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Recently I posted an article about making money with Amazon’s Associate’s program. It’s a well-respected program that’s been around for a long time. However, it’s not the only program you can use to promote products and services to earn a commission. Here is a list of other affiliate options.
Please be sure to check out How to Choose a Profitable Affiliate Program for tips on how to choose the best products, services and affiliate programs for your online venture.
Affiliate Networks Programs
These companies operate as middlemen between companies and affiliates. When you sign up, you’re joining the network. Once you’re accepted, you can then join programs run through the network. Some companies will approve you automatically, while others will want to check out your site first. The benefit of a network is that you can work with many companies in one interface. Further, most will direct deposit your affiliate earnings.
These programs are run directly by the companies. This only a couple of companies. To find more, do a search on the keywords related to your website (keyword + affiliate program) and look for a link that says “Affiliates” on sites that have products or services you’d like to promote.
Contextual, CPC and PPA Advertising (*May require minimum traffic to sites)
These programs offers income based on the number of clicks the ad gets (i.e. Google Adsense) or pay-per-action (i.e. signing up for a free trial) an offer gets.
There is debate about whether or not you should accept paid reviews/posts on your site. Letting your readers know that a post is paid for helps make sure you keep their faith, but some companies don’t want their posts flagged as being paid for. Further, Google’s recent rash of penalties target many posts that were paid for. In fact, Google wants you to use no-follow links in paid posts, which most advertisers who buy a paid post don’t want you to do. However, if you’re interested in it, here are a few places you can check out for paid posts and reviews.
Connecting with Brands
Sponsorship is closely related to mom blogs, which is why many of the options you see below mention moms. Connecting with brands doesn’t necessarily mean money, but instead can include free stuff. You’ll notice many of these sites talk about “influence”. If you want to work with brands, you need to have influence with your readership. That starts by having good steady blog traffic. Include a page on your site with blog stats potential brands can check out. Things to include are average traffic, email list, and social media following.
Izea (Social Spark for blogs)
This is not an exhaustive list. There are hundreds, if not thousands of other affiliate and advertising programs available. Is there one you love that isn’t mentioned? Please share it in the comments.