Sometimes people ask me how to promote their affiliate links. How to Make Money Blogging From Home is the title of one of my best-selling books that I released late in 2009. In the book, I explain several ways of monetizing a blog for income –but the top way is with affiliate marketing.
Making money blogging
It is no secret that thousands of people make money blogging…but many more thousands of people blog and don’t make a dime. In many cases it’s just that they don’t want to –they are blogging strictly for fun. And that’s all right. Blogging can be a great way to connect with other people who share your interests or to reach out to friends and family. But in these hard times, who wouldn’t appreciate some extra money every month?
If you are not familiar with affiliate marketing, it is nothing more than earning money in the form of commissions for recommending a product. And blogs are one of the best ways to do that.
Finding Affiliate Programs That Match Your Blog Topic
The most important thing you have to do to make money blogging from affiliate programs is find programs that relate to the content of your blog. If you were writing a blog about cooking, then you wouldn’t want to promote my affiliate products about selling on eBay. Instead you would look for programs that promote cooking gadgets, gourmet foods, and so on.
However you if were blogging about way to make money working from home or eBay or other related topics, then my affiliate program would be a good fit.
There are several affiliate networks that represent hundreds of companies. Some of the larger ones are Kowabunga, Share a Sale and Commission Junction. Just Google those names and it will take you right to the site.
Amazon & eBay Affiliate Programs
Amazon and eBay both have affiliate programs. These can be really great because those two sites have a wide variety of products you can promote. No matter what your topic is, there is probably a book or gadget or product of some type that relates to your subject. For example I saw a blog about travel to Spain. In the margins were eBay banners for luggage and other travel products. When people reading the blog click on those banners and buy something on eBay, then that blogger makes money.