31 Best Cost per Sale (CPS) Affiliate Networks for 2017 (Part 1)

What is CPS?

CPS is acronym for Cost per Sale. And meaning is: you get paid only if the lead from you website or blog results in a purchase. This is simply one of business models types for calculating the charge for advertisements being served.

With CPC (Cost per Click) or PPC (Pay per Click) publishers will be payed for each unique click that is made on his advertisement link or banner, regardless of the action taken by the visitor at the advertiser’s site. It doesn’t matter if the visitor will buy something or not.

Unlike CPC or PPC which refer to a payment associated with each click on the advertisement to the target page, with Cost per Sale (CPS) business model advertiser pays the publisher only when a visitor buys something on their website.

As a marketer, with CPC you will earn relatively small amount of money for every click, but its steady earnings. With CPS earnings are much higher (sometimes even up to 80% of the price of the product) but you will be paid only if the visitor whom you send to the page of the seller actually buy something.

What is affiliate network?

An affiliate network acts as an intermediary between merchant affiliate programs and publishers (affiliates). It enables publishers to more easily find affiliate programs which are suitable for their website or blog, and allows online merchants to reach a larger audience. In fact, affiliate networks enable merchants to offer distributers (publishers) a share of any income that is produced by the vendor from visitors to the distributer’s website, or a fee for each visitor on the distributer’s website that finishes a particular activity (making a buy, enrolling for a bulletin, and so on.).

For traders (merchants), affiliate network services and advantages may incorporate tracking technology, reporting tools, payment processing, and access to a substantial base of distributers. For affiliates, services and advantages can incorporate simplifying the process of registering for one or more merchant affiliate programs, reporting devices, access to item API’s (Application Programming Interface) and payment aggregation.

Affiliates are generally able to join affiliate networks for free, but merchant generally must pay a fee to participate.

33 Best Cost per Sale (CPS) Affiliate Networks

And finally which are the best CPS Affiliate Networks on the market?

As an affiliate you are looking for a high paying, secured and advanced CPS Affiliate Network. In our opinion, in the following list they are the best CPS Affiliate Networks we can find.

Let’s look at them more closely.

1.   Amazon Associates

amazonAmazon Associates is an affiliate network promoted and managed by Amazon. It is one of the first online affiliate marketing programs (launched back in 1996.) and one of CPS network leaders. The Amazon Associates Program is one of the largest and most successful online affiliate programs in the world.

They have 20 years track record of developing solutions to help website owners, developers and sellers to make money by advertising millions of digital and physical (new and used) products from Amazon.com.

You earn commission by promoting the products on your website. After visitors buy some items you will earn your referral fees. It’s free to join and easy to use.

Amazon is well-known and trusted site where people can immediately purchase the products you advertise on your site. Due to its popularity, millions of people want to work with Amazon, to take advantage of various Amazon retail promotions and leverage their advertising features to drive traffic and earn referrals.

2.  Rakuten Linkshare

rakutenRakuten Inc (Rakuten Kabushiki-gaisha) is founded in 1997 based in based in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese word rakuten means optimism. In 2005, Rakuten started expanding outside Japan, mainly through acquisitions and joint ventures (including Buy.com, Priceminister, Play.com, Wuaki.tv, Kobo Inc., Viber, etc. Rakuten is ranking as top three e-Commerce companies in the world and leading CPS network.

In 2005 Rakuten bought Linkshare and change the name in Rakuten Linkshare. Company serves over 18 million customers around the world. It has more than 17 million products with 38,500 shop owners and is a leading provider of full-service online marketing solutions specializing in the areas of Affiliate Marketing, Paid Search and Customer Acquisition.

Rakuten products range from computer hardware to pet suppliers, and their affiliates get commission up to 6% based on the product categories.

Rakuten Linkshare has superior platform strength, international capabilities, and superior support. They help its affiliate to get successful with their tools such as link builder, RSS feeds, product catalogs, and high converting textual links and different size banners. Two specific things that LinkShare does very well are rotating banners and customized deep linking.

