There are many ways to monetize your website or blog. I covered some of the best ways in a previous post. What I want to focus on today is monetizing through affiliate marketing. It’s a great way to create another income stream from your website beyond just running ads from Google Adsense.
Affiliate programs are designed to generate a commission to you for posting links to a merchant’s website and encouraging users to buy their product or service.
You will want to find an affiliate marketing program to partner with that fits your website niche, pairs well with your content and would be of interest to your users.
Top 5 affiliate marketing program
The following 5 affiliate marketing programs are the best ones out there right now. If you haven’t dipped your toes into affiliate marketing then make it your New Year’s resolution for 2019 to do so.
ShareASale is probably my favorite affiliate marketing program. I don’t do a lot of affiliate marketing at the moment but I’m partnered with a couple of vendors through ShareASale. They have more than 5,000 vendors to choose from which means you can find products and services to fit almost any niche.
The vendors are categorized and are easily searchable to make it as simple as possible to find the right merchants to fit your site. They have a Power Rank system that tracks which vendors are the most popular with users.
Their payout minimum is $50 which is a little higher than other programs but there are no startup fees or hidden costs. For laymen, this means that you need to accrue at least $50 in commissions before they will deposit your earnings into your bank account.
You might have heard of this affiliate program by its former name. It used to be called Commission Junction and it’s been around for nearly as long as the Internet.
CJ uses widgets that you embed on your website to showcase the products and services from whatever vendors you partner with.
They offer real-time transaction monitoring and deep link automation to help promote web pages that could potentially increase your revenue.
Impact Radius is another great affiliate marketing program. It was actually created by the former founders of Commission Junction. Rather than offering thousands of vendors to partner with, Impact Radius prefers to concentrate on a smaller number of very high quality vendors.
These guys also have a team of dedicated success managers that will consult with you to help make your campaigns as successful and profitable as possible. Impact Radius is all about bigger higher quality campaigns than some of the other affiliate programs out there.
Amazon Associates is probably the most famous and most well known affiliate marketing program in the world. They have a fairly low payout compared to other affiliate programs (4 – 8.5%), but the sheer volume of products available on Amazon makes their program hard to ignore. Amazon Associates has no prerequisites to qualify which means anyone can join and it’s completely free.
Flexoffers has been around for almost as long as CJ by Conversant (#2 on this list and formerly Commission Junction).
They provide access to more than 10,000 advertisers and continue to grow at a rate of 50 new advertisers per day. That’s pretty impressive. Flexoffers gives you the ability to deep link product pages and they offer a revenue sharing model called FlexRev that lets you earn up to 50% of their profit.
Affiliate marketing can be another really great income stream for your blog or website if you partner with the right program and choose the appropriate products and services to push.
The good thing is you don’t have to pick just one. I recommend you check out all these programs and see which ones make the most sense for your website. You might end up choosing just one or decide on a combination of programs.
Best of all, this doesn’t need to disrupt your other income streams like Google Adsense. You can keep running your Adsense ads and just add in your affiliate marketing programs.