Top 11 Best Native Ad Networks [Content Discovery] for Affiliates

More and more affiliate marketers are moving to native ads from other traffic sources like banners ads and pop traffic. Or should I say just a handful of clever super-affiliates? Here are some of the top benefits of  native ad networks:

  • Native ads look like content, they are non intrusive and the visitor feels as if they are consuming content. The benefit here is that native ad affiliate campaigns can be “masked” as content
  • Lower cost per click (CPC), higher click-thru-rate (CTR) and higher conversion rate. That’s some pretty solid benefits there.
  • You can borrow the publishers trust for your campaign. Because your ads can appear on top publisher websites like Forbes, CNN and thousands of other trusted top publishers, users assume the content they are consuming can be trusted, because they trust the source. And affiliates love this.
  • There’s a lower barrier to entry than Facebook, Adwords and other ad networks. In other words, your ads get approved easier.

* This post is presented by Advault.io, the native ads spy tool that lets you copy winning native ad campaigns and landing pages for fun and profit.

[Related read: How affiliates are making money with native ads]

With affiliates loving native ads and huge advertising budgets moving from traditional traffic sources to native ads, a lot of new native ad networks have appeared lately.

In this post we’ve put together the top native ad networks you should be focusing on as an affiliate.

The type of native network we will be talking about here are content discovery networks, which look like these:

Top best native ad networks / content discovery

So what are the best native ad networks for affiliates?

As an affiliate, you want to make sure you will be allowed to promote your specific offers, so you should pay attention to what verticals and type of CPA offers are allowed on each specific network.

One way to do is it by looking at other native campaigns already running in such networks. You can start by searching your target keywords and the offers you want to promote inside Advault.io

THE BIG GUYS

These native networks have the highest volume of traffic/inventory and the highest quality of publishers, however costs may be higher and also it’s sometimes difficult to be accepted into these networks.

RevContent

http://revcontent.com

It’s the fastest growing native ad network, rapidly outgrowing their main competitors (Taboola and Outbrain) with reportedly more user reach than Amazon.

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: MEDIUM
SPY ON ADVAULT: YES

Revcontent, top native ad network

What sets them apart:

  • Intuitive and easy to use self-service user interface where you can fully control your ads optimization.
  • Targeting abilities: choose the publisher, country, operating system and more.
  • Retargeting pixel lets you show ads depending on which actions the user has taken on your own site.
  • Fully responsive widgets and many placements inside the publishers website.

Some RevContent ads found this week on Advault:

Revcontent sample native ads

Outbrain

http://outbrain.com

Another very popular content discovery network with huge reach. Said to be one of the most trusted networks with big name publishers such as CNN, ESPN, Fortune, Slate, Mashable, People, Fox News, Daily Telegraph and more.

They accept content that offers “informational and entertainment value”, so no direct linking to products or offers. But that doesn’t mean it’s not open to affiliates. It just means you must use a prelanding page (usually an advertorial or informational piece about the offer, which links to it). They do have some restrictive guidelines in place.

It works on a CPC model with a minimum $10 daily spend, and content can’t be older than 14 days.

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: HIGH
SPY ON ADVAULT: YES

Outbrain native ads for affiliates

Some Outbrain ads found this week on Advault:

Outbrain sample native ads

Taboola

http://taboola.com

Another of the huge players in this game, very similar to Outbrain (and it’s direct competitor).

Taboola relies on their own widget’s “Taboola Choice” feature to let users decide which ads they don’t want to see anymore.

They offer access to a huge poll of quality publishers, but top publishers are only accessible thru higher CPC bids.

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: HIGH
SPY ON ADVAULT: YES

Taboola native ads for affiliates

Some Taboola ads found this week on Advault:

Taboola native ad examples

Mgid

Content guidelines are more flexible than Taboola, Outbrain and even RevContent.

Also their user experience is said to be less annoying, less intrusive, because they don’t have tons of different placements and widgets. It’s usually just a recommended content widget.

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: YES
COUPON CODE: Get a 100% credit match on your first deposit up to $1,000

Mgid native ads

Some Mgid ads found this week on Advault:

Mgid native ad examples

 

LESS KNOWN NATIVE NETWORKS WITH GREAT POTENTIAL

The advantage of these smaller networks lower CPCs, less competition, lower requirements to entry.

What can work great is copying successful native ad campaigns from bigger networks and replicating them on smaller networks.

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Content.ad

http://content.ad/

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: YES

content.ad native ads

 

NativeAds.com

http://nativeads.com

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: NO
COUPON CODE: 10% Credit match up to $1,000

 Nativeads-com

 

Adblade.com

http://adblade.com

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: YES

adblade-native-ads

 

AdYouLike.com

http://adyoulike.com

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: NO
COUPON CODE: 20% Credit match on deposits over £2,000

adyoulike native ads

 

Spoutable.com

http://spoutable.com

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: NO
COUPON CODE: $100 Free ad credits when you deposit $100

spoutable native ads

 

Earnify.com

http://earnify.com

 DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: NO

Earnify native ads

 

Plugz.co

http://plugz.co

DIFFICULTY TO ENTRY: LOW
SPY ON ADVAULT: NO
COUPON CODE: 50% Extra clicks on any one campaign

plugz native ads

 

So here’s what you should do

Sign up for a 3 day trial of Advault for just $1, find profitable ads and then launch your own using our native ad coupons.