THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HIGH PAYING AFFILIATE PROGRAMS FOR BLOGGERS
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to monetise a blog, no matter if you’re just starting out or if you’re a veteran blogger. Many pro bloggers also cite affiliate marketing as their favourite way to monetise a blog because once you’ve set your links, your income is mostly passive, just like with display ads.
So, if you haven’t been doing affiliate marketing yet, now’s the right time to get started! In this article I’ll show you exactly how to monetise your blog with affiliate links and tell you in detail what the best paying affiliate platforms and brands are. Let’s dive into it!
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What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Simply put, affiliate marketing is selling and recommending other people’s products on your website, much like sales people in high end retail stores would get a commission for any sale that they influence.
You will typically receive a nice commission ranging from 6-15% on any sale that you influence, and what’s even better is that the cookie length for these products is typically 28 days! Also, it doesn’t matter if the customer who goes through your links buys something completely different and unrelated to what you’ve talked about in your blog post – as long as you’ve influenced a sale on that retailers website, you will receive commission for it. Sounds amazing right?
How Much Can You Earn From Affiliate Marketing?
The sky really is the limit when it comes to affiliate marketing earnings. Your blog niche and content play a part in how much you’ll typically earn, but every niche has potential to earn a good amount from affiliates.
From my own experience, you can start making decent income already with 30,000 / mo page views. When I had my first 30,000 page view month, I made about $1200 just from affiliate sales. Now that I have 80,000 page views / mo, I typically make about $2600 from different affiliate programs.
However, I know that there are a lot of bloggers who make even more money than I do with fewer monthly visitors! It all boils down to the content that you’re creating.
Does My Niche Matter? What are The Best Niches?
Yes, niche matters, but not as much as you would think. What matters more is that you write sales centred content like review articles, and that choose to focus on marketing products that will pay you a decent commission.
For example, let’s say that you run a lifestyle blog and like to talk about personal development. There are a couple of things that you could market, all the way from books to online courses. Books typically cost around $10 a piece, and 10% of that is nothing magical.
On the other hand, courses and info products often sell for $100-$200 AND you might even earn a higher commission from recommending them (usually up to 40%), so for just one sale you could end up banking $80.
This is why your niche is actually not as important as you may think. There will always great products to promote, no matter what niche you’re in.
How To Join Affiliate Programs
- Have a self-hosted blog. Here’s how to start a blog today.
- Apply to Awin, Shareasale, FlexOffers, VigLinks and Amazon Affiliates – it’s free!
- Click through to the affiliate programs that you want to join from the list below and sign up.
Tips On Getting Approved By Affiliate Networks
Most of these affiliate networks will be pretty easy and straightforward to join. Before you apply, make sure that you have these few things in check:
- Have a blog. Most affiliate networks require you to be a publisher, thus it’s much easier to get accepted to an affiliate network if you already have a blog. If you don’t, check out my super simple guide on how to start a blog today, or sign up to my FREE email course where I teach you exactly how to build a profitable, successful blog.
- Have a few pages of content. Affiliate networks want to see that they’re partnering with a reputable blogger, so make sure that your blog looks great and that there are no “under construction” pages!
- In your application, clearly explain how you will be an asset to their team and how you plan to promote their products
What About RewardStyle? Tips On Getting Approved By RewardStyle
Although it is relatively simple to get approved by Awin, ShareaSale and VigLinks, getting approved by RewardStyle is a whole different process. RewardStyle is an affiliate program for mainly fashion, beauty and home decor bloggers and usually offers a higher percentage to its affiliates than normal. For example, if you were to join the Boohoo affiliate program through their own website, you would earn 7% commission. Through RewardStyle, you would earn 14%! That’s double the money!
RewardStyle is my favourite affiliate program after Amazon Affiliates because it’s very intuitive to use and works amazingly well for fashion bloggers. It has ALL the advertisers that Awin and VigLinks have, and many from ShareaSale too, which is why I now mostly only use RewardStyle – everything is compact and in one place.
