PayGear has wasted no time in quickly becoming the easy favorite in affiliate management industry. Why have they been so successful? Easy, asking their customers what they want and then giving them exactly that.
PayGear latest release basically took every affiliate management tool and combined them into one super system. With so many amazing features, including some you will not find anywhere else, PayGear is quickly acquiring new customers and soon to be a house hold name. The word on the forums, once you try PayGear you never go back.
Their top of the line software is accompanied by some of the lowest prices in the industry. What? Yes, that is exactly correct. Tthey also give their members the option of transaction or monthly billing. Every other affiliate manager on our list is either one or the other. PayGear is the only one that is both and lets you as the vendor decide which option is right for you, and you may switch at any time.
How does their competition compete by offering less and charging more? We don’t really understand that one either.
Why most others have figured out a way to allow users to check out multiple products on one checkout page is beyond me. PayGear has done it, which is the exact feature I needed.
One of the more surprising features is that PayGear gives its customer free membership software called MembersGear. This allows anyone to set up a membership website at zero cost. Other similar membership software products charge anywhere from $200 to several thousand, PayGear customers get unlimited installs of the software for free. This can be a huge help especially if your just starting out.
Highly recommended in every aspect, product delivery and their low prices put them far above the rest of the field. PayGear has by far the most functionality in the space and in our opinion has set the benchmark for all affiliate managers.
JVZoo is a new comer to the affiliate management space and has quickly received a fast and loyal following. JVZoo does give its members lots of features, but is held back by many of the limitations of PayPal's adaptive payments, which is what JVZoo is built on.
JVZoo has an easy to understand navigation and offers several great features which got us excited right away. But after a closer look we found that many of these extra features only delivered half way, which left us somewhat disappointed.
The ability to link customers to your auto responder was a valuable feature that many online business can take advantage of, but it only works with GetResponse, so if you don't use that service you will not be able to integrate. Also the 1099 service which is a big feature was not really a 1099 service at all. Instead JVZoo just tracked stats and did not actually prepare any 1099 for their customers. These might of been acceptable if it was not for PayGear's ability to work with all auto responder services in the world and PayGear's ability to track, prepare and deliver all 1099s for vendors.
We do like the fact that JVZoo only charges 5% per sale, which is on the low side in the industry, but with no cap on sales big businesses can still end up paying hefty fees.
Although we agree JVZoo is a very good system over all it is really a lesser system when you compare it to PayGear. Not much flexibility as you have to do things a specific way or you cannot do them at all. Also the fact that JVZoo takes your customers email address as their own without telling you and then markets to them is a huge let down. It is probably the most popular manager in the instant commission space, but as far as functionality it has a long ways to go.
1ShoppingCart has been around for a long time and is one of the only monthly fees services on our list. The basic ecommerce application provides many tools so you can get the job done on your website. But getting the job done can be expensive if you have a new business.
1ShoppingCart's $99 or $249 a month fee is pretty high for anyone just starting out. You do get unlimited transactions which is nice, but if you are not making sales that can get expensive really fast. We much preferred PayGear's monthly billing as it was optional. In PayGear you can start off in transaction billing and then switch to $97 monthly billing once your business takes off. An option no one else seems to have thought of or copied yet.
In 1ShoppingCart you can sell both digital and physical goods and we liked the fact that you can upload all your products in bulk to save even more time with set up. The back office is nice as it allows you to advertise quite easily.
Like PayGear, 1ShoppingCart does have a coupon option that is great, this can really bring up sales if you are interested in running a promotion.
There are also many other integration options supported by 1ShoppingCart, if you are a programmer there are some powerful features which will be easy for you. If you are not a programmer expect to be confused or miss out on some of the extras. If you need help there are some videos, but outside of that it is hard to find help as there is no email or live chat on the site. Phone support is their only option.
1ShoppingCart represents a good value for what it offers. 1ShoppingCart does have a few stand out features such as their marketing tools and its security features, however a powerful selling tool it is not. If you are a beginner this is not the recommended ecommerce partner for you. However, there is no limit the number of products you can add, so if you are running a larger established business 1ShoppingCart is a great option.
ProductPay is another affiliate management system that uses the PayPal adaptive payments. Being so they deliver a similar product to JVZoo just packaged in a different format. JVZoo does give you the taste of some extras, where as Product Pay seems to fall off the map after the basic services.
We do like the clean easy to follow interface, but the limitations of the PayPal adaptive payments stops ProductPay from giving high powered features to their vendors. For example you will not find one click upsells or the option to use a different payment option. You must use PayPal and only PayPal.
Their fees are cheap as they do cap your transaction fees at $1 maximum, which is nice if you are selling a high priced product, but what they save you in transaction fees is really going to end up hurting you in limited functionality.
You will find the pros and cons are very similar to JVZoo, although JVZoo has have a few extras that would place them ahead of ProductPay. Although we do like the lower fees picking an affiliate manager only for this reason would be a bad idea, especially when the difference in fees is quite small anyway.
The site is a clean easy to use layout and could pick up some ground in the future. But as of right now they have less selling features than both PayGear and JVZoo. They do have lower transaction fees, but being they have a smaller affiliate base you will certainly have less transactions.
Clickbank has been around for a long time and although is a good product some of their business practices has given them a reputation that is far from good.
