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How to Become an Affiliate Blogger
Affiliate marketing in 2021 continues to be a viable option for bloggers, freelancers, and social media marketers to make money online by promoting products and services via blogs and social media channels and earn high affiliate commissions while doing so working from home. Affiliate bloggers can start a profitable business online without having to spend lots of money when starting out. The main requirement is for bloggers to be dedicated and passionate about promoting other companies’ products and services in 2021.
Affiliate bloggers can choose from a wide range of product verticals and digital services to promote in their affiliate websites and blogs and join one of the many affiliate programs available from affiliate networks. The sign-up process is very simple and joining a program that offers bloggers high commissions is very easy, just visit one of the networks and select the program that best meets your interest and experience for example Awin or CJ affiliate networks.
These affiliate networks offer products and services in popular product verticals such as software, tech, computers, fashion, and electronics. Bloggers can then join the program that they want to partner with and make that decision based on their own expertise, interest, or the commission on offer. Once accepted in the chosen affiliate program, bloggers must have a good strategy in place in order to earn high commissions. This includes having an optimised blog with original and unique content in place that meets their visitors’ interests by writing product reviews, comparisons, and recommendations that their audience finds helpful and help make the sale.
Affiliate programs are very diverse and offer lots of products and services for bloggers to promote and therefore very important to choose the right product and understand the different commission pay-outs and frequency that they offer. Affiliate bloggers should do their research in order to maximise future affiliate commissions.
Some affiliate programs offer a CPA or Cost Per Acquisition commission model which is a payment for every successfully completed sale. Some programs offer a flat percentage commission or a tier percentage commission based on the number of sales delivered in a given period of time. Some programs pay on a CPC basis that is on a Cost Per Click or CPL called a Cost Per Lead.
Affiliate programs that offer recurrent commissions for the lifetime of the customer are great for affiliates as they keep earning commission from their referred sales not only for the first purchase but every time the customer renews its subscription to a service. This type of commission is offered by many tech advertisers, software, and SaaS merchants.
The Average Order Value is also an important consideration for bloggers when selecting the products they want to promote as the higher the average order value the higher the affiliate commission you will earn, so a good tactic is to promote additional products from your affiliate merchant and in doing so you increase the sale value and your commissions.
Affiliate bloggers should consider the length of the cookie, this is the time parameter that sets how long the relationship between the visitor and affiliate will be valid after the visitor clicks the affiliate link. Is recommended to join affiliate programs that offer the tracking cookie of at least 30 days This time frame ensures that the affiliate gets awarded the commission payment from the sale that occurred during
The main objective for bloggers joining an affiliate network is to maximise the earning potential from their blog content and also to start working on new content to promote products and services that pay high commissions. The best way for bloggers to monetize their audience is with affiliate marketing even if their blog traffic levels are low to start with as the commissions paid by the affiliate programs below are high and in many cases, these affiliate commissions are paid for the lifetime of the customer.
Awin is a leading global affiliate network with over 16,000 advertisers and 225,000 publishers from all over the world, Awin Affiliate Network allows you to search the advertiser’s profile in every vertical in the network using the country and industry filters.
Affiliate bloggers can easily generate affiliate links and images to add to your website and blog. Awin publisher interface allows you to create text links and images for affiliates to add to their content and promote the brands and advertisers that they want to promote.
Awin affiliate network is a great option for new and seasoned bloggers that want to make money from their content by promoting well-known brands from different product niches and verticals, including, Vodafone, Asos, and Travelodge.
Commission Junction or CJ Affiliate Network was founded 20 years ago and is one of the longest established affiliate networks with over 3,000 advertisers worldwide. One of the best features of CJ is their Content Certified Program for blogs that generate over 10K plus page views per month and as such your blog is connected automatically to over 600 advertisers.
Joining CJ Affiliate Program is free but if your website or blog has low traffic volumes and doesn’t deliver sales in the first 6 months your affiliate account will be at risk of deactivation.
Tradedoubler is a well-established affiliate network in the performance marketing and technology space with the objective of helping businesses grow sales via the affiliate channel. Tradedoubler offers a large number of advertisers to its affiliates, bloggers, and influencers to monetise their interests and passion into affiliate commissions.
