One of my favorite ways to make money from blogging, and one method that can really earn you a nice income from your blog too, is doing affiliate marketing, or more appropriately in this case, promoting affiliate products and services on your blog.
Don’t worry, if you’re completely new to blog monetization or indeed affiliate marketing, you might appreciate checking out our detailed post on how to do affiliate marketing for beginners here.
If you’re ready to start monetizing your blog using affiliate marketing strategies, the list below will provide you with some popular affiliate programs for bloggers. I recommend these affiliate programs because I’ve had some great success with them in the past.
Also remember the affiliate marketing rule, if you haven’t used a product or service before, it’s best not to recommend them until you have. Only promote products that you have used or have 100% confidence in. OK let’s begin!
1. Amazon Associates Program
Amazon is easily the kings of eCommerce. The Amazon affiliate program is probably the most popular and most trusted affiliate program available out there. It is currently used by hundreds and thousands of affiliate marketers and bloggers alike. If you’re looking for high end products to review on your blog, it’s definitely worth considering signing up to become an affiliate member. You can signup for an affiliate account here.
2. Bluehost Affiliate Program
Bluehost is one of the most popular shared web hosting service providers on the web. Magnet4Marketing has proudly been running on Bluehost since 2010. Last year BlueHost paid out $5 million in commission alone. If you’ve used Bluehost or still using them, have you considered recommending Bluehost to your blog visitors? You can sign up for Bluehost affiliate program here.
ClickBank have improved a lot over the years, there are some great products worth promoting from the marketplace, but you have to search for them. Over the last 3 years or so ClickBank have earned me over $1,000 dollars in commission, not a big number, but not too shabby either. You can signup for a ClickBank account here.
4. Commission Junction
Commission Junction (CJ) is one of the webs largest affiliate networks and offers a wide range of promotable links and banners for you to place in your blog. Again there are a lot of high end products and services to promote from the Commission Junction marketplace. You can learn more about CJ and signup here.
5. DreamHost Web Hosting Affiliate
DreamHost is another popular web hosting provider which I’ve used in the past. There affiliate program is awesome, you can earn a whopping $97 commission per successful referral and signup. The great thing about DreamHost also is that you can create your own special promo codes. If you’ve used DreamHost web hosting before and want to start promoting the service on your blog, consider signing up for an affiliate reward account here.
E Junkie is another popular affiliate network for bloggers and affiliate marketers. The marketplace boasts a wide range of products ranging from software, WordPress themes to good old eBooks. Commission earnings are variable depending on individual products and services. You can learn more about E Junkie and signup here.
Now let’s look at some premium WordPress theme creators. Elegant Themes are a reputable company creating premium quality and affordable WordPress themes for any WordPress site project. If you sign up to their rewarding affiliate program you can potentially earn up to 50% commission per sale.
8. HostGator Web Hosting
Do I really need to tell you who HostGator are? If you’ve not come across them before I am surprised. HostGator are one of the largest providers of shared, dedicated and VPS web hosting on the planet! You can earn decent money by referring your blog visitors to purchasing affordable and reliable web hosting from HostGator.
You can earn up to $125 per referral with HostGator (21+ sales per month), but even if you only manage one sale per month, that’s an extra $50 you wouldn’t have earned otherwise. To signup to HostGator’s affiliate program click here.
9. ProBlogger Affiliate Program
Darren Rowse and ProBlogger are top brand names in the blogosphere. Darren has written a host of great blogging eBooks and workbooks. If you’ve used any of them yourself then how about promoting them on your blog. You can earn earn up to 40% commission on each sale. If you’re interested in promoting ProBlogger eBooks, courses and workbooks, click here to signup for an affiliate account.
ShareASale is another popular and trusted marketplace that offer affiliates some great rewards. Shareasale work with a host of reputable online companies including CopyBlogger (StudioPress), DIY Themes (Thesis) and more. Their commission rate is variable, however I’ve achieved some great sales with Shareasale in the past.
Having said that if you’re going to signup and promote products and services from Merchants using Shareasale, beware of the mysterious ‘transaction void’ consequence. I’ve had over $250 worth of void transactions in the last few years with Shareasale, and their response to my email inquiry about it was? Non responsive…
11. Templatic Themes
Templatic Themes offer a wide range of premium quality WordPress themes for all types of businesses. Whilst their affiliate program aren’t the most attractive compared to many others, you’re still able to earn up to 30% commission per sale. If you’re interested in checking out TemplaticThemes and signing up, you can do so here.
12. Theme Junkie
Finally we get to Theme Junkie, yet another great premium WordPress theme provider, and it would seem that many bloggers top choice for affordable WordPress themes are the ones provided by Theme Junkie, though I think these days many people are now using Genesis a lot. Anyways, as well as great themes, Theme Junkie offer a great affiliate program for bloggers, where you can earn up to 30% of all sales.
You can signup to the Theme Junkie affiliate program here.
Well that’s some list right there isn’t it? So hopefully that will keep you busy for a while, I wish you the very best of luck with which ever you choose to use to monetize your blog. Happy affiliate marketing
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