The 117 Best Affiliate Programs & Networks For Bloggers in 2020

You’ve probably been told that affiliate marketing is dead, or that the “good old days” are gone.

That’s funny – our bank manager would disagree.

So would the millions of dollars in affiliate commissions we’ve earned since 2011.

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Or the 18-month old affiliate site we sold for a very healthy mid-six-figure sum.

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We even managed to buy home and hire staff with all that “imaginary” cash.

Affiliate marketing is alive and well and is still a great way to make money online.

As long as you’re willing to listen to sound advice, do the work, and you have the right affiliate programs to promote.

You have done countless hours of research into proven niches with profitable affiliate programs, checking multiple affiliate networks…haven’t you?

Oh hell, never mind – we did it for you!

Enjoy our roundup of the very best affiliate programs for bloggers in 2020 and beyond!

Best Generic Affiliate Programs

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What we mean by “generic” is that you can feature products from these affiliate programs in pretty much any niche you can think of.

Basically, there’s something for everyone in your audience on most, if not all, of these sites. 

Amazon

The Amazon Associates program is often viewed as being an ideal affiliate program for beginners, but only for beginners. That doesn’t stop a number of super affiliates earning 6-figures per month as an affiliate for Amazon.

You do have to work with their varying commission rates though.

The flipside of that is that Amazon has tens of millions of different products in stock at any one time, so you’re more likely to make a sale.

So they’re still one of the best affiliate programs out there – they have more punching power than almost any of the affiliate networks.

  • Commission: It depends
  • Cookie: 24 hours

eBay Partner Network

It’s amazing to see how far eBay has come since its inception – from an online garage sale to one of the most powerful e-commerce platforms on the planet.

No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it on eBay, which is something you can’t always say about Amazon these days.

Plus, they can be far cheaper to shop with for certain items.

That makes the eBay Partner Network an affiliate program worth paying attention to, although it does almost cross the line into being an affiliate network in its own right.

  • Commission: Up to 70% of auction fees
  • Cookie: 1 day

Target

This might be your best possible option if you’re looking to replace Amazon Associates as your affiliate program of choice. 

Target doesn’t operate at the same scale, but they do sell a dizzying number of products, numbering in the millions.

But what they do – and you’ll love this – is reward their affiliates for sales volume.

The more you work, the more you earn.

  • Commission: Up to 8%, but not across all product lines
  • Cookie: 7 days

Etsy

Etsy started out as a platform where people bought and sold vintage and handmade goods.

But it’s grown a lot since then.

The reason why their affiliate program listed here is that Etsy products apply to pretty much any audience you can think of.

It’s kind of like Amazon but for independent creators selling everything from hand-drawn sketches to retro gaming accessories.

  • Commission: Up to 8%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Overstock

Want to furnish your entire home or office in one online shopping spree?

Overstock has whatever you want – from discounted sofas and kitchen accessories to swings sets and big-screen TVs.

This is one of those affiliate programs where the sky is the limit, and your affiliate earnings can follow the same path.

  • Commission: Up to 6%
  • Cookie: 15 days

VPN Affiliate Programs

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Express VPN

This VPN has been around longer than most, starting up in 2009. You get 160 servers spread across 94 different countries, plus support for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux.

Express VPN also sells pre-configured VPN routers, for customers who want that extra level of security and speed. 

It’s also regarded as one of the better VPNs on the market right now, if not the best, while also being among the best affiliate programs in this vertical.

  • Commission: Up to $36 per referral
  • Cookie: 90 days

Nord VPN

Nord has been helping people remain anonymous online since 2012, with 5,600+ services in 58 countries.

Since then they’ve become a trusted name in the online security marketplace.

They offer recurring commissions of 30% per month for each customer who signs up under your affiliate link.

  • Commission: 40% – 100% 
  • Cookie: 30 days

Surfshark

Surfshark does all the usual VPN stuff, but their Multihop feature means your customers can connect from multiple locations at once, truly masking their physical location.

Unique features sell really well, as does having 1040 servers in 60+ countries, plus their browser extension has received high praise from cybersecurity professionals, such as Cure53.

Another positive is that their affiliate manager responded to me query in less than a day.

  • Commission: 40%
  • Cookie: 30 day

IP Vanish

A guarantee of no traffic logs, unlimited bandwidth and access to 1,300 servers in more than 70- different locations all add up to IPVanish being a real contender on the VPN scene.

You will need to earn at least $100 to trigger a payment, which are made monthly. 

But they do offer recurring commissions of up to 35% for customers who signed up under your affiliate link and stay for more than their first month.

  • Commission: Up to 100% + 35% recurring
  • Cookie: TBC

CyberGhost

CyberGhost might not be a name you instantly recognize, but they’ve actually been in business since 2011, operating from their offices in Romania.

In terms of the VPN service itself, you get more than 7,000 servers in 90+ countries allowing you to keep all of your online activities anonymous and secure.

  • Commission: Up to 100% 
  • Cookie: 45 days

Private Internet Access

This is one of those VPN affiliate programs that doesn’t get mentioned often enough.

Private Internet Access provides access to servers in at least 30 countries, spanning 3,300 servers. 

One interesting thing about PIA is that they accept payment via a variety of gift cards.

 So your visitors can sign up for their service without even having to touch their credit or debit card.

That’s true anonymity. 

They’re also one of a handful of VPN affiliate programs that also offer recurring commissions.

  • Commission: 33% recurring
  • Cookie: TBC

TunnelBear

All VPNs claim to be the safest with the strongest encryption, etc., but only TunnelBear exposes itself to and publishes the results of, independent security audits.

So they talk the talk and walk the walk in the 23 different countries they have VPN servers for.

Based on their stats, this is one of the better VPN affiliate programs out there- you’ll make around $27 for every 100 qualified visitors you send to their site.

