Once you decide you want to promote affiliate products, comes the next question: what should I promote?
Luckily, there are products to promote in almost any niche, so you don’t even need to have your own product to make money (after you master the niche, you will make more money if you decide to create your own product, though).
So how can you find products to promote?
Here are some tips and ideas:
This is possibly the easiest way to find programs. The network lists all the products, and you can choose which one to promote (no need to go searching in multiple sites).
Some of the best affiliate networks are:
Only sells digital products. They have been in the game for a long long time. Used to be one of the biggest ones but some new players are quickly taking them over.
Also focused on digital products. Although you can sell any kind of products there, there are mostly products from the Online Marketing industry. It’s great for affiliates since you get instant commissions (if you get approved by the seller).
I always thought it is a funny (and weird) name. It makes very easy for people to sell their own digital products.
A relatively new site, it’s getting some traction lately
CJ (previously Commission Junction)
One of the biggest networks. You can find almost anything here, from digital to physical products.
Rakuten Affiliate (previously Linkshare)
Very popular network with a lot of programs (less than CJ though)
Very popular in Europe, it has over 2000 advertisers. It focuses on the european market, so not so many products for the USA.
A merge from Zanox + Affiliate Window, they are also very big in Europe.
Now purchased by Awin, it has more than 4000 affiliate programs (some of them are only offered here).
The big ones
Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 years, you have probably heard of Amazon. They have multiple websites, in different countries: USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Spain. If you want to promote in different countries, you will need to join from those specific countries (for ex, amazon.es for Spain, etc)
The great thing is that they are really good at selling, so your main job is to drive visitors to Amazon and let them do the sale.
eBay Partner Network
They don’t take in everybody (you need to fulfill certain conditions), but it can be a great source of income.
These are sites that aggregate offers from different networks, so you just need to enter the name of the offer or the product, and it will tell you where to promote it, plus other extra information.
CPA stands for Cost Per Action, meaning you get paid when the user performs a specific action. Sometimes it will be a purchase, but other times the visitor just needs to enter their e-mail, or register to a website, and you will make some $$$.
Some reputable CPA networks are
Remember the saying? Google is your friend. If you enter in google:
product name + “affiliate program”
chances are you will find what you are looking for.