In a previous post I shared a detailed report of my 4 year AdSense earnings, and one of the Shouters suggested that I do a similar post for affiliate marketing income, and it made sense to me that I should share such a report with my readers.
Prior to earning income from AdSense, my initial earnings came from the Dreamhost affiliate program, where I earned my first $47 as affiliate income, and that was a considerable amount at that point in time.
The funny thing is that when I started blogging I had no idea what AdSense or affiliate marketing were, but I soon came to realize how blogs are making money. That is a story for another post, but for now let’s talk about affiliate earnings.
Since I have used various affiliate programs and networks, it is difficult to offer an accurate report here, but I will use the report from my major affiliate program, and calculate the earnings using that income. I will also share with you the related network names, which will help you to identify some affiliate networks that can work for you. You can also check out my earlier posts on Affiliate Programs for the WordPress Niche, and Affiliate Programs for the Hosting Niche, which will offer you a great list of affiliate programs.
Note: I last calculated this report before Black Friday 2013, so this report is accurate through mid-November 2013.
List of working affiliate programs with earnings:
- Hostgator Affiliate Program: $25006
- Bluehost Affiliate program: $32040
- Dreamhost Affiliate Program: $9691.30
- Infolinks Affiliate Program: $325
- Combining other hosting affiliate programs: $1860
- Elegant Themes Affiliate Program: $3,384
- Aweber Affiliate Program: $550
- Theme Forest Affiliate Program: $454
- E-Junkie Affiliate Program: $193 + 235 + 86 + 26
- Known Host Affiliate program: $175
- Media Temple Affiliate Program: $180
- Obox Affiliate Program: $45
- Theme-Junkie Affiliate Program: $270
- Sponsored Tweets: $51
- GoDaddy Affiliate Program: $755
- Social Oomph Affiliate Program: $1094
- Templatic Themes: $320
- Linode Affiliate Program: $80
- Avangate Affiliate Program: $121
- Warrior Forum : $1177
- Swift Themes: $47
- Amazon : $37
- Magazine3 Theme: $25
- FameThemes: $230
- ThemeFurnace: $12
- PostPlanner: $41
- StealthGenie: $350
- Click Bank: 1550
Total – $80410.3 ( 50 Lakh INR Approx)
For the curious Shouters, I’m attaching a screenshot from the dashboard of three of my most successful affiliate programs. I have taken this screenshot today, so you will see more earnings than you see stated above.
Other blog monetization program earnings:
The following are not direct affiliate programs, but are representative of the monetisation networks and techniques that have worked relatively well to date. I am adding this to show you other ad networks in addition to AdSense which will allow you to monetize your blog. One network which I have tried but have not profited from so far is Media.net, a network which is getting mix reviews.
- Infolinks: $3091.24
- Chitika: $82
- Viglink: $590
- Skimlinks: $300
- Giveaway.ly: $114
- BuySellads: $10,929
Total – 15106.24 (9.25 Lakh INR Approx.)
Where to begin with affiliate marketing:
There are countless numbers of affiliate models that people follow in an effort to earn money online. I follow the technique of sharing what I use, and earning income by doing so. If you are using monetization techniques other than AdSense, I recommend that you make a slow transition to affiliate marketing as well. Add one or two banners of related affiliate products on your blog sidebar, and see how it works out for you.
Following are links to several articles which every newbie should read to get a sense of the techniques involved in affiliate marketing:
- What is Affiliate Marketing and FAQ
- How to Promote Affiliate Products on Your Blog
- Monetize Indian Traffic with Amazon India Affiliate Program
- How to Promote the Dreamhost Affiliate Program
I strongly suggest that if you are getting into affiliate marketing, you work on creating a sustainable model rather than a hit-and-run model. The affiliate marketing model is very lucrative and well worth your time, if you are doing it the right way.
This year I’m focusing more on turning my ShoutMeLoud monetization techniques into a more product-based model rather than techniques involving affiliate and other contextual ad networks. I will continue to share my education and my discoveries with you.
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