But what if you want something a little bit different?
Something with familiar products or services, but with much higher payout rates.
If that’s the case it might be time for you to look at CPA offers.
And that’s why you just might be interested in reading our MaxBounty review.
Look, we get there’s no shortage of CPA networks.
The problem is that most of them are relatively new, so you have no idea who you’re dealing with.
MaxBounty, on the other hand, has been in business since 2004.
It’s always comforting to know that your preferred affiliate marketing network (and cash) won’t just disappear overnight.
And although MaxBounty specializes in CPA offers, you’ll find lots of CPS offers to work with too.
So you’re not going to get stuck with just roofing companies or teeth whitening services.
MaxBounty actually has some pretty impressive brand names in its portfolio.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves with our review.
First things first.
MaxBounty actually does a pretty good job of talking you into signing up with them – they sell you on the “…verticals you want, rates you’ll need”.
So, once you’ve read through their pre-sell you head over to their signup page for new affiliates.
This page is a bit confusing because they already have a separate login page for MaxBounty affiliates.
But you click ‘Next’ here if you don’t already have an account and then enter your name and email address:
And then add a password and answers to security questions:
The next step is to add some contact details, including a mandatory Skype ID…which is a bit odd considering they tend to verify by phone.
Then add your address details:
And then finally some details about your site, traffic sources, and the MaxBounty campaign(s) you want to promote.
And then the 8th page of the signup form is the final one.
There are two points worth paying attention to here.
You have to promise to:
- Not sell your MaxBounty account
- Not send fake traffic to offers
That’s the nature of the CPA affiliate market.
Unscrupulous affiliate marketers will sign up for accounts, and then just churn-and-burn them overnight.
Big CPA payouts can attract a very cut-throat crowd where every potential scam is on the table.
Anyways, the final step is to click ‘Submit’ and then wait for your MaxBounty account to be approved.
Their signup process probably saves their admin team a lot of time in weeding out the dodgiest affiliate marketers.
But other affiliate marketing networks just need a name, address, and your site’s URL.
So this feels like overkill.
Also, the MaxBounty account approval/review process is prone to delays, so be prepared to reach out to your affiliate manager.
What brands can you promote with MaxBounty?
If you’ve heard people talking about CPA offers it would be all too easy to assume that they’re all the same.
That you’ll wind up promoting life insurance offers to people.
Or some kind of weird berry-based supplement that “melts fat away”.
And yes, you can find those types of offers on MaxBounty, but once you actually review MaxBounty you find brands like the following:
And that’s just a random sampling of the big names you’ll find on MaxBounty.
Just bear in mind these are in the minority, probably around 20%.
The other 80% of the offers are what you find on most CPA networks.
Ease of Use
This was my first time using MaxBounty’s interface and the first word that springs to mind is, “Busy!”
It’s not that the UX (User Experience) is awful, but you’re presented with a full page of offers, each of which is like a mini version of a landing page.
But there’s no white space – your eyes are constantly overloaded with information.
Most networks also offer some kind of training at this stage, but not here.
Next, let’s take a look at the various menu options:
Most of these are self-explanatory, so I’m not going to get into too much detail on them.
The only one that kinda stands out is “MaxMoney” – this is their internal rewards system for monthly competitions for affiliates.
If you hit certain milestones then you earn ‘MaxMoney Points’.
Each of which is worth US$1 in real currency.
My final take on the MaxBounty interface and user experience is that it doesn’t do anything particularly well or particularly bad in relation to UX.
It’s just kinda “there”.
Finding affiliate programs
And now we get to the interesting part – finding affiliate programs that you can earn money with.
Head on over to the left-hand menu of the MaxBounty dashboard and choose ‘Browse’, and you get the following:
Choose ‘Browse’ defaults to the (1) ‘New Campaigns’ tab, but you can also choose from:
2. Top campaigns
3. Trending campaigns
4. Suggested campaigns
5. Recently viewed campaigns
6. Campaigns you’ve just been approved for
7. Campaigns you’ve bookmarked
And that brings us to something we need to highlight.
MaxBounty isn’t ClickBank – it’s like pretty much every other affiliate marketing network in that you have to apply to promote individual advertisers.
Except MaxBounty is even more restrictive than other affiliate networks with this stuff.
You have to receive your first payment from them before you can promote CPA offers.
Basically, affiliates have to successfully promote at least one of their CPS offers before you get to touch the MaxBounty CPA advertisers.
