Welcome! Today, we’re covering the top 10 affiliate networks. In the next 5 minutes, I’m going to share my top ten affiliate networks and why I use them.
Affiliate networks let businesses efficiently sell a product on a little budget, with little effort and time, and with a low-risk level, all while ensuring a good amount of income, increased brand awareness, and business growth.
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If you stick with me till the end, I’ll also share my strategy of how I test products quickly before I write posts on them.
There are SO MANY affiliate programs out there. When I first started affiliate marketing, I had no idea where to start.
I ended up joining program after program, lost track of which ones I had joined and then got so overwhelmed about how many reviews I would have to put together in order to actually promote all of these things.
Also, I didn’t want my whole blog to just be promotional content. So for every single review, I had to put together at least 2 or 3 other posts that weren’t reviewed. The whole time I didn’t know whether I was posting the right products or if I would just have to keep going through trial and error until I found ones that stuck.
If you’re a blogger, it takes forever to figure out if you’re doing something right because of the lag time until you’re content is actually ranked.
Fast forward 5 years and a lot of frustration later, I’ve finally found my best affiliate networks. My top 10 networks are a mix of:
- Large networks that offer “easy to sell” visual things (themes, images, videos)
- Other bloggers that create awesome content and have independent affiliate networks for their digital products, and
- Tools that I use for my business every single day
Here are my Top 10 Affiliate Networks
The following lists are large Networks with “Easy to Sell” Visuals. What I mean by this are networks that have amazing visual value. Think about super pretty WordPress themes, printables, gorgeous art on Etsy. This kind of stuff is easy to sell because it looks so appealing.
#10: Envato (Impact)
If you’re looking for pretty WordPress themes to show off on your social media (especially Pinterest) or to review on your blog this is pretty much the place to go.
Plus you can share landing pages like this one below, which show updated “best sellers” for WordPress Themes:
If this doesn’t fit with your niche, you can skip over them. The point is that you need to find things that are pretty that you can showcase on your blog.
From Etsy to Minted, ShareASale is a hub of pretty things that you can find.
Look for motivational artwork, printables related to your niche, etc.
Bloggers with Awesome Content & Independent Affiliate Networks
I’ve chosen the following bloggers because 1) they create good quality, actionable content, 2) they use very little “fluff” – I hate fluff and 3) Their content is pretty and easily marketable.
Also, they all seem like awesome ladies and I like promoting small businesses because I think it’s generally just a positive thing to do.
#8: Mommy On Purpose
Her name is Carly, and she’s a full-time stay-at-home parent and blogger. Mommy on Purpose, a parent lifestyle site concentrating on new motherhood and home life (monetized solely through traffic), and Blogging Like You Mean It, which helps new bloggers monetize their blogs, are two semi-related companies she currently manages (monetized only through product sales and email marketing).
She created this awesome Printable Blog Planner that includes monthly and weekly to-do breakdowns so you can plan out your blogging life and have it at-a-glance at your desk. You’ll get blogging-specific pages in order to keep track of all logins, keep track of blogging states, track income and expenses and log future post ideas all in one place.
Here’s what the curriculum looks like:
I would totally recommend it.
I used to keep track of everything on my computer and it was always more annoying than it was useful. There’s just something about having a hard copy, don’t you think?
Read my full review on Carly’s Printable Blog Planner, and see if it can help you blog off the ground easily!
#7: Blogging her Way
Dale has 2 main products: paid by Pinterest and the following “amazon affiliate affluence”. Basically how to make money affiliate marketing with Pinterest and with amazon affiliates. Her products are $27 for the following courses and you can also get a 40% commission.
Here are my 2 reviews of Dale’s main products:
- Paid by Pinterest – To learn exactly how to use these resources, I recommend getting her ebook which explains how to make money with affiliate pins on Pinterest and how to set up your Pinterest account to make money. ! You can access this product as soon as your payment is processed. It’s 50 pages lengthy though, but the Appendix is about half of that, focusing on crucial resources that will be extremely valuable to you if you follow her plan.
Check it out HERE:
- Amazon Affiliate Affluence – is an ebook created by her. The book goes over step-by-step how to make money from the Amazon affiliate program even if you are a complete beginner. Dale starts with the basics such as how to get approved by the affiliate program, how to write reviews, and how to do the proper keyword research.
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#6: Chelsea Clarke
Chelsea is a content monetization expert, a website investor, and an educator. She works with creative entrepreneurs like you to raise the value of your specialized site so you can sell it for a profit.
You’ll discover everything you need to know about affiliate marketing, email marketing, content marketing, digital product creation, funnels, and more at HerPaperRoute.
Other than effective blogging and marketing tips that Chelsea Clarke shares to online entrepreneurs, she also has this awesome way of helping you generate more profit from your website.
Hmm. Curious about it?
Her website is called BlogsforSale and it’s intended to help out bloggers to have a choice of selling their own blog for profit without feeling bad about going it all to waste after the tedious work and a ton of effort on optimizing their blog. Not only that…
She also has this cool feature in her website that lets you BUY a blog that’s already well-run, packed with SEO-worthy content, and has a good amount of traffic without going through the time-consuming work of starting from scratch.
In 2019, Chelsea founded the blog brokerage Blogs For Sale, where she assists both investors and content creators in the sale and purchase of blogs, media properties, and other niche online business types. Here are some great reasons to sell a website through BlogsForSale.co:
- It’s FREE to get an evaluation of your website/business and find out how much it’s worth.
- An agent will be assigned to you when you are planning to sell your website. This agent will manage your listings, send emails to potential buyers, negotiate, and MORE. They will provide you with a
Is it time to sell your website?
