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Five Hot Summer Affiliate Programs

Posted on 6.21.2011

The summer season is officially upon us, which means families will be heading to the beaches, mountains and backyard pools for fun and relaxation. Inevitably, before they do, they’ll need to gear up with some pretty extensive online shopping.

From the 4th of July to Labor Day, you can count on the following websites to be seeing some of their busiest action of the year. All one has to do to receive some of the profits is join their affiliate programs, and here are all the details you’ll need to get started:

The World’s Foremost Outfitter is the go-to destination for millions of consumers looking to replenish their boating, camping, fishing or general outdoor supplies. Cabela’s also sells clothing, footwear and thousands of other summer-themed products. The affiliate program is run through the Google Affiliate Network and revenue sharing percentages range from 3 percent to 6 percent. Online sales and promotions are ongoing throughout the summer, and Google’s product showcase creator tool can help you steer your website visitors to the best deals and product pages at

Online consumers flock to REI all year round, but the summer months are the busiest, whether shoppers are looking for camping, cycling, climbing or paddling gear – or just new pairs of sandals for the whole family. REI’s top affiliates average $40,000 a year in commissions, so sign up now with the Internet’s largest outdoor store. The program gives you the option of working with Commission Junction or AvantLink, two of the most successful affiliate networks on the Web. An additional option is joining the program, which features a legendary inventory of brand-name closeouts and overstocks with discounts of 20 to 70 percent.

Golf Galaxy
From its world-class selection of brand-name equipment, apparel and accessories to the best online deals in the retail golf industry, this website is heavily trafficked by just about anyone who’s picked up a club. All they need is a reminder from your own site about the latest sale on Titleists or a Callaway RAZR Hawk, and you’ll be earning commissions all year round. The affiliate program is run through Commission Junction and offers a generous 6-percent base with a rewarding performance incentive. Earn 8-percent commissions on monthly sales of $5,000 or more, an especially attainable goal during the busiest summer months.

Barnes & Noble
Whether folks are stocking up on traditional books or going the e-book route for their summer reads by the water, here are a few reasons to consider partnering with instead of that other online bookstore/superpower. For the fiscal year ending on April 30, 2011, e-commerce sales increased 49.8 percent; 54.4 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter alone. Much of that was due to the Nook e-reader, and beachgoers and poolside loungers will be in need not only of the popular device but also droves of e-books for their summer reading lists. The self-run Barnes and Noble Affiliate Program offers 6-percent commissions on a diverse selection of items that also includes all Nook accessories, DVDs, Video games, toys, etc.

From swimsuits, shorts and t-shirts, to behemoth gas grills, garden supplies and patio furniture, to lawnmowers, fitness equipment and tools for summer home-repair jobs, consumers will be giving the Sears website a workout these next few months – even more so than the other nine months out of the year. The affiliate program is run through the Google Affiliate Network and partners have the benefit of working directly with Sears’ experienced affiliate marketing team. Weekly promotional newsletters and other professional, high-quality creative assets are just some of the advantages to earning commissions on thousands of products at

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