The affiliate business is a great way to make money online. However, it can be difficult to know which affiliate programs are right for you, especially if you are a beginner and don’t know where to start.
To help you choose the best affiliate programs, we have created Affilisting, a service that helps you find the best affiliate programs for your niches from a list of over 10,000 programs and 540 niches.
In this article, we will see how to use the tool and we will give you the best tips to find the most profitable affiliate programs.
What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a business relationship between a website or application that sells products or services, called “the merchant,” and a network of other sites, applications, or influencers, called “affiliates,” who recommend those products and services in exchange for a commission.
Each sale is tracked by an affiliate link, and the affiliate receives a commission based on the percentage set by the merchant or the affiliate network.
These links track and validate referred users, as well as validate purchases and conversions.
Therefore, the affiliate will earn a commission if users use the affiliate link during this period.
For example, let’s say the affiliate program you use has a program with a 30-day cookie duration. Well, if one of your users clicks on the link, a cookie will be placed on their browser with a 30-day validity. So, if they decide to buy the product within 30 days, then you will get your commission.
If, he buys after the 30 days, you will get nothing. This is a very important parameter that you must take into account when choosing your affiliate programs.
How to join an affiliate program?
To join an affiliate program, simply search for products or services that interest you based on your niches. For example, if your niche is anything to do with bicycles, then there is no point in joining a program that offers beauty products.
Many brands offer in-house affiliate programs, but you can also join an affiliate platform that partners with many vendors and will act as a trusted intermediary between you and the merchant.
Affilisting makes it easy to sort out the best programs, both internal and via platforms, depending on your niches.
The different ways to pay an affiliate
Affiliate marketing is performance based and can offer several ways to pay affiliates, here are the two most popular ways:
- Pay per sale or CPA.
- Pay per lead or CPL.
CPA simply means that you will be paid if the user you bring to the merchant makes a purchase of the product. This is certainly the most common method of paying an affiliate, as it makes it easy to judge an affiliate’s performance. Moreover, we have an affiliate program with this method of compensation.
With CPL, it’s different, unlike CPA, here the user will not need to buy the product to generate a commission for you. A simple registration is required. This method is much less common and is often used in SaaS affiliate programs.
Of course, some programs offer both ways, which can be interesting, because they will allow you to earn two commissions.
The different types of commission
We have just seen the different ways in which an affiliate can be paid, but there are also several types of commissions in the compensation process.
- The “One Time” Commission
- The “Recurring” or “Revshare” commission
You will see that the two are very different and can have a real impact on the results that your sites can generate over time.
The “One Time” commission means that you will earn a commission on the first purchase of the user that you will bring back to the merchant and only on this purchase. That is to say that if the person makes another purchase later, you will not receive anything.
Where as “Recurring” will allow you to earn a commission on the first sale, but also on all future sales. Generally, this type of commission is limited in time, for example, you will receive a commission on other sales for 1 year.
It is of course this type of commission that is the most interesting, because it can generate income for you over time.
Use Affilisting to find an affiliate program
Now that we’ve seen the main vocabulary and processes around affiliate marketing, let’s see how to use Affilisting to find the best affiliate programs for your niches.
First, you need to get your license which costs $99 with lifetime access to the platform and future M.A.J. Once you have your license, over 10,000 programs across more than 500 niches await you!
Use the “For You” page
We have thought about beginners when developing Affilisting, in fact, if you are one, the first thing we advise you to do is to fill in your preferences via the “For You” page. In fact, the first time you visit this page, you will be able to fill in your preferences according to what we have explained above.
Once you have saved your preferences, you will be redirected to the “For You” page with the best programs based on what you have just entered.
Explore the list
If you are already a little more comfortable, you can go directly to the list and use our many filters to find the best affiliate programs.
Let’s take an example, let’s imagine that I publish sites in the “Gifts” niche and that I am looking for all the programs with a commission higher than 15% and whose affiliate program is available in France. I will use the menu on the left to enter all the information needed to find these programs. By the way, I invite you to click here to see the result in live (you have to be a member).
Conclusion and advice
As you probably know, finding a good affiliate program can be a tedious and time consuming process. That’s why Affilisting is here to make your life easier on this very important part.
Finally, one last tip to maximize your profits in affiliate marketing. You need to find a program with a good commission and if possible in “Recurring” to maximize your earnings over time. But above all, a point that many neglect, a “Cookie Duration” as long as possible always with the aim of converting a maximum in time.
How to find the best affiliate programs?
Using Affilisting, as we have seen in this article. However, if you don’t want to use our solution, here is a tip to help you find a program.
We suggest you look in the footer of your favorite sites, you will usually find a link to an affiliate program. If not, the best way is to join an affiliate platform.
CPA or CPL?
The best is to combine the two, but, in general, it is important to know that programs offering pay per lead (CPL) are much less profitable than programs offering CPA.
Should I choose “Recurring” commissions?
Absolutely, as mentioned above, the advantage of this type of commission is that it will allow you to generate income over the long term.
What is the minimum cookie duration to consider?
The answer is simple, try to find a program with the longest cookie duration possible to maximize conversions over time.