If you’re new to blogging and you’re looking for the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners, then don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. It can be quite confusing knowing what to do with your website if you’ve started to garner some traffic. You could install Adsense and get paid obscenely low returns for the amount of visitors you’re getting. But in my opinion, a better option would be to look elsewhere and try and convert some of those visitors into a bigger profit through affiliate marketing. Here are some of the best programs for affiliate marketing if you’re completely new to it.
I’ll always recommend Amazon Affiliate as the best affiliate marketing program for beginners. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.
Firstly, the range of products obviously far larger than any other program you’ll find. With Amazon becoming one of the biggest companies in the world and Bezos becoming the richest man, it’s no surprise that the variety of products is vast. Amazon is putting many companies out of business as their variety of products is so vast, which is perfect for an affiliate marketer.
Secondly, it’s simple to use. Once you’ve been approved for their affiliate program, it’s really simple to add links to your website and track the products you’ve sold.
Finally, probably the best thing about the Amazon program is that if you link someone through, you’ll get a percentage of anything that they buy within 24 hours. That means that if someone clicks your link for a toaster, and they end up buying a pair of socks instead, you’ll get a percentage of those socks.
Whilst it doesn’t sound attractive from that perspective – who wants the affiliate commissions from a pair of socks, right? – think of it the other way around. You could refer someone to Amazon through a link for a pair of socks, and they might end up buying a PlayStation. Pretty neat, right?
Awin, formerly Affiliate Network, is another one of the largest affiliate marketing programs in the world. One of the main reasons that they’re great for beginners is that they don’t have as many restrictions as other big affiliate programs like Rakuten and Avangate.
Some of the more popular brands that are partnered with Awin are Jack Wills, Stubhub and Etsy.
ShareASale has been around for a while (since 2000) and lists thousands of different affiliate programs that you can join. They were actually acquired by Awin in 2017 – Awin is an international affiliate program more focussed on Europe, whilst ShareASale is best for US residents.
ShareASale is a good option if you’re looking to be an affiliate for clothing, as they are an affiliate for Reebok. Another good option could be Brooklinen, who specialise in bedsheets.
Another older affiliate program that has been popular for a while is Clickbank – it’s actually one of the most famous affiliate programs around.
Clickbank is a great option because they offer high commissions if you can manage to refer someone to a product – many of their partners offer 50-80% commission. The main issue with Clickbank is the products themselves – I’d say that the majority of them are absolutely awful. If you can scour your way through the dodgy ones though, you can find yourself a good one.
These are just a few of the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners around. Another good method is to find individual retailers who you can be an affiliate for. For example, if you wanted to be an affiliate for yachts, you could go to boatbookings.com and work with them directly. Doing this is a great way to take advantage of gaps in the market, though beware it can make you tied to one specific company.