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Blog Smarter: 5 WordPress Plugins to Help You Make Money From Your Blog

Why do we blog? Perhaps you feel you have things to say which the world would be interested in, or maybe you’re very passionate about a topic and your friends are sick of hearing you talk about it! I have a blog like that; it’s simply a sounding board for me to jabber on about a particular hobby of mine which none of my friends take part in.

But the main reason for blogging, I think, is to make some money out of it. Let’s face it, we all enjoy blogging and we all enjoy making money, so why not combine the two? But as we all know, it’s not that easy to make money from blogging, at least at first. So I did some research and found some plugins which could make monetising a blog just that bit easier. Please note that I haven’t used every one myself yet, so I’d welcome your feedback in the comments if they’ve worked (or not) for you!

Amazon Associate

I use this one myself and it’s invaluable if you have an Amazon affiliate account. Once the plugin is installed and set up with your access keys (found on your Amazon affiliates profile) it’s really simple to add in affiliate links to your posts by way of a simple search box on the New Post screen.

Simply highlight the text you want as the link, enter the search term relevant to the post in the side widget, select the category and hit search. It will bring up a list of products from Amazon and you just click on one of the insert buttons to put it straight into the post you’re writing.

You can also enter sidebar widgets as easily as setting up any other widget; on your widget page you’ll see several available widgets that just need to be dragged and dropped into the relevant sidebar panel. You can set up product carousels, favourites, product clouds, MP3 clips and there’s also a search widget. Each one can be customised to match your site and is linked to your affiliate ID, generating revenue each time a user clicks and purchases.

The money you earn from this plugin can be sent to a bank account or as an Amazon gift certificate. Sadly there’s no PayPal support yet but this will hopefully be implemented in the future.

Ad Rotator

This is one I’ve recently been trialling and so far it’s working well. Once installed (in the usual way) it gives you a widget which looks like the default text widget box. You put your ad codes in here and use <!–more–> to separate each block. Each time your site is refreshed the ad will change.

You can have more than one Ad Rotator block in your sidebars so you could have static ads too. The widgets can go in sidebars and footers and work with any ad size.

As there’s no CPM system with this plugin you can charge for ads in whatever method you like. I personally charge more for a static placement than a rotating one but it’s whatever works for you. The best thing about this plugin in the flexibility it offers you.

Kontera

I installed this on a site I run which doesn’t use sidebars. As Kontera places contextual ads within the text of a page, the absence of sidebars didn’t matter. You need to register for a Kontera account first but that is quick and easy, and gives you your published ID which is then entered in the plugin setup. From there it’s simply a matter of choosing the colour of the links you want and adding the generated code into all the pages you want the ads to appear on.

It can take up to 24 hours for ads to appear within your site text, so don’t do what I did at first and deactivate in frustration because it didn’t appear to have worked!

Kontera works in multiple blog platforms, so if you’re a fan of Blogger or Drupal you can also use this nifty plugin. Payments can be made via PayPal for best security.

MediaPass

If you have content on your website which you’d rather keep behind a pay wall, then this plugin would seem to be an easy answer. I say “seem” only because I haven’t used it myself.

Once you’ve registered for a MediaPass account and the plugin is installed, it’s as simple as highlighting the content that you want to put behind the pay wall and choosing the subscription option to apply.

MediaPass take 35% of the revenue the plugin generates, which sounds like a lot, but you do get a lot of support and behind-the-scenes processes for that commission. Their technicians handle all the merchant fees, database management and all the other techy stuff so the blogger can just concentrate on the actual content.

Skimlinks

If you want to earn your money through affiliate marketing, Skimlinks looks to be the tool to go for. The plugin will convert any product links and references in your posts into affiliate links, which can be from any one of over 17,000 merchants on the Skimlinks database.

The advantage of using Skimlinks is that it allows the busy blogger to free up the time otherwise spent seeking out affiliate schemes, setting up tracking codes and maintaining the accounts. Skimlinks does all this for you, and you only need the one account with them to get access to all those different merchant programs.

Skimlinks takes a 25% commission from the merchant, but because of their standing with the merchants they can often negotiate a better rate so overall, you’d probably end up getting more money than if you’d set up all the links yourself. Plus, all the time it saves you means you have more time to write great content!.

Again, I haven’t yet used this one but I am thinking of trying it; has anyone has experience with this?

I’d love to hear feedback about all of these plugins, and if there are any which work especially well for you that you feel should be included. Please let me know your opinions in the comments!

