Affiliate Networks and How To Find Decent Affiliate Programs

Published in Affilorama

Hello and welcome back to my blog. In today’s training video, we are going to look at Affiliate Networks and how to find affiliate programs. Spoiler alert! This is a post for newbies and relative newbies. If you know what you are doing, you may find this a bit boring but, you never know. I rarely find nothing of use in any post I am reading.

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But just in case you are a complete newbie, let’s have a quick look at what a affiliate networks are.

What Are Affiliate Networks?

Affiliate Networks are like the coordinators of the affiliate world. What they do is keep track of affiliate commissions and pay the affiliates from all around the world those commissions.

The other reason to work with affiliate networks is that they have a huge amount of products database, making it much easier find products in your particular niche.

The ClickBank Affiliate Network

I’m not sure if it’s the oldest affiliate network, but I would certainly say that ClickBank is one of the most well-known affiliate networks out there.

ClickBank is a great place to start because it stores digital products such as ebooks and software. The good thing about selling digital products is that the commissions are really good. They are usually between 50% and 75%, but they can be as high as 100%.

To put that into perspective, Amazon.com is under 5%. Additionally, I was looking at the DIY niche the other day and one huge DIY chain, which shall remain nameless because I can’t remember its name, pays only 1% commission for online sales, which is pretty pathetic no matter what their reasoning is.

There are quite a lot of statistics on ClickBank as well, so you can get a good idea of how things are. You can find out how much you would earn, your rebill earnings (if any), how popular an item is (gravity) and so on.

One thing you should keep in mind is that gravity should only be thought of as a rough indicator, as the figures are open to some manipulation. Still, you probably shouldn’t ignore them.

Other Affiliate Networks

These are the other affiliate networks that Affilorama feel all reasonably decent. In no particular order, they are:

  • PayDotCom
  • Share A Sale
  • Linkshare
  • ClixGalore

Finding Other Affiliate Programs

If you are completely crazy and don’t want to use any of the above, there are a few programs that operate outside of the traditional affiliate networks. You could email the merchant and ask what they pay affiliates who wanted to sell their products, and there are also ‘invite only’ programs.

I have no idea why you would want to do any of that as working with established affiliate networks is much quicker and simpler.

It is worth remembering that most merchants will not allow you to buy the product you are promoting using your affiliate link. Personally, I think that’s pretty crap but nevertheless, that’s the way it is. You could email the merchant and ask if you can buy it through your link, but they will almost certainly say no.

To be honest, I don’t know why you would want to in the first place? The affiliate page for the product should have lots of cool stuff to help you market the product. If it doesn’t have enough for you to market whatever it is properly, then you shouldn’t bother with it anyway.

And That’s It

If you are a bit of a newbie, I hope you found something useful in this post.

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