You many have gotten into blogging because you had a message you wanted to share, and you may have gotten started because you wanted to make some extra money, and there is a very good chance that both of these reasons contributed to why you started a blog.
You probably have ads on you blog through Google Adsense. You can make a small amount of money with these ads every time one of your visitors click on these ads, if someone clicks on these ads.
While ads are a good way to make money, affiliate programs are an excellent way for advanced bloggers to start making real money. Affiliate marketing programs can seems daunting and difficult to get the hang of, which keeps many from tapping into this great source of income. This guide should help you get more comfortable with affiliate programs and help you start making money in no time.
What are affiliate programs?
Like with ads from Google Adsense, you post banners, ad units, links and more. These come directly from the people who sell the products and services who you are advertising. While some of these are pay per click like Google Adsense is, most affiliate programs will pay you a percentage on all purchases made from those who click through from one of your links or ads.
How do I join affiliate programs?
It depends on which programs you join. Amazon.com is a prime example of one site that lets you sign up for their affiliate program directly from their site. Others let new affiliates join by signing up through a portal site dedicated to affiliate programs.
You will most likely have to provide any affiliate program with information about you, your business and your blogs. In addition to providing your contact information, you will need to provide your tax information and banking information so that you can get paid.
Affiliate programs will want to know about your blog or blogs. In addition to the web address, these will also want to know how long you have been blogging, what sort of topics you cover and maybe even more information.
After providing this information, this doesn’t mean that you are all set and ready to go. For the lion’s share of affiliate programs, not everyone is automatically accepted. Some programs will only accept blogs that cover certain categories, have a particular page rank or have been on the web for a certain time period. There occasionally is other criteria that these programs use to choose which blogs they allow, and this will vary from program to program.
Is there a best program?
There isn’t one best program, but there are certain things you should look for in programs that make the better than the others. Look for programs that provide you with good looking, eye catching ad units and banners that will make visitors more likely to click through them. You will also want programs that pay you for the most things; if you can find one that pays per click and a percentage of purchases, it may be a good deal. Whichever one you go with, select carefully, as some programs may not like it if you have other affiliate programs on your blog.
How do I get paid?
Again, this depends on the program. Some programs pay out monthly or quarterly. Others pay out when a certain amount of earnings has been reached. Some won’t pay out at all unless your blog has managed to accrue a certain amount of earnings.
While this varies from blog to blog, there are certain pay schedules that are more advantageous to you. Particularly if you are just getting started, you will want to select programs that pay out on a regular schedule regardless of earnings. If there is a minimum amount needed for payment, you want the lowest amount possible, especially with a pay per click program; if you have to wait to get to $100 for a check, it may never happen.
Affiliate marketing programs are one of the best ways for bloggers or other site administrators to make money. Affiliate programs can be easy to join, and there are plenty to choose from, so you can find one that is well-suited for your blog or site. Just be sure to choose programs carefully and make sure you select one that seems reputable and has a solid pay schedule established to ensure that you really will get paid.