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Clearlink clearlink.com Don't Join Affiliate Program of Clearlink or Clearlink.com - You May Get Scammed Salt Lake City, Utah
23rd of Oct, 2011 by User198694
I joined these guys and agreed to follow their terms. The terms stated to not bid on certain trademark terms. I did not. After generating them thousands of dollars I was terminated as an affiliate and all of my earned commissions were canceled. They claimed I bid on branded keywords but I did not. Google Adwords elected to broadmatch some of my terms that included trademarks that were a far cry from the words that I did bid on. I was told that I should of known to use "negative keywords", but like all other programs I have ever dealt with, this was not in the terms. In as much as it is impossible to have a perfect exclusion list with Adwords or any payperclick platform. There are too many possible variations of branded keywords or possible misspellings. For this reason it is a known industry standard to include the required use of negative keywords in the terms of the contract. The level at which any given company wants to protect their trademark is not static. Some firms are happy with you not bidding on certain keywords while others demand certain negative keywords be listed in your affiliate campaigns. Clearlink never mentioned the use of such negative keywords in their terms of this particular service product I was marketing nor in any conversation. As far as I know I could of been set up to take a fall so that that my commissions would be stolen in the future. There is noway to know as they refused any compromise.

In as much when I signed up with them I was told to use a particular link so that my sales "would be completely tracked". Yet there were numerous telephone numbers and tracking codes on the landing page provided that did not contain my tracking information but theirs or perhaps one of their employees that is corrupt. I gave them the benefit of the doubt in spite of this and continued my campaign after the corrections were made. However when the main firm of the offer I was promoting, their supplier, contacted them about certain keywords showing up in the search results under my ad, I was blamed for it as they failed to mention they do not state or require the use of negative keywords in their terms.

If you decide to allow Clearlink to market your products they may misrepresent your terms to their affiliates. If you decide to market one of their products or services they may decide to make the terms retroactive as a justification to blame you for something and/or to steal your commissions.

