For many affiliate marketers, Clickbank is the ‘go-to’ website for affiliate offers to promote.
However, there are some people who, for whatever reason, are not fans of Clickbank or simply can’t use it.
These people may want to look into Clickbank alternatives, which I am going to talk a little bit about in this article
Before I do that, I figured I would run you through why you may want to avoid Clickbank in certain situations.
Clickbank is one of the most popular sites for new affiliates to join. It is loaded with products and whatever niche you are in, it is likely that you will find one or two that you can actively promote. Since it is virtually impossible to be declined an account on Clickbank, it is easy for the beginner marketer to get signed up to it.
There are some problems with Clickbank, though. Ones that will encourage people to start looking for alternatives to Clickbank. This includes:
- The fact that you can’t sign up from certain countries.
- There is a massive refund rate on products. Think you earned your first commission? That could disappear after a month
- There is a limited number of products that you can promote. Most of it will be eBooks, which simply do not sell well in certain niches.
Top Alternatives to Clickbank
While it is fantastic to start with Clickbank, it should not be your only way to make money as an affiliate. Remember the adage of not putting all of your eggs in one basket?
This is why I want to share with you some Clickbank alternatives that I feel you could make bank with…providing you promote in the right way.
JVZOO is pretty much a smaller version of Clickbank. In fact, it was specifically designed to be similar, but still offering different products to promote.
This means that it is likely that you can still find similiar products to what you will find on Clickbank but not the exact same ones.
Top categories in JVZOO:
- Self Improvement
The downside is that it is pretty easy to get a product listed on JVZOO. You may think that this is a good thing, but it really isn’t.
When it is easy to list a product, some pretty terrible products can get listed. If you promote them, then you could be kissing goodbye to any good reputation that you have cultivated online.
Therefore, you will need to do your research to make sure that you are promoting quality products. It is worth it when you do, though. The refund rate on JVZOO is nowhere near as high as Clickbank’s refund rate.
#2. Clickfunnels Affiliate Program
With Clickfunnels, you will be promoting not just the subscription program itself but other products as well. They do have regular training courses which will ensure that you can make the most out of your Clickfunnels affiliate program.
Although the competition is fierce, the rewards are high. If you manage to get someone to subscribe to Clickfunnels under your affiliate account, you’ll collect commissions month after month as long as they are a subscriber.
It’s not just the Clickfunnels program you can promote but other products as well such as DotCom Secrets, Expert Secrets, One Funnel Away, and more. It’s worth checking out and you don’t need a subscription to promote their products.
If you are interested in promoting physical health products, then MarketHealth.com is where you need to be. They only cater to the health crowd, which means that you probably won’t be looking if you are veering away from fitness and the like.
Of course, for niches like this, MarketHealth.com is going to be a far better option than Clickbank.
The bulk of the products on MarketHealth.com will be supplements and the like, although a few other products can slip through the cracks on occasion. Each of the affiliate programs will have its own commissions.
Some of them will pay you per sale, while others will pay you based on the actions one of your website visitors takes (CPA), which is incredibly rare to see in the world of physical health products.
It is going to be a lot more difficult to get accepted for MarketHealth.com in comparison to Clickbank, but once you are accepted, you will have a whole world of offers that you will be able to sink your teeth into.
They are going to make you a decent sum of cash too if you can send some healthy traffic in their direction.
#4. Warrior Plus
Warrior Plus is a program that grew out of the Warrior Forum, the largest internet marketing forum in the world. This is going to be digital products. Not just any digital product, but ones related to making money online.
Granted, there are a lot of different products available. There could be some programs that teach people how to make cash online, there could be some PLR content to stick on a website, or there could be some WordPress templates and Plugins.
Lots of options, but probably only a good route to go down if you are working in a certain niche. It can be tough to make money with some of the products here too. This is because they are heavily promoted. One of the joys of where the site grew up from, isn’t it?
For the most part, Shareasale is pretty much just a smaller version of Clickbank. It has one huge difference, though. This is the fact that it has programs for both physical and digital products.
As you know, the bulk of Clickbank will be digital products, although they have introduced a few low-key physical products in recent years. This does mean that you are going to have more of a selection in certain niches.
The downside to Shareasale? Well, it is the fact that it can be quite convoluted to use. It can also be difficult to apply to certain programs. Although, I suppose you can also look at the upside of this.
The more difficult it is to apply to certain programs, the fewer people there will be promoting that program which means it suddenly becomes a lot easier for you to make some money. Whatever niche you are in, you can be sure to find a product to promote on Shareasale.
You could say that OfferVault is pretty similar to Clickbank. It is a massive database of affiliate offers. However, it tends to veer away from digital products.
Instead, most of the offers on OfferVault are going to be geared towards CPA (cost per action) and Cost-Per-Call.
