Based on payment rate, high CTR or CPM, fast loading banners if using their banner server, timely stats reporting, web publisher protection, referral commissions, ease of use, reliability, and reputation and recommendation from other webmasters.
The following sites are NOT listed in order of preference. They are all programs that are used on AstroStar.
In most cases, we earn referral revenue if you sign up through our links on this page.
RECOMMENDED AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
If you no longer see a program that was once here, it means we are no longer using it or phasing it out.
Natural News Store
This is our most recent affiliate partnership - August 2015. Originally, I was interested in their cutting products for myself. Then I finally discovered they have an online shop for affiliates AND sub affiliates, so I signed up right away.
I've been a subscriber to their "Natural News" for a few years. They are a "science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger." I love promoting their products that help our bodies fight the environmental toxins we're exposed to these days.
If you'd like to sell NaturalNews.com products on your site, too, this link takes you right to the affiliate sign-up form. They hand-pick affiliates for the NaturalNews.com store, so it might take a week to hear if you've been accepted. Sign up here.
Infolinks Choose any or all five formats to use on your web pages:
InText, InFold, InTag, InFrame, InScreen. And choose where you'd like the ad(s) to appear -- all with one code at the bottom of the page.
Refer other publishers to Infolinks and earn 10% of their revenue for 12 months. Sign up here.
This is a safe, fun, and easy way for your viewers to buy official lotto tickets anywhere around the globe. This program does well, as text links on the Lucky Horoscopes pages and many customers sign up for recurring purchases. The commission is a minimum 10% of each sale. I've used MyLotto for about ten years and have had the same manager, Tom Geffen all these years. It's not a fly-by-night but is a time-tested, reliable lottery business. Sign up here.
This unique dating service pays "30% for every subscription generated, for the life of the subscription! (Subscriptions are automatically renewed every 30 days until the member chooses to cancel.)" Affiliates are paid on the 15th of each month. With more people wanting a spiritual partner who has similar values to themselves, Spiritual Singles is becoming more popular than ever. Sign up here.
Vibrational therapy products are becoming increasing popular and doing well on metaphysical sites such as ours. I have met Kaitlyn Keyt, the owner and creator of VibesUp.com and was impressed with her own high vibration and gentle ways. I use and wear many of her products. I love them! I signed up for the VibesUp.com affiliate bandwagon as soon as it was available and have been advertising Kaitlyn's entire line of products at AstroStar.com since May 2009.
Commission is 15%; then 5% referral sales for affiliates who sign up from your site. VibesUp received the 2008 Visionary Award.
Media.net reaches over 50% of the US online audience through their affiliation with Yahoo and Bing networks. That means better ads, more impressions for your site. You can customize the colors of the ads but Media.net also will optimize the best ad settings if you opt for that. I let them do their fancy stats while I do other things like check the Dashboard. It's easy to read and is fun to watch the live impressions that reset every hour. Media.net's highest rates (using RPM) seem to be seasonal. I've been using this company for two and half years and have been happy with them. Definitely worth trying on any web site. Sign up here.
ClickBank The affiliate program is a breeze, one of the easiest to use, sign-up, fast loading, view your live stats, etc. They offer dozens of astrology and metaphysical merchants. For awhile I had this in the NOT RECOMMENDED category, but Clickbank has changed their tracking system. This program used to be better for the advertiser because it didn't always track referrals, but now that they've changed their codes, I recommend it. Sign up here.
LinkShare For years, Linkshare was on my Not Recommended list, even though I used them reluctantly to advertise Hay House, Sierra Club, Gaiam, Alibris, and some other favorites I couldn't part with. We've used Linkshare since 1997. Since early 2006, I realized they were doing much better on all fronts - reporting, linking accuracy, and ease of linking. Not once did I have to track down a glitch or code mistake as I had in the past. I'm grateful for their improvements.
FriendFinder.com We've used this program successfully since AstroStar first went online in 1997. Their ads have mostly been on our Romantic Realms pages which aren't as high volume as the rest of the site. But FriendFinder has paid consistently and has done well through the years. They have all those terrific niche sites like Italian, Asian, Jewish, Outpersonals, Bondage, Amigos, Adult, German, Indian, French, Big Church, etc.
My Other Favorite Webmaster Resources
HireWriters.com - Hire talented native English speaking writers to create articles for your website.
Lunar Pages Web Hosting. Highly recommended. We have been use them for AstroStar.com for many years (at least eight) with no noticeable down-time, at least none that's affected our stats. Lunar Pages is now offering a discount on a service we like and use:
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