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The concept of affiliate marketing is relatively simple: you sign up for a program for a particular product or service, and if accepted for it, you can then start promoting using existing marketing materials and/or links with a unique URL. I will provide opinions and some facts on the top 5 affiliate marketing free programs in which I believe are unique and very informative programs to sign up for.
Top 5 Affiliate Marketing Free Programs are:
- Amazon Associates
This one I think goes without saying hands down is number 1 in the Google rankings because it is a major affiliate marketer which has been around for years, with 200 million customers. They feature a variety of products to partner with, across many categories, particularly eBooks. It is simple for a novice to get started as anyone can create an online account, and it is free with no sign up fee, so it is great for startups. They are also notable as Clickbank is known for having a higher commission rate than other affiliate marketers. They even run a Click Bank University to teach the ins and outs of affiliate marketing to those new to the field.
The downside of Clickbank is most of the products for sale are eBooks, and while they span several categories, most are lower quality offerings, without name brand recognition. However, I would still recommend signing up for Clickbank as one of the top 5 affiliate marketing free programs. Which, brings me to number 2 out the top 5…
The partner with programably literally thousands of vendors’ products to sell. I myself have never purchased anything through them but reading up on them and doing some research they seem to have some very good benefits as promoting their stuff as an affiliate.
Wide variety of products
Free sign up
High payout threshold
ShareASale is another affiliate marketer, with a longstanding reputation across eighteen years, and were acquired last year by Awin, an international affiliate marketer. With them featuring a large catalog of products to partner with from beauty supplies, to branded sports gear, luxury goods, and eye wear- no wonder almost 5,000 vendors in total, make it easy to find products that tie into your site.
With so many options available, ShareASale uses a Power Rank system to clue you in to the most popular vendors. The sign up process to get started has no cost, and is quite painless, with owner’s of multiple sites able sign them all up in ‘one fell swoop.’
There are some drawbacks though. Like their commissions payout is rather low.
The payout threshold of $50 can be difficult to reach for newer websites still building their traffic. In addition, to add insult to injury for a struggling site, they can actually delete your account if your account remains under $25.
SaaS approach to affiliate marketing. JVZoo is relative newcomer with six years of experience, and takes a SaaS approach to affiliate marketing; they must be doing something right as they were named by Inc among the ‘5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America’ for 2016 and 2017.
Product creators can list their products in their marketplace for free, and JVZoo gets a standard 5% commission on anything that sells – and nothing before that. Independent marketing affiliates get instant payments to their PayPal accounts as soon as the item sells, with no payout threshold required at all. Additionally, there is opportunity to make money as affiliates, you can get a cut of sales of any affiliates that they have recruited, termed a ‘Second Tier Commission.’ And last but not least, if the buyer that was referred purchases another product (that was not specifically referred), the affiliate gets the commission- permanently. This is their commissions breakdown pattern.
Is a popular affiliate marketing program with global reach, formerly known as Commission Junction which goes back 21 years. CJ Affiliate features Product Widgets that are embedded on your site, and can then feature multiple products via a slideshow, collage or grid to endure more sales. Additional functionality includes deep link automation to automatically monetize links that lead to a CJ advertiser domain, and real time transaction monitoring.
Sounds good, right? The truth of the matter is the stumbling block is the application process. First you need to apply with your website, which needs to be found worthy of becoming a äpartner, based on traffic, optimization and quality of content. However, this is only the first step, as then you need to apply individually to each vendor for the products that you wish to sell, and you may not be accepted into their individual affiliate programs, making this one of the harder programs to get up and running with. Which is why I wouldn’t recommend this program to any affiliate just starting out.
Sign up with the online giant that everyone shops with.
Just about everyone already has an Amazon account and buys stuff from them, so it certainly makes a certain amount of sense to sign up with them and partner with them as an affiliate marketer in their Amazon Associates program. They also sell, very well, just about everything you can possibly imagine, so you can be sure that they have a product to market that is relevant to the content on your website. Unless you are into selling digital products like myself (excluding eBooks of course).
It is also free to join, and once accepted to the program you can sell any Amazon product, including third party ones without getting into individual programs. You also get the opportunity to get commissions on not only the specific product that was advertised, but any other purchases that are made at Amazon for 24 hours post referral, providing a sale goes through.
But In My Opinion
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