Are you a creative looking to make money on the side?

or

Are you a blogger who finally realized (like yours truly) that your blog is a business and you need to monetize ASAP?

Whatever your reason, let's dive into some Affiliate Do's & Dont's and get into the detail of companies you can work with and earn passive income:-

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Affiliate Do's & Dont's

  • Promoting the most appropriate product to your audience is key to being successful with affiliate links.  You don't want to sell Craft lessons to a Wellness Coach (unless she likes to learn a new skill!).
  • Promote only products or service that you use, have used, like and trust.
  • If you do a craft post, like 'How to make your own tag blanket', do not overdo the affiliate links! Link to 2/3 products that you have used in the post, max.
  • Apart from finding the most appropriate product to promote, remember that most affiliate programs also have referral incentives.  There are different ways to 'spread' affiliate links in your blog posts, your social media posts, newsletters and your own downloadable products.
  • The affiliate program must be reputable, established in the market and offer a good enough payout.  You do not want to spend hours on end promoting an affiliate product with no return on investment.
  • Keep track of the affiliate links you share, where you share it to, how long the link will be valid (cookie) and how much income you generate from the link.
  • If a product is not working (not generating any ROI), try another similar product or company.
  • If you are not a US citizen, apply for the correct program (world wide or your specific country) or use an affiliate network like Skimlinks, ShareASale or ShopStyle Collective.
  • If you can not find an affiliate program for a brand or product, send them a nice email and ask about it.  It may be that they have not considered it yet!  
  • Familiarize yourself with the brand's Terms and Conditions and stick to it.

Disclaimer - I am an affiliate of some of the programs shared in this post and will earn a commission, should you join the program or make any purchase using my referral link.

Affiliate Programs

1. Amazon

Every blogger wants to start with Amazon Affiliates because it is such a big marketplace. You can do a tutorial post on almost any topic and you will find enough products to link to!

However, though Amazon caters for such a large audience, generating a decent income is not always guaranteed.

With Amazon you will earn according to certain tables and scales:-

TABLE 1 – Fixed Standard Program Fee Rates for Specific Product Categories, varying from 0% - 10% commission

TABLE 2 – Bounty Events and Special Program Fees, earn from 0.50 - $25

TABLE 3 – Special Program Fee Rates for Trade-In Events, earn 4%

The program does not have an affiliate referral program although you can earn some dollars when you refer someone to Amazon Prime and Amazon Student.

Bear in mind that you can also earn commission through the Skimlinks Affiliate Network.  This is especially handy for non-US citizen.

2. Craftsy

The Craftsy affiliate program is managed by ShareASale.  Their payment structure is as follows:-

  • 75% of first-time course purchases from new customers (30-day cookie)
  • 15% of existing customer course purchases (5-day cookie)
  • 15% of Boundless, Colonial Manor, Cloudborn and Sprightly product purchases (30-day cookie for new customers, 5-day cookie for existing)
  • 4% of all other product purchases on Craftsy (5-day cookie)
  • $15 for referring a friend who is accepted into the affiliate program & is sale-active within 30 days

Craftsy sells online classes and craft related products.

*If you access your affiliate link through Skimlinks Affiliate Network, you would earn 10% commission on some Craftsy products.

A Bonus with Craftsy is that as a new affiliate, you are eligible to one free course.

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3. Creative Live

Also managed by ShareASale, Creative Live offers creative classes, inspiration and tips. 

Over 1,500 Curated Classes by the World's Top Experts.

  • 20 % commission for new customer sales
  • 10% for return customer sales
  • $1 for every registration sign-up
  • $10 for each referred affiliate

Average order sizes are over $100. Earn commission on all purchases by referred customers within 30 days of the original click.​

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4. Etsy

You can apply for the Etsy Affiliate programs on AWIN affiliate network (Previously Affiliate Network and Zanox).  

Affiliates who do not live in one of the specified countries, need to apply to Etsy (ROW) Rest of the World through Zanox.

Join the AWIN Facebook group for more tips.

Get the AWIN Google extension​:

MyAwin is a tool for publishers to simply promote advertisers through Awin's network

MyAwin adds a button to the Chrome toolbar which can be used when a publisher 
visits any Affiliate Window advertiser site, whether they are joined to the
programme or not. Publishers can: • Join programmes • Quickly generate shortened tracker links • ‘One-click’ share links on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ • Generate custom URLs • Generate links to specific product pages In addition, the extension shows all the latest consumer offers from our system
and will highlight the exclusive vouchers available to publishers. For those
publishers with multiple accounts, ‘one-click’ account switch functionality has
been added for ease of use. The plugin also offers a ‘one click’ deeplink
generator.

5. Leisure Arts

The Leisure Arts affiliate program is managed by ShareASale too and their payment structure is as follows:-

  • 10% Commission on all sales
  • 60-day cookie (You get credit for any orders within 60 days of the original click placed by the customer)
  • Special Promo Codes and Seasonal Promotions
  • SAS Data Feed
  • Post Leisure Arts links on your web site, blog, or social media pages
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Affiliate Networks to join:-

ShareASale

Shareasale.com is giving $150 for each merchant signed up through your links.

Shareasale.com is also giving 1.00 for each qualified affiliate that signs up through your links. This affiliate must sign up with Shareasale.com as an affiliate, and generate at least one click in order for you to receive the 1.00.

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Promote Skimlinks and you will earn a whopping 35% of what they earn for a year for each publisher you refer. No questions asked.

You can promote Skimlinks in any fashion you'd like, via disclosure badges, text, and custom display ads that they've created just for you. All you need to ensure is that the person you are referring clicks on your affiliate link before coming to the Skimlinks sign up page.

Ready to rock your affiliate links?

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If you know of better affiliate programs for creatives, please share it in the comments below!​

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4 thoughts on “Make money – join the 5 best affiliate programs for creatives

  1. Donna

    hi ya meet you off linky party Mostly Blogging 🙂 good stuff here need to join amazon again thanks for the reminder they do have lots to choice from and you are bound to like something and market/sell… go for it thanks for sharing donna maria

    1. gerhardamandanel@gmail.com Post author

      Hi Donna, is it not funny how we know stuff but need to be reminded again? Thanks for hopping in from Mostly Blogging and all the best with Amazon!

    1. gerhardamandanel@gmail.com Post author

      Hi Cathy, thanks for hopping in and hope that the new program will be a good source of income for you!

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