Blog DIY: Info on Affiliate Programs For New Bloggers

November 11, 2009


The first 7 months that I blogged, I didn’t make a dime. This was completely my choice. I thought that if I put up ads, my opinions might seem compromised, which for those that know me, know that would never be true! Then I realized that I was actually hurting my readers by not joining some affiliate programs. I was missing out on Exclusive offers to Bloggers, Freebies, Giveaways, etc. Not to mention, I could have been doing good with that money, such as donating to charities, helping those in need, etc.

Well, I have been so blessed in a growing readership, and I am spending more time than I expected blogging. So now, I allow some profits to filter back into the pocket of my family to somewhat counteract the time I am away from them. I always say, “We are going to take a nice vacation someday!” (Or, “I’m going to Disney World”—and I hope I’m saving my readers enough for them to do the same someday, too!)

Anyway, I get asked often, “How do you make money blogging?” to which I say, “I have no idea!” I am still learning myself but I have found some nice companies to join that will give you great offers for you and your readers. Just please, never ever sell out to a “shady deal.” You’d never want to jump through hoops yourself, so don’t do that to them. If your readers are like mine, they are AMAZING and basically will become your second circle of friends. So please, examine each offer closely!

Here are a few of the companies that I do recommend:

The next three companies get exclusive offers for publishers, such as bloggers. Make sure you check out the offers thoroughly and only use ones that you’d participate in yourself!

Logical Media

My Savings Media

Panthera

Now the next three are kind of “portals” for stores that give you a small commission for a sale. Stores that you are probably already finding awesome deals for your readers for!

Commission Junction

Linkshare

Connect Commerce (Google Affiliate Network)

Amazon – My favorite online company! I advertised for them for free for so long, not knowing they had an affiliate program. They are my first choice to link to when I am referring to a product because they almost always have the best prices.

MyBlogSpark – These are the absolute friendliest people to work with. They will offer you products to review and giveaways for your readers. Lots of yummy foods and more!

SwagBucks – Just like I refer this for my readers, I do the same for my fellow bloggers. You can turn your points in for gift cards or even Paypal $.

I have no idea if most of these have referral links, as you’ll notice. They may or may not have those types of programs.

And as far as any further blog profit advice, I have none. I put my main focus on finding deals, freebies and such for my readers and any spare time that I have, I focus on my own income. (which is usually zero time!) I blog as a hobby and to connect with people. It’s the biggest payout for me when I hear my readers tell me that they’ve saved money themselves. Most bloggers begin blogging with the goal of helping others. Please, never lose sight of that.

For those of you wanting to start your own blog, you can read my other postings in the Blog DIY Series HERE. (Scroll to the bottom and work your way up.)

This will be under “Blog DIY Series” in my left sidebar under “Resources” for future reference.

NOTE: If you are affiliated with any others that you like, I’m all ears! :) Please let me know and I’ll update the list. Thanks!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melanie MacNabb March 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Hi Jaycie,

I started my blog about 2 months ago and wish I would have found yours sooner, but I am definitely learning a lot from your posts now! I am interested in finding out how to go about getting followers to read my blog, so I’m off to see if you have any helpful hints about that now!

Maybe you could join my site as a a follower? I know I probably don’t have much to offer you as far as deals go since you are already so far ahead of me, but it would be nice to have another friend on the net anyway!

Thanks for a great DIY series!

Melanie

2 coupongeek March 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

Melanie,

Your blog design is beautiful! I became a follower. :) I’ll keep my eye out on things to link-up to you on. I’m hoping you’ll find more helpful hints in the series. I’m glad you are enjoying it!

Jaycie

3 Jean July 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

Good Morning Jaycie,
Happy 4th of July, I was reading your DIY series and I just wanted to say thank you. It is so helpful. Blessings to you and your family.

4 coupongeek July 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

Good Morning, Jean! So glad that it was useful! :) Blessings to you and your family, too!

Jaycie

5 Sandra October 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

I’m so glad I found your site! I have been publicly blogging for 6 months now and struggling to get more traffic. I’m going to take a loof at your blog series and hopefully get some ideas. I’d love it if you followed my blog! Thanks a bunch :)

6 Becky January 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Hi Jaycie,

Thank you so much for this series. I’ve just recently started a blog (VERY recently, as in, I only have two posts so far!) and the information has been so helpful. I have one question. At what point would you recommend a new blogger apply for the affiliate programs? Should they have a certain number of readers first?

Thank you!

7 coupongeek January 30, 2013 at 8:27 am

Some of them require a certain amount of readers, others take bloggers right away. Just apply and if you get denied, wait a few months and try again.

Good luck with your site!

Jaycie

8 Becky January 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Thank you!!

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