If you’re here reading this article, I’m guessing you started a blog (or are strongly considering it) and you want to monetize it and turn it into a cash-producing machine. Or maybe you’re just looking into affiliate marketing, hoping to start yourself a side hustle.
However, the prospect of affiliate marketing is kinda foreign to you and you’re not sure where to start. Have no fear! I got your back. Having walked down that road, I know how intimidating it can be to venture into these unknown realms.
If you’ve looked into some affiliate programs you may have realized, many affiliate programs want you to purchase their product before you can become an affiliate, but new bloggers don’t usually have a lot of extra money to spare. Then there’s the affiliate programs that require you to have stats of 50K visitors a month or more before they’ll let you into their program. Traffic is another thing new bloggers and affiliate marketers are working on building, so you may be automatically disqualified from some opportunities.
But don’t throw your hands up in despair! There are plenty of companies that are happy to work with newbs. I’m gonna share 12 of my favs with you, and once you get started, you’ll find more. Begin with a few good programs that you know will appeal to your audience, then add more as you come across products and services you enjoy using and can heartily endorse.
What to expect
Before you review the list of affiliate programs for new bloggers, I thought you might like a quick rundown of what to expect when you sign up for affiliate programs so you can be prepared. First of all, most programs ask you to give your name, your website (or social media address) and a short description of how you’ll be promoting their product. They want to know if you’ll be writing blog articles, sending emails, promoting the affiliate link as part of a course or tutorial, including it in an ebook, etc.
Most affiliate programs don’t want you to be spammy and annoying with their products, so they often have a team that checks out your website and makes sure you’re legit. Once they look you over, you usually get an email letting you know whether you’ve been accepted.
In addition, to your name and website information, some programs ask you to give your social security or business tax ID and fill out a W-9 or other tax form so they can submit the proper tax forms at the end of each year. Be prepared with that information as you begin signing up.
Okay, are you ready to get started with some awesome affiliate programs? Here are twelve of my favorites:
If you haven’t signed up to use Ibotta, you want to do it right away! This cash back program offers rebates on all kinds of purchases including groceries, department stores, and some of your favorite major brands. Plus they will give you $10 for signing up and trying out their program.
Since signing up a few months back, I have saved nearly $10 a week simply buying items I intended to buy anyway and taking advantage of the cash back rebates. I love seeing my cash-back balance rise, then transferring money to my Paypal account and enjoying the extra spending money. Combine Ibotta with in-store sales and coupons and your grocery bill will be slashed!
Plus when you sign up for Ibotta, you are automatically given a referral link and can earn $10 for every person who signs up through your link. So you get to earn a signing bonus, cash back and referral money—triple win!
This is another “save and earn” app that you’ll want to take advantage of. Did I mention you get a $10 “signing bonus” for joining and using the app?
Ebates partners with stores like Amazon, JCPenney, Dick’s, Office Depot, Sephora, Best Buy, Macy’s, Verizon, and hundreds more stores you shop at every month! These stores pay Ebates a commission on your purchases as their way of saying thanks for the referral. Ebates passes that on to you as cash back savings!
If you shop online for birthdays, Christmas, housewares, or any other reason, check Ebates first and see if the store you want to buy from is part of their cash back network. It pays off big!
Like Ibotta, with Ebates you will get a referral link and be able to share savings with your friends by inviting them to sign up. You get paid for every new person you bring into the network.
If you don’t know about the Swagbucks program, you need to sign up right away! Swagbucks is a search engine that I use every day to do research for my blogs and my life. Each time you search, you are eligible to earn Swagbucks.
You literally get paid to search, which is something you do anyway, so why not make some money doing it? You can also earn Swagbucks for doing surveys, watching videos, or performing various tasks online. (Personally, I don’t do much of that. I just use it to search.)
When you’ve accumulated 300 or more Swagbucks, you can redeem your credits for gift cards from a variety of popular restaurants and stores. I use mine to get Amazon gift cards, because there’s always something I can’t live without on Amazon. I typically earn $5 – 10 a month from doing searches I would have done anyway. It’s the easiest way in the world to earn money so I love telling people about it!
You can tell your friends about it and earn for sharing your affiliate link. Each time they earn Swagbucks, you earn a percentage of their points too. The more people you sign up, the faster the points accumulate.
Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool that absolutely rocks! If you aren’t using Tailwind, I highly recommend it. I share more about Tailwind and “Why Pinterest Is The Heart Of My Marketing Strategy” here.
