How can I start affiliate marketing? best 10 affiliate programs to join?

What is Affiliate Marketing

To learn how to start your affiliate marketing business, you need to know what affiliate marketing is in the first place. Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s products. This is one of the best ways to earn passive income!

What do I mean by passive income?

Passive income means that every month, I would earn a couple of thousands of dollars without doing anything. so even if don’t work the whole month, I will still earn almost the same number every month.

How Do Affiliate Marketers Get Paid?

A quick and inexpensive method of making money without the hassle of actually selling a product, affiliate marketing has an undeniable draw for those looking to increase their income online. But how does an affiliate get paid after linking the seller to the consumer?

The answer can get complicated.

The consumer doesn’t always need to buy the product for the affiliate to get a kickback. Depending on the program, the affiliate’s contribution to the seller’s sales will be measured differently.

The affiliate may get paid in various ways:

1. Pay per sale.

This is the standard affiliate marketing structure. In this program, the merchant pays the affiliate a percentage of the sale price of the product after the consumer purchases the product as a result of the affiliate’s marketing strategies. In other words, the affiliate must actually get the investor to invest in the product before they are compensated.

2. Pay per lead.

A more complex system, pay-per-lead affiliate programs compensate the affiliate based on the conversion of leads. The affiliate must persuade the consumer to visit the merchant’s website and complete the desired action — whether it’s filling out a contact form, signing up for a trial of a product, subscribing to a newsletter, or downloading software or files.

3. Pay per click.

This program focuses on incentivizing the affiliate to redirect consumers from their marketing platform to the merchant’s website. This means the affiliate must engage the consumer to the extent that they will move from the affiliate’s site to the merchant’s site. The affiliate is paid based on the increase in web traffic.

What are the best 10 affiliate programs to join?

We have listed the top 15 affiliate programs in India that you should join today to see your affiliate income skyrocket.

1. Reseller Club

Reseller Club is one of the largest reseller hosting companies in India. As a reseller affiliate, you can easily make a minimum of Rs. 2,000 or a maximum of Rs. 8,000 per referral. Once you sign-up as an affiliate, you can manage your account and track your performance with a unique affiliate ID.

The tracking cookie is rewarded on a last-click basis and is valid for 60 days. Reseller club also offers multiple payout options, which are via PayPal or Bank Transfer. The minimum payout balance is Rs 50.

2. Flipkart Affiliate

Flipkart is among the largest e-commerce players in India. Flipkart’s referral payout differs for desktop/mobile websites and mobile apps. The average commission offered ranges from 6% to 20%, depending on the category.

Flipkart also offers a range of affiliate tools like banners, widgets, and APIs for listing Flipkart deals/products on your own site/app. You can track the performance of referral links and conversions with real-time reports offered by Flipkart.

3. Amazon Associates

Amazon is the largest e-commerce brand in the world. You sign-up to Amazon’s affiliate marketing program using your existing Amazon account. After signing up for the program, you can use the Sitestripe to add links to your website easily.

Amazon also allows you to build customized links text links, text and image links, and image-only links to any product of your choice. The commission offered ranges from 0.2% to 10% depending on the category of the product. Amazon’s affiliate program offers you commission for other products that the user buys after clicking on your affiliate link. For instance, if you are promoting an oven and the user clicks on the link but navigates and buys an induction stove, you still get commissions considering you are sending traffic to Amazon.

4. vCommission

vCommission is among India’s oldest affiliate networks with over 18,000+ affiliates. vCommisson works with leading e-commerce companies like Agoda, Myntra, AliExpress, and SnapDeal. The platform has over 14,000 publishers, which makes it the largest affiliate network in India.

The minimum payment threshold on the platform is Rs 5,000/ $100, and the platform pays publishers on a 30-day cycle. To be eligible for the lead program from vCommission, your site needs to contain only English language content.

5. BigRock Affiliate

BigRock is India’s leading domain registration and web hosting company. The affiliate program uses tracking to track and award sales made on the affiliate URL. The tracking cookie from BigRock is valid for 60 days. 

Besides domain registration and web hosting, BigRock also offers to add services like email hosting, website builder, and digital certificates. The standard commission starts at Rs 30 and can go up to 30% of each sale, depending on the product offered.

6. DGM India

DGM is India’s leading digital ad network. You can join as an affiliate publisher and select the campaigns you want to partner with to start earning money. The commission you earn varies from campaign to campaign.

Some advertisers offer you a percentage of sales, whereas others will provide you with fixed fees. Bonus and incentives are also provided for affiliates who exceed expectations.

7. Yatra Affiliate

Yatra is among India’s online travel companies. The sign-up process is pretty seamless, and you can start immediately after signing up. Yatra tracks your affiliate link for a 30-day duration and commission paid upon bookings.

8. Admitad

Admitad is a global affiliate network that connects thousands of brands and publishers around the globe. It works with leading brands like Samsung, Tata Cliq, and in India. Admitad even allows publishers to monetize their communities’ social media, YouTube channels, messengers, email newsletters, and other traffic sources.

They offer a variety of business models to publishers to monetize their content, including contextual advertising, coupon, and promo codes, banner advertising, and more. The platform provides a variety of means to withdraw your money, including bank cards, Payoneer, and PayPal.

9. Hostgator Affiliate 

Hostgator is a global provider of web hosting and related services. it offers a flexible tiered payout, which increases your odds of earning more commission with each sale. The payout for qualified sales is made every 2 months + 10 days after the month the sale has occurred.

