One of the best ways of generating passive income for yourself is to join an affiliate program, especially if this program allows you to sell products that you’re already familiar with. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be knowledgeable before moving forward. After all, the more you know, the more you can sell.
Below are three affiliate programs that I have selected for beginners. Each program is free to join and easy to get started.
Let’s begin with my personal favorite. Amazon Associates is the affiliate program that you need to pay most attention to. The signup process requires a bit of time, but you’ll be glad you applied.
Once you’re ready to go, Amazon will generate a unique affiliate ID that you can include in URLs for products that you refer to others. For every product sold, you earn a small percentage of the sale. It may not seem like much at first, but believe me — the commissions add up.
Amazon Associates uses browser cookies to lock in your affiliate ID for 24 hours upon clicking the initial link. This means that the customer has a full day to make the purchase, thus giving you a better chance of landing the sale.
And the best part out of all this? You can earn a commission from any product sold on Amazon, just as long as the customer uses your affiliate link. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the product you are referring. This is why Amazon Associates is so powerful. You recommend one thing and the customer buys something completely different, yet you still get paid. Everybody wins.
eBay Partner Network
Similar to Amazon Associates, eBay Partner Network enables affiliates to be paid for every product sold. And let’s face it, eBay has pretty much everything known to existence, so it would be pretty difficult to not generate some sort of revenue.
eBay affiliates are paid on category-level commission rates, meaning your payouts will vary quite a bit. While it’s wise to focus on selling products that generally cost more, it also does not hurt to promote items in bulk. Like with anything, it all adds up in the end.
If you are new to eBay’s affiliate program (which you likely are), they have plenty of resources to help you along the way. A number of tools and widgets are available that will make advertising products on your website simple and straightforward.
Bluehost (Web Hosting)
If you or anyone you know needs web hosting, then you absolutely need to check out Bluehost’s affiliate program. Payout is a very generous $65 per referral, and that includes unlimited earnings. In other words, you can make as much as you please. You simply need to work hard at it.
Selling web hosting packages isn’t easy for everyone, which is why I recommend reading my “How Web Hosting Affiliate Programs Work” piece. There you can find several tips to get you pointed in the right direction.
Bluehost’s support team is amazing, too. They have consistently helped me in the past, so never hesitate to ask them a question or two.
Of course, I am barely scratching the surface with the above choices. Affiliate marketing is a massive market with almost too much to offer. If you are still looking for more, then I highly recommend checking out CJ Affiliate and ShareASale — two very well known affiliate networks that offer a variety of different programs to explore.