How to Use Affiliate Marketing to Monetize Your Blog
Being a blogger is more than just writing, it’s finding something you love and sticking to it. Blogging is harder than most will admit, from planning to scheduling your posts. However, the biggest thing blogger’s have issues with is affiliate marketing or monetizing their site. Why wouldn’t you want to make money from your favorite passion?
One way to easily monetize a blog is through the power of affiliate marketing, and the best part is you don’t have to wait to start! Even if you’ve already started your blog or social media, you can start using these programs to make money and throw in some useful links. Today we are going to show you How to Use Affiliate Marketing to monetize your blog.
We will talk about:
- Affiliate Marketing
- The top Companies that we Loved!
- How to promote products
- Monetizing previous content
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote a company’s product or service through tracked promotion links. There are companies out there that will do all of the negotiation for you on the price you’ll be paid and they work for you. Once you join a affiliate marketing company, you will be given creative html code for banners and images and special links. These links have a tracked code, when a reader clicks on the code it places a cookie into their browser. Any purchases under your code will result in a commission or some form of compensation.
The easiest way to add affiliate marketing links, is to create articles based around that product or that same area. You want to make relevant content to the link that you are posting. The more relevant your content is to the product, the better results you’ll receive.
What’s the best way to promote affiliate marketing links?
- Promote products that are relevant to your content.
- Connect with readers and give them helpful posts.
- How to Guides often have great results for affiliate marketing. (Ex. We did a post on how to make DIY Dryer balls)
We also suggest adding in a disclaimer before your main section of a post. Adding in a disclaimer that there will be affiliate links, will often let your reader know that you’ll recieve a “credit” for their purchase. Often disclaimers look like this:
This post contains affiliate links to help keep this blog running.
Here are two examples of articles written around an affiliate marketing link:
Often I’ll only promote products that I’ve tried or that I personally believe in. For instance, my Fiverr article above, was written purely to help others find services for their own site ( help with projects) or make their own money by offering services. I use Fiverr every day and I wanted to share that with others, BUT I also make money from referrals.
The Companies We Love!
I’m very picky on which affiliate marketing companies I join, due to there being so many. I love to do digging and see what’s working for other bloggers and use that to my advantage. Here are affiliate programs that I’ve joined and absolutely love & why.
1. Bluehost ( Promote Your Site’s Hosting Company)
I promote Bluehost often in posts and income reports, not only because they are amazing but they also give me money per referral. Bluehost among other hosting companies offer an affiliate program where I get $65 per referral that signs up for hosting.
When you sign up for Bluehost you get a simple and easy way to install WordPress, setup a secure site, and more. Their customer service is personal and friendly. Overall I’ve built 10 sites on their hosting platform and couldn’t be happier.
2. Awin ( Affiliate Window)
Awin is one of my top affiliate income providers right now! They partner you with companies such as Etsy, Fiverr, and Hard Rock. They have advertisers for almost any niche and they have already negotiated a fantastic rate.
When you sign up you initially pay a $5 to join, but after signing up you receive it back completely! Don’t let that discourage you, I’ll let you in on a secret…. I made $825 on Awin last month, Read More here.
Flexoffers has to be one of my FAVORITE affiliate programs. They have advertisers ready to go for any niche! They work with very well known companies such as Build-A-Bear, Hostgator, Claires, Paribus ( an amazing app that gives you back money you’ve lost for amazon and Walmart purchases) and more!
The list of advertisers seems to be endless for FlexOffers. Another amazing feature is their FlexRev- $hare tier program, where you invite other bloggers to join and get a part of their commissions as well.
4. Amazon Affiliates
Amazon affiliates is one of the top affiliate programs right now for bloggers! I’ve seen people make thousands using their links. They have products for almost anything you can think of, this is very beneficial if you’re going to create a list of items you need for a DIY or packing list etc.
I’ve read articles on how to make your own cold process soap and they’ve used amazon links with pictures for a list of tools that are needed to get started. Amazon can be embedded into your site in a number of ways:
- Native Shopping ad blocks
- Mobile Popover
Amazon will also offer publishers more money for certain subscriptions.
5. Share A Sale
I love Share A Sale it’s another amazing affiliate program where they pre-negotiate for bloggers so you get the chance to work with high end companies. The reason I joined Share A Sale was to become an affiliate for Tailwinds. Tailwinds is a program I use to schedule my posts to Pinterest and optimize my pinterest boards. This amazing tool has increased my traffic and I can also make money through Share A Sale for referrals. Join shareasale.com, Earn Cash!
How to Promote Products
We don’t just want you to go out and start sharing all these links without some knowledge! Here are some tips to promote your affiliate links.
- Affiliate links don’t just have to go into posts, Use them on social media, send them to friends for referrals, and send that links EVERYWHERE.
- Promote products that relate to your article. So if you’re talking about how to make a bath bombs, grab some links from amazon for the molds, citric acid, etc. Let your reader have a quick thought ” Oh I need that to make this”. You want the reader to realize they might be missing an ingredient and when you place the link in front of them it makes it more convenient as well.
- Don’t overload your content with affiliate links, You’ll overwhelm your reader and you’ll come off as Spam. You don’t want your reader to feel like they are being pushed.
You just joined a amazing program, but realize maybe not all your content is benefiting you money wise. Rewrite it! Add affiliate links to old content and start sharing your old content again. Learn to re-write content for the better and make it so your writing works for you. Go back to old articles and see how you can monetize them using links you’ve acquired.
We love Linqia– They are a program that’s not exactly an affiliate program, but you can make money from them. Linqia is a amazing program for bloggers and influencers on social media. Make money for promoting content and get paid for having alot of followers on social media. Another amazing feature, You’ll get $5 for ever referral!! Join us with Linqia here.