Welcome! Today, we’re covering affiliate programs. In the next 5 minutes, I’m going to share my top ten affiliate networks and why I use them.
If you stick with me till the end, I’ll also share my strategy of how I test products quickly before I write posts on them.
There are SO MANY affiliate programs out there. When I first started affiliate marketing, I had no idea where to start.
I ended up joining program after program, lost track of which ones I had joined and then got so overwhelmed about how many reviews I would have to put together in order to actually promote all of these things.
Also, I didn’t want my whole blog to just be promotional content. So for every single review, I had to put together at least 2 or 3 other posts that weren’t reviews. The whole time I didn’t know whether I was posting the right products or if I would just have to keep going through trial and error until I found ones that stuck.
If you’re a blogger, it takes forever to figure out if you’re doing something right because of the lag time until you’re content is actually ranked.
Fast forward 5 years and a lot of frustration later, I’ve finally found my best affiliate networks. My top 10 networks are a mix of:
1) Large networks that offer “easy to sell” visual things
2) Other bloggers that create awesome content and have independent affilaite networks for their digital products, and
3) Tools that I use for my business every single day
Large Networks with “Easy to Sell” Visuals
What I mean by this are networks that have amazing visual value. Think about super pretty wordpress themes, printables, gorgeous art on Etsy. This kind of stuff is easy to sell because it looks so appealing.
#10: Creative Market
Doesn’t this picture just make you want to click on everything and see what it is?
I don’t know about you, but I personally am a suck for nice-looking themes, graphics, Canva templates, etc.
If this (or Envato below as #9) don’t fit with your niche, you can skip over them. The point is that you need to find things that are pretty that you can showcase on your blog.
#9: Envato (Impact)
If you’re looking for pretty wordpress themes to show off on your social media (especially Pinterest) or to review on your blog this is pretty much the place to go.
Plus you can share landing pages like this one below, which show updated “best sellers” for WordPress Themes:
From Etsy to Minted, ShareASale is a hub of pretty things that you can find.
Look for motivational artwork, printables related to your niche, etc.
Bloggers with Awesome Content & Independent Affiliate Networks
I’ve chosen the following bloggers because 1) they create good quality, actionable content, 2) they use very little “fluff” – I hate fluff and 3) They’re content is pretty and easily marketable.
Also they all seem like awesome ladies and I like promoting small businesses because I think it’s generally just a positive thing to do.
#7: House of Brazen
Elize helps women make money online. She specializes in courses on blogging and social media. Her prices range from ~$20 to ~$500 for her courses.
#6: Blogging her Way
Dale has 2 main products: paid by pinterest and the following “amazon affiliate affluence”. Basically how to make money affiliate marketing with pinterest and with amazon affiliates. Her products are $20 for each of these e-books and 40% commission.
Here are my 2 reviews of Dale’s main products:
Here’s the start of the landing page for her amazon affiliate product:
#5: Allison Lindstrom
Allison is all about blogging and how to make money blogging. She has a course called “blogging to win” with 2 tiers starting at $297 as well as a “blogging club” that you can join.
Tools I Use for my Business Every Day
#4: Social Media = Canva + Tailwind
Okay I know that this is actually 2 but this is EVERYTHING I use for social media. Literally, everything and it makes my life a million times easier. Gone are the days where I would spend 1hr a day trying to keep up with all my networks…
I use canva for any kind of designing I need to do. I use it for my Pinterest posts, to create nice images within my blog and I used it to create all my branding material for my websites. It’s probably one of my most used tools and the best thing is that I used the free version for years.
It wasn’t until I got more into Pinterest that I decided to suck it up and pay for the premium version but I would really say that you don’t need to.
The free version is MORE than enough for any blogger to be successful.
Here’s what it looks like:
I use Tailwind to schedule my posts weeks/month in advance for Pinterest and FB. Those are my favourite platoforms and I find that they work the best. You can also use it for Instagram and Twitter – I just find that for blogging those are a lot of work for a low rate of return.
This is the inside of my Tailwind account:
I use teachable almost everyday because I have specialty courses that I’ve bought from various people and everyone uses teachable nowadays. I like to keep learning things and trying out new strategies all that time (probably too much to be honest) and this is the best way.
Teachable is also an awesome affiliate program because you’re promoting digital products that are of very high quality.
Kind of like clickbank but much less sleazy, which is a plus in my opinion.
Here’s the categories of courses you could promote:
#2: Human Proof Designs
Human proof designs helps me to automate things. Managing 3 different blogs is hard so over the years I have had to outsource.
They also have pre-made affiliate websites for sale that are already generating revenue. Personally, I have not bought one but I know people that have and have made a killing off of them in much less time than it took me to grow my blogs (maybe I’m doing things wrong, eh?)
You can join their training membership or use their services:
*Side note*: For one off articles, I use HireWriters (I have some favourites in there that always produce quality work) but for bundles or SEO, Human Proof Designs is the best for blogging services.
#1: Wealthy Affiliate
Last but most certainly not least is Wealthy Affiliate.
I use this more than anything else to manage my online businesses because it’s where all my websites are hosted, it’s where I manage all of my comments, where I get feedback on how my websites are doing and whether I should change things and where I’ve learned 95% of what I know about online business and internet marketing.
Besides the basic 2 courses: building a niche website and building an affiliate-based website, the weekly live classes are the best training I’ve ever had and have honestly helped me make all my affiliate sales and helped my blogs grow to where they are today.
I’ve already done niche training – I’m currently as I’m writing this post working through the affiliate certification to get better at affiliate marketing. This is what my training page looks like:
You can also see on the left hand side bar:
- Live Events
- The Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool (that’s way easier to use than Google Keyword Planner btw)
- A database of all major affiliate programs
- 24/7 Live Chat and Help Centre
You can READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE if you want to learn more
Bonus! The Quick Way to Test Affiliate Products
My favourite social media network is Pinterest by far. It’s the easiest to use, the fastest to grow and BY FAR the best method to grow your blog traffic.
The best thing about Pinterest is the fact that since 2019, they allow affilaite links to be posted in the pins. You know what this means…it means it’s easier than ever to test out affilaite products.
STEP 1: Create a pretty design on Canva promoting your product
STEP 2: Place your affilaite link in the URL
STEP 3: Post it on your Pinterest account
Voila! If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet or if you’re following is too small, I’ve written a whole post about how to do affiliate marketing using Pinterest from scratch. READ HERE HOW TO GET YOUR 1ST COMMISSION ON PINTEREST.
The products that sell well on Pinterest are the ones you should take the time to write a review on for your blog and then post the link to that review back onto Pinterest for more traffic!
I really hope this post helped you find some good affiliate networks or gave you ideas of what kinds of affilaite networks would work for you and your business. If you’ve had good or bad experiences as an affilaite, please share them below!
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