The Best High Paying Affiliate Programs for Bloggers

Let’s talk about the best high-paying affiliate programs for bloggers. But first…

What the heck is affiliate marketing and how can you make money from it?

Well, my friend…I’m glad you asked!

This article is going to dig into affiliate marketing and the best affiliate programs for bloggers.

When I first started blogging, I had no idea how to make money. I actually spent waaaay too much time writing random content and begging people to check out my boring mommy blog. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I made…what a waste of time.

I’d rather you take advantage of allllll the brutally honest advice you can get your hands on, so that you can start making money from your blog the day that you launch. If you’ve already launched, let’s start making you some money right now.

And one of the greatest ways for bloggers to make money, is a little something called affiliate marketing.

Best affiliate programs for bloggers

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WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?

Affiliate marketing is a system that allows a business to pay commissions to an outside party that promotes their stuff. The outside party is YOU babe.

Seriously. That’s it.

You’ll join an affiliate program, you’ll receive a special trackable link that you can share with your audience…and when someone buys that product or service through your link, you get a commission.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

HOW TO BECOME AN AFFILIATE

There are two ways to make money with affiliate marketing.

You can join an individual affiliate program through a single company, or you can join an affiliate network and connect with several companies on that network’s platform.

Joining an individual affiliate program:

This is a program that a company creates on their own. They work directly with their affiliate marketers (that’s you), they create their own terms and contracts, and they pay you directly.

The cool part about this? Most companies have an affiliate program, or they can easily create one!

If you want to find out if a company you love has an affiliate program you can join, simply search Google for the company name, and add ‘affiliate program’ to the end of it.

Quick homework assignment for you: head over to Google and type the words “Amazon affiliate program” into the search bar. The first result will be a link to the Amazon affiliate sign-up page. You can apply to their program on your own, without joining any third-party networks. You’ll work with Amazon directly and be paid from Amazon directly. That’s the way an individual affiliate program works.

Joining an affiliate network:

An affiliate network is a little bit different. The network is like the bridge that connects YOU (the affiliate) and the COMPANY that you want to affiliate with. Networks gather several companies onto one platform, and they act as the middleman between the company and their affiliates.

When you sign up for an affiliate network, you’re joining a platform that works with many, many companies doing affiliate marketing. And most of the time, you’ll have to join the network, and also apply to the individual companies that you want to work for within that network.

If you want a detailed explanation of how to make money through affiliate marketing, check out my blogging course. We cover affiliate marketing on day four of the course.

BEFORE YOU JOIN AN AFFILIATE NETWORK…DO THIS

If you want to jump into affiliate marketing (and you should), give some thought to what kind of products you want to promote. You should only be promoting products that you truly believe in and think your audience will benefit from.

Once you have an idea of the companies you want to work with and the products you want to promote, you can start signing up for affiliate programs and/or networks.

Remember, individual affiliate programs allow you to work directly with individual companies, and affiliate networks are third-party companies that act as a bridge between YOU and the BUSINESS that you are going to be promoting.

THE BEST INDIVIDUAL AFFILIATE PROGRAMS FOR BLOGGERS TO JOIN

Let’s talk about some individual affiliate programs for bloggers. These are individual companies that accept affiliates into their flock and pay them directly, without a third-party network.

SITEGROUND

Siteground is a website hosting company that will forever have my blogger-girl heart! When I first decided to monetize my blog, I had to transfer my crappy free WordPress .com blog over to a self-hosted site that I could actually customize and make money from.

Siteground took care of everything for this non-techy girl, and they allowed me to start making money from my blog almost immediately. They put a lot of planning and consideration into their affiliate program, and their support is unmatched for customers and affiliates.

If you’re a blogger and you want to make money with affiliate marketing, check out Siteground. They run an exceptional business and have a generous pay scale for their affiliates.

BECOMING A BLOGGER

This is my company’s affiliate program that promotes the comprehensive online blogging course: Becoming a Blogger. If you have an audience of readers and followers that need helping growing or monetizing their blog, you can join this affiliate program and make a generous 25% commission from every sale that is made through your link.

This affiliate program is currently open to students who have taken the blogging course and know the value this course will bring to their audience. Like I said, I would never want my affiliates to promote something they don’t TRULY love and believe in!

PRETTY LINKS

You’ll end up finding some affiliate programs just through coincidence, when you start using and loving new blogging tools, like Pretty Links. It’s an awesome plugin that cleans up those long, messy strings of numbers and letters in your URLs. It also allows you to create custom links for those long, ugly affiliate links (when the affiliate company TOS allows it)…

Who doesn’t like pretty website links, right?

As a product, it’s just a simple WordPress plugin that cleans up the look of your URLs and makes them more memorable for your audience.

As an affiliate, the Level 1 payout is 25% commission and you’ll start receiving payouts after hitting a $50 minimum threshold.

