Ultimate Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers


In this article, I am going to guide you step by step, how to join an affiliate program and start selling products on your website right now. Every blogger like you and me who are serious about blogging and spend hours to create great content and to promote are thinking of making money from it.

Why not? If you create useful contend and spend your valuable time, you should really think of making money from your blog. Affiliate marketing might be really interesting to you.
There are a lot of successful bloggers who make 10.000 or more in a month with affiliate marketing. Here is a blog content with experiences from bloggers, who make a living from affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is really attractive for bloggers, most of the bloggers don’t explain in depth about their income. You can make money with affiliate marketing. Develop the right mindset. If you want to be successful at something, just go find someone who is already successful and follow the same steps.

What is affiliate marketing?
Selling other people’s products in exchange for a commission. In other words, you earn money by placing affiliate links on your website, and if someone clicks your affiliate link and buys something you earn a small commission.

Why is affiliate marketing beneficial for bloggers?

  • Affiliate marketing is an inexpensive way to start earning money from your blog. You   don’t even have to create a product yourself.
  • It is free to join an affiliate program.
  • You can create just one blog post or social media post and potentially earn monefroit years down the line, as long as you have traffic.
  • You can earn a passive income doing what you already do and promoting products that you already use and benefit from.
  • Affiliate links are much cleaner than ugly banners and ads.
  • You actually don’t even need a website to get started. You can use social media to    build your business by promoting affiliate products

Top 10 affiliate programs for bloggers
Commission Junction
Google affiliate networks

How to become an affiliate?
If you are interested in joining an affiliate program, then follow the easy steps below. I show you an example of how to join Amazon affiliate program. There are a lot of other affiliate programs that you can join.

How to join an Amazon affiliate program?
• Go to www.amazon.com
• Scroll to the bottom of the website of amazon.com
• click on become an affiliate.
• Sign up for the account.
• Log in
Step by step video guide how to join Amazon affiliate program and insert links to your website.

Start searching for products that you want to promote on your website.(choose products that might be interesting to your reader. For instance if you write about self improvement, promote books).

After joining Amazon affiliate program you will get a unique link. If anyone buys a product by clicking your link you well get a commission. If they don’t buy the product that you have promoted on your website, but after clicking to your link end up buying anything else you also will get the a commission.

I know it takes some time to understand and to learn how it works. It is easier said than done. That is the reason why I will share links to video’s that really helped me. I hope really to help you and make it really easy to understand.

On amazon is the commission between 4% and 10%. At the end of each month Amazon will deposit all of your earnings into your bank account.

How to get people to click to your affiliate link and buy the products that you promoting?

One of the most effective ways is to build a simple website that target products and niches that hardly anyone else is targeting.

How to choose affiliate links?

If you want earn money, it is important to choose the right links and add them strategically within your site. After signing up into these affiliate program sites, search for products that would be relevant to your audience, then add the link to your website.

Do you blog about food, for example you share your own recipes. You need to sign up for affiliate program related to food and add them to your post. Integrate affiliate links into as many posts as possible.



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95 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

  1. Thank you for this article. Very timely as I have been looking for ways to monetize my blog. Are you using these links in this blog? Are we not violating any TOS from wp.com (or for blogger for those using that platform) if we add affiliate links? Thank you.

  2. This is a very great article.I earn money with Google Adsense and frankly speaking the money isn’t encouraging.I love writing so,I’ll keep doing what I love doing.Thanks for opening my eyes.I’ll try out affiliate marketing.

  3. Thank you for this, as a new blogger, I find this post very helpful, especially as i have been thinking of steps to take in order to make money from what i love doing. I will definitely look into these steps you’ve recommended.

  4. Thank you very much for this. Great post! I have not heard many of them before – only a couple of obvious ones such as Amazon & Google. I need to take a closer look on these. Thank you so much! x

  5. This article is so useful! I never really understood affiliate blogging but this has helped me a great deal and I will certainly consider it!

    Meg x | the-writeblog.blogspot.co.uk

  6. My blog is so new that I’m not ready to monetize it yet – I’m still working on creating content and building an audience. But this post was extremely useful and I’m going to pin it to refer back to when I’m ready. Thanks.

  7. Thanks for breaking this down in a simple way and clearly describing how to participate with Amazon. There are a lot of articles out there, but many of them are very vague.

  8. These are great tips. I haven’t been blogging long and I’ve kind of tried affiliate marketing. I guess I just need to work harder. It gives me motivation.

  9. It is not that easy to get accepted to Amazon. We must first read their terms of service to make sure our blog is in compliance. Also Google “how to get accepted into amazon affiliate” and see the tips to get accepted into my favorite affiliate program.

  10. That’s a really helpful article. I have been mulling about getting into affiliate marketing to monetize my blog but haven’t been sure how to…thanks : )

  11. Just what I need at the moment as I look to monetise my own blog – thanks for the handy list of affiliate programs to try.

  12. This is a great article. I love anything to do with Affiliate marketing. I have a few posts like this on my blog.

  13. Hi Malalai,

    I came to your site from the FB group Bloggers for Bloggers.

    The real trick in making money from affiliate marketing is knowing your reader demographics intimately, then looking for products or services that resonate with that demographic.

    Another attribute that makes affiliate marketing successful is that the products or services are priced such that they appeal to your reader demographics.

    Sourcing the correct products or services at the right price point for your typical reader demographic is where a lot of affiliate marketers fail.

    Finally, if a Blogger fails to deliver engaging, value add Blog content, drawing the right number of site visitors to their website, affiliate marketing can fail to deliver a living income.

    Thanks for the well written article Malalai. Loved the read.

  14. Very helpful tips. I recently applied for Amazon affiliate program but I was unable to finish all the states of verification. I shall try again soon.

  15. Hi Malalai,

    This is a great post. On my own blog site I did not even consider affiliate marketing.

    Your post has inspired me to consider thinking of a strategy on how to apply it.

    I do have a one question however. Is it possible to have both Google Adsense and Affiliate marketing on the same blog site (say on the same blog post)?

    Many thanks,

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