All images taken at the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Louise is a financial writer for MoneySupermarket.com and a freelance copywriter/web designer. In her spare time she runs her wrestler husband’s website and blog. You can find her on Twitter: @louisetillotson.

Blog Smarter: Turn Your Blogging Skills into Successful Affiliate Promotions

Like most bloggers, you probably want to make some money from your blog. Chances are good you’ve tried things like writing product reviews or putting banners or links to affiliate products into your sidebar.

But while many bloggers have mastered the “Art of Blogging” (or at least the basic principles) successfully, earning money from your blog doesn’t seem to be that easy. So what could be better for you than to use your blogging experiences and skills to improve the results of your affiliate promotions?

In this post, I’ll show you how you can re-purpose three of the most successful blogging strategies to get more out of your affiliate promotions. As a nice extra, these tactics will also have a positive effect on your blog. But more importantly, you’ll learn how you can merge them into a combined and even more powerful strategy for your affiliate promotions.

While some of what I write may seem simple or self-evident to the more experienced affiliate bloggers, it’s this way of tying it all together into one strategy that will make the affiliate promotions on your blog really stand out.

Let’s look at the three important blogging strategies on their own first.

Write (and promote) for your audience

You know that well enough—if you want your stuff to be read, it has to match your audience’s interests. The same is true for your affiliate promotions, in particular for the products you choose to promote: they have to be relevant for your audience.

This sounds self-evident, but frankly I’m stumped at the number of bloggers who have an affiliate banner for a hosting company on their blog—even though their audience clearly isn’t thinking about computers or internet when visiting their blog.

So instead of promoting your hosting company on your garden blog, why not try it with an affiliate link for garden tools, or link to an ebook about gardening?

Publish (and promote) quality

You know the game… Quality content attracts real readers which are interested in the topic. An excited and engaged audience. (Just look around here on ProBlogger if you don’t believe me.) It also makes people stay on your site longer, come back for more, engage with you and others, and recommend you to friends.

Just the things you want for your blog.

The same holds true for any products you promote: choose quality. Again, this seems to be self-evident. But take a look around at some blogs and see what they promote. (Or take a close look at your own blog, just for good measure.)

A lot of times, I see just the same banners or “product reviews” for the same old products. It seems that a lot of affiliate bloggers don’t bother to pick a product by its quality. Nor do they care about the “quality” of the vendor, i.e. about his integrity, and about how much he cares about his customers.

In the long run, your readers will notice the difference. And they will trust your recommendations just because they know you watch out for them.

Even the quality of the affiliate program should matter to you as affiliate. After all, you can and should expect a fair treatment for your efforts. Affiliate promotions are a business deal between the vendor and you, the affiliate. If a vendor doesn’t care about the success of his affiliates, why should you bother to promote his products?

So, again, be picky. Choose the right kind of products to promote.

Establish expertise—not only for yourself

This powerful blogging strategy has several facets which can all play together:

  • You can establish yourself as expert on your own blog by posting the right kind of content.
  • You can establish yourself as expert to a wider audience by guest posting on other blogs.
  • You can establish other people as experts on your blog by publishing their guest posts.
  • And you can establish yourself as a “meta expert”, as the go-to guy/girl of the experts in your field, by publishing a selection of guest posts by recognized experts in your field and/or by interacting with them on your blog, e.g. through interviews.

Again, you can make use of the same strategy in your affiliate marketing. If you want your readers to buy the products you’ve selected for them, they need to do two things: trust your judgement, and trust the vendor to deliver quality. A big step towards the first is if your readers see you as the expert. That will make them much more likely to trust your recommendations.

But don’t forget about the second part, about trusting the vendor. Before somebody buys from a vendor you recommend, they have to be reasonably sure that this person will be honest, and that (s)he will deliver quality.

To some extent, you can establish that trust towards the vendor with your recommendation: if readers see you as trust-worthy, your recommendation carries some weight, too.

But you should also consider establishing expert status for the product creator on your blog. Then when a reader clicks on your affiliate link, he will already be prepared to trust the vendor whom he sees as expert.

Tie these strategies together for even more power

Just by using these three strategies, you can improve the results from your affiliate efforts a lot. But there’s a very simple, though rarely used way to combine these strategies into something even more powerful:

Publish guest posts by product vendors on your blog, and include your affiliate link in the byline.

Now, just to be clear about it: I’m not talking about promotional content or “product reviews”. I’m talking about guest articles with real, quality content. And about establishing the vendor as the expert (unlike a product review, where you are the “expert” who reviews). And, of course, about picking and promoting the right kind of products in the first place.

