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23 Best ClickBank Alternatives to Promote & Sell Digital Products in 2021

Best ClickBank Alternatives
ClickBank does not work in your country or simply got banned from it? Don't worry as there are tons of other alternatives that you can sign up on to promote and sell digital products.

If you want to promote digital products and are already a ClickBank affiliate then there are several reasons why you should start looking for ClickBank alternatives right this instance.

For one, it’s always wise to distribute your eggs in as many baskets as possible as you may never know when the ClickBank drops the axe and bars you from using their website. There have been several cases in the past.

Second, ClickBank does not like docile affiliates and charge you over non-activity. You just need to check out their support page to see how much they charge dormant accounts.

I’m quite sure that you don’t get kicks over the thoughts of paying money to that very website from which you intend to make money.

Moreover, having access to more venues of digital products mean a larger variety to promote hence more chances of making moolah as one can target larger market base now.

And finally, yet another reason to look for a ClickBank substitute is that it does not allow people from all over the world to become its affiliate and if you happen to be from that country, it’s best that you create an account on another website if you want to make money by selling digital products.

So if you’re totally convinced to create an affiliate account on a website other than ClickBank, without any further ado, let me share the details of the best ClickBank alternatives out there without any particular order.

#1. ShareASale

ShareASale Affiliate Program

With around 5,000 advertisers onboard, ShareASale must be one of the largest affiliate networks out there. Although, it mainly deals in the physical products but you can find some great digital products as well to promote.

In fact, I’ve made more money on this platform promoting a digital product (a cloud-based accounting software) than any other product. So if you scroll through its list of products, you’ll find tons of digital products in different niches and the two best things about this affiliate network are that one, you can sign up quite easily as they haven’t set any high standards to let you in. And second, there’s no penalty for being inactive. They neither charge you (like ClickBank) nor discard your account for being dormant.

However, a huge downside of ShareASale is that they no longer accept PayPal.

  • Commission Rate: Varies
  • Cookie Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: 30 Days
  • Payment Method: Dire Deposit, ACH (Payoneer users can also request money from ShareASale)
  • Minimum Payout: $50

#2. JVZoo

JVZoo Affiliate

Started back in 2011, JVZoo can be considered one of the best alternatives of ClickBank as it offers more or less the same products in the same niches as ClickBank.

However, relatively speaking, since listing your products is easier on JVZoo, there are quite a few spammy and low-quality products on the website so you may need to vet the products very carefully before you start promoting them.

On the upside, since you will be promoting digital products, you can expect a higher ratio of commission. In fact, some vendors even offer 100% commissions on their products as they’re relying on the leads and upsells.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: Varies and depends on multiple factors such as the experience of the affiliate, payment method, etc.
  • Payment Method: Paypal, BlueSnap, Authorize.net, Zift, and Stripe, Payoneer, Direct Deposit (through Payment Rails)
  • Minimum Payout: $50.00

#3. Warrior Plus

Warrior Plus Affiliate Program

If you’re looking for an affiliate network with a laser focus on any one specific niche then Warrior Plus is that platform. Warrior Plus mainly offers products in MMO or IMO niche, however, you’ll have to seek approval from each vendor individually before promoting them.

Stemming from the popular, self-proclaimed, number 1 digital marketing platform, (Warrior Forum), Warrior Plus has made a good name among the vendors and affiliate who want to promote digital products in the online money making niche.

Again, there are no extensive requirements to become an affiliate and neither they charge you on your affiliate commissions or having an inactive account.

Having said that, a major downside of Warrior Plus is that since the scrutiny to evaluate the products is not too extensive and Warrior Plus also does not share too many details of there vendors many affiliates end up promoting spammy or low-quality products.

Nevertheless, it’s a great substitute for ClickBank.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: N/A
  • Payment Method: Paypal, Stripe, Bank Transfers (through TransferWise)
  • Minimum Payout: $15.00/$100 for Wire Transfers

#4. Commission Junction (CJ)

Commission Junction Affiliate Program

Just like ShareASale above, CJ mainly offers physical products but there are heaps of digital products to promote as well.

