This is the final post in my How to Make Money Blogging series. For the last 2 months, I've made a total of $2,000 from ShareASale. Here is my step-by-step guide on how I did it... minus the things I tried that didn't work. ;) And nope, I don't spend hours on the computer everyday. I spend an average of an hour a night blogging. My days are full, fun, busy, and not-computery. So you definitely don't have to spend a ton of time to make a bit of money!
#2. I started using StumbleUpon and a few of my posts went viral and got me a lot of affiliate sales. The trick--don't just share your own posts! StumbleUpon doesn't like that. They want you to actually use their site and like other people's blogs, too, or they'll stop sharing your posts.
#3. I use my own affiliate links when making necessary purchases. Needed a wedding gift, headed to Zazzle with my link, needed birthday gifts for my kiddos, headed to Magic Beans, needed clothes for said kiddos, headed to Gymboree.com. Plus, as an affiliate you're the first to know about the best sales and top deals. These are called self-referred sales. They're allowed, even encouraged, unless they specifically say "no self-referred sales"--this is usually the case with first time sale bonuses. There are a few subscription box companies which you'll find in this list that you can actually use your affiliate link to purchase and make money off of (for example, pay $5 shipping for a free trial box and receive a $25 payment). Of course, you won't get paid until the 20th of the following month (this is the date ShareASale always makes payments) and this can only be done once per company (with the exception noted here). Because of that, I use a credit card and pay it off each month when my SAS payment hits my bank account. I suggest the Chase Freedom Cashback card because they pay you a $175 sign-up bonus (no annual fee, which is important) so you can essentially make money off of making money!
#4. I encourage my blogging friends to sign up for ShareASale companies with my two-tier affiliate links (found in the "View Creative Banners/Links" section of each brand within SAS who offers this). For every two-tier sign-up you get, certain brands will pay you anywhere from $5-$25 per blogger who is approved. Feel free to use my post here as a draft, change the two-tier links to your own, and post to your own blog to share with your blogger community. This is where the vast percentage of my SAS income has come from.
p.s. I also make money with other companies I love working with. You can find out more about them at my post here.
And that's pretty much it! Any questions or anything not clear, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to help my fellow bloggers! Good luck and have fun!