Are you searching for a good affiliate network?
If you are, then you should exercise a little bit of caution. Especially if you’re a beginner and you’re looking for an affiliate marketing network in Jamaica or another one of the other Caribbean countries where the idea of starting an affiliate marketing business hasn’t taken off as yet among the populace.
In reality, though, we all need to be wary when we are just starting out as an affiliate marketer no matter which country we live in on planet earth. We also should be careful even if we are an experienced affiliate marketer looking to find a new affiliate network or new affiliate products to market.
There are many scary stories out there about affiliate programs, some affiliate products and even about the affiliate networks themselves. This makes people wary sometimes about joining a network or promoting a product.
From my own experience, I have come across some real crappy programs and products from time to time. Usually in the areas of digital products, online business training, services, and even a few physical affiliate products.
As an affiliate marketer, you do not want to be associated with anything but the best affiliate marketing programs and the best affiliate marketing products. Ones that you can be proud of and confident about and can readily endorse.
So yes, there are some low-quality programs out there, but there are also lots of really good programs and products too. You just need to know how to find them.
What the heck is an affiliate program anyways?
Before we dive into that, let me give you a quick definition of what is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a marketing program that a company uses to help with selling it’s products or services. So the logical next question right now is, how does an affiliate program work?
The answer to that is that it works is that you, the affiliate marketer signs up with the company that produces or markets the products or service. The agreement between you and the company being that you will promote one or more of the company’s products to those within your sphere of influence online.
That could mean promoting to the visitors on your website, or your Instagram followers, Twitter followers, Facebook friends, etc. For every person who sees your promotion, then goes to the parent website using your unique referral link and makes a purchace, you earn a commission on the sale of that product.
Why join an affiliate program?
One of the best ways to make money online. For a beginner seeking to start an online business. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online in Jamaica, the Caribbean and any of the poorer nations of the world.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s the best way to earn money online in other countries like the USA, Canada, the UK, etc. as well.
But for countries where the currency is not so strong, the opportunity to earn money in $USD is a very desirable goal for the residents there, and affiliate marketing, freelancing, and all the other ways to earn money online provide a viable opportunity to earn that much-desired foreign currency.
Aside from earnings in foreign currency, other great things come from becoming an affiliate marketer and working online. It doesn’t matter which country you live in these benefits will be yours wherever you live.
Residual income. It gives you the chance to build a business that can generate a substantial amount of residual income. Of course in US dollars.
Your own smal business. You become the owner of your own small international online business. The affiliate marketing industry has already created lots of millionaires, who are living proof of what one can achieve with hard work, motivation, and training as an affiliate marketer because they all started out as newbies at the beginning of their journey to millionaire status. You can achieve this too.
No college degree necessary. To make money in affiliate marketing you do not need to have some kind of fancy degree. No need to any fancy lettering behind your name. All you need is a reliable computer, a good internet connection and the ability to use the same. No need to be some kind of computer genius either. Later i will tell you where you can learn everything you need to know to succeed.
How to choose a good affiliate program?
Here are some tips for you to consider when you are choosing affiliate programs. Using these tips in your evaluations will help you to determine if a particular affiliate program is a good fit for you.
Question it. Ask questions first before you decide to join an affiliate program. Do your research into the program that you are thinking of joining and get some answers because they will help you to understand what you can achieve as an affiliate of the program.
Check out programs that you like and have some kind of interest in. One of the best ways of deciding if an affiliate program is one you would wish to promote is to ask yourself, “would I purchase this product myself?”
If you can truthfully say yes to that question, then there is a very good chance that there are quite a few others who would also be interested in purchasing that particular product.
Is there a cost to join? Most of the affiliate programs that are available today are free to join. Therefore, you should think twice before joining a program that requires you to pay money for the opportunity to join it.
How long does the tracking cookie remain valid? Tracking cookies are what is used by the affiliate merchant’s website to keep track of which of their affiliates is supposed to get credited for a purchase made by a referral customer (that is a customer who comes to the merchant site by clicking on a link on an affiliate site).
Each affiliate program will have different cookie durations. As cookies are a way of tracking your click-through customers and crediting you for the sales, knowing just how long a cookie remains valid for is important to you as it can affect the amount of money you earn.
It is also important to realize that some buyers do not make a purchase the very first time they visit a merchant’s website, but may return some time after to make that purchase. So naturally the longer that cookie stays valid in the system, the better your chances of earning a commission.
Another important thing to know here is what happens if the customer purchases other products during the time that the cookie is valid, do you also earn commissions on those sales while the cookie remains valid?
What is the commission rate? This is very important for you to take into consideration. You should know beforehand what dollar amount or what percentage you can expect to earn from each sale that you generate.
When are commissions paid? When do they issue out the commission checks for affiliates? Each program is different. Some programs will issue checks once a month, some will issue every quarter, etc. Quite a few of the affiliate programs also set a minimum earned commission threshold that an affiliate’s earnings must reach before the affiliate can request a commission payment.
If you are going to be using paid methods to do your marketing, then understanding this could be important in determining how much you can spend on marketing while you wait to receive commissions.
What affiliate marketing resources are available? You should also take a look at the types and quality of the affiliate marketing resources and tools that the program provides for affiliates to use. If the marketing resources provided seem good to you then they should be able to make your efforts a little bit more profitable.
