5 Affiliate Traffic Sources to Test in 2017

2017 Affiliate Traffic Sources

The Internet landscape is constantly evolving which means the best sources of traffic for affiliates is constantly changing too.

Where can affiliates find good traffic in 2017?

There are 5 specific traffic sources that I recommend affiliates test this year. These are all sources I have been running traffic with for the past few months and that I have had some success with.

I will explain what types of affiliate offers I’ve been running and how affiliate friendly each source is.

Let’s start with Bing Ads.

Favorite Search Traffic Source for Affiliate Marketers – Bing Ads

Bing Ads is not a new traffic source for affiliates. Bing has been trying to compete with Google for years. I do not think there is any doubt which company offers a better overall search experience, but there are still millions of people using Bing every single day.

One thing that Bing definitely has going for it is that Bing Ads is a much more affiliate friendly ad platform than Google AdWords, which is why it is my favorite search traffic source for affiliate marketers.

Now, I’m pretty sure I know what your first question is going to be.

Can I direct link affiliate offers using Bing Ads?

Yes. You can direct link affiliate offers using Bing Ads. However, those offers must abide by Bing’s ad policies and guidelines.

Some affiliate network tracking links are blocked by Bing. You will need to setup a custom tracking domain (if allowed) or some sort of redirect to get around that block. Assuming that the offer you are trying to promote follows the policies and guidelines mentioned above, you should have no problem getting approved.

Bing Ads Affiliate Campaigns

Most of the Bing Ads campaigns I have have setup over the past few months have been for my FPTraffic and Rewst products, but I have tested some PeerFly affiliate offers as well.

I recommend you take a look through our top EPCs on PeerFly if you are interested in running an affiliate offer on Bing.

Make sure you pass {QueryString} into one of your SubIDs of your affiliate link so you can track the keywords getting you clicks and conversions!

If setting up a search campaign seems like too much effort, you may want to try TONIC instead.

Domain Traffic from TONIC

TONIC is another traffic source that is not new to affiliates, but it may be the first time you are hearing about it.

Or, maybe you’ve heard of it by it’s former name, DNTX.

TONIC rebranded from DNTX last year and they have made some massive improvements (besides their cool new name).

TONIC domain traffic source

They have a brand new backend that makes creating and managing your campaigns with them much easier.

TONIC has two different types of traffic you can buy from them:

  • Zero Click (Domain)
  • POP

The Zero Click traffic is primarily from domains. It’s called Zero Click because the visitor does not need to click an ad to see your affiliate offer or landing page. They’re taken directly to it.

The POP traffic comes from pop-up (PPV) ads.

I run mostly Zero Click campaigns with TONIC and I usually promote mobile apps or pin submit offers.

The traffic is cheap and your conversion rate on a RON (run of network) campaign will not be very high, but you can optimize based on the source getting you traffic on TONIC.

Make sure you pass [sourceid] into a SubID on your affiliate link so you can track and optimized based on the source!

Running Facebook Ads to Affiliate Offers

Last year, I spent about $25,000 on Facebook Ads. It wasn’t enough to make me rich, but it was enough to give me an idea of what works and what does not work on Facebook.

Can I direct link affiliate offers using Facebook Ads?

Yes. Similar to Bing Ads, you can direct link affiliate offers using Facebook Ads as long as the offer you are promoting follows the Facebook Ads policies.

You will also need to have a custom tracking domain or redirect in place when running affiliate links from most affiliate networks.

Facebook is a bit more picky though, so if you ad gets denied, do not push the issue too hard. They will ban your account. If your ad is denied, try a different offer or create your own landing page and funnel traffic to the offer using that.

Facebook Ads Affiliate Campaigns

I have had many successful campaigns on Facebook direct linking affiliate offers. Like with any traffic source, getting your campaign profitable takes a lot of testing and optimization. With over a billion daily users, Facebook has a ton of room for you to scale your campaigns.

Facebook can give you a ton of data in your reports. Use the Audience Insights tool to help with your initial research and then optimize based on your report data. If you can place the Facebook pixel on your affiliate offer or landing page, do it!

My most successful and long term campaigns have been around building my own audience for a niche. I talk a lot about Facebook Pages, but the audience is really what I’m building. I sold over $100,000 of 1 product last year to a very targeted audience that I built last year using Facebook Ads and Pages. You can do it too. Just test and optimize.

Native Ads using Content.Ad

Early last year, I took my first stab at native at native ads with Content.Ad.

Content.Ad is an affiliate friendly native ad network with a ton of traffic. Native ad networks have been popping up all over the place, but I recommend Content.Ad because they pretty easy to work with, they have a lot of traffic, and they have a low $250 minimum deposit to get started.

Make sure you pay attention to what type of content you select when setting up your campaign. The pricing is different based on the type of content you’re promoting. It’s likely you will need to choose Advertorial or Advertisement, but if you aren’t sure, you can learn more about the content types here.

You will also want to pass [did] into a SubID on your affiliate link. This token will pass the domain ID from Content.Ad into your link so you can optimize based on the domains you are getting clicks and conversions from.

