Gary’s Clickfunnels Review – Does This Sales Funnel Builder Live Up To Expectation?

How The Launch if Clickfunnels 2.0 Changes Things

Updated: February 27th, 2023: When I originally reviewed Clickfunnels, and it was back in late 2019.

Since then, Clickfunnels 2.0 was launched (in early 2022) and the version of Clickfunnels in my review below is no longer available.

Some things changed for the better with Clickfunnels 2.0, some things didn’t change and some things changed for the worse.

Here I’ll briefly go over the differences between Clickfunnels 2.0 (the only version now available) and Clickfunnels 1.0 (also referred to as Clickfunnels Classic), the version I subscribed to…

The Pros of Clickfunnels 2.0:

  1. An autoresponder has finally been added to the Basic Plan. this saves customers having to pay for a third-party autoresponder service such as Aweber or GetResponse.
  2. A true drag-and-drop editor has replaced the old block-based system for building pages. This makes it much easier to position page elements exactly where you want them.
  3. A new mid-Tier Plan called Clickfunnels Pro has been introduced that provides more features than Clickfunnels Basic but fewer features than the Funnel Hacker Plan.
  4. Clickfunnels most expensive plan – now called the Funnel Hacker Plan – remains at $297/mth.
  5. And that’s about it!

The Cons of Clickfunnels 2.0:

  1. Clickfunnels 1.0 users were not grandfathered into Clickfunnels 2.0 as might have been expected. Instead, they get to still use the old block-based editor and still don’t get access to the inbuilt autoresponder. Fees are the same as they were when Clickfunnels 1.0 was the only version.
  2. If Clickfunnels 1.0 users want to use Clickfunnels 2.0, they have to pay full price for Clickfunnels 2.0, so no discounts for being a loyal customer. Existing funnels will be moved over to Clickfunnels 2.0 for you.
  3. The price of a Clickfunnels Basic plan has increased by 50%, from $97/mth to $147/mth, putting it out of the reach of all those on small budgets:
    Clickfunnels 2.0 Pricing
  4. Clickfunnels are very expensive for what they offer – $147/mth for the Basic Plan, $197/mth for the Pro Plan and $297/mth for the Funnel Hacker Plan.
  5. Only Pro Plan and Funnel Hacker Plan customers can now become Clickfunnels affiliates. Originally, Basic Plan customers could become affiliates too.
  6. Pro Plan affiliates can only earn 20% commissions while the original 40% commissions on offer to all affiliates for Clickfunnels 1.0 are now only available to Funnel Hacker Plan customers.
  7. If you joined Clickfunnels when Version 1.0 was on sale and you became an affiliate but you have not upgraded to Clickfunnels 2.0, then not all marketing promotions are available to you. In other words, older affiliates who have not upgraded to Clickfunnels 2.0 are being discriminated against.
  8. My experience when accessing Clickfunnels membership sites has not been good recently. I’ve followed 3 separate courses, all built by different creators on Clickfunnels (I could tell by the Join Clickfunnels banners on the bottom right of their pages)…and in each course, it took 10s of seconds for a single video to load on a course page. Not exactly exemplary performance, especially not for the prices Clickfunnels charges.

As you can see, there are far more Cons to signing up with Clickfunnels than Pros.

On the basis of value for money and bang for your buck, I can no longer recommend Clickfunnels.

There are better and less expensive alternatives now available and from what I can see, Clickfunnels are literally pricing themselves out of the market.

The best alternative I can recommend now is Systeme.

It provides more features and tools than Clickfunnels and is a fraction of the cost.

Where Clickfunnels gives you a measly 14 days to try it out before you have to start paying or lose your work, Systeme offers a free-forever account that lets you build up to 3 sales funnels, one blog, one course, one community, collect up to 2,000 email subscribers and send out an unlimited number of emails.

It’s the perfect all-in-one marketing platform for those just starting out and who either have no or a very small budget to work with.

There’s no requirement to upgrade to a paid plan with Systeme but, if you do, paid plans cost $27/mth, $47/mth or $97/mth:

Systeme Pricing

That top $97/mth plan is $50 per month cheaper than Clickfunnels Basic Plan!

And it offers unlimited everything, something even the Clickfunnels Funnel Hacker Plan, at $297/mth, doesn’t even offer.

I’ve already covered all of this in these posts, so if you want more info, check them out:

Do yourself a favor and join Systeme instead.

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My Clickfunnels 1.0/Clickfunnels Classic Review

Just in case you jumped straight here without reading what I wrote above, this review is for the original version of Clickfunnels, now known as Clickfunnels 1.0 or Clickfunnels Classic. This version was retired following the release of Clickfunnels 2.0 in early 2022.

In this Clickfunnels review I’ll answer the question “What is Clickfunnels?“, give you a look inside and show you what it does and how it operates and from there you can decide if it’s something you need for your own online business.

