The Best Affiliate Programs

By | January 31, 2016

The Best Affiliate Programs

You will read a multitude of blogs promoting the best affiliate programs online, and they will all have very valid and important information.  This post is no different, and I would like to focus on a few affiliate programs that will help monetize your website.

Depending on the niche your website is promoting or the type of  online business you are selling, it is helpful to have affiliate programs that would match your website authority.

If you have a website that focuses on cooking vegan food, for example, it would be great to have affiliate programs that would focus on cooking, vegan recipes, best types of seasonings available, and a variety of other tidbits that would match creating or making vegan food dishes.

Of course, this is not always possible! 

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the best affiliate programs I am using online:

Commission Junction

Also known as CJ is one of the most popular affiliate programs available.  I have applied to many of the affiliate programs that are listed within the CJ system.  It is very simple to set up your account by following these easy steps:

  • Sign up with CJ
  • Submit Payment and Tax Information
  • Find Partners to Promote
  • Get Link Code & Start Earning
  • Video Tutorials (Great lessons)
  • Explore the Support Center

There are many times that the advertisers will pay premium commissions to CJ publishers and even more so then the affiliate rates in their own in-house programs!  The process to get approved by many of the advertisers is very quick and at times within 24 hours of your application being submitted.

The process to get approved by many of the advertisers is very quick and at times within 24 hours of your application being submitted.

One thing to be aware of is their tracking system is not based on real time, and there may be times your sales are not listed and you may not be paid for them.  It is very important to check with your individual advertisers listed in CJ to make sure your stats are correct.  One way is to use a tracking ID on your links to make sure all is reported correctly.

One way is to use a tracking ID on your links to make sure all is reported correctly.

It is free to join CJ, just sign up and fill out the application.  Not all partners you apply to will accept your application.  You can dispute it if you feel they are not giving you a fair chance.

It is also important to know they will deactivate your account if there is no action within 6 months of acceptance.  You will also be assessed a $10.00 dormant account fee!

 

WP Engine

I feel WP Engine is the best affiliate program in the premium web hosting business.  The Company works on Word Press optimized hosting and my website that you are reading this blog on is a Word Press blog with optimized hosting!

I believe that there are no other competitors that come close to the excellence that Word Press has in the quality of their platform and the incredible user-friendly website features.

This is the magnetism that draws people to use this product and as an affiliate program you will make money!

Your blog along with great traffic will translate into a reputable source of income from this affiliate program.  You can make $3,000 a month with a large flow of traffic.

It’s the best program for beginner web marketers as well as seasoned webmasters.  Promoting this powerful high-quality product will bring you real income.

 

ShareASale

ShareASale has over 3,000 affiliate programs!  What an incredible amount of programs to choose from.

If you cannot find an advertiser on Commission Junction, which also has hundreds and hundreds of affiliate programs, you will most likely find it on ShareASale.

The process is very similar to CJ in that you apply to many affiliate companies, give them a reason why you want to promote their products (optional but helpful), and then they will reply back  to you within 48 hours at the most.

I applied for 25 programs and was accepted for 13 programs without telling them why I wanted to promote their product.  I do have to utilize them as much as possible, but there are some that do not match my website.

You do have the option to quit the affiliate program if it is not being used since you will be charged an inactive fee if the account is dormant.

Here is a list of 13 programs I was accepted out of the 25 I applied for:

Merchant Programs
Program Status Program Category
[sort]
Merchant Organization
[sort]
Per Sale Commission [sort]
Per Lead Commission [sort]
Per Hit Commission [sort]
Approved? Apply Date
[sort]
Online General Web Services shareasale.com 
www.shareasale.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale $150.00
Per Lead $1.00
Yes 01/11/2016
Online Financial Checks Unlimited 
www.checksunlimited.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 20% Yes 01/11/2016
Privacy Settings:   Email: No    Phone: No   Mailing Address: No
Online Art/Music/Photography, Business, Family, Gifts, Moving/Moving Supplies, Weddings Shutterfly, Inc. 
www.shutterfly.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 5%–10% depending on store
Per Lead $1.00
Yes 01/11/2016
Online Health Good Morning Snore Solution 
www.goodmorningsnoresolution.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale $25.00 Yes 01/11/2016
Online Food/Drink CraftBeerClub-Beer of the Month Club 
craft beer club.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 10% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Accessories MyFreedomSmokes.com 
www.myfreedomsmokes.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 8% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Webmaster Tools Weebly 
www.weebly.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 30% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Clothing Fashionmia, Inc. 
www.fashionmia.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 15% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Health Trim Nutrition, Inc. 
Tele wellness Md.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 10% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Family Healthy Kids Inc. 
www.healthykidsinc.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 35% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Clothing nu formal tennis attire 
www.nusportswear.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 30% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Accessories Westwood Sunglasses 
www.westwoodsunglasses.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 10% Yes 01/11/2016
Online Home & Garden yourpetpurchase 
your pet purchase.comGet Links
View Program Description and Affiliate Agreement
Per Sale 10% Yes 01/11/2016
Merchant Programs: 1—13

As you see there are a wide variety of programs that I applied for and I can be creative in how I promote them.  This is just a sampling of many, many affiliate programs that ShareASale has within their site.

