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Top 20 Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners

Are you new into affiliate marketing? You want to make money from this but you don’t have any idea which are the best affiliate programs to promote?

Well! I wrote this entire article keeping new affiliate marketers in mind. Even if you are making money online from blogging & other sources & looking to try affiliate marketing then this post can help you a lot.

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A novice affiliate marketer has to keep few things in mind that affiliate marketing is a long haul, you need patience and perseverance, don’t imagine that you will be rich in just one month.

There will be no fat check in your mailbox. So prepare yourself for a long battle.

Newcomers need to know about vendors or merchants or advertisers they are promoting, then choose a product wisely and start promoting through a blog.

Content of your blog needs to be powerful hence work on it. Do not except anything for at least next 6 months.

20+ Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners

So here are more than 20 best affiliate programs a novice marketer can start with.

1. Coupon Affiliate Programs

Coupon sites are the hottest way of making money online through affiliate programs. After reading all details & checking reviews of a product, they look for discount coupons or deals to buy that product.coupons affiliate

You can create a coupon site similar to Coupon Connexion where you can post  coupons & deals daily. You need to do good SEO & some promotions so that traffic to your website increased & you can sell more products.

You need to signup affiliate program with all the top online stores so that you can insert your affiliate links in all the deals you post.

2. Hosting Affiliate

Hosting is the highest paid affiliate programs & more than 70% of all hosting are sold through affiliate links only. You can earn $100 or even more for selling a single web hosting.hosting affiliate programs

Some of the popular sites you can promote is HostGator, GoDaddy, BlueHost, SiteGround, DreamHost etc.

There are 2 ways you can start with hosting affiliate. One is by writing reviews on different hosting sites OR other by creating a coupon site that provides coupons for hosting only.

Both of these ways works best if your domain name contain hosting & other keyword like ‘review’ or ‘coupon’. Some of the examples of domain names are hostingcoupontoday .com, latesthostingcoupon .com, myhostingreviews .com.

Try to find something with .com but that is not compulsory. You can go for other options with country code like .in, .co.uk, OR .net, .info etc. But yes, SEO is necessary.

3. Amazon Associates

One of the most widely used affiliate program by affiliate marketers. Really great for new marketers because you are already familiar with using Amazon.com! Amazon Associates

You can promote either Amazon.com, Amazon.in or Amazon in your country. Some of the advantages are it is very easy to use and a wide variety of product you can choose and promote. Whatever you like!

Moreover the threshold payment amount is very low and sign up process is also easy. However the commission rates are quite low and that is a big downfall but still you can start with Amazon associates.

4. SEO Software & WordPress Themes

In fact this should be the first affiliate program for new marketers. If you are into blogging and making money online then you can start selling dozens of internet marketing software & WordPress themes.software affiliate programs

There are number of popular things comes into this category & sells like hotcakes.

Some of them are Genesis & Elegant themes, AutoResponder like Aweber, GetResponse, Backlinks analysis software like SEMRush, Ahrefs, many of popular WordPress plugins, keyword research tools, blackhat SEO software etc.

5. Health products

health products affiliate Health industry is one of highest growing industry. There is a big potential in promoting health products. There is no compromise when it comes to buy some health products provided you convince the person visiting your health product page.

There are hundreds of products related to health like multivitamins product, product for treating a disease, products for losing or gaining weight & many more.

6. Rakuten Linkshare

Its one of the best affiliate network. The best thing about Rakuten Linkshare is its Rotating banners, just create a rotating banner and that will rotate all ad units. Moreover the interface is also good and there are a lot of merchants to choose from. rakuten linkshare

However the thing that affiliate marketers do not like about this particular program is unpredictable payment schedule. You could get paid within weeks or even it can take 60 days.

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Checks only no PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer
  • Website: signup.linkshare.com

7. Job Sites

jobs sites affiliate Whether someone is looking for a first job or wants to change his job, they need to register on job sites. There are number of job portals like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Naukri that provide high commission affiliate programs.

You can promote these sites by creating either a job site or a career blog. Other than these sites, you can also promote hundreds of other sites related to Resume, Cover Letter etc.

8. ShareASale

Right now Share a Sale affiliate network is very hot! It is the number one. If you are a newbie and want to make money online through affiliate programs then start with ShareASale. ShareASale

There are lots of program to choose from, you can choose a merchant (4000+) that suits best your blog or website niche. Reporting feature is also great.

But there are so many merchants to promote and anyone of merchant can shut their product down and Share a Sale may not inform you. So be careful with that.

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Pay Check, Direct Bank Transfer, Pay Pal
  • Website: http://shareasale.com/

9. Affiliate Window

With over 1600 merchants to choose from Affiliate Window is UK’s one of the best affiliate programs. The threshold amount is also very low and they pay you in multiple currency. affiliate window

However the worst part of this network is it is not free and you have to pay $5 to become a member. However they do promise to return your $5 once you get approved. So new affiliate marketers can avoid Affiliate Window.

10. Commission Junction

Commission Junction (CJ) is one of the oldest affiliate networks. It is one of the most trusted affiliate networks in the world. In fact, I have started my internet marketing career with CJ only.

You can choose any program from its wide variety of advertiser’s list. They got great reporting features and you get paid on time every month. Really great for new affiliate marketers. cj affiliate programs

However, getting approval from advertisers to promote a program could be difficult because not all of them approve especially a newcomer.

  • Threshold Amount: $50 for Direct Deposit and $100 for Pay Check
  • Payment Mode: Check, PayPal, Direct Bank Transfer
  • Website: signup.cj.com

11. ClickBank

Click Bank just like Commission junction is also one of the oldest affiliate networks. I started with Click Bank.