This isn’t a tool only for product and service creators to help them market their goods more effectively.

It’s just as useful to affiliate marketers like myself and perhaps you.

Click the images below to see full size versions if you find them too small in the post.

What Is Clickfunnels®?

Clickfunnels is a sales funnel creation solution that’s been around since late 2014.

It was created by Russell Brunson, one of the best marketers in the business.

As with all good products, he created it initially for his own use, to make the process of creating his own sales funnels easier.

Later, he released it as an SaaS (Software as a Service) tool.

It’s used to create squeeze pages (also called optin pages), landing pages, lesson pages, sales funnels (a combination of different types of page), blogs, webinars and membership sites.

Clickfunnels - What Is Your Goal?

Clickfunnels’ purpose is to make the creation of these web assets as easy as possible. It does this through a block-building interface – each part of a web page is a block – that makes page creation easy, even for non-techies.

Payment Plans

There are two payment plans available:

$97/mth – which gives access to the page building software.

$297/mth – which also provides an in-built autoresponder service (for sending out your emails to your subscribers) as well as some more advanced tools.

Paused Account ($9.95/mth) – if for any reason you need to cancel your account (for example, you can no longer afford it) you can put your account into Paused status instead. This way you don’t lose any of your funnels or pages and you can reactivate your account at any time. If you cancel/terminate your account, you’ll permanently lose access to everything you’ve built.

Annual Plans – If you pay for a year up front (for both plans), you’ll get 2 months free, saving about 15% on fees.

Clickfunnels Pricing

With the $97/mth plan you need to pay for a 3rd-party autoresponder service like Aweber or GetResponse to manage sending out your emails.

You can see a more comprehensive list of services here and some offer free accounts to get you started.

These services start out at about $20 per month.

If you’ve been an affiliate marketer for any length of time, you may be subscribed to one of services already.

In the interests of transparency, I’m on the $97/mth plan myself and I already had a Aweber account and I didn’t feel the need to go for the $297/mth plan.

What Are Sales Funnels?

A Sales Funnel

Sales funnels are at the core of what Clickfunnels is all about.

I talked about what they are and why they’re important to any online business in a previous post.

I’d encourage you to read that post for a more in-depth look at them.

But if you want the short version, they’re a way of getting people to sign up to an email list so you can then email them valuable information and reminders about the product you’re promoting.

There’s a great explanation of them in this free web class.

The more someone is exposed to a given product, they more likely they are to buy as their objections are broken down and answered.

Typically, in sales funnels, 7-10 emails are sent out to subscribers.

But they can have fewer or sometimes many more emails.

You still have your subscribers when the final email in your sequence is sent out.

If you choose to keep sending them emails, then you can continue to promote the same product or try a different product.

The bottom line is that you have a captive audience that you can keep marketing to.

The Clickfunnels Review…

Now that we’ve got the preamble out of the way, it’s time for the Clickfunnels review itself.

Clickfunnels is what is known as Software as a Service (SaaS).

That means you pay an ongoing subscription fee to use the service and you cannot buy it outright.

And, since it’s an online service, you will need an internet connection to be able to use it.

That shouldn’t be a problem today for the majority of people.

Being an online service also means that you can use it from anywhere you can get online.

Building Sales Funnels

How marketers built their funnels before the arrival of Clickfunnels was to use plugins like Elementor Pro or OptimizePress on their WordPress sites.

These plugins let them create the various pages they needed outside of the regular WordPress posts and pages.

The problem with this method was that there were no clear interconnections between the various pages.

They existed as a list of pages within the plugins and, if you’re like me and forget stuff after a while, trying to figure out how everything hangs together in a funnel months later is a real pain.

So that’s the core problem that Clickfunnels addresses.

While this makes it very easy to create all kinds of pages with its block-builder interface, it actually organizes your sales funnels as you build them.

You can go back to any page, at any time, and edit it and never have to worry about how they relate to other pages in your funnel.

When you’re building a funnel from scratch, there are two ways to go about it – using Clickfunnels’ Cookbook Builder or the Classic Funnel Builder:

Clickfunnels: Build a Funnel

Most new users will pick the Cookbook Builder which provides 22 basic templates you can use to get started with.

This means you don’t have to build a funnel starting with a blank canvas:

Clickfunnels Funnel TemplatesOnce you select a basic funnel type (in the example below, I selected the Squeeze Page type), you’re presented with a screen that gives you instructions on how to build your funnel, along with a selection of free and paid templates you can use:

Clickfunnels Funnel Templates

It’s then just a matter of clicking on the template you want and it gets loaded into your list of funnels.

The Main Dashboard

Here’s what the main Clickfunnels dashboard looks like (I’ve blurred out some personal information):

The Clickfunnels Dashboard

This screen just gives you an overall look at your account – number of visitors, number of funnels you have, number of sales, etc.

The menu at the top opens up the rest of the system to you.

