Gina Edwards

May 17, 2018

If there is an adage that rings true across online businesses, it is this: diversification is key to success.

Whether you’re safeguarding your content against a Google update that could obliterate your organic traffic, developing a multiplatform marketing strategy, or expanding your product line in new directions, there are many ways that online entrepreneurs can increase profits by creating new revenue streams.

When it comes to affiliate marketing, or earning commission by promoting products and services on your website, this rule of thumb is no different. Perhaps you are already making money with Amazon Associates, for example, but wonder what other programs might also work well for your business.

Consider expanding your site’s potential profit by diversifying your affiliate networks. Here, we have rounded up some of our top picks for the best affiliate networks you should check out to make this happen.

Each one has attractive features that can cater to your priorities as an affiliate marketer, so you should consider what matters most to you when choosing a network or program before you dive in—be that timely commissions, customer service, or product options.

1. Shareasale

A major affiliate network, Shareasale has been around for 18 years and works with over 3,900 merchants across various product categories, giving you a lot of breadth in your options for what to feature on your site.

Known for its honesty, transparency, and quality customer support, Shareasale is a trusted name in the affiliate marketing world, and is a great first option for anyone looking to dip their toe outside their known networks and start branching out.

2. Clickbank

Another affiliate behemoth, Clickbank is a well-known name in this space, and for good reason. Over their 20 years of existence, Clickbank has developed a reputation for relatively high commissions (up to 75 percent) and on-time payments. They claim to reach approximately 200 million customers.

Clickbank also offers advanced analytics and opportunities for partnerships and recurring commissions as well, so that you can have more data and flexibility to plan your marketing strategy effectively.

3. GiddyUp

Billed as an “exclusive performance marketing agency,” GiddyUp works with “innovative and disruptive brands” around the world. This site is particularly attractive for affiliates who are working in more obscure or highly specific niches.

Their GiddyUp Publisher program allows affiliates to get weekly Net 5 payments on every offer, and all campaigns are tested and optimized before they go live.

4. JVZoo

JVZoo is a software as a service (SaaS) company that focuses mostly on online or digital products. It is free to sign up and use JVZoo, and their “newbie-friendly” site design and signup process help facilitate and teach those who might be fairly new to affiliate marketing how to really get going without a lot of risk.

Some of the benefits of using JVZoo are up to 100 percent instant commissions, real-time tracking of traffics and earning statistics, instant sale notification, as well as access to affiliate tools and training. If you are looking for an affiliate site that can help you learn the ropes, JVZoo might be a great place to start.

5. CJ Affiliate by Conversant

As it is one of the biggest players in the industry, you have probably heard of CJ Affiliate. They are a massive affiliate network that works with and promotes products and companies all over the globe.

Since they are a large company that has been around for some time, CJ Affiliate’s interface and platform are extensive and easy to navigate. For more advanced or “premier” publishers, CJ Affiliate also offers the CJ Performer Program (CJP), which boasts the potential of $10,000 per month in commissions. It is free to sign up and get started with CJ Affiliate.

6. Rakuten Marketing

Voted by mThink as the Best Affiliate Network seven years running, Rakuten Marketing’s affiliate program has some real industry backing it. As of 2016, it claims to have facilitated over 100 million orders around the world.

Working with big-name brands like Best Buy, Lacoste, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, and the like, Rakuten manages the quality and reliability of products and services being promoted. New affiliate marketers, or those wanting to expand their reach quickly and on a global scale, will find Rakuten Marketing’s affiliate program to be a sensible next step.

7.  Avangate

If promoting digital goods and services is your jam, Avangate might be the perfect affiliate network to check out. With a database of over 22,000 software products, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes time to promote.

While Avangate is well-known in its industry and is recognized for timely payment, high-percentage commissions, and a large number of partners, its targeted focus of digital products may be a bit limiting for those who are more focused on promoting physical products.

8. eBay Partner Network

If you’re already familiar with Amazon’s affiliate network platform, adding eBay’s affiliate program into the mix should be fairly easy to do. With 1.1 billion listings on eBay, there is certainly a wide array of options to choose from, and potential to make money.

On the flip side, eBay’s payment structure could be a deterrent, as the percentage commission in comparison to other programs is smaller (50 to 70 percent), and partners are only paid monthly.

9. FlexOffers

FlexOffers is an affiliate network that has over 12,000 affiliate programs and over 500 premium advertisers. Their affiliate program categories range from automotive to business, education, entertainment, legal services, sports, travel, and others.

Apart from its partners, FlexOffers also has a sleek interface for tracking your account, as well as on-call support for publishers.

10. Avantlink

Avantlink is all about data, customization, and better understanding the relationship between the products you promote, how you go about marketing them, and making adjustments so as to better reap the benefits of your work. The Avantlink network is connected with hundreds of merchant partners to work with across different fields, so many different kinds of affiliate marketers may find options there.

