The amount of each payment ClickBank users receive varies depending on a several elements. For more information about how a payment is determined, read on.
ClickTip: Before a ClickBank user can receive payment, they must meet the Customer Distribution Requirement (CDR). This requirement was put in place to deter ClickBank affiliates from using their accounts to fraudulently collect rebates or discounts. To meet the requirement, an account must show a minimum of five (5) sales using at least two of the following payment methods:
- American Express
- Carte Bleue
- Diners Club
The “Payment Threshold” is a predetermined minimum amount of money ClickBank users must have in their account before a payment is issued. You can select an amount between $10 and $1,000,000 as your payment threshold amount. The default amount is $100.
“Account Activity” refers to any sales and/or commissions that have been accrued by your account.
Once the funds in your account reach your payment threshold, payment is issued. However, the amount issued may be less than the full amount due to one or more deductions. These deductions may be because of debit backdating (the process of backdating returns and revokes for accounting purposes) or from the return allowance deduction.
The return allowance deduction is a fraction of each payment that is withheld to manage any quality issues that may arise including refunds and revoked sales. This amount is credited back to your account after 12 weeks (about 84 days). The standard return allowance amount is 10%, however ClickBank reserves the right to adjust this amount at any time.
Dormant Account Fees
If your account has no account activity over an extended period of time, it will be considered dormant. Dormant accounts are issued a fee per pay period they remain dormant. That fee schedule is as follows:
- $1 per pay period after 90 days dormant
- $5 per pay period after 180 days dormant
- $50 per pay period after 365 days dormant
If your account is dormant and you no longer wish to maintain it, you can close your account.
In accordance with the Return and Cancellation Policy, ClickBank may authorize product returns. When a sale is returned, the customer receives a 100% refund that is paid out of the corresponding ClickBank Client account.
If the return is being issued for a recurring billing product, then the most recent payment is refunded. A refund for a recurring product also cancels any further recurring payments for that product.
Chargebacks and Chargeback Fees
A purchase is “charged back” when a customer disputes the charge through their bank or credit card company. A customer might dispute a charge when they believe the transaction was unfunded, unauthorized, or fraudulent. They might also pursue this step when they have not received a refund directly from the retailer.
Chargebacks cost ClickBank money and harm its valuable reputation as a reliable internet retailer. Because of this, if a ClickBank Vendor is the subject of a chargeback, they will be assessed a fee based on the following fee schedule:
- $22 if the user's chargeback rate is less than 1.0%
- $29 + ClickBank’s margin if the user's chargeback rate is between 1.0% - 1.49%
- $49 + ClickBank’s margin if the user's chargeback rate is greater than 1.5%