How often do you find yourself in the throws of social media or blogging bragging about your favorite products? People usually respond with positive inquisition: “Where can I buy that!? Do you have a link?” Being the amazing beacon of knowledge, of course you share! If only there was a way you could earn a little extra side cash by sharing all of your expertise… There is. It’s called becoming an affiliate.
There are generally two ways you can earn money as an affiliate. 1) By using your referral link and when others make a purchase with that link, you get a kickback, usually a percentage of the sale; 2) By shopping with a referral link where the referral will give you a kickback, usually a percentage, of your own purchase.
Here are some opportunities to earn money online:
- Ebates. Ebates is great because they are connected to so many different stores. When you shop via Ebates, you receive a percentage back (based on the store) of your purchase. It’s also an affiliate program where if you get others to sign-up via your link, you get extra cash back. A win-win. (You will need a PayPal account.)
- Amazon. Amazon offers an affiliate program to help you earn when people purchase specific products you refer them to. The link provided offers a fantastic tool for how to to get set-up as an Amazon Associate.
- CJ Affiliate. This program offers affiliate benefits by monetizing links. They are ranked in the top tier for performance and payout.
So, you’ve set-up your affiliate account, and you’re ready to start earning, how do you do this? Tips on how to turns links into cash:
- Find the right venue. Posting your links on social media, or on your blog, are great ways to get started. Other niche areas include Reddit, where you can hone in on a specific target market, or sending emails to your friends and family.
- Be personally connected to the link you provide by explaining. When you post a link to a product or website, you should give readers a reason for clicking (and hopefully following-through with a purchase).
- Avoid spamming your links. If you post too frequently, or post without explanation, it just becomes white noise (or worse, people get annoyed with you). It’s ideal to post less in more meaningful places.
It’s important to note that the Federal Trade Commission requires bloggers to disclose any affiliations. This is generally good practice, as it also notifies those who click on your links that they are being tracked by the affiliate company.
We wish you lots of luck on your new venture!
The Candle Moments Blog is currently affiliated with Amazon and Ebates. When we link to products, we receive credit and compensation for the referral. *A point on affiliations – While we are credited for some of our referrals, we will absolutely never promote or endorse any products we don’t personally believe in.