To fully understand the power of this strategy, put yourself in the shoes of your readers for a moment:

They come to your blog. They know you publish good stuff, and you’re an expert in the field—you’ve done your best to establish that status. On your blog, they read a guest article by another expert. It contains great content, is helpful, informative, and entertaining.

They like the style and want to read more of the same.

Do you think they’re likely to click on the link (your affiliate link) in the byline? And do you think they might be willing to spend money on a product by this expert?

To achieve this, you only need to re-purpose and tie together the three simple strategies you’re already following when you blog: write for your audience, publish quality, and establish expertise. Do this by choosing the right products, and then publishing informative guest posts by product vendors with your affiliate link included.

In return, you get more out of your affiliate promotions for everybody involved:

  • Your readers get to read great content.
  • You recommend a good product which will improve your readers’ lives in some way.
  • You make it easier for your audience to trust your recommendation, to buy the product and thus to improve their life.
  • The vendor has a chance to make more sales and get happy customers.
  • And you? You benefit from fresh quality content. You have a chance to enhance your reputation even further. And of course there’s the thing with the affiliate commissions…

In short, it’s a win-win-win. What I like most about this strategy is its simplicity. Despite being a really powerful strategy, it’s also about as simple and easy as it gets.

To show you just how easy it can be, I’ll give you the outline again in eight simple action steps. Why don’t you just give it a try and actually do the steps while you read along?

1. Choose a few good products to promote

By “good”, I mean quality products from trustworthy vendors with a quality affiliate program. And of course products which fit the interests and needs of your audience.

2. Sign up for the affiliate programs of the vendors

Make sure you read the terms of the affiliate programs, and are happy with them.

3. Check the existing promotional material

If the vendor offers promotional material for his affiliates, browse through it to check if there are any suitable articles you could use.

Don’t be disappointed if there aren’t any, though—usually vendors provide what is most asked-for by affiliates, and most affiliates don’t use this strategy… (bad for them, good for you!).

If you find ready-made articles by the vendor anywhere, make sure you’re allowed to enter your affiliate link. If in doubt, ask. If no suitable articles are readily available, go to step 4.

4. Get in touch with the vendors

Introduce yourself, and give them the URL of your blog. Be professional: you’re contacting a potential business partner.

Ask for suitable articles, and explain what you want to do with them (establish the vendor as expert on your blog, give your audience good content, and generate sales for both of you). It should be clear that you’re not looking for purely promotional material, but for actual content.

Make sure it’s absolutely clear that you will use your affiliate link in the resource box and/or the article content—you don’t want to risk any misunderstandings about this.

To increase your chances of getting suitable material, you can also point out that the articles could have been published elsewhere before. Most vendors, especially the more established and successful ones, won’t provide each affiliate with a different set of “unique” articles.

I’m not going into the depths of the “unique content” discussion here, but since this is not primarily an SEO strategy, it may not matter for you whether the guest articles on your blog have been published in other places, too. The quality of the articles is much more important! The internet is a huge place, and chances are very high your readers haven’t seen them before.

5. Read between the lines

Not every vendor will send you suitable articles. But regardless of that, their replies might tell you a lot about how they do business, and how they treat their customers and affiliates. Even if somebody can’t provide you with articles, he/she might be a great guy or girl, and there might be options for other business ventures in the future.

Just be open for ideas.

6. Check the material you get

Seriously. You want to feature the vendor as expert. So to make this strategy work, you have to stick to your standards. Make sure you only publish articles which:

  • are a good fit for your audience and topic
  • contain real content, are entertaining, informative, or helpful
  • aren’t promotional
  • meet your quality standards

A good test is to ask yourself if this article would be worth publishing without your affiliate link. If an article doesn’t match your requirements, don’t use it.

7. Insert your affiliate link

Insert your affiliate link for the vendor in the places you two agreed upon. Then double-check the link, just in case.

8. Publish

To add even more leverage, don’t just publish the article on your blog. We’re talking about serious, quality content here—about guest articles you could and should be proud to anounce to your audience and to the world.

Use social media to point people to the article. Link to it in your newsletter, or publish it in your ezine. Add it to an autoresponder sequence for your mailing list, so that any future subscribers can read it, too. Or link to it from your “thanks for opting in” page.

After all, if you’ve chosen the right kind of guest article, your audience will love you for the pointer to the post! Once you’re done with all the steps, go back to step 1 and start over.

The biggest enemy of success…

We’ve all been there: you read about a great new strategy that would move you forward quite a bit. You’re very excited about the idea, and make plans to implement it as soon as possible. Only “asap” usually turns out to be tomorrow. Then next week. Then next month. And then never.