That’s pretty sweet, especially if you blog about WordPress .org stuff! Hellooooooo: just make a simple list of 10+ valuable plugins for WordPress users, include your affiliate link to Pretty Links, and promote that baby like crazy!

AMAZON ASSOCIATES

Amazon is great for a lot of reasons.

Most importantly, they are a well-trusted brand, so when you’re promoting a product from Amazon, people are more likely to hand over their credit card info for the products they need and want. They trust the company to protect their information and deliver their goods.

It’s also super easy to join the program. You do have to make a sale within a certain window of time to remain in the program, but if you build a loyal following and promote great products, that won’t be a problem.

** Keep in mind, your family and friends are not considered referral customers, according to Amazon’s Terms of Use, and you can only receive a commission if Amazon considers the sale to be a “Qualifying Purchase.” If you ask your mama to buy something from one of your links, you won’t receive credit for that.

The good news: Amazon will pay up to 10% commissions for certain products. That is a nice chunk of change when you’re promoting and selling high-price items to your audience.

Remember how we talked about the two main ways that bloggers make their money in this article? Yep. Promoting and selling other people’s stuff through affiliate marketing is one of those ways!

ULTIMATE BUNDLES

This affiliate program rocks, for more reasons than one!

First off, customers get a HUGE discount on the bundles that they purchase (between 90-97% off).

Secondly, affiliates get a hefty 40% commission for each sale, which is absolutely unheard of in the affiliate marketing world.

Thirdly, affiliates get an additional discount on all bundles that they purchase for themselves.

These listed above are just a few of the great affiliate programs you can join, but like I said, most companies have an affiliate program or can easily create one. Just start searching and asking!

THE BEST AFFILIATE NETWORKS TO JOIN

So, which affiliate networks are ideal for you?

The easy answer is: it depends. Companies and products that work for me and my audience might not work for you and your audience.

Either way, I’m going to throw some names at ya, to give you an idea of what opportunities are out there! Here are some of the most popular and highest paying affiliate networks for bloggers to join, in no particular order:

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Keep in mind, these affiliate networks contain a pool of programs that you can join. Most of the time, you’ll join the network, search for companies you want to work with within the network, and then apply for access into each program.

This network is great for bloggers and has an insane amount of affiliate programs you can join. A few of the most popular programs are listed below.

Tailwind: A scheduling and marketing tool for Pinterest and Instagram.

PicMonkey: An editing tool for all of your graphic image needs.

Ginger: A powerful grammar checker for bloggers and freelancers.

AWIN

This is another affiliate network that is great for bloggers. They charge $5 for you to join their network. Don’t ask me why.

But they have a plethora of programs within the network that you can join. Seriously, here is their directory if you want to look into the companies you can work with. Hundreds of them!

RAKUTEN AFFILIATE MARKETING

Rakuten is one of my favorite affiliate marketing networks. They work with so many amazing companies that provide a wide range of products and services. Here are the main categories of content that Rakuten advertises.

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Soooo many options!

So, quite literally, any blogger in any niche can work within this network and make money as an affiliate.

Let’s recap:

Affiliate marketing is just another term for working with brands and businesses to promote their stuff, in exchange for a commission.

You can work with individual company affiliate programs or join affiliate programs through a network. Both options are great for bloggers, and you can receive up to 40% commissions for the highest paying echelons (like Ultimate Bundles). I’ll admit though, the industry average is closer to 10%.

Affiliate marketing is a great way for bloggers to make money. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! My blogging course covers 10 popular ways that bloggers make money, and includes a huge list of affiliate networks and sponsored post networks to join.

ENROLL IN THE COURSE HERE.

If you want to join my affiliate program and get a 25% commission for promoting my course, you can follow the link above to enroll in the course (and the affiliate program).

If you enjoyed this article, please take a moment to share on social media or link to this baby on your own blog! 🙂 Thank you!

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8 Comments

  1. Devendra

    April 29, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I have been planning to join a affiliate program. Your post will be really helpful to me. Thanks for sharing

  2. Monidipa Dutta

    April 29, 2018 at 9:45 am

    This article will be helpful for me when I decide it for making money… But it’s well described

  3. Vinma

    May 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you for the post. I have been an affiliate with Ultimate Bundle forever but its only recently I decided to do something with it. I will keep your advice in mind.

  4. Verna

    May 27, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Cate Rosales, I’ve seen this a few times on your site: “This post probably contains affiliate links. This means I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, if you purchase through one of these links. Thank you for your support!”

    My question is: is it mandatory to
    alert your readers about the affiliate links and you being paid for same?

    1. Cate

      May 30, 2018 at 5:46 am

      Yes, it is required by the FTC to clearly disclose if there is any sort of monetary compensation that will result from a purchase made through an affiliate link.

      1. Lauren

        July 25, 2018 at 8:10 am

        Does the disclaimer need to be at the start of the blog post?

        1. Cate

          July 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm

          Yes, your disclaimer needs to be displayed before the affiliate links.

  5. Verna

    June 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Ok. Thank you, Cate

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