marketing is all about making money as quickly as possible, in as much
volume as possible. Therefore, you want to sign on with the most
lucrative networks. Here are a bunch to choose from.
1. MaxBounty First
on the list is one of the most highly recommended networks from
marketers around. Maxbounty is very widespread and has a quick and easy
signup process, with the caveat that they take a while to join and may
reject you. They’re surprisingly exclusive, which makes for a good
network full of great offers. Sellers don’t have to worry about their
products being advertised by low quality sites, so they’re more
confident and willing to pay more.
The only downside to Maxbounty is that their personal support isn’t the
greatest. They’re serviceable when you’re in need, but they don’t step
in with a personal touch unless you’re one of their most valuable
2. vCommission vCommission
is an interesting network for one reason, and that’s their
international presence. Based in India, their low operating costs and
wide network make them an ideal network for certain types of marketers,
particularly those who are able to focus on international marketing.
They’re also quick to get up and running, with the time from acceptance
to first payment measured in days if you’re timed properly.
3. Affiliate.com Affiliate.com
is one of the oldest networks around, as evidenced by their domain
name. They’re also one of the most successful. They’ve maintained this
level of quality over the years by offering a range of added services,
including domain parking and stable, regular payments. What’s not to
Perhaps the one thing that sets Affiliate.com ahead of the rest is their
personnel. They have a very helpful staff that take each case on an
individual basis. Many affiliate networks suffer from a disconnect
between different departments, leading to contradictory messages. Not so
from this network.
4. Peerfly Peerfly
has some of the highest paying offers out of any CPA network in the
world, and for that reason it’s a very good network to join if you’re
looking for single sales of high value. On the other hand, it suffers
from being more exclusive than many other networks. It’s hard to get
into, particularly if you’re a beginning marketer and don’t have an
established history of successful traffic.
That said, if you can get in, you can make a great living through
Peerfly alone. While I don’t recommend putting all of your eggs in one
basket that way, as long as you stay within the rules and avoid black
hat techniques, it’s not the worst plan in the world.
5. Rakuten Affiliate Network Rakuten
isn’t a household name for many, but the previous name of the network –
LinkShare – was very common. Rakuten is the Japanese company that
purchased Buy.com, and brings a lot of legitimacy and support to the
affiliate network. If you’ve ever been concerned about the quality of
the network you’re using, Rakuten is the way to go.
Their platform is very slick, with a host of great tools and platform
options that allow you to find the information you need to optimize your
site quickly and easily. Plus, like Amazon and eBay mentioned later,
you have access to a huge catalog of potential products to sell.
6. eBay’s Partner Network Most
people think of eBay as an auction site, something like craigslist,
where a seller posts an item and buyers bid. There seems to be no room
for affiliates in this equation, but eBay has found space. What happens
is certain types of product sales happen on a storefront basis rather
than an auction basis. Sales through these storefronts can earn
eBay has two primary benefits. The first is that their commissions tend
to range quite high, particularly compared to other product-based
affiliate programs. The second is the new user bonus; referring a
first-time buyer earns you double the commission. If you’re great at
convincing users to try a new site, eBay can be incredibly lucrative. 7. Matomy Matomy
may not be a familiar name to some, but many of the networks they have
purchased over the years are more familiar. Part of the power of Matomy
comes from having so many previously popular, large networks under their
Matomy also has a lower payout than many of the other networks, only
requiring a minimum of $50 to get a deposit, as opposed to the $100 or
more of many other networks. For marketers, they offer some great
tracking options as well, giving them ad edge over similar affiliate
8. Neverblue Neverblue
is a network that strongly polices their affiliate traffic. This makes
it a difficult network for black hat marketers, who tend to be very
vocal about labeling things “scams” when it was their own mistakes
leading to their downfall.
For a legitimate marketer, who doesn’t rely on black hat techniques or
referral spoofing, Neverblue can be a fantastic network. It’s entirely
possible to earn thousands every month with a decently tuned site and
the right choice in products to promote.
9. Clickbank Clickbank
is one of the oldest and largest CPA networks out there, and as such is
surrounded by as many myths and lies as it is truths and legitimate
stories. It’s hard to differentiate one miffed and failed affiliate from
a deliberate scammer from a real story. That said, they’ve lasted as
long as they have by being legitimate; no scam affiliate would still be
Clickbank has a massive library of potential products to promote, and as
such it’s highly variable in performance. You can sell some products
with individual commissions above $500, or you can sell thousands of $1
products. Where you find success depends on trial and error.
10. iTunes Affiliates iTunes
has a lot of support coming from Apple, and it’s a great little media
platform to use as an affiliate. If you want to sell digital products,
music, movies, apps and the like, you have a perfect niche through
Apple’s commissions not only work on apps, but on in-app purchases as
well; if you link to Plants vs. Zombies, and the user buys the app and a
bunch of in-game perks, you earn a commission from those perks as well.
This can be an unexpected benefit to selling otherwise free with in-app
11. Amazon Associates Amazon’s
affiliate program allows you to sell anything that Amazon sells, and
earn a small commission from those sales. It’s hugely potent because of
the massive library and support behind the product catalog. On the other
hand, it’s very easy to run into stiff competition with a site that’s
not optimized to handle the strain.
Success with Amazon Affiliates requires a highly focused niche site,
though you can make quite a bit from secondary sales. Anyone clicking
through your link earns you commissions, even if the user didn’t buy
what you linked to in the first place. The only downside is the
performance-based fee structure; you have to sell in a decent monthly
volume to reach the highest tiers of commissions.