If you are a blogger and are trying to find ways to monetize your blog, you should consider affiliate marketing. To make money online with affiliate marketing means that a publisher (a blogger) promotes products/services supplied by companies for a fee, usually in the form of commission.
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When I first started my blog, it was purely for sharing my writing on my favorite topics and for recommending products/tools that I used and loved to my readers. Later, I joined some affiliate programs and started to earn extra cash. While blogging is still my hobby and a key way to connect with my readers, it’s nice to earn some passive income from it.
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To start affiliate marketing, one first needs to join affiliate programs, which provide you links with unique IDs to track the traffic you send to companies’ website and transactions made via your links. There are numerous affiliate programs out there, it is critical to select affiliate programs with high authority and reputation.
Here are some affiliate programs that I’ve joined and would recommend to other bloggers based on my own experience:
ShareASale is an affiliate network with tons of companies within. An affiliate network act as a bridge between companies and influencers (including bloggers) to promote online marketing. If you are a relatively new blogger, ShareASale is one of the best choices because it is easy to be accepted and offers many useful marketing tools. It includes popular brands such as Wayfair, Reebok, Sally Beauty, Fanatics, and Weebly.
FlexOffer is another great affiliate network with many choices for companies to work with. It is also quite easy to be accepted. Some big-name companies: Ralph Lauren, Personal Capital, Udemy, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and PetSmart.
Affiliate Window(AW) is an affiliate network where you can find Etsy affiliate program. Once you get accepted by AW network, you can apply for the Etsy program. The acceptance rate for Etsy is 99%, so there is a super high chance that your application will be approved. There are other great programs within AW such as Fiverr, Dinnerly, and edX.
Viglink is an affiliate program that simplifies affiliate marketing tools for publishers. Bloggers do not have to sign up for all individual programs in the network. Viglink will help convert and track your affiliate links for you. There are many recognized brands within Viglink—The Body Shop, Forever 21, Priceline, PETCO, Toysrus, etc.
Rakuten is an awesome website/app for earning cash back from online shopping. I had a post just on how to use Rakuten to maximize your rebate. When you join Rakuten program, you earn $10 bonus after making qualifying purchases totally $25. You can also find your affiliate link from your Rakuten account and start to share the link with your readers and friends.
Bluehost is a reliable user-friendly web host that offers free domains. I am using it to host my blog. You can apply and get easily approved by their affiliate program.
It is one of the best E-books on affiliate sales I ever purchased myself. The author of the E-book Elise (owner of blog houseofbrazen) teaches you smart ways to make affiliate sales within a brief time. You can become its affiliate after purchasing this book.
Here are a few tips on Making Affiliate Sales
- Focus on the products and services that you know about and personally like. Be trustworthy. Don’t promote a product you don’t believe in.
- Sign up for multiple affiliate networks/programs. As you write many blog posts, the products and tools you mention may belong to different affiliate programs. In addition, applying for multiple affiliate programs will increase your chances of being accepted to be an affiliate publisher for your favorite brands.
- Give value to your content by providing helpful and useful information; don’t simply throw out a bunch of affiliate links.
- Disclose properly. The FTC guideline requires any affiliate who uses reviews, rankings or testimonials to promote products must clearly disclose that they receive compensation for doing so.