Promoting products via affiliate links is one of the most popular and easiest ways to start monetising your blog content. When you join an affiliate program, you will be provided with a tracking link that will then earn you a commission when people click through your link and make a purchase. In this post, we will be taking a look at some of the best affiliate networks for bloggers to join.
The Ultimate Guide to Affiliate Networks
Affiliate Window is one of the largest affiliate networks out there. They represent many of the most popular retail brands in a variety of sectors, including travel, fashion and finance. Affiliate Window also offer an opportunity marketplace, where you can list sponsored post and featured content opportunities, for advertisers to see. In my time as an affiliate, I’ve only had good experiences with them and they tend to pay out on time.
Tradedoubler is one of the biggest European affiliate networks and represent brands like Groupon, Disneyland Paris. Minimum payment is £30 via bank transfer.
Commission Junction is an affiliate network owned by Conversant. The network has a strong focus on the US, UK and European market and counts Skyscanner as one of their clients. Commission Junction also have an opportunity marketplace where you can list your sponsored post opportunities for advertisers to bid on. Unlike some of the other networks, Commission Junction are quite strict about requiring you to make a sale within the first 6 months of account opening. Therefore, we would not recommend you to join the network until you have traffic coming to your site.
Linkshare is part of the Rakuten network, which is one of the largest advertising and digital networks in the world. Linkshare tends to have a lot of ecommerce brands on its books and appeals to both US and UK bloggers. If your readers come from all over the world, we would definitely recommend signing up for a Linkshare account.
Webgains is a UK-based affiliate network that counts Nike, Oakley, Samsung and more as clients. Payment is via Paypal, bank transfer or cheque with a minimum payment amount of £20. The webgains interface will automatically display links to current advertiser offers along with the expiration date for each offer. This makes it easy to log in and find deals or products to promote without having to configure a deeplink yourself.
Clickbank features a huge amount of e-books and online courses that you can promote. Commissions on Clickbank are typically higher than you would find with major retailers, and the types of products you could promote from Clickbank include recipes, fitness, lifestyle and self help books. Some of these pay up to 60% commission per sale. There are thousands of different products on Clickbank of varying quality to promote, so we would recommend you make sure the product is good before you start promoting any old thing.
Shareasale primarily features digital products, such as Grammarly on its books. If you write about marketing or blogging techniques, you should give Shareasale a go. Some of the advertisers can be quite strict about the amount of traffic your site needs for you to be approved.
Making Sure Your Content Complies with Local Legislation
In order to comply with local advertising legislation, you need to clearly indicate whenever you include an affiliate link in your content. This disclaimer needs to be included within the body of each post containing a link. Some countries require you to have the disclaimer at the top of the post or next to each link. If you write helpful content, readers are typically more likely to click on your affiliate link in order to support you, than if you mislead your audience into clicking on low quality affiliate links.
You should also remember that any income you generate from affiliate networks is taxable, and that you will need to register as either self employed or set up a limited company, if you suspect your blog income will be more than what can be classified as a hobby. If in doubt, make sure you seek independent financial advice.