I have recently found out about the affiliate program network, and I was wondering if someone was acquainted with such systems. I mean for business purposes (software selling).
Are these affiliate program network hard to set business? Are they providing users with their affiliate program or do they involve the already set one? Are they effective at all? Is there any sense to join them? If so, which one to choose:
+consider hiring an OPM, you're treading into complex waters. you're mixing CPA, CPS, and others here - your needs are best served in a few specific networks, many would be poor choices. in addition to network selection, an OPM can do your recruiting, among many other important tasks.
+for software, add Digital River's OneNetwork to your list. https://www.onenetworkdirect.com/featured_merchants.html
+keep ClickBank on your list too, though you need to learn more before choosing them. an OPM can advise you.
Some networks are more credible than others. Do your homework.
e.g. Copeac is now out of business and had been in hot waters with the FTC recently and heavily penalized. Their website might be up still.
It also depends on the type of product/service you are marketing. If it is a physical product usually traditional CPS networks like CJ, Shareasale, Linkshare, and others are used. For ebooks, or informational products Clickbank is usually used. CPA - where an action is required e.g. filling out form, or providing a zipcode in order for affiliate to get paid. Of course there are always exceptions.