  • Commission:  50%
  • Cookie: 45 days

Pure VPN

A VPN isn’t really worth a whole lot to the end-user unless it’s almost as fast (or as fast) as their current Internet connection.

Pure VPN claims to have the fastest VPN connections on the planet, but also have neat features like split tunneling, and support a stack of different devices.

They must be doing something right because their top affiliate earned $5,785 in one week – their numbers, not ours.

  • Commission:  40%
  • Cookie: 35 days

Ivacy VPN

I have to admit that I’d never heard of Ivacy VPN before writing this blog post, but they’ve won a few awards, and have very positive customer reviews.

So your visitors get a fully-featured VPN with 1,000 servers in 100 geographical locations, plus an app for their smartphone.

They even have a dedicated app for Kodi users – that’s a really nice touch.

And, most importantly, you earn an average of $24 per transaction in affiliate commissions.

  • Commission:  Up to 32.5%
  • Cookie: 60 days

Hide My Ass

These guys have been active on the VPN scene longer than most and do a pretty good job of it too.

HMA offers servers in 190 different countries, so they blow most of their competition clear out of the water.

This was the first VPN I ever signed up for and actually made decent recurring commission cash with their affiliate program for a few years.

  • Commission:  Up to 100%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Gaming Affiliate Programs

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Nvidia

You already know who Nvidia is if you’re even remotely interested in gaming.

If not, they manufacture some of the best GPU (gaming video cards) in the world.

Actually, the best, in my opinion.

They don’t pay a huge commission rate, but it’s worth mentioning that a high-end Nvidia GPU can cost anywhere up to $1,000.

In theory that makes it one of the highest paying affiliate programs in the gaming niche and a popular affiliate program among gamers.

  • Commission:  2%
  • Cookie: 45 days

Alienware

These gaming PCs are the stuff that dreams are made of.

Serious gamers lust after them, even though a high-spec Alienware desktop can cost several thousand dollars.

 The Alienware affiliate program is run by CJ, and you can earn anywhere up to 6% on each sale you make.

The 3-day cookie is a nuisance, but when somebody has put aside $5,000 to buy a gaming PC…well…they’ve already decided to make a purchase.

  • Commission: Up to 6%
  • Cookie: 3 days

Twitch

Who would have thought there’d ever be demand for a streaming service that allows you to watch other people playing games.

But that’s exactly what Twitch is.

Their affiliate program is free, but there’s a catch – you have to actually stream on Twitch for at least 500 minutes in the last month before applying.

That makes it one of the more specialized affiliate programs in this roundup.

  • Commission: 50% rev share 
  • Cookie duration: n/a

Logitech

Logitech manufactures a wide range of gaming products – from speakers and joysticks to webcams, headsets, mice, and keyboards.

And they’ve been doing that for more years than I care to remember.

That means their products are popular with gamers, and promoting them as an affiliate will put 4% of each sale in your pocket.

You will need a Rakuten Linkshare account to get access to this offer. 

  • Commission: 4% 
  • Cookie: 30 day

Razer

Razer is pretty much the pinnacle of computer gaming gear.

They’re famous for their gaming mice and keyboards, but they now also manufacture gaming PCs.

But none of this comes cheap – a Razer gaming mouse can cost upwards of $150.

If you’re in the gaming niche this is a solid affiliate program to promote, offering a commission rate that is 2x the industry standard.

  • Commission: Up to 20% per sale
  • Cookie: 30 days

Leprestore

This is for gamers who want to boost their character stats in games like WoW Classic, Destiny 2 and Apex Legends.

…but without putting in the hundreds of hours needed to do that.

So your visitors simply pay Leprestore to do all the hard work for them, and you get paid $9 per referral (on average) for sending them there.

  • Commission: 10% per sale
  • Cookie: 15 days

Modded Zone

Game controllers all have one thing in common – they look boring AF.

Modded Zone can pimp your game controller, tweaking it to your exact specifications, inside and out.

Is there a market for modified game controllers?

Yes, and you’ll pocket roughly $12 for every sale you make for their affiliate program.

  • Commission: 5% 
  • Cookie: 90 days

Kinguin

Tired of paying top dollar for AAA-rated games?

Kinguin can save gamers a lot of dough, especially on titles that are just a few months old.

Long story short, you can buy a license key for a given game, and you can get paid a commission for helping other gamers save more than a few bucks on the cost of a new title.

  • Commission: 5%
  • Cookie: Lifetime

GameStop

If you’ve been to a mall ever in your life, then you know what GameStop is.

And you can bank on that brand awareness created by those 5,200+ stores by signing up for their affiliate program.

This affiliate program pays a commission on all items sold, except for gift cards which pay you exactly $0.00.

Yes, really.

  • Commission: 0% – 6%
  • Cookie: 1 day

Origin PC

If you want an extreme, overclocked, liquid-cooled, neon-lit gaming PC, then Origin are the kind of people you should talk to.

This is a high-end gaming affiliate program, aimed more at professional US-based gamers than just random affiliates. 

But if you fit that frame, then their affiliate program is worth looking into.

Close programs also tend to be amongst the highest paying affiliate programs out there.

  • Commission: Case-by-case assessment
  • Cookie: As above

CBD Affiliate Programs

Green Roads Cbd Homepage

Green Roads CBD

If your audience might be interested in organically grown, lab-tested hemp from an American producer, then Green Roads CBD is an affiliate program to add to your portfolio. 

You’d be promoting some of the purest hemp-based products on the market, and you’ll earn roughly $10 for each sale you make.

This is also a family-run business, so you have a better chance of developing a working relationship with them, unlike most other affiliate programs of this type.

  • Commission: 10% 
  • Cookie: 90 days

Just CBD

Just CDB…well…they do what it says on the tin – they sell a full range of CBD products ranging from gummies and vape oil to pet treats and bath bombs.

