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9 Best Affiliate Programs for New Bloggers

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Affiliate marketing – a blogger’s best friend.

One of the best ways to make money from your blog is affiliate marketing.  You can earn thousands of dollars every month, but it is not without hard work.

If you’re a new blogger and don’t know where to begin with affiliate marketing, then you’ve come to the right place.

I first discovered affiliate marketing while waiting for my dad at the doctor’s office.  After spending hours reading up on it, I was so intrigued but also confused that I eventually gave up.

Wish I didn’t though…

Everything I found was telling me to sign up for a course or a seminar to learn more.  It felt like a scam so I just brushed it off and didn’t think about it again.

It wasn’t until I started my blog many years later that I discovered affiliate marketing is legit and a great way for many bloggers to earn a full-time income.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a list of 100+ affiliate programs.  Start with something easy, small and go from there.

The Best Affiliate Programs for New Bloggers

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is very simple.  You promote a product to your readers and if they decide to make a purchase, you get a commission, at no additional cost to them.

You must promote products that you use and/or love.  Don’t just promote anything or your readers won’t trust you.

Some affiliate programs require you to have a certain number of readers per month.  It can be quite challenging when you’re a new blogger.

 

Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners

I started this post with 12 affiliate programs for beginners.  But over the years, some of them are just not worth the time and I have removed them.

1. Amazon Associates

Amazon Associate was the very first affiliate program I applied to because it is easy and pretty much everybody knows what Amazon is.  It doesn’t matter what niche you’re in, there is always something on Amazon for you to promote.  If someone clicks on your link, but decides to buy a different product – you still get a commission for it.  How great is that!

It is fairly easy to get accepted into the Amazon Associate Program, but you have to make 3 sales within 6 months or they will cancel your account.  You can always apply again and the approval process is the same.

Do NOT click on your link to buy the products.  You will not get credit for it and might even risk getting your account banned.

 

2. ShareASale

I had a great run with ShareASale until they just banned my account without letting me know and didn’t pay me!  If there was a violation, then they should at least let me know what the violation was.  I never received any email notice about any violation or why my account was closed.

One day I just logged into my account to request a payment and found that my account was locked and that was the end of it.  I tried changing my password, and tried to find a link to ask my question, but eventually gave up cause there was no way for me to communicate with them.

ShareASale is an Affiliate Marketing Network – which means when you join, you join their whole entire program.

Search for products that are a good fit for your audience.  Some of the programs I have signed up for through ShareASale are Tailwind, StudioPress, NameCheap, Grammarly, etc.  These are all products that I have used or currently using.

 

2.  Panthera Network

My current favorite affiliate network is Panthera Network.  I’ve consolidated and moved everything from ShareASale to Panthera Network.

Panthera Network also assigns a manager to assist in becoming a successful affiliate.

 

3. SiteGround 

SiteGround is a reputable web hosting company and I just cannot recommend it enough.  I could not be happier after I switched from Bluehost to SiteGround.  The customer service is top-notch.

It is extremely easy to apply for their affiliate program.  They even provide banners with multiple images and sizes for you to use.

Their commission rate is very generous:

  • Monthly 1-5 sales:  50.00 USD/sale
  • Monthly 6-10 sales:  75.00 USD/sale
  • Monthly 11+ sales:  100.00 USD/sale

 

4. MaxBounty

MaxBounty is a cost-per-action (CPA) affiliate marketing network.  Once you get accepted into MaxBounty, you have the opportunity to become an affiliate for different companies.

MaxBounty’s application process is a little bit different.  After you are done filling out your online application,  you will have to go through a phone interview.

You will be assigned an affiliate manager and this person will call to interview you.  While the interview is short and simple, you want to be prepared and professional.

I was asked how long I’ve been doing affiliate marketing and what products I want to promote.  That pretty much was my whole interview.

MaxBounty is one of my favorites because the affiliate manager is there to help you every step of the way!  You should definitely give this a try.

 

5. Ebates

Ebates is a refer-a-friend program in addition to cashback for shopping at more than 2,500 stores such as Walmart, Amazon, Macy’s, etc.

It is one of the best affiliate programs because both you and your friend get paid.  You get $25 and your friend gets $10 Walmart gift card.  This works both online and in-store (not all stores).

Related: Beginner’s Guide to Ebates – How to Make Money Shopping

 

6. FlexOffers

FlexOffers is a solid, dependable affiliate network that is great for beginners.  Easy to sign up and very user-friendly dashboard.  It has a lot of products for you to promote.  You are able to see how much traffic you are getting from your offers and make appropriate adjustment.

 

7. Awin

Awin is another affiliate network program that connects customers with brands in over 180 countries around the globe.

To apply for Awin, you have to pay $5 using your credit card.  But don’t worry, you are not actually paying Awin to join.  This is for them to check that you’re a real person.  You will be refunded the $5 once your account is approved.

 

8. ConvertKit

ConvertKit is a popular email service provider that pays 30% recurring commission.  I have been using MailChimp and looking to switch over to ConverKit.  From my research, ConvertKit makes it easy to create automated email sequence.  Additionally, ConvertKit allows you to use their mailing address instead of your own address in the email footer which is required.

9. VigLink

Viglink is a great affiliate program for new bloggers for 2 reasons:

  • When you paste Viglink’s code into your website, it will automatically scan your site for common product terms and turn them into affiliate links.
  • If your application for a certain affiliate program was rejected, you can still earn money through Viglink.  Let’s say your application for Amazon Associates was rejected, Viglink will turn your product links into affiliate links.  You would earn money making a sale, but it would go through Viglink instead of Amazon.  How awesome is that?

CONCLUSION

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways many bloggers make money blogging.  But it can be overwhelming starting out – not knowing where to begin, and what programs to apply.  I hope this list has helped you and let me know if you’ve tried any of them.

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