Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners: What to Look for When You’re Just Starting Out

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When you’re looking for the best affiliate programs for beginners, you want to find a program that doesn’t have a high bar for approval. When you’re just starting with affiliate marketing, you probably don’t have a fancy website or a lot of traffic.

 

Since you don’t have a fancy website nor a bunch of traffic, you’ll need a program that either doesn’t have an approval process or that won’t likely care if you don’t have “street cred” already. Here are some of my recommendations from my experience with affiliate marketing.

 

Must-See Affiliate Programs for Beginners

 

The rules and regulations for each of these affiliate programs may change in the future but right now these are some of the best bets that you currently have if you’re a beginner at affiliate marketing.

 

clickbank home page for affiliate marketers

 

ClickBank

 

ClickBank is an affiliate network that sells information products. When you navigate over to their website, you’ll find anything from parenting how-tos to how to get your ex back.

 

Most of the programs on ClickBank don’t require approval from the merchant, which is what makes them great affiliate programs for beginners. Not only that but many of these affiliate offers have great affiliate help sections that not only train you on affiliate marketing but also give you great resources like banners and keyword research.

 

Moreniche is mainly a health network affiliate program

 

MoreNiche

 

MoreNiche is one of the networks that I made some serious cash within my early days. Their affiliate help team is absolutely amazing and they have a lot of great offers in the health and beauty niches. From time to time I’ve seen them venture into other niches and they may have some other offers now.

 

You should be able to get started with their affiliate program pretty easily as long as you’re working to promote the offers of your choice.

 

MarketHealth is mainly a health affiliate network

 

Market Health

 

Market Health is another network that I’ve worked with before. They have many different health offers from Acne clearing to skin lightening and weight loss. They have a couple of different payment options and also aren’t very picky which makes it a good option for newer affiliate marketers.

 

Amazon is a trusted affiliate program for beginners

 

Amazon

 

Amazon is the king of the online world when it comes to sales. Who doesn’t know about Amazon?

 

While the affiliate commissions are super high, you do get the credibility of their name backing you which is a major plus in my mind. Make sure to check how much you get for promoting the products you’re thinking about promoting because there are some (like Gift Cards) that don’t pay anything at all.

 

Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate program for making money online

 

Wealthy Affiliate

 

Wealthy Affiliate is another program I’ve been a part of for many years. You don’t have to go through an approval process to get started with their program and you can earn while you learn through their platform.

 

ShareASale has a lot of great offers for beginner affiliate marketers

 

ShareASale

 

You may have seen my ShareASale review already and seen the requirements to get started with ShareASale. They are a great network to be a part of but some of their programs are more difficult to get approved when you’re a new affiliate.

 

Make sure you look through the requirements before you try to apply for any given program.

 

What to Look for When You’re Choosing the Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners

 

As you’re choosing the best affiliate programs for beginners, here are the most important things you should pay attention to:

 

  1. Support

 

Since you’re just getting going, you’re going to need some help. If nothing else, you’re going to need some cheerleading along the way, am I right? Check to see if the affiliate program of your choice as a dedicated affiliate manager that is here to help everyone working as an affiliate.

 

Not all programs are going to have a dedicated affiliate manager so don’t totally shrug off the program if they don’t have on but it’s definitely a big pro if they do.

 

You may even get to have direct access to the product creator in some cases since many people like to be hands-on with their company. Make good use of any communication with the people helping you with the affiliate program and always implement their advice.

 

  1. Conversion Rate

 

If you’re sending traffic to an offer and not making any money, their product or service likely doesn’t have a good conversion rate. Make sure they are getting sales with their sales page and processes so you’re not wasting time sending people to their offer.

 

  1. Earnings Per Click

 

The earnings per click or EPC show the average earnings per click of a campaign. If you send 100 people there and some of them convert, it is how much you can expect to earn per click if you do the math.

 

  1. Marketing Materials

 

Do you need banners for your website? Maybe you’d like to have some pre-written emails to send to your email list. Check with the program you’re considering before you get started and see if they are available for you.

 

Some affiliate programs provide these for their affiliates which means one less thing for you to do so you can focus on sending traffic to the offer.

 

Get Started with Affiliate Marketing

 

Are you still on the fence about your ability to win with affiliate marketing? These affiliate programs for beginners are a great start. If you haven’t already, make sure you head over to my blog post about Wealthy Affiliate and see what it is all about – you can get a free account after all.

 

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14 Comments

  1. Tammy kuppinger on June 19, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I have heard of some of the programs before but haven’t had time to research them in full. I am apart of WA and love it!  I’ve learned so much and I’m finally getting the hang of blogging!  I’m very interested in Clickbank.  I’m still not sure what it really is, so will do some of my own research.  This online business venture is HUGE and OVERWHELMING! Thank you so much for reviewing a couple of the programs so I can understand these better.

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Tammy,

      Thank you for stopping by. It’s great to hear from you.

