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The age-old question, right. There are four main ways most bloggers make money including, selling our own products, sponsored posts, ads, and affiliate marketing which is what I'm diving into today.
The idea behind affiliate marketing is simple. After signing up to become an affiliate, you promote other people’s products through blog posts, Pinterest, youtube videos, and/or social media. When someone uses your link (given to you by the affiliate company) you make a commission. Commissions range anywhere from a few cents to a few hundred dollars or even a thousand dollars. It simply depends on the company.
You can promote as many products as you want or as few products as you want and pretty much anything you can think of has an affiliate program. The beauty of this is that the company you are “selling” for is doing the hard work for you. You’re just telling your audience how much it helped you, how much you enjoyed it, whatever the case may be.
The key to affiliate marketing is to be genuine and honest. If you're interested in growing your blog income through affiliate marketing and aren't sure where to start, here are 8 of the best affiliate marketing programs to make money with your blog. I'll be continually updating this post as I find new programs that I think will work for you so make sure to come back and check them out.
disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you if you choose to use my link. and if you do, I appreciate you!
Ultimate Bundles is just as it sounds, it is a bundle of products like courses and ebooks specifically put together by multiple contributors at a very discounted price. Around 90-95% off of regular pricing. As an affiliate you not only gain access to loads of free affiliate marketing materials, you get a 40% commission and if you purchase one of the bundles and make more than five sales you actually get refunded for the bundle you bought and get it for free.
You can also contribute to the Ultimate Bundles bundle with an ebook or course you have and you will receive a 70% commission on any bundle sales you make. They have bundles that fit a variety of niches such as blogging, knitting, health and wellness, homemaking, essential oils and handmade products. Hands down, the Ultimate Bundles team is the best affiliate team I have ever worked with and highly recommend them to bloggers of any and all niches.
Ebates offers cash back on over 2,000+ stores with offers of up to 11% back. It's free and easy to sign up and yes, you actually get paid! I bought a necklace on Etsy and went through the Ebates app and made back the price of the necklace in two days just by using Ebates for my online shopping. Ebates is perfect for anyone who creates a lot of gift guides or just wants to tell their audience about how to make some money while shopping. Because doesn't want to make some extra bucks this holiday season?
For every person, you refer you get a $25 bonus and the person you referred gets a $10 bonus. And yes, family and friends count! The Ebates affiliate program pays out every courter and the minimum payout is $5.01.
Amazon Associates is Amazon's affiliate program which means you can pretty much use Amazon affiliate links in every single post because they have everything you've ever wanted and everything you never thought you needed. Amazon's affiliate commission is a bit lower and depends a bit on which products you are selling but the average, to begin with, is a 4% commission and then it increases as you make more sales to about 8%. I know this commission is a lot lower than others but it is one of the easiest programs to get into and Amazon is a well-known and trustworthy company.
Awin is an affiliate network that you can sign up for and get access to thousands of other affiliate programs such as Etsy, Gym Shark, Asos, Fab Fit Fun Boxes and many many more. The affiliate program on Awin I personally enjoy is Etsy's because it fits really well into my other blogs where I write a lot of gift guides. And people seriously love handmade gifts!
Awin does require a $5 deposit to sign up which you immediately get refunded as soon as you make your first sale. Awin is the perfect affiliate network if you are a lifestyle blogger or a fashion/make up blogger.
Shareasale is another affiliate network that hosts multiple affiliate programs. This makes it much easier during tax time so you don't have to run around to 20 different affiliate programs and figure out how much you made. It's all in one place.
Some popular affiliate programs within Shareasale are Tailwind (15% per sale), PicMonkey (30% per sale), and WP Engine ($200 per sale). The minimum payout is $50 and affiliate commissions vary from program to program. Shareasale also has a plethora of other affiliate companies that fit pretty much every single niche which is why I highly recommend joining it.
This one is a little vague but like I've said before when using affiliate links make sure it's a company you use and trust and if you're a blogger using affiliate links…which you are because you're reading this, then chances are you're using a web host. Each web host has a different affiliate commission but most have tiers that increase based on the number of monthly sales you make.
If you use SiteGround, WP Engine, Shopify, basically whatever host you have, they most likely have an affiliate program. Hosting affiliate commissions tend to be quite high usually $50 or more per sale and sometimes up to $200-$2000 depending on the hosting.
Having a list of affiliate links is great and all but now what? The fun thing about affiliate marketing is that you are promoting products you already use so you really don't have to sell. My favourite way to promote affiliate links is through my blog. Gift guides are a fantastic way to promote affiliate links because you're saving your audience time by doing the tough stuff for them. You can also promote your affiliate links on your favourite social media channels.
Remember to always disclose there are affiliate links either within your blog post or within a post on social media and read the terms and conditions for every affiliate program.
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