If you want to accept credit cards and don’t have your own gateway in place ClickBank can provide their own credit card checkout system to you in only a day or two if you are accepted. It’s easy, just apply and wait for your answer.
Of course the downside is you have to pay ClickBank about 10% of your order price if you want to use their gateway. If you want your own gateway for less than a third that price you’re looking at a two day set up anyway. Bcause the orders are processed in the ClickBank name the buyer may forget what they purchased when they see ClickBank on their credit card statement. That likely means a call to the credit card and a refund.
However, that’s not even the worst part about the refund. What’s even worse is those people who have bought a ClickBank product before knows they can just ask ClickBank to refund them and ClickBank does with or without a reason and the buyer still gets to keep your product.
The best part about ClickBank is the easy set up. Unfortunately you have to set your product up before you can be accepted, so you run the risk of setting up only to be denied. Another big complaint is that you cannot contact your affiliates, if you want to run a special offer or for whatever reason you need to contact your affiliates, ClickBank does not allow you to.
We also really did not like the fact that we have to make 5 different sales in order to be paid, with one being Visa and one being MasterCard. This does not make any sense to us. So if you make 10 sales by Visa, 10 by PayPal and have say a $1000 check coming to you, it will not get send until someone with MasterCard orders? Weird!
As long as you don’t mind playing huge transaction fees along with some funky business practices ClickBank may fit nicely with your business model, just be aware what you’re getting yourself into. They will take a huge cut of your profits and probably give you the lowest functions of any other affiliate manager on our list. They also have several weird rules so that they can charge you even more fees or not pay you the money earned.
BlueSnap provides a way for online business to sell their products and interact with their customers and recruit a team of affiliates.
BlueSnap comes with many great features such as complete customizability of your checkout pages, an affiliate marketplace, multiple payment options, and step by step tutorials for easier set up.
Like with PayGear, BlueSnap also allows its users to insert analytics tracking on their checkout page. A great feature for those who like stats and the ability to see what is happening once the customer clicks the buy button.
What we did not like was the high processing fees that were very high compared to many other in our list. However the more sales you make the lower those go.
One of the largest issues with BlueSnap is that they call the customers who bought your product to confirm the order. This robot caller also does not call right away, it takes several hour after the order was placed. If the customer misses the phone call it may take a few days for the robot to call back again. If the customer misses that call BlueSnap can refund the order and the revenue is lost to you despite it being a good order.
Oddly enough in our test with BlueSnap we did not receive our affiliate commission on time. We called BlueSnap and asked what the issue was, it was then quickly corrected and our commission was sent.
We found that their phone support was good, but their email support was extremely slow.
With BlueSnap you pretty much have to do things their way or you don't do them at all. Flexibility is limited and payments made through sales are delayed. BlueSnap is used by many and customers seem to have both a love hate relationship with BlueSnap, the ones that love them swear by them, the ones who hate BlueSnap never return.
DigiResults looks like they forgot to hire a designer when creating their website. It has a bare bones feeling when you first arrive. After being on their website for a few minutes I was looking to get off. There is also limited information on their site about what they do. Just one page with plain font to get any info you need.
The marketplace has almost no information about the products compared to many of the other competitors in the list, so it mades it hard to figure out which products to market, sorting was also not an option.
They do have some other key features such as auto responder integration, hosted downloads but these are nothing new. They are using the PayPal adaptive payments system which means you may only process payments in PayPal and you cannot do many key features such as one-click-upsells. One thing they do have is they allow you to process other payments through competitors ClickBank and PayDotCom if a customer arrives at your site through one of the competitors affiliate links. This allows you to list your product in other marketplaces. However the issue here is why would anyone want to do that? It makes it more confusing for your affiliates to know what is really going on with your affiliate program. Plus the PayDotCom marketplace is so bad we did not even include them on this list.
DigiResults may have been something to consider a couple of years ago, but with the new standard that many of the other affiliate managers have set no one should be using DigiResults today. Out of all the adaptive payment systems out there it is safe to say DigiResults is pulling up the rear in innovation. If you are looking for an adaptive payment option we would highly recommend JVZoo or Product Pay over DigiResults.
PaySpree seems to be on the more popular side, but unfortunately we had a hard time figuring out why. When first landing on their website we notice it seems to be somewhat unprofessional looking. It is a red flag when the site looks like a beginner designer created it.
We do really like the fact that they offer three different payment options similar to PayGear, but their system to pay affiliates seems as about as innovate as their website design. PaySpree does not split commission instead it rotates who gets paid. So if it's a 50/50 vendor/affiliate split PaySpree will just rotate or switch off who gets paid. This is ridicules for several reasons, first you have to pick splits that work, 50/50 or 75/25 which is obviously limiting. Second, if an order gets refunded whoever got that order gets the short end of the stick in the rotation.
On the plus side key features include encrypted download pages, dime sale and auto responder integration. Although we love the auto responder integration we do not like the fact that PaySpree too only works with a couple of auto responder services.
Overall the site seems to be subpar and has a somewhat the janky interface. We also found it odd that they have a shopping cart image in their logo but they actually offer no cart capabilities.
Would really see no reason to ever use PaySpree when there are better affiliate managers out there. There are no positive unique about PaySpree that would could find.