The Actionetics and Backpack features are only available to people on the $297/mth plan and, since I’m on the $97/mth plan, they’re not available to me.

So for that reason, I’m not able to review those features here.

The other main menu option is Clickfunnels which opens up the funnel building aspect of the service.

When you click the Funnels option in that menu, the Funnels screen opens:

The Clickfunnels Funnel Dashboard

As you can see in this screenshot, I currently have 12 funnels in my account.

The most recent one I’ve completed to date is the CF AF Bootcamp.

This is actually the funnel I use to promote a free affiliate marketing training course.

My own mentor, Zach Crawford, gives access to a pre-built but personalised funnel he uses himself.

His team build the funnel for you.

It’s what is called a Shared Funnel – a funnel created by another Clickfunnels user who allows you to use their funnel so you don’t have to build your own.

Using a Shared Funnel is a huge time-saver as all the hard work is done for you.

All you have to do is update the funnel with some of your own personal info and your own affiliate links.

You don’t have to spend time designing your funnel, doing all the copywriting for it or creating any videos used in it.

Being able to see how another user has structured their funnel is actually a great way to learn about building your own.

Here’s what the CF AF Bootcamp optin page looks like in Clickfunnels – this is only a partial view of it as it wouldn’t be fair to show the entire funnel smiley face:

Clickfunnels Sample Optin Page Setup

What you can see down the left side of the screen are the various pages in your funnel.

Here, 5 of several pages are listed.

You can see the entire funnel in action by signing up here.

At the bottom of this Funnel Steps column, there’s an Add New Step button (not shown in the image) which lets you add another page into your funnel.

If you look over at the top right of the image, under the blue navigation bar, there are 3 tabs. The default tab is Overview – what you see in the image above.

In the Automation tab you can add new actions such as adding or removing someone from your list, adding or removing tags and sending out email notifications.

There are also options to add a new email to your email sequence or set up an SMS text.

However, all the email functions relate to an email list built within Clickfunnels itself, and that feature is only available in the $297/mth plan.

It looks like the SMS feature can be used by anyone, but does require signing up with the external Twilio service and paying for that separately.

The Publishing tab is much more useful (at least on the $97/mth plan):

Clickfunnels Publishing Tab

The options here let you publish your pages in various ways to get it additional exposure.

I’d recommend downloading the HTML versions of your pages, if only as a backup.

The Page Editor

This is where you build and edit your pages.

In the examples below, I selected the optin page to show you, as this is the public-facing page of the funnel.

In the Funnel View image (two images up), you can see that there’s an option to split test your pages.

This lets you make a copy of your page and then change something on it so you can compare how it performs in comparison to your original page.

The slider which will appear between your two page-variants lets you specify how frequently each variant is displayed to visitors.

Clicking the Edit Page button under a variant opens up the page editing screen:

Clickfunnels Optin Page Editor

Across the top of this screen are the various menu options.

To the right of the Clickfunnels logo are the Back button (arrow), the Desktop View button, Mobile View button, the Apps button, Settings and Pop Up.

The editor allows you to create separate pages that are optimized for Desktop PCs and Mobile devices.

Many page elements (I’ll come to these in a moment) can be the same for both but you can add/delete/tweak page elements specifically for desktop or mobile.

When new page elements are added to the system by the Clickfunnels team, they’re available for you to add to your own pages though the Apps button.

The button has nothing to do with mobile apps and its name is a bit confusing.

The Pop Up button allows you to add a popup window to your pages that can be triggered when a visitor goes to exit your page.

This gives you one more chance to persuade them to sign up to your offer.

How Pages Are Constructed

We need to have a look at how pages are constructed before I can explain what the other buttons on the main menu are.

Each page is constructed of one or more sections.

Inside each section you can add a number of rows.

These allow you to partition sections and arrange how content will appear on the page.

Each row can have one or more columns.

An example of a 2-column row would be to have a video in one column and text in the other.

Each column contains one or more page elements that are stacked vertically, not horizontally.

These page elements are what are used to add content to your page and are things like text boxes, headlines, images, videos, dividers and so on.

To stack things horizontally, you simply add a row with the number of columns you want.

This image should give you a better idea of all of this:

Clickfunnels Page Elements

The light green boxes show page sections, the blue boxes show rows and columns and the orange boxes show page elements.

This optin page is made up of 1 section.

There are 3 rows used on the page.

The top row contains one column which contains 4 page elements – a Headline; a button; a line of text and a countdown timer.

The second row contains 2 columns – the left one holds and image and the right column contains 3 page elements (a sub-headline, a block of text and another button).

Only one item is ever outlined on the page at any one time (the image above is a composite of the various types of things that can be added to a page) and the color coding tells you what part of the page is being worked on.

The Gear icons on each part of the page allows you to change the settings for that item.

That could be margins and padding, colors, font and so on.