3. Radial (ex eBay Enterprise)

radialeBay sold off its enterprise operations and enterprise technology services division to a consortium of companies led by Permira. On April 19, 2016 eBay Enterprise and Innotrac Corporation are essentially joining under the name Radial Inc. with estimated initial value at more than $1 billion. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, they have twenty seven distribution centers and six call centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe with over 7,000 employees and initial value at more than $1 billion.

Radial is known for unmatched results and high-touch services, and is well-respected by people who know the performance marketing industry. Radial has leading tech support and expansive operational expertise.

In Radial they know that the biggest challenge for merchants are heightened consumer expectations, shrinking margins, voracious competitors, and massive technical and logistical complexities. Retailers and brands always need an experienced partner to help them deliver goods online, mobile, and in-store shopping experience that boost business results.  And that partner is Radial. They have omnichannel innovation arrangements, many years of trade experience, and worldwide operational footprint which transforms these challenges into approaches to delight customers. Radial partners with leading retailers and brands over the world to help them simplify their operations and solidify results. They will handle everything from order management and payments to fulfillment and customer care. As Radial says; let’s keep commerce clicking.

4. ClickBank

clickbankClickBank is another enormously popular CPS Affiliate Network and is a privately held Internet retailer of digital products. ClickBank was founded in San Diego, California in 1998 (Yeah, yeah they start in garage too). The company has more than six-million clients worldwide (2014) and distributes in 190 countries (over 100,000 affiliates). With sales to date in excess of $3 billion and with 1 sale every 3 seconds it is consistently ranked as site with highest traffic on the web. Working with more than 6 million entrepreneurs they create innovative homegrown technologies with a highly profitable track record.

ClickBank serve as a connection between vendors and affiliate marketers, who promote them to consumers. ClickBank’s technology help you in payments, tax calculations and a many other customer service tasks. They stand behind their products and strive to deliver customer satisfaction.

ClickBank’s offices are located in Boise, Idaho and Broomfield, Colorado. Their multi-lingual customer service team receives over 2,000 calls each day.

They like to believe that their products improve the lives of customers around the world.

ClickBank is a subsidiary of Keynetics Inc., (Boise, Idaho).

ClickBank is the entry point to the industry for a huge number of merchants. It is a great place for new affiliates and you can earn commission up to 75% of products that you sell. There are many payment options for you to choose, too. ClickBank has a lot of training courses to help new affiliates to succeed in their business and you can sign up your account at ClickBank although you don’t have website (update your website later).

5. Commision Junction

Commission Junction (formely CJ) is is one of the oldest and biggest Affiliate Network. Founded in 1998 based in United States by 5 students from University of California, Commission Junction is owned by Conversant.  It provides a powerful affiliate network for advertisers and publishers through which advertisers can drive more sales and provide an opportunity for publishers to make a good amount of money through their website. It is well recognized CPS Affiliate Network with advertisers and publishers. It already has more than 3000 advertisers in its network. It has harnessed technology to provide an excellent opportunity earning opportunity to advertisers as well as publishers. All-in-all, Commission Junction is a professional and leading affiliate network.

6. ShareASale

ShareASale is one of the most popular CPS Affiliate Network. Created in 2000 based in Chicago, United States, ShareASale has been in business for 16 years. ShareASale is the one among other leading CPS networks in the world. ShareASale has 3,900 affiliate programs with 40 different categories. At ShareASale, you can get commission from 4% to 35% based on the category you choose. Its products range from home appliances to fashion products.

ShareASale backs on its advanced, accurate, and efficient technology, reliable network platform, and ethical and transparent business model. It has a successful track record of more than 10 years to its credit. It provides superior customer service and delivers an advanced Affiliate Marketing Platform to advertisers and publishers. Its innovative ideas and reliable business practices make it an awesome Affiliate Network.

