Top 5 Affiliate Marketing Networks For Bloggers 2016

If you planning to make big money with affiliate programs then choosing the popular affiliate network should be your first step. As you might probably know already affiliate  marketing is a booming sector in the current online industry and it’s by far the best way to monetize your website. Generally thte affiliate network acts as an intermediary between publishers i.e affiliate marketers who sell products and services and the merchants who create those products and services and their affiliate programs.

In this article we are going to list out the best hand-picked affiliate networks which are currently available on the web.To know the perfect rank of each network I have considered the brand name, User experience,Alexa traffic ranking, and my own personal experience to shortlist them. And I have highlighted the Alexa rank, payout details, and the types of affiliate offers supported by each network for your quick reference So,that can help you to choose the best network.

1.CJ Affiliate Network :

CJ (Commission Junction) have impressive list of most demanded environment-friendly offerings of “Green” product categories like Clothing/Apparel, Beauty, Food and Drinks, Computer and Electronics, Health & Wellness, Gifts & Flowers, Home & Garden, Recreation and Leisure and travel.It’s one of the oldest affiliate network and that’s why it’s the preferred affiliate network of Fortune 500 companies and major online retailers.

cj-affiliate network

 Consumers demand has shown steady growth for years with no signs of slowing down. Affiliates can diversify their offerings with developing new marketing channel along with the CJ merchants focusing on green products and services.
Advantages to join this network
  •  Alexa Rank: 2,142
  • Referral Program: No
  • No cheap and nasty books to read.
  • Reasonable statistical information.
  • Better quality products than ClickBank.
  • Programs Offered: CPA, CPL, CPS, CPC
  • Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit
  • Exclusive network that offers green products.
  • CJ targets larger merchants in comparison to ShareASale.
  • Wide variety of products/services/companies to promote.
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $100 (Check); $50 (Direct Deposit)

2. ClickBank

ClickBank is the most popular marketplace for digital products with over 6 million products and 200 million customers. In other words, ClickBank is the Amazon for digital products.It holds variety of products mainly software products like gambling, eBooks, Health & fitness products, green products, food, wine, cooking and e-business, e-marketing and self-help eBook products.

click affiliate network

However, ClickBank offers “Gravity” score of each product which specifies how many different affiliates have sold this product over past 8  weeks. Higher the gravity, better is the product. As a ClickBank affiliate, you can get up to 75% commission on all sales including recurring payments.

Advantages to join this network
  • Alexa Rank: 3,493
  • Referral Program: Yes
  • Quick Links: Sign Up | FAQ
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10
  • More control on selecting affiliate products.
  • More generous commission paid to the affiliates.
  • Unlike Adsense, can promote product of your liking
  • Deliver almost 70% commission of the product price.
  • Easiest network to start with affiliate marketing program.
  • Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, Wire Transfer.

3. Amazon Associates Program

Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the U.S. and is one of the most popular company in the world.Amazon Associates Program is largest and most well-known affiliate networks worldwide with over 100,000 book titles and 40,000 products in hundreds of categories and subcategories.

amazon-affiliate network

Amazon is so huge that it’s got over a million products that you can promote on your website or blog and make money.It pays up to 10% commission for all affiliate sales. Since the inventory on Amazon is so diversified, the commission rate changes frequently.It includes electronics,  cloth & fabrics, food, common metal, Alternative fuel, extreme sports, farm and gardening.

Advantages to join this network
  • Alexa Rank: 6
  • Offers huge array of products.
  • Offers great commission.
  • Offer multiple choice of payment.
  • Offer great support.
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10 (for Direct Deposits & Gift Certificates); $100 (for Check payments).
  • Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, Amazon.com Gift Certificate.
  • Quick Links: Sign Up | FAQ
  • Affiliate get access to Associates Central .

4. ShareASale

ShareASale is the most admired affiliate network with over 4,000 affiliate programs. There are so many affiliate programs on the web that are exclusive to ShareASale. So if you are unable to find an advertiser in CJ then most probably it’s there at ShareASale.And ShareASale also has a lot of similarities with CJ like user experience, payment, dormant account policy, and affiliate program types.

shareasale affiliate network

So yes, all inactive ShareASale accounts will be deactivated if its balance is less than $25.Or, you will be charged $25 per month (if the account balance is over $25) until it becomes zero and is then closed.And if there is something that I particularly like about ShareASale then it’s their tracking system. It’s real-time and the payment system is also very reliable (just like CJ).

Advantages to join this network
  • Alexa Rank: 707
  • Easy Approval
  • Referral Program: Yes
  • ShareASale’s Commission Rate is good
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit
  • Programs Offered: CPA, CPL, CPS, CPC
  • Support available to solve any doubt or problem
  • More generous commission paid to the affiliates.

5. Rakuten

Rakuten Linkshare Formally Buy.com to be the number one affiliate networks among the top 20 networks. The competition was among over a number of 10 million partners among which it was ranked the number one. Rakuten is a Japanese business company that is in the business of lead generation for the developers and also for affiliate marketing.

rakuten affiliate network

Rakuten.com has grown into a monster. Rakuten ranks among the top three e-commerce companies in the world with over 90,000 products from 38,500 shop owners and more than 18 million customers.The network offers many numbers of programs in which a blogger or a developer can be interested. To start with the whole system the very first thing that a person needs to do is to apply for the products on a program. After the application is approved the ads can be shown. The only drawback or a strict nature of the network is that a blogger needs to take approval from each program individually.

Advantages to join this network
  • Alexa Rank: 2,162
  • Reasonable statistical information.
  • Offer great support.
  • Rakuten LinkShare only pay out to their affiliates once the commissions are collected from their partners.
  • Ad Rotation This seems like a minor feature,that made a big difference on time spent and optimization success.
  • LinkShare lets you choose the page you want to send your traffic to on their site, giving you more flexibility for promoting different affiliate offers.
  • A Much Smaller Network linkShare have around 1,000 partners – this is considerably fewer than the bigger networks like CJ Affiliate or ShareASale.
AJAY BHARADWAJ (7 Posts)

Hey there !! Iam Ajay Bharadwaj a part time blogger from India. Specialized in web designing, front-end web development and WordPress expert since 2012. am well passionate for sharing knowledge that makes an impact. I write articles about on tech ,customizing templates designs and a lot more on wordpress.


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