You can make money using affiliate programs

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 7, 2009

I am often asked about how I monetize From Dates to Diapers, and how others can do it, too. I do advertise, but since I am on a panel about affiliate marketing, with Lori and Tara today at BlissDom, I would like to tell you about how I use affiliate programs to bring in a little pocket change.

While affiliate marketing does not work for everyone, banners on my sidebar and text links within posts can be seen most often here at Dates, especially around a holiday in which I created a special gift guide. I am very cautious to not bombard my readers with tons of affiliate links or flashy buttons, but include a link or two that may bring something valuable to you – my reader and friend.

If you would like to use affiliate links to begin monetizing your site, I would suggest that you sign up with the following affiliate programs.
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  • Share-A-Sale – boutique shops
  • LinkShare – clothing and accessories, department stores, entertainment, family, toys and games, home and living
  • Affiliate Future – travel, gifts, health and beauty
  • Logical Media – samples, coupons
  • Pepperjam – clothing, toys and games, furniture
  • Amazon
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    Remember to consider that affiliate marketing may not work for you, nor is it guaranteed to make you lots of money. In fact, it is hard work researching the programs and finding those that do work for your site and readers. It does take time, but if you stick with it you will eventually make something…. Even if it’s just enough for a cup of coffee!

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    Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home February 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you for speaking today. I really enjoyed it and you all answered a lot of my questions about ads. Thanks!

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    Meredith from Merchant Ships February 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you for including the links! I was struggling with a baby and my pen in the audience and couldn’t jot them down fast enough.

    I appreciated your balanced approach to affiliate marketing. You made it seem do-able for even the personal blogger like me.

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    Michelle February 8, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Excellent info! Thank you!

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    viv February 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Hi, Just found your blog and it rocks. Thank you for this affiliate info.

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    oh amanda February 10, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for the links! I appreciate all the info and insight you gave at blissdom!

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    Carrie at NaturalMomsTalkRadio February 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    And thankfully, with the right know how and a little marketing education, blogging moms can make far more than enough to buy a coffee. Myself personally, I support my family with my sites.

    I also encourage mom bloggers to create their own information product. It’s easy to do, just copy and paste some of your best content on a particular theme into a Word doc, pretty it up and expand on it, and sell the sucker.

    Information products make up a good percentage of my income and once they are set up, are mostly passive income.

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    Beautiful Ladies Gallery December 4, 2010 at 2:39 am

    so far the best affiliate program for me is Amazon Affiliate. they have high tier rates and great payout `~’

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