Making passive income does not mean that you have to sell your dignity! There are a number of ways that you can get a steady stream of monthly income from your website or social media platforms, without feeling like a spammy pammy! And, affiliate marketing is even easier when you have an existing small business. Here are two of the best affiliate programs to get you started.
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For the purposes of this article, I’m going to assume that your small business, website or social media platforms are setup. Now you’re thinking of adding additional income streams to your beautiful part of the internet. Out of all the programmes I’ve tried, these two are the simplest and most lucrative platforms. I think anyone expanding their business online has enough on their plate without worrying about how things work!
These two affiliate programmes have helped me to make consistent monthly commission. I use links within my blog posts, emails and social media without it feeling uncomfortable, pushy or completely out of place. These are brilliant starting points for anyone looking into affiliate marketing, whatever the niche.
Basically a world of brands available at your fingertips, Awin are a global affiliate marketing network that empowers advertisers (the brands) and publishers (that’s you!) of all sizes to grow their businesses online. They have over 100,000 active publishers promoting over 6000 advertisers which gives you, as a publisher, the ability to find and partner with brands you love.
Awin’s aim is to help publishers big and small create profitable partnerships with the world’s best-known brands through your social media, website, blog and content. They have a vault of brands to work with; whether you’re business niche is beauty, electronics or finance, there is something for every niche available on Awin.
Signing up is easy, and requires just a £5 deposit to ensure you’re a legitimate prospective publisher. Once you’re signed up, you can browse the brands available and pitch to those appropriate. You may also find brands approaching you to work together, but be picky! Don’t forget your niche!
Once you’re accepted to the brands programme, the process of accessing links and code is a walk in the park! Out of the affiliate programmes that I am a member of, this is by far the easiest platform to navigate and use effectively. I spend a lot of my time on their platform (for the right reasons!) and regularly sign up to new and appropriate brands that will help my audience.
It is a very good site for finding appropriate banners of all different shapes and sizes if you want attractive links directly on your website or emails, because the navigation is super simple. Their process for deep-linking (converting a specific URL that you’d like your audience to land on) is very straightforward. You can also track those links with your own click reference, so you can manage and improve your campaign strategy by analysing data that makes sense to you! A big part of affiliate marketing is understanding what is working, and what isn’t, so this is a great way to start with that analysis process.
Awin also allows brands to find you! Interested brands are able to find and approach you to work with them in a few simple steps. You are then offered the choice of joining their programme or not, depending on your business plan and marketing strategy.
As a beginner in Affiliate Marketing, Awin is by far the easiest platform to start with and you’re pretty much guaranteed to find brands to promote that will suit your business and its audience.
Ultimate Bundles (UB) are simply a pre-prepared library of curated content. Their products include eBooks, printable resources (planners etc) and courses that are grouped together under certain topics. They are offered at an exceptionally discounted price; up to 96% off the individual purchase value of each separate product. The bundles are usually only offered for a very limited time and often include great value bonus content for free.
They have different bundles running throughout the year covering topics from business and photography to parenting and home management. You can cherry-pick the appropriate packages for your audience, promoting only what is relevant and helpful to your readers. They offer a generous, 40% commission on each bundle and affiliates can do very well out of the short sales strategy. Some very successful entrepreneurs and bloggers get involved with Ultimate Bundles flash sales so they’re definitely not to be sniffed at.
In addition to teaching you about the bundle’s you can promote, Ultimate Bundles also provide marketing training before the sales go live to help you get the most out of your promotion efforts. They have a library of eBooks and video courses, constantly accessible, so you can scrub up on your marketing skills and etiquette any time.
The tools available to promote each bundle aren’t anything to be snubbed either! With images to download straight to your computer, html code for beautiful banners and text links for every aspect of the bundle, you’re sure to get your audiences hearts pumping with brand-suitable and adaptable content.
Ultimate Bundles also ask for contributors for their bundles out of the affiliates who promote them. So, if you have a suitable digital product, you can always apply via a simple form. Beware though, as of late 2020, UB stopped paying contributors an additional fee for their efforts. Now, they pay contributors with an inflated affiliate percentage; giving contributors 70% of their sales instead of the standard 40%. If you fancy giving it a go, please ensure you read the terms and conditions, and contract in full before submitting contributions.
Joining any affiliate marketing platform requires filling out a form and you need information about your own brand and business to do this. If you’re ready to monetise your online presence, this is information you must have available for all applications. I would recommend gathering that information as you complete the form by copying and pasting into a document. This will help next time you go to make an application, as you can simply copy the information across each time.
In summary, Awin offers huge reach and is really easy to use, where Ultimate Bundles brings brilliant offers for your readers. If you want to get the absolute most out of affiliate marketing across your internet presence then I would recommend joining us in the Passive Business Academy and heading straight to the ‘Awesome Affiliates’ Module where you can learn all about how to leverage affiliate marketing in your business.
So what are you waiting for?