Last Updated April 2020
PayKickstart Review: Hiya everyone, Adam Payne here and you are about to get a real introduction to Paykickstart by Mark Thompson and Matt Callen.
It was actually first launched in 2015.
And if you don’t know, I NEVER review a product I do not use myself (ok, I have done that twice but I digress).
I am a user of this though and have enough experience of this and its competitors to give a thorough review.
So let’s get going.
What is Paykickstart?
- 1 What is Paykickstart?
- 2 PayKickstart Vs JVzoo/Warrior Plus
- 3 PayKickstart Vs Clickbank
- 4 PayKickstart Vs ThriveCart
- 5 PayKickstart Integrations in Full
- 6 Analytics
- 7 Misc:
- 8 PayKickstart App – Time to go Mobile
- 9 PayKickstart Review: The Negatives
- 10 Summary:
PayKickstart is the one of the fastest and easiest shopping cart & affiliate software for selling more products online.
Zero Per-Transaction fees (woop woop).
You can sell digital and physical products as one-time, recurring subscription, free/paid trials, split payments, and more.
Other extras include built-in conversion boosters like: 1-Click Upsells, subscription saver sequences, order bumps, coupon codes and more.
It also has integrated affiliate management that features instant/delayed commissions, marketing materials, W9/W8 tax management and more!
PayKickstart is GDPR compliant too.
I think now it’s time to get down and dirty and have a look inside of the PayKickstart platform so you can see for yourself what it’s like:
PayKickstart Review Video – Tour of My Own Account
PayKickstart Vs JVzoo/Warrior Plus
I have used all of these and while JVzoo and Warrior Plus are well established and have good support, I have been moving my business away from them. Here is why:
+ They are inextricably linked to poor quality IM offers.
They consistently reward shoddy products with product of the day.
+ Once you have bought a product as an affiliate, you will get your in-box murdered with their emails.
As a vendor, if someone buys a product of mine, I do not want them emailed with what are, for the most part, terrible quality products.
Now you can turn this option off but 99.9% of folk do not.
The upside of JVzoo and Warrior Plus is that they are easy to use and have been around for along time.
I am not going to be using them from this point on because of the issues mentioned above and by putting my products on JVZoo or Warrior Plus, I am guilty by association.
PayKickstart Vs Clickbank
What is clear is that Clickbank is the largest marketplace for digital offers. And it is something I think you should consider at some point ( getting your offer).
There is a slight learning curve getting everything set up though, and Clickbank takes 10% of each sale so it does come with these drawbacks.
I would however, not ignore Clickbank due to the size and potential it has for getting you sales.
While I have my main product on PayKickstart, I do plan to add it (and future ones) to Clickbank as well due to its size.
PayKickstart Vs ThriveCart
When I first saw this, I was confused with Thrive Themes but they are two completely different things.
ThriveCart has a good image and reputation.
And I like it to a degree (it looks nice and has a fairly intuitive interface).
They have an active FB group and many happy users.
Funnily enough, if you do a Google search on ThriveCart and see the positively glowing reviews, most of them are by people promoting it.
Not everyone of those folk is an active user.
So my comments are purely based on my own experience.
Note: I bought a lifetime license of ThriveCart when it came out and am still as of yet, unable to use it properly.
- They do not connect properly with PayPal Japan. This makes it highly problematic for me to do business and are the only platform I have encountered these issues. Japan is not the only country with this issue.
- When I was choosing a place to sell Video Marketing Insider I found they had issues with not connecting to MemberMouse properly. By that, I mean emails were not getting sent out to test buyers (this is a ThriveCart issue, not MemberMouse).
In both cases I reached out to ThriveCart’s support.
The reply was quick and polite but in both cases the blame was put on the ‘other party’ and I was left unable to proceed. ‘Not our fault’ was the general reply.
Naturally, that did not help me.
When I had a similar issue with Paykickstart and Membermouse, Paykickstart support looked into the issue and fixed it for me.
