Blogging is not just about putting your thoughts into words. It’s a lot more than that as your words can give you an income; some even have earned thousands of dollars just by blogging. One way to monetize your blogging is getting into affiliate marketing. With the right product or services to promote, you can earn as much as six digits. To do this, you need to find the affiliate program that will suit your niche.
Here are some affiliate programs you can choose according to your blogging niche:
1 – Web Hosting
Aside from learning web marketing strategies from online sites such as WebMarketing123-courses, bloggers also need to determine the best web hosting and tech tools they need to have a successful blogging career. Blogging requires the right web host, tools, and resources to run a traffic-induced website.
As a blogger, you know what tools and resources are great as you may have used it once or more. But instead of just promoting it on your blog posts, join their affiliate programs. Or if you’re new to blogging and you want some extra income, here are some web hosting and tech affiliate programs you can promote and use:
- Bluehost – good for WordPress hosting services and one of the most favored affiliate programs. It offers a free registration to receive a unique tracking code that ensures affiliates of getting credit for each referral. The commission you can get per referral is 65% upon registration.
- GoDaddy – it’s best for an audience who wants to buy a domain name or host their site for their online businesses. It has no minimum or cost purchase and has its banners and text ads you can use. You can earn as much as 45 USD when your referral made a qualified purchase.
- HostGator – also a WordPress hosting site that offers as much as 2,625 USD a month when you have 21 signups. They even have various banners you can utilize for free.
- WP Engine – another WordPress hosting provider and considered popular among business owners and bloggers. It has links and banners you can use for your promotions. You can earn as much as 200 USD and another 50 USD for every sub-affiliate your customer refers.
When promoting any of these types of affiliate marketing programs, it’s best to have detailed reviews and articles on your site. If the commission is high enough, you may want to consider creating a simple affiliate sales funnel like the one below.
2 – Courses and Learning
Learning never gets old. Instead, the older you are, the more you want to learn. Take advantage of it and promote courses online on your blogs. Online courses or e-learning is growing each year while giving convenience and cheaper costs for various learners such as online business creators. Therefore, you can surely hit big when promoting education and skill-teaching courses from these affiliate programs:
- Udemy – one of the most favored learning platforms that have more than 65,000 online courses. Its classes are from pet care training to web development that drives 75 million visitors each month. For every referral, you can earn as much as 20% commission.
- Wealthy Affiliate – site for aspiring online business starters. Its courses cover marketing necessary for running a successful online business. If you want to join their program, you can sign up for free or have full access to membership when you have a Premium account. Its commission is a recurring sales that you can earn for up to 48%.
- Podia – software that offers people in building a teaching business with an in-house email marketing to help customers in their email list. They offer a 30-day free trial for both creators and affiliates. You can earn as much as 30% commission monthly for as long as your referral continue using their software.
3 – Beauty Affiliate Programs
Another niche that’s booming in the affiliate programs is the beauty industry due to the availability it offers worldwide. If you’re a beauty or makeup blogger, or just starting a blog, you can choose this niche and join beauty affiliate programs to earn more. You can select any or all of the following programs for your affiliate marketing:
- Amazon – since Amazon has all the beauty products around the world, you can have a lot of choices to promote. As an affiliate, you can earn 5 USD for every sale. Its brand power provides high traffic from different parts of the world.
- Marc Jacobs Beauty – a brand that has many fans worldwide and offers various makeups, toners, eyeliners, and everything that’s on their site. As an affiliate, you need to meet their specific requirements before you can join. However, their commission rates are 8% for every sale.
- Forever21 – offers not only fashion products but also beauty kits. Aside from its trusted brand from all over the world, its audience has a higher number of young people. Its makeup is mineral-based which makes it unique from other makeup industry. As an affiliate, you can earn as much as 4% commission.
How to Find the Most Success with Affiliate Marketing
Every blogger must incorporate affiliate marketing on their blogs to help them finance their endeavors. The more affiliate programs you join, the more earnings are generated. However, choosing the right niche must be considered so as not to damage your site’s theme. Always remember to put quality over quantity.
Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears
Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.
I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.
But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.
Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.
Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:
- writer’s block
- general apathy
I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.
Crying Leads to Shining
Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.
Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle
I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.
In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger
I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?
Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.
Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.
Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.
Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?
Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.
I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.
Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:
I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.
Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?
Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.
Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.
I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.
Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain
Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.
Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.
Write and ship.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger
possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.
For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.
I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.
Smart and Prospering Means Different
Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?
I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.
Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different
Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?
But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals
Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.
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