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Yes… I’m Clickmerchant on the Warrior Forum.
Well… I figured it was time to bring up some news that’s taking all ClickBank vendors and affiliates by storm.
Here’s how my day started… I check my ClickBank account… and:
Apparently ClickBank is getting sick of processing so many refunds. Well… what do you expect when you have a 60-day no-questions-asked refund policy on your digital products…
So ClickBank has decided to categorize vendors and affiliates into color-coded risk management tiers.
It’s all based on the number of refunds and chargebacks you have, but ClickBank claims it is incorporated into some sophisticated algorithm they’ve come up with (learn more – CB help page).
I’m a programmer… and any way you look at this… it doesn’t require any “sophisticated” algorithm to do this simple number-crunchin’.
I’m in the internet marketing niche… this means that the affiliate products I promote inherently come with an extremely high refund rate. This is because people just buy them up by handful, take in as much as they can, and get a refund… I mean, it’s the newbies that buy these products because they’re wanting to learn, and they’re likely to get a refund because they’re the ones who are still strapped for cash.
Anyways… I’ve been promoting products in the internet marketing niche, and now my ClickBank account is in the “Unacceptable” risk management tier (previously known as “High Risk”) because of the high refund rates.
As an affiliate using sound and ethical promotional practices, I absolutely feel that it is by no means my responsibility to attempt to lower the refund rate for these products that are now jeopardizing my account status.
I don’t mind paying a fee for high refunds because that would be a good motivator… but… is it really fair to threaten my account (among thousands of highly-regarded affiliates) of termination?!
Either way, the good news today that kept me from holding up a sign that says “Will work for food” is that today is the best day I’ve had (thanks to Bring the Fresh) since the previous Google EMD update regarding my ClickBank earnings:
Please leave your comments! What do you guys think about this ClickBank risk management tiers system?