I know you’ve seen them – here and on other blogs – but why do we use them? What do they do? Every blogger has their own reasons, and here are mine.
What are Affiliate Links?
Affiliate links are links that lead to an advertiser’s website that have a special tracking code on them. The tracking code lets the website owner know who referred (sent) the customer over to the website. If the visitor makes a purchase on the website, the referrer (website that sent the traffic) gets a (very small) cut of the purchase, a commission. This doesn’t cost any extra for you, but it helps keep this website running!
Why Use Affiliate Links?
Websites, even little blogs like my own, cost money to operate. Between domain registration fees, hosting, getting programming work done, and more, we put more than just time and sweat and work into our blogs – we can sink quite a bit of money into them.
Affiliate advertising allows a blog owner to choose advertisers that are relevant to their readers and hopefully manage to make a few pennies back to help offset the costs of a website.
Affiliate advertising is also a great option for new bloggers – many affiliate portals allow for newer websites to get in on the action, and getting accepted as a brand affiliate is much easier than trying to sell your own ad space, especially when your traffic is still growing!
My Affiliate Advertisers
I work with a variety of affiliates, but here are some of my favorite ones!
Ultimate Bundles are my very favorite! A few times a year, the Ultimate Bundles team creates an awesome e-book bundle with a wide variety of books and really great bundle extras and ecourses. Contact me for more information about becoming an Ultimate Bundles affiliate!
Craftsy.com offers a wide variety of crafting classes, from sewing and crocheting to papercraft and even photography! I also love that indie designers sell their patterns on the site, which allows me to support other work-at-home parents and artists like myself!
Shutterfly/TinyPrints is one of my favorite places to get our photos printed. There are lots of cute and affordable cards, books, and other printing options, and they send tons of coupons to my email (so much so that I’m able to do a lot of Christmas shopping for the family for very little! It’s my frugal secret!).
Affiliate Advertising for Your Blog
If you’re ready to start monetizing your blog, affiliate advertising is a fantastic way to get started! It can be a little slow to accumulate enough money to reach a payment threshold, but as your blog grows, so will your revenue.
I’d recommend starting with PepperJamNetwork and ShareASale, and moving forward from there! Both PepperJam and ShareASale have a large list of advertisers who you can apply to be an affiliate with, so you’re sure to find something that fits your readers’ tastes!