It can be hard for the beginner at internet marketing to know the best affiliate marketing networks to start out with. There are a number of affiliate networks out there that are good for those who are experienced in internet marketing, but there are three that specifically stand out as the best places for beginners to start: PayDotCom, ClickBank and Commission Junction.
PayDotCom. This affiliate network has the advantage of being run by someone who started making money online with affiliate marketing. As such, you can be sure the staff is very sensitive to concerns encountered by those new to affiliate marketing.
Another attractive thing about PayDotCom is that they offer payments via PayPal. With many products, payment can be received the same day you make the sale! This is especially important when you first start out with internet marketing and don’t want to wait two weeks, or sometimes over a month, to get paid.
Many people who have membership websites in their online business plans use PayDotCom to handle their affiliate program. This means that you can search for programs that will pay you an affiliate income every month once somebody joins through your link. Nothing says “easy money” like a passive stream of monthly income!
ClickBank. ClickBank is one of the most popular places to start an internet marketing career. It deals solely with downloadable information products. The commissions are usually at least 50%, so you don’t need a whole lot of affiliate sales to make a good income.
One thing to keep in mind about ClickBank, however, is that they require you to receive payment through two different kinds of credit cards before you can get your affiliate commission checks. They do this to prevent fraud, so it’s actually a good thing–although it can be a little frustrating to the beginner!
Commission Junction. This place also sells information products in addition to physical products, giving you a wider range of niche products to market. Physical products don’t always have the same high commissions as information products; however, they often have a higher sales rate, so it balances out.
Commission Junction also handles some subscription services, like iTunes and Napster, as well as affiliate programs for large companies, like Best Buy and Apple. This means you can sell products that have built-in recognizability. Imagine the money you could earn if you could make a good affiliate marketing website that focuses on Apple iPods!