I really wanted to like ClickFunnels. But after a year using their system, I’ve found myself frustrated, disheartened, and definitely not recommending their funnels to anyone.
Here’s the full story:
The Golden Chance
Let me start by giving you some context for this story…
A few months back, I was fortunate enough to be asked to be on a podcast called The Hustle. They interview entrepreneurs and everyday mo’fo’s (morons) about growing successful businesses.
While I was preparing for my appearance on the show, I became aware of a company called ClickFunnels. I’d never heard of them, but after doing a bit of exploring, I found out that they are a web development company that creates email marketing software. They also have an affiliate program which enables you to earn a commission selling their product.
Now, for the curious, let’s dive into why I thought this was a golden chance for me, personally.
I consider myself a creative person. I’ve always had an eye for design and pattern recognition since I was a child. When I was in school, I even went on to become a graphic designer. But due to financial restraints, I had to defer my study of art and design. For years, I’d wished that I could somehow combine my love for two seemingly opposite things—my passion for design and my interest in finances—and create a real life career that I could call my own.
So imagine my delight when, after years of wishing and pursuing my dreams, I found myself in a position to work for a company that creates software that could potentially help me to realize my designing talents.
Now, let’s be clear here… I wasn’t applying for a job at ClickFunnels. They reached out to me with an offer to be a beta tester of their software. So I agreed to try out their product. I figured if it was good enough for them, it was good enough for me.
The Beta Testing
Since the beginning of April, I’ve been beta testing ClickFunnels’ software in preparation for my review on The Hustle. To be honest, I’ve been overwhelmed by the task of trying to figure out how to use the product and give the company my feedback. Even after a few hits and misses, I still don’t feel like I’m using their product effectively enough to give a fully-formed review. But I’ve also had to deal with plenty of bugs and glitches that make me wonder if they’ve been hacking away at their code for so long that they’ve forgotten how to write solid software.
Frustrating As Fuck
Over the past few months, I’ve tried repeatedly to use their software and follow their step-by-step instructions. But instead of helping me to create a business that I can grow and profit from, it’s merely been a waste of time.
Let me tell you why…
The very first step in using their software is to create an account. After you’ve created an account, you have to integrate your email address with your AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) account so that you can then set up automated email responses to clients. At this point, you can either choose to integrate your AIM with your Gmail or Yahoo mail accounts. (For those of you who use Gmail, you can click here to visit the Gmail integration page).
Once you’ve set up your email accounts, you have to choose a theme for your website. You can choose from a dozen different themes, all of which look exactly the same. (FYI: I tried talking to support about this issue, but they didn’t have any insight into why I was facing this problem. So if you’re experiencing a similar issue, I’d recommend contacting customer service directly.)
Let’s get to the heart of the matter here… As I mentioned earlier, I initially felt that the product was good enough to give it a go-before review, but after using it for a few weeks, I’ve found it to be extremely buggy.
The first major bug that I experienced arised while creating a tutorial video for one of my client projects. In the video, I discussed how to set up a funnel perfectly using ClickFunnels’ software. (You can view the video here.) While cutting the video, I clicked on an object that was part of the design and the software panicked, deleting all of my work and effectively demoting me from a certified professional to a mere amateur. Since that day, I’ve found that the software deletes all of my videos and tutorials whenever I upload them to my YouTube channel. So be careful when using this product!
Now, let’s talk about the good things about ClickFunnels. Despite the bugs and glitches, I do have to give them kudos for one thing—their awesome website. When I first saw what they had created, I was blown away. (I’ll have you know that my website is also pretty damn amazing.)
When you develop a good taste for clean and minimalistic design, you’ll be excited to see what they’ve created. Their website is almost like a magazine covering the following topics: income (how you make money), goal setting (setting goals and achieving them), productivity (how you get things done), and overall strategy (managing your personal and business life). If you want to learn more, you can view their website here.
So my impression of ClickFunnels at this point is that it’s a pretty shady operation that creates a poor product that has a lot of bugs and glitches.
In my opinion, if you are a designer or a visual artist and you want to produce products that you can use for your own purposes, you should look elsewhere for a more stable and sustainable alternative.
But if you want to make money online, you should give this product a try. Just remember that from the company that created the parental controls for YouTube, Bugged is a common word.