Now it’s time to take a closer look at affiliate programs.
There are two ways to deal with them. You can find an affiliate program that runs by the merchant himself or you can find an affiliate network.
In the first case, you need to be pretty careful about merchants. Some of them might have a bad reputation and don’t track clicks properly. Because of this, it is much better to work with an affiliate network. It is an intermediary between the affiliate and the merchant. Affiliate networks make sure that tracking works and publishers get what they earned.
Here is a list of the most popular and trusted networks:
- Amazon Affiliates
- Commission Junction
- Rakuten Linkshare
- eBay Partner Network
Any of them has its pros and cons. We suggest you determine what niche you want to work in and find a relevant affiliate program. After you join the most suitable one you can choose from a thousand products to advertise.
Don’t be so quick to choose affiliate programs. At this stage, it is enough only take a look on their websites. There is no need to register. It is much better to find an appropriate affiliate program after picking a niche. We will tell you everything about that in our next lessons.