20+ Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners

Are you new into affiliate marketing? You want to make money from this but you don’t have any idea which are the best affiliate programs to promote?

Well! I wrote this entire article keeping new affiliate marketers in mind. Even if you are making money online from blogging & other sources & looking to try affiliate marketing then this post can help you a lot.

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A novice affiliate marketer has to keep few things in mind that affiliate marketing is a long haul, you need patience and perseverance, don’t imagine that you will be rich in just one month.

There will be no fat check in your mailbox. So prepare yourself for a long battle.

Newcomers need to know about vendors or merchants or advertisers they are promoting, then choose a product wisely and start promoting through a blog.

Content of your blog needs to be powerful hence work on it. Do not except anything for at least next 6 months.

20+ Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners

So here are more than 20 best affiliate programs a novice marketer can start with.

1. Coupon Affiliate Programs

Coupon sites are the hottest way of making money online through affiliate programs. After reading all details & checking reviews of a product, they look for discount coupons or deals to buy that product.coupons affiliate

You can create a coupon site similar to couponwaale where you can post  coupons & deals daily. You need to do good SEO & some promotions so that traffic to your website increased & you can sell more products.

You need to signup affiliate program with all the top online stores so that you can insert your affiliate links in all the deals you post.

2. Hosting Affiliate

Hosting is the highest paid affiliate programs & more than 70% of all hosting are sold through affiliate links only. You can earn $100 or even more for selling a single web hosting.hosting affiliate programs

Some of the popular sites you can promote is HostGator, GoDaddy, BlueHost, SiteGround, DreamHost etc.

There are 2 ways you can start with hosting affiliate. One is by writing reviews on different hosting sites OR other by creating a coupon site that provides coupons for hosting only.

Both of these ways works best if your domain name contain hosting & other keyword like ‘review’ or ‘coupon’. Some of the examples of domain names are hostingcoupontoday .com, latesthostingcoupon .com, myhostingreviews .com.

Try to find something with .com but that is not compulsory. You can go for other options with country code like .in, .co.uk, OR .net, .info etc. But yes, SEO is necessary.

3. Amazon Associates

One of the most widely used affiliate program by affiliate marketers. Really great for new marketers because you are already familiar with using Amazon.com! Amazon Associates

You can promote either Amazon.com, Amazon.in or Amazon in your country. Some of the advantages are it is very easy to use and a wide variety of product you can choose and promote. Whatever you like!

Moreover the threshold payment amount is very low and sign up process is also easy. However the commission rates are quite low and that is a big downfall but still you can start with Amazon associates.

    • Threshold Amount: $10

4. SEO Software & WordPress Themes

In fact this should be the first affiliate program for new marketers. If you are into blogging and making money online then you can start selling dozens of internet marketing software & WordPress themes.software affiliate programs

There are number of popular things comes into this category & sells like hotcakes.

Some of them are Genesis & Elegant themes, AutoResponder like Aweber, GetResponse, Backlinks analysis software like SEMRush, Ahrefs, many of popular WordPress plugins, keyword research tools, blackhat SEO software etc.

5. Health products

health products affiliate Health industry is one of highest growing industry. There is a big potential in promoting health products. There is no compromise when it comes to buy some health products provided you convince the person visiting your health product page.

There are hundreds of products related to health like multivitamins product, product for treating a disease, products for losing or gaining weight & many more.

6. Rakuten Linkshare

Its one of the best affiliate network. The best thing about Rakuten Linkshare is its Rotating banners, just create a rotating banner and that will rotate all ad units. Moreover the interface is also good and there are a lot of merchants to choose from. rakuten linkshare

However the thing that affiliate marketers do not like about this particular program is unpredictable payment schedule. You could get paid within weeks or even it can take 60 days.

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Checks only no PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer
  • Website: signup.linkshare.com

7. Job Sites

jobs sites affiliate Whether someone is looking for a first job or wants to change his job, they need to register on job sites. There are number of job portals like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Naukri that provide high commission affiliate programs.

You can promote these sites by creating either a job site or a career blog. Other than these sites, you can also promote hundreds of other sites related to Resume, Cover Letter etc.

