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What is Affiliate Marketing + How to Make Money Blogging

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Have you ever been interested in making money by blogging? If this is you, listen up!

Affiliate marketing is the answer.

I’ve been asked about my social influencer journey and I wrote all about it in my post about how to Monetize Your Instragram + Work with Brands. Today, I want to break “affiliate marketing” down for you.

So, what is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a type of marketing where you get a commission on sales of a certain product by way of an “affiliate link” or code.

If you’ve read my recent posts, you’ll see that I’ve been linking products through the post. Alternately, you may see a lot of “Like to Know It” posts on Instagram or “Swipe Up to Shop” on stories. These are all methods of affiliate marketing.

By doing this, the company essentially partners with you to gain sales. In exchange for your traffic, you receive a commission on whatever is sold through your link or code.

The commission varies by brand / item and many different companies offer this. I’ve found success using certain websites such as RewardStyle (this is relatively exclusive and may take time to be accepted – ShopStyle Collective is a great alternative), but companies will also reach out and offer a unique code for your followers to use.

Sometimes you may receive product in exchange for posts where you offer your discount code. What many people don’t see is the time, effort and creativity that goes into content creation. Oftentimes, it takes many tries to achieve something that is non-pushy and aesthetically pleasing. If there’s one thing people don’t respond well to, it’s pushy marketing! As a content creator and affiliate marketer, that’s a big factor to take into consideration while working with companies.

So if you’re wanting to find out how to get started with affiliate marketing and make money while blogging, take a look at this post that shares some quick and easy tips on How to Get Started With Affiliate Marketing.

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  • Reply Carmine

    I love that affiliate marketing is so simple and takes a lot of the work out the process. I use it to monetize a lot of my own websites 🙂

    October 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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