Affiliate Marketing – How to Make $1,000+ Every Month

Affiliate Marketing – How to Make $1,000+ Every Month

Every month, I make money with affiliate marketing and since quitting my 9-5 to be a work-at-home mom, it’s become an even more important part of my overall business plan. If you have a blog, you too should be using affiliate marketing as a way to bolster your overall profits.

You’ve probably noticed many of my posts include a disclaimer regarding affiliate marketing and today’s post is no different – the links within may be affiliate links, which means if you click through to make an investment, I receive commission at no additional cost to you.

How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is exactly as it appears within my disclaimer – it’s an opportunity for you to promote products or services in exchange for commission or part of the sale. You can promote these products or services through sponsored posts, ad images directly on your site, or links within content of your own creation.

When you join an affiliate program, you get a tracking link that’s completely unique to you which you’ll then put on your website. When a reader clicks through to make a purchase, you’ll earn money!

Now it of course sounds a lot easier than it actually is, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today – exactly how to make it easier on yourself to get those readers to click through and to generate nearly-passive income.

Affiliate Marketing Program Options

First, there’s the pay per lead option (PPL). Certain affiliate programs will pay you for a referred visitor, whether or not they make a monetary investment. An example here would be Share-A-Sale, an affiliate platform which pays should I refer people to use it, regardless of whether or not they actually end up using the affiliate links.

Then there’s the pay per sale option (PPS), which is of course much more common. This is when someone makes a purchase through your link and you then receive commission or part of the sale in return. An example here would be referring people to sign up for Amazon Prime.

Read the ToS

Speaking of Amazon and any other affiliate company you work with, you really want to make sure you read over their Terms of Service prior to beginning any sort of promotion. I say “speaking of Amazon” because they are understandably one of the more strict companies in terms of how you can promote. For example, with Amazon, you cannot promote directly via Pinterest or any social media platforms, for that matter. If they shut down your account for a violation, you’ll lose any and all profits.

Along those same lines, you also want to make sure you stay compliant with the Federal Trade Commission’s law on disclosure; basically you cannot put out an affiliate link without first making sure your readers know it’s an affiliate link. Hence my disclaimers being obvious and always before any links.

Mind Your Links

Lastly, in terms of rules and guidelines, make sure your affiliate links are “no-follow” so that you keep Google happy.

“Follow” links are ones often used within things like guest posts to benefit the site to which you’re linking and help them in terms of SEO. It’s essentially you supporting them on your website and saying they’re a trustworthy domain worthy of showing up in search results, which will then result in the “Google bot” following that link to that next site. So “no-follow” links are links within your post that do not directly benefit that which you’re linking to and will prevent a site crawler from leaving your page to go to theirs.

Google doesn’t like it if you’re getting paid, or potentially getting paid, and also benefiting the site that pays you. That would basically be like getting paid to say a site is trustworthy and that could get real icky, real quick.

Get Started with Affiliate Marketing

How do I decide who to become an affiliate for?

First, think about the products and services you’re always telling your friends and family about. Even if they don’t necessarily seem like they’d relate to your blog, make note of them.

Then take a look at which of your posts see the most traffic – are there already products or services in there that could be affiliate links? If not, could there be?

As you grow in your affiliate marketing journey, you’ll find it becomes easier to come up with products and services you love that you in turn want to share with your audience.

Stay Honest

Along those lines, when working in affiliate marketing, whether you’ve been doing it for years or didn’t even know what it was prior to this article, you’ll only want to recommend products and services that you genuinely stand behind. For example, I actually had a hosting site reach out to me a few months, asking me to be an affiliate for them. Now I don’t host with them nor had I heard good things about them, but they DO pay really well and I can see how that’s a draw for some. Don’t be a part of that some. Don’t let the potential profits outweigh your morals; it’ll only damage you and your reputation in the long run.

And if you’re trying to figure out where to find companies to be affiliates for, check out ShareASale – they’re my go-to resource for almost every affiliate I’m a part of!

Another great company to check out (especially for bloggers) is Ultimate Bundles. If you’ve never heard of them, definitely take a peak at my Ultimate Bundles Review!

I’m an affiliate – Now What?

Download this free worksheet and keep a list of the affiliate programs you participate in. You’ll want to track the company name, the products/services offered, unique links given to you, and any extra special rules (i.e. no social media posts)

Get your links placed –

The first step is to post links within already-created posts. As I mentioned earlier, take a look at your most popular posts and see if you’re already recommending products or services that you could be an affiliate marketer for. Not sure how to find out? Simply go to Google and type in “(product/service) affiliate” – 90% of the programs I’m a part of were found by doing that.

Next, create a gift guide. Now maybe you think that wouldn’t be applicable for your niche, but you’d be surprised! Pick out a quality of your readers (or you yourself) and create a holiday-related gift guide based on that. Examples would be “Top 10 Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Graphic Designer in Your Life” or “5 Unique Gift Ideas for Bloggers” or “8 Fun Gifts for Dog-Lovers!” Check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Dad for an example!

