December 2014

Disclosure: If I'm not making money through affiliate links on the post you're currently reading, it's an oversight on my part and will be corrected soon.

How to choose the right affiliate programSelecting the ideal affiliate program is about more than just choosing the easiest one that offers the products you think would be a fit for your blog. There are many factors you need to consider, including commission, ethics, tracking, and more.

There is an ocean of affiliate programs out there, so you need to be careful about choosing the programs you work with.

So how do you get started? Let’s start by taking a moment here to clarify the different places where you can find affiliate program offerings.

Major Affiliate Networks

These networks typically offer the affiliate programs for the big brands; the ones that are household names. They also offer tools you’ll need, such as the following:

  • Banners
  • Text links
  • Widgets
  • Videos
  • Coupons
  • Datafeeds

I tend to stick with affiliate programs that are run on the major affiliate networks as they have a track record of making reliable payments and management that knows what they’re doing.,,, CJ Affiliate and are examples of major affiliate networks. [click to continue…]

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