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Although I was a ClickFunnels user up until last year, I started to realize the number of problems with the software.
So, I wanted to give an updated ClickFunnels review that contains the negative parts of the software too.
Of course, in some situations, ClickFunnels is a good option and it can still be useful for certain types of businesses.
However, as negative as it sounds, throughout this review, I will be focusing on the negatives & problems that ClickFunnels has.
The reason for this is that most reviews out there do not contain the real negatives of the software.
Usually, these reviews are by affiliates so they are incentivized to tell you that ClickFunnels is this amazing piece of marketing magic that will let you build a fully-scaled business with no experience.
Sorry, to burst your bubble but that simply isn’t true.
A lot of people praise the ClickFunnels templates and say that they are amazing.
However, they are almost all exactly the same. A lot of the templates just look like the other ones with minor changes.
Of course, you can build your sites from scratch, but a lot of templates within ClickFunnels just look like the other ones.
ClickFunnels only comes with 100 templates in total and they all look extremely similar.
It’s like they are all just another version of each other. Instead of being two different templates, they are more like X Template 1.0, X Template 1.1.
You can see this in the image below.
Another problem with these templates is that, because ClickFunnels is so popular, everyone seems to be using the same looking templates.
It’s going to be a little harder to stand out when you are using the same templates as everyone else.
Especially, if you are somebody who is not utilizing video marketing and your landing page is not well branded.
Also, most of the templates are made for the most popular niches such as Internet marketing & weight loss, so if you are in another niche then these templates might not suit your audience.
Templates by platforms such as Kartra & GetResponse have a lot more variety, so they might suit your business better.
Another problem with ClickFunnels is their affiliate program. While the payout is great, there are multiple problems with the affiliate program itself.
The first one is that it keeps changing, one day it is open for everyone, then suddenly affiliates who do not have 20 active members can’t access their affiliate links.
I was a Clickfunnels member for about six months and in those six months, the affiliate program changed about three times.
Usually, when they make these changes newer affiliates suddenly can’t access their links and it says it’s currently closed.
This is terrible if you have already bought traffic and started promoting it.
Also, 40% Commission sounds great, however, you won’t actually start receiving 40% until you have 40 active members.
Up until last year, you would receive 40%.
The problem with this is that they still advertise 40% commission and you don’t actually find out that you are being paid less until you look at the terms and conditions.
Also, while I was a member of ClickFunnels they changed the terms & conditions once which meant that one of my free training funnels that I used to promote ClickFunnels, wasn’t allowed anymore.
When you join ClickFunnels, they will also tell you that you “have already been accepted” to the affiliate program by being a ClickFunnels member, but then, later on, they will often suddenly close your access.
This happened to one of my friends while he had six people currently trialing and a complete campaign that focused on promoting ClickFunnels which he already bought traffic for.
He couldn’t access his links, see his stats and he didn’t even know what happened to those six trials.
3rd Party Payment Processor
Oh, and I almost forgot… Their 3rd party payment processor who manages their tax forms has even worse support than ClickFunnels. When I tried filling out the Tax Form, there was a bug that would give me a US Citizen Tax Form (I live in the UK) and I tried contacting them four times through different methods without getting a response.
Although this isn’t ClickFunnels fault, it’s pretty annoying and ClickFunnels said they can’t do anything about it. This meant I was unable to access any commissions I generated.
Overall, their affiliate program is just pretty annoying as when they change it, it always damages the newer Clickfunnels affiliates and they do so without any sort of notice.
The last problem has to do with the Integrations and it is something that I personally experienced.
I’m not sure if this always happens when you integrate different pieces of software, but ever since I used Thrive Architect, I have not had this problem.
The problem is the loss of leads between ClickFunnels & email integrations.
While I was using ClickFunnels, often with Integrations such as ActiveCampaign & GetResponse, some leads would be lost between the Integrations.
I mean, that is terrible, some of these leads could have bought high-ticket offers in the email follow-up.
The way I would notice this is by looking at my new contacts in ClickFunnels, often there would be at least 5 more within ClickFunnels.
Also, I’m not just talking about the “opt-ins” in ClickFunnels, as I know these sometimes count duplicates, I am talking about the new contacts section.
Again, I am not sure if this happens with all integrations, but using Thrive Architect & ActiveCampaign, I have not yet experienced this issue.
It’s also worth noting that if you use a platform that has powerful email marketing tools such as GetResponse, you will not run into this issue, as you will not need to integrate two different pieces of software.
Who ClickFunnels Is For
Although I focused on the negatives throughout this ClickFunnels review, it still is a good software for certain types of businesses.
These businesses are established businesses that are generating over $3000 per month that are looking to create comprehensive sales funnels with order bumps & one-click upsells. If that is you, then, by all means, ClickFunnels might be the solution for you.
However, other than that, I don’t see ClickFunnels being the solution for a lot of people because of the problems with the software that I mentioned above.
Who ClickFunnels Is Not For
ClickFunnels is not for you if:
The Problems that I mentioned above would affect your business
Your business is making less than $3,000 per month
You are not looking for a comprehensive sales funnel builder
You are simply looking to collect emails
Best Alternative For Beginners
Lastly, I wanted to present you with the best alternative that you could use if:
You are a beginner
You just want to collect emails
You want a basic sales funnel (no one-click upsells & order bumps)
ClickFunnels is a good platform, but it’s marketed to the wrong audience so that it gets a bigger piece of the pie.
Unless you are an established business that is doing over $4,000 per month in revenue and you are looking to create comprehensive sales funnels, I could bet on it that there are better options out there.
ClickFunnels has an affiliate program that pays pretty high recurring commissions, along with big prizes such as “your dream car”, which incentivizes affiliates to tell you how amazing their platform is when in reality, it has a lot of problems.
Nobody will tell you about the actual problems within the software, otherwise, they will not make their commissions.
However, please feel free to give ClickFunnels a try if you feel like it might be the right option for you.