Amazon and The Top 10 Affiliate Networks and Programs


If you are new to affiliate marketing, you must be wondering how and where to find free sign-up affiliate programs.

Not to worry, I am going to show you the top 10 affiliate networks and programs.

When choosing any affiliate networks/programs, the programs must offer the products related to your niche and helpful to your targeted audience. You must also consider what type of article to write so as to include the affiliate link to help your audience finding their solutions.

There are many affiliate programs for any type of products. If you are new to affiliate marketing, it is not advisable to join the individual programs as you will be spending lots of time doing it.

For a newbie, it is better to join the large affiliate networks.

What are Affiliate Networks?

Affiliate Networks include a central database of programs in different categories, and acts as a link or middleman between affiliate marketers who sell products or services and the merchants who create those products or services. Those merchants have their own affiliate programs to offer to the affiliate marketers. Most of the affiliate networks are free to join.

There are a few benefits in joining large affiliate networks.

  • The large affiliate network will take care of the payment process and you will be sure to get paid on time.  You do not need to track your payment from different vendors individually. You only need to track all at one place.
  • There are many vendors within an affiliate network. you do not need to search for individual vendors.

What Factors To Look For In Affiliate Networks for Beginners

Easy To Use

It is important for a beginner to find an affiliate network that is easy to get started. In that case, you can spend your time promoting the products and not spending the time to get the system working.

Have Products You Want To Promote

In choosing affiliate networks, make sure you choose a network that has the products you want to promote. It will be better if there are a few vendors for a similar product.


It is beneficial to join affiliate networks that are popular. If a network has many users, it will have many vendors, and there are more products to promote.


A good affiliate network should have support for their affiliate and vendors.


Payout Models Used By Affiliate Networks

There are two primary payout models used by affiliate networks.

  1. CPS (Cost-Per-Sale)
  2. CPA (Cost-Per-Action)

CPS (Cost-Per-Sale)

For Cost-Per-Sale, affiliate network pays a set commission to their affiliate marketer who refers a customer to them that results in a sale. The commission is paid after they have received payment from the customer. Cost-Per-Sale payout commission is normally higher since it is the marketer who brings the customer to them.

CPA (Cost-Per-Action)

For Cost-Per-Action, affiliate marketer gets paid when a specific action is taken by the customer. Common actions include clicks, registration, form submits or opt-ins.

11 Popular Affiliate Networks

There are many affiliate networks/programs in the market. Below is a list of 11 popular network/programs.

  • Amazon Associates
  • Awin
  • ClickBank
  • Commission Junction
  • eBay
  • Market Health
  • Rakuten
  • Shareasale
  • Skimlinks
  • SellHealth
  • Terra leads

Amazon Associates

This is the first and most popular online affiliate program used by affiliate marketers. It is great for new affiliate marketers because you can promote millions of new and used products. Besides promoting products, you can also promote their Kindle program and their Prime membership. Prime membership is two-day free shipping all the time, which is very popular among online shoppers.

You can promote or Amazon in your country. Amazon associates earn commissions ranging from 0% to 10%. 0% is for Wine and Amazon gift cards. It is free to join and easy to use.

Amazon Associates have strict rules to follow.


Awin is formerly known as Affiliate Window. It changed its name after acquiring Zanox a few years ago. This network is from Germany and claims to work with over 13,000 advertisers and 100,000 affiliates.

Awin is a comprehensive affiliate network oriented towards financial, fashion, sports, beauty, home and garden, and travel products. It works with both digital and physical products.


ClickBank is an online retailer with an extensive affiliate network. Affiliate use a ClickBank referral link called a HopLink to connect the customer to the vendor site. As an affiliate marketer, you are dealing with the vendor directly.

ClickBank’s focus is on digital information products. It has a wide variety of products for you to promote to your audience. The sale potential of ClickBank is high.

ClickBank product has a commission rate that is set by the vendor. It ranges from 1% to 75%. The maximum commission you can earn on a single sale is $150. It is free to join.

CJ Affiliate by Conversant

CJ Affiliate by Conversant formerly known as Commission Junction (CJ) is one of the earliest affiliate networks and it is considered to be the biggest affiliate network today. It has a wide variety of advertisers or retailers with their affiliate programs.

With the wide variety of advertisers or retailers on the CJ Affiliate platform, it is easy to compare different offers.


eBay Partner Network has an extensive range of tools available to help you. You get paid for sharing eBay listings to your audiences and they make purchases. The commission levels vary according to where you are in the world and not just the products.

Market Health

The Market Health Affiliate Program is for promoting health and beauty products online. If your website is promoting health and beauty products, then is for you.

Rakuten LinkShare

Rakuten LinkShare is considered as one of the oldest affiliate networks. They have around 1,000 partners which are a smaller network compare to CJ Affiliate and ShareASale networks.

Rakuten LinkShare has a rotating banner function which will display at random one of the several different ad units.


ShareASale is one of the largest affiliate Marketing Network which builds tools to help their clients succeed. They have a good reputation as a fair and honest business.


Skimlinks work with 48,500 merchants and 50 demand partners.

SellHealth has been helping affiliates earn commission incomes each month promoting their natural health products. Their commission base rate is 30% of all sales and upsells and affiliates can earn up to $350 per sale.

Terra leads

Terra leads is the world’s first CPA (Cost-Per-Action) Hub. It produces its own products in-house and controls the full cycle of product creation, promotion, and delivery to customers. Terra leads works by a COD model. Affiliate marketers can withdraw money daily via multiple e-payment methods.


Besides the 11 affiliate networks mentioned above, there are many more retailers and manufacturers with their own affiliate programs. As an affiliate marketer, you will never run out of products to promote and earn a commission.

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4 thoughts on “Amazon and The Top 10 Affiliate Networks and Programs”

  1. Great Article on Affiliate networks and a brief explanation of each individual network…

    I think Jvzoo and Warrior Plus Affiliate network would be a great addition to the list. They are two popular affiliate network in the online marketing space…

    I personally Use Warrior plus Its A great network, in my opinion, has a lot of great offer for affiliates to promote.

    • Hi Micheal,

      Thanks for your comments and sharing your experience with Warrior Plus.

      Wishing you success with your online business 🙂

  2. Hi, I have a few questions about these programs. To sign up to an affiliate, does it cost you money? How often does click-bank pay you? Is it on a weekly basis, or as soon as you make a sale? I am fairly new to this, and ideally i would like to get paid on a weekly basis or as soon as the sale happens. Thank you! 

    • Hi Catrina,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      It is free to sign-up to an affiliate network. For some network, you will need their approval.

      Clickbank will pay you weekly or bi-weekly when you meet your payment threshold. Check here for more information.

      Wishing you success with your online business 🙂


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