When I started blogging I did not know anything about affiliate marketing. I knew I wanted to try to make some money with my blog but didn’t really know where to start. I signed up for the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and learned so much about what programs to apply for and how to set up my posts. These are the programs I recommend for affiliate marketing beginners.
I use Grammarly for all of my blog posts, MBA assignments, emails, etc. It is a great way to double check your posts for spelling and grammar errors. Their affiliate program is also wonderful. You get a $25 activation bonus for mentioning them in a blog post or putting their banner on your blog. All you have to do is send them the post or your blog link within 2 weeks of your affiliate activation and you get $25 in your account! It really is that easy.
They supply you with links and banners you can use for your blog posts and sidebar. Even if you don’t want to sign up I highly recommend using Grammarly to make sure your blog posts are grammatically correct. It has saved me a ton of time editing my posts.
2. Share a Sale
Share a Sale is one of the affiliate marketing networks. You do not need to have a minimum number of viewers or subscribers to get approved for Share a Sale. I got approved for this network right after I finished the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. Once you are approved, you can search for companies that are in your niche and apply directly to those programs. A few of the companies I have signed up for through Share a Sale are Viator, Wyzant, and Emily Ley.
FlexOffers is also a popular affiliate marketing network. You can search by type of affiliate you are looking for (education, finance, family, car, and more) and apply to the specific company. This is also a great affiliate marketing network for new bloggers because there is no minimum page views or subscribers. They add companies almost every day so make sure to constantly check the list. Some of the companies I have signed up for through FlexOffers are Swagbucks, SoFi, and FutureAdvisor.
4. Credit Sesame
If you are a personal finance blogger I highly recommend signing up for credit sesame (for personal use and for affiliate use). I use credit sesame to track my own credit score so I wanted to see if they had an affiliate program. I could not find it online so I actually messaged them on their Facebook page and they sent me the link to apply. You can also reach out to them on their website.
Amazon was the first affiliate program I signed up for. It is super easy to sign up for and you can get an affiliate link for anything sold on Amazon. You can add Amazon product links to blog posts for any niche or add banners to your sidebar or posts. They also have featured promotions around sales or holidays that you can promote on your blog.
FYI: Amazon does not count purchases by friends and family so keep this in mind.
I use Groupon all the time for spa deals, gifts, local activities, etc. One of the cool things about this affiliate program is you can customize banners. If you want one for traveling, beauty, local services, getaways, or even specific categories of goods you can create a banner. This is unique because most affiliate programs have banners preloaded that you download for your blog. You also get up to 10% commission which is pretty high compared to other programs.
BONUS: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course
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If you have any specific questions about the course or affiliate marketing email me or leave a comment. I am always here to help!
What program is your favorite for affiliate marketing? What tips do you have for beginners?