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Guide to Affiliate Networks

 

According to Wikipedia, affiliate networks act as an intermediary between publishers (affiliates, people promoting the products) and merchants (product owners).


What it means to you – an affiliate, or a soon-to-be affiliate – is that affiliate networks can point you towards interesting products that you can promote to your audiences … but you probably already know this.


Essentially, affiliate networks act like marketplaces for affiliates. It’s a place where you can browse through hundreds of different programs and choose ones that interest you the most.


What Affiliate Networks to Start With


The most popular affiliate network out there, especially among beginner affiliates, is Clickbank.


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It’s a great place to start because their marketplace makes it possible to find products for almost any niche, even the strange ones, like chicken coop construction guides, for example.


Another thing is that Clickbank works with international affiliates all over the world.


To sign up, just go to: https://www.clickbank.com/affiliateAccountSignup.htm and fill out the form.


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Once you get approved you’ll be able to browse through the Clickbank marketplace. Start by selecting the category (image below) that interests you the most.


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There are some important factors to notice when searching for a product to promote on Clickbank. The obvious part are the commissions. Depending on the product, they usually range between $7 and $50 (and more). The bigger the better, obviously.


But just because you’re promoting something that offers big commissions doesn’t mean that you’ll make it profitable. When it comes to Clickbank there’s one more important factor – gravity (example below).


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Gravity is a score representing the number of distinct affiliates who earned a commission by promoting the product during the last 8 weeks. In other words, it’s how effective affiliates promoting the product are. In most cases, the higher the score the better.


Once you decide on a product simply click the “Promote” button and get your custom affiliate link.


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Depending on the program you choose there might be some additional promotional materials provided by the merchant. Simply browse through to the product’s site and search for a link marked as “affiliates” (usually found in the footer).


All you have to do now is start your campaigns and earn some commissions.


If you want to do business with more networks, not just Clickbank then consider these three more companies.


Other Affiliate Networks to Consider


The following affiliate networks are in many ways quite similar to Clickbank. There are always some products to promote and some requirements to meet if you want to become an affiliate. The main rules are the same – you get commissions when you refer a sale or send a lead towards the merchant.


ShareASale


ShareASale


ShareASale has a wide range of different products and services. The network lists both digital products and physical items sold by hundreds of e-commerce stores. First you need to sign up to the network as an affiliate, then sign up to each individual program you want to promote (there’s a search feature available).


Commission Junction


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Commission Junction is all about physical products. Start by signing up as a publisher and filling out all the required information. When you get in you’ll be able to browse through the available products and ads, and then place them on your affiliate site.


Google Affiliate Network


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The fact that the giant has their own affiliate network is not surprising. The signup process is quite easy, especially if you already have an AdSense account. Start by clicking the “Sign up as a publisher” button (image above) and filling out the form. Once you’re in you can start searching for affiliate programs.


In the end, we advise you to start with Clickbank as your first affiliate network. Once you get going you can also check Commission Junction and ShareASale. Google’s network is not that big of a deal right now, you’re probably better off sticking with the three other networks.


What’s your experience with these affiliate networks? Do you find them easy to work with or have you experienced any problems whatsoever?


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5 Responses to Guide to Affiliate Networks

  1. Anna June 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

    My Sales Are Very Slow With Google , I Don’t Know Why.

  2. Peter July 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    These post are always the same: “Be an affiliate and you will make money.” It’s easy enough to get into one of the networks you mention here yet just how do you make any money. I actually belong to all of these and haven’t made a cent.

    Somewhere, one of you info marketers must have written a worthwhile, affordable guide for a beginner to intermediate newbie. Oh and not the same pick a domain, some keywords and write articles e-book. I’m talking comprehensive information from “zero to hero.” Am, I asking for help yes.

  3. Benjamin Young September 11, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Your article let people know there is more than just clickbank and commission junction for affiliate marketing. Thanks.

  4. Benjamin Young September 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Article is both useful and informative for new affiliates. Good tips for choosing the right products to promote. Thanks

  5. Celeste Cota September 24, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I’ve read a lot of articles about affiliate networks, who is on them and how much money you can make. While I recognize the need for it, I’m with Peter above. Now that I belong to them, I need the exact next steps to make it work with MY websites & blogs. I don’t need another – here’s what’s out there, sign up, put them on your site, and be rich. HOW do I put them on my site? Where on my site is the most effective positioning? I need specifics. I don’t write code and don’t have the time to wade through the who and why – I want the how. Is that something you’ve written or could you point me to where I can find that?

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