PPV Traffic from RTX Platform

RTX Platform is another traffic source that may sound new to you, but you’ve probably heard me talk about them before.

50onRed rebranded their ad platform last year to RTX Platform.

RTX Platform has 3 different channels you can use to promote (the same ones 50onRed used to have):

  • InText
  • Pops
  • Display

RTX Platform PPV traffic for affiliates

I run PPV campaigns on RTX pretty often. I have had the most success with their Pops channel, but I test Display and InText all the time.

By the way, you need to check out my PPV scraper if you are running PPV campaigns!
Skrayp PPV Scraper

RTX Platform has a great user interface and fantastic optimization features. Both of these are still the same as the original 50onRed platform so I recommend you read through those old articles of mine if you are interested in testing them out:

I will be running traffic to PeerFly affiliate offers and my own products on all 5 of these traffic sources for all of 2017 and beyond as long as they continue to perform well for me.

I definitely recommend you give them a try. If you have any questions, I’m here to help! Post them in the comments below or send me an email.

Let’s make some money!

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80 thoughts on 5 Affiliate Traffic Sources to Test in 2017

  1. Hello Luke, nice article.

    If we compare between tonic vs zeropark, which you choose? already trying zeropark, and burn $200 with no luck. Got conversion, but after try to optimize my campaign, the conversion just gone and didn’t come again. I know maybe its because my optimizing skill is still on low level.

    but if i want to invest more money, which network i must go?


    1. ZeroPark is a pretty good source, but I believe you may see better conversions with TONIC. It’s important to learn how to optimize your sources though. I recommend setting up a new campaign once you start getting conversions and whitelist only the sources converting. Keep testing new sources on your original campaign, but see how you can do with a campaign specifically with the optimized whitelisted sources.

  2. Hi Luke 🙂

    I was wondering what kind of traffic it will be good choice
    for adsense monetized site…click arbitrage model[no carbαge,this traffic source must be accepted by google].

    Thank you in advance!

    1. I know a lot of people are using native ads for that. Might want to try a source like Content.Ad. I believe that should be fine with Google AdSense (double check).

  3. hi luke for PPV do you really think its good RTX ? Becouse you can not target deep link or internal page URL in it like other PPV network.

    1. Yeah, I still like RTX. I do most of my targeting with root domains anyway. I like to optimize domains based on keyword targets too 🙂

      1. With RTX Platform, you can target keywords. For example, you could target the keyword affiliate marketing. Then, your advertisement will pop up on a website that has the word affiliate marketing in the URL or title. RTX Platform tells you what domains you are getting traffic from so you could be using the keyword affiliate marketing and popping up on lukepeerfly.com, in which case you could then specifically target the URL lukepeerfly.com.

  4. Hello Luke, do you do 1-on-1 coaching for CPA Marketing? I am a newbie that is looking to start up as a CPA Marketer like yourself. I have about $1,000 to start… Not sure if that’s enough..


    1. I do not offer 1-on-1 training, but I know of some great resources that you can check out as a part of your $1,000 investment in learning how to do all this.

      First, I recommend you sign up for AffPlaybook. AffPlaybook is an amazing paid community filled with affiliate marketers and TONS of great content and tools.

      Then, choose a marketing strategy you want to try first. Personally, I would probably recommend testing some search traffic or potentially run some campaigns on TONIC.

      Once you have some traffic going and you’re learning how to optimize your campaigns, you will want to begin looking into creating your own landing pages and using 3rd party tracking solutions like Voluum (not necessary when you’re first starting) to help optimize your bigger campaigns.

      Good luck!

    1. I would use AdSense, relevant affiliate links within my content, and potentially native ads at the bottom of each article 🙂

  5. Hi Luke!
    After reading this i’m going to give TONIC. a try. Would you suggest doing a ‘Zero Click’ campaign with a ‘Keyword’ campaign type?

    1. I typically run Zero Click RON campaigns, but keyword campaigns can perform well if you find the right ones. I’m usually just on the search for good sources 🙂

  6. Great list Luke!

    Personally, Bing has been a hidden gem for years. In several niches, the traffic quality is much better than even Adwords + it’s cheaper. The only downside of course, is scale…..

    But once you get your campaigns profitable they usually stick around for quite a while. Just be sure to separate 3rd part search & Bing search as the quality on 3rd party is terrible.

  7. Yet to explore much of these, only have experience in Google Adwords, Facebook Ads & Bing Ads. Tonic seems interesting to try out.

    Am planning to build a quality content based website to build traffic to my affiliate programs instead, see whether ads could help increase the revenue or don’t.

    Thanks for the sharing Luke. 🙂

  8. Thanks for post, I have a question what is a starting point for a newbie? watched different TUTS followed many experts ran many paid campaigns but unable to get a single lead from advertising. Please recommend advertising platform for dating/adult offers those are pretty easy to promote.

  9. Great list Luke. I only have experience with FB ads but I will definitely look into the other sources you mentioned. I have made the mistake of pushing too hard on Facebook and had an account shut down. I also haven’t tried sending FB traffic direct to affiliate offers, I send direct to a squeeze and then re-direct either to one of my paid offers or an affiliate offer but I always get the opt-in first. I will have to try your approach.

