What Affiliate Programs Should Affiliate Bloggers Use to Make Money?

By David

If you’re new to affiliate marketing and you don’t know where to find products to promote on your blog, I’m about to open your eyes to the best of the best affiliate programs.

Joining the right affiliate programs is a HUGE key to your success.

You need to make sure you’re using a good reliable program that will actually pay you and provide a good product or service to the person that you have referred.

You also need to understand all the ways you can get paid as an affiliate.

Here are a few examples:

  • Pay per sale – This is where you get a percentage (commission) of the sale that you make.
  • Pay per click – This is where you get paid when someone clicks on your affiliate link. Usually a very small amount.
  • Pay per lead – This is where you get paid a certain amount of money for every “qualified” lead that you send to a company.

There are many more ways you can make money as an affiliate, but those are the main options.

One last thing before I give you some great resources for affiliate programs you can join.

Some affiliate programs are very picky. If you don’t already have a good blog that is full of content and some kind of traffic coming in, they won’t approve you for their network, so my advice is to start with filling your blog with good content and getting traffic before you apply to some of these.

Don’t worry though. If you want to start promoting products you can be an affiliate for there are affiliate programs that accept just about anyone.

At least have your blog setup and a few pieces of content on it. They will ask you for the URL (domain name) for your website.

Now that we’ve covered all of that, here are my biggest recommendations for affiliate programs to check out for new affiliate bloggers.

Disclaimer: These resources are current at the time of this resource being created. Do you research to make sure they are still available and what their requirements are to apply and be approved for their program.

Amazon Associate Program

This is my top recommendation for affiliate bloggers and especially for those of you who are new to affiliate marketing.

Amazon has a great reputation, awesome tracking, and a ton of products all in one place for you to choose from.

You also don’t have to have a big site with a lot of traffic to start using their program.

While commissions aren’t the best it’s your best option if you’re just getting started because of the aforementioned.


ShareASale has been around for a long time and is a trusted network to work with.

They run the affiliate programs for some of the biggest brands around so you will have a lot of options for products to promote with them.

CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction)

This is another affiliate network that has been around for a very long time and can be trusted.

Like ShareASale they run affiliate programs for big brands and have a lot of different products you can promote.


Like ShareASale and CJ Affiliate, Impact is also an affiliate network who runs the affiliate program for many big brands.

It’s also been around for a long time, and they are very reliable with their tracking.

Side Note: As you can see these are the big networks. Each network runs the affiliate program for different brands, so these networks are full of things you can promote as an affiliate. Each one has different brands and companies within it.


If you’re looking for pay per lead or pay per action programs this is a great network to start with.

MaxBounty is a CPA (cost per action) network where you can get paid as an affiliate for actions that your referrers take. Like signing up for an email list, filling out a form, etc.

Just make sure you read all the documentation for any program and follow the rules very carefully.

Perform (Formerly ClickBooth)

This is another network similar to MaxBounty. It’s harder to get approved with them, but they have more companies and offers than MaxBounty.

Side Note: Be very careful with CPA networks. You need to stick with trusted networks like the ones I’ve just mentioned.

There are more bad networks out there than there are good ones, so make sure and do your research before going all in with one of these.


This is one of the biggest affiliate marketplaces for downloadable digital products such as ebooks, courses, software, and the like. I really like ClickBank because they process the payments for the vendors, and they are the ones that pay your affiliate commissions. Plus, since they are all digital products you’re going to make a bigger percentage of each sale.

With several niches supporting digital products, you should check it out and see if they have digital products that would be perfect for you niche.


This is a niche specific affiliate marketing place for digital products in the Internet marketing and make money online niches.

Even though it’s very niche specific I wanted to mention it here because more and more people are entering these two niches year after year.

Plus, you can get super high commissions here with some paying 100% commissions and paying you instantly to your PayPal account.


This is a good option for those of you who have a new blog and you’re new to all of this affiliate marketing stuff.

You can simply copy a code to certain places on your website and you’ll be paid (usually pennies) a click.


This network is a lot like Adsense, but much better paying.

The only caveat is that you need to have a blog filled with content and already be getting some traffic. I do recommend it over Adsense if you already have an established blog.

I just gave you a ton of options with a ton of resources. The most important thing I can advise you on is to make sure you’ve got your blog already to go, you’ve got some content on it, and you’re getting some traffic before applying for any program of any type.

As your blog grows and your traffic grows you can get involved with more networks with better options but remember we all have to start somewhere.

I encourage you to research each of these resources yourself, find out the requirements, and decide what will be the best for your readers and for you to make the most money!

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