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Affiliate Networks

Just getting started with affiliate marketing or have a small niche website? These affiliate networks are a one stop shop that make it easy to monetise your site, whatever niche it's in.

Just bear in mind that they're middle-men so will cut your earnings by around 30% compared to running direct affiliate offers from a specific vendor.

The following affiliate networks offers are showcased here:

1. PeerFly

One of the most popular affiliate networks for smaller website operators is Peerfly. They have over 4000 offers in many niches, including travel, dating and make money online/bizopps. Many of their offers are of the CPA type so you'll get paid if somebody buys something on the vendor's site after clicking through the link from your site.

Peerfly's advantages include the fact that it is designed for smaller volume publishers. It also has ads in many different niches.

Finally there are a wide range of payment options so they're a useful option if you're not able to use PayPal. They're one of the few affiliate networks to offer payment via bitcoin for example.

A useful backup affiliate network, but I've had far more success converting direct affiliate offers rather than the ones Peerfly have on offer.

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2. Clickbank

Clickbank is one of the longest established affiliate networks. The network mainly has e-book and other digital products for immediate download. There are a few software products on there, however high refund rates deter more quality vendors from listing their products on Clickbank.

I've had many payouts from Clickbank over the years. I started out as a vendor selling an e-book in the health niche. After that I got more into affiliate marketing and promoted offers I found in their extensive Marketplace.

If you have a medium or large authority site then it's well worth checking the Marketplace for e-books in your site's niche. These are popular with your site visitors and convert reasonably well. They also allow you to diversify away from the usual affiliate offers.

This is also another good affiliate network if you don't have a PayPal account - they offer wire transfers as standard plus a fortnightly payment schedule.

There are some nice niche products on here if you dig through the categories, but the most popular products are in ubersaturated niches like weight loss.

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3. Amazon Associates

The internet's biggest affiliate scheme hardly needs any introduction.

If you have a product related blog or forum then this could be a good scheme to monetise your site.

Amazon is the world's #1 trusted retailer and you'll find that your website visitors really trust this brand. That really helps your conversion statistics.

On the downside there's the short customer cookie duration, commissions are on the low side and you'll normally only earn from US based customers. That means your UK and European traffic could go to waste, unless you get a plug-in to redirect this traffic to other Amazon sites.

Finally they also have a lot of rules and regulations that come with a big household name brand.

I joined this program back in 1999 and it was a steady earner for many years. Then it got much harder to rank e-commerce themed blogs and my earnings dried up.

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4. Chitika

If you have a shopping themed niche site then you'll definitely want to join the Chitika affiliate network.

This network has been around for a long time and it's reliable and trustworthy. There are many different options for cashing out your earnings. They'll also payout from just $10 of earnings.

They pay decent CPM's (some of the highest of any affiliate network). The ads are really easy to integrate into your site. And it works well with existing advertising systems. They especially recommend trying it with AdSense, as you can earn even more than with just AdSense alone.

Any downsides? As I already mentioned, don't put this on a general blog or one in a niche like dating as you'll earn practically nothing! But put it on an e-commerce themed blog or forum and your earnings might actually surprise you.

This affiliate network can pay quite nice CPM rates. But you MUST have a product or shopping related site with a good percentage of US based visitors or you'll just make a few cents here and there.

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5. AliExpress

AliExpress is the international version of TaoBao, the #1 shopping portal in China.

AliExpress is kind of like Amazon in that it offers a wide range of products.

There are a number of advantages that you need to be aware of. Firstly it ships to way more countries than Amazon. So if you have a lot of visitors from Russia or the Middle East, then you'll now be able to make some affiliate commissions from them.

Secondly AliExpress has a much wider product range than Amazon. The site is really exciting for new users, who may see the same old boring stuff on Amazon time and time again.

Any downsides? Well wealthy buyers from Western countries might still be wary of this site and its Chinese roots. The mini stores on the site have a lot of Chinglish and it's not nearly as user friendly as Amazon.

Finally the affiliate tools suck. Plus some of the juiciest products carry a 0% commission rate for you, which is a real shame.

Oh and if you're autoblogging, the API sucks as well. Amazon's is much more refined.

A new kid on the block when it comes to affiliate marketing. I've ordered a lot of stuff from this site and been generally pleased with the results. It has more interesting products than Amazon, and the prices are generally lower.

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Go to the AliExpress Website

6. ShareASale

ShareASale is one of the longest established affiliate marketing programs there is. It was founded in 2000. Now it has over 700,000 affiliates promoting their offers.

ShareASale has almost 4000 different offers to promote. These offers are in a wide range of niches. Popular categories include: dating, fashion accessories, computing accessories, automotive offers and clothing. So whatever niche your website is in, you stand a really good chance of finding a related offer available in the ShareASale marketplace.

The offers are also available for a wide range of different types including pay per sale, pay per lead and pay per click.

There are plenty of well known companies whose offers are available through this affiliate network. So your customers may already be familiar with the brands. Don't waste money promoting little known offers - always promoted the market leaders in your niche!

If you're new to affiliate marketing then ShareASale is a good first company to partner up with. They have a wide range of offers in numerous different niches. They've also been running since 2000, so they're unlikely to disappear with your affiliate earnings.

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