      Clickbank has a lot of programs with free affiliate resources like banners and articles. =)

  2. Ronald L Washington on June 19, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Your review of affiliate marketing for beginners offers some great information. Your essential information seems to be that affiliate marketing is based on doing reviews of products and having someone buy that product through your website. You did a great job of explaining Clickbank, MoreNiche, MarketHealth, Amazon and Wealthy Affiliates. For a newbie in WA like me, you helped me to focus. Are you still involved with any of these programs? If so, which one? Why do you prefer that to others.

    I am new to the online marketing space and I am using WA. When I first encountered  WA, online I read a lot about it and researched many others and started out for free but realized that if my plan was to make money I had to be willing to put money in, so I became a premium member. I noted that once you get to a certain point in the training you are almost compelled to go premium if you are to go forward. Do you agree? You explicate WA contents, elements, and training process very seriously and succinctly. This is my first real venture into the online space and after much research, I settled on Wealthy Affiliates. I felt that they could deliver on the promises that most affiliate marketing sites make. You’ve helped hone my thoughts.

    Thanks for the great information.

    God bless you.

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Ronald,

      Hey there. I sold my health sites so I don’t work with MoreNiche and the health sites anymore but I might go back in the future.

      Right now I promote products like GetResponse, Tailwind and Audible through this blog. I also promote Wealthy Affiliate because I’ve been with them for 10 years now and they’ve always been great.

      And yes, I believe that you need to be a premium member if you want to get the most benefit from Wealthy Affiliate but that’s kind of how it is with anything. Good observation.

  3. Selenity Jade on June 19, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks so much for your article!  I am very leery of Clickbank because they aren’t as stringent about vetting their merchants so often times scammy products can be promoted.  Admittedly, there’s always the money back guarantee if they go through Clickbank, but it still makes me a little hesitant.  I do know there are some awesome programs there though!  

    I hadn’t heard of MoreNiche before, but as soon as I realized it was more to do with the health and beauty niches, I realized why.  I’ll definitely keep them in mind if I ever venture into those niches.

    I’m already an Amazon Associates and an affiliate with Share-A-Sale, which I love.  Both require a bit of a starting point before you should apply but they definitely have a lot of great companies you might be wanting to promote products for.  So I agree with your recommendation on them.

    Thanks for the article!  ^_^

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Selenity,

      With ClickBank, before I promote anything, I make sure to buy it myself or I get the maker to give it to me so I can review it and make sure it is a good affiliate product. If it stinks — I send it back and get my money back. lol

      Glad you’re rocking it over there. B-)

  4. Marita on June 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    I am an affiliate of Share asale and Amazon. It was easy for me to join both, but was declined with Amazon twice because I had no sales for 6 months. I am struggling with traffic to my site until now.

    I know that earning from Affiliate marketing takes time but I’m hoping that as I slowlygrow my site, I will be there.

    Thanks for these valuable information.

    Marita

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Marita,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. The more you help people with the content on your site, the more likely you’ll be to attract people to your site. As your site builds and you build authority and trust with the search engines it will get easier. 🙂

      Keep it up!

  5. Nuttanee on June 19, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    From my personal experience, If you have just started your site, I do not recommend Amazon. Amazon have so many regulations and algorithm. The one that killed me right of the bat was I have to make 3 sales within 180 days to keep my application active. Easier said than done, unless you are begging people in your family or friends to buy from you, most likely you will get rejected. 

    When you have a new site, you might not have enough contents or traffic yet. I think it is best to start with a friendlier platform such as ShareASale (Win), CJ or Flex offer. 

    Do not repeat my mistake 🙂 I am now back on Amazon again after my site is old enough, just so you know. 

    Cheers!

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Hey there. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think the requirements were a little more lax with Amazon whenever I got started. I am glad you got back into the platform. 😀

  6. marlasmith on June 19, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you.  When starting out being a marketing affiliate, it is hard to know where to even look for affiliate or what is available.

    Do any of the affiliates you mention have any training programs that are available to help someone who is new?

    You mentioned that most of these are fairly easy to join when you are new, so they must not have requirements for how much traffic your site is receiving, but do they have requirements in regard to sales?  Do I need a certain amount of sales within a certain period of time or they will kick me out?  

    Is Clickbanks only digital products or do they have actual physical products that can be purchased?  

    I am going to check out a couple of these to see if they have any products that are related to my niche.  Hopefully I will be able to find some.  

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      Marla,

      Hey there. Great questions. 🙂

      There are no minimum traffic or sales requirements for any of the programs I listed except for some of the programs in ShareASale.

      Clickbank only has digital products available.

      MoreNiche does have some free training for new affiliates. 🙂

      I hope you find some programs that work well for you and your audience. 😀

  7. Pentrental on June 19, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome post. Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform and community and everyone who hasn’t checked it out yet should follow the links here. Two that I haven’t tried yet are MoreNiche and Market Health. That you made some serious cash with the former has me intrigued and I’ll definitely be checking it out further through your link. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, well done!

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on June 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Hey there. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know how you like the affiliate programs when you check them out. B-)

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