All infused with the benefits of organically grown hemp.

Affiliates get paid an 18% commission to start, but you can make 25% if you sell more than $2,500 of their products each month.

Talking about conversion rates is also important, and with a CR of 8.97%, this is a solid affiliate program.

  • Commission: Up to 25%
  • Cookie: 30 day

CDB Medic

They always tell affiliates that selling a “solution to pain” is one of the smartest ways to make money online.

And in the case of CBD Medic, that’s very true because they sell topical CBD treatments that provide effective pain management that avoid the risk of opioid addiction.

An average order value of $80 means affiliates earn roughly $16 per transaction.

  • Commission: 20%
  • Cookie: 30 days

Lifted CBD

Lifted CBD is basically an online mall for CBD products – if you can think of something cannabidiol related then there’s a good chance they stock it.

They feature products from all the leading CBD brands like Shanti, Endoca, The Good Patch and NuLeaf.

This affiliate program has an average order value of over $200.

  • Commission:  15% per sale
  • Cookie: 90 days

Green Wellness Life

This family-run CBD business offers affiliates 10% commission on each sale they make, and with an EPC of almost $150, their affiliates are making a lot of bank.

The fact that their landing page has a 19.8% CR probably helps that along quite a bit – that’s at the upper end of conversion rates for most affiliate programs.

Green Wellness Life might not be the catchiest brand name, but their products are a hit with two-legged and four-legged CBD users all over North America.

  • Commission: 10%
  • Cookie: 90 days

King Kanine

Yes, these are CBD products for dogs, but also for cats and even horses.

King Kanine is a small business run by animal lovers who want to help other animal lovers provide the best and most natural care possible for their four-legged friends.

So if you’re in any way involved in the pet or companion animal niche, you can earn substantial commissions on all sales of King Kanine products by featuring them on your site.

  • Commission: 15%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Joy Organics

The founder of Joy Organics (Joy Smith) started using CBD products to help her sleep at night.

And thus began her journey in discovering, developing and then selling some of the most refined CBD products on the market, including a range of energy drinks.

They offer free shipping on most orders as well as a money-back guarantee.

  • Commission: 25%
  • Cookie: 180 days

Charlotte’s Web

This is a range of CBD products not named after the famous children’s story, but instead after Charlotte Figi.

At the age of 5, she used CBD oil produced by the Stanley Brothers to reduce the severity of her epileptic seizures.

That particular strain of CBD was then named after her and is available online now in the form of oil drops, gummies, capsules, and even a balm.

  • Commission: 15%
  • Cookie: 30 day

CBD Pure

One of the risks involved in an emerging market like CBD is knowing that the oil you’re ingesting is pure.

With CBD Pure, not only is that implied in the brand name, but it’s also backed up by extensive third-party testing of their oil, cream, and softgel CBD products.

It only takes 5 minutes to apply to their affiliate program, and they’re also one of the highest paying merchants in the CBD niche, by commission rate.

  • Commission: 40%
  • Cookie: 90 days

Hemp Bombs

These guys sell all kinds of hemp-based products, from edibles and oils to topical and CBD treatments for your pet, and even vape oils.

So, if your audience is comprised of fans of cannabidiol products, this program is worth testing with them.

That’s if they accept you – they only work with sites with at least 10,000 uniques per month, so this is among the high-end affiliate marketing programs in this niche. 

  • Commission: 20% (to get started)
  • Cookie: 30 day

Sports Affiliate Programs

Under Armour Homepage

Under Armour

Want to promote an internationally recognized sports clothing brand and get paid for your efforts?

If so, then you should strongly consider signing up for their affiliate program (run by Commission Junction) – they’ll pay you 5% on all sales you make, with the exception of gift cards.

The beauty of this program is that you’ll never have to explain to your audience who Under Armor is or what they do, which should lead to higher conversion rates for you.

  • Commission: 5%
  • Cookie:  30 day

TaylorMade Golf

Some of the world’s best golfers use TaylorMade clubs and putters, which you’ll already know if you’re a fan.

For the average affiliate, the important thing to know here is that golf is a niche where people spend a lot of money, year in and year out.

And you can get a slice of that pie by promoting this program and its related products.

  • Commission: At least 6%
  • Cookie:  30 day

Enigma Fishing

Sports fishing is way more popular than most people realize.

How popular?

Well, the average order size for affiliates promoting this program is over $210, and you get a pretty generous cut of that – far more than Amazon offers, for example. 

Oh, and their cookie is 90x longer too.

  • Commission: 20%
  • Cookie: 90 days

Go Pro

There was a time when you had to take somebody’s word for the major sporting achievements in their life.

But now with Go Pro, you can record landing the fish, navigating the rapids, or base jumping from a perilous height.

Go Pros can be promoted to anyone from skydivers to pet owners – everyone wants a record of the most important moments in their life.

  • Commission: 5%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Leather Head Sports

Sports fans are willing to pay incredible amounts of money on memorabilia. 

And they’re the exact type of people who will love what Leather Head Sports sell – a range of handcrafted balls for baseball, football, basketball, soccer and rugby fans.

There are very, very few affiliate marketing programs like this out there, plus it’s a very targeted niche.

  • Commission: 10% 
  • Cookie:  60 days

Mountain Hardwear

This company sells a range of products for fans of mountaineering and climbing, but not the actual climbing gear itself.

Instead, you can promote their clothing range, as well as their backpacks, sleeping bags, duffels, chalk bags, and tents.

And with an average order value of $140, each transaction should be worth around $11 in commission to you.

  • Commission: 8%
  • Cookie: 21 days

Dicks’s Sporting Goods

This company is a household name in North America when it comes to sporting goods.  

They sell clothing and equipment for everything from bowling and hockey to soccer and MMA, plus they also have a hunting and shooting product range.