 

Click2Sell

Click2Sell is an innovative online affiliate marketing network portal which combines digital product retailing and an affiliate network in one website. This network is created by a European company, located in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Affiliate benefits are; that it is free to join, and you are able to make up to 95% commission on every item you sell.  That is an incredible commission rate!

It even gets better!  Once you sell a product to a customer, if they keep buying any other products over a 6 month period, you will be paid a commission on those sales.

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL GET IN CLICK2SELL AFFILIATE PROGRAMS NETWORK:

RECEIVE UP TO 95% OF SALES COMMISSIONS
  • Highest payouts in the industry. You can earn commissions as high as 95 % of a product’s price just for referring buyers!
  • Get credited for all up sell and down sell sales.
  • Unlimited affiliate commissions for recurring subscription product sales.
WEEKLY PAYOUTS
  • Get paid as often as every Tuesday.
  • Earnings for all products paid in one payment.
MULTIPLE PAYMENT OPTIONS
  • Receive commissions to your PayPal account.
  • Payoneer or Skrill option is also available for getting commissions.
  • Wire transfer payments for power affiliates.
RELIABLE AND UNIQUE TRACKING SYSTEM
  • Get paid for 6 months after referring a visitor – cookie stays active for 180 days.
  • Unique visitor tracking system protects you from unsavory vendors and affiliates – your commissions won’t be stolen.
  • Multidimensional visitor tracking ensures you are credited for all sales
EASY-TO-USE POWERFUL REPORTS
  • Track campaign views, visitors and sales always real-time.
  • Find out product conversion rates and profitability.
  • Know traffic sources, keywords, day by day trends.
WIDE CHOICE OF PRODUCTS TO PROMOTE
  • You can promote digital, material or subscription based (membership) products – just browse the Marketplace and choose what suits you best.

Click2Sell has a dedicated support staff. They truly put the affiliate first and make sure they are taken care of. There are detailed user guides available, a forum to get help and ideas, and a help desk.

In addition to all the support, your are able to track all your sales, all your referrals, all your affiliates, all your payments, and pretty much every detail of your business through their reports.

I like that they do offer niche products that are unique and not found anywhere else.

 

Amazon Associates

What is the Amazon Associates program?

Amazon Associates is one of the first online affiliate marketing programs and was launched in 1996.

The Amazon Associates program has a more than 12-year track record of developing solutions to help website owners, Web developers, and Amazon sellers make money by advertising millions of new and used products from Amazon.com and its subsidiaries, such as Endless.com and SmallParts.com.

When website owners and bloggers who are Associates create links and customers click through those links and buy products from Amazon, they earn referral fees.

It’s free to join and easy to use.

Provide customers the convenience of referring them to a trusted site where they can immediately purchase the products you advertise on your site. And when they do, you can earn up to 10% in referral fees.

Take advantage of various Amazon retail promotions and leverage our newly created advertising features to drive traffic and earn referrals.

 

This is the most popular affiliate program due to it being the biggest online retailer.  Not only is it the most popular in the US but worldwide.

What blows my mind is that Amazon has over a MILLION products you can promote and make money from through the affiliate program.

The diversity of the products varies so much that the commission rates will change frequently, but the average rate being around 10%.

You can link to a page and send your referral there and if they buy from another page on Amazon, you will get a commission for that sale!

The incredible amount of products gives the blogger the ability to write a review on practically any item. They can then link to that item through Amazon.com to give the referral reviews from Amazon on that item, and make a sale if they are at that point to purchase.

A very powerful tool to give the customer a direct link to the product they are researching to purchase!

Many, Many, Many more!

I wanted to give a sampling of the Affiliate programs that I am using to monetize my websites.  They are excellent and only a sampling of what is available.

Never pay to join an affiliate program!

There are just to many excellent programs that you can join for free and make a very nice passive income referring customers.  Search the online affiliate programs and find the ones that will fit nicely with your website.

Feel Free to leave a comment, especially with the experience you are having with an excellent affiliate program!

Best Success,

Keith

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