A lot of our regular visitors who are involved in affiliate marketing may already be aware of what affiliate networks are. If your not, affiliate networks offer the opportunity for affiliates and publishers like you, to sell goods, products and services on behalf of online stores, sites, and advertisers.
In return for your reffering sales and/or leads you will earn a commission on each and every sale you make, which varies between advertisers. It could be a set amount for a lead or a percentage of the amount of the order.
Affiliate marketing has always been a great favourite of ours for earning a little extra cash online, because the principal is simple and you have a far greater chance of earning more than you ever would with the likes of what we call the minor earning opportunities online, like paid to click and paid to read email programs.
Affilliate will more often than not, require you to be a webmaster and have an up and running website or blog – well lets face it, advertisers want to know how and where you are going to be promoting them, wouldn’t you if it was your business!
A lot of advertisers will also have conditions of being a part of their program – some will not want you to promote their brand via PPC, others via social networking and so on. So be respectful to their terms or you could get suspended or deleted from their program.
There are a lot of affiliate networks out there, and some are country specific, being from the UK we obviously deal more with the UK market and of course, UK affiliate networks – here are just a few of our favourites:
Panthera is a US based affiliate network that offers a good amount of advertisers, offer a lot of paid survey and similar type programs that you can advertise on your website or blog.
Linkshare has a vast amount of advertisers and partners to affiliate with, the UK program of course has UK advertisers and partners targeted to your demographic. Minimum payout is $1 but you can raise this threshold in your account if you so wish. For the US Version of the Site – Join LinkShare For the UK Version of the Site – Join LinkShare UK
Affiliate Window is a UK based affiliate network which has some great UK retailers in its database, a lot of the big high street names offer an affiliate program on Affiliate Window so is a must for those wishing to advertise to a UK audience. Minimum payout is £25.
Affiliate Future is another UK based affiliate network, lots of UK retailers to choose from and is open to international members. Payments are made when you have reached £20 in commisions.
Commision Junction offers a wide range of retailers, mostly for the USA but also for the UK and other countries. Minimum payout is $50 or £25.