I’ve personally tried this platform but I’ve felt that getting approved by the vendors is relatively difficult as compared to the other platforms, however, this could be my own personal experience so I’d suggest that my personal opinion shouldn’t hold you back from trying out this “veteran” affiliate network.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: 20 days following the month when you cross your minimum threshold.
  • Payment Method: Paypal, Stripe, Bank Transfers (through TransferWise)
  • Minimum Payout: $50 Direct Deposit/$100 Check

#5. Rakuten Advertising

Rakuten Advertising

Rakuten Advertising is another comprehensive affiliate network offering mainly physical products in a wide variety of niches but at the same time, it has tons of digital products to promote as well.

Hailing originally from Japan, Rakuten Advertising is an extension of its unique e-commerce marketplace that goes with the name of Rakuten.

I say unique because Rakuten is not your ordinary e-commerce platform where you shop for the products and pay at the checkout.

In fact, Rakuten pays you a cashback when you shop from their website.

Now, I won’t discuss their business model and will jump straight to the point which is their affiliate program.

So the story is simple. You apply to become their affiliate and once you’re approved, you get to promote prominent and well-established brands such as Nike, Lyft, etc.

You have to apply for each program individually so signing up at Rakuten does not guarantee that you can promote any product.

Even better, Rakuten also offers a referral bonus on every referral who makes a valid purchase. This means that any referral who signs up using your link and then makes a valid purchase will earn you a solid, $40.

Cool! Isn’t it?

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: 60 days following the date of commission earned.
  • Payment Method: Check, PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $50

#6. Amazon Associates

Whether you’re an affiliate or not, I’m quite sure that you must have heard the name of Amazon as it has become a household name, at least, in the North American region.

The good thing is that Amazon also offers an affiliate program where you can make money by promoting other vendor’s products which, of course, also include, digital products as well (such as e-books, software, etc.).

The best thing about Amazon Associates is that despite being an affiliate platform with multiple vendors, you don’t need to get approved by each of them to promote their products.

You get one link and you earn commissions even if the visitor following that link buys something else from Amazon. In a sense, you earn commissions as long as the cookie that your affiliate link injected in visitors computer, stays intact.

However, the downside is that the Amazon Associate’s cookie duration is quite short, 24 hours.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 1 day
  • Payment Terms: 60 days following the month when you cross your minimum threshold.
  • Payment Method: Direct Deposit, Amazon Gift Certificate, Check, [link]Payoneer[/link]
  • Minimum Payout: $100

#7. Avangate Affiliate Network

avangate affiliate network

Avangate harbors around 1,200 vendors on its platform that mainly deals in software so that makes Avangate one of the largest affiliate networks for digital products.

A major requirement to qualify as an Avangate affiliate is that you need to have your own website. Other than that, there’s no other major requirements except that you need to apply separately to each vendor in order to promote their products. This is quite common for any affiliate network that has multiple vendors on its platform.

A major plus of Avangate is that they provide cookie tracking for whopping 180 days.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 180 days
  • Payment Terms: 20 days following the month when you cross your minimum threshold.
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Wire Transfer, Check
  • Minimum Payout: 100 Euros

#8. FlexOffers

FlexOffers Affiliate Network

With a portfolio of more than 12,000 affiliate programs, FlexOffers is yet another large-scale affiliate network that offers both digital and physical products.

In order to become their affiliate, you need to convince them with your traffic sources and they’ll let you in once your application is thoroughly evaluated.

A unique feature that FO offers is that an affiliate can not only earn through the commissions but also from the sub-referrals. So you get to make money not just from your own efforts but also from your referrals.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 180 days
  • Payment Terms: 60 days following the month when you cross your minimum threshold. Net 7 days for “veteran” affiliates
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, Check
  • Minimum Payout: $25

#9. Global Wide Media (Formerly Neverblue)

GlobalWide Media Affiliate Network

This affiliate program primarily works on CPA offers and the reason that I have included it as one of the ClickBank alternatives is that it also provides the opportunity to promote a collection of digital products in its arsenal as well.

