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Amazon is the affiliate network of choice for many beginners.
Now, Amazon Associates isn’t perfect – but I’ll go into that in another article. However, this program is great for someone just starting out.
Amazon is one of the largest and most trusted e-commerce services in the world. If you want to link to any products for sale, Amazon should be your go-to.
For example, the software product Quicken once had an affiliate program with Commission Junction, the second network on this list. I placed several affiliate links for Quicken on my blog Investor Junkie, and they worked great.
However, Quicken’s affiliate program unexpectedly shut down. I quickly changed my affiliate links to use Amazon instead. That way, I was still able to monetize the web pages that referenced Quicken.
If you already have an Amazon account – and who doesn’t? – you’re already halfway there. Ideally, if you have an incorporated business, you should sign up for Amazon using your company’s information.
The biggest issue with Amazon is that its affiliate programs are country-specific. If your traffic is coming from one part of the world, you’ll need to make sure your Amazon links are set up for that country.
Here are the 14 countries where Amazon offers its affiliate program and the corresponding links to join:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
If you’re looking to better manage your Amazon affiliate links, I recommend the WordPress plugin AAWP. This plugin can create Amazon links that apply specifically to each site visitor’s country. AAWP can also display current Amazon prices and create product summary boxes that increase conversions on your site.
Commission Junction (CJ)
Right behind Amazon, Commission Junction is perhaps the internet’s second-oldest affiliate program. Most folks in the industry refer to the company as “CJ.” Unlike Amazon, it’s a network, rather than an e-commerce store.
This means CJ – like the other networks on this list – will hook you (the affiliate) up with merchants and manage most of those relationships for you.
If you’re a new affiliate marketer, this can be a godsend because you won’t need to work with a merchant directly.
At the time of writing, more than 1,500 merchants use CJ’s service. These merchants are in a wide variety of niches, so it’s highly recommended you join this network.
CJ’s signup process isn’t particularly difficult. But once in, you’ll need to apply with specific merchants. The difficulty of the application process varies per merchant. There are some that will grant you instant approval, others will take a few days, and a few will leave you in limbo forever with no response.
Leading the way in dashboard functionality and user interface (UI), Impact is another great affiliate program to consider when first setting out in affiliate marketing. With an intuitive interface that offers detailed performance tracking and reporting, this program is great for those wanting more performance metrics to help gear business decisions.
With over 1,000 brands found in a large array of niches, this affiliate program will definitely have something that suits your desired market. Known for offering one of the best UI and reporting dashboards, it is no wonder why so many affiliates speak very highly of this program.
Impact’s customer service is also known to be great for both beginners and seasoned affiliates because of the support it provides to each and every person within its program. Useful information and detailed “How-to” articles accompany your support requests, making you feel like the program actually cares about your success. Other factors that make Impact stand out from the crowd include the fact that many brands will accept you into their program in little time. This may be due in part to the fact that this program is a bit more difficult to get into at first, so let’s go over some of the anchors that might weigh you down within this program.
As mentioned above, the Impact affiliate program is not as user friendly to join as the other options we have covered so far. This can be both good and bad depending on how you look at it. Because many brands will choose to accept you into their program sooner based on the added requirements to apply, you may find this beneficial depending on your longer-term goals. The learning curve to pick up this program is also something that many have complained about based on the added functionality within the dashboard. Because this affiliate network has so much functionality built in, some users have reported a few bugs and other backend issues that you should keep in mind when making your decision.
Awin is your standard online marketplace similar to Amazon and Etsy, with over 13,000 advertisers currently active within its affiliate network. The products and services that this program covers are spread across four different categories:
- Finance and Insurance – these are your traditional loans, personal banking, property, savings and investments, credit cards, and insurance company offers.
- Retail and Shopping – this includes clothing, accessories, electronics, and so on.
- Telecommunications and Services – this category includes offers related to education, training, web hosting, services, and so on.
- Travel – everything from cruises to holidays, trains, hotels and accommodation, car rental, airlines, and general tourism.
Awin offers several digital products and services covering multiple niches, meaning that an affiliate can choose from the categories above to promote. As a marketplace, the platform is great for content creators, site owners, influencers, and technology-based partners who want to advertise their products through building profitable relationships.
One reason that Awin is a good choice for beginners is the fact that it has over 15,000 active advertisers to choose from and over 200,000 publishers currently within its network. For someone just setting out, this means plenty of offers and products to choose from, and with over $150 million in sales generated since 2019, there is certainly money to be made through this program.
If your business happens to be outside of the US, Canada, and UK markets, you can benefit from Awin’s higher commission rates from an assortment of foreign partners. One great function with the Awin program is a Chrome extension that allows affiliates to easily generate links across all of its partners. This can be especially useful for Etsy users who like taking a more hands on approach to their affiliate marketing content. The products offered on Awin tend to be more e-commerce heavy, so take this into consideration when comparing Awin to other affiliate programs based on any existing content you have.
The first potential downside that comes to mind for this affiliate program is its age. It is a younger network, though it was created from a merger of two older affiliate networks. Some may consider this to be less “stable” and therefore not have the best infrastructure to build your entire business on. Again, be sure to diversify when you can.
Another problem many affiliates have with this network is the user interface in the dashboard once you are accepted. A majority of users have voiced a consistent problem with the UI and dashboard being extremely difficult to navigate. No tech knowledge is required, however, the dashboard itself is not very intuitive.
The approval functionality within this network is also very slow, and response rates can take much longer than some of the other programs we cover here. Some users have also reported “spammy” type sites, so be sure to always be diligent when searching for an affiliate offer to promote.
ClickBank is yet another affiliate network that falls into the “grandparent” category — they’ve been online since 1998.
And it’s a real rags-to-riches business story – one started by friends sitting around a garage, but that eventually transformed into a business with US$3 billion per year in sales.
While every other affiliate program was trying to figure out how to ship goods while still generating a profit, the guys at ClickBank turned that idea on its head by focusing instead on selling digital products.
That meant instant delivery, almost no overheads, and the ability for them to work directly with creators. And although they could never have imagined social media being a thing, their range of products can also work extremely well with those audiences.
You can find all of their products in the ClickBank Marketplace, but they do also feature some physical products these days.
The Marketplace interface is functional but looks like it hasn’t changed since 1998. It’s a minor gripe, but it’s long overdue a facelift.
If you need a little more of a helping hand to get started as a ClickBank affiliate, check out our (well Gael wrote it, so it’s a collective we) article on how to make money with ClickBank.
Type: Affiliate network
Best suited to: Marketers who prefer promoting digital products
Payment threshold: $50
You get paid: Net 60
- You rarely need to be approved to promote a program
- Probably the best network for anyone doing affiliate marketing without a website
- Their top-tier programs average out at about $50 per sale
- You’ll have lots of opportunities to promote programs with recurring commission
- Most of the pre-selling is done for you by the merchant’s landing page
- Digital products can work hand-in-hand with email marketing/social media
- Creating your affiliate link is super easy
- The Marketplace hasn’t changed one bit in 19 years – it’s functional but very dated
- Certain programs can result in very high refund rates
Whether you are new to the business world, or just new to affiliate marketing, you will want to read Affiliate Marketing Opportunities for Beginners. It’s a step-by-step guide that will not only help you figure out which affiliate program is right for you, but how to promote it as well.