You've done it! You've been blogging for a few months now, you're getting traffic to your site, now it's time to make your site work for you instead of you working for your site. What am I talking about you ask? Earning passive income through affiliate programs for bloggers. What is passive income? Simply put, passive income is income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it. This is also called unearned income and it's the perfect way to work smarter not harder.
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Popular Affiliate Programs for Bloggers
What is affiliate marketing? When you join an affiliate program, especially an affiliate program for bloggers, you become an affiliate marketer who is offering other companies products or services to your audience. When someone clicks your affiliate link and/or buys the products or services that you’re promoting, you’ll receive a commission for that sale. But it's important to remember when choosing to join an affiliate program, that you don’t just pick any product or service to promote.
Instead, look for something that you find interesting and that you believe your audience will be interested in as well. This will make it easier to actually make sales. You also want to choose products that offer between 10 to 20 percent commission so it will be worth your time to promote these items or services.
Why do we love affiliate programs? The affiliate links you place on your site will continue to generate income throughout the life of your partnership with the affiliate program, or the length of the affiliate campaign, whichever is longest. As an example, one of our highest affiliate income generating posts is this homeschooling post from 2013 where I share 90 Popular Accelerated Reader Books for Grades 1-12. And, it's not just books that generate amazing affiliate income. You can create an affiliate income generating blog post for just about any topic or niche, from DIY/crafts to recipes, homeschool, giveaways, and more!
Here are a few popular affiliate programs available for bloggers to join and why we love them.
Amazon Affiliate Program – With Amazon, you can choose from over a million products to advertise to your customers. You can get up to 10% in advertising fees, and earn advertising fees from qualifying purchases, not just the products you advertised. New in 2017, you can also apply to be an Amazon Influencer, where influencers get a page on Amazon with an exclusive vanity URL to showcase the products they recommend to their followers. Check out our Amazon Page here.
Shop Her Media – ShopHer Media is a performance driven, a digital shopper marketing platform that connects brands with millions of targeted shoppers through a trusted environment of direct brand-safe influencers, think coupons and giveaways. Even though we're not a couponing site, we love Shop Her Media for their Dr. Seuss reading programs and giveaways which we can pass along to our readers. Both these offers align perfectly with our Disney loving homeschool audience. Just check out this amazing limited time giveaway we're sharing right now: Enter for a chance to win a trip for 4 to Disneyland California including airfare, hotel, park tickets, character dining and more!
Top Cash Back – TopCashback partners with a wide range of stores to offer discounts on customers online shopping. When customers shop via their partner stores, Top Cash Back will pay a commission for their purchases. Your TopCashback account will be credited and so long as customers don't return the goods Top Cash Back will be able to pass this commission onto you as ‘cashback', Easy!
Ebates – Ebates is a little different. In fact, I'm not really sure it can be considered an affiliate, but, they have an amazing referral program when you invite a friend to Ebates. Not only will your friend get $10, but you'll also get $25 if they spend at least $25. With opportunities to shop the stores you already love, like Amazon, Athleta, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Kohl's, Land's End, Macy's, Old Navy, Sephora, Walmart, and more, you can see how easy it is to earn referral money by placing a simple link on your site.
Affiliate programs for bloggers make generating and earning passive income easy, allowing you to step back and let your site work for you. Don't miss this opportunity to work smarter, not harder.