There are a few ways to make money blogging and today I am talking about how you can make money by working with affiliates. On most large company websites you will see an affiliate link at the bottom – you know the real tiny links you can barely read. There are also sites who connect website owners and affiliates. The key to success when choosing affiliates is to pick companies you know your readers will be interested in and a company you are passionate about.
I personally like to change things up on my blog every now and then but some of the companies I have affiliate accounts with include Pick Your Plum, GroopDealz, GoDaddy and Firmoo. I am passionate about all four companies and have personally purchased things from all of them. I have made the most money with Pick Your Plum and GroopDealz and made hardly any money with GoDaddy or Firmoo. This makes sense to me. As a craft/lifestyle blogger most of my readers come to me for creative ideas and recipe not for glasses choices and web hosting suggestions. After a few months of having little luck with GoDaddy and Firmoo I got rid of their links on my blog because I realized they were not a fit for my blog or my readers – no hard feelings.
Are you wondering how affiliate links work? All companies are a little different but for the most part the company gives you a special link that is unique to your account with them. Whenever someone clicks on that link and then (if they) make a purchase from that company you make a percent of the sale. Most companies are different as to how much they pay and how long they track your unique code. For example, I might share what Pick Your Plum is selling with a link on my facebook page and if a person buys something from their site that day or within a few days from then I will still make my percentage because of internet cookies.
They way I personally like to share my links is by adding them to my sidebar, linking my code within blog posts where they fit but mostly through facebook IF I really like something an affiliate is selling and I believe the price is right. For example, I love the twine, cupcake liners and treat bags on Pick Your Plum and I usually share those, but if I am not overly excited about what they have running that day I won’t be sharing it. I take the relationship I have with my community seriously and don’t want to suggest something I wouldn’t even buy myself. Does this make sense?
Another way to find affiliates is to work through sites such as Share-A-Sale. They work with companies like Gymboree. Tiny Prints, ModCloth, Zulilly, One Kings Lane, Craftsy and many more! I just started using them a few months ago and so far I like the flexibility and options they have to offer.
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