Tailwind gives an amazing boost to your Pinterest marketing efforts, and if you’re looking for an affiliate opportunity, Tailwind pays a generous commission.
In order to become an affiliate, you need to sign up for an account, but don’t worry, Tailwind offers a free trial. Once you start the free trial, you can grab your affiliate link. And once you see how convenient this service is, you’ll probably want to sign up for a membership! I love it!
Elise McDowell is a genius! How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours is one of my favorite affiliate programs because I made $90.00 the first week I started using her strategies and promoting her book as an affiliate. You have to buy the ebook to become an affiliate, but as you can see, I earned back more than double the cost of the book my very first week using the methods outlined in the ebook. To me, that’s a proven program!
You don’t even need a blog to use her strategies. I started earning before my blog was up and running, so anyone can do this. I’ve written an article on “How I Made $90.00 My First Week Affiliate Marketing” (and continue to bring in steady sales) if you want to check that out next.
I love it when I can learn from someone and develop new skills and turn around and use those skills to make money online. Pinterest Ninja is one of those programs.
Pinterest is a key marketing tool for many bloggers’ marketing strategies. In order to be effective at Pinning, you need to understand how to use Pinterest to its maximum potential. Pinterest Ninja is a course that guides bloggers through the intricacies of pinning and helps you develop the best strategy for your blog or business.
Megan Johnson, the author of the course, gives all her best tips and secrets for driving traffic and making sales using Pinterest. Her latest stats show she’s massive amounts of visitors a month from Pinterest. I downloaded the course and have been benefiting from it from the first day I got it! I highly recommend the course and you can become an affiliate for her product as well.
If you have a website or if you’ve looked into getting hosting, you’ve probably heard of Siteground. They’re a popular and reliable web hosting platform that many bloggers use and promote. Everyone I know who uses them speaks very highly of their service and performance.
You do not have to be a Siteground user to be an affiliate, so if you don’t want to start a blog, that’s okay. They accept new affiliates into their affiliate program, and the commission rate is a good one!
Host For Web is another web hosting platform, and it happens to be the one I use! I’ve used them for years, and their customer service is amazing. The platform is easy to use, and the speeds are awesome. I have no complaints after over 10 years of service. Also, it helps that they are the most affordable platform out there. I did recent comparisons and their prices can’t be beat!
If you want to build an online income through affiliate marketing or blogging but you’re short on marketing time, Traffic Wonker is the tool you want to try out. This fairly new Pinterest scheduler runs on A. I. technology that monitors Pinterest searches and interests and builds your queue based on what people are looking for at the time.
The best part of Traffic Wonker is that it takes only about 5 minutes a week to add your pins and curate your pin library. The A.I. does the rest of the work.
Sign up for the free trial and get an affiliate link you can promote. Double bonus! An amazing marketing service plus a way to earn.
Have you heard of Ultimate Bundles? This group puts together amazing bundles of products and resources and sells them at huge discounts. We’re talking $2000.00 worth of stuff for $49.99 in some of the packages! People love the deep savings! Their bundles are always themed around a specific topic, like meal planning, essential oils, organization, crafting, or working from home, and you can almost always find something your audience will relate to.
The Ultimate Bundles team helps to make your job easier by creating landing pages, swipe copy, and a marketing timeline you can follow. Often they precede a bundle with a giveaway or challenge of some sort that primes the audience for the bundle (and cookies them to you.) They make it easy to sell their products by offering great value for free before asking for the sale. And the energy of working with this group is amazing. Sign up and check them out!
Amazon is the biggest marketplace in the world, and they welcome affiliates. You can find products and resources that will benefit your audience and your niche, and when you recommend them and use your affiliate links, you make a commission on those products. One awesome benefit of being an Amazon Associate is that when a person clicks to Amazon to check out one of the products you recommend, they are cookied to you for 24 hours. Any purchases they make during that period, you receive a commission on. That’s right! Not only would you get a commission on the product you shared, but on anything they buy that day.
Another benefit of being an Amazon Associate is that affiliates can refer people to Amazon Bounty programs like Kindle Unlimited, Audible, and Prime, or baby and wedding registries. If you make recommendations about music, books, or video, these are programs that you can refer and earn commissions from.
Mailchimp is program that helps anyone needing a mailing list to manage their subscribers and provide great content via email. Mail chimp offers amazing service and automation, which is an absolute necessity if you want to work smart not hard. The best part is, they offer their services free until you reach 2,000 subscribers. Sign up for a free account and you can become an affiliate for their program while you get your mailing list started.