So you want to make money as a blogger, eh?
There are all kinds of ways you can make money blogging. For example, you can get paid for writing product reviews. You can become an influencer and get paid to work with your favorite brands. Or you can create your own product like an eBook or online course.
And then you have affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing has been around since the 90s and to this day it is still one of the ways bloggers make their money today.
And the reason why it’s so widely used is because you can find a product to promote for just about any niche. Lifestyle, finance, fitness and even blog niche blogs can find a merchant to partner with.
When you’re a new blogger, it’s kinda hard to decide which affiliate network to join. And if you do a search for the top networks – all the hits you’ll get will really leave you scratchin’ your head.
I signed up with almost any affiliate network I came across, not bothering to do the right research, which was a big no-no.
I signed up with some networks that didn’t have the right products for my niche.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I didn’t want to do the work but I was as a new blogger at the time and I was learning how to improve my writing skills, how to figure out WordPress and how to drive traffic to my blog.
And that’s why I put this post together for you. Think of it as one less thing to do.
What Is Affiliate Marketing
Before I get to the affiliate network list, let’s take it back to the basics for a moment. I want to explain what affiliate marketing is and how affiliates are paid in case you’re new to this whole affiliate thing.
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.
In other words if you promote a product whether it’s a banner ad or link placed in a blog post, you’ll get pizzaid if a reader clicks on that link and completes a qualified action!
Don’t get this confused with influencer marketing. Although there are similarities between the two like having to be approved before promoting a merchant’s product.
The difference is ifluencer marketing is used to increase awareness for a particular product and create engagement within their community.
But as an affiliate marketer you can apply to as many merchants as you’d like.
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How Affiliates Are Paid
There are several ways affiliates are paid.
There is pay-per-lead which means if a reader signs up for a newsletter or accepts a trial offer for a product through a link or banner on your blog you’ll receive a commission for that.
Then there is pay-per-sale. That’s a give – it means when a reader purchases a product using one of your links, you’ll get a commission for that sale.
Some affiliate networks pay by cost per action. This means you’ll get paid for clicks, impressions, leads, sales – the whole enchilada!
And finally, affiliates are also paid per click-through-rate. That means, when someone clicks on a link or banner on your blog – you’ll get paid per click.
Every network has different rates. For example, I earn 12 cents any time a job listing is clicked and about 3 cents for a banner ad. But some affiliates networks pay more than that.
What’s Changed Over The Years
These networks are providing more than text links and banner ads and have come up with different creatives to promote products.
For example, you can create widgets for the products you’re promoting, they have PayPerCall program to amp up your leads and you can create a gallery to place on a page of your site.
How To Find Out Where A Brand’s Affiliate Network
Not all merchants will be a part of an affiliate program and will have their own program.
If you want to find out what network a brand is affiliate with, here’s what you can 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.
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Affiliate Network List
Many affiliate websites have come and gone but these affiliate networks have stood the test of time and are still thriving today.
Here is a list of networks you might want to check out.
Clickbank – a great platform for promoting digital products.
Revenue Wire – good platform for finding digital products to promote.
Over To You
Remember, when choosing an affiliate make sure they work with brands that are relevant to your blog and more importantly to your visitors.
So let’s chat.
What are some of the affiliate networks you’re signed up with? Which products are you promoting?
Tell us, what has been your experience with them so far?
Do you know of any other affiliate networks I might have missed?
Scroll down to the comments section to give us the 411!
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