They went above and beyond, and unlike Thrive, ended up with a customer.
I’m not anti-ThriveCart at all.
They have lots of good points, but despite me getting a lifetime license, I am still unable to use it properly.
They have their fanboys who love it and won’t hear a bad word said against it, but I can only speak from my personal experiences.
Support is vital and to me, there is no good being quick and polite if you are not able to fix the issues.
PayKickstart Vs ThriveCart Table
Features PayKickstart ThriveCart Paypal Integration Yes Yes Stripe Integration Yes Yes Braintree Integration Yes No Email Integrations 16 4 Webinar Integrations 5 1 Membership Integrations 9 5 True 1-Click Upsell (Credit Card) Yes Yes True 1-Click Upsell (PayPal) Yes Yes Partner/JV Contracts Yes No Customer Blacklisting Yes No Vendor-Branded Affiliate Links Yes No VAT Tax Integration Yes Yes Currency Support 32 16 Upgrade / Downgrade Subscription Yes Yes
Note: If any of the data in the above table is incorrect, pls let me know and I’ll update accordingly.
ThriveCart is the only shopping cart that that offers ApplePay (which I am aware of).
Personally, I have never bought or sold anything using the Apple payment platform though. Maybe to you this is a valuable feature?
One strong point are ThriveCart checkout pages.
With ThriveCart, you really edit the pages in detail and that’s a plus for me.
Paykickstart is more limited in that regard in that you can change the text or delete a section, but you can’t move the actual sections around.
PayKickstart Integrations in Full
When choosing a payment processor and/pr affiliate program, being able to integrate with other services is vital.
Here is a complete list of the current integrations with PayKickstart.
- Webinar Ignition
- Constant Contact
- GetResponse 360
- Digital Access Pass
That’s a pretty big list and should cover pretty much all you use.
If not, they are responsive to building out new integrations so pop over to the support desk and make a request.
PayKickstart App – Time to go Mobile
Paykickstart have their very own app that you can install on your smartphone.
This allows you to keep tabs on your business while on the go and comes with some fancy reporting. You can check it out below:
To my knowledge, Thrive, Samcart and others do not have a mobile app.
If I am wrong, please let me know in the comments section.
PayKickstart Review: The Negatives
No platform is perfect so with that in mind, just what are the negatives of Paykickstart?
I have listed what I believe below:
- Intuitiveness. It is not the most intuitive platform. This could be as they have so many functions. Thrive was a bit more intuitive to me, but as has been mentioned, i found them unusable.
- Pricing. They are not cheap compared to JVzoo, but also do not come with the stigma and again, do much more.
In fact, the pricing may be holding you back, but you can have a trial to see if you like it.
And once like me, you actually use it and make sales, the price is negligible.
PayKickstart Pricing Continued
PayKickstart is not free but that’s a good thing.
Are you crazy I hear you cry!
Well, if it were free, it would be a completely unsustainable business.
But when you begin selling online, you’ll realize that for the features you get, the price is reasonable.
- Basic Plan: $29.00/mo
- Professional Plan: $99.00/mo << I use this personally.
- Premium Plan: $149.00/mo
In summary, PayKickstart is, in my own opinion, a high quality and reliable shopping cart and affiliate program combination.
They have an abundance of features and as a user, I can testify that they are constantly looking to innovate and improve.
They also have quick and efficient support desk with members based globally.
If you are looking for something to sell your own products that comes with an affiliate program, has a ton of integrations and works as advertised on the tin, then PayKickstart is a great choice.
- You know that every sale you make, you get to keep 100% of the amount (unlike JVzoo and Clickbank).
- You know the email list is yours and your customers are not going to get bombarded with emails for poor quality products like they would do on JVzoo or Warrior Plus.
So, in a nuthsell, I recommend you take advantage of the trial and get in at the basic or professional level first.
I hope you have gotten some value from this PayKickstart review.
Regardless as to whether you get it or now, I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section and share this post on Social Media.