In this “best affiliate networks for beginners”-guide, you will learn all there is to know about affiliate marketing. What is affiliate marketing exactly? How can you make money with affiliate marketing? And what are the best affiliate marketing websites for beginning bloggers?
So, let’s start! You probably already heard that affiliate marketing is a great method to generate passive income. In other words, make money while you sleep! 😉
Now, who wouldn’t want that?
Let’s start from the beginning; before you’ll learn all about the best affiliate networks for beginners, it’s important you own a website. So, if you don’t already have one, please follow my tutorial on how to start a blog.
Already have a blog that you want to monetize? Then keep on reading!
Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. You will not be charged extra. So it’s a win for everyone! Please note that I won’t link any products I don’t believe in or don’t resonate with my blog site. Thank you!
Let’s start at the beginning before we continue with the best affiliate networks for beginners
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing basically means that you promote products, services, or companies in the content of your blog posts through affiliate links. When a reader clicks on your affiliate link and then buys the product you are promoting, you earn a commission. The commission rate differs per affiliate program and/or per product. Some affiliate programs already pay commission when one of your visitors clicks on one of their affiliate links (pay per click), for every lead, or – in most cases – when a purchase is made.
The percentage you get in commission from a sale ranges on average between 4% to 50%.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize your blog when you don’t sell products of your own. You join one of the affiliate networks for beginners mentioned later in this post, and then you can start. You don’t need any inventory. So there’s, no financial risk to it for you! You just earn money from the posts you write on your blog. No sales = no commission, but also no loss!
It may sound like an easy thing to do, but to actually convert your readers into customers, you must create high-quality, compelling content that is useful to your readers that answers their questions, and solves their problems. In contrary to what many people believe, it’s a lot more than just writing a simple post and adding a bunch of affiliate links to it. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. ;)😊
You have to connect your reader to the solution to the issue they are seeking an answer to. This means you must do the research for your readers and write a complete answer to it that gives them all the information they’re looking for. If your answer isn’t sufficient for them, they will seek for the answer elsewhere and you’ll lose your chance to make a commission. Your blog post must give them all the information they need, in order for them to stop looking further and click on your affiliate links. You provide the information, they use your affiliate links to make a purchase without paying anything extra: Win-Win for everyone!
To be successful at affiliate marketing you need a blog that has quality, engaging content. With countless amazing blogs on the web, you have to ensure your blog stands out from the crowd!
How to start with affiliate marketing?
It’s quite simple to start with affiliate marketing. First, you need to decide on which products you wish to promote. Which products belong to your niche? Which products would you like to use or are you already using?
Now you need to find out whether these brands/companies have an affiliate program or are part of one of these top affiliate networks.
What are affiliate networks? And which affiliate networks accept beginners?
By the way, the difference between an affiliate program and an affiliate network is as follows: an affiliate program is a separate affiliate program set up by an individual brand or company, whereas an affiliate marketing website or network usually hosts hundreds, or even thousands, affiliate programs in one network. The advantage of an affiliate network is the fact that there’s one threshold for all affiliate programs within the network combined.
A payment threshold is the minimum amount of commission you must earn before getting a payment, you only have one dashboard to log on to, and there’s only one customer service. I personally find this much easier to work with. You only need to log in once to check all your sales and commissions in one place.
Is it really possible to make money with affiliate marketing?
With a good mailing list, compelling content, and a large following on social media, you can definitely make money with affiliate marketing. But make sure you only promote products that you believe in yourself. Your readers will sense if you’re just trying to sell them something or if your intention is to actually help them solve their problems.
The best affiliate networks for beginners
I listed the best-known and top affiliate networks for beginners for you below. These are the networks I also partner with and I really like working with them. Which networks would work best for you is a question I can’t answer, because it depends on your niche and the products you wish to promote. For this reason, for every affiliate network for beginners listed in this post, I will provide a small selection of the most popular brands they collaborate with. Hopefully, this makes it easier for you to decide which these best affiliate networks for beginners fit you best. Still not sure? Give them a try and see which ones work best for you.
