There are thousands of affiliate networks out there that all claim to be reputable and good value for money. But which ones could be trusted? Which affiliate networks will work best with your website or blog?
We have compiled a list of the top ten most trustworthy affiliate programs for 2015 from which you could earn a good passive income. Making money online is not as easy as it used to be, but the good news is that there are plenty of sites out there that are willing to pay to appear on your site. Here is our top ten:
ShareASale is one of the largest affiliate programs online, with around 4,000 registered merchants. Around 1,000 of these advertisers work exclusively with ShareASale and you can't find them in any other affiliate network. The great thing about ShareASale is that it offers enough statistics to see what's going on with each of your affiliate ads. Looking to see your earnings per click, reversal rates, average sales amount or average commision? ShareASale gives you all of this information and more. ShareASale also pays promptly, every 20th of the month, with a low threshold of $50.
Amazon will always remain a favorite as it is one of the most popular sites to shop online. Because of Amazon's wide range of products, this brand works well with almost all types of websites. What is also very attractive about Amazon is the fact that pricier items can earn you more commission and that your commission is paid to your account within 24 hours after the sale.
Pepperjam recently joined the eBay Partner Network, which has always been a favorite among publishers. Like Amazon, eBay is pretty much a household name all over the world and its commissions can be worth your while. Ebay has millions of products you can promote, as well as great sales and discounts. Because eBay pays via PayPal, payment is much quicker than via Amazon and there is no 60 day waiting period.
With more than 3,000 merchant partners, CJ is one of the most popular online affiliate marketing networks. Regardless of your niche, CJ will almost certainly find the right ads for your site. CJ has a lot of great features that distinguishes it from other networks. It has a web-based email system, for instance, through which advertisers and affiliates can communicate directly. CJ does have some very large and well known advertisers and ensures that affiliates keep their websites up-to-date. The moment a link or advertisement on your site expires, you will be notified. It also has a great tracking tool that allows you to see the statistics of each of your individual sites. Payment is done once a month via check or direct deposit. The only downside is that there is a bit of a learning curve and if you need help, you will have to fill out a contact form.
If your site is about digital products, you should definitely consider Clickbank. It is a very secure platform that is easy to sign up with. With 12 thousand vendors in the marketplace, there are plenty of products to choose from to promote. Commission payouts can be as high as 75% and with a perfect timely payment history, this is a affiliate network you can trust. You can promote up to 6,000 different products on your website via Clickbank and the good news is that you won't have to register each one separately.
Rakuten Affiliate Network (formerly Linkshare) really goes out of its way to ensure that their publishers and affiliates do well. With plenty of free training, this network not only offers the opportunity to monetize your site, but also teaches you exactly how to do it right. They have a publisher newsletter, video tutorials, monthly webinars and plenty of free articles to help develop the necessary skills to make affiliate marketing work for you.
Another great thing about Linkshare is that it automatically rotates through a specific product's banner ad, making it easier to optimize your website. It is also very flexible when you need to "deep link" certain merchant landing pages, enhancing your campaign's customization potential. The downside of Linkshare is that it is a relatively small network compared to CJ Affiliate and ShareASale and that there is often a bit of a delay in your commission payout because it has to be collected from the merchant first.
Peerflight has close to 2,000 active affiliates and offers commissions that are very lucrative, including CPA, CPS and CPL. It is known to be a high paying CPA network and is great if you want to make money from high value single sales. Peerfly has its own, customized software that is very reliable and also handles its own hosting. Peerfly accepts publishers from all over the world, has a diverse variety of offers and offers many different payment options. It is however a bit of an exclusive network that is very hard to get into.
LinkConnector features a great range of trusted brands, especially in the technology sector. This affiliate network offers many tracking and validation tools, making it easy to set up and customize the advertisements on your site. They do require a minimum threshold of $100 before they will pay out, however.
With only a little more than 300 advertisers, Flexoffers is smaller than the other affiliate networks we have mentioned. What makes Flexoffers so attractive for smaller blogs or websites, is that it is fairly easy to get approved for this network, even if you don't have high traffic stats to show. With customizable templates, Flexoffers makes it easy for you to integrate its affiliate ads with your site. FlexOffers also provides a way to communicate directly with advertisers through a message center.
This is a popular affiliate network with a reputation that it really cares about the quality of their affiliate offers. Neverblue has a very simple sign up system, but it could be tough to get accepted here as they try hard to eliminate scams and black hat marketing. There is a wide selection of offers to choose from on this network and it features a great personalized tracking system. Customer service is good, with managers following up on affiliates to ensure everything runs well.
As you can see, there is a diverse amount of great online affiliate networks that will allow you to make money online. Which one will work best for you will depend on the nature of your site and how you use the network.