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There are several different ways to make money with your blog. Getting paid by advertisements, sponsored content and affiliate marketing are just a few of the ways that are out there. I’ve used all three of those ways before, but affiliate marketing is the one that peaks my interest the most. The sky is the limit when it comes to how much you can make. If you’re new to blogging, you may be wondering what the heck affiliate marketing is. In today’s post, I will be going over what affiliate marketing is, and I will share some programs that you should consider joining. After you finish reading it, you should be able to make money with affiliate marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is when you earn commission by promoting a product or a business’s service. You are given a unique link that tracks your traffic and sales. Whenever someone clicks on your link and make a purchase, you receive a small commission.
As a blogger, you should consider adding affiliate links to your posts. Don’t make the mistake that I did. I had waited a while before I started doing affiliate marketing. Once you get some good content up, you should add a link or two to some of the posts. Just don’t be spammy with it. The products you promote should always provide value or be something that your audience is interested in.
There are a lot of programs that you can sign up for. Below are a few that you can start with.
CJ Affiliate (Formerly Commission Junction)
CJ Affiliates is one the biggest affiliate programs out there. Several big name and popular brands work with them. TripAdvisor, GoDaddy, and Priceline are some of the brands that you can find on CJ Affiliates. For example, I’ve promoted GoDaddy and their domain specials that they have.
Amazon Affiliates was the first affiliate program that I signed up with. Amazon is one of the biggest online marketplaces in the world. They have thousands of items that you can promote in various niches. Some of the things that I’ve promoted from Amazon are books, shirts, and gift cards.
Your Hosting Company
Many bloggers promote their hosting company. If you like your hosting company, then you should promote it to others. The Butler Journal is hosted by Bluehost. I’ve been with them for over four years. I haven’t had any problems with them.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, check out my post “Creating a Website with Bluehost“.
Flexoffers is another program that has hundreds of brands that you can choose from. Some of the categories that you can search through are Entertainment, Digital Products, Financial Services, and Health and Wellness. Sign up for Flexoffers here.
The next program on the list is Shareasale. Similar to some of the other programs, Shareasale has a large selection of companies that bloggers can choose from. Grammarly and the NBA store are two of the brands that I work with through Shareasale. Get more info about them here.
Here are a few more programs that you can sign up for. Some of them will pay you in cash while others will give you credit.
I stayed at an Airbnb apartment when I went to Cuba last year. I fell in love with it. Airbnb offers you other options when it comes to lodging. If you don’t feel like paying high hotel prices, give Airbnb a chance. New users get a $40 travel credit when they sign up. If you don’t want to overpay for a hotel room check out Airbnb today.
Tailwind is one of my favorite tools that I use to help me with my Pinterest pinning. You can get a free month of Tailwind when you sign up for it. If you’re a blogger, it’s something that you should at least try. If you don’t like it, just cancel it before the first month is over.
I’m a huge fan of Uber. I’ve used it in several cities including Miami and Washington D.C. It’s saved me so much on rental cars. If I know that I’m going drinking, I use Uber. I’d rather be safe than sorry. Your readers can get a free ride up to $20 when they sign up using your affiliate link.
Swagbucks is one of the few legit sites that you can make money with. You can earn points which are called “Swagbucks” by doing surveys, watching videos, shopping online and more. The points can be redeemed for gift cards or cash. You can get more information about Swagbucks here.
Sunfrog is one of the websites that I use to design and sell my shirts. You may have seen my Sallie Mae design or my new Blog Life design. Sunfrog is free to sign up with. If you become a designer on their site, you can promote other artists designs. You receive a percentage of any sales that happens when someone clicks on your affiliate link.
Capital One 360
I have an online emergency account with Capital One 360. I have money automatically transferred from my main account to my 360 savings account each month. New customers get a $25 bonus when they open up a qualifying savings or checking account. If you’re ready to open an account with Capital One 360, get more info here.
I enjoy blogging. I’ve been doing for over four years. I want to tell you the truth though; it takes work. You have to create good content, promote your blog and keep things up to date. It can be done if you’re focused. If you’ve considered starting a blog, I’d suggest you do it today. There isn’t a reason to wait.
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There are several ways to make money with a blog. A lot of bloggers make money with affiliate marketing. You could be the next one.
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Have you done any affiliate marketing before? What has worked for you? What hasn’t?