Sound familiar? Why don’t you do it a bit different this time? I’ve given you eight action steps above. Take a piece of paper or open a file right now and start a list of suitable products and affiliate programs. If you’re already signed up for such affiliate programs, go straight to step 3. Check the available content for suitable pieces. And if you can’t find any, don’t pass go, proceed with step 4 and send a note to the vendor(s). Right now.

Worst case is you’ll spend the next hour getting in touch with potential business partners—not the worst thing that can happen to you today, is it?

Editor’s note: tomorrow, our final posts in this series look at blogging smarter (and more profitably) with WordPress.

Regine Becher is an affiliate manager and JV broker. To help affiliates and bloggers get more out of their affiliate promotions, Regine runs a service called Syndicated Partners, where affiliates can download quality articles and publish them with their affiliate link inside.

Drone Affiliate Programs

The drone market is forecasted to become the next trillion dollar industry and its poised to explode in the next year or two. Now is the time to start jockeying for position…

DroneFly

Affiliate Commissions:  A Four-Tier Structure. 

  • 1st Tier = 5%
  • 2nd Tier = 3%
  • 3rd Tier and 4th Tier = 2%

Affiliate Signup Link: Click Here

Website: See below

*Yes: As you may have guessed, the link above is my two-tier affiliate link. There are a few of these links on this site to pay me a small commission and allow me to keep this site free instead of a monthly membership site. Using my two-tier affiliate link will not affect the amount of commission paid to you with this or any other program. My commissions are paid out of the vendor’s cut, not yours. Please use this link to ensure I can keep this affiliate resource website free and updated weekly. Thanks!
Affiliate Description:DroneFly.com is the worlds number one online store to purchase the DJI PHANTOM.   We offer the lowest price and Free Shipping.  Plus we offer the best customer service via email and phone!  Dronefly’s founders Taylor Chien (CEO) and Frank Tesoro (CFO) share the same vision of providing high tech aerial vehicles for both professional and recreational uses.

i-Drone

Affiliate Commissions:  1 Tier = 5% of sales
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Affiliate Description:Developed, since the birth of the AR Drone, i-Drone has evolved, bringing you all the latest innovative products.  Now a market leader in AR Drone Mods, i-Drone brings all your specific needs to a one-stop-shop. Its all here, batteries, cases, upgrades, genuine spare parts, lights, bearings etc….

DronesEtc

Affiliate Commissions:  5% affiliate commissions on any sales from the production selection
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Affiliate Description:Drones Etc. is the #1 Most Trusted Online store for all things Drone.  We are a full service Drone store offering the best that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and RC Hobby world have to offer.  We are the preferred dealer for DJI, the #1 manufacturer of aerial photography Drones worldwide.  We also offer Cinema and Aerial Drone packages and bundles for the beginner, the amateur and the professional.   We provide ourselves in our unparalleled customer service, full warranty and repair center.  We stand behind every product we sell and will bend over backwards to keep our customers happy.

CopterDrones (UK)

Affiliate Commissions:  Terms being updated
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Eco Friendly Affiliate Programs

Green Eco-Friendly Affiliate Programs are exploding in popularity and this trend will continue. There are a ton of enviromental friendly products for you to choose from…

 

  1. GreenGeeks

Affiliate Commissions: Tiered Commission Structure:  Earn up to $100 for signing up new customers:

In a given calendar month if you:

  • Refer 1 sale to GreenGeeks you earn a commission of $50.
  • Refer 2 sales and earn $60 for both sales within that calendar month.
  • Refer 3 sales and earn $70 for all 3 sales within that calendar month.
  • Refer 4 sales and earn $80 for all 4 sales within that calendar month.
  • Refer 5 sales and earn $90 for all 5 sales within that calendar month.
  • Refer 6 or more sales and earn $100 for all sales within that calendar month.

Affiliate Signup Link:  Click Here

Affiliate Description:

The GreenGeeks management team has over 40 years of experience in providing high quality, affordable web site hosting. Your account will utilize only the best of breed server hardware, the most dependable network providers and the most up to date software programs available anywhere on the internet. In addition your GreenGeeks account will have a positive energy footprint on the environment as we replace, with wind power credits, 3 times the amount of energy your web site will use.