As an affiliate network, it’s relatively difficult to become a part of their website as they have some ruthless vetting process but that’s only to ensure that the frauds are kept to the minimum.

Affiliates who want to promote GWM products without their own website or domain, should not bear high expectations of getting onboard. So make sure that if not a complete website then at least you have an email address with a custom domain.

Again, GlobalWide Media also has a referral commission system where you can earn 5% commission on your referrals’ earnings for the first 6 months.

Overall, it’s a decent affiliate network to join but lately, there have been some concerns raised about their support services.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: Net 15 days
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Check, Wire, Direct Deposit
  • Minimum Payout: $100

#10. Udemy

udemy affiliate program

Talking about digital informational products, what can be a better substitute of ClickBank than the MOOC websites? And Udemy is one of those famous MOOC websites that offer education content on various topics.

Using Udemy’s affiliate program, an affiliate can earn 20% commissions on each sale by referring visitors to the courses.

Although the 15% sounds like a lot but you have to keep in mind that majority of the Udemy courses linger around $10 – $15 so you cannot expect breaking your bank from this affiliate program but still, it’s better than nothing.

Udemy’s affiliate program is managed by Rakuten Advertising.

  • Commission Rates: 15%
  • Cooke Duration: 7 days
  • Payment Terms: 30 days
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $50

#11. MindValley

MindValley Affiliate Program

Yet another MOOC website, MindValley University’s affiliate program is definitely not for the rookies. They have a strict requirement of 200,000 strong and engaging list of fans/followers of their affiliates so this weeds out an overwhelming number of affiliates who want to promote MindValley.

On the upside, MV’s commission is quite generous 30% and with an average order of around $300, one can expect to earn around $90 per order but at the same time, their refund policy of 365 days raises some serious brows of many affiliate marketers out there.

  • Commission Rates: 30%
  • Cooke Duration: 30 days
  • Payment Terms: 15th of every month
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Minimum Payout: $100

#12. PartnerStack

PartnerStack Affiliate Network

PartnerStack is an affiliate network that specializes solely in software (a.k.a SaaS) meant for wide array of niches such as accounting, social media, animation, etc.

As an affiliate, you can promote these softwares and earn commissions. Some vendors on PartnerStack offer really generous commissions and that on a recurring basis. Besides, since the quality of the products is quite high, the refunds are low and you don’t need to “convince” your buyers a lot before they decide to purchase and that’s what makes it a great ClickBank alternative.

Unlike other affiliate networks, PartnerStack offers you 3 different partnership opportunities. Either, you can become a regular affiliate who earns commission on each sale. That’s a regular website-affiliate relation that all the websites we’ve so far talked about.

The second and third forms of partnerships are referrer and reseller.

The referrer is just like an affiliate where you refer a potential lead and earn once he becomes a paying customer (and that is why I’m not sure why PartnerStack had to create a different category from affiliate), however, the third kind of partnership, Reseller is best for IT firms and solution providers.

In Reseller partnership, the reseller is acting as the face of PartnerStack, selling and implementing software-based solutions to the customers, however, at the back-end, they do have the support of the PartnerStack’s staff but the PartnerStack itself does not come in the front.

As a regular affiliate, I’d suggest you to go for the very first kind of partnership (Affiliate) with PartnerStack.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: 13th of every month
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Stripe
  • Minimum Payout: $25

#13. Awin

Awin Affiliate Network

Awin is a relatively newer affiliate network. It also owns ShareASale now about which we have already discussed above.

Just like ShareASale, Awin is also an affiliate platform that harbors a multitude of different merchants on its platforms so the affiliate marketers have tons of choices to promote products according to their preferred niches.

A couple of features that I like about Awin is first, it offers referral commission where you can earn not just through the affiliate commissions but also by referring other affiliates as well. The amount you can earn is $30 per referral but only when your referral gets his first payment within 2 years of signing up.