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3841 days ago by Dsteitz
Clearlink has contacted me as their Rep. also apologized. In as much as I was too hasty myself in retrospect. I would of removed this report but am not allowed to on this service. I think Clearlink is an organization one can trust. We just got into a mixup that snowballed.
3653 days ago by FRANKLY
they have had problems over past couple of years and yes whenJR C. and others left it was all changed again i am using as a backup program that has a much much more to offer{all major companies to the point tha twe can answer the big put off "I think i am going to my cable co or a certain sat tv int and phone... about 20 plus major players as att u verse verizon fios dish direct hughe comcast adt ge free system ge simon equipt which protects my home and biz for every major brand i can give it to them they do not have to go elsewhere we have all products/services, improved grouponw/ destinatios all groupon crap and about 8 or10 plus others you get e mails daily and its not a massage at 87% off but searcable particlar offers from travel, low rate and last minute condos or vaction homes to rent... i donot even know how extensively it can be utilized. been too busy getting my people acclimated on how to best prome this program. i am really liking the program so much i would feel its woth the low montly fee for providing training, websit... but it is worth it even if you only work a few hours a month and wind up saving just using the dicounts i could go on and on bottom line stay away from vmc!!!1st i would not mind passing it on and no the do not pay a 2nd tier i do not think there are as said so many things that are out of your hands and have to trust their tracking and cookies for a customer calling the call centers not having your pro code the have it an you should get full comm and the cross selling that the do for bonus money... i have worked for last couple of years and am finally comfortable w/the affiliate program it woks if you work the program it will work for you!!! sounds like a 12 step program...lol but finding the right program and having an sdvertising budjet and you keep pouring money in and call detail reports show 20 plus minute call disconnect on hold bulshit if i drive traffic by toll free or having them go to you site they better answer the f______ calls 24 hrs thatdoes. these other programsneed to hire more people hold up to thier ptocol. end of deal up as we are expected of you. as mentioned in comment that i posted this for sounds like he figured it out! 1 last thing i called my new affiliate support person in the afternoon my site was up, e mails kept coming with everthing from biz cards, creative or pre approved flers. door hangers, traing videos and was in biz by end of day!!! done quickly and professioal as it shold be i have a lot more lil trcks ... and all preaproved materials that you can open pdf and the company names, offers, , , you do have to open, print and get them out!!! i can be reached at 985-707-2551 from 12:30 pm central to 5 0r 6pm good luck you just have to adjust to be in synch w/ program and go w/ the flow good luck be carefull... also you do have to trust that they do give comm to correct affliate and w/OUT EVER REALLY KNOWING. THATS WHEN I STARTED A CAMPAING TO DO VOLUME AT HIGH VELOCITY YOU SEE EACH ORDER IN YOUR EYES 500-10K FOR ABOUT 16-20 HOURS ACTUAL 1ST MEETING UNTIL CAMPAINGN ENDS ITS WORKING SO WELL THAT WE HAVE A PHILOSOPHY THAT YOU HAVE TO GIVE TO BE RECEPTIVE TO WHAT COME YOUR WAY AT ANY TIME! WE WERE AND STILL WORKING W/ A CERTAIN EX COUPLE {NOW HE ONLYb HIMSELF NOW OF CORSE ANYWAY WE GAVE A LOT FOR kATRINA RELIEF {I WOUND UP PUTTING PART OF MY PERSONAL FINE ART COLLECTION IN THE oGDEN MUSEUM IN NAWLIN'S A LOT OF US DO NOT SAY DAT OR ALL OR WERE WHITE DIRTY SHRIMPIN BOOTS AS WE CALL THEM, ITS REALLY DIFF HERE BUT IF YOU KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE YOU HAVE A KEY TO THE CITY BADGE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS... MAYBE JUST A RUMOR BULSHIT ITS THE GOOD OLE BOYS SYSEM WE HAVE HERE THERE IS THE UNITED STATES AND ALSO NEW ORLEANS. WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY UNTALKS ABOUT IT. THAT IS TILL THE FEDS FINALLY GOT THE BALLS TO KEEP LOCKING UP POLITITIONAL KATRINA POLICE DEATH SQUADS SEEING NOPD IN WALMART 2 IN FULL UNIFORM CALMLY PICKING OUT DVDS COMPUTERS... WHILE HUNGREDS ARE IN PICTURE LOOTING WALMART WHAT ABOUT THE LEGENDARY EX GOV NOW CONVITED DID TIME AT COUNTRY CLUB AND IS NOW OUT IN HIS ITALIAN SILK TAILORED SUIT AND TIE 70YRS PLUS OLD AND WIFE IS YONGER THAN HIS CHILDREN. ITS LIKE ANYWHERE ELSE BUT NO ONE ELSE TALKS ABOUT IT HERE WE SEE IT IN PAPER NEWS WORD OF MOUTH, PEOPLE POLITICIANS BRAG ABOUT IT NOT TO MENTION HUEY LONG SAME THEY LOVE HIM ITS THE ROBIN HOOD SYNDROME BUT ITS HOME AND NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE MOVED AWAY AND ALWAYS COME BACK NO WORRIES IF YOU KNOW A FEW JUDGES OR WATEVER TO GER ROR'D BEFORE BOOKING IS FINISHED BOOKING AND THEN IT DRAGS ON AND ON UNTIL IT MAJICKLY DISSAPEARES AND EVEN IF CONVICTED OF 30 DUI'S NEG MANSLADER FROM MURDER 1 AND IT ENETUALLY IF REALLY CONNECTED YOU GET AN EXPONGEMENT AND CHANGE STATUS ON NCIC HOMELAND SEC... BUT TAKE ME TO THE CITY BENEATH THE SEA HAD 19 FEET OF WATER FROM THE LEVEES BREAKING THE DAY AFTER KATRINA HI WE HAD A WHITE SHADOW WHICH DOES NOT EXIST IF ASK THE DOJ OR US GOV. BUT 1 EXAMPLE THE QUARTER /DOWNTOWN AREA JUST HAPPEN TO IN ONE CASE THA A WOMEN WAS BEING CAR JACKED AT GUNPOINT AND W/OUT HEARING A SHOT OR ANT SOUND OTHER THAN THE SOUND OF THE CARJACKERSHERE GETTING BLOWN OF AND DROPPED 1 SHOT ONE KILL A MILE AWAY IN CASES THEY HAD TO PROTECT THE QUARTER/DOWNTOWN WE WOULD BE BACK IN THE STONE AGES IN NEW ORLEANS ITS GREAT AND SAFE EVERYONE WANTS TO COME AND SHOULD LIKE BETSY IN 63 WORD IS EXPLOSIONS WERE HEARD IN BOTH CASES AND JUST IN THE RIGHT PLACE AS TO NOT FLOOD THE QUARTERIT REALLY IS A GREAT DIVERSE CITY THAT SOMEDAY IF THE BILLIONS CAN NOT BE SKIMMED IT WILL BE THE TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION FROM US UK UAS GLOBALLY COME ON DOWN LES BON TON ROULLE

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