If you work in certain niches, then OfferVault is going to be pretty much a Godsend. Insurance and other financial products are a big market on OfferVault.
The downside is that it can be easy to sign up to OfferVault, which means that there is going to be a lot of people promoting their products. This means that you will need to work ridiculously hard if you want to stand out from the crowd. However if you’re in a sub-niche market, you could find a gem here.
#7. Amazon Associates
When it comes to the promotion of physical products, there is nothing that can really compete with Amazon Associates. It is one of the biggest affiliate networks in the world.
For good reason too. This is a respected brand that has a lot of physical and digital products you can promote. If you can imagine it, then Amazon will have it.
While commissions have gone down in recent years, you will find the fact that encouraging people to purchase from Amazon is easy. After all, it is one of the most trusted brands in the world.
The downside? Amazon Associates is a wildly popular network. It holds all the cards in the relationship. If it doesn’t feel that you are a quality website to have on the program, then you can be kicked off just like that.
You also have to be careful with your advertising, make sure that you fully understand the terms of service or your account could get banned.
That being said, if you’re promoting physical products, you’d be crazy not to include Amazon Associates in your efforts.
#8. CJ Affiliate (Commission Junction)
Previously known as Commission Junction, many will lump CJ affiliate into the same category as Clickbank. It is a good starter network to join. It is easy to get signed up. Most accounts will be approved, even ones that Clickbank may not touch.
One of the big differences between Commission Junction and Clickbank is the fact that Commission Junction puts a lot of focus on physical and digital products. Many of the offers will be CPA offers too.
In my experience, for a starter network, the commission that you can earn on Commission Junction is similar to Clickbank. Although, this does mean that you are going to need to have a good business plan because there will be a lot of competition for the same offers that you are promoting.
The downside is that while there are a lot of offers on the site, it can be tough to navigate through them and find one that is right for your business. Once you are signed up, you should probably dedicate a day or two simply to searching through the offers to find some that are right for your business.
#9. Peerfly (SHUT DOWN)
It looks like Peerfly is shut down so you can pretty much ignore what I wrote about them but leaving it up just for the hell of it.
They do not let everybody into their network and once you have signed up, you really do need to jump through hoops to prove that you can offer value to the companies that advertise on Peerfly.
Once you are in, you are going to have a wealth of offers available to you. All of them are CPA offers or cost per aquisition. However, do bear in mind that you are always going to be watched by Peerfly to ensure that you are promoting the products in the right way. If you are not, then you will be kissing goodbye to that membership which took you ages to work for.
People who are signed up to Peerfly make commissions well in excess of anything they would have been making through Clickbank. This means that it is one of the best Clickbank alternatives for those who are looking to build up an established business even further.
It’s something to consider once you have built up your blog and have some traffic coming in.
#10. eBay Partners Network
eBay was the first online auction site to make it big. While it has seen better days, it still attracts millions of buyers each and every year. There is barely a country that eBay is not active in, and this means that it is going to be fantastic for generating commissions on plenty of different websites.
eBay Partner Network is fantastic as a ‘starter affiliate network’ as it pays out regularly. In fact, as long as you have generated at least $10 of commissions in a month, then you will be paid for that month.
None of the waiting around that other affiliate networks have. You have a wealth of products to promote too. In fact, if you are in a niche which sells physical products, then you will probably find something on eBay that you can promote.
The only downside to eBay Partners Network is that the commissions can vary wildly depending on the category that you are promoting. Yes, some commissions can be as high as 60%, but others can be painfully low.
You will need to do your research to see whether eBay Partners Network is the right option for you or not.
#11. Private Networks
Not every affiliate program is listed in the networks above and others. Some are private and can also be quite lucrative.
To find these, simply type in Google your niche + affiliate program. For example, if your site is on fishing lures, you would type – “fishing lures affiliate program” or “fishing affiliate program” in Google. You’ll be able to either find other networks or businesses that offer an affiliate program directly.
It’s important you do your research though to make sure they are reputable and that they pay out on time. You should be able to find this information by searching for reviews on said affiliate program or checking out forums.
Conclusion & Final Thoughts
Remember; this is just an introduction to some of the bigger Clickbank alternatives out there. I have put this guide together for those who are new to the world of affiliate marketing and would like to have a variety of choices.
I am positive that as you start to expand your business, you are likely to find other smaller, more-niche affiliate programs that you can join. In fact, there is a strong chance that people will approach you to join their own affiliate networks.
I am confident that by the time this happens, you will have the business sense to know whether it is going to be a good deal for you or not.
If you’re relatively new to affiliate marketing and still not sure how to approach it, check out my guide on the best affiliate marketing courses for 2021.
Here you are going to see my top picks of all the affiliate marketing courses I have bought and reviewed in the past.
I list my top 3 choices and why.
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