I would like to start things off and say that Amazon has an excellent affiliate program which they call Amazon Associates. It is an excellent and easy way to get started with affiliate marketing.
But unfortunately, certain U.S. States (and countries) prevent affiliates from using their affiliate program, I thought it would be nice to know some alternatives to Amazon’s affiliate program.
ShareASale is what’s called an affiliate network where companies essentially hire ShareASale to house their affiliate programs. They have tens of thousands of products from thousands of vendors ranging from digital products like StudioPress WordPress Themes to Physical products such as Wayfair.
When you sign up to one of the affiliate programs, you need to fill out an ‘application form’ which consists of the URL you plan to use and why they should approve you as an affiliate. In most cases, if you have an active website that ties into the product (i.e. your niche) – you would get approved.
2) Private Affiliate Programs
If none of the above suit your needs, you can always search out a private affiliate program which are usually run by product vendors. The reason why many companies choose to run their own affiliate program is to cut out the middleman and thus increasing their profit margin and/or offer more commission to the affiliate.
The easiest way to find a private affiliate program is to search Google for your niche keyword + affiliate program. For example, if I wanted to find an affiliate program for ‘flux capacitors’, I would Google “flux capacitor affiliate program”. Have a look at the below screenshot to see what I mean.
It looks like the website ThinkGeek has a flux capacitor and an affiliate program. Sweet!
Now, upon further investigation, ThinkGeek’s affiliate program is now managed by CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) which is similar to ShareASale.
So, as you can see by doing some additional research and spending some time looking at affiliate program alternatives – you are not going to be restricted to Amazon’s Affiliate program. There are a plethora of options out there to start your affiliate marketing business and sometimes you need a little hand holding to guide you along.
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