This post contains affiliate links.
It can be tough to find affiliate marketing opportunities if you don’t know where to start. When I decided it was time to start monetizing Slight North, I honestly had no idea where to begin.
After some research, I quickly learned that you can work as an affiliate for almost any product or service under the sun.
The easiest way to find affiliate marketing opportunities is through affiliate platforms. These are basically just websites that simplify the affiliate process for bloggers and companies alike. Once you sign up on the site and set up your profile you can apply to multiple companies, generate affiliate links, track your sales, and get paid all in one place.
Ready to get started?
These are four great places for beginner bloggers to find affiliate marketing opportunities!
1. CJ Affiliate
CJ bills itself as “the world’s largest and most established affiliate marketing network.” It was founded in 1998, so it’s been around for awhile and has proven itself as a trustworthy name in the affiliate industry.
Major brands like CNN, Time, and BuzzFeed work with CJ Affiliate and you can find products and services to sell in pretty much any niche.
After the initial set up, applying to companies on CJ usually takes only one click.
If they think you’re a good fit and approve your application, you can start linking to their products on your site and earning a percentage of sales. Companies that I’m an affiliate for through CJ include big names like Skyscanner, Booking.com, and more.
2. Amazon Associates
This is probably the most popular and well-known affiliate site. They don’t pay out a ton (usually less than 10% of sales) but so many people use Amazon that it still should be an essential part of your affiliate marketing campaigns.
Signing up with Amazon Associates is easy and you can start using it right away.
The only catch is that you have to make a few “qualified sales” in the first six months or your account will be closed. That’s not too big of a deal though, because if you don’t meet this benchmark you can open a new account and try again.
Usually, I use Amazon links to sell gear like hiking boots and backpacks or to make gift guides for the holidays.
If someone goes to Amazon through my affiliate link buys any product – even if it’s not the one I advertised on my site – I still get a percentage of the sales. I also recently started using the Amalinks Pro plugin to add product showcases, comparison tables, and Amazon approved ‘Buy Now’ buttons to my site as well!
Rakuten works like CJ. Fill out your website profile once and you can apply to companies on the platform with only one click.
My favorite company that I work with on Rakuten is Udemy because they have online courses for just about anything, which means the links are easy to fit into lots of different articles.
Beyond that, though, Rakuten has advertisers in 21 different niches so you’ll probably find a good fit no matter what your blog is about.
4. Awin (formerly Zanox)
I’m not going to lie, I had so much trouble getting my site verified on Awin that I eventually gave up on it.
But I’m still listing it here because it’s the affiliate site for Etsy and when I have time I really am going to troubleshoot my issue and get approved. Awin also has 13,000 other advertisers on the site, so if you’re looking for more companies beyond CJ, Amazon, and Rakuten, this is the place.
More Place to Find Affiliate Marketing Opportunities
These platforms offer a wide variety of affiliate marketing opportunities but there’s still more to discover. Many brands manage their affiliate marketing partnerships on their own websites, so don’t be afraid to branch out.
Think about the services, website, gear, and products you use, make a list of your favorites, and then research their affiliate programs. Usually, a simple Google search will put you on the right track.
You can also use Skimlinks, which is an easy piece of code you can install on your website and they’ll turn everything into affiliate links for you. They take a cut of your affiliate income percentage for this convenience, but I use them for some companies that otherwise don’t have affiliate programs, like Airbnb.
When it comes to affiliate marketing, staying organized is key. When you keep all your affiliate marketing opportunities in one place you can easily browse and grab links for articles as you write them.
To do so, I recommend making an easy-to-access list in Google Docs of all your affiliate platforms. In mine I put the direct link to each site along with bullet points of each advertiser that I work with through the platform.
Now, I have one handy affiliate marketing resource to keep track of every site I use.
I put off affiliate marketing for a long time because getting started was just too overwhelming. If you feel the same way, I hope this article will help you out. Check out these sites, set up your profiles, and begin affiliate marketing on your blog today!
This article is part of the Beginner Blogger series. Read the rest below:
Then, explore the complete Travel Blogging series for more articles, tips, and advice from three years in the industry.
I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:
➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.
➤ I use Booking.com for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.
➤ Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field.
➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.