The Pluses in circles at the bottom of each item, allow to you add another page element to the page.

As I write this, I find it’s actually quite difficult to describe all this and if I’ve not done a good job of explaining the page creation process here, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll try to come up with a better way of explaining things.

The bottom line is that in order to build pages, you don’t need to know any HTML or CSS.

You simply string page elements together to make a page look how you want.

It’s a top down approach – You decide on the basic page layout, then where different page elements should appear and then you fill in the boxes.

It’s actually very easy to construct pages using this block-builder format.

It may require a bit of a shift in thinking if you’re more familiar with say the pre-5.0.0 versions of WordPress.

If you’ve used the Gutenberg Editor in Version 5.0.x (or later) of WordPress, you’ll have a much better idea of how Clickfunnels pages are built.

Back To The Page Editor Main Menu

The Sections, Rows and Elements buttons on the menu allow you to add or manage those particular types of blocks.

The Columns menu option opens a sub menu where you can make any column on your page visible or invisible (they’re all visible by default).

The Preview option brings up a page preview.

And the Save button saves your changes. Remember to use this frequently! 🙂

The Remaining Funnel Setup Main Menu Options

The Stats button brings up a screen which tells you how your funnel pages are performing.

The Contacts button lists who has subscribed to your funnel in a set period.

The default is within the Last 30 Days but you can check for the Last 7 Days, the Last 2 Months, the Last Year and All Time.

No overall count of sign-ups is provided and there’s only a Next button to see the next 10 subscribers in your Contacts list.

There’s no pagination info either so you’ve no idea how many pages of contacts there are or what page you’re on.

So it’s easy to get lost.

You can, at least, search for a specific contact name or email address and you can download your list of contacts.

To be fair, all this information is also stored in your autoresponder and going through your sign-ups there is probably the better option.

But at least you can do quick searches within Clickfunnels itself.

The final menu option, Settings, allows you to change certain global settings for your funnel such as its name, what group it belongs to (something you set up yourself), header and tracker code, etc:

Clickfunnels Funnel Settings Screen

One thing I should point out is that when you set up a funnel, it’s built on Clickfunnels’ own servers.

So each of your funnels will have a web address that’s on the Clickfunnels domain.

But the good news is that these servers are optimized to load pages fast, in under 2 seconds.

You can, however, set things up so that your funnel pages appear to be on a domain you own.

Instructions on how to set this up are provided for various domain registrars (my preferred company is Dynadot – domains and renewals are less expensive than even NameCheap – see this post about choosing a good domain registrar).

It is a bit more complex than changing your domain’s nameserver settings, but is still straightforward enough.

Using your own domain is something I’d recommend as it lets you brand your funnel pages.

There are 3 tabs on this screen…

  • Reset Stats will reset all your page stats to zero.
  • Share Funnel give you an internal web address that you can give to others if you want to share your funnel.
  • And Clone Funnel creates an exact replica of the funnel that you can then edit separately if you want to promote a different offer but use the same funnel structure.

Using Clickfunnels

The block builder approach that Clickfunnels uses took a little getting used to.

I’m more used to the classic-style editor where you build your page in one large block (think the WordPress Classic Editor).

And while a classic editor – where I can tweak the HTML code myself – is great for WordPress posts, when it comes to building pages where there are lots of elements of different sizes in different positions, that becomes more problematical and time-consuming.

That’s where a block builder becomes a better solution.

You don’t need to know HTML or CSS code.

If you need to change anything in a block, you just move some sliders or type in a value.

The actual building of a multi-block page becomes extremely easy.

Squeeze pages, sales pages and various funnel pages are the precise kinds of pages that have this multi-block layout.

So that makes Clickfunnels an excellent tool for creating such pages.

It’s not perfect though (no tool ever is).

Sometimes it can be a bit finicky trying to select the exact page element you want to work with if there are a lot of them close together.

But that’s a minor niggle.

If you’re used to the old-style WordPress approach, it takes a bit of getting used to, to remember that each page section, row, column and element has its own individual settings controls.

But a little use of Clickfunnels makes that become second nature.

The Clickfunnels Affiliate Program

While this review has been about Clickfunnels as a tool, there’s also a fantastic affiliate program associated with it. These are the benefits:

Clickfunnels Affiliate Program Benefits

There are a lot of products in the affiliate back-office that you can promote to entice people into signing up for Clickfunnels.

If you want to become an affiliate, bear in mind that if you’re not a Clickfunnels member, you will only earn 20% commission on sales.

If you are a member, then you can earn up to 40% commissions.

All commissions are on monthly payments made by the people you’ve referred, so you continue to get paid so long as your referrals remain members of Clickfunnels.

If you want to learn more about the affiliate program and why I decided to promote it myself, check out this post.

