Affiliate programs for mom bloggers are a great way to make money blogging.
Affiliate marketing is when you share a special link to a product or service offered by a brand on your website, blog, social media accounts, etc., and try to get your audience to purchase something through that link.
When this happens, you receive a small commission for the sale (at no additional cost to the purchaser).
In other words, you recommend your favorite brands to your readers, and if they purchase those products through an affiliate link—you make money.
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Why Affiliate Marketing is Amazing for Mom Bloggers
Affiliate marketing is a fabulous way for all bloggers to make some extra income, but it’s especially wonderful for mom bloggers because:
- You don’t have to work within a set time range to complete projects (like you do with sponsored posts or social media campaigns).
- It only takes a few seconds to insert links into your posts, making it the quickest way to monetize your blog other than slapping ads all over the place.
- Once you write a post, insert your links, and hit publish…that’s it! That piece of potential money-making content is created. All you have to do is promote it and drive traffic.
How To Succeed at Affiliate Marketing
As most bloggers will tell you, when it comes to affiliate marketing, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents is pretty much THE go-to expert.
When someone runs a blog that makes over a million dollars a year (the majority of which comes from affiliate marketing), you listen to what she has to say.
I’ve worked my way through Michelle’s amazing course Making Sense Out of Affiliate Marketing and after implementing the advice in the course, I've increased my affiliate income to over $2,000 monthly.
If you’re interested in really digging into the ins and outs of affiliate marketing, I cannot recommend Michelle’s course enough.
I find myself re-reading a section of the course or seeking advice from the amazing Making Sense Out of Affiliate Marketing Facebook Group on a daily basis.
It’s an investment, but one that is truly worth it if you’re ready to get serious about affiliate marketing.
Where to Find Brands and Products to Promote Through Affiliate Marketing
Below you will find a list of affiliate marketing networks (which will give you access to working with lots of different brands), as well as some of my favorite referral programs that you can use to make even more money from your mom blog.
Affiliate Marketing Networks for Mom Bloggers
When I signed up for ShareASale, I felt like I had hit the blogger affiliate mothership. There are so many amazing brands for mama bloggers to connect with, including:
- Gymboree, Janie & Jack, Crazy 8
- Earth Mama Organics
- Newton Baby
- …and tons more!
2. Ultimate Bundles
Ultimate Bundles sells e-book and online course bundles at a discounted price. Some examples of their bundles are homemaking bundles, healthy living bundles, meal planning bundles, and more.
As an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles, you’ll earn 40% commission for every bundle that your readers purchase.
Awin is a lesser-known affiliate network, but definitely one that mom bloggers shouldn’t skip over.
The shining star of Awin for mom bloggers is their partnership with Etsy. Yep!
You can recommend all of those adorable handmade items from small shops to your readers (bonus if you can find a small shop that’s run by a fellow mom) and make a small commission off of each sale!
Other partners include Hyatt, Fiverr, MovieTickets.com—for those date nights—and more.
As a head’s up, you have to pay $5 when you sign up, but you get that $5 back as soon as you make your first affiliate sale.
4. CJ Affiliate
CJ Affiliate has so many wonderful brands for mama bloggers to work with.
A few affiliate programs for mom bloggers you'll find are:
- NUK Baby Products
- The Disney Store
- American Girl
- Evite (for those kid birthday party blog posts!)
- ABC Mouse
- …and more.
5. Max Bounty
Max Bounty is another affiliate network that is completely free to join.
Once you’re in, you can connect with family-friendly brands like Everyday Family and Bark Box (for families with fur babies).
6. Amazon Affiliates
Last but certainly not least…Amazon Affiliates is a MUST for all bloggers, really, and mom bloggers are definitely included in that group.
Amazon Affiliates is the very first affiliate program that I joined and it earned me by first bit of affiliate income from blogging.
Amazon is great because they have so many products available, many of which you probably already use and love.
You have the option to link to an individual product (like this link to a Yeti coffee mug), or to a page of search results instead of an individual product. This makes it incredibly easy to introduce your readers to products you love while you make a little passive income.
Referral Programs for Even More Affiliate Income
Influencer networks are an amazing way to connect with brands, and Linqia is fantastic for mom bloggers in particular because they look for influencers (aka bloggers and folks on social media) who focus primarily on "Parenting" or "Home and Garden."
They have requirements to join (Having 2,500+ unique monthly visitors or social media followers), but once you’re in and accepted you can start working on campaigns with some amazing mama-esq brands like Gerber, Nestle Tollhouse, and Walmart.
You can also participate in their referral program to make a little extra affiliate income by recommending the network to new bloggers.
Your Web Hosting Company
Starting a self-hosted blog was scary at first, but it’s been the best blogging decision that I’ve made. Easily.
You truly own your site and the content on it.
You have free range to make it look exactly the way you want it to.
You aren’t restricted when it comes to using your blog to make money like you are with blogs hosted by Blogger or WordPress.com (which—side note—is completely different than WordPress.org, which is used for self-hosted blogs).
You can learn about all of the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org here.
An added bonus is that you have the ability to become an affiliate for your web host. Make sure you do your homework and pick the web host that works best for you so that you can genuinely recommend it to your readers.
A huge, huge, HUGE key to affiliate marketing success is to only recommend products that you’ve used and love. Don’t recommend products or services that you’re unhappy with. Ever.
I recommend Bluehost for WordPress hosting. The set up is ridiculously easy, they have great 24/7 customer service to help you out if you have trouble with something, and the whole thing cost under $4 a month—including a free domain name.
Intellifluence is a great network for brand new and old bloggers alike. You can sign up for free, set up your profile, and wait for brands to connect with you for partnerships.
Mom bloggers can list specific areas of interest like “Mommy” and “Baby” to attract brands who may be looking to work with moms specifically, as well as other areas of interest relevant to their particular niche.
This network has no requirements to join, meaning that bloggers at all levels can connect with brands.
Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates)
If you’re not already on Rakuten, we need to change that right now.
How It Works:
- Search Rakuten for deals at your favorite stores (they have TONS in their network—Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Mod Cloth, J. Crew, and on and on and on)
- Use a Rakuten link to make your purchase
- Receive anywhere from 1% to 12% cash back!
The Most Important Thing When It Comes to Affiliate Marketing
At the end of the day, the key to affiliate marketing is to stay true to your brand and honest with your audience. Only recommend products that you’ve used and love, and never recommend something that your audience will end up hating.
Building and keeping trust with your audience is the single most important thing you can do to succeed in affiliate marketing. Stay honest, stay true.