A couple of months ago, Google announced that it would be shutting it’s affiliate ad network down by July 31. If you have been partnering with them, and promoting affiliates links, don’t worry! There are many more affiliate networks to choose from!
When I say that there are many affiliate networks to choose from, I’m not kidding. Three networks that I recommend include:
Keep in mind that these networks may offer some of the same advertisers. For example, you may be able to promote the same web hosting company through Commission Junction and Linkshare. Instead of splitting up your promotions and using your links for both network, focus on one of the programs.
The networks will have pay out limits, where you have to have earned $100 before you get any commissions. If you’re splitting up your commissions for the same web host via two networks, it will take longer for you to reach that minimum pay out.
You can also join Amazon’s Associate Program to earn affiliate commissions on over a million different products that Amazon carries. They also have some pretty cool linking tools that enable you to easily link to any page on the site, as well as build slideshows of your favorite products.
ClickBank is another alternative. ClickBank specializes in digital information products, much like Kindle ebooks. You’ll notice that your affiliate payouts will be much higher, usually around 50% – whereas the highest commission that Amazon pays out on Kindle books is 8.5%.
You’ll find information products on all types of topics – from how to decorate cakes and how to grow a garden to training for a marathon. There is no doubt that you’ll find an information product on the same topic as your blog.
Last but not least, you can also contact businesses that you want to be an affiliate for to see if they offer their own programs. You’ll earn higher commissions when you have a direct relationship with a business, since they are not paying out money to an affiliate network to manage the program.
To see if a business offers an affiliate program, just go to their website and look for the terms “affiliate,” or “associate.” They usually display these links at the bottom of the page. If you don’t see anything, don’t be afraid to write business and ask if they have a program. Who knows? You may give them an incentive to start an affiliate program.
Were you using the Google affiliate program? Which of these alternative would you try?
By Crissy Herron, www.IndieBizChicks.com