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When it comes to finding the best affiliate programs out there, where is the best place to go? Sure, you can join them all and look for the offers that are most relevant to you, and which have the most payout… or you can just view the excellent infographic we have below.

Four of the largest networks out there, that will instantly give you access to thousands of the best and biggest brand names in the world, are Shareasale, LinkShare, Commission Junction and Google Adsense. Let’s take a look at how each of them compares to each other in the stats below. You can view the full infographic here.


Top Affiliate Networks Compared

The infographic for this topic is pretty large, so I’ve highlighted a few of the key notes shown in the image.

  • Shareasale pays $150 for each new referred merchant
  • Linkshare has 10 million partners
  • 62% of the Top 500 retailers are using
  • Top Linkshare Clients: GoDaddy, JC Penny, American Express, 1800Flowers & Avon
  • Top CJ Clients: Zappos, Dell, Yahoo, Overstock, and Home Depot
  • Google Adsense pays out 68% to their publishers
  • 28% of Google’s revenue in Q1 of 2011 came from Adsense
  • 75 out of 100 of “Hot 100 Retail Web Sites” have an affiliate program
  • 41% of affiliates promote health, sport and fitness related offers

Exploring the World of Affiliate Marketing

In addition to the major networks in the affiliate space, there is also a ton of smaller networks which have access to smaller web sites and brands that can yield much higher profits for smaller affiliates. To make the most money and room for opportunity, be sure to join as many networks as you can and stay on top of all the latest affiliate offers and news updates.

Did any of the affiliate marketing stats surprise you?

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at and, as well as the author of Blogging Tips: Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger on

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