Sometimes newbies find it difficult to start with affiliate marketing because the merchants often reject them for the affiliate programs they apply for.
As a beginner, it becomes crucial to understand which affiliate programs are free and easy to join no matter if you've built your website or not.
Still, there are still many affiliate networks where you can get accepted easily if you're just starting out.
How To Find The Best Affiliate Programs To Promote For Beginners?
Let's talk about a few things to consider if you want to find the best affiliate programs to promote on your website.
Here we go.!
Step 1: Choose Your Niche Carefully
If you're just starting out with affiliate marketing, being a little careful about choosing the right niche is crucial.
It's very easy to get into the wrong niche when you know nothing about affiliate marketing.
Before you build your website, first do research on the niche and check if there are good amounts of affiliate programs to promote.
Write down at least 10 possible niches or markets that you have a passion or interest and then move on to the next step which is choosing the products in your niche.
Leverage the power of such tools to help you find the best niche for your online business.
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Step 2: Find at least 3 Profitable Products in Your Niche
Once you've finalized your niche out of the ten possible niches, you have another task at hand which is to find the profitable products in that niche.
Take your time to find a minimum of three product or services that you would like to talk about in your given niche.
If you just choose a single product or service, it could really limit your options and the earning potential going forward.
Furthermore, if for some reason one of the programs isn't working out well you'll have other options that you'll want to continue promoting.
Step 3: Choose the Products of Your Interest
It's very important that you have an interest or a passion for whatever you decide to promote before you recommend someone else to buy it from you.
Having a passing or the interest in doing something can really help you when times get tough and you have to keep pushing.
It becomes much easier to push yourself forward with something you genuinely like rather than something you just tolerate.
Step 4: Brush off the Competition
Keeping an eye on what your competitors are up to is a good way to check how many other people are promoting the same products as you.
Don't get discouraged and give up by the competition, it just shows that there is a high potential for profit within a given niche or market.
You should not bother much about what others are doing, but just getting an idea about how other websites are promoting something can help you improve your campaign.
Step 5: Join an Affiliate Network
Once you're done choosing the right niche and products that you want to talk about, the next step would be to sign up with an affiliate program or network.
Do this even before building your website.
Here are the top ten affiliate networks that you may want to join to kick start your affiliate marketing journey.
Please note that a few programs are very easy to sign up for and you're ready to promote but others are little stricter in accepting new affiliates to prevent scammers and black hat marketers from joining.
Here are the top 10 affiliate networks that you can choose to sign up for:
ClickBank is one of the oldest and largest marketplaces for digital products like eBooks, audiobooks, video training, and software etc.
Affiliates can promote physical and digital offers in a wide range of niches.
And with over 6 million product offers and 200 million customers, the affiliate opportunities are incredible.
I personally promote a few good products from ClickBank and the revenue from it has a significant contribution to my revenue.
How To Sign Up For ClickBank?
It's very easy to sign up with ClickBank and you'll get accepted quickly and be able to start promoting the products in minutes.
JVZoo is another affiliate marketing platform that allows the vendors to easily list, promote, and sell their products, and affiliate marketers to easily find interesting products at great prices to promote.
Before you can promote any specific product on the marketplace, you need to apply for and get approved by the vendor or the owner of the product.
You'll find all the statistics about the product that you want to promote, for example when the product was launched, the price, how many sold, the commission, and the percentage of sales that were refunded etc.
How To Sign Up For JVZoo?
You can sign up for a free account on JVZoo which is very easy and you will be accepted right away.
Then You will want to stay up to date with all the upcoming product launches and promote the ones that you're interested in.
3. Amazon Associates Program
Amazon is the world's largest online retailer and provides an amazing opportunity to make money by promoting the products from its marketplace.
You have over 1.5 million products to choose from in almost every niche you can think of.
Pick up the affiliate links for the products of your interest and start promoting on your website or social media platforms.
However, the commission percentage is relatively small compared to ClickBank or JVZoo which can be from 4% up to 10% of the sale price of the item depending on the item's category.
Still, this is still a fantastic opportunity with a lot of earning potentials.
How To Sign Up For Amazon Associates Program?
Signing up with the Amazon Associates Program is easy and the application process takes only minutes. They also have localized sites for a few countries.
If you want to target your promotion to one of those countries, You would want to join an associates program for that country.
You can start promoting the products from Amazon's catalog as soon as you're accepted.
4. CJ Affiliate (Commission Junction)
CJ Affiliate used to be Commission Junction is considered to be one of the largest affiliate platforms around.
CJ is the very reliable affiliate marketing platform which has a large number of advertisers who reach to the millions of consumers all over the world.
Anyone can sell CJ products based on their interest and their potential buyers depending on where they live.
How To Sign Up For CJ Affiliate?
You can simply sign up for a free account and complete your profile to ensure you get fast approval for any affiliate program via CJ.
