Recently I’ve been getting a lot of emails from affiliates and readers that want to know how they can start making money online if they have a foreign web site, or aren’t located in the US. While it may seem like a big dilemma, there are a lot of different factors that will play into your success with affiliate marketing.
US vs. Non-US Affiliate Networks
The majority of big networks that the affiliate industry usually talk about, are US (or Canada) based. However, some of them do accept foreign traffic and affiliates that live outside of the US. Something I’ve heard from many networks, is that a big majority of new foreign affiliate signups are usually very low quality. In turn, this wastes the time, money and management of the network, to work with these affiliates, then weed out the garbage. This may just be due to lack of english skills, they are farther behind in the affiliate marketing learning process, or they simply have no idea what they are signing up for.
With that being said, there are networks that cater specifically to international affiliates and offers. Networks like TradeDoubler, Buy.at and Zanox.com have built their businesses by working directly with affiliates that live and target their offers around the globe.
If you’ve been in the affiliate industry for a few years now, you will notice a huge increase in international offers appearing on networks. Everyone is finally catching on, and it’s not just the US demographic that is spending money, nor just making money with affiliate marketing.
Getting Accepted to a Network
Outside of the three networks listed above, it may be tough for an international affiliate to get accepted into the top US/Canada affiliate networks. I would recommend first signing up with NeverBlue, as they are more accepting than others in this area. However, I would recommend you spend time learning affiliate marketing before signing up, and wasting your time, and theirs. Having the knowledge of how you want to proceed with affiliate marketing, will have you that much closer to being accepted by networks.
Other variables that will determine your acceptance into a larger affiliate network, is the content of your web site or your marketing methods. If you apply to a network that is mainly US, and you submit your web site which is in another language, it will lessen your chances of being accepted. Try creating an English/US version of your web site. Make the signup process as easy as possible.
The best way to get accepted by a network, is to actually talk with them. Almost all networks require a phone call to verify information before accepting new affiliates. If you are a PPC or social media marketer, make sure you have made that clear in your application. You don’t always need a web site to get accepted into an affiliate program.
As for payment issues. Not all networks will mail outside of the US, but paypal and wire transfer are sometimes an option. In worst case scenerios, you can setup a bank account or mailing address within the US or Canada to accept payments. This may take some timeÂ and effort to set up, but if ncessary, don’t let it stop you from getting into affiliate marketing.
Running International Offers within a US Network
As mentioned earlier, the number of new international offers appearing on US based affiliate networks is rapidly increasing. Offers that used to be limited to the US, are now open to several new countries. The largest category for ad campaigns on Neverblue, is “International“, which now has 173 different offers to choose from.
No matter what country you are looking to promote towards, you should be able to find at least a handful of offers to test.
As you continue to learn how the networks respond to international affiliates and what type of offers are available, you increase your learning and potential to expand in affiliate marketing. Even if an affiliate network doesn’t look like they accept international affiliates, try contacting them and see if they will make an exception. There are “super affiliates” located all over the world!