8. ShareASale

Right now Share a Sale affiliate network is very hot! It is the number one. If you are a newbie and want to make money online through affiliate programs then start with ShareASale. ShareASale

There are lots of program to choose from, you can choose a merchant (4000+) that suits best your blog or website niche. Reporting feature is also great.

But there are so many merchants to promote and anyone of merchant can shut their product down and Share a Sale may not inform you. So be careful with that.

9. Affiliate Window

With over 1600 merchants to choose from Affiliate Window is UK’s one of the best affiliate programs. The threshold amount is also very low and they pay you in multiple currency. affiliate window

However the worst part of this network is it is not free and you have to pay $5 to become a member. However they do promise to return your $5 once you get approved. So new affiliate marketers can avoid Affiliate Window.

10. Commission Junction

Commission Junction (CJ) is one of the oldest affiliate networks. It is one of the most trusted affiliate networks in the world. In fact, I have started my internet marketing career with CJ only.

You can choose any program from its wide variety of advertiser’s list. They got great reporting features and you get paid on time every month. Really great for new affiliate marketers. cj affiliate programs

However, getting approval from advertisers to promote a program could be difficult because not all of them approve especially a newcomer.

  • Threshold Amount: $50 for Direct Deposit and $100 for Pay Check
  • Payment Mode: Check, PayPal, Direct Bank Transfer
  • Website: signup.cj.com

11. ClickBank

Click Bank just like Commission junction is also one of the oldest affiliate networks. I started with Click Bank.

The network offers some serious benefits for new affiliate marketers. Like commission rate could be up to 75% and there are  myriads of products to choose from. ClickBank affiliate programs

They pay you weekly or monthly plus threshold amount is also very low.

However, you need to be careful with choosing products because many of them are just trash.

12. iTunes Affiliate Program

There is no doubt about the huge sales growth of apple products all over the world. And there is no doubt that people who buy apple products don’t purchase music, apps, books & more from iTunes store.iTunes affiliate programs

So there is great potential & good commission if you write about various iTunes apps & other products & give people a reason to buy the same from iTunes.

You can find more details at apple.com/itunes/affiliates.

13. Peerfly

PeerFly is quite complicated affiliate network. The commission is rate is low and there are fewer products to promote. Moreover the approval is also very tough.

However some other great things are they pay you monthly, weekly and even daily in all kinds of payment mode. Peerfly

The network is not very good for new affiliate marketers.

14. Flipkart

If you are an affiliate marketer from India then FlipKart is the best. Joining is free and you could make commissions up to 15% on every product sold.

Flipkart is the number one e-commerce site in India with millions of consumers. Hence for affiliate marketers there is a huge potential. Flipkart affiliate program

Commission Structure

  1. Fashion and Lifestyle Products: 8% to 14%
  2. Home and Kitchen: 10% to 15%
  3. Electronics and Gadgets: 4% to 5%
  4. Digital and e Products: 2%
  5. Books: 10%

15. ClixGalore

ClixGalore is very popular but it is not liked by affiliate marketers in general. The program has many pros and cons. But what I like about this program is that you can place their advertisement in emails and newsletters.

Moreover there is no limit on number of advertisements you can place on your website and that is what makes ClixGalore a popular affiliate program. ClixGalore

It is great for new affiliate marketers to start with.

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Pay Check and Pay Pal
  • Website: clixgalore.com

16. VCommission

This is one of the top affiliate networks for Indian marketers. It has top brand names that you can promote for, around 1400+. The first thing about this program is that getting permission is very tough and they can ban you anytime if they like it.

Moreover the threshold income is also very high and payment procedure is also not very partial. So V commission has many problems especially for new affiliate marketers. VCommission

You can read more about making money from VCommission here

17. FlexOffers

FlexOffers has thousands of fresh affiliate programs that you can promote. The current figure is over 5000 merchants. Some of the top merchants are like Macys, Sear, Target etc.

You can earn not just promoting products but also through referrals if you get to sign up your friends then you get a commission.

