It’s no secret that every discussion about affiliate marketing seems to start and end with ClickBank.
That’s great for a lot of people, but I feel it shortchanges a lot of newcomers who either don’t have success with ClickBank right away or simply don’t see any products on that network that they want to promote.
The affiliate marketing business has billions of dollars shifted around every year, and while ClickBank is huge, it’s only a part of that.
Of course, ClickBank is the best network for newcomers.They accept almost all members, they take care of affiliate revenues instantly, and they pay regularly.
However, if you’re interested in diversifying or finding a few new ways to make a profit, these other 10 affiliate networks are top choices as well.
Plimus.com – Plimus is very much like ClickBank in many ways, with quick acceptance times and plenty of offers.
After setting up your account, you’ll have access to live account reps whom you can ask questions and have help you prep your account.
You will also have plenty of customization options for how your checkout screens look, as well as how the affiliate linking works.
Additionally, they don’t force the customers to buy things like insurance or CD ROMs for software promoters and they are upfront about nearly everything they do.
This makes their service much more effective for both marketers and vendors. Options are a plus in this business.
Markethealth.com – For those interested in physical products in the health and wellbeing niches, this is a good place to get started. Acceptance is quick and easy and the payouts are better than other physical goods sites as well.
Payouts here are among the big reasons they have become so popular. Maximum payouts range upwards of $100-$150 for single products.
They also have plenty of recurring memberships in their catalogs; the potential for long-term profits is rather high.
Additionally, they will pay directly to PayPal, which means less waiting for payment release.
LinkShare.com – LinkShare has super-simple acceptance and top-notch tracking of hops and conversions.
The commission rates are, unfortunately, lower than other networks, because merchants pay for the right to use the service. Payments are slow in coming as well.
The upside is that this is a site where you can find top-level companies–such as American Express–that people will be familiar with, allowing you to use their brand
prowess as a selling point.
They also provide a number of useful tutorials and development tools, along with a development team that can answer most of your questions.
As Seen on PC – The acceptance process here is also pretty simple, but you’ll generally need a website of some sort before they’ll let you through. They do offer physical
products as well, with decent commissions.
If you’re interested in having a good array of products to sell and upsell through a newsletter sequence or on your website, this is a great way to do that.
Commission Junction – The commissions here vary wildly, but with easy acceptance and some decent products to choose from, it can be a good place to spend some time
The variety is fantastic, but if you’re a newcomer, you’ll need to navigate the bad offers carefully to avoid anything that doesn’t pay out well.
As one of the older networks out there, the site can be a bit messy to navigate, and again, there are quite a few offers here that pay very low and don’t convert very well.
While you can be approved for just about anything rather quickly, you may want to wait until you’ve developed a clearer idea of how to identify a good offer before
signing up for this site.
ShareASale – This is a slightly smaller option than Commission Junction, but is growing fast and has generally better commissions than most other sites. It is also fairly simple to join up with, so the time investment is small.
The tracking from ShareASale is among the best on the Internet and they do not approve any offers that have tricky rebilling or oddball payment structures that can lead to ethical quandaries.
Additionally, the offers do not include software, or sketchy health, home business, or scam-like products. It’s quickly becoming a popular choice for those seeking
quality products to promote.
Never Blue Ads – This is a tricky one, because they are a little selective in their signup process. They usually want intermediate and advanced affiliate marketers on their teams.
I usually recommend having a ClickBank account for a bit first, so you can build a site and your commissions and use them as your examples when applying.
If you are using PPC, make sure to mention it on the application. PPC traffic is a quick seller. If you’re a fan of affiliate managers, you get quite a bit of help from the people at this one as well.
Azoogle – This is another site that wants to have higher-level marketers on their teams. Again, they have a great staff of managers and they also add some fun little programs into the mix, such as contests for earnings from affiliates.
This site has also been around for a while, which means they know how to keep affiliates, vendors, and customers alike happy between sales. The publisher volume is well over 45,000 as well, which makes for a great deal of options.
Affiliate.com – Yet another site that expects you to spend some time working on your marketing skills before you sign up. The variety is rather small, too, which can be
frustrating, and most of the offers are CPA.
However, if you are successful here, you can make a tremendous amount of money due to the high payouts. Online since 2001, affiliate.com has been focused on helping
affiliates as much as possible.
They have high standards, but they reward those who meet them with top-notch tools and only the best opportunities, all pre-scanned before being posted.
Unique Leads – A relatively new site with a solid selection of well-performing CPA programs.
They are selective in their choice of new members, but if you get in, you’ll have the opportunity to make a substantial income with their wide array of moneymaking
I’ll reiterate, though–this is a very selective site. They claim only 30% of affiliates are approved, and in my experience that number might even be a bit lower.
If you’re just starting, definitely go with one of the first 6 sites on this list and then come back to this one later.
But, the PayPal payments, high payouts, multiple product types and affiliate managers all make this a fantastic choice if you’re interested in going to the next level with CPA.
Choosing Your Affiliate Networks
The thing about choosing a good affiliate network is that you’re never going to need all 10 of them. In fact, I know marketers who have reached 7- and 8-figure incomes with only 1 network and they never run out of things to promote.
But, if you are looking for variety or options that don’t have the same level of competition that a site like ClickBank breeds, the 10 sites above are a fantastic place to start.