Basically, there’s something for every sportsperson here, including those in your online audience, making it among the best affiliate programs for the sports niche.

  • Commission: Up to 5%
  • Cookie: 10 days

Al’s Sporting Goods

What started with a $500 loan to open a bicycle and tackle shop in 1921 has become a 120,000 square foot retail unit a little under 100 years later.

You’ll find products from all your favorite sporting brand names here, along with hunting goods, skiing equipment, water sports gear, and bikes of all shapes and sizes.

Their affiliate program is run by the FlexOffers affiliate network, so you’ll need an account with them to get started. 

  • Commission: 7.2%
  • Cookie: 45 days

LeftLane Sports

Now here’s something a little different.

LeftLane Sports is basically a site where you can pick up deals on sporting goods.

So you can find endurance sports gear at a discount, or a 3-day camping trip to Yosemite, also at a discount.

That makes it a good fit for most sporting or even travel blogs.

  • Commission: 10%
  • Cookie: 60 days

Fitbit

Nobody could ever have predicted how big the smartphone craze would be, and the same can be said for the FitBit.

They are the “must-have” sports wearable for the vast majority of sports fans, simply because they’re far more affordable than the average smartwatch. 

Fitbit is a recognized brand name, so promoting them via their affiliate program shouldn’t take too much work.

  • Commission: 7.2%
  • Cookie: 45 days

Financial Services Affiliate Programs

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Lending Tree

This is one of the better-known price comparison sites for loans, credit cards, and insurance products and services. 

So your visitors can find the best possible deal for any given financial service.

Affiliates get to work with an account manager to help them make the most of this program.

  • Commission: Up to $70 per lead 
  • Cookie:  14 days

USAA Credit Cards

There are lots of credit card companies out there, but USAA Credit Cards has a very specific market – active and retired military personnel.

But they also offer a complete range of financial services like personal loans, checking accounts, and even mortgages.

This is a pay-per-lead program, and you have a potential audience made up of 24 million members of the armed forces.

  • Commission:  $25 per signup
  • Cookie:  30 day

Bankrate Credit Cards

This affiliate program is a little different in that Bankrate is an affiliate network for credit cards, so it kinda straddles both sides of the fence.

What it does for affiliates is give them access to credit card offers that would be otherwise out of their reach.

They don’t publish commission rates publicly – they’re only revealed once you join the program.

  • Commission: Varies
  • Cookie: Varies

BBVA Bank

This bank has been around since the 60s but has undergone several rounds of rebranding.

 But apart from that, they’re very typical of what you’d expect from a banking affiliate program in that they offer checking accounts, loans, mortgages, credit cards and you make money by referring people to their offers.

This is a pay-per-lead program, so you’re working on a fixed commission rate regardless of the size of a sale.

  • Commission:  $85 per signup
  • Cookie:  Session-based

Barclays Bank

Barclays has been involved in banking for over 400 years now. 

What makes this affiliate program special though is a massive EPC combined with a ton of brand recognition.

Their affiliate commission rate is very far from impressive, but what they lack in upfront rewards they more than make up for with a very high conversion rate.

  • Commission: $2 per sale
  • Cookie:  45 days

Credit.com

Although they sell themselves as a credit scoring service, their backend products are credit cards and loans.

So being part of their affiliate program gives you access to a range of financial services products that would normally be out of your reach.

This typically results in a lowered offered commission rate/CPL rate, however, but you are piggybacking on their authority in the market, so that’s the price you pay.

  • Commission rate: Varies
  • Cookie duration: Varies

CIT Bank

CIT Bank has survived multiple depressions and recessions and is still going strong.

Their financial products include personal loans and savings accounts, mortgages but also commercial financing options.

This is another CPL program in the financial services niche with a significant payout.

  • Commission: $100 per lead
  • Cookie:  30 day

Experian

Experian is probably the most recognized credit scoring service out there.

It’s also a perfect complementary program for anyone working in the financial services niche.

You can help people sort out their credit score before successfully applying for a new credit card, helping you bank more commission in the process. 

So we’d consider this among the best affiliate programs in the finance niche.

  • Commission: Up to $8 per sale
  • Cookie: 10 days

Discover

Discover is probably best known for its range of credit cards, and the bonus that they don’t charge annual fees on any of their cards.

But they do also offer a number of other financial service products such as loans, mortgages and home equity financing.

So you have a diverse range of financial services products and services to offer your audience, and all under the Discover brand.

  • Commission: Up to $40 
  • Cookie: TBC

TransUnion

Finding a credit scoring and monitoring service in the United States is pretty easy.

But what about Canada?

Well, that’s where TransUnion comes into the picture- you can ask them to generate a credit score report for you, but they also offer a credit score monitoring service for $24.95 per month.

So affiliates obviously get a cut of that.

  • Commission rate: TBC  
  • Cookie duration: 45 days

Travel Affiliate Programs

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Expedia

If you’ve ever booked your vacation online then you’ll have seen Expedia appear somewhere in the search results.

That’s because they’re a leading price comparison site for holidaymakers.

They also just happen to have a high-performing affiliate program i.e. their affiliates are making a lot of money on a regular basis.

  • Commission: Up to 6%
  • Cookie: 7 days

World Nomads

Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures is one of the most positive things you can do with your life.

But you also need to plan for when things go wrong because they invariably do.

World Nomads is an insurance provider that specializes in supporting those with a nomadic lifestyle and is one of the only affiliate programs of its kind.

  • Commission: 10%
  • Cookie: 60 days

Kayak

Although price comparison sites are now pretty common, Kayak was the first to develop the technology to check flight, hotel, and car hire prices across hundreds of sites at once.

They’re still one of the leading travel search engines out there thanks to a ton of brand presence.  

It would appear that their affiliate program has a minimum traffic level of 100,000 unique visitors per month though.

