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Simple & Easy Ways To Use Affiliate Links On Your Blog

As a blogger one of the easiest ways you can monetize your blog is by using affiliate links. An affiliate link allows you to share a link to an item in your blog post, and with each click or purchase you make a small percentage. Although these won’t necessarily allow you to be able to live off of them, they can be a great way to make a little extra income. But it can be hard as a blogger to know where to start. So today I’m going to share with you some easy ways to use affiliate links on your blog!

SHOPSTYLE Collective

ShopStyle Collective is the very first affiliate program I signed up for, and it’s still my favorite to this day. It’s free to sign up, and the great thing is unlike other programs, there is no minimum requirements that you have to meet. Once you sign up you can search through hundreds of products and brands.

ShopStyle allows you to not only create links for the items, but you can create product widgets with images of the items that you can put in your posts. All you have to do is create the widget, copy the code they provide you, and paste it in the text/html section of your blog post before publishing it. I mainly use this for linking outfit items as well as beauty products (as shown below). You can also create a Shop Your Instagram page as well as New In Wardrobe page by creating looks or collections. The possibilities are endless, and once you paste the code, all the editing/changing of products can be done in ShopStyle. So I would highly recommend using their program!

Amazon Affiliate Program

Amazon has a Affiliate Program you can join that is also free. It takes about 5-10 minutes to join, and the process is simple.

  1. Go to https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/ .
  2. Click “join now for free” on upper right hand side of your screen.
  3. Log in to your Amazon account.
  4. Fill out the information ( there are 5 “pages” )- personal information, website(s) you’re linking it to, and information about your blog.
  5. Enter your phone number, get the pin, and insert pin number in to the phone when they call.
  6. You can enter your tax and payment information, or wait till later, which I would suggest doing.

And that’s it! You do get approved right away, but there are certain requirements you have to reach within 180 days or they will terminate your account. You have to make at least 3 qualified sales in those days to avoid having your account terminated, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a try!

Target Affiliate Program

Target just last year started an affiliate program, and if you do quite a bit of shopping at Target I would suggest applying. You do have to send in an application and be approved, but it’s worth the try and after all, you miss 100% of the chances you never take.

  1. Go to http://affiliate.target.com/ .
  2. Click join today.
  3. Fill out all the information to make an account. Tell them about what your blog is, what you post about, what items you promote, and how many visitors you get each month. Share any useful information about your blog that you can think of.

Then they send an email to your email address to confirm your application submission. And after that, all you have to do is wait to see if you will be approved. If they don’t approve you, don’t be too upset. You can always apply again once your blog has grown a little more!

And those are some different ways you can use affiliate links on your blog. Just remember that it’s best to only link items that are in your post/photos, items you talked about in the post but not featured, or similar items. Chances are if you’re just posting random affiliate links to make money, your readers will notice. Also keep in mind that it does take time to make some income off of them, and most have a certain limit you must reach before you can get a check. So I hope this post helped, and happy linking!

Also if you have any other questions feel free to comment them down below, or message me on social media!

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15 responses to “Simple & Easy Ways To Use Affiliate Links On Your Blog”

  1. joana says:

    great post. I´m going to make an account in the ShopStyle. some tips for the site?

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you! I would suggest every time you add something to your wardrobe or beauty collection to search for it on ShopStyle, and save it to your ‘Things I Like’ list. This will save you so much time when creating blog posts and linking items x

  2. I have always wondered how to start with affiliate marketing to monetize my blog, thank you for sharing this helpful post. A lot of my doubts are clear now 🙂
    Hope you had an amazing weekend!
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

  3. Vivian says:

    Ohh this is so helpful! I’ve been wanting to do this for the longest time, but I always forget to sign up! Definitely need to put this on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing babe!

    Vivian x

    http://www.viviantse.net

  4. Stacey says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I actually use ShopStyle Collective and it seems to be really reliable, however since I do more beauty posts than style or fashion, it’s not always easy to find all the up to date beauty products in their system. I see they try though which I appreciate. I’ve also used Amazon as well but I’ve never made money from it and they make it clear with telling me through emails LOL. I don’t think I can use the Target one since we no longer have a Target in Canada. I wish there were more to work with:/

    • Kara Callahan says:

      That’s my only dislike about ShopStyle Collective. I wish they updated their product lists more with newer items. You might be able to use the Target one even if they no longer have Target in Canada, because your blog readers in the US could still shop using it. But I definitely hope that there will be more for bloggers to use in the future!

  5. I’ve always wondered how to start monetising my blog so this is a huge help for a starting point. Thank you so much for all of the helpful tips!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

  6. Kim says:

    Omg I had no idea Target had an affiliate program! Target is my favorite!

    • Kara Callahan says:

      They just created it recently! Target is my favorite too, so I was so excited when I saw it! x

  7. Angie says:

    Shopstyle Collective is great! I try and use it more and more in my posts! I been looking är Amazon. But haven’t signed yet but maybe I Will give it a try 👍😃

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m glad you like ShopStyle Collective as much as I do! And you’ll have to let me know what you think of the Amazon one x

  8. E. says:

    I use Shopstyle Collective but… it hasn’t got such good results for small bloggers as me (you have to earn 100$ to get your money and I think I could have less than… 20$ hahahahaha)
    I am having better results with Amazon Afiliates and the best/worst thing is that you can get Amazon cards so it is a circle of buying buying buying everytime.
    Kisses,
    E.
    http://www.withcapitale.com
    https://www.instagram.com/withcapitale/

    • Kara Callahan says:

      That’s one of the downsides with ShopStyle. I have the same problem but over times hopefully I’ll reach that mark! And I had no idea you can get Amazon cards! That can be very dangerous for someone like me who always likes to shop on there.

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