With dedicated international affiliate networks, product-level tools, and custom tracking links, you can make sure you are being focused with your time and efforts.

Diversifying Your Affiliate Networks Matters

Being in the online business world, you probably already know that things change pretty quickly and that having flexibility is key to success. When it comes to affiliate marketing, that remains true.

If you haven’t already, expanding your potential profit by diversifying your affiliate networks is a great way to build in additional revenue streams for your business. Before diving into any one in particular, make sure to do some research on the program or network to confirm its legitimacy, potential for profit, and alignment with the types of products and services highlighted on your website.

Depending on your particular niche, your business goals, and your level of comfort with learning a new affiliate platform, you may find that one or two of the above programs or networks fits best.

In the end, diversifying your affiliate networks matters in creating more revenue streams for your business to make money, and is all-around a smart move for online business owners in many industries.

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  1. Hello Greg,

    A well and informative article have been written. #5 is my best choice and it is CJ. However, I would like to divide all affiliate networks into two parts. One is for digital products and other is physical products. I think JVzoo and Click Bank are the best for digital products.

    Thanks for the very informative article.

    Masud Parvage
    Founder @ Micro Dollarz

  2. Dear Greg
    I have been using clickbank for years. You have put Sharesale on the top and now I have already started exploring the opportunities for people in Pakistan because we might have sometimes payment issues here.
    Thanks for such a nice and informative article.

  3. Good list of top 10 affiliate networks, which of them are offering international bank transfers or payoneer payment method, I am advertising through almost all these affiliate networks but would like to prefer the ones that offer payoneer.

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey there,

      I recommend just asking them via their support channel. From what I understand, almost all of them would probably be willing to work with Payoneer to pay you out

  4. Muhibul says:

    No doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. Most of the time I find, everyone is talking about Amazon. But there have thousands of ways that can help people to make money. Do you mind if I quote a few of your article as long as I provide credit and source back to your website?

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey Muhibul, feel free on the quotes :-)

      And yeah man, a lot of people just completely forget about all these other great affiliate networks out there that exist. Some of them have much better conversions and payouts than Amazon as well!

  5. Abraham says:

    pls am a newbie to affiliate program, am willing to venture into it and make living from it, but need a mentor. can anyone help pls. will appreciate thanks

  6. Akshat says:

    Can you please recommend me some good affiliate programs related to computer hardware and gaming niche? Thanks in advance !

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey Akshat,

      I would look at New Egg as a potential affiliate program. Also, you might be able to reach out to individual companies that make the hardware to create a more lucrative affiliate program

  7. Missy Diaz says:

    Hi. I post this question here as its affiliate marketing related and the answer has proven to be a challenge for me. I was an affiliate for a well known Lifeline provider (Q Link Wireless) but they have since the closed the program and removed it from Flex Offers.

    I’m trying to find a similar replacement – another Lifeline provider. But am not having much luck, am hoping someone here might possibly know of one or simply steer me in a good direction to find one. I have tried searching in Shareasale and CJ. So those two networks are out – which is a shame as these two are my fave to work with.

    These are all popular Lifeline providers:
    Access Wireless
    Life Wireless
    Safelink Wireless
    Clear Assist
    American Assistance

    If you can help me locate the affiliate program for any (one) of these, that would be great and most helpful.

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey Missy!

      Great question. I don’t know the answer unfortunately. However, I would suggest reaching out to these companies to set up a private affiliate deal with them. These can often be worth far more than going with an affiliate network’s offer, as the payouts can be higher.

      If they don’t have an affiliate program, you can offer to set one up for them using a tool like http://reversion.com/

      Some of the highest earning affiliates I know go this private route. If you do, come back and comment how it went for you.

  8. Nice blog and nice post.

    I use commission junction, click bank and shareasale, they are really cool, no regrets using them

  9. moony says:

    helpful blog, I was working in affiliate track and I see that peerfly, mostCPA, maxbounty are more enough in order to reach out your money goals.

  10. Kevin says:

    Excellent list. Shareasale has been my best performing from the list. Another strategy I’ve used is to contact individual companies and ask about their affiliate programs. Some companies run in-house affiliate programs, which means they have a select few affiliates that they work with. Such companies can be quite profitable to work with as you’ll be competing with way less affiliates.

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey Kevin!

      I’m glad to hear that Shareasale has been a big win for you! I think a lot of people get afraid stepping outside of the comfy (though often restricting) confines of the Amazon Associates program.

      So it’s awesome to hear you’re out there promoting other programs. When it comes to those in-house programs, I absolutely agree. One reason I think they’re incredibly lucrative is just the flexibility that you have with them. You’ll usually be dealing with decision makers that can make special changes to their funnel to meet your website needs even better. I’ve known affiliates that have even helped these in-house programs with their CRO to get better conversions. Definitely not the kind of access you’re going to get with the Amazon Associates program

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