Are you looking for networks or affiliate programs to increase the revenue of your online business? Here are the best programs to sign up for
Affiliate marketing is undoubtedly one of the best ways to make money with a blog. Affiliations are indeed a rapidly growing market and in June 2021 it even reached a peak of 100%, as also shown by data from Google Trends.
If you have therefore decided to open a blog and monetize thanks to affiliations, it could really be a good choice. This is because affiliations generally produce steady income which can be quite high.
This, for example, is a screenshot of the earnings coming to me next month from one of my affiliate networks.
———–income photo hobay
To be successful, therefore, in addition to a solid marketing strategy, it is also important to be able to find the best networks and the best affiliate programs , where you can also find the best offers.
So what are the best affiliate programs? Which are the most profitable ones? And how do you join a network? This is exactly what we will see together in this article.
In fact, we will find out which are the best known and most used affiliate programs and networks, perfect for starting to monetize even a small blog.
What is affiliate marketing
First of all: what is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is one of the most used monetization methods in the blogging world, through which an affiliate promotes a product or service, perhaps through a blog article or a YouTube video, and earns a commission for each sale generated.
But where do we find these products and services to promote? Mainly we have two ways:
• affiliate networks
• the affiliate programs of individual companies.
The difference is simple: while some companies manage their affiliates independently, many others rely on a network, which collects thousands of offers and connects the affiliates, who promote the offers, with the advertisers, i.e. with the companies that they have the product to sell.
So let’s see which are the best affiliate networks and how to find the affiliate programs of individual companies.
What are the best affiliate networks?
1. Amazon Associates
The Amazon Affiliate is one of the best known and most used affiliate programs by bloggers around the world.
It is currently the largest affiliate marketing network in the world with over 900,000 active affiliates and holds nearly 45% of all affiliate shares.
And the reason why it is one of the most popular programs is thanks to the wide range of products that can be sponsored . Everything that is on Amazon, in fact, you can sell as an affiliate.
And how to start working with Amazon?
1. First you need to have an active blog. If you don’t have one yet, you can do it in minutes by following this guide .
2. Sign up for the Amazon affiliate program (you can do it with your Amazon account or create an ad hoc one)
3. Find the products you want to sponsor
4. Copy the product affiliate link from SiteStripe , the bar that appears at the top of the Amazon page after signing up for the program
5. Post affiliate links on your blog . I have prepared a GIF that tells you how to hide the affiliate link under a text, called anchor text .
Another very effective way to sponsor Amazon products is to add boxes similar to a product sheet on your blog .
There are several plugins to do this . Before there was a plugin of Amazon’s own but it has been withdrawn and therefore you have to use third party plugins, such as AAWP , one of my favorites and which I use with excellent results on some of my blogs.
The boxes it allows you to insert are like this one in the image below. In fact, you just need to enter the product code and the plugin will automatically take from Amazon all the data you want to show, such as the photo, the title, the description or the price.
From your affiliate page, you can also access your dashboard , where you can monitor all the products you are promoting, analyze your results, monitor clicks, conversions and download all reports.
The Amazon commission goes up to 10% depending on the items. Amazon Associates is therefore a great way to start making money with your blog.
But it’s not the only affiliate network that exists. We also see the others.
Another network full of affiliate programs from different niches is also Awin ( Affiliate Window ).
How it works is extremely simple – basically, Awin helps affiliates find the best programs for their niche while helping businesses find the best affiliates.
In Awin you can find affiliations regarding:
• Finance & Insurance
• Insurance, Banks and Accounts, Credit Cards, Real Estate, Investments and Savings, Mortgages, Loans
• Retail & Shopping
• Clothing, footwear and accessories, electronics and appliances, sports equipment, cars and engines, childhood, toys, PC & video games, DIY, home and gardening, erotic, green, books, music and DVDs, furniture and furnishings, health and beauty, animals , etc.
• Telco & Services
• Dating, online gaming, electricity and gas, digital TV, web hosting, telephone services, etc.
• Travel agencies, car rentals, airlines, cruises and ferries, hotels, buses, trains, tourism and attractions, etc.
Through the search mask you can also filter the over 14 thousand brands on the platform in order to find all the best offers for your business.