A few extra things to pay attention to when you’re selecting affiliate programs or top affiliate networks to work with:
The commission rate: when the commission rate is low while you need to invest a lot of time and energy in writing the article to promote a product, you’re probably wasting valuable time.
The Payment Threshold: What is the minimum amount you must have earned in commissions for the network or program pays you?
The type of commission: do they pay per lead, per click, or per sale?
Is it a one-time or recurring commission fee? Recurring commissions are the best! It means that you will earn a commission for as long as a customer is subscribed to a service.
What is the cookie length? How many days after one of your links has been clicked on, do you receive a commission should the reader make a purchase? Suppose someone clicks on one of your links today but doesn’t make a purchase that same day, and the cookie length is 30 days, you’re eligible to earn a commission if that visitor buys the product within the next 29 days!
Amazon affiliate marketing program
Amazon is not an affiliate network, but they sell almost anything you can think of. You can find products on Amazon for almost every niche. The good thing about Amazon is that you receive a commission on all products your lead buys, whether it’s your promoted product or not.
Another great feature of this program is the option to sign up for the Amazon affiliate marketing program in different countries and connect them. This way, for example, people from Canada will be automatically redirected to the same product on Amazon Canada. This way you won’t miss out on commission when your lead buys from another Amazon locale than the one you’re referring to in your affiliate link. However, there are a few locales you can’t sign up for when you’re not a resident there, for example for India and China. But then again, you still got half of the world within your reach!
4% – 8%
24 hours. But when a customer placed an item in their shopping cart but then decides not to purchase it today, you still receive a commission if that item is purchased within the next 89 days. This is a comforting thought when you’re promoting pricier products that often may require some time for consideration.
Share A Sale
This network is my personal favorite. Many big brands can be found here, like Grammarly, Namecheap, Reebok, Spanx, WP Engine, Etsy, and Shein. Share-a-sale also has a user-friendly interface. It’s the perfect platform for beginners in affiliate marketing!
Differs per program.
Differs per program.
Awin also collaborates with many big brands, like Fiver, Etsy, Emirates, Fabfitfun, AliExpress, Tidal, Ted Baker, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Swarovski, Udemy, Myheritage, and Asos.
Just one thing: to become a member, you have to pay a $5 deposit, which you get refunded after your first sale. They do this to make sure they only collaborate with bloggers that are serious about their blogging business.
Differs per program.
Differs per program.
At Skimlinks you can partner with brands like Sephora, TripAdvisor, Target, Microsoft, Lululemon, Adobe, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, H&M, Topshop, Dell, Nike, Airbnb, Forever21, Victoria’s Secret & Samsung, and – in contrary to most other affiliate networks – you don’t have to sign up for each program separately.
Differs per program.
Usually 30 days, but this may vary for certain advertisers.
Create digital products
Another method to generate passive income is to create and sell your own digital products. Many bloggers do this because instead of earning a commission, all the earnings are yours! Consider writing an e-book that you could have promoted by other affiliates with Sendowl or use Thinkific to design a complete course for your readers.
Don’t forget the FTC Guidelines!
Affiliate links are a form of advertising. The FTC Guidelines require you to mention this on your blog, in order for your readers to know you’re promoting a product and that you will earn a commission when your readers buy a product you’re promoting. To do this, you must include an Affiliate Disclosure at the beginning or end of every web page that has affiliate links on it.
I hope this free guide to the best affiliate networks for beginners has been helpful to you today. Are you ready to start to make money while you sleep? I hope so! Don’t forget to share this post if you enjoyed it!
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Angie is a blogger and creative entrepreneur from the Netherlands who is currently residing as a digital nomad in Serbia together with her husband and 2-year old daughter Ana Milena. She is the creator of She Can Blog and works as a Pinterest manager for several Dutch companies.