If you ask me, that’s quite a lenient requirement given that the minimum payment threshold is just $20

The second great feature that Awin offers is Convert-A-Link plugin. What it actually is that you just need to add a Javascript code in your website and all your product links will be converted to trackable affiliate links.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: Varies
  • Payment Terms: 1st or 15th of every month
  • Payment Method: Payoneer, SEPA, Wire Transfer, ACH
  • Minimum Payout: $25

#14. ETSY Affiliate Program

Etsy Affiliate Program

Many people know ETSY as an online marketplace offering products mainly in the apparel, jewelry, home-d├ęcor, hand-made crafts, and vintage items niche. However, they also have an affiliate program where you can promote certain digital products such as e-books and software, etc.

An interesting aspect of Etsy’s affiliate program is that they charge $5 (refundable) as a joining fee for affiliates. The purpose, they say, is to weed out spammers from genuine promoters. Since this amount is refundable, affiliates get this deposit back as soon as they make their first sale.

Etsy has also outsourced their affiliate program to Awin.

  • Commission Rates: 4%
  • Cooke Duration: 30 days
  • Payment Terms: 1st or 15th of every month
  • Payment Method: Check, Wire Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $20

#15. Perform[cb] – Formerly ClickBooth

PerformCB Affiliate Network

Perform[cb] has been in the industry for almost two decades now and considered the best CPA network since 2018 by UCompare.com.

They have partnerships with some famous brands like HBO, McAfee, etc., so an affiliate does not have to work too hard to generate sales as the brand reputation of these merchants is quite sufficient to provide enormous momentum.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 30 days
  • Payment Terms: Net 15/Weekly
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Check, Wire Transfer, ACH
  • Minimum Payout: $50

#16. DigiStore24

Digistore24 Affiliate Network

I believe that DigiStore24 very closely resembles ClickBank not just in terms of the business model but also when it comes to the type of products and niches.

In fact, they have even imitated the CB’s interface (except) for the color scheme and the way you choose and promote products.

Just like CB, you don’t need to seek approval from every vendor. Just choose the product and generate your affiliate link on-the-fly and start promoting it.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 180 days
  • Payment Terms: Weekly/Bi-weekly/Monthly
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $50

#17. Impact Radius

Impact Radius is an affiliate network created by the team behind Commission Junction (CJ) above and other affiliate networks. So one can say that the team behind it is quite authentic and experienced in the field of affiliate marketing.

Interestingly, Impact Radius is not just an affiliate network, in fact, it’s also an affiliate network management platform where advertisers can also manage their different affiliate programs. However, we’ll leave that for now and keep ourselves restricted to just the affiliate marketing part.

Impact Radius houses tons of prominent names in wide array of different niches so you’ll never run out of digital products to promote. No matter what your own niche is.

The application although is quite simple but Impact Radius evaluates and vets these application quite diligently and therefore, takes some time to approve any affiliate. So I’d suggest you to either have a establish reputation before joining this network or at least establish some good channels to promote products before you apply at Impact Radius.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 180 days
  • Payment Terms: 1st or 15th of month
  • Payment Method: ACH, Check, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $25 for ACH, $50 for Check, and $100 for International Bank Transfers

#18. Skillshare

Skillshare Affiliate Program

Skillshare is another MOOC website that focuses on providing its members online courses on wide variety of topics. To date, the website has around more than 36,000 online classes.

So being an affiliate of Skillshare, you get to promote all these courses. Having said that, there are both up and downside of Skillshare affiliate program.

If we start with the downside, it only gives you a one-time commission of $7 for every referral.

On the upside, you get commission on the free accounts as well as your referral just needs to sign up for free on their website.

So if on one side you get a wee little commission, at the same time, your conversion can skyrocket as your referral will most likely sign up since they do not have to pull out their credit cards.

  • Commission Rates: $7 per referral (premium and free accounts)
  • Cooke Duration: 30 days
  • Payment Terms: Monthly – 16th of each month
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $10

#19. Ebay Partner Network

eBay Partner Network

Honestly speaking, I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard about eBay as it is one of the pioneer e-commerce websites along with Amazon that started back in the 90’s IT boom.

