Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest ways of making money online in Canada and it can be very lucrative if you focus on the right programs. Merchants may have an in-house affiliate program or join networks like Share-A-Sale, where thousands of website owners may partner up with them for a percentage of sales they make. Affiliates add the merchants’ banners to their website, or write content around a text link. They can also promote merchants in their newsletters. Clicks on the links are tracked and commissions are paid through the network or directly if the program is independently operated.
There are hundreds of thousands of affiliate (partner) programs available to Canadian website owners and bloggers, which makes it difficult to select a few to focus on. We all want to choose the most lucrative offers but it’s hard to say which ones will be successful. Some may pay less but convert more, or vice versa. The final outcome will depend on how well the program is matched to your website visitors and how good you are at affiliate marketing in general. You will also want to consider seasonal shopping, which starts earlier online to allow for shipping time. “Seasonal” can be anything from calendar holidays to actual seasons, such as promoting hotel affiliates during the Summer vacation months.
A little inside info can go a long way in affiliate marketing. I manage several websites and blogs, a number of which participate in affiliate programs to generate revenue. There are a broad range of sectors covered between them, making this compilation beneficial for most affiliate marketers. I’ve ranked them according to the amount they brought in for each individual website, and combined totals when multiple sites earned from the same merchant. I’ll be doing this for you every month in the hopes of saving you some time and ultimately increasing your income.
Top 10 Earning Affiliate Programs for July, 2014
1. Pet Wellbeing Inc. – Earn 15% of sales of natural pet health and wellness products.
2. Points.com – Summer ramped up interest in travel points, taking Points.com to the number two position this month. Earn 2.50% – 10.00%/sale and $0.25/lead.
3. Native Remedies & Pet Alive – One of the top websites for natural health products for pets & humans. Earn 25%/sale (including phone sales).
4. Share-A-Sale Referral Program – Share-A-Sale pays $150 for each merchant you refer to their performance based (affiliate) marketing network, and $1 for each publisher you refer.
5. India Herbs – Natural medicine is all the rage. The products here are based upon 5,000 year old Ayurveda medicine and formulated by a team of doctors. You’ll earn 40%/sale.
6. Dropship Design – We recently dropped this program due to their relentless commission theft.
7. My App Builder – It seems everyone wants their own app these days. This company allows people to easily build their own iPhone/iPod Touch applications. Affiliates earn 50% of sales.
8. Hire Writers – Content writing service with insanely low rates. Offers $20 per client you refer who makes a deposit and one cent/ lead.
9. Hewlett-Packard (HP) Canada – Regular discounts and free shipping deals on office products that most businesses and individuals need. At 2% of sales, you’ll want to focus on HP’s big ticket items like laptops.
10. Light In The Box Wholesale Goods – Wide range of drop shipped and wholesale products from China. They’re the first Chinese company to launch an IPO on the NY Stock Exchange. Commissions paid are 8-15%, which increases for high performing affiliates.
- 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.
- Free Top 50 Niches Report, free online income stream training, Market Feeder software and case studies from Niche Profit.
- 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.
What was your top earner in July? Please share your success in the comments below.
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