Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money by sharing stuff you love and use every day. All you do is share products with your friends and readers – something you are probably already doing right now!
People naturally tell their friends about things they’ve used that were amazing. If you read a book that wows you, you tell your friends about it or recommend it for a book club. With affiliate marketing you can get paid for doing this. Wouldn’t you like to make money for promoting products and services you believe in?
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is everywhere. Most bloggers use some form of affiliate marketing and a good majority of the free services you use on the web make money by affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is when a person or company acts as an affiliate of a product or service. They recommend the product or service and if you sign up they get a commission for the referral.
If you are a blogger you can sign up for several affiliate marketing companies and share products you enjoy for a commission.
How To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing
The first thing you do to get started is sign up with companies that have affiliate marketing programs. Many have their own and others go through a large company that hosts several.
Here are some great companies you can join their affiliate marketing programs:
Amazon is one of the biggest and best ecommerce websites in the world. I personally buy 75% of everything I have from there (I just ordered makeup, a kindle book and a water bottle). You can sign up for their affiliate program and share links via a blog or social media pages. It starts slow at 4% but you gain a commission percentage when you sell more products. Click here to join Amazon’s affiliate program.
ShareASale* is a website that offers many different options within one space. You can promote for many different companies under one account which makes everything really easy to manage. I use ShareASale because they have some of my favorite brands like FitBit* and ModCloth*. Click here to join ShareASale affiliate program*.
FlexOffers* is another platform that has multiple affiliate programs you can join in one place. They have great programs for top countries and an easy to use platform. Click here to join FlexOffers affiliate program.
If you have a blog and help other people set up blogs, you can make commissions via website hosting affiliate programs. I love helping other people set up websites and reach people on the web. You can refer people to whichever hosting company you like the best. I personally start people off with one of the very cheap bigger companies like Hostmonster*.
Refer A Friend Programs
Lots of companies give you money for refering a friend to their company. This is affiliate marketing! Companies that do this range from Dish Network to your apartment complex. Keep your eyes open for refer a friend programs as a way to share what you love to make money. If you looooove a company but they don’t have an affiliate program… ask them for one! Many companies will start an affiliate program or refer a friend program if they have enough interest.
Tips for Affiliate Marketing
Only recommend what you love. I’ve made it a point to only recommend products and services that I love or have personally tried. There are literally thousands of products in the weight loss world that I could recommend and get a commission from selling. But if I haven’t tried it, think it’s a scam, or just don’t feel comfortable then I choose not to promote that product. I feel comfortable using affiliate marketing because I only recommend things I love and would actually buy with my hard earned money.
Don’t go overboard. It can be exciting to earn commissions from affiliate marketing but don’t go overboard with the process. Keep it manageable for yourself by only focusing on a few different products or affiliate marketing platforms. Keep it reason
Always disclose your affiliate relationship. It’s the law to disclose your affiliate links. Different bloggers do this in different ways, but the important part is that it’s necessary! Most programs require it and legally you need to make sure it’s known on your blog. Personally I have several blanket statements about affiliate links on the blog in multiple places and try to note affiliate links within the blog post itself as well. This is a changing landscape if you’ve been blogging a while so just be safe and always disclose!