Both affiliates and merchants frequently ask me for examples of affiliate websites. Normally, I tell everyone that it isn’t exactly right for an affiliate program manager to give away the URL’s of his affiliates’ websites. But there is a way to do it right. I’ll show you examples of affiliate websites that you have either already heard of (and haven’t paid attention that they are monetizing their traffic via affiliate programs), or those that have okayed their representation in this post. I will look at 5 types of affiliate websites: (i) content-based, (ii) coupons-focused, (iii) rebates- or cashback-oriented, (iv) shopping mall, and (v) comparison shopping.
1. Content-Based Affiliate Website
2. Coupon-Focused Affiliate Website
There is a great number of these around, and they can be easy found by searching nearly any brandname+coupon key-phrase combination (e.g.: Walmart coupon or Home Depot coupon). One of great coupon sites is run by another friend of mine, Mike Allen, the 2009 Pinnacle Awards winner in the category Affiliate of the Year. It is Shopping-Bargains.com and here’s a screenshot:
3. Cashback-Oriented Affiliate Website
4. Shopping Mall
This type of affiliate websites includes products of multiple merchants “under one roof”. The simplest way to illustrate it is by looking at GoldenCAN’s sample of an all-in-one affiliate store:
With multiple pages for each merchant the above-quoted example does not provide an example of a very user-friendly online store, but conveys the general idea. Custom solutions, PopShops.com, Webmerge.com, and other platforms help affiliates put together the “mall” type websites as well.
5. Comparison Shopping Affiliate Website
While there are considerably less sophisticated affiliate websites that use merchants’ data feeds to offer their users a comparison shopping experience, I want to mention three that are absolutely mind-blowing in my opinion. They combine a number of social media techniques with comparison shopping, thereby creating a truly engaging end-user experience.
The above-quoted Costumzee.com is also a niche affiliate website. Just as ShoeHunting.com (the second website I’d like to mention in this category) focuses on footwear only, so is Costumzee.com devoted solely to costumes.
Another great example of an affiliate website with a niche specialization that is also a social website is the recently launched FiledBy.com:
Whichever of the above 5 routes you decide to go as an affiliate, remember that the key to success is in offering a new and unique shopping experience — engaging and entertaining. Don’t limit yourself to just one type of affiliate promotion! Create synergies — beautiful and helpful ones.