Gunzblazing was one of my best programs some months ago. Recently, two of their best sites went to BuddyProfits (Fetish Force and Ragingstallion). NakedSword left and started its own affiliate program, and recently, Boynapped left too and joined IndieBucks.
When an affiliate program looses its best sites, the only conclusion is that they are not going so well. The best reaction to that is to get your affiliate checks as soon as possible and stop the promotion.
I’ve never been a huge fan of MyGayCash, but something changed recently. Last month, UKNakedMen & ButchDixon left ugly CCBILL to join MyGayCash and the sale ratio turned into something decent. The convert ratio is pretty good : 1/490 and i had my first rebill with MyGayCash (yeahhhh !).
Considering that MyGayCash has now many interesting sites, like AlphaMaleFucker, JalifStudio and many bareback ones, i would advise you to join this program.
I took one full day to check the stats of my sponsors since january 1st, and particularly the convert ratios. It was really interesting. Some sponsors i considered as good money-makers have poor ratios, some neglected ones show unexpected good ratios.
Here are some of my convert ratios. Keep in mind that my website has no particular niche. Ratios may seem low, but I consider a 1/500 one as a very good one.
The best ones :
- Titan : 1/554
- Lucas Entertainment : 1/580
- Men.com : 1/600
- CockyBoys : 1/620
- BrokeStraightBoys : 1/269
- CircleJerkBoys : 1/613
- Extrabigdicks : 1/800
- MachoFucker : 1/354
- Chaosmen : 1/400
- EnglishLads : 1/700
- MyGayCash (stats unreliable because i didn’t send a lot of traffic)
Jalif Studio : 1/58World Of Men : 1/285Alpha Male Fuckers : 1/570Bulldog Pit : 1/785
The worst ones :
- RandyBlue : 1/1158 (1/2451 in May !)
- GunzBlazing sites :
SexGaymes : 1/2196
HairyBoyz : 1/1493
NakedSword : 1/1727
Staghomme Studios : 1/1083
Its gonna hurt : 1/6496
Hazehim : 1/479
Out In Public ; 1/1039
Sausage Party : 1/1168
- BoundinPublic : 1/1641
- SeanCody : 1/1373
- Active Duty : 1/1639
- Dominic Ford : 1/2008
- VideoBoys : 1/2601
- BelAmi : 1/1316 (the ratio is poor, but the rebill retention is very good)
The stats are poor and complicated to process and it’s a pain in the ass to get the convert ratio for each site. The average ratio is about 1/1000. Cody Cummings (1/954, but good retention) and Visconti Triplets (1/300) convert well for such boring sites, but i really don’t like to promote them, especially because they lie in the description texts and pretend that Cody gets fucked when it’s fake.I’m very surprised with Falcon. The site is great, the scenes, actors, pics are awesome. I really love the site and it was one of my priority. But i checked and realized the convert ratio is 1/4600 ! Same thing with Hothouse, the site just doesn’t sell well (1/1000).
Althought the stats are correct, I will promote less Pridebucks, because last updates are actually old content, already published some years ago.
I will promote more Broke Straight Boys, although i hate that site.
I will spare some space for new sponsors or new sites and see how they go.
Tell me, what sponsors sells best for you ?
Men.com is one of the most famous gay pornsites, but suprisingly, I found out that they have an affiliate program only last week. So I don’t know yet if it’s a good one or not. All i can say is that the porn is awesome. People at men.com know how to shoot a scene, how to choose actors, how to select the best thumbnails. I’m quite immune to porn now, but some of the scenes really turned me on, which is a good sign !
I wish they proposed embedded video codes, but the ZIP files are very good : high-quality pics, description, trailers. They offer hundreds of good banners too.
Men.com is the mother site, which contains all available videos. There are 4 men.com network sites to fit your niche needs : Big Dick at School (Big dick niche), Drill my hole, the Gay Office (Suit niche), Str8 to gay (str8 niche).
Edit May 2012 : I’ve been promoting Men.com for a few months now and i’m very happy with the sales. Convert and retention are great !
Bigbling used to be a low-converting program, and since they movied to nats4, it rocks ! Cockyboys videos are extremely hot, content material improved, and newsletter are sent on a weekly basis. The affiliate team is very helpfull, especially Brie who is very reactive and available to help with custom needs.
Kinky Dollars est a very unique affiliation program. They only run BDSM str8 and gay sites, and they are perfect for a dom/sub niche. The convert ratio is pretty good (1:600) and rebills are very high.
