I received a number of questions last week after posting my September blog stats and income and I’ll be tackling some of those questions in upcoming blog posts. Today, I wanted to dig into affiliate programs for bloggers and share some basics about what an affiliate program is, what affiliate programs for bloggers do, and some affiliate programs for bloggers that I am a part of.
What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a program offered by a business to reward and offer incentives for others to share products or information about that business. In a typical affiliate program, the business will offer a percentage of sales for a referral or an agreed upon amount per referral.
What affiliate programs for bloggers do?
Affiliate programs for bloggers operate in the way I described above. A blogger will be given an unique code and will receive a referral fee for everyone who uses that code to make a purchase. Often, when you see links to products in a blog post, those are affiliate links.
What affiliate programs am I a part of?
I am a part of both Bluehost (my hosting server) and Amazon affiliate programs. That means that if you were to click on this new Fire HD 6 and purchase it, I would get a small commission. I like Amazon’s affiliate program because I use Amazon all the time anyway and sometimes share products I’m using, clothes I’m wearing or books I’m reading and so it is easy for me to share that through Amazon (edited to note: you can not use your OWN affiliate link to purchase items – that is against the rules). I would never join an affiliate program for a business I wasn’t already using and loving.
There are so many affiliate programs out there! One way to find a good one is to join an affiliate network. One that I’ve recently joined is Mom’s Affiliate – obviously you don’t have to be a mom to join. I joined because I wanted to see a bunch of different affiliate programs and then choose if I wanted to join any more. There are seriously tons. Right now I’m happy with the ones I’m using, but Mom’s Affiliate does have a few for things I’ve been meaning to try like the website Zulily. That site keeps popping up when I’m on facebook so I think their algorithm knows something I don’t and I need to check it out!
Whew. Felt like that was a mouthful.
Are you a part of any affiliate networks? Any suggestions of great ones other readers might want to check out?
note: there are affiliate links for some of my favorite affiliate networks in this post. I never recommend or link to something that I don’t love!