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 the definition of affiliate marketing and the best affiliate programs for bloggers.

 

So, let’s get to it!

 

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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 an individual 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 and runs on their own. Also known as an in-house affiliate program.

 

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.

 

Example: Amazon affiliate program

 

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 promote.

 

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 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 to take a deep-dive into the process of making money through affiliate marketing, check out this super affordable course: Affiliate Marketing, Simplified!

 

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.

 

Remember: you should only join affiliate programs that are a good fit for YOUR readers. So, let’s break these programs up into a few popular blogging categories.

 

Affiliate programs in the online business niche…

 

 

These are some of the best affiliate programs in the online business niche!

 

SITEGROUND


This is a website hosting company that will forever have my blogger heart! They provide all the tools that you need to set up and run your own self-hosted website.

 

If your audience needs access to high-quality website hosting, check out the Siteground affiliate program. Pay starts at $50 per qualifying sale.

 

GETRESPONSE

 

This is a marketing software company that provides all of the tools you need for the marketing side of your business. Their solutions include email marketing tools, automation tools, landing page creation tools, and more.

 

They have two affiliate payout options: a one-time payment of $100 per referral, or 33% recurring monthly commissions.

 

BECOMING A BLOGGER


This is my company’s affiliate program. We pay 40% commissions for sales on all of the educational courses found here.


If you have an audience that needs help growing or monetizing their blog, you can join my affiliate program and make a generous 40% commission from every sale that is made through your link. To join, just send me an email to: cate (at) sweet and simple life {dot} com!

 

TAILWIND


The Tailwind affiliate program is great for bloggers that want to recommend automation tools to their audience. This is an automation tool for Pinterest and Instagram, and it pays 15% recurring commissions.

 

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.

 

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 incredible in the affiliate marketing world.

 

Thirdly, affiliates get an additional discount on all bundles that they purchase for themselves. The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is one of their most popular products and it’s a perfect recommendation for bloggers in the online business niche!

 

Affiliate programs in the pregnancy/motherhood niche…

 

Here are a few of the best affiliate programs for bloggers in the “mom blog” niche.

 

AMAZON ASSOCIATES

 

This is a great affiliate program for most bloggers, but it’s especially valuable for mom bloggers!


Moms are busy and tired. They appreciate the ease of buying from Amazon and having goods delivered to their door (with FREE shipping)!

 

Amazon is also a trusted brand, and people are much more willing to hand over their credit card to a company they know and trust.


You do have to make three qualifying sales within the first 180 days to remain in the affiliate 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.

 

MOM SMART, NOT HARD

 

This is a company that sells planners and ebooks to help make mom life easier. They pay 50% commissions to their affiliates.


FINN AND EMMA


This is a company that sells organically grown baby clothes, toys, and accessories. They pay 10% commissions to their affiliates.


Affiliate programs in the beauty/fashion niche…

 

Here are a few of the best in-house affiliate programs for beauty and fashion bloggers.

 

MAKEUP GEEK


Makeup Geek sells … makeup, of course! And they pay 10% commissions to their affiliates. This is a great affiliate program to join if your audience is interested in makeup or cosmetics.


DRESS FOR LESS


This company is a designer label fashion outlet. They provide compensation for leads AND sales, and the payout for affiliates is up to 10% per sale.


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.


You just have to start searching for them!

 

 

THE BEST AFFILIATE NETWORKS TO JOIN

 

So, which affiliate networks are ideal for you?

 

The cool thing about affiliate networks is: they contain a pool of affiliate programs in EVERY blogging niche! So, no matter what you blog about, you can join an affiliate network and find programs that fit with your audience.


Here are some of the most popular affiliate networks for bloggers to join:

 

SHARE A SALE


Remember, you’ll join the network, search for companies you want to promote within the network, and then apply for access to that program.


This network is great for bloggers in any niche and has over 4,500 affiliate programs you can join.

 

 

AWIN

 


This is another affiliate network that is great for every blogger. They charge a $5 screening fee for you to join their network, but they refund that charge after you get approved.


They have a plethora of programs within the network that you can join, including the popular Etsy program. Here is their directory if you want to look into the companies you can work with. Hundreds of them!

 

RAKUTEN

 

Rakuten is another affiliate network. 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.

 

affiliate marketing for bloggers rakuten

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


As a quick recap, affiliate marketing is just working with brands and businesses to promote their stuff, in exchange for a commission.

 

You can work with individual affiliate programs or join affiliate programs through a network like Share-a-Sale.


The ultimate goal is to find products that will be valuable to your own audience, and then create content that promotes those products using your affiliate link.


Like anything worthwhile, it takes some time and effort to start seeing the fruits of your labor … but with strategic effort and patience, you can do it!

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20 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.

          1. Demetra

            March 2, 2019 at 4:20 am

            What about using an affiliate link with a “swipe up” on instagram stories?

          2. Cate

            March 12, 2019 at 7:10 am

            swipe up affiliate links are great!

  5. Verna

    June 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Ok. Thank you, Cate

  6. Ashley

    July 24, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I just recently launched my blog and have been researching affiliate programs. This has been super helpful!

    1. Cate

      August 1, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      I’m so glad it was helpful!

  7. Ash

    July 25, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Thank You, Cate. I did use the Amazon affiliate program but soon realised that they were giving way low commissions. So now I use others. Thanks Again

    1. Cate

      August 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  8. Shakeel Anjum

    August 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Hi Cate!
    Thank you so much for this.
    Btw, which Affiliate program do you recommend for promoting WordPress related products like premium plugins and themes? Or should I join each product’s affiliate program separately?
    Thank you!

    1. Cate

      August 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      Most of the time, you’ll join these programs individually 🙂

  9. Kez

    August 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Perfect timing! Sorting out affiliate marketing is at the top of my ‘DO THIS NOW’ list – thank you for sharing!

    1. Cate

      August 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Affiliate marketing is my favorite! Thanks so much for reading!

  10. Margaret

    August 7, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful information! I’m New to blogging and plan to look into joining affiliate networks soon. Your list has given me a great start off point!

    1. Cate

      August 10, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m so glad the post was helpful!

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