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Affiliate Marketers Name Top 10 Affiliate Networks

Whether you’re joining affiliate networks as a publisher to make money from your website or newsletter, or considering an affiliate program manager for your own products or services, there is an overwhelming number of choices. Knowing which networks are most popular with affiliate marketers allows you to quickly narrow down your options.

The 2012 Affiliate Summit AffStat report includes survey results from over 1400 affiliates. These affiliates were some of over 5000 attendees from around the world (including Canada).

The following 11 affiliate networks were voted most popular:

Commission Junction 75.9%
Share-a-Sale Affiliate Network 67.1%
Linkshare 63.3%
Clickbank 54.4%
Google Affiliate Network 53.2%
LinkConnector Affiliate Network 29.1%
Pepperjam Network 26.6%
Affiliate Window 24.1% (European. Charges £5 refundable fee to join.)
Digital River – One Network Direct 15.2%
AvantLink 12.7%
Impact Radius 12.7%

The list may not reflect your preferences or requirements (we use MaxBounty (Canadian) and  Share-a-Sale Affiliate Network quite often), but it’s a great place to start your venture into affiliate marketing in Canada. Look for features that will make your life easier as well, like affiliate program listings that indicate the program’s country of origin.  Pepperjam, for example, has country flags so you can quickly tell if the program is based in Canada.

Newbie Note: Entering the world of affiliate marketing can be intimidating. There are so many networks, each with their own terms and conditions, and many affiliate programs dictate their own rules on top of that. Some have higher payout thresholds or require a minimum number of transactions within a certain time period (like Clickbank). Others may have special rules for Canadians.

It’s important to read the terms and conditions of each network or you may lose some of your hard earned money. Yes, it’s unfair and it shouldn’t be legal for some networks to not pay you out before closing your account for infrequent sales, but some get around that with ‘dormancy fees’. Luckily, most networks understand that building relationships with new affiliates and gaining their loyalty is far more lucrative at the end of the day. Even the most successful super-affiliates started at zero.


What’s your favorite affiliate network?

✔ You may also be interested in reading:
Affiliate Marketing Benchmarks
Top Two-Tier Affiliate Programs for Canadians
How to Start an Affiliate Program for a Canadian Business
10 Hot Product Niches to Sell or Drop Ship Online in Canada


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