Do you want to start making money with affiliate marketing?
And I mean, actual money. Not $1.23 a month.
Then you’ve come to the right place.
In this post, I’ll tell you about some of the best affiliate programs out there.
These affiliate programs accept beginner bloggers so you’ll be able to start earning money right away when you join.
No matter what your niche is, there are affiliate products you can promote.
And today, I’ll help you discover those products.
This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information.
What is affiliate marketing?
First, I want to make sure that you understand what affiliate marketing is and how it works.
Affiliate marketing is a process in which an affiliate (that’s you) promotes products from companies and earns a commission from sales.
When you join an affiliate program you get your own unique link (affiliate link). You, then, share that link online (on your blog, social media, email list, etc.). Whenever some clicks on your link and buys something you earn a commission.
And that’s how it works.
Most of the time, you only earn a commission when someone buys something through your link. The commission can be a percentage or a set price.
It all depends on the affiliate program as every program has different terms.
Affiliate program vs affiliate network
An affiliate program is an arrangement between a company and an affiliate (you).
An affiliate network is a group of different companies’ affiliate programs.
When you join an affiliate network, you get access to lots of different affiliate programs.
With some networks, you have to apply for each company’s affiliate program individually. With others, by joining the network you’re automatically accepted to every program.
How to get approved for affiliate programs
Before we start talking about the best affiliate programs I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to increase your chances of getting accepted.
All of these programs and networks are quite easy to get into (that’s one of the reasons why they are perfect for beginners).
Still, there are some things you can do to help you get approved.
Not only that but it’s also required by law. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been blogging or whether you make money with your blog or not.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t, if you aren’t a professional lawyer) write it yourself.
And that’s it.
It’s there. You don’t have to think or worry about it.
Also, I’d highly recommend checking out this free legal course that can help you learn a bit more about the legal side of blogging.
2 Have a few posts on your blog
The next thing, that will help you get accepted into affiliate programs, is having a few posts up on your blog.
You don’t need to go and write 10 posts but having at least two would be good.
That way you’re showing the affiliate company what your blog will be about. And you’re showing them that you’re serious about blogging.
3 Have your own domain name and email
Having your own domain name and email makes the application process much easier and faster.
Also, it makes you appear more professional.
4 Have a self-hosted blog
Another thing is having a self-hosted website.
This isn’t a requirement for getting accepted into affiliate programs. You can join programs and earn money through affiliate marketing with a free blog.
But a self-hosted blog is a better option. If you are interested in turning your blog into a business and making money, then you should invest in self-hosting.
Free blogging platforms limit your possibilities for earning money.
Also, you don’t actually own your blog if you have it on a free platform. That platform owns it. So you never know what can happen, they can delete your blog. Or the platform can get shut down, etc.
That’s why it’s so important to own your blog. To have full control over everything.
This post can help you set up your own self-hosted blog. It takes you through all the steps.
The best affiliate programs to join as a beginner
Okay, now it’s time to get into the affiliate programs.
The first one I want to talk about is ShareASale.
ShareASale is an affiliate network that has over 16,000 different affiliate programs you can join.
They have brands across different niches like clothing, business, family, education, health, travel, and more.
ShareASale is a great option for every beginner blogger as it has lots of different programs. No matter what your blog is about, you’ll find products to promote.
Some of the (many) brands you can find there are:
How to get started with ShareASale
- Click here and, then, click on “Become an affiliate”
- Apply and fill in all your information
- Wait for an email that tells you you’re approved
Once you’re accepted into ShareASale, you can start applying for affiliate programs.
To apply for a program, sign in to your ShareASale account.
Click on “Merchants”, then click on “Search for merchants”.
There you can search for different programs to join.
To find programs, search by keywords or filter through categories.
Once you find a program you want to join, click on the “join program” button.
You’ll get an email letting you know if you’ve been accepted or rejected.
Once you get accepted into a program, you can find your affiliate links in your ShareASale dashboard by clicking on “links” > “get a link/banner” (at the top of the page).
There you’ll see a list of all your programs (merchants).
Click on the “get links” button next to the merchant’s name. A new page will open where you’ll be able to see all your links for that merchant.
Click on “get HTML code” next to the link you want to use. Then click on “select URL only” to copy the link.
Another great affiliate program for beginners is Ultimate Bundles.
Ultimate Bundles puts together bundles on lots of different topics.
A bundle is a collection of resources (e.g. ebooks, courses, templates, workbooks, printables, etc.) that are all related to one topic (like productivity, blogging, money, etc.)
Some of the most popular bundles they offer are:
- Genius Blogger’s Toolkit
- The Ultimate Productivity Bundle
- The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
What makes these bundles so great is the fact that people can get a bunch of different resources (worth 1,000s of dollars) for one, low price.
Also, these bundles are only available for a limited time. And every time a bundle is on sale, different products are included.
How to get started with Ultimate Bundles
- Click here and complete the form to apply.
- Wait for an email from them.
Once you’re approved, you will get emails from them with tips and upcoming bundles.
Whenever there is a bundle you think your audience will be interested in, promote it.
Let’s talk about ShopStyle Collective now.
ShopStyle Collective is an influencer platform that helps you earn money through affiliate links and influencer campaigns.
When you join ShopStyle Collective, you get access to all of the brands that are on their platform.
They have over 600 stores on their platform. In lots of different categories like fashion, beauty, sports, food and grocery, home goods, garden, and tools, electronics, and more.
Some of the stores that they have are:
- Home Depot
How to get started with ShopStyle Collective
- Have an Instagram Business or Creator account
- Click here and follow the steps to apply
Once you’re a part of the ShopStyle Collective, you can start promoting products on your blog or social media.
Another great affiliate network for bloggers is Awin.
Awin has over 16,000 brands in its network. They have brands in all industries and niches. From finance to travel to retail and shopping. You can check out their Advertiser Directory to see which brands they have.
Some of the brands are:
How to get started with Awin
- Click here to apply
- Wait for an email from them
Once you’re accepted into Awin, you can search for brands you want to promote and join their affiliate programs.
And lastly, we have Amazon’s affiliate program, Amazon Associates.
Everyone and their grandma knows what Amazon is and shops there.
You can find just about anything on Amazon. From clothes to electronics to food to cleaning supplies.
That’s why Amazon Associates is a great affiliate program to join.
How to get started with Amazon associates
- Click here and click on the “sign up” button
- follow all the steps to create your Amazon Associates account
Once you complete all the steps, you can start sharing products and earning money.
It’s important to mention that, when you join Amazon associates, you have to make 3 qualifying sales in the first 180 days of joining the program.
If you don’t make those sales, you will be kicked out of the program.
That’s why I think beginner bloggers shouldn’t apply for Amazon Associates right away. They should wait until they have some traffic.
Also, Amazon has lots of rules and requirements that their associates have to follow. Otherwise, they will be kicked out of the program.
Before you join their affiliate program, read the rules carefully to know what you can and can’t do.
Affiliate marketing is one of the best (and my personal favorite) ways to earn money online.
There are so many places where you can promote affiliate links. From a website to an Instagram account to a Facebook page.
The possibilities are endless.
That’s what makes affiliate marketing so great.
Another thing I love about affiliate marketing is the fact that you can earn money without getting thousands of pageviews a day or having thousand of followers.
You can earn money through affiliate marketing with a small blog or low following on social media.
What matters is that you have the right audience and that you’re promoting the right products.