Sunday, September 07, 2008

Blue Chip / Trustworthy Affliate Programs Available To Earn Money From Website Referrals

I started to write a blog entry on the Fannie Mae - Freddie Mac debacle, but found a decent posting at I then shifted focus to finding some trustworthy BLUE-CHIP affiliate programs that I could use on Pluggedinfinance to increase the income my website produces. At first, I simply started typing in "affiliate program" plus the names of trusted companies who market products I frequently use. I discovered the following by doing this:

Chase Credit Card. $40-$105 per new account.
Blockbuster. Online movie rentals. $33 per referral that subscribes.
Chase High Yield Savings. $25 per new account.
Netflix. Online movie rentals. Provides $9 per referral that subscribes. Online travel reservations search engine. Shares 50% of the commissions Kayak makes on referrals from your website.
Equifax. Credit scoring & reporting agency. Base commission is 15% of net . Trusted online sales of virtually anything. Base commission of 4%. Online travel reservations. 2-3% base commission. $10 minimum disbursement. World's #1 Online Auction site. 50% base commission on fees collected. 2-6% commission on sales.

I stumbled across while searching for affiliate programs. Linkshare uses its technology to advertise for a number of blue-chip / trustworthy companies such as Wal-Mart and other lesser knowns. All you have to do is sign up for an account and embed a linkshare widget on your website. Linkshare offers minimum distributions as low as $1 and sends payments up to 4 times a month. I could not find specifics on commissions that Linkshare charges. Not knowing the linkshare service fee, I signed up with blockbuster only to find out that they use a servicing company called commission junction.

From my new commission junction account I can see that they handle advertising for a number of other companies. It looks like my commission junction account should be fruitful and offer a number of decent choices. The only thing I have against commission junction is that you have to submit an IRS W-9 form. While I don't like doing so, it's a normal requirement for doing business and will be finished later today (W-9). A few Commission Junction advertisers include:

(a.) Wall Street Journal: earn $40 per subscription

(b.) Earn 65% commission, base commission is $39 for 1 month membership

(c.) DiscoverCard: Earn $20 for referrals leading to student credit cards, $40 - $100 for other non-student credit cards.

(d.) TradeKing: Earn $20 per new account.

Finding more trusted sources would require additional time, but a person could start looking at the following two sites which catalog affiliate programs (includes a number of questionable affiliates amongst a few blue chips):

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