Ever wonder how bloggers make money by sharing their favourite things? Heard of affiliate links, but no idea what it means? You’ve come to the right place! I’m definitely not an expert in this area, by any means, but I thought I’d do my best to explain affiliate marketing because I often get questions about it and for the longest time I had no idea what it was!!
According to Google Dictionary, affiliate marketing is a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays (eg. Amazon) commission to an external website (eg. me) for traffic or sales generated from referrals. So in other words, if I share an affiliate link (a unique link that tracks it back to me), you click on the link (and DO NOT get redirected to Ebates or an App) and you make a purchase within 24 hours then I may qualify for a small commission from that sale. This is one source of income for bloggers/influencers. Commission rates vary depending on the retailer, I’ve shared more about my rates below.
I put up a question box on my Instagram stories a few days ago, here are the top questions that you guys asked!
Q1: Does it cost me money to shop via your links?
A1: No! Shopping from affiliate links does not cost you any extra money. A very small commission may go to the person whose links you are shopping from (if it’s a qualified sale), but that commission comes from the company, eg. Amazon.
Q2. Do affiliate links still work if I shop using Ebates?
A2. To the best of my knowledge, no, it does not work. If you use Ebates, the affiliate person will NOT receive a commission when you shop using Ebates. It’s a bummer for sure, but if you want to support a certain blogger or influencer, perhaps you could shop via their links every 5th time you shop or something. Just a thought.
Q3. Do affiliate links work using the Amazon App on mobile?
A3. Again, to the best of my knowledge (and please correct me if I’m wrong), I don’t think that affiliate links for Amazon work if you click the affiliate link and then get redirected to the mobile App. I believe being redirected breaks the link. I did research this a bit and that’s what I could find.
Q4. Can you tell what I buy?
A4. No, I cannot see what you buy or who is shopping from my links. I can only see a dollar amount, how many clicks, things like that. I can NOT see people or what they are buying.
Q5. How do I get started?
A5. It is easy to get started, you just have to sign up! I’ll include details below about which affiliate programs I work with. For Amazon, for example, you have to have a qualified sale within 180 days to keep your status, but you don’t have to pay or do anything to sign up. Just have to have a blog or website or YouTube channel I believe. Once you sign up in the program, find the link builder section and enter the link you want to share and it will spit out your affiliate link. Easy peasy. Let me know if you give it a try!
Although it is easy to sign up, I would not say it is easy to make money. If you have a large, dedicated following you definitely can, but I find a lot of people either don’t understand affiliate links or choose to shop via Ebates or on the Mobile App. So they are happy to receive your shopping suggestions, but then buy other places and the person who went through the work to share it receives no credit. This is common, but I also think a lot of people don’t fully understand the process. If I have the opportunity to support my friends and family and people who I enjoy learning from by shopping their affiliate links then I will. It’s a small choice you can make that I think can make a big difference.
Graphic Credit: https://medium.com/@oluigbopeter/living-the-affiliate-lifestyle-b9e18fb389f4
What I Do
I love to blog. It’s fun for me, it’s a creative outlet, it often motivates me to get projects done that I would like to and I enjoy sharing and encouraging others to try new things because I enjoy getting this encouragement from others too! BUT, blogging takes time. Probably more time than you think. As a way to compensate myself for some of the time I put into blogging I thought I would start to incorporate affiliate links to products that I’d be sharing anyways.
I am apart of three affiliate programs: Etsy, Amazon and Mabel’s Labels. To sign up for Etsy affiliates you’ll need to go through Awin. For Amazon, search Amazon Associates Canada or USA, and for Mabel’s Labels, search Share-A-Sale. There are SO many different companies you can share affiliate links for through Share-A-Sale. You often also need a minimum amount to qualify for being paid. I have yet to meet that minimum from Mabel’s Labels, but I love their products and continue to share them for that reason.
Shop My Links
When you see any links, or blue writing in a blog post, you can click on it and that will take you to shop. If it is through Amazon, Etsy or Mabel’s Labels, then it is an affiliate link, other links are not. Although I am an Etsy affiliate, I CANNOT share affiliate links to my own Etsy shop, it is only for other Etsy shops.
For my blog posts I often have a section at the end that says “Shop this post.” You can click on any of the images shared to shop and they are all affiliate links.
If there are affiliate links in a blog post, I will state at the end that if you shop via some of the links, I may receive a small commission. You are always required to disclose affiliate links. And I say “may” because it has to be a qualified sale, I have to meet the minimum threshold before I receive payment, etc. For example, with Mabel’s Labels, I have to reach $50 in commission before I receive payment. I’m super close, but not quite there yet, so if you’re needing some labels, click HERE!
I REALLY appreciate it when you take the time to shop my links, it’s a great way to say thank you for sharing the content. I mean, don’t shop if you don’t want the product, but if you are going to purchase the product anyways, then it’s just a really nice gesture. If I see a product shared by a blogger that I want, I always do my best to shop via the link they shared because why not? It’s something small you can do to show appreciation for the content that you enjoy receiving.
So here we go! If you are planning to shop via any of these sites, feel free to click the blue writing below to get you to the sites. If you purchase within 24 hours then I may receive a small commission and I will be forever thankful!!!
ETSY –> commission is 5%, but some rates may vary depending on your affiliate status (how many clicks and sales you generate).
AMAZON -> commission rates vary depending on the product category (Eg. household items, apparel, baby items, etc). The range is from 1% to 10%.
Was any of this new to you or are you a pro affiliate link shopper already? I’d love to know!
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