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Affiliate Marketing Review

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So anyways, that’s what I have been up to. I volunteered to manage one of my company’s domain name. And from that experience here is what I have learned about Affiliate Marketing.

Amazon Commission Junction Linkshare
Average % Earnings 7% 1% 2%
User Interface A+ C+ D+
Deep Linking A+ C+ B+
Conversions A+ B+ D+

As you can see, I am a huge fan of Amazon affiliate program. The commission is through the roof, the user interface is very nice, and they have an easy button to let you link directly to a specific product. On top of that, Amazon products are always of high quality, and they offer the best deals so conversions (people actually buy stuff) is very high.

My second favorite is Commission Junction. Their interface is kind of old fashion and lame. But they have a good variety of affiliates and it is relatively easy to set up. However, the one thing that is hard on CJ is deep linking directly to a product. It took me a few tries before I figured out how to use their quirky interface. The downside of Commission Junction is that most of their advertisers pay very low commission. I normally see around 1% – 2%, which is pretty crappy compared to Amazon‘s 7%. However, one of my favorite CJ affiliate is Swoopo. They pay a whooping $11 dollars per conversion. This is amazing, and it reminds me of my Google Adwords Success.

The last and my least favorite is Linkshare. Their interface is bad, and its a pain in the arse just to log in. I only use Linkshare because they do have some big names like Walmart, TigerDirect, etc… Linkshare commission is a little bit better than Commission Junction 2%-3% most of the time. However, I noticed that Linkshare affiliates are pretty bad converters. I barely make anything on Linkshare.

Anyways, this is just a rough overview of my affiliate marketing experience. I will have to expand on this post at a later time. But if you are interested in doing affiliate marketing for your website, I highly recommend Amazon. It’s easy to see why this company owns the retail internet. I also recommend using CJ so that you can get in on the Swoopo action. Good luck!