So, you’re thinking about starting a home-based business in affiliate marketing, are you? (If not, you most certainly will be by the end of this article.) If you’re going to get big with this business of yours, the most important thing to do is choose the right network to affiliate with. There are hundreds out there, so how could you be sure which are the best? Hopefully, this article will help you narrow your choice down a bit.
So, without further ado, here are the top 5 best networks to affiliate with:
At the top of our list, we have Google AdSense. And is it any wonder? Google is not only the most popular search engine in the world but also has the most often used products and services in general. As such, they need a ton of advertising to keep up and are willing to pay you handsomely if you affiliate with them. However, their commissions can be quite small. If you run an ad on a YouTube video, for instance, you will only get paid a few cents if a viewer interacts with it or watches it all the way through. If you want to earn your commissions from YouTube, you will have to work very hard.
Coming in at number 4 is Rakuten. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s probably because you knew it as Buy.com. Rakuten advertises over 90,000 products and generates 100 million purchases a year. It has been voted the best affiliate marketing network for seven consecutive years. Though it has a spot on this list, it doesn’t make number 1. Why? You’ll find out…
At number 3 we have the eBay Partner Network. eBay is the leading auction website in the world. eBay was previously affiliated with Commission Junction (which is also a respectable affiliate program, if you’d care to check it out), but it grew large enough to create it’s own affiliate program in 2008. This program pays it’s affiliates every time a customer makes a bid or purchase.
It’s hardly a surprise that the largest internet retailer in the world would come in at number 2. Many affiliates say Amazon’s commissions are small, between 4 and 10 percent the price of the products. However, if you choose to promote more expensive products, the commissions can be large — very large. If you get a $1800-dollar sale, you can get .