Looking to monetize your blog while working with some well known and great brands/companies?
The truth is, there are affiliate programs that accept new bloggers! Listed in this post are some of these companies that you can apply to!
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click and/or make a purchase, I receive a commission. Don’t worry, this is at no extra cost to you. (: ♡
If you look at many successful bloggers income reports, you’ll find a trend. Typically, the highest (or close to highest) monthly income they receive is from affiliate marketing.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is an arrangement in which a retailer/company pays a blogger/influencer for referrals and/or sales generated.
It’s no wonder why bloggers, influencers, etc get involved in affiliate marketing. Once you set it up, it can be pretty passive income. All you really need to do is promote your content including the links (you promote anyway right?) or repost your links directly on whatever platform you choose.
However, you can’t just post links randomly and expect to earn a lot (if any) from affiliate marketing. You should make sure your written content is top notch, and if you are using visuals, perfect them as well. The better and more captivating your content is, the more people you will draw in.
Now, on to the good stuff!
Affiliate programs that accept new bloggers:
Amazon Associates program is pretty self-explanatory – you promote items on Amazon! Some items have different earning percentages than others, so keep that in mind. There are great and easy ways to create your own custom links and widgets with the items you choose.
(In some areas, using your links on Pinterest isn’t allowed, so before doing this I do recommend checking with them as doing this can terminate your account.)
Ultimate bundles is where customers can buy ebooks, courses, etc at highly discounted prices. There are a variety of topics/niches that you can choose to promote. Affiliates earn a wonderful 40% commission!
3. Share a Sale
There are many companies and products to promote through Share a Sale. Many bloggers use and promote Tailwind, and if you are interested too, this is who they do affiliate marketing through. (:
The commissions here are different with each company.
4. CJ Affiliate
CJ Affiliate also has tons of companies available to apply to in a variety of niches. Commission is different and depends on each company. This is actually the first one I was accepted to and I love it!
ShopStyle seems to be used on Pinterest quite a lot. It’s no wonder though, as it contains products from so many different brands all in one place easily shareable to social media! Personalized links and widgets are also available here.
There is a chance that you may get denied at first (sometimes they give vague reasons). If this happens, simply email them and ask for clarification. Typically after contact, you should be accepted! So, don’t panic. (:
When it came to my first affiliate sale, it did take a little while to make it. I didn’t start with affiliate marketing right off the bat when starting my blog, and like anything else, it took time to build up an audience.
This first sale that I did make was actually with Amazon Associates! And let’s just say that I was thrilled to see that sale even though it was only about 30 cents! It was still progress and all progress should be celebrated. (:
Plus it gives even more encouragement and drive to keep going and working hard.
The way I was able to get this sale was through a gift guide post. Here is an example of mine: Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018!
Not only are these fun to make, but they are great for affiliate sales as well! I recommend taking advantage of nearby holidays or popular trends for this.
For other affiliate programs, it is good to stick with products and services that you personally know and use. For example, if you write about blogging or websites, see if your web hosting has an affiliate program. If you have a health/fitness blog, try promoting supplements or equipment that you use.
Sticking to what you know and use personally helps to build trust between you and your audience, which is important as a blogger.
Don’t forget: Affiliate links do need disclosures. Make sure to always write a statement on any blog posts that include affiliate links and hashtag or note on Pinterest pins (such as #affiliatelink or #afflink).
So what do you think? Do you currently do any affiliate marketing? Is it something you want to try in the future?