Now is the time to join a reputable, high-paying affiliate network.
The longer the recession looms, the more individuals
and businesses will be turning to online sources of revenue.
And that means more opportunities for merchants and
affiliates alike. There are millions of affiliate marketers working
online right now and millions more will be coming
Affiliate marketing features few if any start-up costs, low
barriers to entry, and carries with it the potential for extraordinarily
high payouts. Aspiring Web publishers might have
the ease of contextual programs like Google’s AdSense, or the
hundreds of possible alternatives, but most will ultimately
turn to more customizable options.
But do not delay. The only thing you have to fear is...less
revenue. This edition of Website Magazine features 50 of the
top affiliate networks on the Internet. Readers are sure to be
familiar with many of those listed (either using them currently
or having done so in the past) or were exposed to them
through the routine course of running a Web business. If the
affiliate network you use is absent from this list, fear not;
what is really important is the trustworthiness of the network
(whether they pay, and pay on time) and the number and
quality of merchants and their offers.
As an aside, Website Magazine intentionally left out two
heavy hitters in the world of affiliate marketing; Google (and
the Google Affiliate Network) and Amazon (Amazon
Associates). There are few programs that match these offerings
in industry momentum, mindshare and reach. These
programs may rule, but it doesn’t mean they’re right for you.
You might also notice the absence of contextual networks,
PPC search engine ad networks and MLM programs. While
there may be a place for those somewhere on a list of ways to
generate website revenue, we’ve included only pure-play, first
tier affiliate networks — those that cater to both merchants
Research for this report comes courtesy of Ranking.com,
the Web’s largest provider of website popularity metrics and
detailed website information on more than one million
Internet destinations. To suggest a Top50 category for consideration
in upcoming issues of Website Magazine, please visit
us online or e-mail Top50@websitemagazine.com.