It’s no secret that I love affiliate marketing as a primary means to monetize a blog. It’s a lot more predictable and easier to control than an ad network. It has more long-term (hands off) potential than reigning in advertisers – though direct advertising is certainly #2 on my list.
I’m not making $20,000 per month blogging yet, but I’m getting close. And month after month my total RPM (Revenue Per Thousand Impressions) is between $8 and $12. Those are some pretty darn good numbers. And numbers that have stayed consistent as my traffic fluctuates – the most important part.
Today I wanted to share some of my favorite affiliate programs for women bloggers. Every blog and every niche are different when it comes to earning, but there is an affiliate program out there for everyone. For the purposes of our discussion I’m including some CPA networks as well as these usually contain both programs that pay per lead or action (ex. Printing a coupon) and commission per sale.
This isn’t a huge earner for me, but it usually brings in around $75 to $100. (If you don’t want an extra $100 each month, I’ll take it.) The ease of use and variety of products are what makes this program a no-brainer. They have almost everything. And the more you sell the more you earn. AND, they have a very low threshold for entry making them a great program for beginners.
I like to cut as much “time fat” as possible in blogging, and that’s especially true when it comes to creating links. You’ve probably noticed quite a few cool Amazon product boxes here on The Work at Home Wife over the years (I have included one below). I use a plugin called EasyAzon which makes inserting Amazon product links and images into your posts a snap.
Oh, how I love ShareASale. This affiliate network has a little of everything when it comes to merchants. You can find everything from StudioPress to Craftsy to Stella & Dot in there. They also pay on a $50 minimum. I know that’s important when you are just starting out. Here are a few of my favorite programs to promote from within SAS.
- Layla & Grace (home)
- Stella & Dot (jewelry and home business opp)
- Blurb (photo books)
- Craftsy (crafting supplies and courses)
- Frecklebox (gifts)
- Gazelle (cash for old cellphones)
- ModCloth (women’s clothing)
- One Kings Lane (home)
- TomatoInk (ink cartridges)
- WP Engine (hosting)
- Warby Parker (sunglasses)
- Reebok (athletic shoes)
Has programs in just about every category. One thing to note about this network is that each site you have has to apply individually, both to the network and to individual programs. That can be a little cumbersome and you have to remember to have the right site pulled up when grabbing your links. That being said, it is one of my best earners.
eBay Enterprise (formerly Pepperjam)
I only got involved here again within the past two months but have been doing incredibly well. (The things I promote from here are primarily fashion-related though they do have a diverse merchant catalog.) The payment minimum is only $25!Escalate Media
I have been promoting offers from Escalate Media since way back when I had a couponing blog. Way back when Extreme Couponing first aired in 2010. This network offers family-friendly things like coupon prints, free stuff and surveys. Legit stuff! Some CPA networks can be cesspools for scams, but this is not one them. They pay by PayPal monthly and usually early.ShopHer
Formerly known as MySavings Network, I have been doing a lot of business with these folks again in the past two or three months. Their offers are very similar to Escalate Media (freebies, surveys, etc.) Payments are made by check or PayPal with a $50 minimum.
VigLink is great for a number of reasons. It’s very beginner-friendly and can even insert links to products for you. This allows you to earn money without ever having to apply to a single affiliate network or create a single affiliate link. It can also affiliate links you missed or links to merchants you haven’t yet been approved for.
In an interview with Mashable last year, VigLink Vice President of Marketing Oliver Deighton gave some sound advice on which websites are best suited for their service:
“For most websites, link insertion lifts VigLink revenue by more than 90%,” adds Deighton.
Deighton notes that while any blogger can try VigLink, bloggers will find the most success if their content is geared toward commerce.
“Hobbies, fashion, tech gear, deals and savings are all topics that naturally lead to spending; religion, food, raising children are less ideal,” adds Deighton.
I would have to agree based on my experience. But, that doesn’t mean you are out of the game! You can always promote individual programs and courses geared towards your niche. e-junkie is awesome for finding those.Ebates
My #20 choice was difficult. There were quite a few more that could make the cut. I’m choosing Ebates based on their ability to fit into a wide variety of blog niches. Their blogger bonus program is also phenomenal. Right now if you sign up two qualified friends you earn a $40 bonus on top of your regular $5 referral fee. Last month I earned a $100 bonus and was this close to earning a second bonus of $275. They pay quarterly.
Those are a few of my favorite programs. I’d love to hear about yours in the comments. If you are looking to get into blogging for the first time or boost your current blogging income, check out these personal recommendations.
- Framework from Just a Girl and Her Blog – If you are just getting started in blogging, this is an excellent resource. It walks you through everything from setting up a WordPress blog to creating content. It’s also affordable.
- How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul– This is a book from Ruth Soukup, a highly respected successful blogger. In this book she provides you with 280+ pages of actionable content for increasing your established blog’s income.
- Bloggers & Brands – If you are looking specifically to take your blog into the reviewing/sponsored post arena, this is the book. I picked this one up for myself a few months back. Shannon provides excellent information on who to contact to start these relationships, how to set your rates and there are even email templates included. I LOVE a good email template.
- Elite Blogger Academy – This course is for those with established blogs. It’s the crème de la crème when it comes to blogging courses. I took this one in October and have been reaping the rewards ever since. I’ve been able to GREATLY increase my blogs’ traffic and income in a very short period of time. I’ve also made connections with some really great bloggers to help continue that success long into the future.