Affiliate marketing networks
We just looked at how to choose an affiliate program, now we’re talking about affiliate networks. What is the difference between the two? An affiliate marketing network is a company that manages the affiliate marketing for a grouping of affiliate merchant companies and affiliate vendors.
The affiliate network serves as an intermediary between these merchants and the affiliates who help to market their products and services. While on the other hand an affiliate program is the program run by an independent merchant. An affiliate program does not have an intermediary therefore there is a direct relationship between merchant and publisher.
How to choose an affiliate marketing network
Question it – Do a Google search and read the reviews that you see about the network. This will give you an insight about how the affiliate network operates. You should also check the Better Business Bureau website as well to see if there are a lot of complaints filed against the network.
Check the merchants – Go to the networks website and see if you can find a listing of the affiliate merchants that use the network as a part of their marketing efforts. See if there are a lot of big name companies on the list.
Benefits of joining an affiliate marketing network
Only means to join some programs – Some merchants only accept affiliates that come through an affiliate network. Like Nike for instance, who’s affiliates sign up through the Awin affiliate network. One possible reason for this preference is the fact that affiliates on the network have to meet certain requirements before they are allowed to join.
Lots of affiliate opportunities – When you join an affiliate network you have a lot of pre-qualified merchants available on one platform in all different sorts of categories. All you need to do now is select the merchants that are the best fit for your affiliate business and apply to their program. If you are accepted then you are ready to market their product(s).
Best affiliate networks to join
The affiliate networks listed below are the best affiliate networks that are available for affiliate marketers to join right now. It is recommended that you check through this list and choose at least one of these networks to join.
Shareasale has over 10,000 merchants for affiliate marketers to choose from with a wide variety of products and services for affiliates to promote. Once you are partnered with a merchant on Shareasale you have the ability to create an affiliate link to any particular landing page on the merchant’s website.
The affiliate merchants that you will find on the Shareasale network include over 1,000 merchants that are not listed on any other network.
The CJ affiliate network has been paying over $1.8 Billion US dollars in commissions to affiliate marketers annually. CJ has over 3,000 top class merchants for affiliates to choose from.
Awin is another large affiliate network whose focus is on growing the businesses of their clients around the world. Awin’s network is said to have over 10,000 affiliate marketing merchants in it’s network and according their website they paid out $714 million to their affiliates in 2019.
Rakuten Linkshare is one of the oldest affiliate marketing networks out there, but is still very viable in the affiliate marketing sector and has been voted as the #1 affiliate marketing network by both advertisers and publishers of the worldwide-wide performance marketing industry.. Currently their network boasts over 1,000 premier online advertisers
The Avangate affiliate network is currently focused solely on digital products and software instead of physical products. So if your niche is aligned with these sorts of products, then Avangate could be the perfect affiliate network for you. One thing to consider as a newbie to affiliate marketing is that the commissions for digital products tend to be much higher that for physical products. In some cases up to 85% commissions are possible.
FlexOffers is another popular affiliate platform, listing over 12,000 different advertisers, representing opportunities for marketing both physical and digital products. You will also find that there is a very good mix of smaller advertisers as well as big industry players on their platform.
Peerfly is a rapidly growing affiliate network that was founded in 2009. Peerfly lists both smaller affiliate merchants such as Loot Crate and Large merchants such as Uber and Target. Currently they have over 3,000 merchants listed on their network for affiliates to work with.
The Affiliate Marketing industry is a multi billion dollar global industry. Some sources saying it’s at $6.8 Billion right now. Others say even more, and with just one of the many affiliate networks stating that it alone paid affiliates over $700 Million in 2019 one can see the huge potential for you and me as affiliate marketers.
But how does one get started?
My advice is to first try and get a bit of training before jumping in. The problem with that though, is that one can get scammed. There are programs out there that cost an arm and two legs. Promising to teach you affiliate marketing. I wouldn’t recommend you try these uber expensive programs though.
Most of the times these programs are crappy. You spend your money to get in. Only to find that the so called training is older than you are, you can’t ask a question, there’s absolutely no support etc. etc, and you know what happens next.
You get frustrated, feel like you’ve wasted your money or worse feel like you’ve been scammed and you leave. No way to recover your money and you still don’t know a damn about affiliate marketing.
I guess i was kinda lucky. if one can consider not having the money to pay for these expensive programs as luck. But i can tell you. If i could afford it i would have spent it. Because i really wanted to learn this thing and start moving towards financial independence.
Then a friend of mine who is into online business told me about this one online community where i could learn everything i needed to about affiliate marketing and online business on a whole. And even better i could get some lessons for free. Without even pulling out a credit card.
I jumped at the chance, and here i am today. I’ve learnt a whole lot about all the little details around affiliate marketing and building websites and i’m actually making money online with that affiliate marketing knowledge. This is really a dream come true for me and i could go on and on about the value of this community and the training in this post, but i won’t. That would be too much for you to read in one post.
Paying it forward
I would really like to pay it forward as they say though. You know, help someone else in the same way i was helped by that friend of mine.
So in the spirit of EOTO (each one teach one) i would like to introduce the affiliate community to you. So you can learn as well.
If you seriously want to learn affiliate marketing and start makin money online then you should definitely check this out. It’s going to save you a lot of time and possibly thousands of dollars too.
Kindly click the link below to access more information about this community and become a member.
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