The payouts are also very fast. However there is no Pay Pal as payment mode. FlexOffers

  • Threshold Amount: $50
  • Payment Mode: Pay Checks and Direct Bank Deposit
  • Website: flexoffers.com

18. eBay India

eBay partner network India affiliate program could give you commissions up to 10%-15%. Commissions are really great but its terms and conditions are very strict. eBay affiliate programs

Commission Structure

  1. Fashion and Lifestyle Products: 15%
  2. Home and Kitchen: 10%
  3. Electronics and Gadgets: 4%
  4. Digital and e Products: 4%
  5. Books: 10%

The program is really good for Indian marketers.

19. Shaadi.com

Those who love surfing Internet and write about relationship then Shaddi.com is the best program to promote. You can write as well as make money with it.

If someone subscribes on your behalf then you could make up to 75% in commission. However commissions are only when someone subscribes to Shaadi.com not when someone registers. Shaadi

  • Threshold Amount: Rs 990/- for Indian and $100 for International
  • Payment Mode: Pay Check and Pay Pal
  • Website: affiliate.shaadi.com

20. Digital River or One Network Direct

The quality of their advertisers is really great. The companies that you are going to promote have a brand name and recognition.

Moreover the commission rate is up to 60% if promote a product. Moreover the website is very easy to use however getting approval could be tough for new affiliate marketers. digitalriver

Customer support is not very could either.

21. Avant Link

It has a great list of merchants that you can choose from. As far as commission structure is concerned it is very flat.

The whole site is very good with robust features and user interface. However it is for only citizen living US, Canada and Australia.

Just avoid it if you are living in any other country. avantlink

22. Yatra.com

If you love travelling and have a travel blog then start making some money with it. Commission rates of Yatra are great compared to other travelling websites in India.

For domestic flights commission could be Rs 150/- to Rs 225 and for domestic hotels from Rs 200/- to Rs 1000/- for a sale. Yatra You can check other air travel sites in your country & promote the one you like the most.

23. Adult Friend Finder

Adult Friend Finder is the highest paying affiliate program when it comes to porn and adult website. If you are into erotica or porn then this is the best way to make money online being an affiliate marketer.

So how do you earn? There are two types, percentage program and per order payout and the commissions are 75% (on initial orders) and $50 to $130 respectively. Adult Friend Finder

24. Monster.com

The last but not the least is Monster.com for marketers who love to search for jobs. If you have a blog that gives detail about new openings then monetize it with Monster.com affiliate program.

They pay you for generating leads. You can join directly or promote via Commission Junction.

For registration you can make up to $.50, for posting new resume $1, posting jobs 17% etc. Monster affiliate

However they accept traffic from US only.

So these were 20 affiliate programs that you can join. You need to choose a program according to the niche of your blog or website. Because real challenge is promoting and selling to customers, so choose wisely and start promoting.

If you are looking for more ways to make money online then you can refer this post & find some of the best ways in part time or full time to earn money.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Great list. I agreed with most if not all of them!

    For anyone using Amazon, I highly recommend having a disclaimer page onsite, or someone in your blog footer.

    It helps keep you out of trouble.

  2. hello, I tried to sign up to Affiliate marketing they are requesting for website where I will be promoting my business and I don’t have any, how can I do the business, again I find out online survey is not in Nigeria, no option there as Nigerian when comes to select the country. thanks for your assistance

  3. your post is very nice and informative for publisher like me looking for affiliate program i will use this program to my site thanks for sharing valuable article keep it up.

  4. धन्यवाद सर, बहुत ही बढ़िया आलेख है आपका साक्षात सरस्वती का वास । यदि रेटिंग का विकल्प इसमें होता तो गुरवर मैं आपको अवश्य ही 10 स्टार देता।आपका लेखन सम्पूर्ण इंटरनेट पर सबसे अधिक सरल, सुन्दर, अर्थपूर्ण व निश्चित आय देने वाला है(यदि कोई ध्यान पूर्वक पढ़कर अमल करे तो )।आशा ही नहीं मुझे विश्वास है कि भविष्य में भी आपकी लेखनी से लोग ज्ञानवर्धन कर लाभ अर्जन करेंगे।एक बार फिर आपका ह्रदय से धन्यवाद।

  5. I am 68 years old – about to retire and was looking for something to do for extra income.
    My son is assisting me with my blog and has purchased a domain “Value Online” for me.
    I am excited to get started and join Affiliates – but am also a bit nervous.