No point in reiterating all that info here – this post is long enough as it is! smiley face

Pros & Cons


  • Clickfunnels is a tool designed to do a particular job rather than trying to be a tool for every need (like WordPress)
  • Anybody, especially newbies, non-techies and everyday business owners can use the tool. You don’t need to hire a web developer to build your funnels.
  • Your sales funnels can be as small or as large as you want and they’re organized by the tool itself, rather than you having to do it.
  • You can have your funnel pages appear on your own domain instead of on Clickfunnels’.
  • Because Clickfunnels’ servers are optimized, pages load fast.
  • Funnels can be shared between members. So if you’re new to building funnels, you can always start by changing up someone else’s funnel.
  • Shared funnels can be free or paid. Many members make their funnels freely available to other members. Some like to sell their funnels in the Clickfunnels marketplace. If you like building funnels, this could turn into an additional income stream for you.
  • There are hundreds of funnel templates to choose from if you don’t want to build a funnel from scratch.
  • You can split-test your pages to see which variant performs the best. Doing this repeatedly is what turns a low or mediocre performing funnel into a high converting one.
  • It’s on online service so you can use it anywhere you can get online.
  • Building all kinds of pages is easy and relatively fast. Certainly, way faster than hand coding these types of pages.
  • Your funnels are organized for you so you never have to figure out how things hang together if you come back to make changes months later.
  • With the $297/mth plan you get access to the Actionetics and Backpack features as well as access to the in-built autoresponder so you won’t have to pay for any external services.
  • You can pause your account for $9.95 per month if you need to. This means you won’t lose everything you’ve built and you can reactivate your account whenever you want.
  • Clickfunnels has one of the best affiliate programs you can be a part of. For more information on that, read this post.


  • The price. $97 per month, let alone $297 per month, will be too expensive for some. Bear in mind that Clickfunnels is primarily a business tool and such expenses are normal for all businesses. If you’re an affiliate marketer, then you have to decide if the expense is worth it. However, you can offset the monthly fee by referring other people to the tool. There’s more info on the affiliate program here.
  • It’s an online service so if you have a poor quality internet connection or can only go online infrequently, it may not be the best choice for you.
  • It’s an online service so all of your funnels are stored online within Clickfunnels. If, for some reason, the company was to go out of business, you’d lose all your funnels and they’d stop working. The saving grace is that on the Publishing tab, there is an option to download the HTML version of your pages. I’d recommend doing this as an insurance policy.
  • As it’s an online service, if you cancel your subscription you lose access to your funnels and they’ll stop working. Another reason to download the page HTML files so you can use those to rebuild your funnels outside of Clickfunnels.
  • There are limitations on the $97/mth plan. Probably the most limiting one is that you can create 100 pages at most. One of my funnels uses 14 pages. While you’re allowed to create 20 funnels, I don’t see that you’ll ever be able to create that many unless each of them is 5 pages or less. Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Disclaimer pages (all really required by Google) should be created for each funnel, eating into your page count.
  • With the $97/mth plan, you will need to subscribe to a 3rd-party autoresponder service like Aweber or GetResponse.
  • The block builder takes a little getting used to.
  • Picking a block to work with can sometimes bet a little finicky.

Clickfunnels Free 14-Day Trial

If you’re unsure about whether Clickfunnels is right for you or not, you can check it out free for 14 days.

You can also download Russell Brunson’s Funnel Hacker’s Cookbook for free, which contains his top 22 sales funnels so you can see how they’re constructed and structured.

The Funnel Hacker's Cookbook

My Bonus Package

I believe Clickfunnels is such a great tool that I’ve put together my biggest-ever bonus package for it. You get 50 bonuses worth $12,000 if you become a paying subscriber. You can still test-drive Clickfunnels free for 14 days via my bonus page:


Clickfunnels is an excellent tool for building marketing pages of all kinds.

It’s been built by one of the best marketers in the business – Russell Brunson. He took Clickfunnels from making zero to $100,000,000+ a year in 5 short years. Clickfunnels is a tool he built for himself originally but then later released it to the world.

The tool is constantly being updated and new Shared Funnels become available, probably daily.

Like any new tool, there is a bit of a learning curve to using it. But it’s not a steep one. A pleasant change where marketing tools are concerned.

There’s a fantastic affiliate program associated with it and if that appeals to you more than using the tool itself, you can become an affiliate for free and start building a sustainable passive income. I’ll even throw in a few bonuses if you become an affiliate through this link.

If you’d like to know why I became a Clickfunnels affiliate myself, you can check out my reasons here.

It’s definitely a tool I recommend to any marketer or business. Using sales funnels will help you expose your products, services and offers multiple times to your prospects rather than just once.

You’re building an email list at the same time so even if a prospect doesn’t take up your offer immediately, you can continue marketing to them. Send them coupon codes, discounts, special or exclusive offers, and send valuable information so they don’t feel like they’re being pitched to in every email.

An email list is an asset that any online business should have. It’s about the only asset you have full control over and you’re not subject to the whims of Google, Facebook or other such entities and the changes they make to their systems.

