This is part 2 of the affiliate marketing series.
Part 1: What is Affiliate Marketing, And How Does it Work?
Part 2: 18 Top Affiliate Marketing Programs to Join
Part 3: 10 Crucial Tips to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Part 4: How to Multiply Your Affiliate Income Using The 80/20 Rule
Part 5: The Ultimate Guide: Step-by-step Affiliate Marketing For Dummies
When it comes to choosing an affiliate program, I go by the 80/20 rule.
80% of affiliate marketing programs won’t make you any money, and 20% will make you most of your affiliate revenue.
In today’s post, I’ll tell you where you can find the 20%.
Here a list of the top affiliate marketing programs that pay well and are reliable.
But first, what’s an affiliate marketing program?
Affiliate marketing works like this: Someone offers an affiliate program, and another entrepreneur signs up for it to become an affiliate.
Affiliate networks are networks that form partnerships with a ton of affiliate programs. You can sign up for different affiliate programs from a single affiliate network.
To accommodate bloggers from different niches, I will not be pointing you to specific products but to the best networks where you can find a ton of things to recommend.
So, which are the most popular affiliate programs in today’s context?
Here are the best affiliate marketing programs:
1. Amazon’s Affiliate Program
Every blogger needs to know about this. Amazon has hands-down the most popular affiliate program out there. We’ve all heard about Amazon, haven’t we? 🙂
You can recommend just about anything and get a commission from it!
Note: If you’re based internationally (not in the US) the minimum payout is $100, where they pay you by check.
Shareasale has a great reputation for being honest and reliable, and you can find a wide variety of products to promote.
It’s also been in business for a long time. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my commission to be eaten up by an ad network company.
They also have real-time tracking, so you will know when a banner is clicked, or when a sale was made.
3. CJ Affiliate (Previously Commission Junction)
CJ Affiliate is one of the largest affiliate networks out there with I’ve heard great things from others, so it’s here.
Don’t apply to CJ until you can generate solid website traffic that will lead to conversions… They won’t approve your application. That’s what they say on their website anyway.
That being said, they do have a ton of high converting products that pay really well, sometimes even better than if you sign up with the merchant directly.
As a quick example, you can sign up to be a Hostgator affiliate with Hostgator, OR do it via Commission Junction, which provides greater reliability and tracking. As of now, Commission Junciton offers a higher payout (you’ll have to close a ton of sales before getting the same payout if you’re working directly with Hostgator).
Owned by Rakuten, Rakuten Linkshare claims to be the largest pay-for-performance affiliate marketing network on the web.
This is a good place to check out!
Clickbank offers a range of high-converting digital products. Many of their products promise huge results like earning a ton of money or losing a ton of weight.
Many of their products promise huge results like earning a ton of money or losing a ton of weight. I personally find the products there to be a little “spammy sounding”. You know… those auto-play video sales pages and 99% off the product.. things like that.
You can bet that these are high-converting products though, and there ARE high-quality products there if you dig deeper, so I’m including Clickbank here.
Instantly access ~20,000+ merchants. All you need to do is mention your website. Their technology will automatically start affiliating existing unaffiliated links in your content.
It creates the affiliate link for you, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of network sign ups, approvals or creating affiliate links.
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Viglink is similar to Skimlinks. However, I’ve heard of a lot of people loving Skimlinks, and Viglink gets less love.
Well, you may like the underdog.
Add links into your posts promoting various products with Viglink!
Here’s what it says on their website: “Many commercial links within a publisher’s content do not earn compensation for the value they create. Using VigLink Convert, these links are immediately associated with leading advertiser marketing programs without any change to the user experience.”
If you are looking into promoting software and SaaS companies, Avangate is the place to check out.
9. Ebay’s Partner Network
You probably bought stuff from Ebay before – so why not join Ebay’s affiliate program? You didn’t know Ebay has it’s own affiliate program, huh?
Well they actually do have one and it’s been running for quite some time.
10. Affiliate Window
Here’s an even greater shocker… Etsy has its own affiliate program!
Affiliate Window is the company that manages Etsy’s affiliate program. If you’re like me and love looking at pretty crafts on Etsy, you may want to profit from it. Promote all that creative work by signing up with Affiliate Window.
Affiliate Window also claims to be the largest affiliate network in the UK.
It is very easy to set up and they do have a user-friendly interface. I’ve also heard that their support is good.
They do require a $5 deposit that they’ll return upon approval. They will send it back to you when you earn enough to get your first payout.
11. Pepper Jam Network
I’ve heard only good things about Pepper Jam Network. They currently work with 1200+ brands.
12. iTunes’s Affiliate Program
Recommend your favorite songs, books, movie and apps with iTunes’s program!
Other affiliate programs / affiliate networks you can check out:
The above are the more popular ones, but here are a couple of other top affiliate marketing programs that I’ve heard great things about too:
13. Shopher – Monetize your website audience with America’s most popular consumer brands and retailers.
14. Adproval – Influencer x Brand collaborations
18. Impact Radius
I hope this helps 🙂
Continue on to part 3: 10 Crucial Tips to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing.