So you’re already creating great craft projects and sharing tutorials, right? You are probably already listing the products and materials you use and maybe you’re linking to places to buy those products. Did you know you could be making money from those links? Yep! That’s right, add affiliate links to content you are already sharing and you could be earning money when your visitors buy the products you are talking about.
For the purpose of this article we are going to talk about content. There are a number of ways you can make money as an Affiliate Marketer. However, to stay focused today, we’ll only discuss adding product links.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing promotion of goods and services (the merchant/retailer) by a third party (you/blogger). You can sign up for affiliate programs through a number of networks or directly with merchants depending on where the merchant’s affiliate program is hosted.
What do you need to participate in Affiliate marketing?
- A website or blog
- An affiliate account with at least one merchant
- An understanding of how to add a link
We’ll assume you already have a website or blog.
Sign up with affiliate programs –
Many affiliate programs are hosted by affiliate networks. You’ll need to sign up with the network first and then you can apply for individual programs. Once approved you can start adding links. Affiliates are also called “publishers”.
Important Note: every merchant has their own guidelines and terms of service/use. Many require you to be approved before you can earn a commission sharing their product links. Make sure to read agreements and guidelines before jumping in.
Adding affiliate links –
Many affiliate links have built in tracking code. Simply cut and paste provided link code into your website where you want the link to appear. You’ll usually find a variety of link options from text links to banners and even coupon/promotion codes.
Don’t forget the disclaimer:
The FTC requires you to include a disclosure statement on your site if you are earning money on your blog whether through affiliate links or otherwise. Make sure you include this information in an easy to find location on your site.
Each state has it’s own laws for internet marketing and tax laws. make sure to familiarize yourself with any requirements or limitations you might have in conjunction with the state you live.
There are a ton of different affiliate networks, here are a few to start with.
- Commission Junction
- Share a Sale
- Google Affiliate Network
Examples of merchants with affiliate programs that a craft blogger might use:
- Create for Less
- Two Peas in a Bucket
- Mr. Art
- Joann Fabrics