Best Alternatives to Google Affiliate Network for Canadians

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 20 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.

Alternatives to Google Affiliate Network for CanadiansMerchants 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:

Share-a-Sale Affiliate Network

MaxBounty (Canadian-owned)


LinkConnector Affiliate Network


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.


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Does the closure of Google Affiliate Network impact you? Please share your problems and solutions in the comments below.


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Sandy D

UGH! This is going to take me a week of Sundays! Darned Google!

Roland Liston

Google can start and acquire things but they suck at keeping anything going. I’m getting so I won’t join anything they do anymore.


Your post has been very helpful to me in finding Google options. I was already in adwords so it was a natural move for me to sign up for their affiliate network, which I’m afraid has left me floundering a bit.

Victor Keswick

I don’t think the affiliate community will miss google’s affiliate network all that much. They haven’t been around long and only got the iinterest they did because of adsense.


I use Shareasale, Max Bounty & Linkshare most. The company I used to work for had their affiliate program with Shareasale and it seriously increased their sales. Thanks for the other affiliate networks, I need to join a couple more.


Very helpful list, thanks.


Ah just what I was looking for, thanks for the options.


This is one of those situations when all of the US articles in the world won’t help. Their suggestions aren’t necessarily the best choices for Canadians. Really appreciate this list!

Wendy O.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with fellow Canadians.


I had all my eggs in one basket at Google and I won’t make that mistake again. Thanks for the alternates.


I concur with your choices. I left a lot of networks behind when I found out about their policies for Canadians and/or new affiliates. They can be pretty cutthroat when they want to be. Byebye google!