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    Hydra Network was know as LynxTrack
    I came across this affiliate network and wanted to see if anyone has ever dealt with them. It seems like it is a bunch of CPA thing with good payouts but more or less it looks like all they do is want to collect my users email address or zip codes. What do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatnoob
    I came across this affiliate network and wanted to see if anyone has ever dealt with them. It seems like it is a bunch of CPA thing with good payouts but more or less it looks like all they do is want to collect my users email address or zip codes. What do you guys think?
    I signed up to test the "new-car leads" segment, and drove enough leads to go above Hydra's $50 payment threshhold. I should be getting a check in a week or so. I'll reserve judgment until I see the check.

    But they do offer some very high-paying offers. Where CJ merchants offer $3 to $5 per new-car lead, Hydra promises $8.25. Of course, there may be other factors (for example, perhaps the CJ merchants have a better conversion-to-lead ratio, or a lower rejection rate).

    As I noted in another thread, I lost a bunch of money on this experiment, on behalf of a client, because I was using Pay-Per-Click search to drive traffic, and the bid rates seem absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim-store.com
    As I noted in another thread, I lost a bunch of money on this experiment, on behalf of a client, because I was using Pay-Per-Click search to drive traffic, and the bid rates seem absurd.
    sounds like the ideal subject for which to build a page with plenty of content and let those bid rates pay off by placing Adsense on the page.

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    They've been advertising (through AdWords/AdSense?) here on ABW, so I signed up with them last month. (I didn't realize that it was just an AdSense ad when I first signed up.)

    I've been happy with them.

    Their payouts on some offers are several times higher than the networks. They are paying 17% commissions on one merchant that pays 7% at a major network. The merchant had just let a 12% private offer with me expire and wasn't willing to extend it. Doh!

    They have direct deposit and claim to pay on the 15th, so I should get my first payment shortly.

    I did have one tracking problem. I placed a personal order and it never showed up. It turns out that this particular merchant only pays the CPA fee for new customers, but the offer didn't explain that. They credited me with the sale and updated the offer to explain that it only applied to new customers.

    Their account reps have been knowledgeable and helpful. It's obvious that they take the time to understand my business, based on the offers they suggest.

    They also pay 5% (of commissions earned) for your second-tier, which is pretty decent.

    To me, there are two classes of CPA offers. There are the $1/lead ones (which are typically just for an email address) and there are the $10-$50+/lead ones (which are for a sale, membership, credit card, or other substantial transaction. I never promote the $1/lead ones, as they're always so spammy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    They have direct deposit and claim to pay on the 15th, so I should get my first payment shortly.
    In the bank today.
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    I realize that our opinion here might appear one-sided, but we consider ourselves to be specialists in CPA campaigns - which is why we host more advertisers offering CPA payouts than any other network. This gives us the ability to offer generally more competitive payout levels than other networks offering a general selection of PPC, Revshare and other campaigns.

    Glad to hear things are working out well for you Michael.

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    My only complaint (and one I have with most CPA networks) is that campaigns just totally disappear without notice sometimes. Over half of the campaigns I've promoted in the short time I've been in the network are no longer active.
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    I've had a really great experience with Hydra so far. They seem to add new campaigns much more quickly than my other programs. The only bad thing that I am seeing is that I am very careful about not incentivizing anything that is not supposed to be but my competitors cheat. So my members keep talking about how they make more money off of my competitors' programs. Of course!

    I'm going to keep my neck clean and not stoop to the level of my competitors. But it does make me wonder how closely that type of thing is tracked.

    Tricia

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    I joined during ecomexpo

    Today's payday - I get an email saying they're holding my money 'cause they don't have my W9 (is that it?) on file

    I asked who the hec is my account rep - which by itself is a bad sign - CPA networks claim to faim is "outstanding affiliate support" - and I don't even know who my rep is

    When I asked the obvious - why wasn't I told about this BEFORE payday - the response was

    we have 2000 affiliates/can't contact them all

    Geez! CJ has better affiliate support then these guys!

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