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Clickbank we have a problem

Clickbank is a large affiliate provider that is mainly known for informational products such as ebooks.

If you look around on their website you find a lot of webmaster related products but also products of other niches such as Business to Business and Money & Employment. The interesting part (for us) begins when we take a look at their requirements for pages, or better thank you pages, that sell Clickbank products.

The requirement is that a thank you page has to be created on the website that sells the product; these pages are displayed after the purchase has been made. Many Clickbank webmasters put download information of their products on the page to make it as easy as possible for their customers to download the product once the purchase has been made.

Clickbank we have a problem

Guess what happens if you search for terms that have to be on those pages on Google? Right, hundreds of Thank you Clickbank pages appear that can be used to grab the product without purchasing it.

I add some tips on securing the pages at the end as well. Most Thank You pages will contain the following or a similar sentence:

Please Note: Your credit card will be billed by "CLKBANK*COM". The name "CLKBANK*COM"will appear on your credit card statement.

A search for Clkbank is however not enough and we need to find another phrase that is on most of those pages, and that one is "right click". Searching for clkbank right click reveals hundreds of product pages that offer the product as a download after making the purchase. You could try other phrases such as "Clkbank thank you" for instance.

And here is how you could try and stop this. I'm not a Clickbank affiliate and do not know if Clickbank offers a better way of protecting those pages. The first thing that comes to my mind is add a referrer check using simply htaccess to those pages. If the page before opening this was not on the same domain do not display it.

This would get rid of most users from Google because this is obviously not the correct previous page which should be the Buy page instead. This could be countered by Referrer spoofing but you probably get rid of the majority of downloads this way.

The only other way to make it more secure would be to create a unique password for each purchaser and send it to the registered email account with a link to a website where the product can be downloaded from after logging in. This is a bit harder to code and puts additional burden on the buyer but secures the product.

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Clickbank we have a problem
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The article discusses an issue that affects many companies and individuals who sell digital products using the Internet affiliate system of Clickbank.
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    Comments

    1. Dante said on December 22, 2007 at 10:58 pm
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      I don’t think clkbank’s sellers will have any problems. I just went through it and it’s mostly pyramid schemes, dumb tech for dumber people, lose weight, and other products targeted at the retards of the world. I would seriously doubt the retards will be able to even understand what you have written here, much less use it.

    2. big jason said on December 23, 2007 at 2:08 am
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      Are you serious? Did you only look at like one page? Some of the biggest names in interneat marketing are out there for the taking. I would say who they were, but that will lead aholes faster to their stuff. Don’t know who wrote first, but here is another post and free report on it
      http://mikeyounglaw.com/wp/2007/12/21/how-clickbank-thieves-steal-your-info-products-free-special-report/

    3. Greg said on December 23, 2007 at 8:28 pm
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      Don’t see anything on the website either. How are you supposed to find products? It all looks like pyramid schemes.

    4. David Villacreses said on December 27, 2007 at 12:31 am
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      Interesting article I know many Big Gurus, will not expose their selfs this way but I am sure other new marketers will. Never mind the e-book subject but main issue here is that this people will not make a cent on hundreds of downloads after all their efforts and clickbank should care about this security hole.

    5. Lonely ClickBank Affiliate said on January 10, 2008 at 2:07 am
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      Merchants should be providing their own security.
      Even if these pages were not indexed there are other ways to get to them. Most simple being users sharing the download link.

    6. muhandis said on January 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm
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      i had a fraud situation here with my JORDAN ISLAMIC BANK’s (visa electron) debit card. somebody just purchased something cost usd34.95 on the 7th january 2008 at(20:14:23). i checked with the bank and they gave the details: CLKBANK*COM DOWNLOAD 208-345-4245 US. i’m not sure how may this message might help. hopefully some kind of action should be taken to prevent this happend once again in the future time.

    7. Not In Every Case said on April 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm
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      SOME clickbank products are pyramid schemes while others are perfectly legit, useful sources of information.

      Clickbank is not a fraud company. They’re simply a payment processor, kind of like PayPal.

      Vendors use them to process credit card transactions.

      The fraud, “pyramid scheme” products you’re speaking of are the owner/publisher of the websites.

      There are many, many good clickbank products out there on a variety of subjects.

    8. Archie A. Hodges said on July 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm
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      On April 9, 2008 I ordered what I thought was a part for reducing my gasoline consumption by
      30% from an online ad. It was draawn on my
      Visa Debit Card by ClicBank on 04/09/08.
      I have not received anything from this company
      nor any contact.
      I would like to know how to go about getting
      my $49.97 back.
      THIS IS A SCAM….
      We are going to join with someothers who have been scammed in a class action lawsuit.
      I thought that CLICBANK would not have any part
      of a Scam….
      I would like to have some input on this by
      return e-mail.

