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Resources and Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

All the best tools, tips, and resources for professional bloggers and aspiring affiliate marketers.

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If you're interested in learning more about affiliate marketing for bloggers, you're in the right place. Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make some extra money from your blog.

As a professional wedding blogger, Affiliate Marketing has become one of the main ways I monetize my website.

Below, I've rounded up a few resources and (affiliate) links to help get you started.

I'll be updating this list regularly with more resources and info for you – so bookmark it and check back often!

In this post we cover:

  • Starting a blog
  • Hosting Providers
  • Affiliate Marketing Basics
  • Which Affiliate Networks to Join
  • Recommended Merchant Programs
  • Plugins and Apps for Affiliates
  • Social Media Scheduling Tools
  • Must-read resources for bloggers

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Want to start a blog?

If you don't yet have your own self-hosted blog or website with which to start affiliate marketing, I created a great tutorial to get you started. Check it out here:

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πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’» Learn about Affiliate Marketing

  • Affiliate Marketing for Influencers
    This course and community, hosted by Jessica Turner of The Mom Creative, is filled with everything you need to know to grow your business using affiliate marketing. Get great insights, information, and advice from fellow bloggers in the community!

  • Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
    In this course, Michelle from Making Sense of Cents teaches you everything she's done to earn over $100k in a month from blogging using affiliate marketing.

  • Smart Passive Income
    The go-to website about making money online. Pat Flynn is a big name in the affiliate space and has a whole section of his website dedicated to affiliate marketing strategies.

  • BourbonandSparkle.com 
    Christen Moynihan of TheBrokeAssBride.com – Christen offers affiliate marketing consulting for bloggers. You can find info about her services and rates on her website.

πŸ’Ό Networking and Mentoring

Since 2019, I've been part of an incredible mastermind and blogger networking group called the Insiders. This group has provided more resources than any other group I've ever been a part of. If you're looking for blogging guidance, coaching, accountability, support, networking, and even paid opportunities, I highly recommend checking it out. We'd love to have you!


πŸ”— Affiliate Networks

Most affiliate programs are run through different affiliate networks. The ones below are the main ones I use:

πŸ“Š Tracking your affiliate earnings

Once you've joined all these different platforms, connecting with merchants and start earning commissions, you should definitely use Affluent to keep track of all your conversions and earnings in one easy dashboard. Talk about a game-changer!

It's super important to track the performance of your promotions to see what's resonating most with your audience. Affluent is completely free to use and track your commissions up to $5,000 in revenue per month, but you can save 20% off a paid plan with enhanced features with code SAVE20. Sign up now!


πŸ›’ Specific Merchants I Recommend

Crafts

Paper + Photo Products

Beauty

Fashion

Favors + Gifts


πŸ› Important Plugins for Affiliate Marketing

  • Pretty Link 
    This is a great plugin to auto add your affiliate links in every instance you use a term in your blog. I couldn't function without this plugin!!

πŸ’° Influencer and Sponsored Post Networks:

Another way to earn money with your blog is by accepting sponsored posts and custom content opportunities. There are several networks out there that allow you to use your blog as a platform to create and promote content in partnership with brands. Here are a few that we use and recommend:


πŸ“± Social Media Scheduling

  • CoSchedule 
    I could not be more obsessed with CoSchedule. It allows you to schedule your social media updates at the same time you schedule your blog posts. The easiest promotion method to craft individual, custom promotion across your social networks. It's seriously a game-changer, y'all. Read my full CoSchedule review.

Instagram Scheduling

  • Later 
    Later is an app that allows you to schedule Instagram Feed Posts *AND* Instagram stories. You can also use it as a way to drive traffic either to your blog or to an affiliate link. Super awesome! I like that I can preview your feed as you schedule! Sign up for Later here.

Pinterest Scheduling

  • Tailwind 
    This is another Pinterest Scheduler that I highly recommend. You can schedule pins, join tribes of users with similar content, and promote your own content within the Tailwind app network. It's an awesome tool for any blogger that is looking to drive more traffic to their website. Check out Tailwind here.

πŸ’Œ Email Newsletter/Feed

  • Flodesk
    If you're looking for a beautiful, simple, intuitive platform to send email newsletters for your blog or small business, I am seriously loving Flodesk for my personal projects.
  • Mailerlite
    I've been running the B$B email newsletter via Mailerlite for about a year, but don't let the name fool you. This service is feature-rich and super affordable in comparison with the other platforms out there. I wish I'd discovered it sooner!

πŸ’» Other handy tools for bloggers

Accounting and invoicing software

Grammar and editing software

Affiliate Dashboard

  • Affluent
    See all of your conversions and earnings in every different affiliate network in one place. Sign up here!

πŸ“· Graphics, Photos and Fonts for Bloggers

Creating Graphics

  • Canva
    This platform is super simple and intuitive to use to create marketing graphics, social media graphics,  and so much more. Use their included templates and selection of free stock photos and art to make your blog look professional in a snap!. Sign up here!

Stock Photos

These are a few resources for great, free stock photos!

Fonts, Graphics, Mockups and More

  • CreativeMarket
    Find and purchase affordable, premium quality stock photos, graphics, mockups and more to make your blog assets look super professional with ease. Browse Creative Market!

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Be sure to bookmark this post and check back for updates on new resources we discover!

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