If you’re still not convinced about the value of an email list, you should read this post.

I hope my Clickfunnels review has answered any questions you have about the tool and its usefulness. If you still have questions or feel there’s something I should have included in this review, please let me know in the comments below.

Here’s some free affiliate marketing training that will get you started on the right foot if you’re interested in building a business online…

My Mentoring Program

To close, here’s Clickfunnels founder Russell Brunson talking about the company’s success in 2018:

And here’s a graphic that shows you how Clickfunnels compares to other similar services (you’ll need to click on the image to see it full-size):

ClickFunnels Vs GroovePages Comparison

Since I wrote this Clickfunnels review, a new sales funnel builder called GroovePages has come on the market.

I took a closer look at what it has to offer marketers in this post.

And I also compared the two services, with the Pros and Cons for each here:

Clickfunnels Vs Groove – Which Is The Better Sales Funnel Software Option?


All the best,

Gary Nugent

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  1. I have been following click funnels for quite some time and although I am not yet a member I have come across some pages that were produced using the software. I have seen pages that’ve been built using clickfunnels and it was really impressive. Although the person making use of it was kind of an expert so it was pretty easy for them but it is something that can be learnt as when you get used to it, it can be really useful.

    The problem I have with this software is that it is kind of expensive and I don’t think newbies would want to go for something that expensive. The way around this would be to participate in the affiliate program and get like 3 subscribers which would take care of your monthly subscription.

    • Yes, Jay, the price is on the high side for the tool and it is one of the Cons I list. But you’re right about becoming an affiliate to get some sign-ups of your own to generate the funds to cover monthly fees. You’d need to sign up 3 people on the $97/mth plan or just 1 on the $297/mth plan. 

      You don’t need to use a funnel to promote Clickfunnels, it’s just that you get better, faster results if you do use one. 

  2. Thanks a lot for this detailed review on Clickfunnels. However, I want to know in short that either is it very easy to understand the features of Clickfunnels or do it takes some time to learn everything? If it takes time, then how much time do you think we need to spend in order to understand everything? If I give around 1-2 hours a day, then after how many days do you think I will start to see some benefits?

    • It doesn’t take that long to learn how to use Clickfunnels. 1-2 hours should be enough. That’s why I say that is doesn’t have a steep learning curve. I’d recommend using one of the free Shared Funnels to start with, along with the free 14-day Clickfunnels trial, and play around with that as you learn how to use the tool. You’ll know soon enough if you like the page builder or not and whether it’s a tool you can see yourself using long-term.

  3. Have been using click funnels and click bank to make sales.

    Clickfunnels are really great and I love their quick payment system and the good part of it is the ability to create landing pages and sales funnels with less stress.

    I really love the platform, so far no bad review on it yet although have been on it for some months now and they have a good support which always gets back to me on time.

    • Sounds like you’ve been with Clickfunnels longer than I have, Nsikakabasi, and that your making sales and commissions. 

      Like you, I’ve have very good experience with their Support team. I’ve heard others say that the team send out personalised videos to explain things that aren’t easy to put in text format.

      Clickkfunnels really do care about their members and their affiliates. Some other much bigger companies could learn a thing or two from them in this regard! 

  4. Wow, Gary, this is an excellent review. I don’t think you missed anything, lol.
    I really like this tool and it’s something I will want to invest in when my business get’s a little more traction.
    Will you be reviewing the upgrades if you ever purchase them?
    I’ll be bookmarking your post for future purchase.
    Thanks so much,

    • Hi Suzanne, I can see myself upgrading to the $297/mth package at some point and when that happens, yes I will update this review with info on the additional features in that.

      If money is tight and you can’t afford the $97/mth fee yet but you still want to build landing pages and squeeze pages, then take a look at Landing Page Monkey (or read my review of it here). It’s only $37 per year. It doesn’t have the features that Clickfunnels does but still makes building pages simple.

      It’s what I used before initially switching to InstaBuilder 2.0 (a WordPress plugin). And then, from there, I’ve switched to using Clickfunnels.

      All the pages I built with those tools are still online and still getting me leads and sign-ups. So switching tools doesn’t mean that you lose the pages you’ve built already.

  5. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for in a Clickfunnels review and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source info.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)


  6. I heard about click funnels sometime back but I am yet to be a member. I have seen some pages made with the software. They look great! However, I think this software is too expensive especially for newbies. If you can afford it, it will be amazing experience newbies or not!

    • Yes, Clickfunnels is probably on the expensive side for newbie marketers, jaykaynigltd. However, it is a business tool rather than some low-level internet/affiliate marketing tool you’d pick up on JVZoo or Clickbank. 

