If you’re a blogger and aren’t earning money through affiliate marketing, there’s a good chance that you’re not earning at your full potential as a blogger.
What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a marketing program that allows you (the affiliate) to receive a commission for promoting a merchant’s products.
Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to earn money through your blog.
If you can promote your favorite products and earn money in this process, then why not, right?
If you’re interested in earning affiliate income, here are a few affiliate programs you can try.
1. ShareASale
ShareASale offers pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per-click programs, with a minimum payout of $50. ShareASale is my favorite affiliate program network because of their large marketplace (they have tons of blogger-friendly affiliate programs) and the ease of use. If you want to make money through affiliate marketing, I highly recommend you give ShareASale a try.
Here are a few of ShareASale affiliate programs for you to check out:
  • WP Engine: Provides WordPress hosting. Receive a minimum of $200 per referral!
  • CreativeLive: Online classes in photography, DIY, graphic design, and business.
  • Blurb: Create, print, and sell high-quality photo books, ebooks, and more.
  • Craftsy: Craftsy is the digital destination devoted entirely to makers.
  • Warby Parker: Boutique-quality eyewear at a good price point.
  • Grammarly: Spelling and grammar checker.
  • Cricut: Smart cutting machines that allow you to cut and create projects.
  • The Hungry JPEG: Thousands of premium design resources.
  • PicMonkey: Powerful photo editing tool.

2. Ebates

Ebates offers cash back at over 2,000 stores whenever you begin your shopping through the Ebates website.
I love the Ebates affiliate program because not only can you earn cash back for purchases you make, but as a blogger,  you will receive $5 for every referral as well as some pretty nice bonuses. The Ebates affiliate program pays out quarterly with a $5.01 minimum.
3. HostGator
HostGator provides user-friendly and affordable web hosting services. They are also the hosting company I use here at Beautiful Dawn Designs.
For every qualifying customer that you send their way, you can earn anywhere from $50-$125 per signup. The more signups you send them per month, the higher your commission. For example, if you send them 1-5 signups per month, you will earn $50 per signup. If you send them 6-10 signups per month, you will earn $75 per signup, and so on.
Each month, you are paid via PayPal or check, and there is no minimum for payout.
4. CJ Affiliate
CJ Affiliate is one of the largest affiliate networks around. If you can think of a company, there’s a good chance you’ll find their affiliate program on CJ Affiliate.
I’ve been using CJ Affiliate for almost a year, and while it is one of my favorite affiliate programs, it’s not as user-friendly as ShareASale. I definitely had to take some time to familiarize myself with their platform.
With CJ Affiliate, you can choose your minimum payout, with $50 being the absolute minimum.
5. Ultimate Bundles
Ultimate Bundles offers bundles for e-books, courses, and other resources at a highly discounted price (usually 90-97% off). Their bundle topics include healthy living, homemaking, meal planning, blogging, and more.
As an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles, you’ll earn 40% commission for every bundle that your readers purchase.
6. Amazon
Amazon is a hugely popular affiliate program for both new and seasoned bloggers. Amazon’s affiliate program is easy to join and use, allows you to choose from over one million products to advertise and will give you up to 10% commission on qualifying purchases.
While the commission is pretty small, the thing I like about the Amazon affiliate program is that if someone visits a product through your affiliate link and decides not to buy, BUT ends up purchasing something else instead, you can still earn a commission on the product they purchased. Pretty cool, right?
7. Creative Market
Creative Market is an online marketplace community that allows you to buy digital design products such as WordPress themes, vector graphics, photography, fonts, and more.
Creative Market offers a 10% referral commission for every new customer you bring to their site. Now again, I think 10% is a pretty low commission, however, with this affiliate program, you will earn 10% on every purchase that customer makes for an entire year. For me, that makes the Creative Market affiliate program worth joining.
8. Beautiful Dawn Designs
As a Beautiful Dawn Designs affiliate, you’ll earn a 30% commission for every customer that you refer to their shop.
Their cookies are good for 60 days, and there is no minimum required for payout.
A great way to earn extra money with their affiliate program is by including their themes (and your affiliate link) in a blog post teaching others how to start their own blog.
9. Rakuten Marketing
Rakuten Marketing (formally known as LinkShare) has been voted as the number 1 affiliate marketing network. Rakuten Marketing has thousands of programs to choose from. Here are a few to get you started:
  • Sephora affiliate program
  • Walmart affiliate program
  • Macy’s affiliate program
  • Best Buy affiliate program

10. VigLink

VigLink is a very interesting and unique affiliate marketing network. VigLink works by converting your existing outgoing links into affiliate links. This means you don’t have to sign up for individual affiliate programs.
For example, if you write about a book you just read and provide a link to the book, VigLink will turn that link into an affiliate link. Now, whenever someone makes a purchase through that link, you’ll earn a commission.

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