Affiliate Marketing is my most profitable way of earning Money with my Blog, and it’s an easy way for new Bloggers to start earning Money too.
But how do you get started? Where do you find Brands or Products to promote? I had those questions when I started Affiliate Marketing too, so I’ve written this post to help you find Affiliate Products to start earning money from, even if you’re an Affiliate Marketing newbie!
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How do you Make Money with Affiliate Marketing?
(This post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission, with no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase after clicking on one of my unique affiliate links)
You earn money with affiliate marketing by recommending products you love to your readers. You are given a special link that contains your referral code and when one of your readers clicks your link and makes a purchase, the sale is tracked to your link and you get a commission.
The amount you earn per product depends on what you’re promoting and varies wildly between a few cents right up to over $100!
When you’ve mastered affiliate marketing it can be a lucrative earner. Some bloggers earn thousands of dollars a month just from affiliate marketing…
- Seaside Sundays made $489.60 in just her second month of Blogging
- Sarah from The Frugal Millionaire made $1,428.62 in one month
- Lena from What Mommy Does earned $2,688 in one month
- and (here’s something to aim for!!)… Michelle from Making Sense of Cents made $64,828.51 in just one month!
Do you need loads and loads of Traffic?
Affiliate marketing is a numbers game up to a point; the more traffic you get to your Blog, the more chance you have of someone clicking on one of your affiliate links. I do recommend having steady, consistent traffic of a few thousand page views a month to your Blog before you start applying to affiliate networks.
But, it’s entirely possible to make money from affiliate marketing with a new Blog if you are strategic about which links you share and optimise how you promote them.
Where to put affiliate links for maximum impact
Include your Affiliate Links in
- Blog posts,
- Blog pages,
- Sidebar or Header ad areas,
- Email opt-ins,
- Social Media, and
- Digital products.
However, don’t just include a load of links in various places and hope for the best!
Affiliate links convert best when they’re provided as a solution to a problem your readers have (the more urgent the problem, the better). And they’re even more effective if you can include a story about how you’ve personally benefited from the product.
Here’s just 5 profitable ways to share the benefits of your favourite affiliate products:
- Write a review post (Include your own results you’ve seen with the product)
- Compare 2 (or more) similar products in a post. Bonus points if you’re an affiliate for both products you compare!
- Write a ‘How to’ post that has your affiliate product as the answer to your readers question
- Write a roundup post that includes multiple affiliate links
- Add a resource page to your Blog (I’ve included my favourite Pinterest Marketing & Blog Traffic resources on mine because that is what my readers want to know about)
How to Choose Affiliate Partners
My favourite place to start is to look for affiliate programs for the products and services you already use that are relevant to your Blog niche.
Have a look on their website (top tip: the link for the affiliate program is often buried in the footer menu) or do a Google search for ‘(your chosen company) affiliate program’.
Some companies administer their own affiliate programs and some are available through affiliate networks. The affiliate networks I’ve included in this post each have thousands of different merchants that you can sign up to be an affiliate for.
How much will you get paid in Affiliate Commission?
Companies offer different rates of affiliate commission. Some are very low (like Amazon) who only pay 1% on some categories while others pay up to 40%, and a few pay even more! Don’t just choose affiliate partners based on the commission though; a higher priced product with a low commission might still make you more than a low priced product with a high commission.
But most importantly is to choose affiliate products your audience will love, because you won’t make any affiliate sales if your audience aren’t interested in what you’re promoting!
When you’re new to affiliate marketing, just sign up for a few programs to start with. Join 3-5 that you know you can effectively promote and your audience will really benefit from.
My Favourite Affiliate Partners for New Bloggers
This list is my top 8 affiliate programs and networks for Bloggers that are new to Affiliate Marketing. They provide a huge variety of different affiliate opportunities and are easy to sign up for. If you’re not sure who to start promoting, you’ll definitely find someone from the networks on this list!
I love Ultimate Bundles! They are best known for their flash sales of hugely discounted bundles of digital courses, ebooks and other products. They sell bundles in a variety of different topics, including Homemaking, Parenting, Meal Planning and Working From Home.
Whilst their bundles are only available for 5-7 days at a time, they also sell evergreen bundles that give you an opportunity to make sales throughout the year.
I recommend Ultimate Bundles to Bloggers who are new to affiliate marketing because they make it incredibly easy to promote their bundles. They provide all the images you need plus swipe files for emails, social media and blog posts, and training webinars for each bundle sale.
