315 Affiliate Programs for Bloggers and Online Business Owners
How many bloggers or online business’ do you know that make all or at least a portion of their income from affiliate links? Affiliate programs are all the hype it seems these days. Although I am a strong believer in diversifying your site income, you have to start somewhere. Unless you are one of the really cool people that is a genius when it comes to popping off product ideas (yes, these people are real), joining affiliate programs is the best way to start earning an income from your efforts with your site.
Some people will tell you to start out small and increase the affiliate programs you participate with as you go. Call me lazy, I like adding links to every relevant post I can so I do not have to come back later to do it. I do go back and edit my post and add more affiliate links if need be. I’ve monetized my blog and posts from the beginning and that is why I have been able to make money, albeit a small amount, it’s money! Learn How I Made Money My First Month Blogging.
When it comes to monetizing my blog, one of the main questions I hear is “What are the best affiliate programs to participate with”? The truth to this question is not a very direct answer. It all depends on your niche, what products/services you like or would recommend, and the affiliate’s programs terms and condition.
When you are telling your readers about a product or service that contains an affiliate link, you want to be truthful with them and not place your name or brand on something you have no experience with. There are ways to work around this (i.e. a review from someone else on the product/service, giving facts instead of opinions and stating you have not used the product/service, etc.) but you should be careful when it comes to this. You want to uphold the quality of your content instead of slapping links everywhere just to earn a little money. This will end up hurting you in the long run.
For bloggers, I recommend sidebar and post advertisements along with affiliate links in post and email campaigns.
For online business’, I recommend on-page advertisements depending on how your site is setup. I also recommend you start a blog. More and more e-commerce brands are going toward having a blog section on their site because of the potential traffic draw and income it could bring. When starting a blog, there is an entire different audience you open yourself up to.
Most affiliate programs are free and if you are starting out, I suggest only signing up for those that are free, unless you can get your money back within the first month.
Monetizing is a win-win for you, your audience, and the companies you recommend.
There are so many different ways to monetize your blog, e-commerce site, and social media accounts with affiliate links. Whether you are an established blogger/business owner or are just now getting started, this list of 315 Affiliate Programs is sure to help you boost your monthly income! Enter your name and email below to download the list. Hope you enjoy!
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