  10. Its so interesting how you’ve built audiences on social media on things that seemingly aren’t monetisable. Things like “eminem quotes” for example. I’ve always had the assumption that building a social media following is an extreamly long-term approach, something that takes years, even.

    Our favourite platform for promoting products and services is definitely Bing. Much more slack with the policies and cheaper than Google too. People make the assumption that Bing doesn’t have enough search traffic but that’s completely untrue. Bing & Yahoo together have over 30% of the search usage pie!

  11. Nice article Luke.
    I followed you on Facebook and I’ve become an avid reader of your blog. If you had to choose between RTX Platform and TONIC, what will be your choice?

      1. Thank you Luke for taking the time to give your opinion. I would like to ask you that is RTX Platform more cheaper than TONIC, because I found TONIC very cheap regarding the volume. And what payment methods RTX support to fund the accounts?

    1. Muslim Zaidi RTX platform is a PPV network. It depends on the competition and the keyword you are targeting. Whereas Tonic has domain redirect and pop traffic which is cheaper than PPV traffic. RTX platform allows both creditcard or ACH/wire payments.

  12. Nice, didn’t know 50onRed rebranded. I tried their platform once but it was hard to get enough traffic from it.

    Yahoo Gemini display ads is another you might want to start using. Works like Facebook ads but less competitive as not a lot of people know about it even though its been out a few years

    Are you using Sitescout, Traffic Vance, or GDN for affiliate campaigns? I use FB, Google, Bing mostly but am starting to add more sources for a new project.


    1. Appreciate the recommendation. I’m not currently running anything on those sources, but I’ve used them all before 🙂

  13. Hi Luke. Awesome article.

    I created account on tonic and deposited $100 after reading your post but they blocked my account. I read their terms and conditions are pretty sure did not violate any policy. They even not replying to my email.

      1. not yet, but I sent them email and asked reason to block my account they replied. But I am not looking for refund I want to spend money and work with them.

        they replied

        “Unfortunately, due to security measures our compliance team are unable to activate your account.

        We will refund your account balance to the funding source provided and the account will be closed.

        Thank you for your understanding.

        Kind regards,
        TONIC. Support
        Show original message

  14. Hi Luke,

    I got very very bad conversion using RTX, i heard a good things on RTX but just think to forget them because first that have very expensive traffic and no sense of smart bid. Second, quality traffic is very bad, I got small ctr and no conversion at all.. neither i use direct link or landing page.


  15. Hey Luke,

    My name is Ajay and i am new in affiliate marketing. Can you the best PPC paid traffic sources to promote cpa offers. I have created 5 time account in bing ads but they blocked my account i don’t no why. I use 7search also but they give clicks that’s not converted.
    Please tell me the best PPC traffic sources list.

    1. For search, I would recommend contacting Bing and seeing why they are blocking/stopping you from running ads.

  16. Bing is often overlooked and forgotten about, but I find that I get really good results from them both in paid and organic traffic. But for right now I’m off to go check out these interesting improvements you mentioned at TONIC 😉

  17. Hi to all!
    I am looking targeted forex/online trading traffic in Europe for my landing pages to generate leads.
    I am trying Adsterra now and no leads no click at all just waste of money and time, i think they use robots not real traffic.
    i saw this post it i was very helpful but as a new affiliate, i need some advice.

  18. Hey Luke, are there any Banner Display traffic sources that you would recommend for mainstream desktop offers?

  19. Hello Luke,
    All the sources could be great for the internet marketers. I’ll check these out soon. Especially I must try the RTX platform ASAP. Thanks for your recommendations.

  20. I never used paid traffic since I stated CPA Marketing. My question , is it possible to just send direct link when you are doing paid traffic.

  21. Thanks for this post Luke! I’ve been doing some research into native ads since I read your post.

    I’m noticing many people saying a bigger budget is needed – anywhere from $3K and up – in order to learn the ropes and to break even due to the immense traffic volume and the need to block bad sources over time.

    What are your thoughts?

    1. I think the more budget you can put towards testing the better, but it really depends on what network you are wanting to use. Content.Ad is a bit cheaper as far as daily budget and traffic goes so it might be a better place to start. Other networks, like RevContent for example, are a bit more expensive and would require a bigger budget.

  22. Thanks for this beautiful Article. My question is this. What is the best way for a Newbie in CPA marketing to get good traffic.
    Thanks alot.

  23. Hi Luke..

    I registered peerfly a few year ago and I never make money from peerfly.

    Does paid traffic like this is the answer to promote CPA?

    Do you have any recommended guide about this?


  24. an awesome article. those traffic sources should be tested at first. I was wonder why you don’t proceed with simple campaigns on those traffic sources and back to us with powerful review! as for me I know that google adwords is the correct one for pay per call. and bing for medicine. face for mobile apps & offers. and I see working with mostcpa.com as affiliate cpa offers network is more enough to reach out your goals of money. again, working with cpa network needs for (TESTING) test everything!

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