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  1. Neshable
    September 23, 2013

    Great Comparison Review, Lynn!

    I’ve always used Clickbank as a vendor and affiliate, and JVZoo only as an affiliate. But since JVZoo is free of cost (I didn’t know that) I will definitely try it .

    Nevertheless, Clickbank remains (for now) the biggest of all.

  2. Sharon McPherson
    September 23, 2013

    Another feature JVzoo has for vendors that Clickbank doesn’t, is that you have the option of being able to approve affiliates before they get an affiliate link. This is useful for being able to weed out affiliates that are known undesirables.

  3. RB
    September 23, 2013

    When I was researching the difference between the two, it seemed that jvzoo is only preferable if your product is in the IM niche, because the customer automatically gets signed up to the “jvzoo pick of the day” list (or whatever it’s called), and if the product isn’t IM related, they would not appreciate all those emails. Wondering what you think about that, is that correct?

  4. Mark McKnight
    September 23, 2013

    Hi Lynn,

    I don’t use either yet because I haven’t launched my product yet. I am going to launch a beginner photography course in October 13 and will probably go with Clickbank. I’ve heard that your Paypal account can be at risk with JVZoo if you get a lot of refund requests. Maybe you could clarify this from your research.
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  5. Dana Cassell
    September 23, 2013

    Lynn, you said you set up an identical site on a .net URL and put that through ClickBank – is that because you cannot put the same offer/site on both processors?

  6. Riza
    September 24, 2013

    Hmm. A very interesting review. I’m biased because I haven’t heard until now about JVZoo, and well, ClickBank’s been around to be counted as a reliable place for merchants and affiliates’ alike.

    But of course, if we want changes and improvement, we should always be open to new stuff, and that maybe, given the benefit of the doubt, they’ll be able to surpass the one that has been sturdy all these times.

    The comparison is very good, learned a lot about what JVZoo can bring to the table. And I guess, it will all boils down to what will work for you as a merchant, or as an affiliate.

    This is nice to keep for future references, Lynn.

    Found this post, as usual, on Kingged.com, and shared this comment there as well.

  7. Jawbone Up
    September 24, 2013

    Good one Lynn. I always like the posts when you recommend us something new. I’m looking for new merchants as well as new affiliate products. Not going to bang all my efforts in Clickbank. Better have a second alternatives!

    Definitely going to use your affiliate link. Pls provide more good resources!
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  8. Sharon McPherson
    September 24, 2013

    Hi Lynn, I just remembered something else that makes JVZoo different from Clickbank. They allow you to upload and host your products directly on their platform. They also give you the ability to create instant sales pages, thereby eliminating the necessity to create sales and download pages on your own website.
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  9. Geoff Todd
    September 24, 2013

    Hi Lynn, Thanks for this comparison. I have been hearing a lot more about JVZoo lately, so I wanted to check it out as an affiliate. I also have a few products lined up for launch soon so this saves me a little time on comparing the pros/cons of the two sites.

  10. Okto
    September 24, 2013

    Hi Lynn,
    Evaluating drawbacks is always important for many marketers. Thanks for having that points in this post. I’ve seen many used Jvzoo but I personally engage with clickbank for long. I think I need to look further about jvzoo.

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  11. Andy
    September 25, 2013

    I use JVZoo to run my affiliate program for my Kindle HTML Description tool. It integrates well with the membership site software and I like all the various types of reporting. As for refunds, if there is a refund request, you simply process it through their control panel.

    So far, I’ve been very happy with the JVZoo platform!

  12. Jon Rhodes
    September 29, 2013

    Hi Lynn, So far JvZoo hasn’t gone well! I couldn’t find how to upload a product. I looked at their video and it was no help as it didn’t show you where to go to do this. I contacted support and they said to go to my sellers dashboard and I will see a big orange button saying “Upload product”. However there is no orange button there when I visit this page.

    I contacted them again and they now want me to screen capture it to show them. It’s taking ages to sort this out. It seems really strange that there is no obvious way for me to upload a product. I was wondering whether I needed to upgrade my account in some way for this button to appear?

