**The links in this blog post are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, I will receive a small commission from Shareasale
When I started blogging, I just had one idea in my mind – making a journal of my day to day life with my one year old.
Little did I know that it will soon become my full time passion and replace my income from my permanent job.
When I discovered different ways to monetize my blog, the term “affiliate programs” came about a lot.
I dug a little more and was pleasantly surprised to find out that I can easily monetize my blog using affiliate programs.
What is an Affiliate Program?
When you sign up for an affiliate program, you are able to insert links to certain products or services on your site.
When someone purchases those products or services using your links, you get paid small commission set aside by those service providers.
Affiliate Program also allows you to refer new customers to certain website, for which they pay you commission as well.
What is Shareasale and How it Works?
Shareasale.com is one such affiliate marketing network where merchants and affiliates come together to promote a product. Shareasale pays commission to affiliates based on sales.
To get started with Shareasale, you have to sign up as an affiliate first.
Complete the sign up form by following the steps on the sign up form.
Once signed up, login to your Shareasale account
Once you login, you have to choose the kind of merchants you want to promote. You can do that based on the niche of your blog. Simply search Merchants using your keywords and look up what kind of programs are available in your niche.
So, for example, if my blog niche is fashion or kids wear, I can search for such merchants.
You can also browse by the categories. When you find the company you want to promote, check out the stats on average sales and average commission. Since I am already enrolled with Modcloth affiliate program, if you make a purchase via my sales link, I make 7% per sale.
If you want to join the program, click the JOIN PROGRAM button.
Next you will see a new dialog box open, asking you to mention your promotional methods to promote that merchant. Write up a generic paragraph on how you generally promote products or services on your blog.
It takes 1 – 2 days for companies to review your application.
Once approved, you can grab the links for those companies by clicking on “Get Links”.
How to Make Money with Shareasale
Once you are setup with Shareasale and start getting approval from different affiliate programs, you should get ready to promote them and start making money.
Many bloggers make the mistake of just putting the banners on their sidebar and start money to start rolling in. Well, sorry to say but it’s not that simple. When you are advertising something on your blog, it should not look like you are advertising.
When you genuinely use a product or service, only then you can recommend that product to your readers. For example, I have used products from Cents of Style and Modcloth. I talk about these on my blog only because I know that they offer great quality outfits and fashion accessories.
There are three ways to make money from Shareasale:
- Commission Based Monetizing
- Referral Programs
- Write a sponsored post
Commission Based Monetizing: This is the most common kind of monetizing that bloggers utilize. I have used it in number of my posts. When I write an article or a review, I insert 2 or 3 links to particular affiliate that I want to promote. If someone makes a purchase using my affiliate links, I make money.
Referral Programs. When I refer other bloggers to sign up with certain affiliates and they sign up using my link, I make small commission in the form of referral bonus. So, if you sign up using this link, I make small commission.
Write a Sponsored Post. Many affiliates may contact you to write a post about their upcoming sale or their product in general. Most of the time they also provide a sample blog post. It’s totally up to you though if you want to use that blog post or write up your own. In any case, once you write a blog post, submit it to them and they review it, you get paid the promised amount.
Not all the merchants pay you to create blog posts on your blog. Here is the checklist of merchants that pay from time to time to write about their products or services, in no particular order.
One Last Important Thing to Remember
When you insert affiliate links in your blog posts, make sure you are adding a disclaimer that your readers can clearly read and know that you will be making a commission when they make a purchase from your blog post.