They have 4 excellent gay sites : boundgods (domination), boundinpublic (same thing but in public, with many gang-bangs), NakedKombat (very hot wrestling, the winner takes it all !), Butt Machine Boys (Men fucked hard by machines).
The promo material is just ok. You can get anything but embedded video codes. They have a section with video codes but it has never been updated since the release. Pictures are very good and they will draw visitors to your their sites like magnets.
Promote these sites and you want regret it. Bounginpublic is the best one, because it’s very kinky and unique. They work with porn stars like Phenix Saint, Christian Wilde, John Magnum, Micah Andrews, Trent Diesel, Alexsander Freitas, Shane Frost, Alessio Romero, just to name a few.
I just received today a mail from the Gaywargames team to let me know that they just added a new site with exclusive content : czechhunter.com. They already own gaywargames.com, a military/domination site and gangsterfuck.com, a domination site. I usually don’t like Eastern-Europe productions, because actors are often str8 and unable to fuck correctly. They often look like robots on viagra. I must say that some scenes are quite hot, if you have a sub/dom niche. It’s really kinky !
Their new site is not a dom site, more an amateur one, with casual encounters. Two boys cruise in Prague and offer money to random guys to have sex on tape. so it belongs to the amateur/str8 niche. The concept is already used by sites like outinpublic , but as czech actors are not really know, visitors can’t easily say if it’s fake or not. The free preview is quite hot, so I’ll probably give it a try, even if the content is quite poor and limited to images. Another bad point, they use CCBILL as their affiliate processor.
All their sites are bareback ones, just to let you know !
When you grab the affiliate links to place on your site, you sometimes have a choice between PPS (Pay per sale) or Revshare (usually 60% on the initial sale + renewals).
Revshare obviously looks better in an ideal world. Getting money as long as the membership is renewed is great. BUT sometimes the customers don’t renew the membership, and you have to take that into consideration. 60% of a 3.95$ trial membership that is not renewed is not much, while getting a 35$ PPS commission for the same signup is far better !
The choice depends on the quality of the site you promote. Some sites are very good at making customers happy, and the laters won’t unsubscribe. Some other sites are lame and boring and customers usually leave and don’t renew. You don’t want a revshare option with them.
My advice is to always try revhare first, when available. Give it a try for a few months, and check the renewal ratio. If it’s bad, switch to the PPS option immediately !
Some sites have a 1$ trial, with a 30$ PPS for the webmaster. That may look like a good deal for you, because many visitors will spend 1$ to try the site, and you’ll get 30$ each time. But this usually means that the convert ratio is good, because poor content sites don’t offer that option. If most of the customers unsubscribe, they’d lose money if they pay you 30$ for a 1$ signup.
Now, is it a good idea to send your visitors to sites that have a bad content ? I don’t think so, because we don’t want visitors to think that they pay for crap, when they can download good content illegally, for free. So as far as I’m concerned, I always try to send my visitors to high-quality sites, with revshare programs.
The Hot House Cash affiliate program has just been merged into the Next Door Buddy Profits affiliate platform. Former active Hot House Cash accounts have been automatically transferred so that affiliates can now seamlessly log in to Buddy Profits with their Hot House Cash username and password, view their stats, and get access to new promo tools. More details for making the transition for affiliates will be communicated directly to affiliates starting today.
That may seem a good news, because the Hot House cash affiliate program was very bad : poor material, no videos, just images zips and pic galleries. But i’m not sure Steven Scarborough, President and founder of Hot House, made the good choice.
I wish he had chosen Gunzblazing, not Buddy Profits. GunzBlazing makes things easy, Buddy Profits complicate things. The buddyprofits affiliate platform is a maze. Try simply to find a zip with images, along with the code to embed the videos for a particular Hot House update, and you’ll probably get a headache. They even forgot to add the Hot House actor names in the database, so you just can’t find a particular scene. That’s crazy. 95% of webmasters are just happy with an zip with pics, embedding code and description. Why can’t buddyprofits just provide us with such simple things.
On the contrary, they just want us to have a bad experience. When a new update is released, you get a zip via the newsletter, but the codes to embed videos, usually available in the affiliate area, are never ready. You always have to wait a few day to get the codes. Is it so difficult to have everything ready in the same time ?
They don’t ever have a decent support. I contacted them several times to express my disappointment and never got an answer.
Some months, Falcon joined BuddyProfits too. I remember I could get codes to embed videos from the former Falcon affiliate area. Since they joined Buddyprofits, I’ve never been able to get codes to embed falcon videos. Is this an improvement ?
Edit January 2012. BuddyProfits program got improved. It’s still a pain in the ass to retrieve the content, but now video codes are available when you get the the newsletter.