The network offers some serious benefits for new affiliate marketers. Like commission rate could be up to 75% and there are  myriads of products to choose from. ClickBank affiliate programs

They pay you weekly or monthly plus threshold amount is also very low.

However, you need to be careful with choosing products because many of them are just trash.

12. iTunes Affiliate Program

There is no doubt about the huge sales growth of apple products all over the world. And there is no doubt that people who buy apple products don’t purchase music, apps, books & more from iTunes store.iTunes affiliate programs

So there is great potential & good commission if you write about various iTunes apps & other products & give people a reason to buy the same from iTunes.

You can find more details at apple.com/itunes/affiliates.

13. Peerfly

PeerFly is quite complicated affiliate network. The commission is rate is low and there are fewer products to promote. Moreover the approval is also very tough.

However some other great things are they pay you monthly, weekly and even daily in all kinds of payment mode. Peerfly

The network is not very good for new affiliate marketers.

14. Flipkart

If you are an affiliate marketer from India then FlipKart is the best. Joining is free and you could make commissions up to 15% on every product sold.

Flipkart is the number one e-commerce site in India with millions of consumers. Hence for affiliate marketers there is a huge potential. Flipkart affiliate program

Commission Structure

  1. Fashion and Lifestyle Products: 8% to 14%
  2. Home and Kitchen: 10% to 15%
  3. Electronics and Gadgets: 4% to 5%
  4. Digital and e Products: 2%
  5. Books: 10%

15. ClixGalore

ClixGalore is very popular but it is not liked by affiliate marketers in general. The program has many pros and cons. But what I like about this program is that you can place their advertisement in emails and newsletters.

Moreover there is no limit on number of advertisements you can place on your website and that is what makes ClixGalore a popular affiliate program. ClixGalore

It is great for new affiliate marketers to start with.

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Pay Check and Pay Pal
  • Website: clixgalore.com

16. VCommission

This is one of the top affiliate networks for Indian marketers. It has top brand names that you can promote for, around 1400+. The first thing about this program is that getting permission is very tough and they can ban you anytime if they like it.

Moreover the threshold income is also very high and payment procedure is also not very partial. So V commission has many problems especially for new affiliate marketers. VCommission

You can read more about making money from VCommission here

17. FlexOffers

FlexOffers has thousands of fresh affiliate programs that you can promote. The current figure is over 5000 merchants. Some of the top merchants are like Macys, Sear, Target etc.

You can earn not just promoting products but also through referrals if you get to sign up your friends then you get a commission.

The payouts are also very fast. However there is no Pay Pal as payment mode. FlexOffers

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Pay Checks and Direct Bank Deposit
  • Website: flexoffers.com

18. eBay India

eBay partner network India affiliate program could give you commissions up to 10%-15%. Commissions are really great but its terms and conditions are very strict. eBay affiliate programs

Commission Structure

  1. Fashion and Lifestyle Products: 15%
  2. Home and Kitchen: 10%
  3. Electronics and Gadgets: 4%
  4. Digital and e Products: 4%
  5. Books: 10%

The program is really good for Indian marketers.

  • Threshold Amount: $10 to $100
  • Payment Mode: Check and Electronic Fund Transfer
  • Website: ebaypartnernetwork.com

19. Shaadi.com

Those who love surfing Internet and write about relationship then Shaddi.com is the best program to promote. You can write as well as make money with it.

If someone subscribes on your behalf then you could make up to 75% in commission. However commissions are only when someone subscribes to Shaadi.com not when someone registers. Shaadi

  • Threshold Amount: Rs 990/- for Indian and $100 for International
  • Payment Mode: Pay Check and Pay Pal
  • Website: affiliate.shaadi.com

20. Digital River or One Network Direct

The quality of their advertisers is really great. The companies that you are going to promote have a brand name and recognition.

Moreover the commission rate is up to 60% if promote a product. Moreover the website is very easy to use however getting approval could be tough for new affiliate marketers. digitalriver

Customer support is not very could either.

21. Avant Link

It has a great list of merchants that you can choose from. As far as commission structure is concerned it is very flat.

The whole site is very good with robust features and user interface. However it is for only citizen living US, Canada and Australia.

Just avoid it if you are living in any other country. avantlink

22. Yatra.com

If you love travelling and have a travel blog then start making some money with it. Commission rates of Yatra are great compared to other travelling websites in India.

For domestic flights commission could be Rs 150/- to Rs 225 and for domestic hotels from Rs 200/- to Rs 1000/- for a sale. Yatra You can check other air travel sites in your country & promote the one you like the most.

23. Adult Friend Finder

Adult Friend Finder is the highest paying affiliate program when it comes to porn and adult website. If you are into erotica or porn then this is the best way to make money online being an affiliate marketer.

So how do you earn? There are two types, percentage program and per order payout and the commissions are 75% (on initial orders) and $50 to $130 respectively. Adult Friend Finder

24. Monster.com

The last but not the least is Monster.com for marketers who love to search for jobs. If you have a blog that gives detail about new openings then monetize it with Monster.com affiliate program.

They pay you for generating leads. You can join directly or promote via Commission Junction.

For registration you can make up to $.50, for posting new resume $1, posting jobs 17% etc. Monster affiliate

However they accept traffic from US only.

So these were 20 affiliate programs that you can join. You need to choose a program according to the niche of your blog or website. Because real challenge is promoting and selling to customers, so choose wisely and start promoting.

If you are looking for more ways to make money online then you can refer this post & find some of the best ways in part time or full time to earn money.

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