Regular readers of John Chow dot Com are likely already somewhat familiar with the world of affiliate marketing. However, with so many different affiliate networks out there with so many different offers and affiliate managers, it can still be so difficult to figure out what’s what. And it can also saturate the market a little too much too.
Offering a slightly different approach is CPA Tank. This network was actually founded by people who had previously made their living as affiliates. As we make our way through today’s review, we’ll take a look at how this platoon blasts away the competition and separates itself from the crowd.
Everyone Can Apply, But…
You know how an army can protect its country’s borders? You can almost think about the military motif of CPA Tank following a similar kind of philosophy. While everyone is invited to apply, not everyone is going to be approved. Instead, the network owners strive to keep its member base small and strong.
This serves several purposes. It means that they have an easier time handling all the concerns of its members, since there aren’t as many of them. The logistics are just simpler. More importantly, it means that they are able to choose just the cream of the crop, affiliates who they believe won’t cheat the system and keep true to their promises.
By keeping this team small, it also means that they are able to keep out the fraudsters, keep the methods only for loyal affiliates, keep the payouts high, and keep the methodology unsaturated. Seeing the same banner everywhere just doesn’t work all that well for the individual affiliates, but unique content and unique methods can work for a smaller group of affiliates.
A Look at the Affiliate Dashboard
As far as the user interface for the affiliate dashboard, you won’t find too much that looks foreign if you already have an account with another affiliate network.
The main page of the dashboard gives you at-a-glance information about your account. This includes the campaign summary chart toward the top, a list of updates from the network, and a brief performance report with your commissions earned today, week to date, seven-day, month to date, year to date, and so on.
The really simple color scheme is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it makes everything look quite clean. On the other hand, it also means you could be spending just a little more time finding exactly what you want to find. I also found the default font size to be a little on the small side, but you can of course change that in your browser.
What Offers Are Available?
Over at CPA Tank, the current biggest focus is on email submits, but this affiliate network runs through a range of verticals too. These include many strong offers in dating, credit reports, games, work at home, mobile, free offers, and more.
However, in keeping with the private and “exclusive” nature of CPA Tank, you’ll find that most of these offers aren’t openly available right out of the box. Instead, you have to “apply” to promote each of these offers before you are able to access the creatives and get your unique link. This helps with reducing saturation, but it can be frustrating for some folks who would rather just get down to business.
At the same time, your patience is rewarded. Whereas other affiliate networks can take anywhere from 20-50% as a commission, CPA Tank works with a very low profit margin. They pay a 95% commission to affiliates, meaning that they only charge 5% as a fee. This demonstrates that the network is very much affiliate-focused rather than advertiser-focused.
Payment and Other Details
Don’t let the seemingly simple interface fool you. CPA Tank can prove to be a powerful ally for successful affiliates. Many network members are paid weekly, the payouts are consistently high, and the range of offers is quite appealing too. To keep up with the high payouts, though, several ground rules are in place.
With military-like strictness, CPA Tank will not allow iframes or direct linking (you always have to redirect through your own domain). Furthermore, several offers cannot be incentivized. There is also no referral program, since they want to keep CPA Tank as an exclusive privilege. Are you special enough to enlist?
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