  • Commission: Up to 50% of booking fees
  • Cookie: Session-based

Lonely Planet

If you’ve made the decision to see far-off lands, then there’s really only one travel guide you can rely on – Lonely Planet.

I still have the first one I ever bought for when I spent a few months living and working in India.

They have multiple affiliate programs – Awin manages its US and Canada program, while CJ handles its Asia affiliate program.

  • Commission: 15% on books
  • Cookie: 30 day

Booking.com

This travel comparison site has direct relationships with over 1.4 million hotels and apartments and your visitors will never have to pay any booking fees.

From an affiliate’s perspective, they’re also one of the most popular travel sites online and has been for years.

This is one of the highest-paying affiliate programs in this niche.

  • Commission: Up to 40%
  • Cookie: Session-based

Marriott

It’s always nice to know that when you book into a hotel that you’ll get a certain level of service.

Like McDonald’s, except with hotel rooms instead of burgers.

That’s basically what you get with Marriot Hotels all over the world  – a consistently high standard of service.

And that makes them easy to pitch to any audience.

  • Commission: Up to 6%
  • Cookie: 7 days

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is quite probably the site people rely on most for hotel and restaurant reviews when planning their holiday.

Probably because they have over 500,000 pages of content on hotels and cities – that’s pretty comprehensive.

And all of those reviews are user-generated content.

  • Commission: 50%
  • Cookie: 1-day

Skyscanner

Available in 30 languages, Skyscanner is the granddaddy of all flight comparison sites.

Although they originally started out just comparing flights, they’ve since expanded into accommodation and car hire price comparison too.

  • Commission:  50% and $1 per app install
  • Cookie: 30 days

Royal Caribbean

If you’ve always dreamt of going on a cruise, there’s a very good chance you’ll have stared wistfully at this cruise company’s homepage.

They’re one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, and with an average order value of over $1,200, there’s money to be made here.

  • Commission: 4% of the sale price
  • Cookie: 45 days

Airbnb

The idea of sub-letting your spare bedroom to international travelers seemed like a pretty dumb idea 10 years ago, didn’t it?

But that hasn’t stopped Airbnb from becoming a major competitor in the travel accommodation industry, one worth US$38 billion.

  • Commission: Up to $95 per sign up
  • Cookie: TBC

Anantara Resorts

If you want to book yourself into some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle and Far East, Asia, or Africa then you’ll love what Anantara Resorts has to offer.

After all, why travel to the same places as everyone else?

  • Commission: 5%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Hilton.com

The Hilton family is famous for a number of reasons, but mostly just the fact that they own a vast hotel empire spanning the globe.

To be fair, when I traveled a lot with work I always tried to stay in a Hilton because I always knew what to expect.

So you can recommend affordable and comfortable hotel accommodation and earn money for doing that.

  • Commission: 4%
  • Cookie: 7 days

Fitness Affiliate Programs

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Reebok

Reebok (means Grey Antelope in Afrikaans) has been in business since 1895, getting their start making spiked running shoes for Olympic athletes.

The good news for affiliate marketers is that you won’t have to pre-sell your audience on Reebok products simply because they’re such a huge brand.

  • Commission: 7% per sale
  • Cookie: 7 days

Titan Fitness

Do your visitors like lifting heavy things and putting them back down again?

If so then you’ll dig the range of benches, racks, free weights and other lifting gear available from Titan Fitness.

They don’t pay a huge commission rate, but that’s offset by the price of the products they sell.

  • Commission: 4%- 5% per sale
  • Cookie: 30 day

Horizon Fitness

Some people love getting fit in the great outdoors, but pretty much everyone else uses a gym.

Horizon manufactures a range of treadmills, rowers, exercise bikes, and elliptical striders for use in a gym or home gym.

And the nature of the products means their average order value is at least US$800.

  • Commission: 8% per sale
  • Cookie: 30 days

Monkii Fitness

Bodyweight resistance exercises are some of the best you can do.

But it’s not always an option to have a TRX system with you…unless you own a Monkii Fitness system – a workout system that you can literally attach to a tree. 

The beauty of this product is that it appeals to so many audiences, from fitness fans to people who travel as part of their job.

  • Commission rate: 15% per sale
  • Cookie duration: 90 days

Gene Food

You are what you eat.

And that goes double for athletes or anyone who takes their fitness regimen seriously. 

Gene Food ensures that the foods you eat are aligned with your DNA, based on one of 20 different diet plans.

And you can earn some healthy commissions promoting this program to people who truly treat their body like a temple.

  • URL: Gene Food Affiliate Program
  • Commission: $15 of the sale price
  • Cookie: 90 days

BowFlex

This company is one of the most trusted names in home fitness, earning their fame thanks to the Bowflex home gym systems they first sold.

These days Bowflex is about more than that, selling free weights, treadmills, climbers, elliptical striders, and exercise bikes.

  • Commission: Start at 3%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Body Spartan

Well, you have to give the movie “300” credit – lots of guys and gals still want to learn how to train like a Spartan.

Fortunately, you won’t have to take your best friends to face down an army of 1 million Persians. 

But you will get to make money by helping others become the best version of themselves.

  • Commission: 10%
  • Cookie: 45 days

ACE Fitness

This is an affiliate program that’s perfect for people who are considering a change in career or just want a new challenge.

But are already physically fit and want to show others the benefit of a healthy lifestyle.

90,000 fitness instructors have become ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified in the last three decades.

  • Commission: 8%
  • Cookie: 30 day

Jillian Michaels

If you’ve never heard of Jillian Michaels before now, she made her name as a very tough but effective coach on the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser”.

Now your visitors can train with her from the comfort of their sitting room.

Work hard. Get fit. Get paid.

  • Commission: 20%
  • Cookie: 30 day

TRX Training

Not everyone digs going to the gym…not until they can blend in with all the other fit people.

