Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

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Here’s How Affiliate Marketing Works for Bloggers

Here's How Affiliate Marketing Works For Bloggers

Did you hear that affiliate marketing is a great way to make money from your content?

Good news: you heard right!

Unfortunately, you aren’t exactly clear on how affiliate marketing works or how to get started.

More good news: that’s what today’s post is all about!

How affiliate marketing works

The easiest way to explain how affiliate marketing works would be to answer a few primer questions so you know what it is, why you should try it and when to get started.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

I like to define affiliate marketing as a partnership between a publisher (i.e. blogger) and a merchant (i.e. retailer). The merchant sells products online and the publisher creates content online.

When they partner up, the publisher joins the merchant’s affiliate program (either hosted on a pro affiliate network or self-hosted tracking platform) and upon approval, logs into a dashboard to get things like promotional materials, performance reports, and most importantly, their unique affiliate tracking links.

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Organize and Beautify Affiliate Links with Pretty Link

Pretty Link Tutorial - How To Organize and Beautify Your Affiliate Links

If you had to guess what the most common mistake I see new affiliates make, what would you say? I bet a couple popped in your head right away, such as “being too pushy” or “not disclosing”. Those happen all the time for sure.

But in my day-to-day as an affiliate manager, the biggest, craziest and most ridiculous mistake I see bloggers making – that seriously affects their earning potential – is forgetting to use their affiliate links.

Now, you may be thinking, “Umm, Justine, why would someone NOT use their affiliate link?”. Before you fight me, hear me out.

As a blogger, you have a million things to do, right? Each week, your to do list might look something like this…

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