With so many affiliate opportunities out there, not to mention choosing a profitable niche, it’s no wonder that some first time affiliate marketers struggle to achieve online success.
So with no further ado, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 affiliate programs of 2018 for beginners below.
Monster.com is an online job marketplace which operates globally. They profess to be the worldwide leader in connecting people to job opportunities. Job Seekers can create an account and receive job alerts whenever a suitable opportunity matching their wish list is advertised. Monster offers a number of partnership opportunities such as integration partners, newspaper partners, vertical partners and their Business Resource Partner Network.
If you have a website which focuses on employment or the job market, then Monster may be worth exploring. Application to become a partner is via an online contact form.
Founded in 1998 in a garage in San Diego, California, the team at ClickBank work with over 500,000 digital marketers (affiliates) to promote lifestyle products created by passionate entrepreneurs, in 190+ countries. Products may be physical or digital. Affiliate marketers can earn up to 75% commission depending on the product category, with many of their subscription style digital products lending themselves to recurring commissions. However, ClickBank penalizes what it considers dormant accounts; Accounts with a positive (commission) balance with no earnings for a period of 90+ days, are penalized at a rate of $1 per day. Once the dormant account balance reaches zero, the fee ceases. This could be a detractor for the beginner affiliate whose earnings may not be consistent until they have a decent amount of traffic going to their website. ClickBank offer full training and support through their ClickBank university and online knowledge base.
8. ShareaSale (part of Awin)
ShareASale has been operating exclusively as an affiliate marketing network since 2000. In January 2017 it was acquired by the global affiliate network Awin. Although the ShareASale platform is not mobile friendly and feels a little outdated, they are a trusted affiliate network and are certainly one of the big players in this space. There are over 3,900+ programs and products available, spanning over 40 different categories, which provides plenty of scope for the aspiring affiliate marketer to find a product or service to suit their niche.
Affiliates are paid once threshold commissions of USD$50 are reached.
MaxBounty work with affiliates and advertisers to generate millions in revenue each year, and take pride in paying their affiliates more per sale than their competitors (hence the name MaxBounty). They profess to be the #1 Cost Per Action (CPA) network in the world. This is achieved through their network of 200+ advertisers and over 20,000 affiliates.
With over 1500 different campaigns for affiliates to choose from, it’s highly likely that MaxBounty will have a suitable campaign or product that you can promote through your blog or affiliate marketing website.
6. Commission Junction (CJ)
CJ, formerly known as Commission Junction, have been in the affiliate marketing space since 1998, and have grown from a small media and marketing channel to now being an essential marketing partner for some of the world’s best known brands. Their platform is very robust and CJ boast a feature rich user interface to help their affiliates drive higher conversion rates. They also offer real time reporting and monitoring through the affiliate dashboard.
In addition to their standard affiliate membership, they now offer a CJ Performer program for affiliates earning over $10k per month. This is a sought after status as the CJ team of marketing experts will work closely with the affiliate to optimize opportunities through their advertiser partnerships.
5. Rakuten Marketing (LinkShare)
Trusted by globally recognized brands like Guess, Walmart, BBC Store, RayBan and New Balance to name but a few, it’s no small wonder that Rakuten Marketing is a force to be reckoned with. The industry voted Rakuten Marketing the number one affiliate marketing network for six years running. In 2016, they facilitated more than 100 million orders worldwide through their online platform and their affiliate network operates in 202 countries/regions around the world.
Maintaining client brand integrity is central to their ongoing success. With this in mind, Rakuten have implemented daily monitoring to identify any suspicious activity, and opportunities for improvement through their network of affiliates. Affiliate payments are made once you reach a minimum threshold of $50 (AUD/CAD/EUR/GBP/USD).
JVZoo was launched in 2011 and in 2016 was among the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in America. JVZoo is a Software As A Service (SAAS) platform which automates online sales, marketing and delivery. They operate an expansive network to give their advertisers (partners) the tools and solutions they need to grow their business.
The JVZoo affiliate program is ‘newbie’ friendly with an easy to navigate website and loads of resources, tools and online training to help you run a successful online business. This is definitely an attractive draw card for new affiliate marketers, as well as their commitment to pay commissions out instantly through PayPal.
The more I learn about FlexOffers, the more I like their affiliate program. They have more than 6,000 products in nearly every retail category imaginable, from clothing, travel, entertainment, to finance and business. Many products are well-known international brands or newly trending companies, so it’s a great opportunity to promote a product when it’s hot off the press. A good thing about the FlexOffers site, is that they have published their full affiliate offers directory list, which enables you to scroll through their advertisers to quickly ascertain what products or services you might want to promote as an affiliate marketer.
As well as earning commissions through affiliate marketing of their advertisers products, FlexOffers have the FlexRev-$hare program which provides some interesting benefits for serious affiliate marketers. There’s also plenty of information, tutorials and online help available for new & experienced affiliates alike.
Amazon is undoubtedly one of the largest global online marketplaces and they offer a fantastic affiliate program. It is ideal for beginners because of the sheer product range, they have products to suit any imaginable niche you are thinking of getting into.
Newbies need to be aware of all their terms and conditions, they are a little heavy-handed in places, and the commissions are not as high as some other affiliate programs. But if you’re looking to ‘cut your teeth’ in affiliate marketing, Amazon is a perfect place to start. You might want to check out my recent article ‘Can You Make Money With The Amazon Affiliate Program?’
Whilst WA does not offer affiliate links for thousands of products, they do have an extremely robust affiliate program, underpinned by three core products, which are:
- Wealthy Affiliate membership
- SiteRubix websites and domain hosting
- Jaaxy – SEO keyword research
The great thing about WA is that upon joining, you can opt to just use the tools, resources and website hosting, or embark on their boot camp course, which walks you through the steps to building and promoting affiliate products online. Read my recent article here.
These are just my top ten picks for new affiliate marketers, there are literally thousands of affiliate opportunities out there and it can be a daunting task to work out which is right for you.
A word from someone who’s been there! Please please… don’t be tempted to sign up for every single program, you’ll be like a kid in a candy store – with far too much choice and you’ll end up completely confused and without focus.
Once you have joined up with Wealthy Affiliate and determined your niche, take your time to look at the other affiliate programs on this list and choose ONE or TWO to work with. Learn their program and systems well, and you’ll be in a great position to maximize your relationship, and the results, for you and your affiliate provider.
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