And that’s where the TRX bodyweight training system comes in.

Your visitors can get a full, tough workout at home using nothing more than the TRX system and those extra pounds they piled on.

This could be a great affiliate program to add to your site’s portfolio.

  • Commission: 8%
  • Cookie: 30 days

Music Affiliate Programs

Music Affiliate Programs

MasterClass

Learning to play a musical instrument can expand your horizons and apparently even improve your IQ.

Plus it just flat out looks cool.

MasterClass offers a wide range of online courses taught by a number of famous musicians and for less than $90.

Why not learn from one of the best?

Online courses don’t come much better than this.

  • Commission: 25% 
  • Cookie: 30 days

Guitar Center

Although you can rely on Guitar Centre, and their 260 stores, for your latest axe, they also sell keyboards, drums, mics, PA systems, and even DJ equipment.

So, anyone thinking of putting the band back together can get everything they need here, and you’ll earn a 5% cut of everything they buy.

  • Commission: 3% – 5% 
  • Cookie: 14 days

Thalia Capos

A capo is the little thing you see strapped across the neck of a guitar that changes how it sounds.

It’s also a rank in the Italian mafia, but we’re talking about the guitar accessory here.

These capos are handmade and named after the daughter of inventor Chris Bradley.

  • Commission: 15% to start
  • Cookie: 90 days

Musician’s Friend

This business started out from a garage and with a $5,000 loan.

As of today, they stock over 1.7 million musical items of all shapes and sizes at any one time.

A lower than average commission rate means you’ll need to either promote high ticket items or rely on volume sales of cheaper items.

But that’s true of many programs in this niche.

  • Commission: 4% 
  • Cookie: 14 days

Woodwind and Brasswind

Trivia point: I used to play classical tenor saxophone.

Brasswind and woodwind instruments aren’t exactly mainstream, but that doesn’t stop this company from selling them all over the world.

A typical brass or woodwind instrument costs several hundred dollars, so that balances out the slightly lower commission rate here.

  • Commission: 6%
  • Cookie: 14 days

Piano For All

This is an online course that teaches your visitors how to play the piano.

They get 200 videos, 500 audio lessons, and a set of 10 ebooks to take them from two-finger plunking to tinkling the ivories with style in no time at all.

“Piano for All” is currently the best music tutorial course on Clickbank in terms of what you can earn and conversion rates. 

It’s just a shame they don’t offer some form of recurring commission.

  • Commission: $22.89 per sale
  • Cookie: 60 days

Sam Ash

This is a business for musicians run by musicians, which is almost always a good thing.

At least that way you know you’re getting genuine advice, something these stores have been offering since 1924.

Plus, they have pretty much everything a budding musician needs to get started, and a generous affiliate payment structure to boot.

  • Commission: Up to 10%
  • Cookie: 30 days

Singorama

The idea of singing in public terrifies most people, but it shouldn’t have to.

Especially not if they go through the vocal training offered by the Singorama program.

It’s like having a private singing coach on call whenever you need them.

  • Commission: 70%
  • Cookie: 60 days

Zzounds

This specialist music retailer offers a complete range of guitars, keyboards, drums, DJ and recording equipment, and pretty much any type of musical accessory you could need.

And you can get what you need in a hurry with 2-day shipping that’s free on 90% of orders.

  • Commission: 6%
  • Cookie: 60 days

Fiddlershop

Sometimes learning a classical instrument is the best place to start your journey as a musician, and there’s no more classical instrument than the violin, viola or cello.

I’ve actually always wanted to learn how to play the violin just because it doubles up as an instrument for traditional Irish music.

In any case, these guys are one of the leading providers of stringed instruments in the world.

  • Commission: 5%
  • Cookie: 45 days

Cryptocurrency Affiliate Programs

Binance Homepage

Binance

This is one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges out there – pretty much anyone who wants to buy or sell alt currencies will wind up with a Binance account.

Their affiliate program involves a manual approval process via a web form, so make sure to complete it properly.

  • Commission: Up to 50%

Coinbase

Coinbase offers crypto fans the best of both worlds – they’re a trading platform for buyers and sellers as well as offering a digital wallet for your coins.

But you can still use fiat currencies to buy coins here, and they provide cover for exchanges worth up to US$250,000.

Their affiliate program pays a percentage of your referral’s trading fees. 

  • Commission: 50% of trading fees (first 90 days)

Paxful

While other crypto markets are generalists, Paxful is just for traders with a wallet full of Bitcoin they want to offload.

It’s also a peer-to-peer marketplace, so the trades are the sole responsibility of the buyer and seller.

The Paxful affiliate program is also one of the most generous in the industry.

  • Commission: 50% of fees

CCG Mining

There are two ways to get your hands on altcoins – you can buy them or you can mine them.

CCG Mining will build a crypto mining rig for you, or you can invest in their “cloud mining” equipment instead.

Affiliates only receive a commission for selling their “cloud” products i.e. you get nothing for selling a rig.

  • Commission: 6% of each cloud mining contract

CoinMama

This is a marketplace for cryptocurrency owners who want to buy or sell coins but without the inherent risk of a P2P trade.

That obviously means you pay a brokerage fee for their assistance.

Your visitors also get multiple payment options, high spending limits, and instant delivery of whatever coins they buy.

  • Commission: 15% 

Changelly

Although it’s one of the newer crypto exchanges, Changelly does support trading in 150 different altcoins.

And you’ll never have to deposit any cash with them – just look for the best rate for your trade and either buy or sell.

  • Commission: 50% revenue share

Bitbond

Peer-to-peer business loans aren’t exactly news.

But what is new is that Bitbond offers the same service but with Bitcoin instead of fiat currencies.

This allows them to bypass the numerous idiotic barriers in place that prevents P2P loans in certain countries.

