There are now literally thousands of merchants offering affiliate programs. Just by typing into Google you will find out if a company you are familiar with has an affiliate program. Therefore, if you have a niche market you are interested in, it is easy to find a merchant you can make contact with and sell their items online.
Let’s look at an example, let’s say you are interested in accessories for a dog. You just type into Google “Dog Affiliate Programs UK” and you come up with this :
If you then decide you want to advertise “Not In The Dog House” you will click on the link and receive the following message:
From there you can register with the AWIN affiliate network and start advertising their products. Once you have joined a network like AWIN you can advertise any of the companies they have on their books. A perfect example of one such website is https://mydogsleadsandcollars.com/ Here you will find tons of interesting information aimed at dog owners but with affiliate links inserted to make sales.
It’s important to remember that to be a successful affiliate marketer you need to be able to sell to an audience. If the reader feels pressured they are more likely to go elsewhere. Also, you as an affiliate marketer need to have an interest in the subject you are trying to sell. The process takes time and dedication and is certainly NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. You will need to spend hours building your website writing posts and doing reviews. If the niche you are trying to market is something you have no interest in then you will quickly run out of ideas and run into a dead end.
I have taken an assortment of affiliate programs, aimed at different markets, to find out which I believe is the best. So here are my Top 5 Best Affiliate Websites:
1. Wealthy Affiliate (Marketing and Business)
Wealthy Affiliate is in the slightly surreal position of being a website/training platform about affiliate marketing that pays affiliate commission to people who refer new customers to learn more about affiliate marketing.
Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliates can use their affiliate earning to reinvest into their Wealthy Affiliate membership to improve their skills and knowledge about affiliate marketing, and in turn, make more affiliate fees.
Wealthy Affiliate has some of the best WordPress hosting you will find online. You can host 25 of your own personal domains for the same price. They have no up-sales which is great by me.
The training is all hands on and you can start in any niche that you desire. As I have said before, you do have to work at it. Customer support is great and they answer your inquires within 5 minutes.
You can get your questions answered immediately no matter what time of the day it is. They have live chat that many people use. People from all over the world will share their knowledge and experiences. Their forum for members is huge and worldwide. You can ask any question you like to the group, and you will get an answer within minutes. Another great advantage is that there are many professional affiliates online that are happy to help you at no cost.
You can even ask the owners of the company to help you out, answer a question, or get advice (not many companies do that).
They provide live training every Friday on a variety of subjects. There main emphasis is affiliate marketing but offer so much more like local marketing, email marketing, video marketing, and search engine optimization just to name a few.
One of the benefits of a Wealthy Affiliate membership is that they will host your websites for no additional costs to your membership fees. You could, of course, use these to create review sites for Wealthy Affiliate. Indeed, Wealthy Affiliate includes a separate in-depth training program targeted at people who wish to act as affiliates for Wealthy Affiliate. In the 14 years that Wealthy Affiliate has existed, it has had more than 1,400,000 members, with 10,000 new businesses built monthly. Their affiliate program pays on a residual commission affiliate marketing model. Not only do you earn commissions for the first month that your referrals join, but you will also earn recurring commissions for your referral for the life of that member. The average commission works out to be more than $121 per sign-up.
To register online and check it out for free go to : Wealthy Affiliate
2. Kajabi (Online Courses)
Kajabi does not have the high profile of course providers like Udemy or iTunes University. However, it is still a popular all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create online courses, launch marketing campaigns, build landing pages, and design the perfect website. Indeed, it has highlighted its success with a few statistics: $1,000,000,000 + transactions made through Kajabi, 20,000+ businesses worldwide trusted through Kajabi, and 41,000,000+ consumers served through Kajabi.
It also features an attractive affiliate program, the Kajabi Partner Program. Affiliates receive 30% recurring commission, i.e., Kajabi will pay them 30% of the fees that any Kajabi customers they refer pay after their trial period, for each month they remain a member of Kajabi.
Kajabi also incentives its affiliate marketers by giving them exclusive rewards that they unlock as they progress to higher status levels. For instance, at the bottom (Blue) level, they will provide you with a commission of up to $116.70/mo or $1,119.60/yr. By the time you have 50 active referrals, you will reach the Diamond level, and Kajabi will give you a car, and a commission of up to $5,835.00/mo or $55,980.00/yr. Bonuses continue up to the Legend level (with 200 active referrals).
To register online and check it out for free go to : Kajabi
3. AWeber (Email Marketing)
If you do any form of email marketing, you have probably heard of AWeber. They are one of the better-known brands in that genre. Like many such businesses, they are a natural fit with affiliate marketing. Their customers already know about online marketing and are generally already digital natives.
AWeber work mostly with small and medium-sized businesses. AWeber offers affiliates recurring 30% referral payments, with no set-up costs and monthly payments. When you join their Customer Referral Program, they provide you with an ID. You then refer businesses in need of email marketing services to AWeber by tagging links to their site with your ID. If they then order an account (either on that visit or on a subsequent one), you’ll receive a 30% customer referral payments on their account.
A nice feature of this program is that affiliates continue to earn this percentage on any recurring income. For instance, if you refer somebody to AWeber, and they sign up to a $19 per month email marketing program, you receive $5.70 each month until they leave.
To register online and check it out for free go to : AWeber
4. Target (Retail)
Many readers will be highly familiar with Target stores. They have built up a sizeable online presence in recent years, with many customers preferring to make their purchases from their phone or web browser.
Being a large retailer of many goods, Target has chosen to run its own affiliate scheme – Target Affiliates. As with most multi-product retailers, Target’s commissions are smaller than companies that merely sell one or two in-house developed products. However, successful affiliates can make up for these lower commissions by referring large numbers of potential customers to Target’s website.
The commission rates of 1-8% depend on the nature of a product and the number of people you refer. For example, somebody who refers less than ten purchasers to Target’s site who buy clothes and accessories will receive a 5% commission. However, if the affiliate were able to send more than 10,000 customers, they would receive 8% commission.
There are eight commission tiers. An exception to this, however, is health and beauty, where affiliates only receive 1% commission, regardless of how many customers they refer. One nice feature of the Target program is that people have a 7-day window in which to spend money at Target. For example, if somebody follows through a referral link on a Monday, any Target spending they do until the following Sunday, is counted as belonging to that original affiliate.
To register online and check it out for free go to: Target.com
5. TripAdvisor (Travel)
TripAdvisor runs its travel affiliate program, partnered with the CJ Affiliate network.
You have to first apply to CJ Affiliate to become a TripAdvisor affiliate. Affiliates get paid a commission of up to 50% for sending quality traffic to TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is a major travel site. They have large sections devoted to hotels, things to do, restaurants, flights, holiday rentals, cruises, and more. The website allows people to compare prices to find the lowest price. The affiliate program pays commissions of up to 50% when people click on ads and links, taking them to a TripAdvisor partner website.
To register online and check it out for free go to: Trip Advisor
As you can see there are lots of different niches that encompass affiliate marketing. The above are only a handful, just type into Google an interest and affiliate after that and there is a pretty good chance whatever you are looking for will have an affiliate marketplace. All you have to do is choose which company you will use to build your website. My personal favourite is Wealthy Affiliate but I will leave you to make your own decisions.
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