There is a plethora of ways a blogger can make money. By creating their own product, doing paid product reviews, getting paid for writing a sponsored post, direct ad sales and then you have affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing was born in the mid -1990s and is still the most sought after ways for bloggers to make money today.
In this post, I will be sharing 17 money making websites you can use for affiliate marketing. So if you’re goal is to monetize your blog then keep on reading!
But first, let’s take it back to the basics and explain what affiliate marketing is and how affiliates are paid.
What Is Affiliate Marketing
Wikipedia defines affiliate marketing as a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts via banner ad or text link placement.
Don’t get this confused with Influencer marketing. Although there are similarities between the two, Influencer marketing is used to increase awareness of a particular product and create engagement within a community. Its focus is on key individuals, like bloggers, who are considered to have influence over potential buyers instead of the large market as a whole.
How Affiliates Make Money
There are several ways affiliates are paid. An affiliate earns money through pay-per-lead, pay-per-sale, cost per impression or CPM, and click-through-rate. For a breakdown of these, read my post Understanding How Affiliates Get Paid.
How To Find Out Where A Brand’s Affiliate Network
If you want to find out where a brand’s affiliate network, here’s what you do. So let’s say you’re a fashionista blogging about the latest fashion trends. You’ve decided to promote JC Penny because they have great clothes and great deals and want to sign up for their affiliate program.
There are a couple of ways to figure this out.
- You can scroll to the bottom of their website and look for an “affiliate” or “publisher” link. Other keywords might include “partner” or “associate”.
- If you don’t see a link to their affiliate program, you can do a web search. In this example I typed in “JC Penny affiliate program” and got a hit.
As you can see from the screenshot below, JC Penny is a member of Flex Offers.
Affiliate Network List
Many affiliate websites have come and gone but these have stood the test of time and are still thriving today.
Here is a list of popular affiliate websites to check out.
eBay Enterprise Affiliate Network (formerly Pepper Jam Exchange)
Site Scout (formerly AdBrite)
Remember, when choosing an affiliate make sure they work with brands that are relevant to your blog and more importantly to your visitors.
Over To You
Have you signed up to any of these affiliate programs? What has been your experience with them so far? And if there is an affiliate website I might have missed please tells us about it and I’ll be more than happy to include it on this list. The more the merrier!