Making money with your blog can be hard, especially at first. Where do you start? What do you sell?
What if I told you that you could sell a product without having to produce a product? Too good to be true? That’s where affiliate marketing comes in.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote someone else’s product and when someone buys that product through your affiliate link, you get a predetermined commission.
Why would you want to do affiliate marketing on your blog?
- It is a great way to make money through your blog.
- You are helping your readers with their pain points.
- You don’t have to make your own product to make money.
- The company you are working with makes the product, and helps you with marketing and customer service.
How do you find places to be affiliates for?
Think about the products you already use and love. That is the first place I would start with affiliate marketing. What products in your niche do you use and love so much, that you would tell your customers about it even if you weren’t going to get a commission?
The more you personally use and love the product, the better you will be able to tell your readers about it without feeling salesy or sleezy.
The Best Places to Be Affiliates For:
Amazon Associates – This is the most popular affiliate for bloggers and where most bloggers start with affiliate marketing. It is easy to sign up (although you have to have 3 sales in the first 3 months to stay as an affiliate) and Amazon has something to sell for just about every niche. The downside to Amazon is that the affiliate program it isn’t available everywhere (bloggers in some states aren’t allowed to be affiliates) and there are more rules with this program than most other programs. We will discuss that in the legal stuff below. To become an affiliate—> Amazon Associates
Ultimate Bundles – This site makes bundles of e-books and e-courses that cover different topics throughout the year. If you have a blog topic that correlates with these bundles, they are a great way to get into affiliate marketing. The bundles are a great value for your customers and the company provides marketing training and materials to help you sell their products. To become an affiliate—>Ultimate Bundles
Affiliate Marketing Networks
These companies handle affiliate marketing for thousands of companies in one spot. You have to be approved by each network first and then you have to apply individually to each company you want to sell for.
ShareASale – To become an affiliate—> Share A Sale Affiliate
PepperJam – To become an affiliate—> PepperJam Affiliate
Rakuten – To become an affiliate—> Rakuten Marketing
CJ Affiliate – To become an affiliate—> CJ Affiliate
Leading Bloggers in your niche – Look at other bloggers in your niche to see what they are selling. You don’t have to do everything they are doing, but it helps to get an idea of what is working for them. If you find a company you would like to be an affiliate for, look at the bottom of their website for an affiliate link or google the company plus affiliate and see if they have an affiliate program. If you can’t find one, just email the company and ask if they have an affiliate program. It never hurts to try.
Where can I promote my affiliate programs?
- Your blog (in a post or advertisement) If you really love a product, you can do a whole post about the product and how it has helped you. You can also put their banner (with affiliate link) in your sidebar or other spots on your blog for more exposure.
- Your email list (except Amazon) Don’t be afraid to email your list and tell them of an awesome promotion or sale your affiliate partner is having. They may even thank you later!
- Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) You can mention sales or great products (with images) on social media to reach more people. Make sure and tell them why you love it so much.
- Pinterest You can link a pin to a blog post about a product or link straight to a product that you are an affiliate for.
- In your own products (e-books, PDF’s (except Amazon)) If you write an e-book or PDF, have a resources page in back where you can use affiliate links to help your readers find things they need.
- Make a shop/resource page on your blog This is a great place to display products you use and that are on topic for your niche.
How do you keep track of your affiliate information?
I use a spreadsheet to keep track of the information on my affiliate programs. This helps me keep the websites, passwords and other information all in one place for easy access.
The legal stuff of affiliate marketing:
Amazon is one of the most popular affiliate marketing sites for bloggers, but it is also the most complicated. Make sure you read the contract before you sign so you know what you are getting into. Here is a great article from Amy Lynn Andrews that helps clarify the most popular points.
You must disclose affiliates before links so that your customer knows you have an affiliate relationship with the company.
You must also have a affiliate disclosure statement on your site stating that you are an affiliate.
Online courses for affiliate marketing:
I love both of these course for different reasons. I have taken both courses and I wish I had done it sooner!
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
This course is great for beginners. It goes through everything in plain, easy to follow language. She will get you up and running with affiliate marketing fast. There is also a wonderful Facebook group that goes with it that I continue to learn from daily. This course is evergreen, so you don’t wait for an open cart to join in. Here is my affiliate link —> Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Tasha Agruso
This course is great for beginners and the more advanced blogger. I had already started affiliate marketing and felt like I had a good grasp on it before I took this class. I still learned a ton from Tasha. She has great videos that show you step by step how to do everything she talks about in the course. This course is not open right now, but you can get on the waitlist now to be notified when the cart opens. Here is my affiliate link —> Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers
Affiliate marketing changed my blogging life, once I learned how to use it to my advantage. I can help my reader and earn money at the same time. It’s a win-win for everyone. Even if you have a new blog with only a few followers, you can make money with affiliate marketing. It isn’t directly tied to page views. Of course, as your grow page views and email subscribers, your affiliate income will grow too. If you haven’t given affiliate marketing a try, now is the time!
- Brainstorm products that you use and love and that would fit the niche of your blog.
- Research to see if that product has an affiliate program and sign up.
- Sign up for 2 bigger programs from the suggestions above and get started with affiliate links ASAP.
Do you use affiliate marketing in your business? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks.
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