  • Commission: 20% for introducing borrowers, and 30% for lenders

Local Bitcoins

Crypto exchanges are wonderful, but some people prefer the human element of trading with another human via P2P trading.

Local Bitcoins was set up for that exact audience, and more specifically Bitcoin traders, but your trades pass through an “Escrow Wallet” so you get the safety of a crypto exchange but without the overheads.

  • Commission: 20% of fees for all trades

Trezor

If you lose your private key then you lose your cryptos along with it.

So, the best place to store your private key is offline and in something like a Trezor digital wallet.

They’re expensive but much cheaper than losing your entire investment in altcoins.

  • Commission: Up to 15%

KUCoin

One of the newest cryptocurrency exchanges but also one of the biggest, or at least they are in terms of the number of coins they support. 

And with 621 million trades under their belt, they’re obviously doing something right.

  • Commission rate: Up to 50% 

Pet Affiliate Programs

Whistle Homepage

Whistle

GPS trackers for dogs aren’t exactly new.

But Whistle takes things to the next level by not only allowing you to track your furry friend’s location but also monitor their health, right down to their sleeping pattern.

The average commission per sale here is $27, which makes this program well worth your while.

  • Commission:  20% 
  • Cookie: 30 days

ZooPlus UK

This online pet supply retailer has over 8,000 products in stock at any one time, including everything you need for more common pets like cats, dogs, and fish, all the way down to pet rats.

And they’ve been doing this since 1999, so you’re dealing with a brand you can trust.

One for European affiliate marketers who are active in the companion animal niche.

  • Commission: 2% -3% 
  • Cookie:  45 days

Petco Supplies

Petco is one of the most recognizable names in pet supplies, thanks in no small part to the fact they have 1,500 stores across the world.

And that’s beside their huge online store – where you can find all the pet food, bedding, snacks, and other accessories you could ever need.

One word of caution for affiliates is that they don’t pay any commission for referred sales of their “PupBox” subscription box.

  • Commission: Up to 4%
  • Cookie:  7 days

Brain Training For Dogs

Training your dog isn’t rocket science, or at least it isn’t if you’ve owned a dog before.

But some dogs do need some extra help to figure out how to be your bestest friend in the whole world.

And that’s what this dog training video course can help with.

You’ll earn approximately $30 for every sale you make via your affiliate link, but you will need a ClickBank account to get access to this offer.

  • Commission:  75%
  • Cookie:  60 days

We already put together a ClickBank tutorial, showing you how to make money promoting digital products like this one.

Holista Pet

There are 62 million pet owners in the United States alone, and each of them wants their four-legged friend to have the best possible life.

Providing them with anxiety or pain relief via organically pure CBD products thanks to Holista Pet is just part of that.

This affiliate program is available via the Refersion affiliate network, so you’ll need an account with them to get access to this offer.

  • Commission: 25% 
  • Cookie:  30 days

FurHaven

Pet owners, and more specifically dog owners, are more than happy to pay large sums of cash for pet accessories.

And dog beds are a perfect example of this, especially for older dogs that need some orthopedic support while they sleep.

Your average affiliate commission when promoting this program should be around $10, but up to $20, per sale.

  • Commission: 10% 
  • Cookie:  30 days

Pet Care Supplies

If you’re looking for a great online source for pet healthcare products, then you’ve found one.

This company stocks flea and tick treatments, shampoos, as well as pet hygiene products, and even a range of homeopathic treatments for your cat or/or dog.

This affiliate program has an average order value of $120, so you’ll pocket around $12 from each sale.

  • Commission: 10% 
  • Cookie:  60 days

Embark

This is basically 23andMe but for dogs.

Ever wondered why certain dogs get certain diseases or suffer from specific health issues?

With Embark your visitors are just a single, simple DNA test away from finding out exactly what makes their best friend tick, at a cellular level.

And you get paid for helping them do that.

  • Commission:  10% 
  • Cookie:  30 days

Pet Pro Supply

This is where you go to find dog and cat furniture, travel crates of all shapes and sizes, kennels, whelping boxes, and even dog treadmills.

So it is most definitely not your average pet accessory site – it’s aimed more at dog trainers, breeders, and even vets.

The commission rate might seem on the low side of things, but the average order value means you can earn good money regardless of that.

  • Commission:  4% 
  • Cookie:  15 days

Live Pee Free

As much as we love our dogs and cats, something we don’t love is the smell they leave behind when they have an “accident” indoors.

That smell can be hard to shift, or it was until the ion-powered goodness that is ‘Live Pee Free’ came to the rescue.

Their products are 10x more effective than traditional odor removers, and you make $20 per average sale.

  • Commission:  30% 
  • Cookie:  90 days

Photography Affiliate Programs

B&h Photo Homepage

B&H Photo

Photography affiliates need to sign up for this program.

You might not have heard of them, but they’re quite possibly the biggest and best affiliate program in the photography niche.

Their program runs in-house so you won’t find them on any affiliate network, but you owe it to yourself to add B&H to your affiliate program portfolio.

  • Commission rate: Up to 8%
  • Cookie: 60-hours

Focus Camera

What started out as a single retail outlet in New York has grown to become one of the most trusted sources for cameras and photography equipment both online and offline.

What sets them apart from many of their competitors is their sheer level of expertise – you’re buying your camera from somebody who understands photography at least as well as you do.

Their commission rate might not appear attractive, but it’s actually pretty average for the photography niche.

  • Commission rate: 3% 
  • Cookie:  3 days

Canon

These guys have been making cameras since 1934, even though you probably recognize their name more for the fact that it’s on the printer or photocopier you use in the office.

That doesn’t change the fact that Canon makes some of the best cameras out there, and especially when it comes to DSLR cameras for new or mid-range photographers.

Again, not a huge amount of commission, but high-end cameras tend to be expensive, so the payouts will be worth it.

