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My 10 Favorite Affiliate Marketplaces

Best Affiliate Marketplaces

Here’s a quick and dirty list of my preferred affiliate marketplaces.  All of these are free to join and apply to affiliate programs (don’t ever sign up for a marketplace that tries to charge you, unless you are trying to advertise your own product).

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  1. Fiverr:  Fiverr has the largest marketplace for digital services in the world.  You can choose to earn a generous CPA (Cost Per Acquisition) of up to $150, or $10 CPA + 10% revenue share.

    See Fiverr's full commission plan here.

    They also support sub-affiliates so you can earn a percentage of revenue of the other affiliates you refer (like I do if you were to sign-up as an affiliate through my link— rest assured, you still earn the same amount)

  2. FlexOffers: Good variety of programs and the ability to earn recurring commissions for other people you sign up as affiliates.
  3. ShareASale: ShareASale is also very well run and I’ve experienced extremely quick payouts which is a big plus.
  4. Rakuten: Rakuten Marketing, formerly known as LinkShare, is a global affiliate powerhouse.  They have a very large reach and you've probably started to see their commercials now that they've acquired and rebranded Ebates.  My only issue with Rakuten is their user interface is clunky and hard to navigate.

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  1. 2CheckOut:  Formerly known as Avangate, 2CheckOut has affiliate programs for a small segment of software products.  One cool feature is that you can generate your own discount codes if you want to share your profits with visitors to induce sales.  I wish all programs did this.  (For example, if you earn a 30% commission for a product and you generate a discount coupon for 10%, when it is used, you will get 30% – 10% = 20% commission).
  2. ClickBank: Clickbank primarily sells information products.  When you search their directory you’ll find an equal amount of trashy gimmicks and hidden gems. It’s worth browsing through programs though.  And if you want to sell your own eBook and use affiliates to help sell for you, they are a popular choice.
  3. Commission Junction: The huge variety of programs and simple interface makes this my favorite marketplace.
  4. E-Junkie: Similar to ClickBank, E-Junkie offers a lot of information products.  This is another great platform to sell your own eBooks if you want to reach a large audience.
  5. PepperJam Exchange: Pepperjam has a smaller number of programs, but is a very well run network with a good user interface.
  6. Google Affiliate Network: (formerly Doubleclick)- UPDATE: Google Affiliate Network has officially retired their program.

BONUS: #11 – Amazon Associates: While not technically a marketplace, Amazon is worth adding to your arsenal because they are the biggest online retailer in existence and you can make a commission off of anything they sell.  Commissions range based on the product vertical.  Aside from low commissions compared to other marketplaces the other big downside is an extremely short cookie duration of only 24 hours.

You can find a variety of products to promote within these sites, but remember they are certainly not the only game in town.  Also, many advertisers run their own in-house affiliate programs.  Don’t be afraid to take advantage of these as well since they’ll often pay higher commissions because they don’t have to pay a listing fee.

Amazon's Commission Fee Schedule

  • 10.00% Luxury Beauty, Amazon Coins
  • 5.00% Digital Music, Physical Music, Handmade, Digital Videos
  • 4.50% Physical Books, Kitchen, Automotive
  • 4.00% Amazon Fire Tablet Devices, Amazon Kindle Devices, Amazon Fashion Women's, Men's & Kids Private Label, Apparel, Amazon Cloud Cam Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV Devices, Amazon Echo Devices, Ring Devices, Watches, Jewelry, Luggage, Shoes, and Handbags & Accessories
  • 3.00% Toys, Furniture, Home, Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden, Pets Products, Pantry, Headphones, Beauty, Musical Instruments, Business & Industrial Supplies, Outdoors, Tools, Sports, Baby Products
  • 2.50% PC, PC Components, DVD & Blu-Ray
  • 2.00% Televisions, Digital Video Games
  • 1.00% Amazon Fresh, Physical Video Games & Video Game Consoles, Grocery, Health & Personal Care
  • 0.00% Gift Cards; Wireless Service Plans; Alcoholic Beverages; Digital Kindle Products purchased as a subscription; Food prepared and delivered from a restaurant; Amazon Appstore, Prime Now, Amazon Pay Places, or Prime Wardrobe  Purchases; Luxury Stores
  • 4.00% All Other Categories
  • Full fee schedule here

 

Want to jumpstart your affiliate website?  Check out our guide on where to bulk-order affiliate content and what to lookout for.