In 2008, FlexOffers.com was established. But, to be honest, we don’t know much else about their origins. In an industry where team photographs and goal statements abound, they appear to be camera shy.
FlexOffers, on the other hand, has worked hard to position itself as a force to be reckoned with in the affiliate marketing sector. After all, they’re up against some tough competition, like Commission Junction, Rakuten Linkshare, and Amazon, to name a few.
So, given that they arrived at the party 8–10 years later than everyone else, how did they fare?
Before we get started, I have a small confession to make: I made a mistake when setting up my FlexOffers account. I chose ‘Advertiser’ instead of ‘Publisher’ for some strange reason.
The FlexOffers customer service team then emailed me and asked, “Umm…did you mess it up?” This is the type of answer I enjoy seeing from an affiliate network – lighthearted but effective in resolving the issue.
Unlike the affiliate marketing network with which I’ve been attempting to authenticate my site for the past four months. Anyway, how would you go about becoming a FlexOffers affiliate publisher?
The following is a four-step procedure:
#1 Confirm your email address and create a password for your account. #2 Complete the account registration procedure by supplying some essential personal and business information:
#3 Now, you must inform them where you want to place your affiliate banners and links, or in other words, what your traffic sources are. It’s noteworthy to note that they have distinct perspectives on social media and web traffic; this could indicate some internal processes.
You should also check if you’re a coupon site, a comparison site, or if you employ pop-ups in your affiliate marketing campaigns. #4 Finally, double-check your mobile number and the website address you supplied in your application.
That’s all; now, all you have to do is sit back and wait for them to approve or reject your application.
To be fair, it appears that FlexOffers reviews and approves even new sites with minimal substance. So they did for the new-ish affiliate website I used, at least.
Their help FAQs also include instructions on authenticating your free Wix, WordPress, or Blogger site, which is unusual these days. So, while the FlexOffers enrollment process is a little lengthy, it’s manageable.
Finally, through FlexOffers’ FlexRev-$hare program, you can earn a commission by recommending other affiliates to the FlexOffers network.
People who register after your recommendation become sub-affiliates, which means you get a percentage of every sale they refer. As a result, when you create your account, you effectively become a FlexOffers affiliate.
Which brands are you able to promote?
At first glance, Flex Offers appears to be the type of network that would struggle to acquire big names (and this is just a first impressions thing).
They do, though, including the names listed below, as well as Nike, Lenovo, Bloomingdales, Priceline, Barnes & Noble, Skechers, and tens of thousands more.
They serve 12,000 advertisers of different sizes in total, but their range rivals pretty much any affiliate network I’ve come across. However, they recognize that only 500 of their sponsors should be classified as “premium,” which is still a lot more than other networks that have been established for decades.
So, credit where credit is due: FlexOffers did an outstanding job bringing these sponsors on board.
The Ease of Using
And it’s at this time that certain affiliate networks fly to new heights…
Others, like a meth-addled bird, plummet to Earth.
- Information Feeds
To begin, I despise FlexOffers’ color palette, which consists of a dark blue banner with a black banner beneath it and white icons stacked on top.
With the exception of Amazon, this is my least preferred affiliate network dashboard. You always get your normal ‘Network Stats,’ as well as a little mountain of thumbnails for advertising, which can be rather overwhelming. Perhaps it’s just my OCD, but I have to get over it quickly, or else it irritates users.
To summarize, when it comes to UX and the affiliate dashboard, FlexOffers does a decent job.
Affiliate Programs to Join
FlexOffers has so far been a mixed bag of largely advantages and some clear drawbacks. Let’s examine what it’s like to look for affiliate programs now. FlexOffers has a network of approximately 12,000 sponsors.
That’s a huge number, but as we indicated earlier, most affiliates are only interested in a few hundred of these big businesses.
Let’s start looking for affiliate programs by clicking on ‘Search Advertisers.’ You can search for advertisers using the following criteria:
- Affiliate’s name
The FlexOffers affiliate interface resembles a spruced-up version of Commission Junctions.
You may also look for advertisers using the following criteria:
- Type of Payment
- Information Feeds
One of the more intriguing possibilities is Payout Type since you can locate affiliate programs that pay per sale, activity, lead, click, and install.
Additionally, you may filter FlexOffers merchants by their EPC, which is quite helpful in separating the grain from the flour:
Simply click on ‘Apply Now’ once you’ve selected the programs you want to join. However, you must apply to each program separately, and the approval or denial of your application takes about 2–3 days.
How to Make Affiliate Links?
You may find this under the ‘Links’ section of the main navigation menu or by going to ‘Advertisers’ -> ‘Search Advertisers’ and then using the ‘Status – Approved’ filter.
Simply click ‘Get Links’ to filter the listed creative types by whether they are text links, banners, or widgets, as well as their EPC.
You can also look for deep connections and widgets by browsing through your joined advertisers. However, I discovered that few advertisers gave deep links, and none of my authorized advertisers provided ad widgets.
Overall, I enjoy the FlexOffers UI because it’s simple, modern, and certainly works with no effort.
You’ll be paid Net 60 as a FlexOffers Affiliate.
Any commissions you earn in March will be reimbursed in June, with most payments occurring during the first week of the month.
FlexOffers also offer ‘Advanced Payments’ to select affiliates, which arrive much sooner than the Net 60 date. Still, you must pay a tiny network fee (supposedly roughly 6% of your due profits) on top of that.
For the time being, just assume that all affiliate payments are Net 60 because you must meet their advance payment requirements.
You have the option of receiving your commission payment in one of the following ways:
- Transfer of funds via bank
- Transfer of data via wire
FlexOffers stands apart since they need you to use two-factor verification as part of the login procedure. This entails having a code given to your phone at the start of each day to log in.
While this irritates me at times, it also adds a level of protection to my account that we don’t have on any other affiliate network.
So that brings us to the end of our Flexoffers study. This is an affiliate program with a lot to offer, particularly in terms of the sheer amount of advertisers.