  • Commission rate: 2.5%
  • Cookie:  30 days

Samy’s Camera

E-commerce stores selling cameras are a dime a dozen, but Samy’s isn’t one of those.

Yes, they sell cameras and photography accessories, but they repair cameras and also run a photography “school” where you can learn everything from the basics all the way to using Adobe products like a pro.

Their affiliate program claims to have an average order value of $500, which makes sense considering what they sell.

  • Commission rate: 4% 
  • Cookie:  30 days

KEH Camera

Some people have a burning desire to learn more about being a photographer but lack the budget.

But the good news is that you can use KEH Camera to find previously owned cameras and equipment, at least 40% cheaper than buying the same gear brand new.

There are two ways to earn cash with their affiliate program – you get paid $1 per submitted resale quote but also 4% on a completed sale made via your affiliate link.

  • Commission rate: 4% 
  • Cookie:  Up to 15 days

Adobe

Yes, there are lots of photo manipulation and enhancement tools on the market, but nobody does it like Adobe.

Working with photographers is a core part of their business which is why they create software products like Photoshop and Lightroom.

And they’re willing to pay you to help new photographers find their products – up to $72 per sale for their subscription services.

  • Commission rate: Up to $72 or 85% of first month’s subscription to ‘Creative Cloud’
  • Cookie: 30 days

MasterClass

You know how you’ve dreamt about learning photography from a master of their craft?

Well, that’s what you get with Master Class – the chance to learn from pros like Jimmy Chin and Annie Leibovitz, but from the comfort of your sofa.

Their affiliate program also features a monthly bonus payment for top-earning affiliates.

  • Commission rate:  25% 
  • Cookie duration:  30 days

Hiscox

Photographers love their cameras more than most people in their lives.

So the idea of having their pride and joy stolen is more than they could deal with.

That’s why you’re doing them a favor by recommending that they insure their cameras and accessories with a specialist like Hiscox. 

There’s also the tiny detail that they have a huge EPC of almost $330.

  • Commission rate: $25 per lead
  • Cookie:  7 days

Olympus

This is a photography brand that shouldn’t need any introduction because they’ve been making some of the finest cameras in the world for almost 100 years now.

Opinions will vary, but many photographers view high-end Olympus cameras as being the pinnacle of photographic equipment.

And with an average order value of between $500 and $2,000 you stand to make a lot of cash even with their existing commission structure. 

  • Commission rate: 3%
  • Cookie: 15 days

Format

And here we have something very different for photography sites.

Format is a tool photographers can use to build an online portfolio.

Think of it as a highly specialized version of Wix with templates designed to help photographers get started in showcasing their best work.

  • Commission rate: 30%
  • Cookie: 90 days

More niche specific affiliate programs

Affiliate Marketing FAQ

What is an affiliate program?

An affiliate program is an agreement between you and an online advertiser that they will pay you a percentage or fixed amount in commission for every purchase made on their site by your visitors. 

This payment is known as an affiliate commission and can be for generating a sale, or simply generating a lead instead.

The idea of being an “agent” for a company has been around since trading first began – affiliate marketing simply took the process online.

How to join affiliate programs

There are a number of ways to do this. 

The first of these is by applying directly to the program via the merchant’s website.

The second way is to sign up for an advertiser’s affiliate program via whatever affiliate network runs it for them. Typical examples of the more popular affiliate networks include Commission Junction, ShareASale, and ClickBank, for example.

And finally, by invitation – sometimes companies will find your site, want exposure to your traffic, and will contact you to express their interest in having you as an affiliate.

A friend of mine was once gifted a rigid inflatable boat as an incentive to join an affiliate program.

What to look for in an affiliate program

There’s a number of metrics you can measure any affiliate program by. Most affiliates look for offers with the highest payout, but it’s just as important to consider the following:

  • Conversion rate
  • Cookie duration
  • EPC (Earnings per 100 clicks)
  • Payment schedule

Simply chasing the highest-paying deals will usually lead to frustration – you should ask to see their metrics before promoting any affiliate offers, especially their conversion rate and their EPC.

Affiliate programs vs. affiliate networks

While an affiliate program is a direct agreement between you and an online advertiser, an affiliate network is basically a directory filled with thousands of affiliate programs.

The function of affiliate networks is to manage the affiliate programs for a range of businesses, including things like affiliate queries, payment and payment issues, policy changes, and terminating affiliate relationships.

A business that runs its own in-house affiliate program has to manage it directly, whereas with an affiliate network they can effectively outsource the grunt work of their affiliate program onto an affiliate network instead.

How to get approved for affiliate programs

What’s required of affiliates can vary wildly from one affiliate program to the next, but here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Your website should be active
  • Ideally, your site would have at least a few thousand unique visitors per month
  • Your content should be at least tangentially related to the products or services sold via the program e.g. you’re not a sports shooting site applying to a knitting affiliate program.
  • Your content doesn’t include material of a graphic, questionable, or downright illegal nature
  • Develop an elevator pitch for your site – how would you explain it if you only had 30 seconds to close the deal with somebody you met in an elevator?

You’ll find that if you can tick the boxes for “Has active site” and “Has existing traffic”, most affiliate managers will give you the benefit of the doubt.

Conclusion

And we are done!

You’ve made it to the end of our roundup of 117 of the best affiliate programs out there, spanning multiple profitable niches.

You probably noticed that we didn’t feature affiliate networks here but that’s because we didn’t want to muddy the waters.

So, you could choose to be an affiliate on Amazon or eBay, or deal directly with smaller and more niche programs.

Or you could just promote digital products featured on ClickBank.

Either way, this is just a sampling of what’s available – there are literally tens of thousands of affiliate programs out there.

All just waiting for affiliates like you to promote them.

What are you waiting for – the best time to get started is right now!

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