HasOffers Review – Start Your Own Affiliate Marketing Network for Free
July 6, 2009 - Written by Gyutae Park
A couple weeks ago, I reviewed Tatto Media, a quickly growing affiliate marketing network with a simple and easy-to-use interface. If you like Tatto’s platform and always wanted to create your own affiliate network, then I have great news for you.
HasOffers, a sister company of Tatto Media, is an affiliate network solution that gives you access to the same exact platform used by Tatto. Now you can white label the technology, customize and brand it however you want, and get all of the unique features of the system.
There are a lot of different barriers to entry for starting up an affiliate marketing network. You need good connections with potential advertisers, a unique business model that offers value to customers, and start up capital to hire employees and implement a platform. Up until now, networks had to either create their own platform (very expensive) or use the industry standard, DirectTrack (which still costs $10k). HasOffers has come along and shaken things up a bit. Not only is it good, it’s also free – which means the technology barrier to entry no longer exists. Anyone can set up an affiliate network in a matter of days.
How HasOffers Works
As I mentioned, HasOffers is a hosted solution that allows you to set up your own affiliate network, completely customized to your own brand. All you need to do to get started is fill out the registration form with your information, network name, and network id. The system by default gives you a URL off of a subdomain of hasoffers.com, but you can also get your own domain for your new site as well.
Once you get your account set up, it’s really just a matter of getting advertisers and affiliates on board – the hard part. HasOffers gives you all of the tools you need, but it’s up to you to effectively run your business and distinguish your site as a valuable affiliate network. A widely available platform like HasOffers will only bring on more competition so this becomes increasingly important.
As for the admin panel of HasOffers, you can pretty much do everything you need to run your network. You can easily add advertisers and offers, manage affiliates and pay them, and get reports on all kinds of statistics.
HasOffers is constantly looking to improve and has recently added the following new features:
- New look and feel for the stat reports. Much more user friendly
- Advertisers have the ability to manage their own offers
- Option to allow offers to convert multiple times
- Customizable questions for affiliate sign-ups
- Lead caps can now be disabled
Take a look inside by using the demo account here: demo.hasoffers.com (login: firstname.lastname@example.org, password: demo)
The only thing that seems to be missing is a way to supply affiliates with marketing materials such as banner ads and email templates. Hopefully this will be added soon.
Another limitation is the way in which you can customize the HasOffers platform. You can change any style, color, or logo, but the format and template remains the same. This is expected of a hosted solution but if you wanted to create something completely different, you won’t be able to through HasOffers.
Other than that, HasOffers is a very flexible solution that offers a ton of features for you to work with. Once you hit it big, you can always invest in a custom platform, but this is a good one to get started on and grow with.
So how much does this all cost? Nothing. It’s free as long as you stay under 250,000 clicks per month (which is more than what most people need starting out). You can also upgrade to Pro ($99/month) or Enterprise ($799/month) which offer more clicks and better features. Below is a comparison chart.
If you’re interested in running your own affiliate offer (e.g. selling an ebook through your own affiliate program) or going big and starting up a network, HasOffers is a great platform to use. Not only is it free to use, it offers features and flexibility that rival those of Direct Track ($10k). Shoemoney uses HasOffers to run his affiliate network, Shoemoney Offers, and has had a great experience with it.
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