One thing that you would like about Commission Junction is you can easily select a product based on different niche.
Share A Sale has been around exclusively as an Affiliate Marketing Network for nearly 2 decades
In fact, it was one of the very first affiliate networks to start and has over 4500 partners.
When it comes to reliability, they are one of the oldest and most trusted affiliate networks in the affiliate marketing industry.
How To Sign Up For ShareASale?
As an affiliate, you will want to send requests to Merchants to join their program.
Merchants can either approve or reject your request by looking at your website and the traffic sources that you may use for promoting their products to avoid scammers and blackhats.
Signing up with ShareASale will take about 5-7 minutes.
Once the application is complete, their team will review it.
You'll get an email notification regarding your approval or rejection which usually take from 24 up to 72 hours.
MaxBounty is an industry leading performance marketing network which mainly offers the CPA (cost per action) programs.
As an affiliate marketer, you get an opportunity to promote the CPA products for different vendors in various niches.
You can earn extra money for every action that gets completed by the visitors, which could be filling out a form, submitting an email address or zip code, through your affiliate links.
How To Sign Up For MaxBounty?
You need to fill out an application form at their website in order to sign up.
While many other affiliate networks automatically approve new affiliates, MaxBounty screens each new affiliate.
A Maxbounty employee will likely call you or schedule a Skype interview.
The purpose here is basically is to ensure that you have a certain amount of affiliate marketing experience and will use the legitimate methods for driving the traffic to the offers.
It's easier for you to get approved on their platform if you have your own established website (not on the platforms like Weebly, Blogger or WordPress).
Once approved you can log in to Maxbounty and get links for CPA offers you are interested in promoting.
7. eBay Partner Network (EPN)
eBay is a top online destination and a trusted e-commerce company that has something for everyone.
You'll find millions of products scattered across so many categories that you can promote.
eBay also has localized websites for the United States, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia. In fact, international sites contribute to the majority of eBay's revenue.
How To Sign Up For eBay Partner Network (EPN)?
You can join EPN from your eBay account by signing in and entering a few additional pieces of information.
Once you sign up to their platform, you'll get various tools to promote the products from their catalog.
Offervault is basically an affiliate program directory wherein you can search for offers that you are interested in from different affiliate networks.
It's very convenient for the affiliates to find various offers from the different affiliate network at once place.
You will find all sorts of offers ranging from CPA, CPS, CPC, lead generating, among others at OfferVault.
These offers can be searched and sorted based on a category, payout, and when the offer was last updated.
How To Sign Up For Offervault?
When these offers are listed, affiliates sign up with Offervault for free, so that they can get access to the listed offers.
After signing up, you can search for offers from specific countries or even global offers.
Before you can start promoting the offers, you will have to wait for an approval from the specific affiliate network depending upon the product you've requested to promote.
It normally takes a couple of hours up to a few days and you might even get rejected.
The double registration plus the high rate of rejection from affiliates networks may be a turn off to some affiliates.
Rakuten (formerly known as LinkShare) is one of the oldest affiliate networks but not as big as CJ or ShareASale.
They have nearly 1,000+ merchants, including some well-known brands, so it’s worth trying them out.
Rakuten’s user interface is intuitive, and they offer a great feature where you can create a rotating ad banner much more easily than their competitors.
How To Sign Up For Rakuten?
Signing up (registering) as a publisher in the Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Network is as easy as buying something online.
It takes just 5 to 10 minutes to complete the application which will then reviewed by their team.
Once approved which usually takes a few days, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to get started.
You will automatically opt into all the international networks for which you are eligible.
FlexOffers is another dedicated affiliate platform that has been around for over 10 years.
FlexOffers is an affiliate network that connects you to many reputable brand name companies who you can become an affiliate for.
As a FlexOffers.com affiliate (publisher) you’ll gain access to literally millions of products and services across a growing collection of vertical markets.
Partnering with FlexOffers will give you access to an advanced affiliate publishing network that offers unparalleled customer service, a wide selection of optimized data delivery tools, and fast and reliable payments.
How To Sign Up For FlexOffers?
To sign up with FlexOffers you do need your own website to get started.
From the above, it would appear that even if you have very limited content on your website, as long as you explain how you are going to promote their products and are very detailed as to your traffic sources.
This will give you a good chance at being accepted onto their platform.
Let me share my final thoughts over how to find the best affiliate to promote for beginners so that it becomes easier for you to choose the right affiliate network.
Just watch out for a few things before you join any affiliate network and the programs.
- Before you join any affiliate network that I just mentioned above, ensure that the niche you select has at least two or three quality products that you can promote to your target audience.
- The product should offer a generous commission. I personally choose to promote the products that offer at least $30 per sale commission.
- Look to see if the market has healthy competition (that's a good thing), but still has room to grow.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please comment below and let me know your opinion. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 🙂