good chance you’re going to find it in their marketplace.
For the vendors of the products on the site, there are many upsides to working with this company. For one thing, the site actually buys the products wholesale from the vendor. This means that ClickBank processes all the sales and payments which means the seller does not have all the headaches associated with this.
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And even though the vendor still gets the retail profits from the product whenever it is purchased, it’s ClickBank who is responsible for calculating, collecting, and paying any taxes associated with it. Read this post on Clickbank and Taxes here.
Since the products can be sold anywhere in the world, the taxes could conceivably get rather complicated, so the vendor of the product is spared the headache of trying to deal with tax systems in many countries.
Vendors Get A Lot Of Exposure
Another advantage is simply the wide exposure any seller’s product gets. The item is available for sale directly to consumers in the marketplace, but the affiliate who belong to the site are also constantly looking over the lists of products and choosing which ones to promote.
So the vendor’s digital product is always under someone’s eye, and will show up in all searches done for the category into which the item falls. The affiliate program at ClickBank also relieves the vendor of the need to use or develop its own affiliate software.
Once the affiliate has chosen a seller’s particular product, it’s as though the vendor has a sales team working for free, to promote the item. In the past, people would advertise their goods or services either by purchasing ad space in newspapers or on television, radio, or other locations.
The seller never had any way of knowing what sorts of direct results were achieved through the spending of the advertising money.
For all they knew, it had gone completely to waste, but the best they could do was guess about that. On the other hand, having affiliate marketers promoting a product or service means that a payment is only made when the product is actually sold. So this isn’t, in fact, “free advertising,” yet only the advertising and promotion that actually works is paid for.
Some Products Can Have A Huge Refund Rate…
Vendors do need to be a bit wary of the refund policy, which many people feel is a bit too liberal. A customer can request a refund after 60 days for various reasons, and although those reasons must be judged as “valid,” it may still be too easy to get money back.
In fact, ClickBank has been known through the years to have very high refund rates on some products, which has made affiliates grumble at the loss of commissions they thought they had earned.
And getting a refund also means that the customer has essentially gotten the product for free. Vendors will have to judge their own refund rate as they go along, to decide if selling their product this way is worth it.
However, despite the odd problem like this, sellers do seem to keep coming back to ClickBank and listing their products there. This can’t be mere inertia, but has to indicate that on the whole, the results of placing goods and services in this Marketplace produces positive results. Learn about Satellite Sites and how to use them.
Vendors are, in fact the lifeblood of ClickBank, and they seem to do quite well there.