Canadian merchants (advertisers) and affiliate publishers will be left with one less option when Google Affiliate Network closes on July 31, 2013. It’s not the heartbreak the Internet is making it out to be, considering the number of options available. The choices can be overwhelming, however, so we’ve decided to share our top affiliate network picks based on over 15 years of experience.
Choosing an affiliate network should not be taken lightly. There are so many networks, each with their own terms and conditions, and it’s common for affiliate programs to have their own rules on top of that. Some networks have a higher payout threshold or require a minimum number of transactions within a certain period of time. Others may have special rules for Canadians.
Merchants searching for a new home for their affiliate program will probably find everything they need at Share-a-Sale Affiliate Network. This well-established network embraces Canadian affiliates and accommodates specialized program structures and features, such as multi-tier, private offers, coupons, and special promotions. The Share-a-Sale network is a favorite of affiliate marketers all over the world. If you’re looking for a more exclusive, performance-based network, have a look at Canadian MaxBounty.
Affiliate marketers require a network that accommodates Canadians with a reasonable selection of Canadian merchants, and features that make it easy to find them. They also need reasonable terms and conditions that don’t penalize them for living in this country.
The Best Alternatives to Google Affiliate Network for Canadians
Following are our top affiliate network picks, chosen specifically for Canadians:
Those who will be stuck with dead links have my sympathy. While it’s difficult to get excited about that much work, it is an opportunity to clean up your sites advertising and perhaps be a little more selective when choosing new programs.
- Free, extensive affiliate training and affiliate marketing tools can be had through the masterminds at Affilorama.
- Free affiliate marketing courses, community and more from The Wealthy Affiliate.
- To automatically embed an affiliate store in your WordPress blog, try Datafeedr.
- To easily manage affiliate links in WordPress blogs (auto-link, cloaking, etc.), check out the Affilink plugin that top bloggers are raving about.
- The link management choice of super-affiliates (like Armand Morin and John Chow) for websites or WordPress blogs is LinkTrackr.
- WordBay Plugin – Bring niche-targeted eBay products into your website or blog post with this easy plugin. Supports the eBay Partner Network, Skimlinks and Viglink.
- If you’re looking for a profitable niche that isn’t too saturated, start with keyword research and competitive intelligence using the acclaimed Long Tail Pro tool that “super affiliates” love.
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