Before I go into top affiliate programs for bloggers let me cite Bobby Ryatt on Article Surfing :
“Believe it or not affiliate marketing can produce some impressive results in a reasonable amount of time.”
“No matter what any advertisement tries to convince of otherwise, there is only one thing that will lead you and your small business to success. There is no secret and magical formula. Successful small business affiliates are plain and simple hard working and persistent. You have to keep at it.”
Different from my other blog posts this will be a compilation of article citations I found on the internet.
First what is affiliate marketing at all? I found a blog post on a blog called adogy stating:
“An affiliate program sometimes also called associate program in layman’s terms is a system of arrangements in which an online website known as a merchant website pays affiliate websites commissions to send traffic to it.”
If you want to find affiliate programs go to Google and type in “affiliate program directory” without quotes and you get sites like these:
So finding affiliate programs in your niche is not the problem. The problem is finding the top affiliate programs.
On the internet there is a lot of advice on this topic. Just for example on backend products blog:
“Before you merrily join any affiliate program it pays to consider which affiliate programs are the best to join. These are the crucial program features that I consider necessary inclusions in any affiliate program.
The affiliate program must have a generous payment structure.
Make sure the affiliate program you’re about to join has a professional looking site.
Make sure that the affiliate program has a comprehensive affiliate statistics page, which lists the number of click-throughs, the number of sales, and the amount you’ve earned to date. This should be broken down by month.
Make sure that these affiliate statistics are “real time”.
Ensure that the affiliate program provides you with a wide variety of text links, banners and graphics to put on your web page.
Know how often you are going to be paid.
See if the affiliate program gives $ examples of how their top affiliates are doing.
If the affiliate program has examples of which marketing methods these successful affiliates are using to get their results, then this information is also most beneficial.
An affiliate program, which offers a special monthly newsletter just for its affiliates is also great. Here, you’ll also get extra tips and information on techniques that are working well.
See if the program notifies you by email when you make a sale, or you have an affiliate sign up under you (if it is a 2-tier program).
Ensure that the program provides top-level support for its affiliates.
Commissions – The Higher the Better.”
Well that’s quite a long list of requirements. Looking through quite a few articles I filtered out a must have list:
Affilitate programs must have
Track records for each affiliate program.
Good testimonials (look it up on Google)
A proper affiliate tracking system
Must not claim to be “too good to be true”
Must pay regularly at least once a month. Better weekly.
Must be free to join (although I found one contradictory article on Best Affiliate Program)
Must pay reasonable commissions
If you are just starting out on this business I’d recommend to go for the big affiliate networks like clickbank or commission junction. For clickbank there is even a free tool called CBSurge to help you to find the most profitable offers. You might also contact the support and ask them for the top offers in your niche.
Of course there are also websites around recommending precise affiliate programs. See these examples:
The subject affiliate marketing is a huge one and I gave here just a flash of it. If you want more of the picture consult the articles I cited here.
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