Affiliate marketing can be a great way for you to earn a passive income or even turn it into a full-time income, but it can be challenging starting out. If you’re a new blogger and don’t know where to begin with affiliate marketing, then you’ve come to the right place.
Don’t overwhel yourself with a list of 100+ affiliate programs. Start with something easy and small and go from there.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is very simple. You promote a product to your readers and if they decide to make a purchase, you get a commission, at no additional cost to them.
Some affiliate programs require you to have a certain number of readers per month. It can be quite challenging when
The Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners
1. Amazon Associates
Amazon Associate was the very first affiliate program I applied to because it is easy and pretty much everybody knows what Amazon is. It doesn’t matter what niche you’re in, there is always something on Amazon for you to promote. If someone clicks on your link, but decides to buy a different product – you still get a commission for it. How great is that!
It is fairly easy to get accepted into the Amazon Associate Program, but you have to make 3 sales within 6 months or they will cancel your account. You can always apply again and the approval process is the same. You are NOT allowed to click on your own link to buy the products. If you do, you won’t get credit for it and might risk getting your account banned.
ShareASale is an Affiliate Marketing Network – which means when you join, you join their whole entire program. Search for products that are a good fit for your audience. Some of the programs I have signed up for through ShareASale are Tailwind, StudioPress, NameCheap, Grammarly, etc. These are all products that I have used or currently using.
SiteGround is a reputable web hosting company and I just cannot recommend it enough. I could not be happier after I switched from Bluehost to SiteGround. The customer service is top notch. It is extremely easy to apply for their affiliate program. They even provide banners with multiple images and sizes for you to use.
Their commission rate is very generous:
- Monthly 1-5 sales: 50.00 USD/sale
- Monthly 6-10 sales: 75.00 USD/sale
- Monthly 11+ sales: 100.00 USD/sale
iGain is another Affiliate Marketing Network just like ShareASale, but it has different products you can promote. iGain accepts new bloggers without any traffic. The site is very user friendly and it is one of my favorite affiliate marketing networks.
Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool and is a must have for every blogger. It has freed up so much of my time to work on my content instead of pinning all day. There are two ways to go about this:
- Tailwind credits – if you use Tailwind, that means you already have the referral link in your dashboard. Every time someone clicks on your link to make a purchase, they will get 1 free month and you will also get 1 free month. If you haven’t already, sign up to get the 1-month FREE trial here.
- Cash: if you’d rather get monetary compensation, then you need to join an affiliate marketing network such as ShareASale and apply for Tailwind that way. You earn 15% commission every time someone makes a purchase using your link.
I applied for Media.net when I had zero traffic and got accepted right away. In addition to being an ad network, it is also an affiliated program. You can use both Media.net and Google Adsense ad networks together.
Once you get accepted into their Ambassador program, you will receive 10% of the revenue generated by each of your referrals for the first 12 months. Your referred publisher also gets an additional 10% of the revenue they generate the first 3 months. I call it a win-win.
Ebates is a refer-a-friend program in addition to cash back for shopping at more than 2,500 stores such as Walmart, Amazon, Macy’s, etc.
Ebates is one of the best affiliate programs because both you and your friend get paid. You get $25 and your friend gets $10 Walmart gift card. This works both online and in-store (not all stores).
FlexOffers is a solid, dependable affiliate network that is great for beginners. Easy to sign up and very user-friendly dashboard. It has a lot of products for you to promote. You are able to see how much traffic you are getting from your offers and make appropriate adjustment.
ConvertKit is a popular email service provider that pays 30% recurring commission. I have been using MailChimp and looking to switch over to ConverKit. From my research, ConvertKit makes it easy to create automated email sequence. Additionally, ConvertKit allows you to use their mailing address instead of your own address in the email footer which is required.
Viglink is a great affiliate program for new bloggers for 2 reasons:
- When you paste Viglink’s code into your website, it will automatically scan your site for common product terms and turn them into affiliate links.
- If your application for a certain affiliate program was rejected, you can still earn money through Viglink. Let’s say your application for Amazon Associates was rejected, Viglink will turn your product links into affiliate links. You would earn money making a sale, but it would go through Viglink instead of Amazon. How awesome is that?
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways many bloggers make money blogging. But it can be overwhelming starting out – not knowing where to begin, what programs to apply. I hope this list has helped you and let me know what if you’ve tried any of them.