Out of all the monetization strategies that I've used over the last 9 years, affiliate marketing is still my favorite way to earn passive revenue from my blogs.
Seriously, peeps, I honestly do not think I could have sustained my business if it wasn't for the small success that I've had with my affiliate marketing model over the years.
If you have followed my blogging journey for some time, you'll probably be aware that as well as promoting affiliate products, I also run and manage a freelance web design business, an eCommerce business, and I sell digital products (eBooks). That said, affiliate marketing generates over half of my revenue online.
Should you be doing affiliate marketing too to help boost your blog income? Of course, I think you should.
Asides from having plenty of valuable and relevant blog content with reasonably good search engine visibility, the other vital ingredient required to succeed with affiliate marketing is a target audience and lots of blog subscribers and readers that put their trust in you.
If you thought that there was some kind of magic formula or secret blog money-making system in place, then no! There's no such thing and I do not recommend you entertain any money-making advice or system that asks you to hand over your hard-earned cash upfront. Most of those are either scams or just filled with false promises!
There, I said it. And I said it because I once was the victim of all these scams when I first started out.
There are plenty of credible bloggers you can follow, and books that you can purchase on Amazon for a few bucks to read about specific techniques strategies from real-life marketers.
OK, so I won't be telling you how to do affiliate marketing in this post, if you need some good advice in those areas, be sure to check out the following free advice blog posts -
Finding the right affiliate programs and networks can be a bit tricky and time-consuming activity. Where do you start even?
Luckily for you, I've got you covered with this post. Well, hopefully.
Below is a list of 13 amazing affiliate programs and networks for you to consider signing up to.
And yes, these programs are aimed at bloggers in the blogging, online business, and marketing niche. I use many of these myself to earn an income from my blog, so feel free to check them out.
Word of warning before you sign up to any of these affiliate programs: Be sure to respect the terms set out by each affiliate program or network below, and always use smart and none salesy strategies and tactics to promote your affiliate products.
Right then, are you ready? Let's check each one of them out.
Amazon's affiliate (associate) program was one of the first programs I ever signed up to when I started my affiliate marketing journey almost 10 years ago.
As you well know, Amazon is a pretty big company and has over 1 million products to choose from, and their affiliate program is easy to sign up to and use. You can earn up to 12% commission on qualifying referral sales.
Payouts are made via check at a minimum of $100 or direct bank transfer at a minimum of $10.
The smartest way to boost your Amazon affiliate revenue as a blogger, in my experience, is to create some useful reviews of all the relevant products you have purchased on Amazon yourself. For example, I would usually review business books, software, computing hardware, and any tech gear that I have purchased to use in my business.
Another great way to increase your revenue earnings with Amazon is to create some niche sites.
Perhaps you love cycling and can create a niche site all about cycle helmets, for example. As long as you can generate traffic to a website all about cycle helmets and the competition isn't too high, you can build a profitable niche site and monetize with Amazon. This just one example I'm giving you.
ClickBank is one of the oldest and largest affiliate networks in the business and another platform that I started using way back in 2010.
Now, there's an ugly side to ClickBank, unfortunately, and that is the sheer volume of low quality, spammy looking, digital products riddling the marketplace.
This is not to say ClickBank is bad in any way, however, you just have to be very cautious on what you choose to purchase, use, and promote on your blog. Research carefully first.
Check out this post I recently wrote on how to make money with ClickBank.
I want to share with you the four products hosted on ClickBank that I promote, again, if you're in the blogging and online business niche you might find success promoting these too -
These are just a few, but I'm sure you can find more great products to promote on Clickbank.
Next on my list is CJ Affiliate (Commission Junction), another huge affiliate network with over 900 million monthly customers.
A lot of the big A-list companies will have their affiliate programs set up with CJ. The competition, though, can be tough.
I started using CJ back in 2010 myself but actually struggled to make traction with the platform at first. Like I said, the competition can be tough for products you want to promote.
I still use CJ today, but my efforts, to be honest, hasn't been as good as I've put into using other programs.
The minimum payout is $50, however, you can increase this limit should you wish in the settings.
ShareASale is one of my top favorite affiliate network programs for bloggers. I've used them since 2011 and they are used by plenty of reputable companies offering high-end products and services with their own commission levels.
The minimum payout at ShareASale is $50, however, you can increase this minimum upwards to $1,000.
Here is a list of ShareASale hosted affiliate programs I use and would recommend -
To date, I've managed to earn a nice $4,600+ from ShareASale.
Bluehost is a well-established web hosting company that's been around for a very long time. Love them or hate them, they offer good value for money when it comes to launching your first blog. Their affiliate program is quite generous too, and you can earn $65 per qualified signup.
Even if you can only manage a few sign ups per month, that is still a nice additional income to have, don't you think? Bluehost will hold payments for 45 days before making a payment, that's one of their terms.
SiteGround is another popular and reliable web hosting company amongst bloggers and WordPress users.
Their affiliate program is simple, the more sales you refer the more you can earn. At a minimum, you can earn $50 per qualified sale.
From my own experience with SiteGround's affiliate program at least 1 in every five successful sales end up being either refunded or voided. SiteGround will hold payments for up to 90 days before making a payment.
Now, we get to my all-time favorite affiliate programs for bloggers, offered by none other than Thrive Themes.
If you use any of the Thrive Themes products in your business, then you'll know just how wonderful their products actually are.
Their affiliate program is one of the best in the business, with high conversions and reliable monthly payments. The minimum payout is $20 and you can earn 50% commission per qualified sale.
Thrive Themes hold payments for 30-days before making a monthly payment.
To date, I have earned a nice $19,275 from promoting Thrive Themes.
Template Monster is an e-commerce website that offers premium quality website templates for sale.
The site currently has over 25,000 website templates to choose from, and as you can imagine, they also have a lucrative affiliate program bloggers can sign up to.
Their commission rate is simple, you get 30% for each new sale, and 10% for any additional sales from the same customer. Affiliates also have the opportunity to progressively scale up their commission rate up to 50% per sale.
Finally, we get to the Envato Marketplace, which is a huge one-stop-shop for website owners, web designers, and developers.
Envato offers many extension services and products, and with each one, you have the opportunity to earn a commission on referral sales using their dedicated affiliate program provided through Impact.
Their commission rate is 30% per sale, and their affiliate platform is very easy to use.
There are, of course, many other popular programs you can sign up to and start making money from. I've highlighted some of my favorite ones above, but here's a quick list of other programs you might be interested in.
Well, there you have it, 13 best affiliate programs and networks for you to sign up to and boost your blog earnings potential.
If you're not using any of these, then get on the case and start signing up to a few of them.
If you are using any of these affiliate programs to monetize your blog, feel free to share your thoughts, comments, and experiences with me in the comment section below.
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Affiliate Disclaimer: Please note that this post contains affiliate links to products and services that I use in my business. If you decide to purchase using any of the affiliate links in this blog post, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance!
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