10 Websites For Making Money Online + Best CPA Affiliate Networks — affiliatemarketingmc at YouTube.com
Today, I want to go down the list of the top 10 websites you need to know about if you want to make money with affiliate marketing. This is a list that I’ve used over the last 19 years as an affiliate marketer to make close to eight figures.
You’ll want to know about these links and check them out. I put a list of the links over at www.AffiliateDude.com/links so you could print them out, put them on your desk, visit them often so you don’t forget. Let’s go ahead and dive right in.
This one is kind of obvious. This is the AdSense platform. If you didn’t know, Google AdSense, which is the reverse of Google AdWords, actually has a program where you could put a little code on your site, and it’ll generate ads on your site. It makes the ads relevant to whatever is on your site, and when people click, you get paid.
You don’t have to sell anything. You don’t have to go out there and get people to do stuff. All they got to do is click the ad, and boom, you get paid. Really cool. AdSense is a great way to supplement any affiliate marketing website.
This is another obvious one. You may have heard of ClickBank. Now, ClickBank is an online retailer for digital products. I started out with ClickBank back in 1999. They started out giving a platform for people who created digital products, eBooks, softwares, and things like that.
And what they did is they attached it to an affiliate program. So if you have a ClickBank account as an affiliate, you can promote hundreds of thousands of products on the ClickBank platform. All you have to do is get people to go to the link, they buy, and you get paid. There are tons of things to choose from. From goldfish care guides to how to lose weight, to how to make money, to software that will find and replace little codes in your text, and stuff like that. So they have all kinds of stuff.
You might have heard me mention this one. OfferVault is not an affiliate network. What they are is an affiliate offer search engine. So you can actually go to OfferVault right now, and you can type in whatever niche you’re looking up. Perhaps you’re in the bodybuilding niche, or perhaps you have a bunch of traffic with people who want maps. If you want it, they got it.
You type it in, and you find the offer. It’s going to tell you the network that has the offer, the amount you’re paid, and what it takes to get paid. Sometimes you can get paid per lead, per sale, per download, per click, per trial, and more. There are lots of ways to get paid as a CPA affiliate marketer, and OfferVault is a great place to go find those offers.
4. Commission Junction
This one is little-known and isn’t talked about a whole lot in our industry. I’ve made a lot of money with Commission Junction over the past few years, sometimes as much as $600 in sales of fonts. That’s right—someone actually bought $600 worth of fonts from my website in one day. I usually averaged about $100, or $50 a day, but that was a special day. I got $200 in commission just from that.
They have stuff from fonts to ink cartridges, to legal leads, to Zappos shoes, to web hosting. You get seven percent for your sales. Commission Junction is great for a one-size-fits-all affiliate network. They have everything. It can be a little tough, because you have to get approved for each offer. But once you get in there and get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy.
5. LinkShare / Rakuten
This is kind of like Commission Junction, but it’s a little bit different and a little bit smaller. It’s an affiliate network that has all kinds of stuff. I’ve used it to promote things like software, or different downloads, or even Christmas trees.
That’s right, I actually had a site that sold Christmas trees online. They weren’t real ones, they were the fake kind of Christmas trees (which was good, because they’re more expensive, so I made more money), and I was able to do this with the Link Share program. You want to find the place that has the offer you need, and this is a great place to look for that.
6. Amazon Affiliate Program
This is an important one. A lot of people talk about the Amazon Affiliate program as if it’s the be-all, end-all Holy Grail. There are a couple things I will say about the Amazon Affiliate program. The first is that the barrier of entry is low—everyone knows about Amazon. If you need to buy something, you click a button. You don’t even have to get your credit card out.
The second is that whatever people add to their cart at the moment you get the click, you get paid on all of it. So if you’re selling something like a pen, and you’re only going to make a little bit of commission, and the customer decides they want to buy a background, or a camera, or a $20,000 printer along with it, you’re going to get commission on all of it.
You can also add “big box stores” on this part of the list. Because you can compare which of these big box stores will pay you the most. These guys will fight for your business.
This is one of my personal favorites. MaxBounty is an affiliate network that has downloads, zip submits, email submits, leads, to anything else. You name it—they have all kinds of offers.
They use CPA marketing, which means “cost per action”. So instead of going out there and having to get everyone to buy stuff, you can just get them to click, download, fill out a form, call a number, or whatever it may be, and you get paid. You don’t have to go through the hassle of selling stuff.
8. GlobalWide Media
This one is a lot like MaxBounty, but more advanced. GlobalWide Media has a lot more download offers, and a lot more exclusive offers for you with better payouts. But they’re a little more exclusive What I suggest you do is start with MaxBounty, get some numbers under your belt, then go to GlobalWide and sign up. If you have the traffic and the chops to back it up, it’s pretty easy.
I’ve made seven figures with GlobalWide, from back when they were called Never Blue. A bunch of Canadian guys started this company, and I think I was their 12th affiliate.
I promoted a lot of download offers, and our best year with them was over $1,000,000, which was really cool. They since went on to sell that company for some obscene amount of money. But the company is still great, and it runs well. It’ has great offers, and you should definitely add this to your affiliate link rolodex.
This is one that people don’t talk about as much, but I’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars with this type of stuff. At credit.com, you can sign up and get links for different credit cards. Credit.com has lots of different credit cards, from travel to flight, you name it.
I made a little website about gas prices. I had a little zip code submit offer where people could get some gas rewards (that was through GlobalWide), and I also had a link from Credit.com for a gas rewards credit card. It paid me around $100 a sale, or lead, or something like that. And all people had to do was apply for the card, which they wanted to because it would help them save money on gas. I made lots of money with that.
Last but not least, we have ShareASale. This is a lot like LinkShare and Commission Junction. It’s kind of a smorgasbord of everything, where a merchant can go sign up and become a vendor, and you can be the affiliate, and promote them, and get paid.
ShareASale has some really unique offers. For example, there’s an offer for one to eight hundred flowers, where you could get paid to get people to send flowers for Valentine’s Day. (If you needed a keyword for that, go after “love poems”.)
The key to making this whole thing work is understanding how to find niches. You have to be creative.
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