Overall Score: 4/10
Founder: David Blaze
Price: $67 + $37/month, many upsells (up to $297)
Ahoy there buccaneers! It’s time for another review. This time it’s another ClickBank product that claims you can make $10,000 a month without doing any work! Is it a scam? Let’s find out!
Ahoy Thar! What is ClickBank Pirate About?
ClickBank Pirate (CP) is a supposedly automated affiliate marketing program that will net you hundreds of doubloons- er, dollars, a day. All you have to do is spend some money!
Created by David Blaze (a known guru), CP basically gives you a ready-made website that you don’t need to work on. No writing, technical work, nothing. Just receive the site and cash in.
That sounds like a great deal to me! Spend a few bucks and make a fortune in return. Of course, you can probably guess what we’re really dealing with here.
You know what one of the biggest signs of a scam is? Anything being sold as “done for you,” or “turnkey,” or “ready-made.” And as we’ll see in the review, CP lives up to the alarm bells it rings.
Shiver Me Timbers! The CP Hype and Upsells!
When I review Clickbank products, I try to inspect their sales pages, since that’s the best way to know if something’s shady.
Lo and behold, CP is a treasure trove (relevant pun) of warning signs.
The first thing I have to mention is the theme. CP makes full use of pirate cliches. Check out the picture at the top of the page.
“Pillage and Plunder.” How fitting that they outright tell you what they wanna do to your wallet.
What makes them so “renegade,” really? Does ClickBank itself have a bounty on them? More importantly, why are they using the ClickBank name in the first place?
Know what really grinds my gears? The fact that David Blaze references other gurus and their deception while doing the same thing.
Arr, matey! This is of course very true. But it’s also exactly what CP does further down the page! Check it out down below.
This should scream scam to anyone with a discerning eye.
All over the extensive sales page is meaningless terminology like “plug and play.” I have a personal bias against that phrase. It sounds stupid. You don’t plug a website. It has no cord.
There’s also an unhealthy focus on not doing work. Once you move past scams like CP, you realize that it’s gonna take a lot of work before results happen. So ignore gems like these:
That’s just insane. It’s all false. 100% bogus, me hearties!
You most certainly do have to write on your website. Saying you don’t need to write original content is like saying you don’t have to write your own exams in school. Just photocopy your friends’ paper!
And it’s funny they mention you don’t need a lot of cash, when they offer upsells.
Yes, despite being “the secret to success,” CP will flood you with upsells right after purchasing, the highest one being $297.
I hate upsells with a passion. I hate to recommend any program that has them.
It gets even more pathetic when you try to leave the sales page. That prompts CP to offer you a $5, month-long “trial.” Downsells are worse than upsells. It’s desperate and deceptive.
How Does ClickBank Pirate Work?
Let’s get one thing straight here: there is no training of note in CP. After all, it’s turnkey! You shouldn’t have to do anything to own a successful online business!
Anyway, what CP does is it gives you a WordPress website. The site is ready to use, and is supposed to be your affiliate marketing HQ.
However, while affiliate marketing can involve anything, CP takes cues from literally every other get-rich-quick internet scheme and makes the website solely about promoting itself.
So basically the process is:
- Get your website after paying
See those question marks? That’s the “traffic” area. But CP doesn’t mention anything about that, ’cause apparently the website is all you need!
CP also hosts the “turnkey” blog for free, which I guess is a good thing… but means absolutely nothing when you take a closer look.
Here’s the thing. It’s true that you don’t have to actually work on the blog CP gives you. They give you about 4 pre-written
trash articles and posts. PLR articles and posts.
For those who don’t know, PLR (Private Label Rights) simply means you can use a product any way you’d like. It’s basically yours. That sounds good to a lazy beginner, but the truth is Google and other search engines despise duplicated content.
Well, not all duplicate content. But obviously entire sites make the cut! They’re fish in a barrel!
Since many other people are buying CP, this means multiple people have the same content! Their sites are dead in the water. Stillborn. Dead on arrival. Google will make sure they don’t rank.
CP conveniently forgets to mention this, since it means all “done for you” programs are useless. So you can see how dishonest they look as they hype the hell out of their “autopilot” program.
Now, I do admit I haven’t read the articles. But I really don’t need to. It’s all duplicated content, and Google will kill it.
One more thing. Notice how it says the blog is worth $297 value? That is a blatant lie. WordPress blogs are often free, and even with hosting it rarely goes over $50 to start.
Wha…? This is just more evidence that this is a generic guru program. You don’t need to pay someone to make your site. At all. And no one would pay for pre-written posts either!
Original content is what you need, friend. Not duplicate rubbish.
That’s really all that CP does. You’re stuck with a website that you can’t do anything with. Let’s face it, if you buy CP, you’re a beginner. And beginners don’t know how to get traffic. Plus, Google will slam the site anyway.
Hold it! There’s still one more thing: the training. I know I already said it was useless, but I need a high word count.
All I have to say about the training is that it’s outdated and not worth your time, for the simple reason that it pushes PLR, which as you know now is not a good thing.
Avast, Ye Swabs! It be My Final Thoughts on CP!
Generic. Outlandish. Dishonest. These are the words I would use to describe ClickBank Pirate. If you didn’t notice throughout the review, I also call it a scam.
At its core, CP runs on a legit business model. Promote the product, and get a commission when you make a sale.
Affiliate marketing is certainly a great strategy. But CP’s users can only promote CP itself. Any affiliate marketer knows that you can make money off of any interest you have.
To a beginner, CP is a dream. All that money, with no work involved! Sadly, this is just CP selling those dreams, since that beginner will be stuck with a lame duck that won’t rank in Google or have any traffic whatsoever.
Is it possible to make money with CP? Sure, through its affiliate program. Maybe you’ll get some traffic. But it won’t be $10,000 a month.
Still, if you wanna try it out, it costs $67 up front, and $37/month. It’s up to you.
The only thing I gained from CP was a better grasp of my pirate lingo. Don’t expect it to line your pockets!
If you wanna make money online, you need to work really, really hard. Savvy? And if you wanna get into affiliate marketing, then understand that you can do it without CP, and for a lot cheaper.
A Better Choice
Look, CP is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to affiliate marketing. Many programs like this are doomed by lack of training, which I think is the most important aspect of any online business.
I wasted a lot of money falling for scams like ClickBank Pirate. But after I came across Wealthy Affiliate, my #1 Super Program, I found out that it wasn’t about upsells, or PLR trash. It was about hard work and support.
In a business as complicated as affiliate marketing, you need all the help you can get. Programs like CB leave you confused and your wallet scuttled. Wealthy Affiliate is a community of landlubbers all willing to assist each other. You can ask for help on literally anything.
And guess what? They even teach you how to write on your website. Yes, you do need to do that. Don’t worry though. WA gives you two sites for free!
What do you think about ClickBank Pirate? Have any questions? Enjoyed the pirate lingo refresher? Leave a comment below!
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