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A List of Affiliate Resources and Links to Create a Profitable Blog
Hey, fellow or soon-to-be blogger!
I’m all about helping moms find a way to share their passions while earning an income doing it. I think it is the absolute BEST way to be able to earn some extra money on the side while growing your blog into your full-time career. Even better is that blogging works around your schedule and your kids’ schedule. Leaving you time and energy to be present in your kids’ lives while saving and earning money!
So what do you like to do? What are your passions and hobbies? Do you have a degree and would like to share with the world the things you’ve learned? You can blog about anything! Baking, fashion, DIY projects, finances, you name it! The sky is the limit. But one thing is for certain is that you will never make any money blogging if you don’t start.
If you’ve determined your niche, start here to get your blog set up and have all the tools you’ll need in front of you to eventually start earning money.
Once your blog is live, comment below to share the link to your blog with my readers and we’ll hopefully get you a good start on page views and subscribers. I would love to see your blog become a huge success! And if you’ll link back to my blog, I’ll be forever grateful!
xo ~ Shaylah
WordPress.org – This is the publishing platform that I use and it’s amazing. I used to be with wordpress.com (huge difference), but once I decided that I wanted to become a business I made the switch. It’s free, easy to use and fully customizable. Select a theme such as the Genesis Framework, a StudioPress theme, or our turnkey StudioPress Sites
StudioPress – Select a theme for your WordPress site such as the Genesis Framework, a StudioPress theme or a turnkey StudioPress site. This will help you easily build a powerful and flexible WordPress website for your blog.
BlueHost – This is the BEST host for beginner bloggers. When starting a website you have to pay a monthly hosting fee and they have plans starting at just $2.95 per month. As my site has grown I’ve simply upgraded my plan and have had no issues. You definitely want to set your site up using Bluehost. They are by far the best.
MailChimp – This is the current email and newsletter service that I use. You will want to start collecting email addresses and subscribers ASAP. It’s very user-friendly. It’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers then you’re charged fees based on the increased number. You can always use it while it’s free and then switch to another service if you feel the fees are too high.
Paypal – You will need to have a Paypal account established for some affiliate payments. Otherwise, most will have you set up direct deposit to your bank account. You will need to complete a W-9.
Canva – I love this photo editing service! You can get a 30-day free trial and then it’s $12.95 per month which allows you to create and edit images for all social media accounts and their special size requirements.
PicMonkey – This is an awesome photo editing service! It is super user-friendly and has many limited features you can use for free. Upgrading to the Royale is only $2.75 per month and so worth it! I use this almost every single day.
Board Booster – Subscribing to a few pin scheduling sites is going to save you time and money while boosting the traffic to your blog. Plans are around $10.00 per month but vary depending on your needs.
Haro – This service provides journalists with a robust database of sources for upcoming stories and daily opportunities for sources to secure valuable media coverage. It also allows you to identify and promote your site As Featured on …Yahoo, Forbes, etc. You obviously have to be featured first and they can help you do that. Google: How to Write up the Perfect Haro Pitch
SumoMe – This service provides tools to automate your site growth. Up to 5,000 monthly visits to your site are free then the plan goes up to $29.00 per month and up all based on the number of monthly visits.
SlideShare – Owned by LinkedIn, use SlideShare to share with others what you know and love through presentations, infographics and documents.
Making Money Through Your Blog
Bloggers earn an income through affiliate links, sponsored content, advertisers and banner ads. They also create and sell their own e-books, printables, and online courses. How this works is affiliates will pay the blogger a percentage of the consumer’s purchase each time they click on your link and purchase through your link. There is no increase to the consumer, usually quite the opposite as many affiliates offer discounts and sales through affiliate links only.
SendOwl – You can now link up with SendOwl sellers who would like help selling their products and will offer you a percentage cut in return. SendOwl is an independent e-commerce platform for digital products, and our customers sell everything from crochet patterns to shed plans and recipe ebooks. This one account can be used for as many affiliate programs as you wish to join. Details of your current programs can always be found by clicking on the link in the name.
