Yesterday, as I wrote about the possible Niche Devil Scam I wrote in one of my comments “I might have an ugly surprise for everybody that signed up to their referral program.” But the more I dug, the more ugly surprises I found out, here they are:
As I was researching Niche Devil, I was also signing up for their referral program. I didn’t look further into this, I just signed up and got my link. After I finished my research into Niche Devil, I added the link as a joke to the end of my Niche Devil Review. Then it dawned on me that I never looked up what the affiliate provision for Niche Devil actually is. I only added the link as a joke and perhaps even as a research tool to see how many people would buy the product after what was basically a negative review. So I went to the Niche Devil affiliate web site, but I couldn’t find this basic information. I mean, that is a bit harsh or? These guys built a new site to support their products and they “forget” to tell their affiliate partners what they will make? After I lot of searching I found the info finally on bloggerunleashed, the vlog of the guy that sells Niche Devil. Vic states there: “Niche Devil sells for $97 and Affiliates get paid 50%” That is the explanation why at the moment every man and his dog are promoting niche devil. Not because it is a good and proven to work product, it is because they pay a high commission.
What I found when searching their web site were two links in the section “support” to a forum and to a blog. The forum being locked and containing only one post, the blog never having been written on. Also quite impressive! Finally I found the support ticket system and submitted the following support ticket, after, to no avail, having searched for answers to this and other questions on the site.
“Hi, I signed up yesterday for your referral program, I could retrieve the referral link fine, but I am unable to find out our referral commission. I also would be interested to know if it is possible to see click statistics. I also stumbled upon the option in my account to put in / submit my clickbank details. Do I have to do this in order to take advantage of the affiliate program? I tried to find all this out via your forum or blog. The first is locked and contains only one post, the other never got to its first post. Any clarification about this would be appreciated, SY”
What I got back was the following:
“Hi there, Our affiliate system is tied in with clickbank, you need to enter your clickbank id on the my account->affiliate settings page and you will be paid by clickbank directly. Unfortunately we have no click tracking software, however one of the benefits of our software is is that once you refer a customer, the cookie cannot be overridden by another affiliate ensuring you will always receive credit where credit is due.”
No answer to my other questions so far. Impressive, isn’t it? So first of all, why do they put up a whole affiliate page to sign up to if they, in the end, route all through clickbank??? Note also that they never answered my other question regarding commission. WOW, what an affiliate set-up, letting you sign up to one program only to discover that you need a second one to get your money. Bearing in mind that the second one could do the job alone, without the first one!!! Now clickbank is a pain in the backside at the best of times to use, but I searched their market place and guess what next? I couldn’t find Niche Devil on it! Also it hasn’t appeared “magically” on my vendor list, I checked that also. Now how on earth will that work???
As a little site note, I also noticed that the support person hadn’t a clue how their site worked as they do provide click reporting via the “campaigns” section.
So here the ugly surprises in summary:
You need a clickbank account to participate in the program but the product is not available on clickbank. So if they use clickbank to pay their affiliates how does that work??? Plus support is, to put it politely, not really knowledgeable about how there own system works plus their blog and forum are empty/ locked. Would you trust such a site? Me not.
Will you be paid as an affiliate of Niche Devil? Probably only if you were one of the chosen few to be contacted directly by them. If you are a “second wave” sign up like me, I seriously doubt it due to the set up outlined above.
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