How to Find Affiliate Programs


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  1. Pat Grady says:

    I concur, network selection is important. I include AvantLink in my own “A List”.

  2. Rae Hoffman-Dolan says:

    Pat, I definitely know there are more than could be added to the A-List, just like I know there are a lot of good secondary networks. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  3. TrafficColeman says:

    Clickbank is one of the most known because they been around for about ten years now and continue to be a great place to start.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  4. Bill Parlaman says:

    Is there an amount per sale you shoot for? Is there a minimum affiliate commission you set before you will even promote a product?


  5. Clickbank sucks in my view and the number of products there which are ethical and honest could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

  6. Nathan OLeary says:


    Thanks for putting this post together. 9 times out of 10, I end up finding the new affiliates myself through very time consuming affiliate recruitment processes. When they find me it feels good because I know I am doing something right. I am very proud of our “Indie Affiliate Program” which is all hosted in house by yours truly. If any mom/dad/parent bloggers are looking for a program to join I would definitely recommend ours. [Sorry, I had to plug my own]


  7. Thanks for the breakdown. I started looking into indie programs when I stumbled across what I termed the “evolution” series you wrote some time ago. The lightbulb went off and I figured out what to do with all those interesting domain names I had accumulated (usually after coming home from a night out ;-).

  8. Rae,

    Thank you for this. I was just looking for some info on who you recommended for link cloaking.

    Now I know and knowing is half the battle! =]

  9. What about Affilate scout?

    It seems to come up every time I do a google search with keyword + affiliate.

  10. Dan Connolly says:

    Thanks for this! I was hoping to sign up through your links…a little payback for all the great insight you share. (hopefully a lot of payback)

  11. Chance Hoggan says:

    Thanks – I know of most of these networks. Been playing with the idea on trying some affiliate work for a while. Just trying to find time out with doing SEO for clients to actually get into it and some recommended places to start with.

  12. Any reason you don’t include Amazon in your “A List”?

  13. Rae Hoffman-Dolan says:

    @Grant – yes, because Amazon isn’t an affiliate network – they run an Indie program. :)

  14. Joao Alhanati says:

    Hey Rae, you make some excellent points — but why didn’t you list more affiliate programs instead of the usual? I’m an Affiliate Manager for Neverblue, and I’m surprised you didn’t mention Neverblue. Time-and-time again we get feedback from our affiliates (and non-affiliates) saying how great Neverblue is, how awesome we are at actually paying (on time), and how big some of our advertisers are (we have advertisers like eHarmony,, and hundreds more). Also, Neverblue has all kinds of offers -CPS, CPL, CPA, you name it – which is another aspect of affiliate programs you could’ve touched on… Also, Neverblue doesn’t just allow any affiliate on, which is something to consider in regards to competition levels and quality. If anyone is interested in checking out Neverblue, I can help you get on there… Just find me on LinkedIn!

  15. Thanks for a great article! As you seem to know about Affiliate marketing, is it possible to get affiliated to affiliates companies such as Commission Junkie or Linkshare?

    That is, get a commission by referring clients to use an affliate marketing program?

  16. David Brabson says:

    Hi Rae and followers,

    I spent years as an affiliate and mostly worked with indie affiliate networks. While the risk was ever present that I would not get paid, and some times did not, or had to wait a long time to do so, the rewards outweighed the risks for me. I found that a vetting process was important when working with indie products. I always started with a conversation with the affiliate manager about something irrelevant. The goal was to see if I got blown off, or engaged. Getting blown off told me that affiliates were not a top priority. I then asked for a custom creative size. I often left space on my sites for something like 663×85. Again the goal here was to determine how personal the manager would be. If I got that then I promoted on a small scale. I would send my site over and ask for advice. While the answers were always what I expected, it told me how knowledgeable the affiliate manager was. If all of that went well. then I would promote and hope to get paid. I found that this process, while often tedious, reduced the risk of not getting paid by Indie sites.

    Now that I run my own indie program I make sure to apply those same principles to my new affiliates.

    Great piece

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