Hey Weston, I’m with you. I originally started out for the same reason. I had no idea what to expect (and I thought it was completely fake… even the member comments, which is a little embarrassing to admit now). But since no credit card was required I didn’t feel like I was committing to anything. Now that I review a lot of programs my credit card gets charged all the time for the reasons you mention. I have to keep a spreadsheet of all the programs and tools I’m trying out so I can cancel payments or even ask for refunds if they turn out to be duds.
For example, what are the quality and quantity of the links that have been created over time? Are they natural and organic links stemming from relevant and high quality content, or are they spammy links, unnatural links or coming from bad link neighborhoods? Are all the links coming from the same few websites over time or is there a healthy amount of global IP diversification in the links?
Their schtick is simple. You want a sports car in your garage? Get 100 people signed up with ClickFunnels, and get $500/month for your dream car. Once you have 200 people signed up, get $1000/month for your dream car. There’s no cash out option. So there’s no excuse for not spending every single penny of that $1000/month on the most amazing car you can get your hands on.
In sales, we all know that customers generally need to hear about the product. They need to see the product. They need to do both multiple times before they decide to buy. Often they will use your affiliate link to go to the product, and then later just google the product to return to it. Sometimes the customer knows he is being sold. He wants to get around you and directly to the product. In most cases, you caused the sale but you can’t earn on the sale. Not so with ClickFunnels. 
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