Top 5 Affiliate Programs for Bloggers in 2019

Welcome to the Mad Affiliates top 5 affiliate programs for bloggers in 2019.    

Affiliate marketing is a trouble-free method that bloggers and online business owners can utilize to monetize their websites. The business model is a simple one.

  • Choose a market (also knonw as a niche)
  • Build a website or blog
  • Write content that is relevant to the market and that is helpful to website visitors
  • Promote vendor products on the website using affiliate links
  • Collect commissions from the vendors

Using the simple process above is a proven methods that has aloud many online entrepreneurs to turn their simple blogs into a legit online business

The #1 reason that affiliate marketing is great for bloggers is because affiliates do not have to offer or sell their own products. That frees the blogger from having to hold any inventory and ship items to consumers.  

On my blogs, I see myself as the middle man who bridges vendors with consumers that are searching for solutions to their problems.  

Want to learn more about the Affiliate process, read my review of the Wealthy Affiliate University.

But when it comes to promoting the right products, new affiliate need to make sure they are linked to the right vendors.  That is the reason that the Mad Affiliates top 5 affiliate programs for bloggers are listed below.

1. ClickBank

Number 1 on my top 5 affiliate programs for bloggers is a company known as Click Bank.

ClickBank is a well-know affiliate network which newer and less experienced affiliates are encouraged to start with in the beginning.

The programs pays out high commission rates, sometimes as high as 75% of the sales price and monthly subscriptions.

They offer a number of digital products such as software, e-books and memberships to clubs and programs that can be easily accessed by the consumer. 

Commissions are paid on a weekly via direct deposit.  Therefore, affiliates do not need to worry about waiting for their commission payments. 

It has been know that some of the various sellers on the ClickBank network are selling questionable products that may not work for the consumers.  Therefore, I would encourage new affiliates to do research on items in the ClickBank network.

Despite the questionable sellers, the Better Business Bureau does give ClickBank a A+ rating.

CLICK HERE to check out the Better Business Bureau’s ranking of ClickBank.

A list of why you can earn more with ClickBank


2. Commission Junction

Commission Junction is said to be the largest affiliate marketing in North America.  But they do operated on a global scale.  Commission Junction has been around for over 20 years linking.  Bloggers, or advertisers as Commission Junction calls them, earn commissions by partnering with the world’s most widely recognized brands and successfully promoting their products and services.

Commission junction also holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  CLICK HERE for the direct link to the BBB page for Commission Junction.

Signing up as an advertiser is free for new affiliates or bloggers.  Therefore, advertisers do not need to worry about having to pay for a membership with Commission Junction.  Advertisers will need to set up their network profile and list their website in order to give the vendors on the Commission Junction a chance to see your business model and choose to use you as an advertiser for their brand.

One of the benefits of LinkShare is that they offer over 2,500 affiliate programs and let the affiliate marketer choose on how they want the marketing channel to be managed.  LinkShare can manage the channel for the affiliate of give control to the affiliate to build and manage the channel on their own.

Unlike ClickBank and Commission Junction, I was not able to find an accreditation for LinkShare through the Better Business Bureau.  That does not mean that it is a negative mark against the company.  It just means that LinkShare has not met the BBB standards for accreditation at this time.

Earning 4th place on the top 5 affiliate programs for bloggers is the Google Affiliate Network.

The Google Affiliate Network uses pay-per-action technology that pays commissions to its advertisers for driving web traffic which result in sales or leads for their advertising brands. Marketers are required to use Google AdSense account for posting ads to the websites belonging to the bloggers and affiliate marketers.

The brands being promoted by the Google Affiliate Nelwork is large and AdSense is able to crawl blogs and link relevant ads to the web site automatically through the Google approved widgets.  There is no need for affilaites and bloggers to manually link each ad  on the website.

Placing fifth on my top 5 affiliate networks for bloggers is Amazon Associates. 

Amazon is one of the largest and most diverse affiliate programs available.  Everyone on the planet knows who Amazon is and the large base of products that they offer.

Bloggers can monetize the websites that they have created to market any of the various categories of products offered through the Amazon affiliate program.  There are literally over a million of products that affiliate marketers can earn commissions on by marketing Amazon products. 

The commissions are much lower than the ClickBank and Commission Junction commissions.  An average Amazon commission is 4% of the sales price.  Compared to ClickBank and Commission Junction which pay out as much as 75% of each sale.

What’s your favorite network?

Are any of the ones mentioned above any of your favorite affiliate programs?  Do you have another affiliate program that I can review and add to my next list?  Leave your comment below and let me know.

Affiliates looking to get more information about monetizing a web site can check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review to see how they can turn a website into an online business.



    1. Hi, the five affiliate programs for bloggers are fairly popular ones, But The money is in the know how. As easy as it is to sign up with these affiliate companies some affiliate marketers do not make it with them because their understanding is not clicking. 

      I love the attractive commission paid by Click Bank and Commission Junction. Affiliates can monetise their business with Amazon because they have diversity products and shoppers can stay on your site and search much product and add to their cart, Which helps much in monetising.


      • Thank you for your comment DorcasW.

        The kw how is where the rubber meets to road in the marketing industry, 

        What I find difficult is getting my message out to those that are ready to make a purchase.


    2. I like amazon and chose that one, even though the others are good too! I’ve found more than those as well, but haven’t used them yet, because I’ve been busy. The meal plan kits and other food businesses offer affiliate programs. I haven’t looked into it yet, but do you know if walmart has a program, or target?

      • Walmart and Target do have affiliate programs.  Affiliates can promote both Walmart and Target items just like Amazon items applying for their affiliate programs.

        Thank you for your comment.


    3. It is an outstanding list for affiliate marketers.  One thing I would be cautious of is Adsense, the google affiliate network.  Make sure you are very careful and read the terms closely.  Any slip up could lead you to be dropped from the program, I know that from experience.  

      Also, Clickbank gets a back rap, a deserved one for the most part, but there are some good products to promote on their as long as you stay clear of the E-marking section.  But you are right on point telling marketers to do their research on their products.  Your blog readers aren’t going to blame Clickbank for a garbage product they are going to blame you.

      Keep up the great work

      • Thank you for your comment Mike,

        I do agree with your assessment of ClickBank getting a bad rap. The E-Marketing products are a touble area that I suggest all new and experienced affiliates stay away from. I also like the broad amount of products promoted through the Amazon Affiliate Program. I have yet to build a base through the Amazon Program, but hope to start generating sales in the next 6 months.


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