Rakuten Affiliate Network (LinkShare) is one of the most popular affiliate networks around, and they give you the chance to promote some top brands. While they may outdo Clickbank on the brands you can promote, signing up for Rakuten Affiliate Network is a more complicated process and you have to apply to every advertiser you wish to promote; it’s not certain they will accept you. In addition, the commission rates are not quite as high.
Now as to your comment on traffic it is true, traffic is important. But the truth is, acquiring traffic is easier than converting it. Plus we have many posts dedicated to traffic generation on this blog. Simply check this post, this post or this post. But must importantly, the reason why people struggle with traffic is that they try to promote a sales page or a heavily biased piece of content. Nobody wants to share that, nobody wants to link to that, and as a result you don’t get traffic and blame your lack of success on traffic (like you did in your comment above).
They're newbie friendly: Some affiliate networks are strict when it comes to accepting new affiliates. They're usually scared of fraudsters who can potentially jeopardize the network's relationships with their advertisers and vendors by using shady promotional techniques. While this cautiousness is generally a good thing, it also makes it hard for new affiliates to get into those networks. How can you start taking your baby steps and experimenting with things when you're not even allowed to promote any products?
The No Cost Income Stream is geared toward IM newbies, but it is also great for those with established online businesses. It’s especially great for those who have no money for investment. While it costs $37 to get started with the program, everything after that is completely free. This package is great for you if you want to learn some online marketing basics, but you should know that it will still take some hard work on your part.