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The 5 best affiliate programs you should know about

Affiliate programs are a great way to earn extra income on your blog. There are many bloggers who earn well over $40,000 from affiliate programs and that makes up most their income. There are many affiliate programs out there that offer some commission (a certain percentage from every sale) but there others that are more reliable and pay more. You can find affiliate programs for many of the big online stores you shop at and these store offer a good affiliate program so people can promote them.

How do affiliate programs work?

Affiliate marketing doesn’t require you to offer your own products or services for customer to buy. You only place promotions (banners, links, images) on your sites for these companies and their products. This frees you from all responsibilities of making an actual sale yourself.

Affiliate marketing programs typically work by having the affiliate company handle everything involved in selling products or services, processing customer orders and payments, and shipping merchandise. All this happens while you the affiliate sit back and collect a commission for each item sold. You the affiliate send every user that clicks on a link on your site to the companies website and that is tracked with a code attached to your account and each link added into your website automatically. As long as you take each link, image, banner or whatever from your account with the company you sign up to. As long as the affiliate has done their homework and chosen a trustworthy affiliate program, they don’t need to worry about -not getting their payment.

Affiliate networks manage programs for individuals like you guys, handling all the work involved, while generally providing tracking and reporting capabilities to their affiliates to help them keep tabs on their revenues and determine which products or services are producing the best returns. These tools can be helpful to an affiliate in fine-tuning the line of products they decide to promote on their site. To get paid from these affiliates you normally have to meet a minimum amount (threshold) before any money is paid.

5] CJ Affiliate (formally Commission Junction)

CJ is a large affiliate network that offer affiliate programs for a wide range of popular and well-established organisations. This program acts as the intermediary between the merchants who will provide the products to sell and the affiliates who will do the marketing. You also have the option of choosing from different companies that offer different products and services. These include things such as fashion accessories, health and beauty products, electronics and online services such as web hosting and much more. There are so many advertisers to choose from with varying levels of commission.

4] Clickbank

Clickbank is one of the most popular affiliate marketing programs and deals with digital products. They have been around for years and are among the first affiliate websites on the internet. To become an affiliate you do not need to ask permission all you need is to click the promote button, and you will have a platform to create your account. From here, you will receive an affiliate link that allows you to advertise anywhere. Once a person has clicked on the link you have provided and make a purchase, you will automatically get a commission for that sale.

Here’s a simple overview of how ClickBank commissions work:

  1. You find a product to promote and create a customised HopLink.
  2. You promote the product online.
  3. A customer clicks on your HopLink, goes to the vendor’s website, and ends up purchasing the product from ClickBank.
  4. You receive credit for promoting the sale. Your commission is calculated based on the net sale price (see below) and credited to your account within two minutes of the sale.

Every ClickBank product has a commission rate that is set by the vendor, ranging from 1% to 75%. When you drive a sale to that product, ClickBank processes the sale, applies its charges, then calculates the commission rate based on the remaining net sale amount. Here’s an example of how much you’ll earn on a one-time purchase product with a 55% commission rate:

Retail Price: $29.95

Subtract 7.5% + $1: -$3.25

Net Sale Amount: $26.70

55% of Remainder: $14.69

Therefore, as the referring affiliate for this sale, you would earn $14.69.

Recurring products can have different commission rates for the initial purchase and the rebill purchases, but the calculation is performed in the same way.

The maximum commission you can earn on a single sale is $150.

3] eBay

eBay is one of the most popular auction sites on the internet  and they encourage anyone who is interested in becoming an eBay affiliate to apply, and they don’t require exclusivity so you’re free to promote eBay Partner Network alongside other affiliate programs. After you’re accepted into eBay’s affiliate program, you’ll get access to our Publisher Portal, which includes banners, buttons, text links, our API and other tools you can add to your website or social page. You have the freedom to choose the tools that work best with your technical knowledge, your site’s look and feel, and your goals. You also have the ability to choose the content that will appeal to your audience, by promoting specific items or categories that will resonate with your visitors’ interests.

Pricing is based on commission rates that range from 40% to 80%, based on the category of the item sold. You can earn even more with a 200% bonus by driving new and reactivated eBay buyers to purchase.

Why should you consider ePN (eBay partner network)?

  • Competitive earnings potential based on category-level commissions
  • 200% referral bonus for new or reactivated buyers
  • Seasonal and category-specific bonuses and promotions
  • Access to one of the largest online marketplaces
  • Global reach with 13 eBay sites spanning a variety of languages and locales
  • Different buying options including auctions, “Buy It Now” and Daily Deals
  • Access to basic and advanced tools that work with any online property
  • Dedicated support and communication channels

2] Amazon Associates

Amazon is one of the best online retailers the world has every seen. They offer everything you could need with amazing delivery and customer service. It is easy to join their affiliate program and you can choose from over a million products to advertise to your customers. Whether you are a large network, content site or blogger, we have simple linking tools to meet your advertising needs and help you monetise your web site.

Get up to 10% in advertising fees.
Earn advertising fees from Qualifying Purchases, not just the products you advertised.
Competitive conversion rates help you maximise your earnings.

