Truth be told, affiliate marketing is a lucrative way of making money online. To succeed with it, however, you need to start with the right affiliate products. That shouldn’t be hard to do. I’m gonna show you how to find affiliate programs that you can promote without breaking a sweat.
First you need to understand that there are two types of affiliate platforms that all of these programs fall into: Self-hosted affiliate programs and affiliate networks.
- Self-hosted affiliate platforms are often used by large established platforms as well as bloggers who offer infoproducts. They use affiliate software or plugin to run and track affiliate links. With these, you have to sign up for each of the program individually. One of the platforms that self-host their affiliate programs include Mailerlite and Bluehost.
- With affiliate networks, you can find and apply to different affiliate programs from one location and manage your revenues cumulatively. Most of these networks have a huge number of merchants that you can work with and so suitable for any niche.
Let’s now look at where to find the affiliate offers that you can promote online today.
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1: Promote the Products you’re Already Using.
This is important as it will help you craft powerful content much faster. With new products, there is a learning curve. You will have to figure out how certain software works, what it can do, and what it can’t, other people’s experiences with it, before you can pull out a detailed review.
This can drain you off especially when you are starting off as an affiliate marketer.
Look for products you are already using and visit their sites to see if they have an affiliate program. Simply check on their footer section for a link to their affiliate program page. A quick ‘brand name + affiliate program’ Google will give you an answer as well.
- Your web hosting provider such as Bluehost
- Your CRM
- Your Email Service Provider such as ConvertKit, Mailerlite
- Your page builder such as Elementor Pro
- WordPress theme provider,
- blogging tools such as laptop, microphones, camera (Amazon associates)
- Your web design agency. Etc.
These are the platforms you are already using and will be easier creating content around them and doing content promotion.
2: Affiliate Masterlists
Affiliate masterlists are perhaps the easiest way to find individual affiliate programs to promote for your niche, whether self-hosted or from a network.
These affiliate programs are put together by experienced affiliate marketers and are often segmented into several niches. This way, you can easily find profitable programs for your niche quickly.
You can expect these lists to cost anywhere from $20 to $49.
While there are many options, we have found the following two lists to be worth your money, pinky promise:
1: Ana’s Masterlist is quite comprehensive but not overwhelming. It contains nearly 600 affiliate programs segmented into 17+ niches. You can explore to see if your niche is included and purchase it below for only $29
2: Chelsea’s 3000+ Affiliate Database. If you want something more in-depth that covers every niche imaginable, then this is the affiliate masterlist you need to get. For only $49, you get access to 3000 high paying programs
3: Explore Affiliate list-posts
You can also find decent programs by searching Google. Bloggers are continually publishing list posts of best and profitable affiliate programs that you can join. They have already done the work and included links that take you directly to pages where you can signup.
To find these posts use the following search queries.
|Best affiliate programs||Profitable affiliate programs|
|Affiliate programs to join||Cost per lead affiliate programs|
|Highly paying affiliate programs||Recurring affiliate programs|
|Best affiliate networks to join||[niche] + affiliate programs|
|affiliate programs for [niche] bloggers|
Be sure to replace [niche] with your niche, e.g best affiliate programs for travel bloggers, beauty affiliate programs.
4: Join Affiliate Networks
The third way is to actually signup for two to three relevant affiliate networks. There are many options out there
You want to some digging to ensure that they have relevant and quality offers that you can promote to your audience.
Some of the affiliate Networks include:
- CJ (Formerly Commision Junction)
- Rakuten (Formerly Linkshare)
5: Individual Affiliate Programs
Various brands and bloggers run their own affiliate products. If you’ve already bought a premium course or a particular service, then you may already be eligible for their affiliate programs.
Make a list of programs, software, eBooks, courses etc. that you deem relevant to their audience. Visit each of the programs website and check if they have affiliate program, and ask to join.
To start you off, below is a list of some of the programs you can promote
6: Join Large Ecommerce Affiliate Programs
Ecommerce businesses that allow multi-vendor stores usually run their own affiliate programs that are quite extensive and elaborate. Getting accepted to these programs may require you having a valid phone number or so.
- Amazon Associates
- Ebay Affiliates
7: Benchmarking for Programs
The last technique of finding highest paying affiliate programs is what I call benchmarking. This entails keeping an eye on your competition, so they say. If a known blogger in your niche is promoting certain products, then that is a sign that that is a good program to look into.
By hovering over a link, you can easily tell if it’s an affiliate link, (bare or cloaked.) You can then click through to the program site and find a link to their affiliate program.
Finding best affiliate programs to join is easier than you think. Creating affiliate assets (content) isn’t. So do not obsess on joining as many programs as possible, but rather find a few that are profitable and start creating assets to promote them.
Have other fancy ways of finding affiliate programs to promote? Drop them in the comments.