    • teena
      August 10, 2014

      Hi Jon,

      I’m sure this is all sorted by now, but I thought I’d share my 2c worth.

      I’ve had a similar experience in the past on a totally different website.

      It turned out I wasn’t using the latest version of my browser software, and there were tons of things I wasn’t “seeing” on the page – yikes! It’s all about the technology :-)

      I suggest trying a different brand or two of browser software first (Chrome, Safari, IE etc) — see if you can see the buttons. If you can, upgrade your other browser to the latest version and see if that helps.

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  13. Jason William
    September 30, 2013

    Hi Lynn, thanks for sharing the Benefits of JVZoo over ClickBank. I have prefered clickbank but these days they are getting difficult to convert. I think i should try jvzoo.
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  14. Kate Woollands
    October 1, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your research Lynn. Food for thought there.

    I was going to go with Clickbank, as my experience as a buyer with JVZoo didn’t impress – perhaps due to the ridiculous “Upsell Maze” and the irritation of the automatic subscription to the JVZoo pick of the day email.

    However, I can’t imagine you would choose a platform which does that, so maybe there’s a way to streamline the process and make it simple and non spammy for the buyer. I’ll have to check it out.

  15. Stephanie Watson
    October 14, 2013

    Did you know that if you pay affiliates by third party payment methods such as paypal, or credit card that you no longer have to send them 1099? That started with 2012 taxes. I’m not aware of any chances for 2012 or 2013 that’s different.

    I’m not sure if this lets me put a link but I’d like to share with you a blog post I wrote and the comments on the post from Tax Mama. Just thought I’d let you know that. http://www.virtualassistantmoms.com/new-1099-rules-that-you-need-to-know/ Paypal or the third party payment system will send a 1099 K to people instead.

  16. Teresa
    October 25, 2013

    No one seems to be mentioning the area of autoresponders and this is where JVzoo is a drawback because it will not integrate with Infusionsoft. I want to stick with infusionsoft so I have to use Clickbank. The only other option is to use Infusionsoft’s merchant system which has no marketplace thus making it harder to attract affiliates. To bad JVZoo won’t work with Infusionsoft as I would prefer to use them.

  17. Loretta
    July 25, 2014

    I just set p a product on JVzoo this week and it was sooooooo much easier than the one I did on Clickbank. I like the ability to have different settings on a per affiliate basis and the new coupon feature. Those are big perks in comparison to CB.

    I need to look into doing a duplicate version of my previous CB product so I can list it in JVzoo as well.
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  18. Loretta
    July 26, 2014

    I think my only complaint so far is that their entire support and knowledge area is video. There’s no text, just “Watch this video”.

  19. Maurice
    August 10, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this with us Lynn. As a Clickbank affiliate myself it’s been an interesting experience to say the least for the exact reason you mention above. They should not allow the use of your own affiliate link when purchasing. As far as I’m concerned, this is an unfair business practice which Clickbank should address and the major reason I am leading away from them.

  20. Jay
    September 30, 2014

    Thanks a lot, Lynn.

    I’m in the process of building my own product and I had half a mind of putting it on JVZoo as well. After reading this, I’ve got about three quarters of a mind to do it.

    Do you have an info source on how to go about setting up JVZoo products?

    I still have so many questions!

    1. What sort of materials do you need besides the product itself? A landing page, obviously. But what else?

    2. Does JVZoo have protection from people buying your stuff with their own affiliate link?

    3. Does JVZoo offer features for setting up VAT on your sales?

    4. Let’s say my product is subscription based software… can my software contact JVZoo to ask if a user is still running an active subscription?

  21. anne
    November 18, 2014

    Great comparison Lynn. Thanks for the info, it’s easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a “IRS 1099 Form ”,I found a blank form here: http://goo.gl/4cde83

  22. Matt Gerchow
    January 22, 2015

    Seems pretty straight forward. I’ve also heard that the upsell path on JVzoo is better than Clickbank as well as the offers they will allow are more flexible.

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