At ShareASale, it has the webinar that allows all new affiliates to learn how to be a successful affiliate with its program. This is the great place for all beginners to join. You can start earning your commission via putting banners or text link on your site or putting creative promotion video on your site.

7. Avangate

Avangate is an energetic European network focused on digital downloads and SaaS. Another reliable, impressive and powerful CPS Affiliate Network. Avangate has excelled in software products sales. So, if you are looking to accelerate your software sales on a worldwide scale, Avangate offers an excellent platform to increase your revenues through (CPS) Affiliate Marketing. Avangate has developed into a leading e-commerce solution and provides a comprehensive set of tools so that you can successfully sell software and online services. It enables you to optimize your commerce operations. It fosters automotive billing and allows you to accept global payments and much more. Moreover, Avangate provides unified affiliate management.

Through automation, self-service controls, easily configurable workflows and hundreds of global payment and currency options, Avangate reduces the complexity of global sales, payments, order management, subscription management, taxation, billing and compliance.

8. RevenueWire

RevenueWire is a well appreciated Canadian network focused on digital commerce, and has been recognized as a global leader providing world-class e-commerce platform to advertisers, publishers, and agencies. RevenueWire has been optimized for software sales and subscription services. You can take advantage of its advanced technology, dedicated account management, and innovative solutions to profit from your cps affiliate marketing efforts.

RevenueWire is a global ecommerce platform specifically designed for companies that sell digital products online. Combined with industry-leading services like AffiliateWire, you can start transacting quickly with a solution that enables sales worldwide in over 120 countries.

9. Awin (ex. Affiliate Window & Zanox)

Affiliate Window is another well-known CPS Affiliate Network. The best network in Europe (founded in 2000 based in United Kingdom) and increasingly prominent in the USA. Affiliate Window is a subsidiary of Zanox group, and is one of the best CPS network in the world. It has 1, 600 advertisers and 75,000 publishers worldwide. In 2014 Affiliate Window publishers generated 31.4 million sales with $254 million in commission.

It has successfully built a powerful Affiliate Network which stands on the foundation of advanced technology, innovation, ethical business practices and reliable services. It has provided a profitable digital marketing channel to advertisers and publishers which thrive on delivering excellent performance. Its widely acclaimed network goes onto assist the performance of advertisers and publishers. Affiliate Window already has a wide base of advertisers across multiple sectors.

In March 2017 Affiliate Window andZanox rebranded and unified under Awin, operating across 180 countries and driving $6.59b in revenue for their partners. Awin global affiliate network has 6,000 advertisers, 100,000 active publishers and 82 million sales generated in 2016. Awin is jointly owned by European media giants, Axel Springer SE and Swisscom.

Well worth a look for any publisher or advertiser looking to go global.

10. Tradedoubler

Tradedoubler is a leader in Performance Marketing or better still in CPS Affiliate Marketing. Its innovative technology, powerful conversion optimization tools, intensive customer targeting and superb support system drive new revenue opportunities for you. Moreover, it already has a large base of Advertisers, Publishers, and Agencies taking advantage of its powerful and global Affiliate Network. It is founded in 1999 based in Stockholm, Sweden, by two young Swedes (Martin Lorentzon and Felix Hagnö) and has grown into one of the world’s leading performance marketing companies with offices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland and Poland. With over 400 employees, they do business in 69 countries.

Because of its continued growth, Tradedoubler is becoming number one CPS network in Europe and one among leading CPS networks in the world. Tradedoulber has over 140,000 publishers and 2,000 advertisers worldwide. In 2015 they generated around $2.23 billion in revenue for their clients. Tradedoubler is the performance marketing company which pays commission to their publishers based on marketing activities such as cost per acquisition (CPA), cost per lead (CPL), and cost per download (CPD).

About Nino Plevnik

I am in the Internet marketing area for some time now. I mostly deal with Affiliate Marketing and Domain Flipping. It took me a while until I figured it out. Now I want to transfer my knowledge to beginners, so they can start earn money online as quickly (and painlessly) as possible.

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