Reason(s) for removal: The CruelBucks adult affiliate program has closed. Additional info: The past few times we tried to access the CruelBucks webmasters area we were greeted with a blank page. For whatever reason, once we got that blank page, none of the other program tour pages would display either. A CruelBucks rep who used to frequent a popular adult industry forum apparently has not logged in for about a year. Alone, that is not so unusual, but taken with the inability to log into the programs webmasters area, and the outlook is not so promising.
CruelBucks is a rather unique adult affiliate program, with a single high quality site specializing in live sex shows starring top adult performers. Best of all, while there may be some slight similarities, this is not a webcam program in the sense that members pay per minute, but rather a monthly membership program, with a fairly inexpensive recurring membership fee that members are sure to appreciate. The only thing that might be considered cruel about this program is the infrequency of the live show performances – usually scheduled on the magnitude of once per month. However, the program also provides an archive of their previously streamed shows for members to enjoy in the lengthy hiatuses between new broadcasts.
About the CruelBucks Program
Payment Structure: 50% RevShare
Payment Schedule: Biweekly
Payment Methods: Check, Intecard, and Wire.
Payment Minimum: $100
Sites: 1 – Live Gonzo
Hosted Galleries: YES
Type of Content: High Res Pics and HD Videos – Flash, MPEG, and WMV.
Exclusive Content: YES
RSS Feeds: YES
Morphing Feeds: NO
Tube Clips: NO
Content and Hosting: NO
Hosted TGP/MGP: NO
Hosted POTD/VOTD: NO
Cross Sales: None
Some of the tools do need a bit of further elaboration than what we have already provided above. First, while mobile is not indicated above, that is mainly because no links or promotional tools are provided expressly for marketing to mobile users. However, it should be noted that the Live Gonzo site is indeed optimized for mobile traffic, so members can browse the site or watch the live shows with their mobile devices. Second, while the webmasters area does appear to offer content sets, at present we cannot extract any of the promotional content they may contain due to seemingly damaged file headers. Additionally, affiliates should note that while RSS feeds and hosted galleries are provided, they are sadly lacking in any substantial unique text. However, on the Live Gonzo site, you will find a link to their updates blog, which not only offers much more in the way of unique text descriptions of the latest updates, but generally contains multiple high quality images as well.
Some affiliates may also be interested in taking advantage of CruelBucks’ ‘white label.’ However, affiliates should note that it is not so much a white label as a full page iframe that can be customized to match the color schemes of the affiliates own sites. Still, it is very attractive, offering surfers a chance to browse the latest trailer updates while remaining on the affiliates site.
All in all, CruelBucks appears to be a good adult affiliate program, with regular, though not entirely frequent, updates and a small selection of promotional tools to assist affiliates in their marketing. It occurs to us that this program may do equally well when promoted alongside webcam and more traditional membership sites.