Affiliate Posting Ideas

Use social media! Don’t put out affiliate links every single day, but if you’re sharing an article that contains an affiliate link, it would be wise of you to first post the article and then a few hours later, share the direct affiliate link. Stand behind the products and services you love, just don’t overdo it!

You can also write a tutorial or list. For example, I wrote this post on Overrated Baby Items and Their Thrifty Replacements. It’s a post I know benefits my readers, but it’s also one in which I can plug affiliate links where applicable.

Lastly, write a review of what happened before/after using the product or service. Personally, I *LOVE* Tailwind as a blogger – like seriously not sure how I’d function without it. So of course I wrote a review of Tailwind and shared not only how it shaved 10 hours/week off my marketing time, but I included my referral link, which gives my readers a free month but also benefits me in terms of commission.

As I wrote earlier, I know it’s one of those “simple but not easy” sort of things. Affiliate marketing is NOT a get rich quick scheme nor does it work for everyone in terms of generating a decent return on (time) invested, but it can net you some extra cash, particularly if you’re seeking financial freedom or simply want to work from home.

Have you tried out affiliate marketing yet?

Comment below, I’d love to know!



How to Go from Mom to Mompreneur

How to Go from Mom to Mompreneur

Hey, Moms! So we’ve talked before about how to make money as a stay-at-home parent, but have you ever wanted to take it a step further? Have you ever wanted to launch your own company, but the thought of balancing it all as a mompreneur seems rather…well…insane? Good news! Today we’ve got the ever-so-wonderful Emma Bates to talk to us about exactly how she does it (and how you can do it, too!)

How to Become a Mompreneur

Making the decision to start your own business is a big one. I am a firm believer that anyone with a “passion” and a “why” can start their own business. Moms (and parents in general) have the best “why” of all: to stay home with their children!

Starting your own business can seem overwhelming but is actually a great way to control your time, workload and income. There are so many different types of businesses you can start, a completely online business like a blog, create a craft product, watch children, or become a virtual assistant.

Why is passion important?

You could start any type of business you can imagine but if you don’t have passion it will fail. Why? Because you will find any excuse to avoid working!

Passion is what will make you work at nap time and after the kids go to bed. It will push you to complete a project when the rest of your family is playing outside or watching a movie together. Passion is not only wanting your business to succeed but a need to do what it takes to get there.

If you need some help figuring out what you are passionate about ask yourself four questions.

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What do I enjoy doing?
  3. What do others ask me for advice about?
  4. What makes me happy?

Take some time to make a list of a few answers to each question and see where you have overlaps. The final piece you have to consider is what kind of business will fit in with your family’s life. Figure out when you will have consistent time to work and how each type of business will fit in with that.

Focus on your why

I encourage you to write down what you are working for with this business. Sit down with a paper and pencil or make a poster or vision board, something that you can read over and over again. Write down a list of reasons or a paragraph about how this business could improve your life.

You might talk about your spouse or children, how you will feel when you are a business owner, who this business might help or what the money you earn will mean for your family. Take your time on this and really think about what owning your own business will mean for you.

Find a place to post this where you will see it everyday. On your bathroom mirror, on your fridge, or above your desk. This will keep your reasons in your mind all the time and help you focus on what is important about this work.

What’s next?

You have figured out what you are passionate about and why starting your own business matters so now what? How do you actually go about getting this business off the ground?

You will need to create a brand. This includes choosing a name, creating a moodboard and logo, figuring out who your customer is and how you can reach them. You will need to set aside a block of time to plan all this out. Try to find a few kid free hours when you are rested and ready to focus.

Start a bullet journal for your business. Start brainstorming about your business. Create a customer profile page with information about who will buy your product or service. Keep track of resources and connections.

It is so helpful to have all this information in one place that is easy to grab and take with you. I find myself having ideas in the strangest places and love being able to pull out my bullet journal and make a note on the appropriate page.

If you could run any sort of online business, what would YOU build?

How to Make Money with E-Courses

How to Make Money with E-Courses

Curious how to make money with an e-courses? Well, when I first launched my blog, I had no idea I’d eventually find success through the creation of my own e-course.

It was November of 2015 and I’d hit the wall – fed up with spending what felt like mere minutes with my children each weeknight, working a job I less-than-loved, and only making $2.67/hr after daycare was factored out. It was enough.


How to Start a Side Gig This Year

How to Start a Side Gig This Year

Are you looking to start a side gig this year? But the thought of doing so when you already have a full-time job and/or kids immediately makes your chest feel tight?

Take a breath and relax, because today we’ve got Chant’l Martin from Thrive Lounge to talk to us about how to start a side gig while working full-time AND taking care of kids!


Get Paid to Lose Weight: Four Money-Making Ways to Stay Motivated

Get Paid to Lose Weight: Four Money-Making Ways to Stay Motivated

Weight-loss resolutions for the New Year are great, but c’mon now, let’s get real – how many years in a row have you said you want to lose weight only to see December come ‘round and you’re still the same weight? Or worse – even heavier!

NOW is absolutely the time to start losing weight – cliché or not – but I know as well as anyone just how hard it can be. After college I dropped nearly 100lbs only to put it back on after birthing two children in less than two years.