Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable methods of making money for bloggers. Contextual ad networks like AdSense are pretty profitable as well, but with the average CPC at less than a dollar, affiliate marketing is a much stronger earner.
The problem with affiliate marketing is that many bloggers are afraid to sell. While making affiliate sales isn’t particularly easy, it definitely isn’t as difficult as one may think. Once you get the hang of it, you can make a potentially unlimited amount of money. Some sales can net you in the hundreds of dollars for a single transaction.
If you haven’t heard of Commission Junction, it is one of the most used affiliate marketing networks around. I’ve had decent earnings for this program considering the amount of traffic I get to this website. It does however compliment my AdSense earnings well. The only downside that I haven’t experienced myself is the inactivity fee. If your account doesn’t earn any money over the course of 6 months you will be charged $10.00 for inactivity until your account balance reaches $0.00. I believe that this only applies to certain countries, but I’m not 100% sure.
CPAWay is another of the heavy hitters in the affiliate marketing scene. They currently have over 1,400 campaigns. With products and services ranging from as seen on TV to pharmaceutical to mobile applications, you”re pretty much guaranteed to find something in your niche to sell.
ShareASale is another good affiliate marketing network. They don’t charge inactivity fees like Commission Junction, but they will close out what they deem as inactive accounts. They do have a lot of merchants that are exclusive to their network. At current they are boasting over 2,500 merchants total.
Skimlinks is a very interesting affiliate network. They do things a bit differently than your traditional networks. Instead of giving you affiliate links, they turn your normal links to products into affiliate links. Example, say you have a link to a weight loss product on your website. All you have to do is insert the Skimlinks code into your website and it will automatically convert that link into a commission paying affiliate link. It takes all the work out of hunting down affiliate links.
I look at ClickBank as a very different kind of affiliate program. For one, anyone can join. You don’t need a website or even any references or prior experience. There’s no approval process for selling the merchant’s products either. If you find it in their database, you can sell it. I’d also like to mention that they have thousands of products for you to sell. Also, at the drop of a hat, you can become a merchant yourself. The downside is that all of the products that you sell have to be digital. You are however allowed to provide complimentary physical goods.
These are only a few affiliate marketing networks that are out there. I will continue to update this article with more networks in coming weeks. In the meantime give these a once over and tell us what you think.