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
To get started with affiliate marketing you need:
- a basic level of understanding of how affiliate marketing works
- programs you want to promote
- a website or youtube channel where you want to promote items
- an audience that trusts you enough to buy
Getting started with affiliate marketing is easy, making sales is the hard part.
If you are interesting in learning more about how to learn effective affiliate marketing fast, check out the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
Sign Up For Affiliate Marketing Programs
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.
Awin (Affiliate Window) is a large network of affiliate programs. It contains programs for many well known websites like Etsy. I’ve found Awin to be a great company to work with and intuitive to use compared to other affiliate marketing networks. Click here to join Awin’s affilate 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.
One example might be your bank account. I use Capital One and they have a referral program that earns $20 per refferal… and the person signing up gets $25! It is a win win for all involved which is what affiliate marketing is at it’s best.
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!
Take Affiliate Marketing To The Next Level
Affiliate marketing has so many benefits but it can also be challenging to get off the ground.
If you are struggling to get your affiliate marketing up you may want to invest in a course all about growing your affiliate marketing income.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing teaches:
- How to build a six figure blog without millions of visitors or selling your soul
- How Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and more)
- How to earn money through affiliate marketing, without being scammy
- How to create a strategy to grow your online income with affiliate marketing
- How to use affiliate marketing to make more blogging or on YouTube
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