If you’re a blogger and aren’t earning money through affiliate marketing, there’s a good chance that you’re not earning at your full potential as a blogger.
What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a marketing program that allows you (the affiliate) to receive a commission for promoting a merchant’s products.
Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to earn money through your blog.
When I began blogging, I ignored affiliate marketing because I thought it would be a waste of time.
Boy was I wrong.
Once I began diving into the world of affiliate marketing, I realized that for years I had been promoting products without earning a cent. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with that, however, if you can promote your favorite products and earn money in the process, then why not, right?
If you’re interested in earning affiliate income, here are a few affiliate programs to get you started.
UPDATE: Whenever I come across a new affiliate program for bloggers, I’ll be updating this post with more options.
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ShareASale offers pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per-click programs, with a minimum payout of $50. ShareASale is my favorite affiliate program network because of their large marketplace (they have tons of blogger-friendly affiliate programs) and the ease of use. If you want to make money through affiliate marketing, I highly recommend you give ShareASale a try.
Here are a few of ShareASale affiliate programs for you to check out:
- WP Engine: Receive a minimum of $200 per referral!
- CreativeLive: Online classes in photography, DIY, graphic design, and business.
- Blurb: Create, print, and sell high-quality photo books, ebooks, and more.
- Craftsy: Craftsy is the digital destination devoted entirely to makers.
- Warby Parker: Boutique-quality eyewear at a good price point.
- Grammarly: Spelling and grammar checker.
- Stella & Dot: A fashion, jewelry, and accessories sold through social networks.
- Cricut: Smart cutting machines that allow you to cut and create projects.
- The Hungry JPEG: Thousands of premium design resources.
- Tailwind: Pinterest and Instagram marketing, scheduling, and analytics tools.
- PicMonkey: Powerful photo editing tool.
Ebates offers cash back at over 2,000 stores whenever you begin your shopping through the Ebates website.
I love the Ebates affiliate program because not only can you earn cash back for purchases you make, but as a blogger, you will receive $5 for every referral as well as some pretty nice bonuses. The Ebates affiliate program pays out quarterly with a $5.01 minimum.
3. CJ Affiliate
CJ Affiliate is one of the largest affiliate networks around. If you can think of a company, there’s a good chance you’ll find their affiliate program on CJ Affiliate.
I’ve been using CJ Affiliate for almost a year, and while it is one of my favorite affiliate programs, it’s not as user-friendly as ShareASale. I definitely had to take some time to familiarize myself with their platform.
With CJ Affiliate, you can choose your minimum payout, with $50 being the absolute minimum.
Amazon is a hugely popular affiliate program for both new and seasoned bloggers. Amazon’s affiliate program is easy to join and use, allows you to choose from over one million products to advertise and will give you up to 10% commission on qualifying purchases.
While the commission is pretty small, the thing I like about the Amazon affiliate program is that if someone visits a product through your affiliate link and decides not to buy, BUT ends up purchasing something else instead, you can still earn a commission on the product they purchased. Pretty cool, right?
5. Creative Market
Creative Market is an online marketplace community that allows you to buy digital design products such as WordPress themes, vector graphics, photography, fonts, and more.
Creative Market offers a 10% referral commission for every new customer you bring to their site. Now again, I think 10% is a pretty low commission, however, with this affiliate program, you will earn 10% on every purchase that customer makes for an entire year. For me, that makes the Creative Market affiliate program worth joining.
6. Beautiful Dawn Designs
This is the affiliate program for our feminine WordPress themes. As a Beautiful Dawn Designs affiliate, you’ll earn a 30% commission for every customer that you refer to our shop.
Our cookies are good for 60 days, and there is no minimum required for payout.
A great way to earn extra money with our affiliate program is by including our themes (and your affiliate link) in a blog post teaching others how to start their own blog.
7. Rakuten Marketing
Rakuten Marketing (formally known as LinkShare) has been voted as the number 1 affiliate marketing network. Rakuten Marketing has thousands of programs to choose from. Here are a few to get you started:
VigLink is a very interesting and unique affiliate marketing network. VigLink works by converting your existing outgoing links into affiliate links. This means you don’t have to sign up for individual affiliate programs.
For example, if you write about a book you just read and provide a link to the book, VigLink will turn that link into an affiliate link. Now, whenever someone makes a purchase through that link, you’ll earn a commission.
Shopify allows you to build e-commerce websites. Whenever you refer a customer to Shopify, you will earn the first two months of the customer’s paid subscription fee (200% bounty) – up to $598.
You can also earn 100% bounty on their enterprise plan which pays $2,000 for new Shopify Plus referrals.
Converkit is a popular email newsletter provider. I use Converkit to collect subscribers for my email list.
As a Convertkit affiliate, you’ll receive 30% monthly reoccurring commission for every account you send their way.
Skimlinks is an online affiliate network that works similar to VigLinks in that Skimlinks converts your outbound links to products or services within their network into affiliate links.
With Skimlinks, you will receive 75 percent of the revenue split. Furthermore, you must earn at least $10 before you can receive a payout.
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