      Archie A. Hodges

    9. Nancy Beckmann said on August 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm
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      Hey, I purchased an E-Book through ClickBank this past weekend, and now for some reason I cannot access it. Need help to solve the problem. Could you send me an E-Mail and send me a phone no. to call for Customer Service. I know I am probably doing something wrong, but cannot figure out what. Thanks, Nancy Beckmann

    10. Vickie said on January 4, 2009 at 3:16 am
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      Please Again for the 3rd time CANCEL me!

      Thank you!
      Vickie L. Day

    11. jackie simpson said on March 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm
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      I did a search on this and put in different phrases and some of the top Clickbank products came up and some of these products are going for over a hundred dollars.

    12. Carmen Rodriguez said on May 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm
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      I do not know what company this is for. i bought for public records but they are all tell me i am not a member. please can you help and see to whom this charge is for or if you can’t please debit my credit card and i don’t want to be a member. i called you but i was on way for a long time.

    13. Anonymous said on November 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm
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      on 9/29/09 I tried to purchase a book on how to make solar panels,PRICE $49.97,I have never received the book or books.Paid for National City bk. credit account.What can I [email protected]

    14. mark said on December 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm
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      for some reason i had a charge for 24.00 on my account and i do not know what this is!
      This has to be fraud and i am reporting this to my bank!!

      LOOK OUT FOR THIS PLACE IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO HAVE ALL YOUR MONEY TAKEN OUT!!

      BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15. Anonymous said on October 26, 2010 at 1:37 am
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      I can’t get the back grounds I paid 42.89 to recieve a one time payment
      and I get nothing.I;VE I have tried all day.

    16. Demon said on January 30, 2011 at 2:21 am
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      helllo?? i need help , i need to know if anyone knows the phone number to get ahold of click bank, i got screwed by a false internet, working from home web-site, i know, im dumb, and too desperate, but i could really use some advice and solid info. on how to get ahold of these ppl so i can get my 51.40 back. ahhhh, plz anyone, i tried to go to the site and so far no info or phone number was presented. thanks to whoever can help me out with this. demon

    17. PATRICK HEDRICK said on April 2, 2011 at 9:28 am
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      Push Button Cash Site took $297.00, and $47.00 from me. I have tried for over a month to contact someone, anyone that works for them. No support personell or a response of any kind. I want my money back! These SOB’S need to stop ripping people off. I will hold off on this life destroying curse I will cast on them for a while, if no response, all the power I can muster will be heaped upon them. There is great power stored in this skull cavity of mine, and everyone elses also. If you are also a victim lets combine and intensify our energy. Just focus, our minds will meet somewhere in yhe ether.

    18. JERRY BARNES said on April 9, 2011 at 4:58 am
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      i am Jerry Barnes of west jordan utah and i want you to stop i
      do not yant your product don’t take the 47.00 out of my account i am
      checking with my bank to make sure it don’t happen you said
      i had 30 days to change my mind well i don’t need 30 days ok thank you Jerry Barnes

    19. Letty Johnson said on May 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm
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      I did not accept the program as you had rejected on initial signup and I just
      discontinued it for the fat loss belly program. Please discontinue that order of $23.00 and also the $24 to follow Just put the money back into my account.
      Thank you. Do not send me anymore stuff. I thought I was ordering a program printed out to use, and do not want to be viewing it online. Please
      cancel this order. LJ

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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        Letty I’m not associated with Clickbank in any way. You may want to direct your support request to their official site at clickbank.com

    20. shirley britt said on September 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm
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      I am still waiting for my books. Any word when they will be delivered.

    21. FRANK LAPPIN said on November 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm
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      How do I void a sale ? Cannot receive email becaise of service that I paid for .

    22. D J Bilger said on December 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm
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      I was looking at the electric saving and producing kit but didn’t verify the order. I decided not to order it but some how about $180.oo was taking out of my account. i did not want the prodect so i cleared of and found that about $180 was taking out of my bank account. i didnt have enough money to pay for the package deal pluss it billed be twice for the second package less than $80.00 I do not want the deal, or anything from this vender. It ask for verication and i did not verify or do not want any business tranaction from them Please take care of this matter as soon as possible because it over drafted my account. The money that was in my account was for medicens and the product was to expencive for me. Please help me clear this up so my account is back to normal. I do need the medicens Thank You verry much Donald John Bilger

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 4, 2011 at 12:20 am
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        You need to contact Clickbank directly to resolve the situation.

    23. kawaljit singh said on February 24, 2012 at 6:57 am
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      I did a transaction on 25/1/12 through clkbank.com_ jrw4w5e8 208 472 9400 . Till now , I have not received my product from hojomoter.

    24. Allanna said on April 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm
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      Big time rip-off pyramid schemes. I have not received my product, but account was charged, customer service promise ,but -no respond. Be aware!

    25. vivek said on May 26, 2013 at 4:32 am
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      clkbank fake, fraud, deducted my money in unusual way i had to block my debit card.

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