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Guide To AFFILIATE MARKETING

First of all, congratulations on starting your research into how to make a passive income and make a living blogging.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” โ€”Albert Einstein

Affiliate Marketing & Blogging As A Business

Just like you, I started my blog to share my knowledge and experiences in the hopes of inspiring others. It takes a lot of work to be able to reach others. There’s no way for readers to find you unless you actually market, market, market.

I’ve spent many, many days, evenings, weekends reading and researching on the many different aspects of blogging, acquiring traffic and monetizing your blog.

Here I will list what I believe has helped my blog grow. Yes, my blog is fairly new at just over 3 months old and yes, I do still have a ways to go in order for me to reach my goal. This goal is to be able to work full-time as a blogger. However, I believe that what I’ve learned is fresh in my mind and so I’d like to share it with you.

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure for additional info.

How Does Blogging Make Money?

There are many different ways to make money blogging. The best income potential are affiliate marketing, ebooks, courses, and tutorials.

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What Is Affiliate Marketing

An affiliate marketer will earn a commission for promoting someone else’s product. For example, there are some links here that I will be including, if you click those links you will be directed to another website. If you choose to purchase something from that website, I will get a commission with no cost to you at all. However, for me, I hope that the information here is of use to you first and foremost. If you decide that it is, then I may be rewarded for my work in providing it to you.

Best Affiliate Marketers

First, you need to apply to be an affiliate marketer as a publisher. Here are my top picks which offers some of the best programs and works with most big stores/companies.

  • Awin – This is one of the biggest global affiliate networks. Think of a company that you would like to work with and they’re most likely listed here. Read all about what they’re about here.
  • FlexOffers – Another worldwide affiliate network with advertisers from all over.
  • Shareasale – You may have heard about this program. It actually was the first affiliate marketer I signed up with and it’s been quite a success for me!
  • Ultimate Bundles – If you’re looking for actual products to work with directly, Ultimate Bundles sell ebooks in bundles at 95% savings for a limited time. As an affiliate you get 40% commission on every sale you refer.
  • Fruitful Blogger – This affiliate program sells course/ebooks for bloggers. Like the Ultimate Bundles, you will receive 40% of all completed sales. I actually completed the Affiliate Acceleration Course and had great success with it! Immediately after completing the course and implementing what I learned, I made my first sale and the selling continued the next day as well! If you really want to learn all about affiliate marketing and you must check out the course.
  • SendOwl – If you’d like to be an affiliate marketer and you can easily set this up with SendOwl.
  • Hostgator / Blue Host – If your website is being hosted, then you can become an affiliate with that company.

Remember, you can sign up for any or all of these free of charge!

Ways to Make Money With Your Website

Once you’ve been approved for any of these affiliate marketing programs, you can search the many different companies (ie. Nike, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Vega, etc. — companies from any niche you can think of). When you find a company you’d like to work with, you can apply (normally just a quick click of a button) and within a few days you’ll know whether you’re approved. You will then be given access to links and banners. You can start marketing and earning $$ by writing blog posts with reviews or recommendations from you own experiences.

Finally, once you’ve published a post, you’ll need to drive traffic to that post. From here, it’s all about market, marketing and more marketing! Read here for how I increased my blog traffic by 500%!

Oh! By the way, when you’re approved for one of the above affiliate programs, you can also start marketing those programs and receive a commission for your referral! ๐Ÿ™‚ For example, if approved for Awin, you can refer others to Awin right away! Therefore, I suggest you don’t hesitate to signup. It’s all free to signup, so why wouldn’t you??? It’s a win-win in my opinion.

Here’s a pro tip – make sure you create a spreadsheet (in excel) with the companies that you’re approved for so that you can easily go back and retrieve the correct links. It can get overwhelming at first, but if you prepare your spreadsheet or ensure you’re recording your approvals, it’ll be easier to access whenever needed.

Ads On Your Website

Another great way to market your affiliates is by placingย banners in selective spots on your website. From my experience, the best places for these banners are in your header beside your logo or in your right sidebar. One of the great things is that these banners have been created by marketing professionals!

Are You Ready?

Hope this helps explain what affiliate marketing is and how to get started with it. It’s minimal work becoming a publisher and the potential is great! I suggest that you think about which ones you would like to work with and start making income right away!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    I so need to better manage this- thank you for the tips!

    August 25, 2017 at 11:44 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      Glad it helped! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Ken Hanaya

    Actually the affiliates haven’t worked for me. I used Amazon and Groupon. My money maker so far is Adsense and utilize the (daily) threads through facebook groups. I’m also thinking of freelance work too. Good article though some of those other affiliates I haven’t heard of.

    August 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      I find with adsense you need a pretty large amount of traffic in order to make a decent amount of money. But I think each site needs to figure out what works for them. Thanks for dropping by!

      August 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Marie

    these are such great tips. I’ve never thought about the spreadsheet idea, definately worth giving it a go

    August 26, 2017 at 1:55 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      I found that it helped me with organizing all my affiliates and it makes for easy reference when you’re looking for a link. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Sara

    This made for a great read thank you! As a fellow blogger it’s great to hear of someone else’s experience and I shall definitely be looking at more ways to make the most out of my blog.

    August 26, 2017 at 7:42 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      Thank you! I also love reading about other fellow bloggers experiences. It helps with the learning curve and/or ideas for your own site. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Deepa

    I have never tried affiliates before other than Amazon links. That also was not too much helpful in earning money. Will try your tips.

    August 26, 2017 at 8:25 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      I’m currently on amazon also and have not had one sale yet. Although it works for some. Try different things and see what works for you. Good luck!

      August 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply sonali jain

    This is really awesome for a beginner or a person who don’t know much about them like me. Thanks for sharing!

    August 26, 2017 at 11:29 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      You’re very welcome! Glad to hear it helps. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Erin R Creeks

    Great post. I researched this when I first got started but decided to monetize my newsletter with ads versus the website. I also accept sponsored posts. I think we’re all deciding what works best for our brands and blogs, but the possibilities are endless.

    August 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      Yes, definitely. Thanks for dropping by.

      August 26, 2017 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Jeuelle

    This is great compilation of information! Thanks for doing the research and presenting these great options

    August 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 26, 2017 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Elena

    There are still so many things that I have to learn about affiliate marketing. This post is a good start for me.

    August 28, 2017 at 3:12 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      Glad it helped! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Kiwi

    Great info for new bloggers. I definitely make money off my blog as I do this FT now.

    August 28, 2017 at 7:55 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      That’s awesome!

      August 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Ana Ojha

    These are some great insights on affiliate marketing! I have been monetizing my website through Amazon Prime and Shareasale but I’m looking for other platforms too!

    August 28, 2017 at 11:32 pm
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      Excellent! I hope this list helps.

      August 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm

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