Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Any Niche [2.3]

Last updated: Jun 25, 2023

The video discusses the pros and cons of popular affiliate marketing programs and networks, including Amazon Associates, Target, Commission Junction, and ShareASale, and provides tips on how to find niche affiliate programs.

This video by Ahrefs was published on Mar 22, 2023.
Video length: 10:21.

The video discusses the pros and cons of popular affiliate marketing programs and networks, including Amazon Associates, Target, Commission Junction, and Share a Sale.

The speaker also provides tips on how to find niche affiliate programs that are likely to perform well by looking at which programs competitors frequently link to.

The video aims to help viewers find the best affiliate marketing programs for any niche.

  • Amazon Associates offers millions of products with commissions ranging from 1-20%.
  • Target offers up to 8% payouts with a 7-day cookie life.
  • Commission Junction is an affiliate network with access to thousands of programs.
  • ShareASale is another affiliate network with programs like Etsy and Weebly.
  • Find niche affiliate programs by researching competitors and using directories.
  • Use Ahrefs SEO toolbar to find affiliate programs and research metrics.
  • Consider product reputation, conversion rate, and traffic source when choosing a program.

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Amazon Associates

  • Amazon Associates is Amazon's affiliate program with millions of products to promote.
  • Commissions can range from 1-20% of the sale price.
  • Pros include a huge inventory of products to choose from, the ability to monetize international traffic, and a high conversion rate.
  • The main con is that commissions are generally pretty low.
  • Other programs may offer better payouts for certain niches.
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Target

  • Target is a big box store in the United States with a huge inventory of products.
  • Payouts can be up to 8% with a 7-day cookie life.
  • Pros include a large inventory of products and a longer cookie life than Amazon.
  • Cons include lower payouts and a limited audience outside of the US.
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Commission Junction

  • CJ is an affiliate network with thousands of affiliate programs.
  • Pros include access to a directory of affiliate programs and the ability to promote intangible products.
  • Cons include having to apply for each program and getting accepted, which can be more difficult than with Amazon.
  • Merchants may be pickier in who they allow to become an affiliate.
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ShareASale

  • ShareASale is another affiliate network similar to CJ.
  • Merchants like Etsy and Weebly use ShareASale to run their affiliate programs.
  • Pros and cons are similar to CJ.
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Finding Niche Affiliate Programs

  • Look at which affiliate programs your competitors frequently link to.
  • If a lot of your competitors are using a specific affiliate program, chances are it converts and/or pays out well.
  • One way to do this is to search for "best [product name]" on Google.
  • Another way is to use affiliate program directories like OfferVault or AffPaying.
  • Consider reaching out to companies directly to see if they have an affiliate program.
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Using Ahrefs SEO Toolbar to Find Affiliate Programs

  • Hovering over affiliate links is functional but not efficient.
  • A better way is to use Ahrefs SEO toolbar.
  • Click on the icon and choose the links tab.
  • Select external from the drop-down to see all external links on that page.
  • Research the programs further by signing up for an account at Avon link and checking out the metrics they provide on these programs.
  • A much better way to get a holistic view of all affiliate programs in a niche is to see who your competitors link to most across their entire site.
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Finding Affiliate Merchants through Competitor Analysis

  • Find the affiliate merchants that a niche site links to by going to the link domains or port inside Explorer.
  • Sort the table by the links to Target column to see who the site links to most.
  • Skim the domain names to see if they look like it would lead to an affiliate program or network.
  • Research the details on their affiliate program.
  • Rinse and repeat these steps for a few popular niche affiliate sites to find some common programs.
  • Consider that your competitors have basically done the research and testing for you.
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Choosing the Best Affiliate Program for Your Site

  • Consider product and brand reputation.
  • Recommend good quality products from solid and well-known brands.
  • Consider conversion rate.
  • Most affiliate programs won't list conversion rates for their product and landing pages.
  • If you happen to be working with an affiliate manager in one of your programs, it doesn't hurt to ask.
  • Consider traffic source, your content, and the intent of the visitors.
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Illustrating the Importance of Conversion Rate

  • Amazon pays out 3% of the sale for sports and outdoor goods.
  • Blade HQ pays out 5% for camping knives.
  • Consider the conversion rate when choosing between programs.
  • Consider traffic source, your content, and the intent of the visitors.
  • Plan your affiliate site strategy to give you a blueprint to follow for the rest of the course.
  • Consider the importance of conversion rate, traffic source, your content, and the intent of the visitors.

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