ShareASale – This is the place to start for new bloggers. You will search for businesses that align with your content, readers, faith, and values and apply through their links. Some have page view and subscriber requirements so you may not be approved right away. Do let that bring you down. Keep applying and there will be affiliate programs that will take on new bloggers. Once approved, you will gain access to their banner codes to add to your blog. When a reader clicks on the banner and makes a purchase, you receive a percentage of it. I love ShareASale because they keep track of your income and payouts from all your affiliate partners. This one is for sure my favorite!
VigLink – Simply add a snippet of code to your site, and VigLink automatically turns existing links on your pages into revenue generating links.
AdThrive – Once you have at least 100,000 page views per month, you can apply to this ad network.
E-Junkie – This site allows you to create the affiliate program to sell your e-book or if you’ve discovered another blogger’s e-book that you just love, you can sign up to be an affiliate for that blogger and sell their e-book from your blog. If you’ve already created an e-book, I highly recommend this program so other bloggers out there can sell your book too, earning you a paycheck on each sale.
Pinterest Ninja e-Course – Pinterest is a massive traffic powerhouse and will be one of the most important tools you will ever use. Seriously. If you think you have Pinterest figured out, think again!
Social Fabric – Here you can write sponsored content for your blog and earn money off of each one. They provide lots of offers to pick from.
IZEA – is a sponsorship marketplace. You can sign up and create your profile, linking to all of your blogs and social media accounts, which allows potential sponsors and advertisers to see a snapshot of your online presence. By choosing tags and categories for your various profiles, you will see opportunities that correspond to your niche. You can bid on opportunities based on the client’s minimum and maximum price, and you can write a short pitch to grab the client’s attention.
IZEA offers site posts, sponsored tweets, branded Instagram and Facebook posts. They offer three levels of membership. The free plan allows you to bid on 3 opportunities per month. It means you can cash out only when you have $100 in your account. The Standard plan is $1 per month and allows you unlimited bids and a $50 cashout threshold. The Pro plan is $5 per month and allows unlimited bids and a $25 cashout threshold. You also get priority support and a PRO account banner. Because IZEA sees your social stats and site analytics, it is important you consider your reach when you are bidding. If you are just starting out or your reach isn’t that great, try bidding a lower amount to get your feet wet.
Clever Girls – Another site to select and write sponsored content for.
Tap Influence – You’ll find this one to be your favorite for selecting and writing sponsored content. You can set your own fees and then as offers come in you can accept or decline instead of having to apply for each and every offer.
Clickfunnels – Build any type of marketing funnel you need for your business to succeed. You can use
Here are some companies you can sign up through to earn a passive income.
Ebates – Sign up through my link here and get a $10 Walmart gift card just for signing up. Signing up is free and by sharing your link, Ebates will pay you $5.00 for every referral and a $40.00 bonus when two people you signed up through your link purchase through Ebates.
Ibotta – Receive a $10.00 Welcome Bonus when you sign up for free through my link here. Get $5.00 for each friend who redeems on Ibotta, plus escalating bonuses. Earn a total of $20.00 for two successful referrals, $50.00 for the next five, and $100.00 for every ten after that. There is no limit to how much you can earn.
Checkout 51 – This is an amazing tool needed for every trip to the grocery store. Earn cash back on items you purchase every day.
Zazzle – Make 15% of all sales when you join Zazzle’s affiliate program.
And self-publishing your own e-book
*Check back often as I’ll add more to the list as I find them.
The ones you see posted to my site! Affiliates are companies that you use and enjoy using that offer a small percentage of sales to those who share their links, make sales, sign up or download apps without increasing the cost to your readers. Affiliates that you choose to use in your blog will depend on your readers and your content.
Ensure you have read and understood your responsibilities as a blogger when it comes to advertising, affiliates, and sponsors to ensure you do not receive a hefty fine…by clicking here.