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What Affiliate Programs to Join to Make Money?
At the beginning of my blog journey of affiliate marketing, I stated that it was my goal to make at least $3,000 per month. I outlined the ways I planned to make money with this blog and it was mainly involved with affiliate marketing. In this post, you’ll find a list of affiliate programs I have joined and think you should if your main goal is making money with your website. There are seriously so many amazing affiliates that you can join no matter your niche that I think it would really benefit you guys. They’ve made such a great impact on my blogging journey so I’d love to provide any type of insight to help whenever I can. So what affiliate programs should you join to make money?
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OK, so now back to the blog, what affiliate programs should you join to make money?
I didn’t just decide to start using affiliate marketing as one of my main sources of income, I took an outstanding course to guide me. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents has made almost a million dollars just from affiliate marketing and was the main reason I decided to implement this income stream into my blogging journey. Who not to learn from than the best, right? You can read all about the affiliate marketing mogul here.
I’m writing this because I’ve spent the past month trying to understand affiliate marketing and have almost completely lost my marbles with the amount of information out there. Pinterest can be such a GREAT source for information on getting your blog started but there’s SO much information that it’s extremely hard to stay focused-especially when you have absolutely NO idea what you’re doing at first.
I’ve finally just had to take a giant step back and focus on one thing and one thing only, affiliate marketing.
Okay, so if you’re a complete newb to the blogging world and have absolutely no idea what affiliate marketing is let me back up the train for a sec.
When you become an affiliate with a company, you are given an individualized “referral” link that directs the credit back to you. In return for your efforts, the company will send you a commission as a “thanks” for all your hard work. Plus, no matter your niche and/or hobbies-there is an affiliate link for everyone!
Examples: Fashion, Beauty Products, Organic Beauty, Furniture, Travel, DIY, Parenting, Web Hosting, etc. The list goes on and can be as personalized as you are! I started out with organic and vegan skincare products that were safe, effective and not tested on animals. The opportunities are endless in this field!
While there are other ways to make money with your blog, affiliate links (in my opinion) are the easiest to start with. When most bloggers want to up their game from a hobby to an income, they usually start out using affiliate links. It’s seriously such a reputable way to make extra money because unlike when you’re just talking to your friends about a new self-tanner you can’t live without, you actually make money from referring these products and/or services. The more people you help and get in front of, the more money you make! #yay!
Plus, who doesn’t want passive income? ….. I’ll wait.
Now that I’ve figured it out, I want to be able to help others do the same, as a newbie myself I still understand that the struggle is real.
This post does contain affiliate links but I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t actually find them helpful. Pinky. And TBH, I dunno if anyone else has ever been in the same boat-but I’m kinda scared to check my email with the dozens upon dozens of email lists I’ve signed up for over the weekend figuring this out…… seriously though.
Before we dive in…
I made the mistake of overwhelming myself with affiliate partners. I joined any and every affiliate program I found in my niche hoping to learn more and it was complete chaos. We’ll call it analysis paralysis.
My advice is to stick to at least 4 but less than 8 until you get the hang of it. Then think about adding more as you become more experienced.
Here are the ones I’ve found MOST helpful for blogger newbies in order of easiest to a ‘tad’ more complicated.
- Share-a-Sale Let me just start by saying, I LOVE ShareASale! This is totally one of my favorite affiliate companies simply because of the ease of use, reputation, and their reliability. The company has been in business for over 15 years and was the first site I visited that made it all seem so much simpler than what I was dealing with previously. It’s free to sign up and when you refer someone else to ShareASale you earn $150!! I made my first sale this weekend from my couch and was jumping for joy! You can sign up here! Once you are all logged in you can sign up to be an affiliate with companies/merchants specific to your niche. Examples include: Lulu’s, Reebok, ModCloth, Julep, Sears, Disney, etc.. My favorite part is that everything is all in one place. You don’t have to go to several different websites trying to find your links and promotional material, ShareASale has it organized for you.
- Affilorama My favorite part about Affilorama is that they actually teach affiliate marketing as well as treat their affiliates well. It’s free to join on the fun and once you sign up for their affiliate program you’d earn 50% commission on each membership you refer that buys any of their products. Their support team is off the charts and like stated earlier, I’m not the most technical savvy, so these customer service people are SO appreciated. Sign up with Affiliorama here!
- SkimLinks The best part about SkimLinks is that you don’t have to individually apply to companies and wait to be accepted like you would in ShareASale. For any company you are interested in promoting, the link is already available. Skimlinks automatically turns product links into trackable affiliate links. This makes it EXTREMELY simple to add affiliate links to your site for any niche you may be interested in. There are over 1.5 million domains that use this platform to monetize their site and they work with big brands like Time Inc, BuzzFeed, and Condé Nast. Skimlinks is a MUST. Check them out here. As far as the money goes, Skimlinks will give you 35% for a year of what they earn for each person you refer-suuuuper sweet deal!
- Amazon Associates
Who doesn’t love Amazon? What product do they not sell? You can literally find any and everything on there! …amiright? Amazon associates are an amazing platform to start out with when you’re trying to monetize your blog because of their broad product range. Just like all of the above, it’s free to sign up and all you have to do is search the product you are interested in promoting and place the link on your page. Eazy peazy. Sign up for Amazon Associates here.
THERE YOU HAVE IT!
I hope this helped you get one step closer to monetizing your blog! It’s been extremely helpful for me and I wish I would have started using affiliate links the day I started my blog. Not using affiliate links is basically like leaving money on the table.
Also, if you’re interested in driving more traffic to your site and using Pinterest to make your first affiliate sale-Check out Elise’s SUPER informational course,,”How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale Using Pinterest in 24 Hours”. I’ve personally taken this course and it gave me clarity to how Pinterest works and my stats went up by 10% and I have made a sale! Whoop whoop! Read my review here: How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale Review.
If you have any questions or need help with absolutely ANYTHING please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. I typically reply within one business day. Just curious, but are there any difficulties you’ve been having with affiliate marketing? And If you have been using affiliate marketing, what programs are you CRAZY about?
Post them in the comments, I’d love to hear 🙂
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.