The prospect of earning an online income can be quite exciting and affiliate marketing is one of the ways to do this. There are plenty of niches that you can get involved with and promote over thousands of products. But, where do you look for these opportunities? In this article, I have gathered 5 ways on how to find for affiliate programs easily online.
(1) Affiliate Network
A straightforward method to involve yourself in affiliate programs is to look for them on affiliate networks. Large affiliate networks such as LinkShare, ShareASale and ClickBank connect affiliate marketers (that’s you, the publisher) to companies (the merchant) who have products or services to sell.
In order to qualify, most networks require you to have a website that’s generating some online traffic. After your application is being reviewed and approved, you’ll receive affiliate links in the form of text links, banners or text ads to start promoting on your website.
The links contain unique tracking codes and cookie data that point to you as the specific affiliate marketer. Whenever someone clicks on these links and make a purchase, you earned a commission.
It’s important to mention that you should always write good quality content whenever applying the affiliate links because it will improve on your website SEO and the user experience.
(2) Google Search
A friend of mine, who was thinking of starting an online business was ecstatic when she found 34 million affiliate programs relating to her niche in a simple Google Search. I showed her (much to her disappointment) that most of the results are generic, ranging from word definitions to the software used in affiliate programs. None of these fit what she was looking for, at least on the first few pages of the search results anyway.
Google is a great place to search for affiliate programs, only if you use it the right way. For example, if your niche is about food blogging, your search queries should be written as “cooking tools” + “affiliate programs”. That way, it will come up with results pertaining to affiliate programs that promote cooking utensils.
(3) Merchant Website
Similarly, if you have been recommended or have used a certain product that’s really good and want to promote it, you could type in the “company’s name + affiliate program” on Google Search. This will often lead you to a specific page on the company’s website, offering details on their affiliate programs.
Even if you landed on the homepage, try looking at the footer area and look for a link that says ‘affiliate program’, ‘referral program’ or ‘affiliate partnership’. They all mean the same thing. If you still can’t find them there, read the FAQs to find out if an affiliate program is being offered or has been discontinued.
(4) Niche Blogs
Reading blogs related to your niche is a good way to expand your knowledge on the affiliate opportunities that are available out there. You probably won’t get to use every single cooking tool out there, but other people might have used a good product that you don’t know and have written a positive review about it.
Some bloggers promote products in the form of educational material such as an eBook or a YouTube video. You should check on those too to leverage on the affiliate opportunities. If the reviews are encouraging, they could be good affiliate programs to join.
(5) Jaaxy Keyword Tool
Another tool that you can use is called Jaaxy. It is primarily a keyword research software that generates long-tail-keywords to help you with good content creation as an affiliate marketer. It also has a feature to dig into a few affiliate networks (refer to point 1).
For example, by typing in ‘cooking tools’ in the search, it comes up with a list of affiliate programs in a particular network. The advantage of using this feature is that you don’t have to sign into every single network separately to perform a search. You can find the same information on Jaaxy with just a single click and that really saves a lot of time. Jaaxy currently provides results for Conversant, Linkshare, ClickBank and Digital Rivers affiliate networks.
Affiliate Program Opportunities Are Everywhere
Regardless of what niche you are in, there are tonnes of affiliate programs out there. By applying any of these 5 methods, you should be able to find one that is suitable for your website.
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Do you have any thoughts or questions about finding affiliate programs online? Please leave them in the comment area below and I’ll get back to you.