      I would never advise anyone to pick up a tool like this if they can’t afford it. There are other tools out there like Landing Page Monkey (a service with basic features that still produces good looking pages) or WordPress plugins like InstaBuilder and OptimizePress (that you pay for once) that are much more affordable for anyone wanting to start building marketing pages (like squeeze pages) without going all-in on a tool like Clickfunnels. 

      Once you’re making enough money, then you can look at getting Clickfunnels, if that’s what you’re aiming for. 

      Don’t forget that you can join their affiliate program for free, and the commissions from getting 3 paid signups would pay for the basic $97/mth Clickfunnels plan. 

      Using the free (shared) funnels that other Clickfunnels members have created, as well as the ones provided by Clickfunnels themselves, makes creating professional looking pages hugely easier. 

  7. Hello Gary 🙂 , this is such an informative review on clickfunnels. i have always heard the term but never fully understood it till now. I do have some questions though, but I am being put off because of the price which seems fairly steep. are there other cheap alternatives to this?

    thanks a lot.

    • This cost of Clickfunnels seems to be a bit of a theme in the comments here, affiliate_ghost! 🙂 

      I took my time deciding whether I wanted to pay for this tool myself. I certainly didn’t want to pay $297/mth for a tool I hadn’t used and tested myself. Eventually, after doing a lot of research, I decided to sign up to the basic $97/mth plan.

      BUT, I did that ONLY when I found a mentor (Zach Crawford) who could teach me how to monetize the tool much more effectively. 

      Having used Clickfunnels to build a complete sales funnel – well, not so much build as tweak a funnel provided by Zach – I can see how easy it is to use the software. 

      To be honest, I’m more interested in the business opportunity of selling Clickfunnels to business owners. It’s a great passive income model.

      And, as I’ve mentioned in other replies, you can still build passive income selling Clickfunnels WITHOUT having to subscribe to the tool. Being an affiliate is completely free

      You do have to be a paid-up Clickfunnels user to use the funnel that Zach Crawford provides as a bonus with his affiliate marketing training, as his funnel was built with Clickfunnels. 

      His funnel is designed to do a much better job of exposing leads to the Clickfunnels tool and educating them about why it’s a tool their business needs. 

      There are two ways to approach Clickfunnels:

      1. As a business owner who want to use the tool to boost sales and leads
      2. As an affiliate marketer who sees real value in the tool (that is, you recognize that it’s a quality tool that you’re happy to promote) and who wants to build a sustainable passive income by promoting it to business owners. 

      #2 is where I’m at though. To build the funnels I use to promote Clickfunnels, I do need to be a bit of #1 as well. 

      So, with all that in mind, $97/mth simply becomes one of my regular business costs. 

      Now, that said, I know some people reading this review won’t want to spend $97 each month on this tool for building marketing pages. 

      Landing Page Monkey is an excellent alternative tool for building squeeze pages and landing pages and costs $37 per year. It’s certainly not in the same class as Clickfunnels but it still gets the job done. It’s probably the easiest tool to use if you’re just getting into building these types of pages. You’ll find more info on it in my review here.

      If you use WordPress, then getting a WordPress plugin that does the job might be a better solution. 

      Prices vary but expect to pay about $100 for one of these plugins. The ones I can recommend are:

      They all do a good job of building marketing-type pages and come with a range of professionally designed templates. 

      The organizational aspect of building sales funnels by combining those marketing pages into a funnel is where they fall down. If you’re well organized by nature, that won’t be a problem. If you’re not, you’ll start to lose track of how the various pages interconnect.

      Hope that answers your questions. 🙂

  8. Hi Gary

    Thank you very much for sharing with us such an important blog. I’ve been trying to get information about click funnels for a long time. 

    When I entered your website, I found solutions too many of my questions. Many of my acquaintances work with Clickfunnels, so I wanted to work on it myself.

    Clickfunnels are really good because their payment system looks good to me, Gary. If I give 2-3 hours a day, how long can I get a good income later? 

    This article is very good for me, so I decided to share it with my friends because it is very useful information. I still do not get any bad information about click funnels so I’ve decided to work in this platform. I’ve bookmarked this article; I’ll definitely come to your website for your next article. Thank you.

    • Thanks for sharing my post, cpanharun. I presume by “payment system”, you’re talking about the Clickfunnels  affiliate program

      I can’t say how long it will take to start making money with the affiliate program. It all depends on your own level of commitment, focus and consistency. They sound like easy things to do but they’re actually quite hard to stick to in the long-term. Especially if you’re not seeing results as fast as you’d hoped.

      You need to reach and engage with the right people. 2-3 hours a day engaging with the wrong audience won’t get you anywhere. 1 hour a day engaging with the right audience will get results.

      Zach Crawford covers all of this in his training

      Promoting Clickfunnels is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Slow and steady work over several months will yield results. Some people will start making money quickly. For others, it will take longer. 

      There are a lot of factors at play here from the amount of time you have to how efficiently you use it to how you deal with the inevitable obstacles that you’ll hit on your journey. And, in the meantime, life could throw you a few curveballs to try to derail you.

