I used to write a lot earning money from blogging – these days the topic is getting terribly overdone and there’s not much to add to it. But I’ve always loved helping parent bloggers earn money from blogging, and I must admit this post has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day almost upon us, I decided this post would be my present to all of the blogging parents around here. 🙂
I’ve worked with most of these affiliate programs, and I’ve definitely chosen these merchants with care. I don’t think we want to sling around more baby products. Rather, these are programs that promote products you can easily fit into your content, because you are probably already blogging about things like childcare, entertainment, social networking, productivity, going green or cool parenting stuff.
In case you didn’t know, all affiliate programs are free, so you just need to join the networks below in order to get access to these programs. By the way, want to learn more about Affiliate Marketing? Funny you should ask!
Programs from the Commission Junction Affiliate Network
Tutor.com ($5 per lead and 100% of first sale [sweet!] )
I love programs that pay per lead – it’s much easier to make money off of leads than sales. And 100% of the first sale is rare and generous. It’s also new – last year they weren’t offering that.
CafeMom ($2 per lead)
Ditto from above on paying for leads – and just how hard do you think it is to get a blogging mom to sign up for a social network??
Angie’s List ($10-$20 per sale)
Ratings and reviews on local contractors and service companies. Word of mouth in action!
Green and More (10% of sale)
For an eco-friendly home – they even have a big selection of green appliances. I hate to imagine blogging about laundry – but I must admit that if anyone can make laundry interesting, parent bloggers can do it!
GameFly ($15 per lead)
That’s a seriously great payout on a brand that’s pretty much a household name.
From the PepperJam Affiliate Network
PepperJam was founded by Kris Jones, a super-fantastic guy who is working hard to improve transparency and ethics in the affiliate marketing industry. Any program run in their network will be run well. I don’t know one parent blogger that hasn’t mentioned at least one of the following TV shows/stations in a post:
Sesame Street Store (8% -10% of sale)
Cartoon Network Shop (7% of sale)
Warner Brothers Shop & Warner Brothers TV Shop (7% of sale)
From the Shareasale Affiliate Network
Shareasale has quite a few niche merchants you won’t find anywhere else. It’s because they have a more affordable merchant program that allows smaller mom and pop shops to run affiliate programs.
MomAgenda (10% of sale)
I’ve written about MomAgenda in the past; I really love their products. Glad to see they finally have an affiliate program!
Land of Nod (7% of sale and $5 per lead)
They are active communicators and some of their affiliates do very well.
FlipClips (10% of sale)
They turn videos into the most adorable little flip books. Their program manager is also very accessible and willing to help.
gDiapers (10% of sale, $0.25 per lead)
Earth-friendly diapers. I’ve heard rave reviews about them – but since my babies are big, I can’t speak from experience. 😉
Tiny Prints (10% of sale)
They have the most adorable baby announcements and holiday cards. Seriously.
Programs from the LinkShare Affiliate Network
Although Linkshare has a clunky interface, they have some really premium advertisers, and most of them are exclusive to their network. That alone makes it worth it to join.
Nick Jr. Shop (6% – 10% of sale) & Nick Magazines (25% of sale)
HBO Store (10% of sale)