The only caveat is that they are pretty exclusive and it’s quite hard to join the crew.
To be even considered a candidate for RewardStyle, you need to have at least 4 months of consistent blogging content behind you that contains the following attributes:
- Engaged and Growing Audience
- Quality and Original Content
- Clean Editorial Design
Lucky for you, I can help you out a little with your application process. Getting referred by another blogger who’s already using the platform will greatly increase your chances of getting accepted. If you match the above criteria, send me an email on maria@chicpursuit(dot)com with the subject line ‘RewardStyle Gang’ with your blog or Instagram URL and I can put in a good word for you. I can’t guarantee that everyone will be accepted, but I will do my best!
High Paying Affiliate Programs That Your Can Join Today
Amazon Affiliates – 4%-12%
Anthropologie – 6%
Ebay – 10%
Nordstrom – 12%
Etsy – 5-8%
Nastygal – 8%
Rosegal – 6-18%
H&M – 6%
Shein – 10%
Boohoo – 10%
Express – 5%
Zaful – 16%
Design Italian Shoes – 32% ($100+ per sale!)
Aldo Shoes– 6-10%
Shopbop – 12%
Gymshark – 7-11%
Net-A-Porter – 8%
Once you join Awin, FlexOffers, ShareaSale and Viglink, you will be able to participate in more than hundreds of affiliate programs and find more of your favorites. Simply search for the name of your favorite retailer in their directories! Some categories for example:
- & Many more
Sephora – 5%
NARS – 8%
Perricone MD – 8%
Nordstrom – 12% (They have a wide selection of beauty products)
Ulta – 5%
Too Faced – 8%
Beautytap – 15%
Once you join Awin, FlexOffers, ShareaSale and Viglink, you will be able to participate in even more affiliate programs for beauty influencers. Simply search for the name of your favorite retailer in their directories!
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Haute Stock – 30% (They have amazing stock photos suitable for any feminine blogger! I love using Haute Stock photos for my Pinterest pins!)
WP Engine – $200 per sale
Payoneer – $25 per new customer. (Payoneer allows publishers outside of the USA to open an online US bank account – this is sometimes needed in order to get paid by affiliates programs. I use Payoneer to get paid by Amazon US and I love it.)
GSuite – $15-$30 per new referral (I use GSuite for my business email!)
American Debt Enders – $125 per sale
National Debt Relief – $27.50 per lead
Grammarly – $20 per sale, $25 sponsored post bonus, .20 per lead
Hostgator – $60 per sale (you can negotiate higher commissions
Tailwind – 15% recurring every month
The Chic Pursuit – 40% per sale. Yes guys, I have my own affiliate program too! To apply, send me an email on maria@chicpursuit(dot)com with the subject line “Chic Pursuit Affiliates” and we can set up your affiliate code.
Etsy – 5-8%
Wayfair – 7%
Amazon Home – 8%
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What About Shopstyle?
Shopstyle is a another great place to get started with affiliate marketing. Instead of getting paid by every sale that you refer to the advertiser, you will get paid for every click that you generate (CPC). This amount starts from $0.05 per click and is then adjusted depending on how much money you drive to the retailers.
I would recommend Shopstyle when you’re just starting out with affiliate marketing because you don’t need to worry about generating sales, but it’s not great for those of you who are already generating sales – trust me, you’ll be losing money if you keep using them. I recently increased my earnings by 90 times from one link just by changing that link from a CPC click to a RewardStyle link. Read more about it here.
I hope that this post was helpful to you and that you can start reaping the benefits of affiliate marketing ASAP! Remember that there are no downsides to getting started with affiliate marketing, so even if your traffic isn’t very high yet, you should still start implementing affiliate marketing sooner rather than later.
Once the links are on your website, you’re set. After that, affiliate marketing will be pretty passive, and you can focus your energy back on promoting and creating new content.
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