Blogging Series: Affiliate Marketing Tips

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I’m doing a blogging series in celebration of my one year of blogging.

I started dabbling in affiliate marketing earlier this year. If I’m going to spend this amount of time on my blog, I may as well make a few dollars while I’m at it. I have taken a slow approach, tried a few things, and found a way forward.

Affiliate marketing is a way for a company to sell its products by signing up individuals or companies, who then market the company’s products for a commission or a share of the sales that result from those promotions. If you are an affiliate, you market other people’s products at no additional cost to the consumer.

From the beginning of my affiliate marketing exploration, I committed to stay true to products and services that I use and love or that I intend to buy for myself. I feel good about that choice, and I use it as compass when I’m considering what to promote.

Affiliate Marketers

I am by no means an expert, but I’ll share what I have explored and my thoughts.

Amazon Associates ~ I joined Amazon Associates first because it is Amazon. I’m already a very good customer, it made sense. In hindsight, I may have joined too early. It is easy, but you need three sales in 180 days to qualify for the program going forward. I got my three sales, but I was anxious about it until I did. If my number of followers had been higher before I joined, it would have been a no stress situation.

ShareASale ~ The ShareASale affiliate program is my personal favorite. I have made the most money, I like their analytics, and I like their affiliate partners. One thing that I especially like that I haven’t found to be true elsewhere yet is that some affiliate partners will pay you without making a sale. I have made money for writing product reviews and for having affiliate banners posted on my homepage.

Pepperjam ~ I joined Pepperjam because I love Plant Therapy. One thing that Pepperjam does that I haven’t seen elsewhere to this point is that they have a mechanism that allows affiliate partners to invite you to their programs. This is a nice feature because you typically have to request participation by applying to most partners.

Disclaimers

If you are going to be an affiliate marketer, you have to disclose it in every post that has a product link or banner. Here is my most often used banner and corresponding disclaimer:

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate and affiliate marketer, I earn from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. All views and opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

You also need to disclose if your post is a paid post. Her is an example of one of my sponsored posts and corresponding disclaimer: The Best Online Yoga for Home Practice

This is a sponsored post by yogadownload.com.
I am a yogadownload.com customer.
All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Affiliate Marketing Tip

When I was investigating affiliate marketing, I found a blogger who said that you should try to consistently promote a few things when you are just starting. She reasoned that it takes time to build the reader’s trust and that the reader often needs to see the same recommendation several times before action is taken. I have largely followed her advice. I’m not a raving success, but I have had successes.

Best of luck with affiliate marketing!

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This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate and affiliate marketer, I earn from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. All views and opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

10 thoughts on “Blogging Series: Affiliate Marketing Tips

  1. Hello Julie. I partnered with a company called Booktopia. It’s an Australian company. I have never done any affiliate marketing before but I got the code for a book. Downloaded Bitly. And made a small code. I posted it on twitter. I got my wife to click on my link through her twitter account and purchase the book just so I can see if it worked. It’s been 24 hours and when I go to the Booktopia site. It says I have had 48 clicks on my link and 0 transactions. Is this normal? Does it take time for that one that my wife bought to show up? Once I know that it works I will post more often and even boost a Facebook ad. But I’m now confused because if she clicked the link and bought the book then I should have 1 transaction. Is there any way you can help me?

    1. I don’t have any advice to help you, but I can assure you that the same thing has happened to me several times with several different affiliate programs. I have sent my friends links, and I know they have purchased, and I have not seen the credit. I was on an educational call about this recently, and others on the call had had the same problem. No solutions were proposed, but one participant felt that there may be some smart tracking involved. I don’t know. I tend to lean that it is a numbers game and they don’t all go through. In addition, just relaying what I heard on the call, the general consensus was that ads are not a profitable way to promote affiliate links. I have not dabbled in ads, so this is just what I’ve heard. Best of luck! My suggestion would be to keep trying.

      1. Thank you Julie. I figured it out. It was because my wife is on a loyalty program with the company and if somebody buys through your link that’s already in a loyalty program then you don’t get the commissions. I emailed them to find out. The only reason I ran a week worth of ads is to hopefully get a sale and see that it actually works. But thanks for your help. I believe I will get there and will help as much as possible once I learn how to do it. Thanks again Julie

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