And their commission rate is very generous at 40% (or 70% if you contribute to a bundle!)
Shareasale is a huge affiliate network with over 3,900 merchants, including big names like Cricut, Zazzle, Creative Live, Dollar Tree and Craftsy. To join Shareasale, you simply create an account and when you’re approved you then search through available merchants for the ones you want to promote. You then apply for each individual affiliate program. When you’re approved the merchant’s links and banners will be added to your dashboard and you can start promoting them.
Shareasale is great for beginners; it’s easy to get approved, the dashboard is pretty user friendly (though not particularly attractive) and there’s a very wide variety of merchants in over 40 different categories.
C J Affiliate
CJ affiliate is another large, long established affiliate network. It works with over 3000 different brands, including household names like Apple, Home Depot, Gap and Boohoo.
The dashboard is not quite so user friendly as Shareasale and the network can be harder to get approved for. However, as long your Blog is professional looking and you’re getting steady traffic I’d recommend applying. It is free to apply.
Rakuten Marketing (used to be Linkshare) is one of the oldest established affiliate networks. It is not as huge as CJ affiliates or Shareasale, with only around 1000 merchants, but they are high quality merchants like Lipsy, Hunter, Papa John, Ray Ban and Virgin Holidays.
It has a user friendly affiliate area and is the only affiliate network on the list that has the ability to make rotating banner ads! They pay out in 25 different currencies and are active in over 200 countries so they’re a great option for Bloggers outside of the US.
Awin (which used to be Affiliate Window) is huge! It works with over 13,000 advertisers, such as Etsy, SuperDry, Fiverr and Lonely Planet. Like the other affiliate networks, you apply to the network and then apply to individual merchants you want to promote.
Their minimum payment threshold is only $20 (it’s $50 for the other 3 networks on the list)
Awin require an upfront deposit of $5 but it is refunded with your first affiliate payout.
Clickbank provides you with opportunities to be an affiliate for individual products not merchants. Most of the products are digital, so the commission rates are high.
It’s easy to get started, you sign up for an account, search through all the products until you find one you want to promote, then create a ‘hoplink’ to promote on your Blog.
The payment threshold is low, only $10.
Clickbank itself is an established site but anybody can sign up to sell products. And there does look to be some spammy products for sale on it, especially in the ‘making money’ and ‘health and fitness’ categories. But as long as you only promote products you have thoroughly researched or actually tried, Clickbank presents you with a lot of affiliate opportunities.
Shopstyle is different to the other affiliates on this list because it pays per click. It pays out around 4 – 5 cents a click and the minimum payment threshold is $100 so if you’re not getting a lot of traffic it might not be a big earner for you.
But there are two reasons you might like to give it a go:
- You can add Shopstyle affiliate links directly to Pinterest. And Shopstyle work mainly with fashion and lifestyle brands (like ASOS, Sephora, Forever 21 and Free People) that are incredibly popular on Pinterest. If you want to try Pinterest affiliate marketing, I recommend signing up for Shopstyle.
- And, when you’ve signed up for Shopstyle (and there is no approval process) you don’t need to apply to individual programs. You can promote whatever products you want as soon as you join.
Amazon Associates doesn’t have big commission rates (between 1 – 10% dependant on the product category), and the cookie is only 24 hours but you do get a commission on everything a person buys when they click your link (even if you didn’t promote the product)
You also earn fixed rate commissions (called Bounties) when you get your readers to sign up for the Free trials for services like Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited. At the moment you can get $3 just for someone signing up for a free Kindle Unlimited Trial!
There are a couple of big advantages that make it worth signing up to be an Amazon affiliate.
- Firstly, Amazon sell pretty much everything! So it’s likely you will find something for sale on Amazon that you can promote to your audience.
- And secondly, Amazon is a trusted brand. Most of your audience will already shop at Amazon so if you link to an Amazon product your audience won’t have any worries about purchasing from the site.
Anyone can sign up to the Amazon Associates program and they offer multiple ways to promote products, including text links, images and banners. And you can link to any product (or category page) you want direct from the page.
The minimum payment threshold is only $10 but if you don’t make any sales within 6 months your account gets deactivated (you can join again though)
So now you’ve got your list of affiliate networks to join, it’s time to start making commissions….
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