PartnerStack is also another of my favorite platforms also because it manages advertisers from niches closer to my business, such as:
• Social media
• Human resources
Through PartnerStack you can manage all your affiliations, keep track of your results and access a well-stocked marketplace, where you can look for new partners and new offers to sponsor.
Tradedoubler is a pioneering affiliate marketing platform, born in 1999 and currently present in over 80 countries, with 2,000 advertisers and 180,000 active publishers.
In Tradedoubler you can find adverts related to different niches, such as:
Auto, B2B, Computer & Electronics, Education & Career, Fashion, Finance, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Insurance, Media & Entertainment, Non-Profit, Shopping, Social & Dating, Sports, Telecommunications, Travel.
As with other platforms, to get started with Tradedoubler you just need:
• create an account
• choose the brands you want to sponsor
• apply for offers.
Once you are accepted into the affiliate program you will receive all the links necessary to promote the products you want and a very intuitive dashboard from which to monitor, analyze and manage clicks, sales made, and all active affiliations, as well as the possibility of finding new affiliations. to promote and so on.
5. Impact Radius
Impact Radius is another one of those platforms I work with on a daily basis. It was founded in 2008 by the same team that founded Commission Junction (CJ) .
Also on Impact you can find numerous offers belonging to different niches such as:
• Computers and electronics
• Travel and tourism
• Arts and entertainment
• Food and beverages.
Even Impact, like ShareASale, has both PPL and PPS offers and has a very intuitive dashboard to monitor clicks and conversions.
6. CJ Affiliate
CJ Affiliate is a great program for finding new affiliate programs but I recommend that you only submit your request when your blog already has good traffic otherwise they may not accept you as an affiliate.
In CJ Affiliate you can find over 300 brands, even very well known, and has very interesting commissions.
Another well-known affiliate network is ClickBank.
I must say that since they changed the layout of the platform, making it fresher and more current, navigation has become much simpler and more intuitive, with a perfect dashboard to manage sales, affiliations, partners, and so on.
You can find many affiliate programs covering numerous niches, a bit like Awin. Perhaps the only flaw is that it is not particularly suitable for the Italian market because the offers are scarce, but it is still worthwhile to take a look at what it offers.
The commissions of ClickBank’s affiliate programs are very high, even up to 75%, and the platform is known for its regular and reliable payments.
Fiverr is one of the largest digital services markets in the world. Inside you can find over 11 million users spread across 190 different countries.
Fiverr’s fees are quite high, with a CPA that can go as high as $ 150.
9. eBay Partner Network
eBay also has its own affiliate program: the eBay Partner Network.
Signing up is very simple and on the portal, you can find tons of new offers every day to promote on your blog.
ShareASale is one of the affiliate marketing platforms I use most frequently, a platform founded in 2020 that has been able to build a solid reputation in these over 20 years of activity.
Also on ShareASale, you can find affiliate programs for various niches such as cars, accessories, books, software, marketing, clothing, home and garden, and so on.
Commissions can be:
• PPL (Pay per Lead ): means you get a commission when a user clicks on your affiliate link and completes a sign-up form, such as creating an account on a software, even if a sale is not generated
• PPS ( Pay Per Sale ): means that you earn a commission when the user who clicks on your affiliate link then makes a purchase.
11. Rakuten Advertising
Among the best affiliate programs, a mention must certainly also be made of Rakuten, formerly known as LinkShare, a well-known affiliate network, active since 1996.
Inside, you can find very interesting offers from over 1,000 brands, some even very famous, such as Sephora or Ray-Ban.
Another great market full of products to sponsor is certainly the Chinese e-commerce giant AliExpress.
Within the platform, you can find any type of product, even at bargain prices. Commissions vary from 2.6% to 8% depending on the type of product you want to sponsor but can even reach 90% during special promotions.
If you have a blog and want to start monetizing it, affiliate marketing could be a really good choice. In this article, I have introduced you to some of the most popular and used affiliate programs and networks in the affiliate world.
But if you are looking for other affiliate programs that are not present in a network, do a general search with Google by typing “[name of the brand you want to sponsor] affiliate program” and you will be directly directed to the registration page.
One last piece of advice. To have a better chance of being accepted in a network or an affiliate program, create your blog, start publishing some articles, and increase the traffic to your site.
Partners, in fact, tend to give precedence to those who already have a well-fed following site.
Well, now you really have everything you need to start earning with affiliates.
Have a good Business!