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.
- 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
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!