Affiliate marketing is a terrific way for someone to monetize their blog. If you are not familiar, please check out my affiliate marketing guide.
With so many out there, how do you know which one is the best affiliate program to join? The answer to that question is typically driven by your website’s niche.
When I first started blogging I created a website and wound up joining affiliate programs for each company who’s product I wanted to promote. Before I knew it, I was a member of at least half a dozen programs and it became extremely difficult to keep up with all of them.
It was shortly after that when I found out about affiliate networks that manage multiple affiliate programs for you. After joining many affiliate programs, along with several affiliate networks, I want to share with you about the best affiliate program to join….it’s called Affiliate Window.
Joining The Affiliate Window Platform
Head on over to Affiliate Window and fill out the application. The last step requires a $5 deposit that gets refunded to you upon being approved…now I know what you’re thinking, you don’t want to spend any money for an affiliate program. I am here to tell you that it will be fully refunded to you as soon as you are accepted (and even if you’re not)!
You’ll make your $5 back and THEN SOME with this platform!
Major advertisers such as:
….and so many more makes this platform perfect for all kinds of niches such as travel, fashion, entertainment, and so on!
Adding Affiliate Programs
In the Affiliate Window platform, companies that have the products are known as Advertisers and the people who promote the products are known as Publishers.
It’s simple for a publisher to add an advertiser to their network. Simply click on the Advertiser -> Join Program menu and you will be presented with a simple to use directory.
There are 4 main category groups that can be used to filter
- Finance & Insurance
- Retail & Shopping
- Telecommunication & Services
Once you check off one of the main categories, you will be presented with a list of subcategories that you can use to really drill down into your niche. There’s also a nice search bar that you can use to search for advertisers.
Once you find an advertiser you like, you just simply click on their name and you’ll see their Affiliate Window profile. The profile consists of 5 tabs:
The overview tab will give you a lot of details about the advertiser. The information can vary, butpretty much all of them explain who the company is, what kind of products/services they have for publishers to market, what kind of product feed they offer, and most importantly, they will explain how their commissions work and what their cookie length is.
In case you aren’t familiar with what cookie length is, I’ll explain. If you were to click an affiliate link promoting a tshirt on Etsy (one of the great advertisers on Affiliate Window), you would get what’s called a cookie placed on your computer/device. That means, if you go back to Etsy at a later time, then the person who referred you still earns commission. Cookie lengths vary and can be any length of time decided by the advertiser.
The documents tab will have documents that the advertiser prepared for their affiliates. These can include things like a Welcome Letter, a Getting Started Guide, Terms & Conditions and so on.
I’ve found that some of the advertisers even provide a Guideline document which is basically their way of showing you what tends to work best for their particular company.
The Program Terms tab gives you a more detailed breakdown of the commission structure, including the percentage you earn as well as the length of the cookie period.
The Performance tab gives you a graphical representation of the advertiser’s performance. The graph will show you how well the products have done throughout all of the Affiliate Window platform.
You can use this information to help you decide if this is an advertiser that you would like to work with. Having it in the form of a graph makes it really simple to interpret.
The Commission Groups tab shows you the different commission levels that you can achieve based on the sales that you make. It also shows you what the cookie length is again.
Once you have decided which advertiser you would like to work with, you just simply click the Join Program link on their profile. At that point your application will go into a Pending status until you are approved (which happens pretty much every time).
One of the most important parts of any affiliate program is building the links for the products….after all, that’s how you are going to earn your commissions!
Thankfully, building great links on Affiliate Window is really simple for anyone to do. Check out this tutorial that walks you through building a link for an Etsy product (the process is the same for all advertisers).
One of the best things about Affiliate Window is that there is a plugin for both the Chrome browser and FireFox. You simply install the plugin for your browser and then a button for Affiliate Window will be added.
When you browse to an advertiser’s website, you’ll be able to do things like join the network, and better yet, you’ll be able to easily build links to the products you like.
This tool, in and of itself, will save you hours of link building within the Affiliate Window platform. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it after no time!
As a publisher, it is important for you to have a way to track your performance, and Affiliate Window provides some terrific reporting tools. You’ll be able to track advertisers, products, and even by device. These are just some of the reports that you can run, the full list is below.
When you run a report, you’ll be presented with an easy to read pie chart along with a detailed report right below. The data is very thorough and it includes many fields for you to analyze.
Some of the most important fields in each report are Program Name, Clicks, Conversion Rate, and Commission. You’re able to expand out the row of data to reveal even more detailed information!
You will definitely not feel like there is any type of shortage of data!
After having been a member of many individual affiliate programs, I have definitely found that belonging to a quality affiliate network makes it a lot easier to track your performance.
When it comes to affiliate networks, Affiliate Window is the best of the best! They have so many major advertisers and the fact that they are so picky with who the allow into their network proves that you are always dealing with reputable companies.
The easy to use website, 24/7 phone and email support, along with the prompt commission payout make Affiliate Window a must for any affiliate marketer!