This list includes the top 10 affiliate programs that I use and promote. Affiliate marketers need tools… and these are the best tools I have found that I use in my business.
I didn't buy these all at once. I have accumulated them over time and they have more than paid for themselves and they still do. They save me time, they give me insight into my businesses, key words, tips, trainings…
AND I get paid.
Over the years and up to today my business has focused on web design, blogging, marketing, SEO and PPC for many businesses (not just my own) – and a I have used some of these tools for many years.
I also taught a class online on marketing with WordPress – and used a lot of these tools in that class too.
If I don't use it, how can I recommend it? If I would not pay for it, I would not recommend it.
One of the criteria for being an affiliate for something (this is important to me):
would I recommend it whether there was a pay-plan or not?
These tools work. They pay for themselves with their usefulness, they save me time (time is money) and I have several additional streams of income because naturally, people who work with me use some or all of these – and I give lots and help and support to people who join my team. As well as TEAM SUPPORT!
If you have been struggling as an affiliate marketer – start with #1 and work up the list.
Hanging with like minded people who care about your success is important too – that's #2.
3 & 4 are essential tools to build your business.
#8 is essential for anyone with a home business in the United States America.
The affiliate programs from #7 — all the way to #1 can provide residual income — that means that once a person signs up for that program — as long as they keep using that program — you get paid. That's huge. Especially if you are helping people succeed in affiliate marketing.
When people succeed online – they tend to keep the tools that help get them that success.
5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 are things I use to size up my competition and “outrun the competition” – much like the two men who saw a lion and one reached in his bag to put on his sneakers. The other man said – “You can't outrun a lion”
And he replied,
“I don't have to outrun the lion, I only have to outrun you.”
For affiliate marketers, the “lions” are the people who are ranking on the search engines for our keywords. Those are the people we need to be a smidgen ahead of. And most of them have a head start.
Don't feel defeated, though. Put on your sneakers.
If you don't start today, they will be further ahead in a year or five years.
I have been on the Internet doing some form of marketing since 1994 – and I still remember the first dollar I made.
The first $1,000 week.
The first thousand dollar day.
Life is good working for yourself and I love to help other people achieve their goals working from home or anywhere they want to be.
Many people try to make money with a website and fail – and they never try again.
The thing is, we have to keep trying or we will fail. Permanently.
A friend of mine jokes about how he called in sick to work one time and said,
“There's something wrong with my eyes,
I just can't see coming in today.“
Saying that can get you fired from a real job.
I set my own hours, decide where to work, for how long and who I want to work with.
I can't see doing anything else.
I love what I do.
When you find something you love to do, you will never work a day in your life.
I am looking forward to YOU doing what you LOVE!
Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Programs for Affiliate Marketers:
- As an affiliate, you are paid 30% of that person's credited amount or 30% of the purchased item price (whichever is higher). If they add $20 credit into their account, you get $6. If they buy a $200 item, you get $60.
Why do I use Envato? I find a lot of themes & plugins for WordPress at Envato. I started noticing that they were coming up in the search engines when I was looking for certain functions in a blog theme – and then, when I was looking for plugins to make WordPress work the way I want – but I could not find a free theme or plugin that did what I wanted.
Websites have to work right too.
The Panorama Motel website is built on an Envato theme and we just love how it came out.
For a one time fee, we have a theme where we can add reservation capability if we so choose –
(Coming soon) and there are no monthly fees for the capability to take reservations!
Envato has some great themes and plugins are priced reasonably.
No theme is perfect – but I can make any theme work with the right framework and plugins.
If you have any experience with writing themes or plugins, contact Envato to sell your stuff. I'd love to hear from authors who have sold their inventions on Envato – to know if it's a good business model.
- Free trial
- 48% commission based on sales – it's a $149 product (one time).
Why do I use Market Samurai? I love this tool. It does keyword research, looks at SEO competition in a way that is very visual with red for bad, yellow for okay, and green for good. I am able to drill down on keywords to write posts on and get ranked for in the search engines… so the people I am writing for… can find me.
Because it's a one time fee (no ongoing monthly fee) people love this tool. I love this tool.
I've been using Market Samurai since August of 2008 – when I bought it for $69 – one time.
Market Samurai has made me my money back a thousand times if not more!
Swift, sharp, and deadly accurate, Market Samurai is a required resource for anyone who markets online.
If you don't have this weapon in your arsenal… you will be vanquished by those who do.
- cookie stays active for 3 years unless it is overwritten by another affiliate ID
or if the person clears out their browsers cookies
- 20% commission
- Checks are cut every 60 days (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec.) for all unpaid commissions totaling $50 or more, accrued through the last day of the previous month
- Everyone in the USA who pays taxes should learn about the home business tax deductions that are available
Why do I use Home Business Tax Savings? I save $4,000 -$6,000 yearly on my taxes by having a home business. No joke!
And I do it legally. Ron Mueller is one of the nation's top experts in small and home based business tax deductions. He is the author of, ‘Home Business Tax Savings Made Easy!' — which has been reviewed and approved by the IRS and is up to date with the 2018 Tax Cuts.
