FlexOffers – a big waste of time

It’s time to review another affiliate network, and this time it’s a review of FlexOffers.com. On their web site they claim to have unique affiliate content, deep links, XML feeds, and an API to deliver content to your web site. I really like affiliate networks with many API and XML features because that means you don’t have to search manually for a specific banner. You can instead just integrate the feeds directly into your current CMS or banner rotator and get fresh banners all the time without work.

Another good thing is that they have a Refer-A-Friend program where you can earn money by referring people to their service. Both you and the person you referred will get $150!! However the bad thing here is that you don’t earn your $150 until the person you referred has earn at least $2000. A percentage of the earnings would have been so much better because what if the person you refer only earns $1999 before he finds another affiliate program that’s better and signs up for that one instead. Then you don’t get anything at all as thank you for referring this person 🙁

Like all other affiliate networks you sign up with your site and other details and after they’ve reviewed your site you get access to their offers. You even get assigned an affiliate manager:

My name is Natalia, I’m your Affiliate Manager   at Flexoffers.com . First of all, I would like to thank you for register with us and welcome you to our Flexoffers team!.

From what I saw, you haven’t applied for any campaign yet, we have many campaigns that could be a good fit for your site. You are more than welcome, to ask us about any campaign suggestion that could fit in your site, which one is doing great within our network, etc and we will be helping you at any stage.

And last, but not least, at Flexoffers we are always working close with our clients, in order to support them in any aspects, including maximizing their payouts as much as we can

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate in contact me.

Have a nice day! 🙂

I’ve learned that if it sounds too good to be true it is, and it’s completely correct in the case of FlexOffers. When you apply for offers with them you get an email saying this:

I just received an email from our Compliance Department, notifying me, that you were declined for all the programs, prior to know for which domain are you going to use all of them and in which way.

When you sign up for FlexOffers you give them details about your site like domain name (i.e. where you’re going to promote their affiliate programs) and some information describing your site. Isn’t it clear when you sign up with a domain that you intend to use it, and that you sign up for an affiliate network to get content you can earn money on (i.e. banners, text links etc)? So based on this FlexOffers is just a big waste of time! 🙁

All offers found at FlexOffers can of course also be found at Commission Junction or some other affiliate networks, so you really don’t have to sign up with just FO to get a special affiliate program. It works just as fine (and in this case even better) with Commission Junction. What I really like with CJ is that they offer payments directly to bank accounts in more countries than just in US like FlexOffers only offering.

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Mike@computers says:

I can add to this post, 3 years later, they don’t have an options to redirect links. Website is slow with pretty bad search options. 😥

Antonios says:

I have been with FlexOffers and other CPA networks, including CJ, for several years.

I have been paid by flexoffers on a monthly basis once I reach $100.00 for payout.

Some of their advertisers have come and gone, changed promotions, changed payouts. But this is part of life. Specially in these financial crisis.

I don’t know if they have been shaving more leads lately. I have seen a reduction on accepted leads lately.

They had payday advertisers that paid leads per correct submitted loan application. Now the loan has to be approved for the lead to be paid.

Mick says:

I noticed almost all the FlexOffers links are redirects from other affiliate networks like CJ, Linkshare, Google and Sharasale with FlexOffers CJ, SAS, GAN or Linkshare ID in the tracking code. That scares me to possibly not track the commission but using the program to make sales through other people who never get paid anything

They should be investigated.

Interesting. Do you have sample links?

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Dave McGurk says:

That’s very strange of any network to say there are better networks and turn away affiliates, I find that hard to believe. You wrote this post 3 years ago though, I am sure much has changed. They are in business a long time now, so they are a legit network. There are a lot of shady networks that go in and out of business, I wouldn’t do business with FlexOffers if they were not established or financially secure, but they are.

John Alda says:

I have to agree with this post. Stay away from FlexOffers.

I only use CJ from now on and never any of the other more shady networks.

Dave McGurk says:

FlexOffers is a honest and professional network. I’ve never had a bad experience with them and they have good quality affiliates and programs. :mrgreen:

In that case you’ve been very lucky. When I contacted them before writing this post they actually agreed that they didn’t have a good way of taking care of affiliates and they also agreed that there are other, much better networks out there.

Gayle Oldridge says:

Its good as your other blog posts : D, thanks for posting . “Always be nice to people on the way up because you’ll meet the same people on the way down.” by Wilson Mizner.

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SEOalchemist says:

FlexOffers has a lot of affiliates that no one has and the affiliate manager is nice to have as a resource. I will admit sometimes they have no clue about how to make real money online and the process involved for major players in the game, but if I ask mine for metrics on a given niche he returns a lot of information that i can analyze to get what I need out of it, which saves me a lot of time compiling the data. I would say they are pretty good overall… There are far worse systems out there.

As you mentioned there are far worse out there, but FlexOffers is in the bottom half, so I would spend my time with someone else.

Ram Gunjal says:

Hi Andreas,
Thanks for the detailed review. I also agree that there is nothing special in FlexOffers, You can find almost every advertiser at CJ. But, Advertisers like TicketMaster are only present at FlexOffers. So, they are demanding from affiliates. I hope, someday ticketmaster will be available at other network.