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Do you know that affiliate marketing has become one of the best and most popular ways of earning money online via blog among the publishers? Every single day, thousands of publishers get recurring payment by associating up with the affiliate programs of other companies.

If you are planning to start affiliate marketing this year, it is the best time to dive in.

Affiliate marketing has become a massive global industry worth 12 billion dollars, with a 10% annual growth rate since 2015, and according to the trends, this growth trend will continue until 2021. As per the industry reports, affiliate marketing is one of the largest sources of online income.

An affiliate program is nothing but a partnership between a seller who has a list of online products for sale and a publisher/influencer who has a website/blog/social media platform/any other online channel for promoting the products of the seller. The publishers earn a commission for each sale which is generated through them.

There are thousands of affiliate programs available in the market from online courses and digital marketing products to daily life products offering lucrative commission rates.

The sale is tracked by a unique affiliate link given to the publisher using cookies. The cookie tracks a user’s online activity for a set period. Suppose an affiliate program allows a cookie life of 30 days. It means that your referral has to make a sale within 30 days after clicking on your affiliate link for you to earn commission after which the lead will no longer be trackable.

If you are searching for an ideal affiliate program to start your make money online journey, here are the 10 best affiliate programs with the highest conversion rates.

1. Amazon Associates Affiliate Marketing Program

Amazon Associates is one of the largest and most successful online affiliate programs having more than 9 lakh members across the world. Amazon’s cookie period is of 24 hours, and it allows up to 12% commission which varies from category to category. Joining Amazon’s affiliate program is free and very easy as there is no third-party advertiser approval required.

The best thing I like about Amazon’s affiliate program is that you get a commission for not only the products you advertised but all the products that the customer purchases after landing on Amazon using your affiliate link. Isn’t that amazing?

You can choose from over a million products from the Amazon ecommerce platform to promote on your website/social media channel. Amazon affiliate links are easy to place and are easily customizable as per your choice.

2. Clickbank

Clickbank is another popular choice among affiliate marketers. The platform has over 6 million digital products across 20 categories. The best part of Clickbank affiliate program is that it offers a commission as high as 75%.

To join Clickbank affiliate program, all you have to do is register yourself on the platform via  Sign Up which is quite easy. Find a product you want to promote and get your affiliate link. You can easily promote your affiliate link through a website, blog, email, Facebook Page, or article.

Clickbank only offers digital products which I believe are harder to sell as compared to physical products. Still, the good part is most of the products are monthly online course and information packages which can get you a recurring commission each month.

3. CJ Affiliate by Conversant

Previously it was known as Commission Junction, and recently they have re-branded themselves as CJ Affiliate by Conversant. CJ is one of the most established affiliate marketing networks which specialize in pay-for-performance programs to drive results.

You can join their affiliate program for free by just signing up with an account. Once you sign up, find an advertiser that you can connect which is relevant to your blog or interest for promotion.

4. iTunes Affiliate Program

This program is specifically designated for Apple, and that is what differentiates it from other affiliate programs which are more open as far as the products are concerned. Under the iTunes affiliate program, you can promote any of the iOS apps, Mac apps, iBooks, iTunes, Apple music etc.

iTunes affiliate program is entirely free to join, but there is one requirement you need to fulfill which is you need to have your own blog or website, and without it, you won’t be able to submit the form. iTunes offers 7% of commission on its products which is standard across all products.

5. JVZoo

JVzoo is another popular affiliate program which is free to join. JVZoo has an additional benefit which you don’t get with the other affiliate programs, which is you can create your own products to sell and promote through the network. Not just that, you can get other affiliate marketers on the platform to promote your products as well. Sounds good? Pretty much, if you want to sell your own products.

You only need one account for both seller and affiliate marketer. If you choose to be an affiliate marketer, you can get earn up to 100% commission.

6. ShareASale Affiliates

ShareASale has been in the business for 17 years. For affiliates, it is free to join, and the signup process is quick and easy. The best part about ShareASale Affiliates is that there are thousands of merchant programs to join as a partner once you get approved on the platform.

It offers both standard and digital payout options, which is a plus point.

7. Shopify Affiliate Program

Shopify is one of the mostly used ecommerce software by the bloggers and online retailers.

The Shopify program is free to join and pays high commission including $58 for each user who signs up for a paid plan and $2000 on the enterprise plan. You will find the platform easy to use and quick to setup.

The only concern about this affiliate program is that your audience needs to be selling something online to qualify as a relevant lead.

8. MaxBounty Affiliate Network

Maxbounty is a CPA affiliate marketing network wherein you can become affiliates for various vendors available on the platform. You get paid for bringing visitors to these vendors.

MaxBounty has some big brands on its network such as  McAfee, Norton, T-Mobile etc. You can get $1000 bonus if you earn a minimum of $1000 per month for the first 3 months. The best plus point of the network is that you get paid weekly rather than waiting for the whole month to get paid.

9. SEMrush

SEMrush’s affiliate program is known as BeRush. You can get up to 40% recurring commission over the lifetime of a referral’s subscription. The best part of BeRush is that it offers a massive 10-year cookie life under which even if a referral cancels the subscription and sign up again in the future, you still get a commission on the second subscription.

10. Aweber

Aweber is one of the most popular email marketing and autoresponder tools among the bloggers since 1988. Aweber’s affiliate marketing program has been active since last 10 years. It offers a lifetime 30% recurring commission with a cookie life of one year.

To join the Awber’s affiliate program you need to sign up post which you will get your affiliate ID and an affiliate link which you can start promoting on your website, blog etc.

These are the top 10 affiliate programs which you can consider if you are planning to start your affiliate marketing journey. I would suggest you consider your niche and the type of audience you have before choosing your affiliate network. Go ahead, try some of these affiliate programs and find one which best suits you and your audience.