  6. I do not know, if affiliate marketing is actually working in Nigeria and if it works which of these programs is best for Nigerians.

  7. Good job big brother,
    please, i will like to have the complete list of survey and affiliate companies that pay via skrill and payoneer asap. am having challenge with paypal.

    thanks.

  8. Its A Very Good Article, Thanks For These Super Info’s. I’m New To All This, And You Will Definitly Read About My Success, Thanks Again.

  9. Dear Sir,
    Many many thanks for your co-operation. I want to help from you everyday for learning. Always I eagerly wait for your mail. God may bless you.

  10. For me I would choose a program with Recurring commission. Its the best way to go! One suggestion is contact companies who sell services and ask if you can sell their service for them. Sometimes popular affiliate programs like these have just way too many people trying to sell their service. I personally went to sitecare.ca and asked them if I could sell their service and I couldn’t be happier! So find a service you believe in and go for it!

  11. Hi Pritam,

    Great article, really helped me a lot.
    I wanted to ask you if you know any good jewelry affiliate program that offers a decent commission. I currently promote offers for Zales, Biamotti and BlueNile but apart from Biamotti everything i could find offers a really low commission, around 5%.
    I’m hoping you know any other good solutions for this and share them with us.

  12. Great article once again. One problem which amazon affiliates always face is targeting the countries. i.e if we want to sell products in the USA then we have to create a USA amazon affiliate account and so on.

    Otherwise, it is one of my favourite affiliate programs and I am currently running 3 successful niche sites with amazon affiliate network,

  13. I currently working with PureVPN affiliate program and they give 100% commission for 1st month. I also have heard of Clickbank. However, this is the first time I have heard of Share A Sale. I’m definitely going to go join that program. I didn’t know you could be offered a 100% commission as an affiliate marketer.

    Thanks for the info

  14. Great list of programs – thanks!

    I find it’s always useful to have more than one affiliate program available so that there’s always something I can provide a link to.

    It’s also useful to have a “catch all” program like Amazon (I’m fortunate enough to be somewhere they allow affiliates so I know not everyone has this option) so that if a program stops for any reason, there’s a Plan B.

  15. Hi everubody, I will advise to try affiliate program from Globelink. I collaborate with them for four years and have a good revenue each month.

  16. Hey Priyan,
    That’s an awesome post with lots of useful platforms to make money. I like that you have covered affiliate platforms in different topics so almost everyone can find his place 😉

    Thanks for the resourceful post.

    BTW, I came here from your guest post on Joy’s blog. I just entered network marketing and hope to learn more from your experience.

    Do have a wonderful weekend

  17. A cool post! Especially for those who know nothing about affiliate marketing and don`t know how to start. Thanks a lot for it

  18. Hi ,I am a subsriber to your blog posts and have also followed several links to join various online programmes.I ahve a few querries which I sincerely hope you will answer.
    1. Is a website with a “.in” domain name restricted to viewers in India only?
    2.Can we promote amazon.com and amazon.in products on the same site?
    3.an you please suggest any names of blogs/websites promoting amazon.in products?

    Il really be grateful if you reply.

    • Hi Divya,
      1. Its not restricted in India only but if you talk about traffic from Google search then Google gives priority to show your site in Google India. You can also get search traffic from other countries for relevant articles.
      2. Yes, you can promote. There are some plugin that can help you to divert the traffic to India, US or other country when user from that country visit your site.
      3. Mostly Indian coupon sites are promoting Amazon.in products.

  19. I have been knowing about the affiliate marketing programs since many years. It has many high promises but the results are never visible. Some or the other gaps always exist and we never know what has happened to our efforts. If it can really pay, I would like to know exactly how.

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