1. Amazon UK Site Standard Advertising Fee Rates

Product CategoryTable
Home Entertainment, Smartphones and
Mobile Phones


Computer, Electronics, Video Games, Camera,
Major Appliances, Digital Software, Gift Cards,
Kindle and Fire Accessories, Kindle (all devices)


Home, Books, Kindle eBooks, Music, Musical
Instruments, Kitchen, Toys, Home improvement,
DVD & Blu-Ray, Software, Beer Wine & Spirits,
Digital Video Games, Business Industrial &
Scientific Products, Handmade


Sports & Outdoor, Personal Care Appliances,
Health & Personal Care, Stationary & Office
Supplies, Baby, Grocery, Pet Products, Car &
Motorbike,Lawn and Garden, Beauty, Pantry


Shoes, Jewelry, Apparel, Watches, Luggage


All other Products


Fixed Advertising Fee RatesTable
1.0%


3.0%


5.0%


7.0%


10.0%


3.0%


 

2. Amazon FR Site Standard Advertising Fee Rates

Product CategoryTable
Computer, Electronics, Video Games, Camera,
Gift Cards, Home Entertainment, Smartphones
and Mobile Phones, Major Appliances,
Kindle (all devices) , Kindle Accessories


Toys, Kitchen, Home Improvement, Personal
Care Appliances, Health & Personal Care,
Office Products, Baby, Pet Products,
Grocery, Musical Instruments,
Beer Wine & Spirits, Software,
Digital Video Games, Digital Software,
Business, Industry and Science, Handmade


Home, Books, Kindle eBooks, Sports &
Outdoors, DVD & Blu-ray, Lawn and Garden,
Music, Car & Motorbike


Shoes, Apparel, Beauty, Watches, Luggage,
Jewelry


All other Products


Fixed Advertising Fee RatesTable
3.0%


5.0%


7.0%


10.0%


3.0%


 

3. Amazon DE Site Standard Advertising Fee Rates

TABLE 1 – Fixed Advertising Fee Rates for Specific Product Categories

Product CategoryTable
Home Entertainment, Smartphones & Handys,
Tablets without contract, PS4 consoles


Computer, Electronics, Camera, Major
Appliances, Gift Cards, Kindle and Fire
Accessories, Kindle (all devices)


Software, Music, Video DVD and Blu-ray,
Video-Games, Home Improvement, Toys,
Kitchen, Sports & Outdoor, Beer Wine &
Spirits, Business, Industrial and Scientific
Products, Handmade


Books*, Kindle eBooks*, Car & Motorbike,
Home, Musical Instruments, Stationary &
Office Supplies, Baby, Beauty, Grocery, Health
& Personal Care, Personal Care Appliances, Pet
Products, Lawn and Garden, Pantry


Games-Downloads, Software-Downloads,
Apparel, Jewelry, Luggage, Shoes, Watches,
Furniture


All other Products


Fixed Advertising Fee RatesTable
1.0%


3.0%


5.0%


7.0%


10.0%


3.0%


*Notwithstanding the advertising fee rates described on this page or anything to the contrary contained in the Operating Agreement, if you are a school, school club, parent association for a school, university,“Fachhochschule”/ university of applied science, or a party associated with such an institution, the Fixed Advertising Fee Rate for the Books and eBooks Product Categories are 0%.

4. Amazon IT Site Standard Advertising Fee Rates

Product CategoryTable
Gift Cards, Kindle (all devices)


Computer, Electronics, Camera, Home
Entertainment, Smartphones & Mobile, Video
Games, Software


Kitchen, Home Improvement, Beer Wine &
Spirits, DVD & Blu-Ray, Music, Grocery, Musical
Instruments, Business, Industry & Science,
Handmade


Toys, Sports & Outdoors, Personal Care
Appliances, Health & Personal Care, Stationary
& Office Supplies, Baby, Home, Books, Kindle
eBooks, Lawn & Garden, Car & Motorbike,
Beauty


Shoes, Apparel, Watches, Luggage, Jewelry


All other Products


Fixed Advertising Fee RatesTable
3.0%


3.5%


5.0%


7.0%


10.0%


3.0%


5. Amazon ES Site Standard Advertising Fee Rates

Product CategoryTable
Gift Cards, Kindle (all devices)


PC, Audio and Hi-Fi, Photography & Camcorders,
TV, Video and Home Cinema, Mobile Phones and
Telephony, Electronic Accessories, Videogames,
Software


Kitchen, Home Improvement and Tools, Beers,
Wines and Spirits, Cinema and TV Series, Music,
Supermarket, Musical Instruments,
Industry, Business and Science, Handmade


Toys and Games, Sports and Outdoors,
Personal Care Appliances, Health & Personal Care,
Office and Stationary, Baby, Home, Books,
Kindle ebooks, Garden, Car and Motorbike,
Beauty


Apparel, Shoes, Watches, Luggage, Jewelry


All other Products


Fixed Advertising Fee RatesTable
3.0%


3.5%


5.0%


7.0%


10.0%


3.0%


In addition, notwithstanding the advertising fee rates described on this page or anything to the contrary contained in the Operating Agreement, if we determine you are primarily promoting free Kindle eBooks (i.e., eBooks for which the customer purchase price is €0.00), YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN ANY ADVERTISING FEES DURING ANY MONTH IN WHICH YOU MEET THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:(a) 10,000 or more free Kindle eBooks are ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links; and
(b) At least 80% of all Kindle eBooks ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links are free Kindle eBooks

1] Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best online hosting companies that offer cheap hosting fees and easy setup. Signing up takes only a few minutes and is completely FREE. You’ll receive a unique tracking code for use on your website right away. There’s no cap on the amount of commissions you can earn. Refer as many people as you’d like; they won’t ever hold you back. Their affiliate managers are committed to helping you succeed. They’re always on hand with support, insight, and personalised advice. Enjoy a wide selection of tried and tested creative assets. Simply select the banners or ads that most effectively complement your website’s look and feel.

How it works?

Simply promote Bluehost on your website with custom banners and links. For every visitor who clicks through these links and signs up, your receive $65. The more you promote and get people to sign up, the more you make!

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