Tradedoubler offers both advertisers and publishers a large affiliate network in many product verticals, it also offers a programmatic solution, campaign management as well as tracking, payments, and reporting. Tradedoubler also offers Metapic directed to influencers and bloggers, Metapic, is a product platform that connects influencers, blog readers, and advertisers with intuitive tools to help bloggers create high-quality content and generate affiliate commissions.
Tradedoubler operates its affiliate network in 80 countries and 2,000 advertisers where publishers can find all the required marketing resources to earn high affiliate commissions from the wide selection of advertisers on offer including, Superdrug, Morrisons, Vistaprint, and Condor.
Affiliates are vital to the success of any online business engaged with affiliate marketing as they promote your products and services to a wide audience. Affiliate bloggers are an important part of the affiliate ecosystem as they open new opportunities in new product verticals and geographies. To this end, merchants must offer a competitive commission structure to attract and keep affiliates promoting your business as the level commission is their main revenue stream. So it is important for any affiliate to get the right affiliate deal in place as their marketing efforts add value to the merchant business.
Another important revenue stream available to affiliates is sponsorships as they are ideal for bloggers to create a blog income. The basic way in which they work is that the affiliate merchant will pay you or give you merchandise, gifts, prizes to support your own promotional campaigns in return for additional exposure in your website, blog, or your social media channels.
Display Campaigns also offer affiliate bloggers the opportunity to earn money by adding display banners, text, or videos to their blogs. For example, Google AdSense allows publishers to serve targeted ads to the blogger’s audience and earn commissions on a cost per click or per thousand impressions model, the integration is very simple and delivers billions in revenues to Google and its publishers.
Affiliate Newsletter Inclusions are a great way for affiliate bloggers to monetize their email list as it offers a quick, easy, and popular way for advertisers to drive qualified traffic to their product pages. Newsletter inclusions are usually paid on a flat fee model allowing you to make money from your subscribers’ database ensuring that you are not pricing yourself too low and price it accordingly, for example, you can charge different rates depending on the number of subscribers being targeted.
The best paying affiliate programs in 2021 are in the digital vertical; merchants selling digital services for example domains, hosting, internet security, CRM, Sales, and Website Monitoring services. These affiliate programs pay high commissions and, in most cases, pay recurrent commissions for the lifetime of the referred customers. Affiliate programs selling SaaS and digital services are very popular in 2021 as these services are in very high demand, are innovative and these services are delivered over the internet.
For a blogger to succeed with affiliate marketing it is very important to consider the commission rate the merchant has on offer and join programs that pay at least 30% commission, so it means that if you drive monthly sales of US$20,000 you get US$6,000 in affiliate commissions. SaaS, software, and marketing affiliate programs pay very high commissions as they don’t have the high costs of storage, distribution, and returns of physical products.
Affiliate bloggers have an opportunity to earn high commissions by promoting digital services that are in high demand by both new and existing online businesses. The software affiliate vertical has been a key acquisition channel used for many years by well-known merchants selling domains, web hosting, website themes, email services including, Godaddy, Hostgator, and Mailchimp.
In 2021 affiliate bloggers have more choices with new digital services to promote and benefit from these high-paying affiliate programs by marketing digital products and services that are new to the market and as such they are not very competitive to promote nor difficult to rank in the search engines for organic results. This helps bloggers new to the tech space to build targeted organic traffic with the search engines and also via the social media channels maximising the commission earnings by avoiding high media costs.
Affiliate bloggers will also earn high commissions as tech and software affiliate programs pay recurring commissions every time their referred customers renew their subscription to the digital product and in this way keep earning affiliate commissions month after month.
The popularity of web hosting programs is mainly due to the high commissions paid to affiliate websites and as a proven new customer acquisition channel for web hosting companies. Hostinger affiliates for example will receive a 60% commission for all the hosting packages sold and with the possibility of targeting potential customers in any geography.
As more and more websites are set up all over the world and demand increases for this service it creates a great money-making opportunity for affiliate bloggers. This is a market that will keep growing well into the future as businesses use the internet as an additional marketing channel to promote their products and services.
Our affiliate program StatusCake Partners is a high-paying affiliate program, affiliates get paid 30% recurring lifetime commission for customers referred to any of our paid subscriptions. Join StatusCake partners today and start earning commissions not just once but for the lifetime of the customer.
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