I have been promoting different affiliate programs on my various niche websites and blogs for several years now, and have used several of the main affiliate networks. One of the most well known and established of these is Commission Junction (cj.com). It's based in the United States but it's an international enterprise, and you can join from many countries.
It has a lot of merchants that are global in
nature, with products that are appealing to people in Australia. That's
good for me because I'm an Aussie, as are a high percentage of my
visitors. There are some that are specific to this country, too, which
is even better.
There are other aspects that make it a
quality network. Firstly, the merchants tend to be top notch, with
great products to promote. So, whether you promote pay per lead programs
(and there are many of those) or pay per sale ones, it usually doesn't
take a huge number of visits before they convert. They tend to pay
pretty well, too.
They also have heaps of nicely
designed links, buttons and banners. These help a lot. They can actually
improve the look of your site. Also, their eye-catching nature makes
them more likely to be clicked on by visitors, which means more money
for the publisher in the long run.
The stats that you
get for your various campaigns are good as well. They are really
comprehensive and reliable (although perhaps a little confusing at
first). This is extremely useful, because you can get a very good idea
about which particular ads and programs are working well and which
aren't, so you can adjust them accordingly.
Finally, they pay like clockwork. I've had several cheques from them so far and they've never been late.
know there have been reports of various negative of issues regarding
this network. However I have had no problems with them at all.
Everything so far has been positive. For this reason I recommend this
affiliate network highly.