With more than 25 years under its belt, eBay also allows affiliates to make money by promoting and selling products of other vendors. Although their sign-up process is not too extensive and anyone with an established website can get approved within 24 hours, however, you need to have a regular eBay account before applying as an affiliate.

Every affiliate gets a rich affiliate dashboard studded with helpful graphs and other vital indicators. Moreover, the smart linking technology enables you to monetize any link pointing towards eBay on your website. In addition to that, there are other useful features as well.

In order to register at eBay Partner Network, you need to have an existing eBay account.

  • Commission Rates: Varies
  • Cooke Duration: 24 hours
  • Payment Terms: Net 30
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $10

#20. Udacity

Udacity Affiliate Program

Yet another prominent MOOC website offering online courses, Udacity has been online for the last 10 years. During this time, it has developed quite a reputation in online courses with a unique brand name of “Nanodegrees”, which now span multiple categories.

And the best thing, it has its own affiliate program as well where it offers $100 per sale of their nanodegree program. Interestingly, Udacity hasn’t mentioned any commission rate on their affiliate page so the commission above is at best, an estimate of what you can earn. Nevertheless, given the growing popularity of MOOCs lately, Udacity affiliate program could be a great platform to promote digital products.

  • Commission Rates: $100
  • Cooke Duration: 30 days
  • Payment Terms: Monthly – 16th of each month
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $10

#21. Coursera

Coursera Affiliate Program

Coursera is yet another MOOC website that pays decent commission (from 10% to 45%) to its affiliates. And the best thing is that it’s “sort of” recurring.

What I mean by sort of is that it’s only recurring if a referral buys multiple courses at different point of times using your affiliate link, however, in case of monthly payments, you will get commission only on the first month’s sale. A little confusing I must say but given that Coursera has tons of different courses in a multitude of different fields, offered by prominent universities, the chances of fruitful conversion becomes quite high.

Coursera’s affiliate program is also managed by Rakuten Advertising.

  • Commission Rates: $100
  • Cooke Duration: 30 days
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Payment Terms: Monthly – 16th of each month
  • Minimum Payout: $10

#22. PluralSight

PluralSight Affiliate Network

Although PluralSight specializes in IT-related online courses but they have bunch of courses in other specializations as well. Such as business, architecture, etc.

Since PluralSight’s courses are quite unique and highly specialized in nature, this result in great conversion as an affiliate. The affiliate commissions are lucrative and the best part, they are recurring so referring a single customer could lead to multiple commissions opportunity on passive basis.

PluralSight’s affiliate program is managed and run by Impact Radius.

  • Commission Rates: $5 per sign up, 10%-50% per monthly subscription
  • Cooke Duration: 45 days
  • Payment Terms: Monthly
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bank Transfer
  • Minimum Payout: $100

#23. Teachable

Teachable Affiliate Program

Teachable provides courses in unique fields. Such as honing your skills in paper flower art, baseball fielding fundamentals, etc. What this means is that it has a unique customer-base so as an affiliate you can expect some healthy conversions.

Joining criteria of Teachable as a partner of affiliate is relatively strict as they inquire about your website and email list. Since it’s mandatory to enter your website name/URL in the sign up form Teachable Partner Program, folks without a website should not expect to get in the program.

  • Commission Rates: 30%-50% Recurring
  • Cooke Duration: 90 days
  • Payment Terms: Monthly
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Stripe
  • Minimum Payout: $50

Final Thoughts

There are literally hundreds and thousands of affiliate programs and networks that can be considered ClickBank Alternatives, however, practically speaking, it’s not possible to include all of them in just a single article so I’ve included only the best (according to my own experience) above. So don’t consider this list to be exhaustive.

Feel free to dig and perform your own research to find other substitutes out there that you believe will help our readers just in case you think that the above list lacks some other important affiliate programs.

Also don’t forget to let our readers know, in the comment section about your own affiliate program with a little explanation that why do you think that it can serve as a best ClickBank Alternative.

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