If you're new to affiliate marketing, you're probably a bit confused about which programs to join, and which affiliate networks are the best choice. So here is a brief summary of the top three networks for beginner affiliate marketers:
1. Click Bank - Clickbank is a very easy affiliate network to join, and they pay like clockwork every two weeks. That's one of the reasons it's in the top three affiliate networks I recommend beginners start with. When you first start out in affiliate marketing, cash flow is a very important - sometimes critical factor in the success of your business. And waiting a month or more to actually receive money you've earned can be downright difficult.
Clickbank deals exclusively in electronic, or digital products. These are usually EBooks, but you'll also find excellent software programs to promote at Clickbank as well. Clickbank is also very easy to sign up for, and they have thousands of products you can choose to promote. Many of these products pay 50% or higher commissions too, so there's ample opportunity to make loads of money quickly through this network.
2. Commission Junction - CJ for short, this affiliate network is quite large. Products vary too. . . you can promote hard goods such as exercise equipment or vitamins, digital products such as weight loss memberships, and even just generate leads to for things such as college scholarships to credit cards.
CJ pays around the 20th of every month, and you can choose to be paid through a paper check, or a direct deposit to your bank account. They also have a comprehensive affiliate learning center, and many ready made promotional tools for affiliates to use.
3. Share a Sale - This affiliate network, often referred to as SAS, is a bit new compared to the previous two. But it has quickly become one of the favorites of top affiliates because it cares about the affiliate marketers. It offers many tools and learning resources, plus there are busy third party message boards that come in handy for new affiliates too.
SAS also pays around the 20th of each month for any commissions earned in the previous full month. You can also choose between receiving payments via a paper check, or direct deposit to your bank account.
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