I just came from that new clickbanksuccess forum which I won't put a link to here since it seems like I remember it being against some sort of rules are something but the thread starts with the letters ECM.
Anyway, they were talking about how this software that this guy on the forum sells and how the merchant can use it to turn off the affiliate commisions by checking a box in the software.
"then you must disable "enforce affiliate registration"
This will allow them to earn commission via the hoplink."
Now the idea is to only pay affiliates that are registered with the merchants software, all the other affiliates that promote the merchant with regular hoplinks they got from ClickBanks marketplace only think they are going to get paid, heres what an affiliate commented:
"if the merchant uses software to disable the
hoplink from working, they should not be listed in the marketplace.
This could cause confusion, clickbank provides a link right along with
the listing in the marketplace which creates a hoplink for affiliates
to use for promotion, if this hoplink doesn't work the affiliate could end
up spending a lot of money promoting this for nothing."
Heres a couple more excerpts:
"This feature, by the way, is purely optional. It's turned "OFF" by default
and the merchant has to 'turn it on' to enable it."
"If you want to disable the affiliate registration, just un-check the box
beside "Enforce Affiliate Registration?" phrase."
Another affiliate had this to say:
"To give a merchant the power to turn my commissions on and off with the flick of switch or in this case a checkbox is pure stupidity and any affiliate thats goofy enough to promote this kind of merchant deserves whatever he gets, or don't get as the case may be."
"Besides, every merchant already has 'the power to turn
my commissions on and off with the flick of switch"."
"1. Set affiliate commission to 0%
2. Alternative payment processor
3. A prominent "Earn Money Link" on the sales page - what's to stop
a prospective buy from clicking on that link, become an affiliate and
then buys via his own link? The original affiliate loses out.
4. Using a 'direct payment link' method to unscrupulously embed his own
ID when a potential customer clicks on the order link."
Is this blatant or what?
I'm posting this in the legal opinions on parasite
ware because this sounds like it's got to be illegal and also pasrasitic. What do you thing??