#7 Pretty Links
- 25% recurring commissions on their referred sales and 5% recurring, tier 2 commissions on their referrals' referred sales!
- 60-day tracking cookie
- monthly payments (paid at the first of each month via PayPal)
- $50 payment minimum.
Why do I use Pretty Links? It is easy to use – it's a plugin on WordPress and I can link to affiliate programs, lead pages, and more using my domain name. I knew a woman who was making a sub-domain for every affiliate link she had. When I showed her how easy Pretty Links is, she was blown away and switched right away!
- 40% in monthly recurring commissions
- 365-day tracking cookie
- Paid twice monthly via PayPal
- Residual Income
Why do I use Spyfu? This is the ultimate tool to spy on your competition.
PPC – You can see what keywords they are bidding on in PPC and even the ads they are using! If they continue to use the same ad over a period of time, you know it's successful so you can learn from your competitors. You can even see how much money they are spending on advertising – so you know where you will have to scale to.
Note: I never recommend spending a lot on PPC until you know you are profitable with a campaign at a small scale – and then you can turn up the volume – scaling as you get paid so the ad pays for itself.
SEO – You can see keywords, where they are ranking, what pages are ranking, who they have backlinks from and so much more. It truly is a treasure trove of information on your competition to help you to get the best ranking in the search engines as possible.
- 100% of your referrals' first monthly payment after a 14-day trial – either $17, $47 or $97 depending on the plan they select – and then you'll get 35% per user per month for life.
- With the discounted yearly plans you'll get a 35% commission right up front – which means your commission can be as high as $278.95 with our yearly Pro plan.
Why do I use ClickMagick? Tracking is the lifeblood of advertising. From the time I placed my first classified ad in a newspaper, I was figuring out ROI and adjusting my strategy to get better results. How do you know what is working without tracking?
ClickMagick makes it easy to track links using a domain name of your choice and you can even do split testing, rotating links and so much more. The ClickMagick training is phenomenal… and the amount of value they add to an affiliate marketing campaign can be measured. Literally.
- 30% recurring commissions for the lifetime of a customer
- Must be a member to be an affiliate
Why do I use LeadPages? Easy to use “lead pages” or “capture pages” as I used to call them. You can do split testing from LeadPages and it integrates with my #2 affiliate program very easily.
- 30% commission on that sale (recurring)
- Cookie stays active for 365 days unless they clear their cookies
Why do I use Aweber? I started with Aweber in 1999 and used them for list building until 2010 when I switched over to GVO – a hosting, auto-responder and Internet marketing tools company that I stopped recommending in 2014 – mostly because of long down-times with websites and email was basically undeliverable from the autoresponder.
A list is no good if every email you send winds up in the spam filter and the people on your list don't even see your emails!
So, I switched back to Aweber in 2014. Their deliverability is the highest of any autoresponder.
- The affiliate program pays well and has many bonuses. (Details here)
- If someone signs up as a free member, and they upgrade years later, you get paid lifetime commissions for the referral – never expires.
- Residual opportunity
Why do I use Wealthy Affiliate? I found Wealthy Affiliate back in 2013 but I was not ready, for whatever reason. Maybe the community and training was not as advanced as it is now. They are improving and adding to their tools and training, daily.
In February, when my dog died, I decided I was no longer happy with making $1,000 a week (which was my average in 2017) and I need to make more so that if anyone gets sick and needs care – I am not thinking – we don't have the money to pay for that. I spent $5,000 on trying to get my dog better – but I felt very financially strained doing it.
Plus, I want to help people… who are sick and homeless… or just sick and living in homes that are making them sick. And in order to help people… I need to make more money with my affiliate marketing.
I was looking for training to help multiply my income and reach my new goals…
I found a company that had a training program called AWOL Academy for $17,997…
While researching that program… and deciding it was not a good deal… I found Wealthy Affiliate.
Free for 7 days, $19 for the first month and then you can either pay monthly for $49 a month or yearly for $359 a year.
- All the training anyone could want in affiliate marketing
- Community – very active and supportive
- Hosting – up to 50 sites
- Jaaxy Keyword tool –comes free with Premium
- Too much to list here – follow this link for more details
#1 YOUR Passion
Find a product or a service that answers a need you have, and then reach out to people like you with your solution. This is the key to a successful business. Find where what you love to do intersects with your skills and helping people.
***Find something that helps people in your niche – your niche should be whatever you are passionate about.
- Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life
- Follow your bliss, the world will open doors where none were found
- You can have everything you want in life
if you help enough other people get what they want.
Why do I use passion in my business? If I didn't love what I do, I'd find a reason not to do it.
There is nothing like that feeling when everything is flowing easily and people are contacting you to thank you for helping them and changing their lives for the better. When someone says “thank you” and you say, “my pleasure” and you really mean it because it is a pleasure to share and serve people who are looking for your knowledge, product or service.
I hope you find your passion.
Here is another post I wrote that might help you find your passion:
I'd love to hear from you in the comments – let me know if you use any of these affiliate marketing programs and I'd love to hear what your passion is.
I truly hope this helps you in YOUR affiliate marketing business.