seems that there are thousands of companies that have
chosen to manage their own affiliate programs rather than
using companies like Linkshare or Commission Junction.
In fact, our friends at Five Star Affiliate Programs
tracked a posting on a UK affiliate forum where they are
wondering if the networks deserve their 30% commission.
The point is that it takes big bucks to get into a
Commission Junction or a LinkShare, and there are plenty
of good-paying, unique programs out there that are worth
at least reviewing. Like everything else on the Internet
there are plenty of directories out there that list
independent affiliate programs. Again, like everything
else on the Internet some of them just list programs from
other networks (like Clickbank).
In fact, a lot of them were organized the same way and had
the same sites listed, so I came to the conclusion that
they were just repackaged content (which I find a lot on
the Net these days).
I looked over 25 to 30 of these directories, and here are
the 5 I found the most useful, in the order that I liked
This was my favorite. They seemed to have the most
unique set of sites, and the user interface is intuitive.
EarnFind was a good one too, with lots of good links
and good organization.
Not a bad site, although many of the listings were
from other networks.
Great layout, some good sites. My only gripe is that
it is a paid listing service, which lessens its
This is the affiliate guide template site. Lots of
ads, but some good programs. I wanted to include at least
one of these sites…there are many.
Here's a good Google tip: type in the word or phrase that
describes the affiliate program keyword, then include
+affiliate. For example, if you're looking for a dog toys
affiliate you would search dog toys +affiliate. You should
get back a bunch of programs.
If you know of any more good ones, drop me a line at www.affiliateblog.com.