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Affiliate marketing is a terrific way to get started and make some money pretty fast without much of a financial outlay.

If you’re into affiliate marketing, there are lots of networks to choose from. Before you launch into using one, make sure it’s going to give you a big payout. ClickBank is the network everyone knows, followed by the other two of the ‘Big 3′: LinkShare and ShareASale. There are also some little-known affiliate networks that can give you huge commissions.

Let’s look at the Big 3: ClickBank, LinkShare, and ShareASale.

ClickBank

ClickBank is considered by many to be the best and is certainly the best known. It’s popular because it’s really easy to use and it’s been around for a long time.

It’s also popular because it has the potential to give you the highest commission rates. This is because ClickBank deals only in digital products such as e-books and video courses, which can be made at no cost – or virtually no cost.

You can also make commissions on second- and third-tier sales. This means that you get others to join your network and you get a commission from their sales as well.

ClickBank offers a wide range of payment options that include all major credit cards and Paypal. It has a good reputation for making payments on time, which can’t be said for every affiliate network. It also lets you add tracking so you know exactly where your sales are coming from.

On the downside, ClickBank only sells downloadable products. This means that it’s pretty limited. A lot of the products are of lousy quality. There’s a lot of garbage, so you have to check out the products you’re thinking about promoting carefully.

A lot of marketers look for ClickBank alternatives because of its return policy. It allows customers to return products for a full refund for up to 90 days after purchase. You have to abide by the policy. Some folks would rather use another network where they have more control over this.

LinkShare

LinkShare is also a huge network. It has a variety of different products in numerous categories. It’s easy to use and all of the information is centralized. One of the best things about LinkShare is its tracking system. It gives you more details than other networks do on who is buying what. All the information is really easy to see. The tracking system is definitely the easiest to use of all the networks.

LinkShare is also really secure and reliable. It screens everyone and makes it tough for merchants or other users to rip someone off.

The downside is that it’s the most expensive of the networks and its commission rates aren’t nearly as good as those of ClickBank. The payments can also take a bit longer to get to you because the merchant must pay LinkShare before you receive payment.

ShareASale

ShareASale is one of the highest quality networks. It’s small but definitely the most-trusted. Many experienced affiliate marketers use LinkShare.

It has a good reputation because its screening system is really good. When you use ClickBank, there are ways that merchants can hijack your sales. There is no risk of that with ShareASale. It’s completely clean and there are no affiliate parasites or cookie stealers allowed. ShareASale pays you in full an on time.

Another thing that users love about SaS is that the customer service is fast, friendly and affiliate-oriented.

ShareASale’s major disadvantage is that it’s a small network and there aren’t as many products to choose from. This is why some of the bigger affiliate networks don’t do business with the site. It carries lesser-known brands and products, but sometimes these can convert really well if promoted properly. Another common complaint is that its interface isn’t the prettiest or easiest to use. Navigating the system is a little bit awkward.


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2 Responses to “Top Affiliate Programs Compared: ClickBank, LinkShare And ShareASale

    Thanks for this. This is a good, honest and independent review of these programs.

    I’m currently on Adsense and Amazon and wanted to assess Click Bank for the future. I often hear people referring to it.

    I’d not heard of the other two. Thanks to this article I have lots to research before making my decision. Many thanks.

    November 8, 2012

    thanks for this honest review

    November 8, 2012

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