We’ve touched on affiliate programs before (with a quick 101 post and a general discussion about monetizing your blog), but we thought it would be appropriate to give you the rundown on a few of the programs available to help you navigate which may be the best choice for you + your blog in the event you decide to jump into the affiliate arena (or are already there and looking to mix it up). Our ambassador, Rachelle from Pinksole, is tackling this topic for us.
Voted the #1 Affiliate Marketing Network four years in a row, LinkShare offers a lot of versatility. You can customize the services they provide to what suits you the best. They have a wide variety of brands including fashion, gifts, and lifestyle, and also offer free membership.
Commission Junction has been around for a long time and has the reputation as being one of the leading affiliate advertising networks.
Commission Junction attracts a lot of well known brands and makes it easy for you to integrate into your blog. That being said, getting accepted into the Commission Junction network is not always easy since they attract a lot of big advertisers and are more selective, but it’s definitely a top affiliate to look into.
It reached the #3 spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being the “overall best performance marketing network in the world today. ShareASale has
over 2,500 merchant programs. This affiliate has a large array of categories for affiliates to choose from and an easy-to-use site, which makes it a go-to choice.
This is one of the largest and most diverse affiliate programs available. I’m sure you are familiar with Amazon– who isn’t?– and they offer pretty much EVERYTHING on their site, which means tons of products for you to search for + link to via your blog.
Amazon Associates is a pay-per-sale affiliate program, which means you get paid when a user clicks on your link and makes a purchase.
5) rewardStyle + Shopsense
I am combining these two affiliate programs, which are are very popular in the fashion blogging community. They are both successful and work with a wide range of fashion/beauty brands.
rewardStyle is a commission-based program. This means you only earn money on sales that close. ShopSense is a pay-per-click program, meaning you earn a (not set) amount from (quality) clicks on the links you provide.
Hope this helps you navigate the world of affiliate programs!
Rachelle blogs at Pinksole and is an ambassador of The Blogger Collective.