There could be several reasons why you want to sell your website.
To make money from your website, it will need to be maintained on a regular basis, including the content that is published as well as any up-to-date affiliate links. It can be difficult to manage your time, especially if your site is not your primary source of income. Your website may have been successful as well, but perhaps you’d like to devote your time to bigger and better things.
You will make money from selling your website, so your efforts will not be in vain.
Why don’t you try out for yourself?
Tools I Use for my Business Every Day
#5: Social Media = Canva + Tailwind
Okay, I know that this is actually 2 but this is EVERYTHING I use for social media. Literally, everything, and it makes my life a million times easier. Gone are the days when I would spend 1hr a day trying to keep up with all my networks…
I use Canva for any kind of design I need to do. I use it for my Pinterest posts, to create nice images within my blog and I used it to create all my branding material for my websites. It’s probably one of my most used tools and the best thing is that I used the free version for years.
It wasn’t until I got more into Pinterest that I decided to suck it up and pay for the premium version but I would really say that you don’t need to.
The free version is MORE than enough for any blogger to be successful.
Here’s what it looks like:
I use Tailwind to schedule my posts weeks/month in advance for Pinterest and FB. Those are my favourite platforms and I find that they work the best. You can also use it for Instagram and Twitter – I just find that for blogging those are a lot of work for a low rate of return.
This is the inside of my Tailwind account:
As you can see, Tailwind has a wide variety of advanced features that can save you a significant amount of time when scheduling to both Pinterest and Instagram. The majority of other social media management tools do not include any of these features. This distinguishes them.
So, if you want to establish a strong presence on Pinterest and Instagram, you should sign up for a free account now and experiment with them.
Read my FULL REVIEW here: Tailwind for Instagram
I use teachable almost every day because I have specialty courses that I’ve bought from various people and everyone uses teachable nowadays. I like to keep learning things and trying out new strategies all that time (probably too much to be honest) and this is the best way.
Teachable is also an awesome affiliate program because you’re promoting digital products that are of very high quality.
Kind of like Clickbank but much less sleazy, which is a plus in my opinion.
Here are the categories of courses you could promote:
#3: Human Proof Designs
Human-proof designs help me to automate things. Managing 3 different blogs is hard so over the years I have had to outsource.
They also have pre-made affiliate websites for sale that are already generating revenue. Personally, I have not bought one but I know people that have and have made a killing off of them in much less time than it took me to grow my blogs (maybe I’m doing things wrong, eh?)
You can join their training membership or use their services:
Building a new affiliate website is one of the most difficult aspects of the process. While it can be simple once you’ve had some practice, it can be challenging if you’ve never done it before. That is why I chose to write a Human Proof Designs review.
*Side note*: For one-off articles, I use HireWriters (I have some favourites in there that always produce quality work) but for bundles or SEO, Human Proof Designs is the best for blogging services.
#2. Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool
Jaaxy is first and foremost a keyword research tool I truly recommend (i.e. it allows you to find keywords that people are entering into Google and other search engines and then analyze how popular they are).
If you’re sick of playing a guessing game with Google and you want to find the best keywords your website can actually rank for, track those rankings and investigate the competition to make sure you’re doing everything that you can to beat them, then Jaaxy is for you.
The beauty of Jaaxy is that you can try it completely free (no credit cards or anything) and see if you like it. If not, then no harm is done. But if you do like it, you can judge for yourself if you think it’s worth the extra $49 per month for your business.
Personally, I find the Pro version is worth it for me as I currently run 2 major online businesses. I’m thinking to expand in the next few years and hire some help so at a certain point, it’s going to make sense for me to upgrade further to the Enterprise but for right now it’s not.
Read my Full Review here: Jaaxy Keyword Research tool
#1: Wealthy Affiliate
Last but most certainly not least is Wealthy Affiliate.
I use this more than anything else to manage my online businesses because it’s where all my websites are hosted, it’s where I manage all of my comments, where I get feedback on how my websites are doing and whether I should change things and where I’ve learned 95% of what I know about online business and internet marketing.
Besides the basic 2 courses: building a niche website and building an affiliate-based website, the weekly live classes are the best training I’ve ever had and have honestly helped me make all my affiliate sales and helped my blogs grow to where they are today.
I’ve already done niche training – I’m currently as I’m writing this post working through the affiliate certification to get better at affiliate marketing. This is what my training page looks like:
You can also see on the left-hand sidebar:
- Live Events
- The Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool (that’s way easier to use than Google Keyword Planner by the way)
- A database of all major affiliate programs
- 24/7 Live Chat and Help Centre
You can READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE if you want to learn more.
Bonus! The Quick Way to Test Affiliate Products
My favourite social media network is Pinterest by far. It’s the easiest to use, the fastest to grow and BY FAR the best method to grow your blog traffic.
The best thing about Pinterest is the fact that since 2019, they allow affiliate links to be posted in the pins. Do you know what this means? It means it’s easier than ever to test out affiliate products.
STEP 1: Create a pretty design on Canva promoting your product
STEP 2: Place your affiliate link in the URL
STEP 3: Post it on your Pinterest account
Voila! If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet or if you’re following is too small, I’ve written a whole post about how to do affiliate marketing using Pinterest from scratch.
The products that sell well on Pinterest are the ones you should take the time to write a review on for your blog and then post the link to that review back onto Pinterest for more traffic!
I really hope this post helped you find some good affiliate networks or gave you ideas of what kinds of affiliate networks would work for you and your business. If you’ve had good or bad experiences as an affiliate, please share them below!
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