If you’ve read my blog before, you must’ve figured out that I am an avid fan of affiliate marketing and especially of high-paying affiliate programs. The thought of making passive income while suggesting products or services you love to your readers baffles me even now and I think it’s a brilliant way to monetize your blog (or even your social media platforms).
In fact, affiliate marketing is the main source of income that comes from my blog and in less than 7 months of blogging, I have earned over $500 in affiliate sales.
They are a lot of bloggers out that that earn that kind of money in a single month or even day, but I want to use this post to talk about my own experience, faults and findings, because it was a bit fo a learning curve for me, which is why it probably took so long to achieve the results I was going for.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to revise your affiliate marketing strategy, help you get started by finding affiliate networks that are suited for your content and give you an insight into what worked for me. Please be advised that this post also contains affiliate links and any purchase made through such links will award me a commission.
How To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing
Before I get into my absolute favorite affiliate programs and networks that bloggers can use to monetize their website, here are a few tips to get you started and put you on the right path:
The first thing you need is a blog. While some affiliate programs might accept you without it, an online platform of your own is vital to your success. Read my guide on starting a blog in 2017 to find out what three easy steps you need to take to launch your first blog.
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- Read my post on How I Made My First Affiliate Sale In 2017 to understand the basics of an affiliate marketing strategy.
- Read my post on My Affiliate Marketing Fail & What I Learned From It to know what mistakes to avoid.
- Make a list of products and services you have already mentioned on your blog and that you would honestly recommend to your readers.
- Don’t join every affiliate network and program out there. Start with those that include the products and services you have mentioned on your list.
- Don’t treat affiliate marketing as ad display. You can’t just slap a banner on your sidebar and expect sales. (That’s what I did for my first few months of blogging and it got me nowhere.) You have to share your experience.
- Choose a few key products, shops or services and mention them often in your blog posts (where it’s relevant). Talking about them once is not enough. Let your readers know how much you actually love the things you recommend!
- Don’t forget to disclose! It is required by FTC regulations that add a disclosure on the pages and posts where you have affiliate links. Grab a free disclosure templated from my resource library.
- Get creative when promoting your affiliate links and start using the on social media! Grab a copy of my favorite ebook about How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale With Pinterest In 24 Hours. (Fun fact, over 70% of my affiliate sales came from Pinterest and this ebook will teach you how to rock affiliate marketing even if you are a complete beginner!)
5 High-Paying Affiliate Programs For Bloggers
There are a lot of affiliate programs out there, and in time you can expand and join more. But for now, choose a few that are relevant to your content and start testing out a few different strategies to see what works for you and your audience.
Here are a few of my absolute favorite hight-paying affiliate networks for bloggers! As a rule of thumb, physical products will earn you 5% to 15% of the sale while digital products can give you a commission anywhere from 15% – 60%.
Previously known as Affiliate Window, AWIN is one of my top earners in terms of big affiliate networks. With access to merchants such as Fiverr, Etsy, Paperchase, Misguided, ASOS, Swagbucks, John Lewis and more, AWIN is a reliable network that works seamlessly with my blog.
One of the reasons why I recommend it to all those who get started with affiliate marketing is because they have a WordPress plugin that automatically transforms all your links into affiliate links (once you get accepted to individual programs). So if you’ve been blogging for a while and linked to any of their advertisers before, you have to install the plugin and your blog is instantly monetized!
With access to over 6,000 advertisers that cover all the possible niches, it’s impossible to not find something to promote on your blog. The only catch is that they require a $5 admission fee (that you get back with your first payout).
This is one of the affiliate networks (besides the individual ones) that I earned the most with, so I highly recommend it for all content creators! They also have recently sped up their payment process which means you will get paid quicker once you meet the threshold!
A newly discovered affiliate network that is on top of the affiliate marketing chain, is Share A Sale. With over 4,000 current merchants (some of my favorites include: Pretty Darn Cute Designs, Restored 316, Optin Monster, Name Cheap, Grammarly, Tailwind, Freshbooks, Sears and Creative Live), no matter what you blog about, you will find something here that your audience will want to buy!
Over 1,000 of these merchants are exclusive to Share A Sale, which means this is the only program you can use to promote them. I also love that they have access to a large selection of digital products and services, which is perfect for my type of content.
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For bloggers who want to become affiliates that means two things: no matter what you blog about, there is a 99% chance that you will find something relevant on Amazon to promote and you have a bigger chance of making a sale because your readers already trust Amazon as an online shopping retailer.
While Amazon doesn’t offer a crazy high commission, they offer a commission for any and every product bought through your link (even if you didn’t directly link to it). That means if someone goes to Amazon through your link and fill up their basket with $100 worth of goodies, you get a cut of that entire sale, even if that person didn’t end up buying the product you initially linked to.
So if you haven’t already, sign up to become an Amazon Associate!
This is by far one of the best things that was invented! Ultimate Bundles offers a collection of online resources at crazy good prices, and not only do you get access to these for 40% off when you sign up to become an affiliate, but you actually get 40% of every sale you refer.
(Did I mention that if you make 5 sales, you get your bundle for free or a refund for the one you bought and that they regularly hold giveaways to give their affiliates extra incentives?)
Some bundles are open for a limited amount of days yearly, which really boosts up your chances to promote them and sell more, while others are evergreen. Besides the Blogging and Work From Home Bundle that are my favorites, you get to promote Bundles such as the Conquer Your Clutter, Gut Health Super Bundle and the Herbs & Essential Oils one.
Odds are that your audience is interested in at least one of these awesome and affordable bundles, so apply to become an affiliate and start making money all year round!
P.s. My absolute favorite bundle is the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit that I highly recommend picking up for yourself. It has a lot of resources that can help you improve your affiliate marketing strategy and it’s so worth the one time payment!
In my own experience with affiliate marketing, I first started to see results when I joined smaller & individual affiliate programs first. Based on this and on the launch of my new ebook on How To Boost Your Blog Traffic, I decided to launch my own affiliate program that you can find more about here.
I offer 35% of every sale you refer and you get paid monthly. No threshold and no waiting! (If you make $20 or $200 in sales, you get paid on the 1st of the month, every month!) I also have resource waiting for you such as Pinterest graphics, sidebar ads, social media banners and email templates that will make promoting the ebook effortlessly.
If you blog about blogging and share tips with your audience, this is a great opportunity for you! And I would love to have you on my team! And did I mention that I offer a 30% discount on the ebook to all my new affiliates that will help you get more traffic to all your affiliate offers and ultimately make more sales?
Are you ready to tap into affiliate marketing and monetize your blog and social media accounts? Sign up to the high-paying affiliate programs mentioned above and start earning today!
If you’re looking for more ideas, fill in the form below to get my private list of 25 popular high-paying affiliate programs for bloggers (of every niche)!
If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or the networks I specified above, leave them in the comment section and I will get back to you!