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Have you seen the millions of posts about bloggers making some serious money? I will admit, the little push I needed to start my blog came from the possibility that it may one day be my career and I could work from anywhere in the world. I did not start blogging to make money. I always wanted to share my recipes and life hacks with the world, I just didn’t know much about setting up a website and how to go about getting started. While on Pinterest for the millionth time one afternoon, I stumbled across “How I earned $139,233 blogging in January 2017” from Michelle over at Making Sense of Cents I was like “what??? That is crazy!” While yes it seems crazy, this amazing woman makes over $100,000 every month from blogging. It took her a while to get there of course but it was certainly inspiring. I mean who doesn’t want to earn that amount of money while possibly staying in their pajamas all day long? There are many bloggers who make six or seven figures a year blogging. While I do not expect to reach that in a year, I certainly want to make enough money from blogging that I do not have to stay in a corporate 9-5 job.
Making money through affiliate marketing is definitely possible, even for the beginner like myself. Some companies will not consider you until you have a certain number of page views but there are some that you can use no matter how new you are. The biggest concern of mine was to only use affiliates that I actually believed in or used their products myself. Unfortunately I do not have enough page views for some of those. Luckily there are plenty of options, almost too many and it can be overwhelming. While I don’t want to have a website filled with ads, because that can be annoying….I still wanted a chance to make money from my blog. I do not have an e-book or e-course like some that are able to make most of their money from that and do not need to have advertisements on their site. You can still use affiliates without having ads all over the place. Sometimes I add the picture in addition to the link, because I feel it is more eye catching.
I learned instantly that starting a blog is not difficult but it certainly is not easy either! In fact, it can be quite difficult for a person who does not know much about building a website. If it weren’t for the many posts on how to start a blog, I would have been lost. So thank you to all of those bloggers who so generously share their knowledge with the world! I spent time researching different web hosting sites and as you will see quite often, Bluehost is used by like 90% of bloggers. You can get hosting for $3.95 a month with a free domain and free site builders, 1-click wordpress install, and great customer support. It is incredibly easy to sign up and start you site! This is also a great site to be an affiliate for. They pay you every times someone signs up using your link. If you are interested, sign up here and it helps me to support two hungry kids! haha!
I am sharing opportunities for others to make some affiliate income from their blog as well. Instead of being greedy with your knowledge, share!! Sharing is caring as I tell my toddler every day! It really helps others though, and if you aren’t willing to help others, then you really shouldn’t be blogging in the first place! While some people just like to be heard (which you can do that on social media), most bloggers are doing this because they want to share their stories in efforts to help another. They want to provide you with a service, or resources. I want to make a post about starting a blog, but I am still in the process of working out my kinks, so when I perfect it, I will share what has worked (and did not work) for me.
If you want the ULTIMATE list of affiliates, you should join Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. This course changed my outlook on affiliate marketing entirely. It can be confusing and overwhelming and this course helps to simplify. She also provides you with a huge list of possible affiliates for you to use and even breaks them down by niche’. It was worth every penny and I highly recommend it if you are serious about monetizing your blog. There are people who have made over $200 just in two weeks after taking Michelle’s course. Check it out here. I wouldn’t be able to write this post if I had not taken the course. There is so much more that goes into affiliate marketing other than just using a link. It gives you hope that you can do this! You can be a six or seven figure blogger, too! There are many courses out there, but you will notice you see Michelle’s course used the most for affiliate marketing. It is worth every penny, and at the end you have a chance to be an affiliate for her course.
Although there are thousands of affiliate opportunities out there, I will be going over the ones you can start out with even as a beginner.
- Bluehost. As mentioned above, Bluehost will pay you $65 per person that signs up through your link. So not only do they have a great customer service, you can also become an affiliate even as a beginner.
- Tailwind. They are a great site to belong to when trying to build and maintain your Pinterest audience. They also build your Instagram as well. Below is an example of a banner that contains my affiliate link when someone clicks.
3. Share-a-sale. Share-a-sale is home to a large amount of individual affiliate options, including Tailwind, PicMonkey, which I uses as well, Wayfair, and many many others. You have to apply for each company individually. So if you are approved for one, it does not mean you will get approved for all.
4. Rakuten (Linkshare). This is also another site that you apply individually for different companies like Starbucks, Sam’s Club, Famous Footwear, and many others. Click the banner below for more information.
5. Peer Fly. Same with the others, there are a variety of companies on Peer Fly for you to be an affiliate for. Some require you to have an affiliate sale before they approve you, but not all. The banner below is my affiliate link for them.
6. CJ Affiliate. You have to apply for each one individually here as well.
7. Convertkit. This is the site I use for my email subscribers and I highly recommend it if you have not yet chosen your email management.
8. Cooperatize. They have different campaigns that you can apply for.
9. Activate by Bloglovin’. You apply for individual campaigns.
10. Thrive Market. If you are a wellness blogger, this is a great one. I personally love Thrive, so that is why I applied to be an affiliate.
11. Ebates. They have a really easy affiliate program to use. They are also growing with the number of companies you can shop through. Check it out for sure!
12. Target. Here is the link to the affiliate sign up for Target. You can get a higher commission rate as your number of sales from your link increases. You also get $8 for every Target RedCard sign up.
13. PicMonkey. I use PicMonkey for all of my photo editing and for creating blog graphics, Pinterest graphics, collages for my LipSense business, and just about any other need for graphics. I really love their editing and templates. I highly recommend using PicMonkey in general, so that is why I applied to be an affiliate. You can check out their affiliate program here.
14. Amazon. Amazon approves you to be an affiliate even if you are a brand new blogger. You just have to have a sale in the first 165 days in order to stay active. There are bloggers who make a decent amount of affiliate income by recommending Amazon products. There is even a book written on how to make money with Amazon as an affiliate.
These are just 14 of the thousands of available affiliate options for bloggers. You can also go to your favorite company and ask to be an affiliate, or even ask to be given a product for free for doing a post. Sometimes you have to have a large following in order to be given free products, but you’d be surprised on how many companies will say yes. All you have to do is ask. If you take blogging courses, often at the end you are given an opportunity to be an affiliate. Again, if you want the ultimate list of affiliates, check out the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. It is worth every penny if you are serious about making money blogging.
I hope you have found this to be useful, I know when I started out blogging I was overwhelmed with information about affiliate marketing. Best of luck to you in your journey and I know you can be profitable as well!