You can also use the ‘Search’ function to find CPA (Cost per Action), CPL (Cost per Lead), or CPS (Cost per Sale) offers:
- Search directly by campaign name
- Choose the type of traffic you plan on using
- Search by primary categories and then sub-categories
- You can also check for programs you’re approved to run
- Choose between ‘Pay per lead’ and RevShare CPA options
To be fair, MaxBounty does make it really easy to find relevant offers from the 2,000+ in its database.
Creating affiliate links
So, you’ve done your research and found offers that are perfect for your niche.
Now it’s time to build an affiliate link.
Or what MaxBounty refers to as a ‘Tracking link’
All you need to do is navigate to the affiliate program you want to promote, and click ‘Build tracking link’:
And this is where MaxBounty really impressed me in terms of their approach to ‘User Experience’:
You choose the type of traffic you’ll send to the link, then the type of ‘Creative’ you want, and then whatever landing page you want to use.
A simple 3-step process that anyone can manage to complete.
There are also options to set up sub-IDs from here as well as your tracking pixel.
But overall, the entire link creation process feels really fluid.
Let me take my crystal ball out and predict that you’ll earn money from your MaxBounty affiliate marketing efforts and will need to know how you get paid.
I’d prefer to use a Palantír, but that’s just my inner geek speaking.
Anyways, what payment options does our MaxBounty review see in your future?
The “When” of getting paid as a MaxBounty affiliate is actually a two-step process.
You start off on net-15 payment terms.
So whatever you earn during a given month will be paid to you on the 15th of the following month.
BUT affiliates who earn enough to receive a payment are then automatically placed on a weekly payment schedule instead.
If you’re living in a Western country, or a country not on some “ban” list, then you can choose from check, eCheck, direct deposit, wire transfer, and Payoneer as payment options.
But some of those options won’t be available to affiliates in certain countries.
Your commission payments are also converted into your local currency, so NZ affiliates will receive payment in New Zealand dollars, for example.
You must earn at least US$100 in commissions to trigger a payment from MaxBounty.
That’s a bit higher than some networks, but if you’re entering the CPA (Cost per Action) scene with your eyes wide open you’ll realize this is chickenfeed.
Well here we find MaxBounty’s major failing – there’s no knowledge base or support forum.
Or anything of the kind.
Sure, you get dedicated affiliate managers, but should you really need to ring them to answer a basic question?
They do have an FAQ page within the MaxBounty affiliate dashboard, but this is the weakest “Help” section I’ve seen on any network.
It feels like a complete afterthought.
Which is a shame considering how polished other aspects of this network are.
It’s easy to say good stuff about any network or program, but what do other people think?
When it comes to MaxBounty reviews it’s something of a mixed bag.
This guy went into quite a bit of detail about his experiences:
At face value, it would appear that MaxBounty does have a PR problem here.
With that said, a lot of the stories had the same basic narrative:
“I joined and earned $100 after 2 days…and then they closed my account down.”
Probably because you just tried to rip MaxBounty off with dodgy traffic and clicks.
But, I also found lots of positive feedback for this MaxBounty review.
Here’s another one of the positive reviews.
The real problem here is that because CPA (Cost per Action) offers are so lucrative, people get really pissed off when they’re cut off from the “source”.
Which is why I always advise affiliates to never, ever work with just one affiliate network.
Year established: 2004
Number of merchants: 200+
Offer types: CPA, CPL, CPS
Weighing it up
Let’s take a few minutes to give you a TLDR of this network – a mini MaxBounty review:
- Really well-designed interface, for the most part
- Lots of CPS offers from big brand names
- Thousands of CPA offers to play with
- Their search function is excellent
- Huge commission rates of $50/50%+ per sale or lead
- MaxMoney promotions are a nice touch
- Their link creation tool is very intuitive
- Dedicated affiliate managers
- The most long-winded signup process. Ever
- Slooowwww account approval
- They will terminate your account in a heartbeat
- Absolutely no helpdesk support system
- No option for creating deep links
MaxBounty Review Summary
And that brings us nicely to the conclusion of our MaxBounty review.
Max Bounty was an interesting network to take a deep dive into.
Partly because they’ve watered down those CPA offers with lots of CPS programs.
And despite a really “busy” interface, they’ve nailed things like their link creation tool.
One of the best I’ve used on any affiliate marketing network.
Just bear in mind they’ll shut down your account (and keep your commissions) if they even suspect you’re up to no good.
So you’re much better off starting with more vanilla offers and networks when you build your first affiliate site.
You have no idea how to do that?
Well, why not check out our Free 2-hour web class on that very subject?
You’ll learn how to research a niche, find the right keywords, and even get a basic site online.
And all without paying us a single cent.
Just let us know where to send your invitation, and we’ll take care of the rest.