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There are a lot of affiliate companies you can use to help monetize your blog.

Affiliates are sites that offer ads you can place on your blog, and when readers click on them or purchase something using these links, you earn money for those clicks and/or purchases made by your readers.  You can’t really have too many affiliates, because they all offer something different, and you can pick and choose which ads are relevant to your blog and interest your readers.

I will list the ones I use below, and in some cases they may be my referral links.  All of these are free to sign up for, I’ve never had to pay to become an affiliate.  If an affiliate company asks you to pay for ANYTHING, be cautious.  These companies below are all completely legit, and I get paid from these sites regularly.

Amazon: I love anything to do with Amazon.  You get a certain percentage of all sales made to Amazon through your affiliate links.  The more products you advertise and sell, the higher percentage you make on sales.   And since Amazon is so diverse, you are very likely to find something to advertise to your readers. They pay out in 60-days and you can choose check or direct deposit.

Here’s an example of my current Amazon affiliates report.  Today is July 11th and I’ve already sold 195 products off Amazon, and I’m earning 7% commission on each sale.  When I sell 126 more items, my referral rate will increase to 7.5%.

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Commission JunctionI really like Commission Junction because a lot of major companies use them, and once you become a CJ affiliate, it’s very easy to apply to become an affiliate for individual companies.  I use CJ for sites like QVC, HSN, and lots more.  They have a payment threshold of only $50.

Escalate NetworkThis is a great affiliate company.  They pay monthly and will pay via Paypal or check.  You receive your payments within 15 days of month’s end, and usually much quicker.

CenterPoint Media

ShopHer Media

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Rakuten Linkshare

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