Dec 9 2009

Hydra Network Account Termination

I very rarely have any trouble with affiliate programs. Every month I make at least $100 on several different networks. It’s a great competition between the different programs, when you participate in multiple networks. I often ask if one network can match another networks commissions, which means more money for me.

Last month I was terminated by the first affiliate network since ShoppingAds became a “closed network” (but that’s a whole different situation). This wasn’t due to a program change, it was due to traffic. I don’t like to curse, but this was bullshit.

Hydra Network Termination

Hydra Network Account Termination

I’ve never heard of traffic levels being unfit for an affiliate network after already getting approved, sometimes I don’t run any offers on a network for months at a time. With some offers I can generate $500 in a month, then $0 the next, it just depends on what I am working on.

I hadn’t worked with HydraNetwork in a while since several lucrative months over the summer. I was able to piggy back my offers on some newsletters through a few online friends who weren’t into affiliate marketing. Throughout my experience with Hydra (1-2 years) I broke $1,000 in earnings, so it wasn’t like I never used them.

Recently, I started inquiring about different programs like Vista Print to get active again with Hydra. Several days later,  I received an email about how I promoted a Bidz offer I was running and had been off and on for months. I responded with my website url and then the next day I received a termination letter.

Bullshit MOVE

What I HATE about this whole thing that if there was some sort of problem, I would have been fine discussing and working it out. Other than that poor excuse of an email by Kollene McGinley (affiliate manager) I was terminated without a “warning” or any REAL information as to why I was terminated.

Let me stress again, I’ve never been singled out and terminated from ANY affiliate program and I’ve been doing this since 2005.

Compliance Letter

They have some “fine print” on the email I received so I am not going to publish it word for word.

However after “reviewing my account” including my monthly uniques, experience and “other criteria”… my “traffic” is not a good fit for Hydra.

The ONLY thing they did right in this situation was that they paid me my pending commissions of $15.50 in about two weeks.

Have you ever experience something like this before?

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26 Comments on this post


  1. Sikat Ang Pinoy said:

    It wasn’t your loss friend, it was Hydra’s loss. It is my first time to hear such thing suspending for massive traffic. Thats BS. Anyway, time to move to a much better network.

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:52 pm
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    It wasn’t for massive traffic, I think it was for the lack of traffic. But if still makes no sense.

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:54 pm
  3. Ryan said:

    If it was for lack of traffic, that is not right. I’ve only made $4.25 this year with them and still have an account.

    December 9th, 2009 at 8:32 pm
  4. marcus@make money online said:

    If I would you I would just move on. There are thousands of other affiliate networks that offer the same programs to promote as Hydra. It ’s their loss, not yours.

    December 10th, 2009 at 7:15 am
  5. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Yeah I am, just pissed me off. lol

    Thought I’d share it as well :)

    December 11th, 2009 at 2:20 pm
  6. Scooter Motorcycles said:

    same here i made next to nothing with them and i still have account with them?


    December 14th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
  7. Minnesota Attorney said:

    Wow. That’s really annoying. Thanks for the heads up.

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:09 pm
  8. Donanim Haberi said:

    If it was for lack of traffic, that is not right. I’ve only made $4.25 this year with them and still have an account.

    December 18th, 2009 at 4:38 am
  9. Codrut @ Blog Post Ideas said:

    I’m not with CPA networks, prefer ClickBank, at least. Although, this could happen sometimes, you’re an exception though.

    I advise putting your eggs in more baskets… who’s your top earner, by the way?

    December 19th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
  10. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Codrut, I belong to many networks, it’s not a huge loss with them as I mentioned I wasn’t running many of their offers anyways. The post was more informative and somewhat of a vent.

    As my top earners go it changes per month by the offers and season. This months top earner is mysavingsmedia:

    December 19th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
  11. mma pound for pound said:

    I’m sorry to hear that

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:29 am
  12. kyle said:

    it is so sad to terminate your account I hope they only give them penalty not to termination

    December 27th, 2009 at 10:40 pm
  13. Essay Writing said:

    You have opened my eyes about hydra network. I was about to join their affiliation program. It seems like, they force their publishers to run their ads all around the clock, which is not fair at all. It’s our blog and we know that when to advertise and what. We know our readers better.

    January 1st, 2010 at 8:36 pm
  14. Mitch said:

    I’ve had it happen to me a few times, and that’s just not right. Said I didn’t make enough sales; as if it costs any of them anything for me to advertise for them.

    January 1st, 2010 at 10:42 pm
  15. used tires said:

    Fortunately I have not yet been terminated from any of the programs I’ve been a part of, but I can fully understand your frustrations, I would be too If I was terminated from something that made me money. I am sure in the long run they will lose more by doing this :(

    Till then,


    January 5th, 2010 at 11:42 pm
  16. Our Tech Blog Log said:

    Me neither , Id be pretty upset about any login being terminated.

    January 6th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
  17. Ned Carey said:

    As Mitch said why cut you off? It doesn’t cost them anything to keep you as an account.

    If you were cut off and didn’t know it was coming then they are the ones who who have a problem.

    January 7th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  18. mike said:

    I got my hydra account terminated too and I dont really know why except the section on TOS that I violated, so screw hydra!

    January 9th, 2010 at 8:15 pm
  19. Car Transporters | Igor said:

    It never happened to me, but ill keep it in mind not work with hydranetwork

    January 15th, 2010 at 12:15 am
  20. used tires said:

    Yea, I agree completely with Ned. Very few services cut you off just like that and they don’t really deserve your patronage if they’re that stupid.

    Till then,


    March 4th, 2010 at 3:16 am
  21. video games said:

    I don’t know anything about this particular but it seems they may have not been happy with one of your other affiliate programs, maybe after you gave them the link they saw an ad for someone they are highly competitive with. Just a thought, good luck with other networks.

    March 10th, 2010 at 12:22 am
  22. Security Installer said:

    Thanks for great post. I want earn money but i like only google adsense for earning.

    March 12th, 2010 at 9:26 am
  23. rocorama said:

    Yea, At least you got an email, I found out when I tried to log on today. I had only been approved about 3-4 months. And hadn’t started promoting their offers, as I was busy with my other networks. I did try last month to get a hold of an account manager to go over a few offers with me but their customer service or lack there of just sucked. I was told that only their top earners have access to an account manager (first red flag) So when I made my request by email as they requested and received no response (2nd flag) I figured they were most likely going to drop me, and they did. It’s their loss. here is just a clip of what I found on my log in screen “Please also note, we have established tougher qualifying criteria for all new affiliate applications — we will now only consider applicants who have achieved the level of $10,000/month in aggregate affiliate earnings working with at least one major network, and who have at least a year of proven earnings as an affiliate.”Well, if I’m earning that with another network, I’m not going to start over with them as they offer pretty much the same offers as many other networks due, except they boast having the highest payouts? Also apparently they had a major shift internally a few months back and the people who left started their own CPA network. So don’t sweat getting terminated, it’s their loss. There are heaps of better networks out there Copeac, Azoogle are great and always easily accessible to reach your Acct Exec.

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
  24. Handicap Showers said:

    Sorry to hear that!

    I just want to ask you , can you write any post on how to get approved from CPA networks? I am new to CPA .


    March 15th, 2010 at 9:16 am
  25. SEO Tricks said:

    I got my Hydra Network Account suspended a few days back and its really annoying to loose money. I had around $75 in my account. :(

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:38 am
  26. tattoo kits said:

    That sucks man – but you know even giants like Google drop peoples ad words accounts for no sane reason as well

    Move on

    April 6th, 2010 at 5:30 am


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