But the business of generating online leads or sales for big brands, overseas manufacturers or even just service providers is still going strong. Still, an affiliate is only as good as his network, so Titus Hoskins has compiled a list of the 10 most reputable and beneficial affiliate networks available.
ValueClick's Commission Junction took the top spot, as according to Hoskins' source the international network offers excellent tracking, regular monthly payments and even hosts Webinars and training sessions to keep affiliates in the know.
ClickBank came in second with its bi-weekly payment schedule and high commissions, but the caveat is that the market for digital downloadables, like sales training and marketing intelligence programs (ClickBank's staple) is quite saturated.
Hoskins' list includes Amazon and Google (for AdSense), as well as a notation on brokering individual affiliate deals directly with a company -- essentially taking out the middle-man network.