iblo gzo ne .co m http://www.iblo gzo ne.co m/2012/02/whar-are-the-best-affiliate-netwo rks-to -wo rk-with.htmlWhat Are The Best Affiliate Networks To Work With?Af f iliate Marketing without a doubt is one of the best ways to makemoney online. Note that I said best and not easy. As with anything else,af f iliate marketing requires a bit of ef f ort and while they are many ways topromote and convert traf f ic into sales, I won’t go into those details as theobjective of this post is to introduce you to some of the af f iliatenetworks that I have been using and of which I recommend. I know thatthere are several out there that I will certainly miss out, but the ones hereare credible and reliable, and all of them have passed the money cycletest, i.e., promote, earn/convert, and get paid.What is Af f iliat e Market ing?Maybe the easiest way to explain af f iliate marketing is that it is a way of making money online where youas a publisher receive a reward f or helping a business promote their product, service or site. Suchrewards are of ten times in a f orm of a commission, where you earn money, when someone f ollows a linkyou provide to another site where they then purchase something.One general rule that you may probably see many times over being recommended by “other” bloggers isthat you should not promote any product that you have not “tried f or yourself ”. Promoting a product islike giving your endorsement, so you may want to stay away f rom some of them, specially those systemsthat promise riches overnight. In addition, there are those who f irmly believe that you can only makedecent money, having your own product. While both of these statements have some truth in them, it ismy opinion that there are ways around that and f or that purpose, please ref er to the f ollowing articles: Do I Need My Own Product To Make Money Online? How To Find Hot Products To PromoteAnyway, f ollowing below are the recommended af f iliate marketing networks, that I believe are mostdef initely worth checking out. T hey are my top perf ormers and all are f ree to join (some have ref links).Google Af f iliat e Net workNot many are f amiliar with Google’s Af f iliate Network. One of the reasons f orthis is that the network is not tailored to certain types of niches. If you are inthe blogging, make money, or related niche, that are very f ew products thatare worth promoting. T hat aside, there are are many other categories tochoose f rom. Marketing material is good, including link generator, data f eeds,banners, etc. Reporting and tracking is great.Another “big” advantage of Google’s af f iliate network is that it is integrated with Google AdSense. T hismeans that your earnings are combined with that of AdSense, thus making it easier to reach thatthreshold of $100 f aster and get paid. Also, if you already have an AdSense account, chances are youare already enrolled on Google’s Af f iliate Network.Share-a-SaleContrary to Google Af f iliate, Share-a-Sale has many choices f or bloggerswho blog about marketing, themes, SEO, webmaster tools, business, andrelated topics. For example, most of the popular themes, such as DIY T hesis,StudioPress, Headway, eXpand2web, and SEO tools, such as Raven,
InboundWriter, Scribe, etc., are all there. T his makes ShareaSale an excellent choice not only f or af f iliatemarketers but f or merchants as well. Merchants looking to expand their reach and increase sales cantake advantage of the “sales f orce” this network can provide.In addition, you can also get paid f or sending leads to Share-A-Sale themselves. Only downside is thatthey do not pay via PayPal (yet), but this is now a problem of the past with Payoneer. Payoneer isactually a great alternative f or people who don not or can’t have PayPal.SkimLinksT his is probably one of my f avorite programs and one that I highly recommend. If you heard about thenews regarding Pinterest monetizing its website via SkimLinks, then you mightbe interested in this program. Essentially, Skimlinks instantly converts anynormal product or merchant link in your content into its equivalent af f iliate linkas a user clicks on it. For example, if you are linking to an article to SEOMozand someone clicks on it, Skimlinks converts that link automatically to an af f iliate link, if SEOMoz is partof their 17K+ registered merchants. It is a great way to take advantage of your blogs content and youdon’t have to worry about crating af f iliate links and all that. Another interesting bit, is that unless youdisclose that you are using SkimLinks, your users will not notice anything dif f erent because the links arenot changed. Skimlinks works silently on their servers. In addition to SkimLinks, they also provideSkimWords (similar to Inf oLinks) and it is also a great way to monetize your existing content.Commission Junct ionA ValueClick company, Commission Junction (CJ) operates one of the largestand most highly regarded af f iliate networks that I know of . CJ is probably oneof those networks that “suits” almost every type of niche. Whatever the nicheyou are in, you will most likely f ind a business partner that will f it your needs.CJ’s portf olio is best suited f or “non-digital” products, meaning, you willhardly f ind any eBook, or similar. For that, I suggest, ClickBank or eJunkie. CJ pays via check, DirectDeposit (some countries) and does not, unf ortunately, pay via PayPal. Marketing material is top notch.Includes link rotator, data f eeds, banners, text links, and more.PlimusPlimus is known f or having one of the largest “collections” of sof tware andmobile related apps. Games, System Utilities, PC Tools, anti-Virus, Photo andVideo Editors, Forex Sof tware, etc. – there is a sof tware or digital goods f orjust about anything you can think of . One of the reasons I like this network isthat they have high commission structure (usually 3 times more than physicalproducts) and most of the products have a f ree trial version. T his is simply awesome, because not onlycan you take it f or a test drive, you can comf ortably promote the sof tware, because users are notbuying anything. T hey can try it f irst bef ore making a decision. If they like it, and decided to purchase it,the you get your commission. One drawback about Plimus is that sellers do not have an area to providemarketing materials (banners or text links). You will have to be creative or contact the seller directly.Plimus pays via PayPal.Digit alRiver: OneNet workDirectVery similar to Plimus, but OneNetworkDirect is more f ocused on technologyrelated products. Microsof t, McAf ee, Laplink, Avast, nVidia, Roxio are just buta f ew of f eatured programs available on Digital River. Downside is that thecommission are not so great in comparison to Plimus, having the upper handon marketing material. OneDirectNetwork pays via PayPal and has a lead generation program.ClickBank
What is there to say about ClickBank. Simply put, it is the biggest and probablythe most popular marketplace f or “f inding” just about any type of digitalproducts you can think of . While there are a vast amount of products tochoose f rom, please do your research f irst bef ore promoting them. T here aremany “stuf f ” in there that are sheer crap and will most likely only tick of f youruser. Good choice f or af f iliate marketers in general.Ot herIf you are also interested in PPI (Pay-per-Install), CPA (Cost Per Action) or Pay-per-lead type programs,some networks worthwhile checking are, Pinball, RevResponse and NeverBlue. I love these threenetworks .T hat’s it! I am sure I have missed something out, and f or that I am hoping you can f ill in the gap. Ifyou know of any reliable and credible af f iliate network that you f eel should be included in this list, pleaselet me know. Remember to get f amiliar with the network and read their T OS f irst. T hese networks workwell but they may not be a good f it f or you.Good luck and to your success!