Once you get your blog up and running, if your goal is to make money online with your blog, you need to find relevant affiliate programs to promote on your blog.
To promote most affiliate programs, you will need to have a self-hosted blog. The self hosted version of WordPress is WordPress.org, which you get with a web hosting plan. You will also need to purchase a URL for you new blog.
Affiliate networks will generally not allow you to promote their offers with a free blog, such as Blogger or WordPress.com. Amazon.com affiliate is the exception, and does allow their affiliates to promote offer on Blogger.com, which is a free blog.
How to Find Affiliate Programs
No matter what your niche is, there is most likely an affiliate network you can sign up. Just do an internet search for [product + affiliate].
This will return a list of companies in your niche that have an affiliate program. The next step is to click the links of each of the programs and apply to become an affiliate.
You should only apply to affiliate programs in your niche. If you apply to affiliate programs outside of your niche, you run the risk of confusing your readers thus causing them to click away.
If you have a home improvement blog, you wouldn’t want to promote a knitting offer, even if you love knitting. Your readers are looking for tips on home improvement, and unfortunately knitting would not be a good fit for a home improvement blog. This can also negatively impact your bounce rate, as readers will most likely quickly click away.
You also run the risk of being denied by the affiliate network, if your blog is in an unrelated market.
You can go to the website of a product you want to promote that is in your niche, and look on the website for words: affiliate or promote. This will most likely indicate they have an affiliate program. Some companies use an affiliate network to manage their affiliate program, and others have their own in-house affiliate program.
If yes, click the button and apply for the program. It can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks to get approved as an affiliate.
Don’t Forget Amazon.com
For most affiliate marketers, Amazon.com is usually the first affiliate network they apply to. Under the section “Make Money with Us,” you will see ‘Become an Affiliate.’ Just click the link, fill out and submit the application.
All that is needed to promote Amazon products, is a URL and a website or blog.
Once the affiliate team reviews your website, as long as there is no profanity or nudity, and does not promote drugs, violence, sex or hate you will most likely be approved.
In some cases you may have to do bit of searching to find the link on the website to apply for the affiliate program.
Did you know Target Stores has an affiliate program? You might not have, since it is not readily apparent on the website. You have to select “More” at the bottom of the website. This will bring up a list of internal pages.
Affiliates is toward the bottom of the list. Click and apply for the affiliate program. If you type in Target affiliates in the search bar of your search engine, you will see a link to apply for the Target Affiliate Program at affiliates.target.com.
Affiliate Networks You Can Apply For
Affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are many affiliate networks with hundreds companies in just about every market looking for you to market their products.
We have provided you with a list of the most popular affiliate programs to find offers to monetize your blog.
Once you apply for and are approved by the affiliate network, you can apply for the companies in your niche to market their products on your blog.
Some companies offer immediate approval, and others put you in pending status. These companies manually approve or reject affiliates.
Here is a list of some the most popular affiliate programs:
- Amazon Affiliates
- Affliate Window
- Commission Junction
- Ebay Affiliate Program
- Diablo Media
- Flex Offers
- Groupon Affiliate Program
- Monster Ads
- Red Ox
This is by no means a complete list of affiliate networks, rather these are some of the most popular and largest affiliate networks.
There are FOREX affiliate networks if you promote financial products. If you write about education or travel, there are hundreds of companies in these popular niches. Whatever industry you are in, there is most likely an affiliate program.
These affiliate networks offer literally hundreds of companies in just about every business niche, that have an affiliate program.
Having affiliates is a great way to increase sales for them, and you earn a commission for every sale you refer to them.