Reason(s) for removal: SmashBucks has allowed their NATS license to expire, and closed their affiliate program without notice. Additional info: Although the sites are still up and running, this program suffered a major setback when they lost most of their promotional tools.
The SmashBucks adult affiliate program would best be utilized for their collection of vintage and retro sites. After all, nobody expects vintage and retro content to update too much. In other words, all of the SmashBucks sites stopped updating quite some time ago. While disappointing, the lack of updates alone does not give cause to totally disregard this program. However, there are some additional issues that affiliates should also be made aware of before joining, which are elaborated upon below. Oddly, SmashBucks uses the 4.1 version of the NATS affiliate tracking software, and offers Paxum as a payment option, which suggests that at least some effort is being made to keep this adult affiliate program relevant.
About the SmashBucks Program
Payment Structure: 50-60% RevShare, $25-30 PPS
Payment Schedule: Biweekly
Payment Methods: Check, Paxum, and Wire.
Payment Minimum: $100
Sites: 15 – Hover here to view them.
Hosted Galleries: NO
Type of Content: Pics and Videos – Flash, MOV and WMV.
Exclusive Content: NO
RSS Feeds: NO
Morphing Feeds: NO
FLV Tube Clips: NO
Free Content and Hosting: Content YES, hosting NO.
Hosted TGP/MGP: NO
Hosted POTD/VOTD: NO
Trials: $4.95/2 day
Cross Sales: None – 2, pre-checked.
Awhile back we noticed that the SmashBucks programs galleries were getting routed to parked pages. We contacted them about this and they replied that they had been hacked and were scrambling to get things back up and running. We left this review as it was thinking things would be resolved quickly. That was over four months ago, and so far it does not appear as if they have made any progress. At this time all affiliates have to work with are linking codes to the sites, banners, and content sets from which industrious affiliates can create their own galleries or otherwise use for promotion. While the sites are generally large, with quite a bit of content for surfers to browse through, it should also be noted that there is a distinct lack of unique text which affiliates might use to assist in their promotional efforts.
While we cannot say that SmashBucks is one of the best adult affiliate programs, it isn’t necessarily one of the worst either. Affiliates looking to round out their offerings in the vintage and retro niches may find the majority of SmashBucks sites to their liking, so long as they are not expecting much in terms of promotional tools or other new content being added.