The top 9 affiliate-marketing programs that influencers use to recommend products and earn money from sales

By CreatorStack ยท 27 days ago

One of the most straightforward and accessible ways that influencers can start earning money is by recommending products to their followers through commission-based affiliate marketing.

In short, affiliate marketing is when an influencer, blogger, or publisher shares a product through a specific link. Purchases made through this link are tracked, and the person who shared the link will receive a cut of every sale made.

This form of income is a particularly effective way for emerging "nano" and "micro" influencers (with between 1,000 and 100,000 followers) to start making money and working with sponsors.  Influencers typically earn between 1% and 20% commission from these links. Retail programs generally offer a lower rate, while rates from tech programs run higher, according to industry professionals.

There are a number of factors that play into the percentage, including what type of content the influencers create. For instance, some finance influencers make a considerable percentage of their income from affiliate links for investing apps like Robinhood or Acorns. 

Insider is highlighting the top 9 affiliate-marketing networks used by influencers in 2021.