      Promoting Clickfunnels is a scalable business. You can build it as big as you want. But it will take time, effort and work. This is a real business you’ll be building, not some trendy, her today, gone tomorrow, business opportunity that the internet is full of. 

  9. Thanks Gary, I own an IT Company and have wondered about how I can use Funnels to generate leads. It is expensive for a beginner, I will look into it more. Have you personally used it in any business environment?

    • Hi Craig, if you have a registered business you can write off the monthly subscription fee as a business expense.

      I have to agree that Clickfunnels is on the expensive side for a beginner, but you’ll find that there are a lot of tools and services in the internet marketing space that are around that near-$100 per month mark.

      I originally worked as a software programmer and set up a company in 1995 to lease out my services to other businesses. I contracted for almost 10 years before moving to doing business online. All my business expenses are credited to my company and I draw a salary from my company. I am, however, a one-man company, being both the CEO and the only employee! 🙂

      So, in light of that, I suppose I am using Clickfunnels in a business context and environment.

      The only complete funnel I’ve built to date is the one provided by mentor, Zach Crawford, who I mention in my post above.

      This is what’s called a Shared Funnel. These are funnels built by Clickfunnels users and then shared with other users. Some tweaking to add your own personal/company info and affiliate links is all that’s needed before your funnel goes live.

      Clickfunnels themselves provide a number of these funnels for free, as do many other users. There are also Shared Funnels that you can buy. Doing this gets you professionally pre-built funnels at a knock-down cost.

      If you were to commission a web developer to create a sales funnel for you from scratch, you’d be talking big bucks. I’ve heard fees of up to $15,000 being charged for a bespoke funnel.

      It’s far more effective and less expensive to modify an existing funnel for your needs.

      Having Clickfunnels allows you to do that while the service also hosts your funnels for you.

      And, if you’re good at designing funnels, you can always sell your own to make some extra income and cover monthly fees.

      If that’s not an option, you can become a Clickfunnels affiliate and 3 basic memberships will cover your monthly fees.

      You’ll find my funnel here – it’s the one that Zach gives all his students access to.

      There are other products I have in mind to build funnels for, now that I know the process and am familiar with using Clickfunnels.

      If I can, I’ll modify an existing funnel for my needs. If not, I’ll build one from the ground up. Given that Clickfunnels is so easy to use, that won’t be difficult if that’s the route I have to go.

      I hope that answers your question, Craig.

  10. Hey Gary, awesome website! It is such a great help that your website has information about email techniques. I have a question regarding ads though. Do you think it is a good idea to have ads on a website? I feel like some people think ads are bothersome and therefore end up not visiting your website. Let me know what you think 🙂 

    • Hi Juan, as affiliate marketers, we need to put ads on our sites to earn commissions. You can certainly over-saturate a site with image ads. I keep my image ads in the side-bar but they don’t take up the whole bar. I also put one image ad at the bottom of posts. I sometimes have Adsense ads at the top of posts.

      All my other “ads” are in-content links which I find to be more effective. People can develop ad blindness so they filter out image ads. Text links are contextual so they’re much more likely to get a click than a generic image ad.

      You don’t have to use image ads if you don’t want to. But you will have to link out to affiliate offers in some if you want to make money from your blog. 

      Another approach would be to not link out to any affiliate offers at all, but to build an email list (link out to the signup page for this) and then only market to your subscribers. This will be a slower way to earn income until you build up your subscriber numbers. But you will have a very targeted list of people that you can market to again and again.

  11. We are amazed about this article you took the time to go through all the fundamentals on click-funnels and sales builders and all about it. You mention the pros and cons and the price is a little too steep for us as we are looking into making a click-funnel account.
    You encouraged us to get more into click-funnels again.


    • Hi MnD,

      The info in my review is a little out of date now. Clickfunnels 2.0 was recently released which is even more expensive than Clickfunnels 1.0 which I reviewed above.

      As far as I can tell, Clickfunnels 1.0 is no longer available for new customers but is still running and working for existing customers.

      Version 1.0 users can upgrade to Version 2.0 but will have to pay the higher price. they were not grandfathered into Clickfunnels 2.0.

      If you’re looking for less expensive alternatives, then LeadPages, Landingi and Groove are worth looking at.

      If you want to try a WordPress solution, then the Elementor Pro (starts at $49/year), Cheetah Builder ($29.90/mth but can build unlimited sites) and OptimizePress (starts at $99/year) are worth serious consideration.

      One thing to be aware of is that Elementor Pro and OptimizePress prices start out for a 1-site licence and higher tiered plans will cost more. Cheetah Builder has no such limitations and comes with some really useful bonuses (including an integrated autoresponder).

      If you want more options to check out, take a look at my 13 Alternatives To Clickfunnels For Building Sales Funnels And Landing Pages post.

      All the best,

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