One of the most frequent questions I get about blogging is how I make money. This is completely understandable since blogging can seem foreign to those who are not in this industry. One of the ways I make money through my blog is through affiliate programs. Keep reading to see the best affiliate programs to monetize your blog.
What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is when a blogger (or webmaster) receives a referral fee from sales when a customer has clicked the affiliate link to get to the merchant’s website. For example, when you are on my blog and I have referred you to a brand’s website, I may receive a small compensation from the brand for referring you to that website.
Which affiliate programs I use on my blog
This affiliate program is great for any blog post that contains clothes, makeup products, shoes, and accessories.Plus I am able to make widgets and looks instead of text-based links. In regards to ShopStyle Collective, I may receive a small compensation if you click on the affiliate link or purchase the item I have recommended. The ShopStyle community is really supportive of bloggers and influencers. To get ideas for blog posts, I like to search their blog for the best sales of the week.
I am kicking myself for not signing up for Ebates sooner. Well, to be honest, I signed up in 2014 and never logged in again. But what makes Ebates so great is their Chrome plugin. So whenever I am on a website that works with Ebates, it will alert me to use the link and start earning cash back on my purchase. If you sign up using my affiliate link with Ebates, you will get $10!
This program has access to tons of merchants in categories like food, drink, clothing, automotive, home & garden, and more that use their platform to organize affiliates. Through Shareasale, I can access banners, text links, and even videos from the programs that I have joined. For example, I worked with Minted during the holidays to share their Christmas cards. I can stay organized through Shareasale’s platform with Minted to see their holiday banners to place on my blog. The minimum payment is $50, so it’s even faster to receive your cash out!
For a lot of my sponsored blog posts, I have worked with a company called Linqia. With Linqia, I have been able to work with some amazing brands like Tile, Yoplait, Kleenex, Nestle Tollhouse, and Uniqlo to create unique branded content. But I also am a part of their affiliate program to share Linqia with my readers! If you have 2,500+ social followers or unique monthly page views on your blog, I highly recommend applying for Linqia!
How to use affiliate links on your blog
- Place sidebar or in-post advertisements
- Writing sponsored posts with brands
- Selling products like books, programs, and e-courses
- Sharing product links through your social media channels
Do you share affiliate links on your blog? If you haven’t used some of these programs, I would love to hear your favorites in the comments!