10. Optimise

Optimise is one of the leading global performance-marketing networks delivering over $1 billion in sales to its clients. Optimize works with leading brands like PayTM, Samsung, Amazon, and Agoda. 

If your website gets substantial traffic outside of India, Optimise affiliate network will certainly help you to broaden your reach. 

Benefits Of Affiliate Marketing

1. Low cost of start-up

An affiliate program does not require that you have an advertising team for ad visuals or purchase ad space.

Rather than that, you’ll have to depend on your affiliates to come up with their marketing content. Other than the initial effort of selecting and vetting affiliates, there’s little effort required from you to market your products, which is one of the reasons it’s become such a popular method of marketing.

Once a company is comfortable working with an affiliate and has built a good relationship, they can for the most part let them get on with marketing your service or product.

2. Low ongoing costs

Since most of your marketing activities are done by affiliates, they’ll also bear the chunk of the cost attached. And since it’s a commission-based program, it means that you’ll only pay affiliates from sales they bring in.

This marketing model makes cost easy to manage and does not interrupt your cash flow, unlike other marketing models such as PPC advertising that requires you to pay for every click leading to your website. But affiliate marketing ensures that you only part ways with your money when sales are made.

3. Low risk

Lost cost means low risk. There’s little risk of loss since payments are only made when there’s an actual conversion; perfect for businesses on a tight budget.

4. Targeted Traffic

Since the affiliates are handpicked by you, it can ensure that the traffic that comes to your site is from individuals that find your product or service useful. This is because affiliates that resonate with your brand will most likely have individuals with their area of influence that’ll find your brand useful.

5. Flexibility

You can easily make your affiliate program smaller or bigger at little or no cost. It also offers you a great way to scale up your business without breaking the bank.

6. High ROI

Having the keys to product innovation and effective management skills doesn’t guarantee a high ROI; you’ll also need to get your marketing right.

Affiliate marketing has been proven to have a much higher return on investment than the majority of marketing strategies.

One major reason for this is because your target audience will hear of your product or service from affiliates that are within their spheres of influence. In short, you’re channeling your marketing efforts through an affiliate who has direct access and influence over a highly targeted audience that is receptive to what you have to offer.

How can I use Facebook Page for affiliate marketing?

This is generally very easy to do and to get set up. You have to gather up a few pics from your affiliate website. need those for setting up a Facebook page and or group. You will be using one or both of those FB tools to set up a presence and it’s not hard at all.

  1. Log In
  2. On the top menu – on the blue strip, right of the search bar, click on
  3. From the Drop down menu – SELECT PAGE.
  4. You should be at Create A Page – At –BUSINESS OR BRAND
  5. Click On GET STARTED – Enter Page Name & Catagory

From that point,

Assuming you have a grand following and all of your friends like you, you can post more info about your affiliate. I suggest before posting that link that FB hasn’t banned it…Facebook has banned quite a few link shorteners, so it is best to post your affiliate link. Notice when you do that, FB pulls an image from the affiliate page. Once you see that image, it’s ok to remove the link URL (beware of link hijackers).

Your page can operate very similarly to a group, although there is slightly less interaction with a page. Groups, by their very nature, encourage interaction and it is a great way to keep an affiliate team together and informed.

Pages are more to keep your audience updated and to keep them abreast of your latest content.

you can continue to follow the simple instructions. You can add a picture and header related to your affiliate business.
The main feature is to add the link..You will be prompted To update the
LEARN MORE OR SHOP NOW BUTTON At the top right is your newly created page.

Which is better, Flipkart Affiliate or Amazon Affiliate?

Amazon Affiliate is much much better.

  1. They pay you in time without any delays and without any ups and downs in reports. Flipkart does once or twice in a year pays late or forgets to pay you until you nudge them by contacting.
  2. The minimum threshold is only INR 2500 while with Flipkart you need to make 5000 INR to be payable.
  3. The sale report on Flipkart cannot be viewed prior to 3 months. This means older reports are difficult to access. On Amazon India you can view your reports even from the last year.
  4. Recently, Flipkart Affiliate has started capping the maximum earnings monthly for each affiliate depending on his/her performance while on Amazon Affiliate there is no such cap. Infact, you earn as much as you can monthly on Amazon. When contacted, Flipkart informed that their affiliate budget has been cut out due to losses.
  5. The customer service of Flipkart Affiliate is very difficult to contact and not intuitive enough but Amazon Affilitae customer service is fast and much more reliable.
  6. Amazon has much more options of affiliate marketing like native shopping ads, special links for influencers on twitter or Insta, widgets etc. Also, you can link all your Amazon affiliates from different countries to one account so that you don’t have to login to different accounts for different countries.

Flipkart also has some positive points but they are more of a luck factor. Remember, even after so many negative points Flipkart is the second-best affiliate program after Amazon in India.

a) Flipkart somehow has more popular products which means they usually drive high sales numbers easily. All the budget category popular electronic devices are usually Flipkart Only. This is pure luck but I have been seeing the same thing for the last 2 years.

b) Flipkart has slightly better referral payout percentages and keeps coming back with offers about changes in its percentages. Example – Currently, Sales of some phones (a list has been provided) will garner you straight up 1000 INR.

c) Flipkart readily contacts their affiliates with opportunities like providing them with free review units for their blogs, YouTube, etc.

In conclusion, Flipkart has better offers but the consistency and earning potential is much more in Amazon Affiliate that too without trust issues.

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