2) HomeWind (Wind Turbines And Wind Power Kits)

Affiliate Commissions: 1st Tier 6%. 2nd Tier 1.5%.
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite:   See Below*

*Yes:  As you may have guessed, the link above is my two-tier affiliate link.  There are a few of these links on this site to pay me a small commission and allow me to keep this site free instead of a monthly membership site.  Using my two-tier affiliate link will not affect the amount of commission paid to you with this or any other program.  My commissions are paid out of the vendor’s cut, not yours.  Please use this link to ensure I can keep this affiliate resource website free and updated weekly.  Thanks!
Affiliate Description:Homewind.net is the internet’s leading provider of products and information relating to wind as a renewable resource. We are dedicated to the idea that alternative energy sources are the future and we believe that wind power is an important aspect of this future.

3) Gaiam (A Very Wide Variety Of Green Products)

Affiliate Commissions:  8% commission rate.  Many products to choose from in the $1000’s of dollars
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite:  Here

Affiliate Description:Gaiam is the fastest growing health and social conscious company dedicated to lifestyles of health and sustainability (LOHAS). Join us in our mission to provide goods and services specially designed for customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyle, alternative healthcare, and personal development. The Gaiam affiliate program is absolutely free to join.  Earn commissions from qualifying sales that you refer from your website to Gaiam.com.  Upon joining the program you will have access to promote over 4,500 products including, but not limited to, categories such as yoga, Pilates, organic cotton clothing and natural products for your home.

4) Essentia (Eco-Friendly Mattress)

Affiliate Commissions: Earn from $100-$350 per mattress sold.
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite:  Here

Affiliate Description:

  • Organic mattresses and memory foam mattresses just joined forces.
  • We make memory foam mattresses, but without the gunk.
  • All the all the comfort of memory foam, in a natural, organic mattress.

5) FastFloors (Eco-Friendly Flooring Materials)

Affiliate Commissions: Earn 5%-7%.  Average order around $2,200.00.
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite:  Here

Affiliate Description:With over 30 years experience in the flooring industry, FastFloors.com is the premier online source for quality flooring products for the do-it-yourselfers, trade pros, designers and architects. We feature the largest selection of hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, stone, vinyl, rubber, cork and bamboo floor materials from hundreds of manufacturers. We feature some of the biggest brand names including Bruce, Pergo, Daltile, Stepco and Armstrong just to name a few.

6) Grass Roots (Environmental-Friendly Products)

Affiliate Commissions: 1st Tier: 12% per sale. 2nd Tier:  5%.
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite:  Here

Bitcoin Exchange Affiliate Programs

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency (cryptocurrency) created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by lots of… …people running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems. It’s the first example of a growing category of money known as cryptocurrency.

Make $1000 + On A Single Affiliate Sale

Affiliate marketing used to be easy. Now it’s an ultra-competitive saturated marketplace. Instead of working your ass off for nickle and dime commissions how would you like to earn $500, $1000, $5000, or even $10,000 per sale?

Can you really make 1000 bucks plus on a single sale of a product you don’t make, own, or distribute?

It’s not only possible but some of these high-end niches are actually less competitive in many categories because the average marketer is focusing on the easier-to-find small ticket affiliate programs. This site is dedicated to helping you find only the highest paying and most reputable affiliate programs available. There are thousands of ways to make $1000 online but not many that allow you to make that much from one single transaction. Don’t be an average internet marketer; become an exceptional internet marketer.

The bottom line in affiliate marketing is this:  It takes the same amount of time to promote a product that pays you $500 than it does to promote a product that only pays you $29.

 

This site will continue to evolve:

OK, here’s the deal. This site is a work in progress and will continue to evolve on a daily basis. Yes daily. I still have a ton of high paying affiliate programs yet to add to this site, and more programs are being launched each week. I will continue to add at least one new affiliate resource or article each day so please bookmark this site and check back often. I promise to keep this site continuously up-to-date, fresh, and relevant. Together we’ll weed out all programs that don’t pay, pay slow, or generally screw their affiliates.

 

Why did I build this site?

I built this site because I was looking for big ticket commission programs for my own campaigns and was sorely disappointed by the quality of information I found. I thought I could do a much better job organizing and cataloging these programs so why not build a site to help others while I’m helping myself? I’ve thrown a few ads and affiliate links in here and there for minor monetization but for now this site is simply a reference and testing platform for me. But for you, it’s a valuable free resource tool.

 

What’s my role here?

I am not an affiliate marketing trainer, mentor, or coach. There are plenty of other people who specialize in that and I can help you find them (making an affiliate commission along the way of course!). I’m simply your guide to finding the best affiliate programs that pay the highest commissions.

I am not the gold miner. I am simply the gold mining mercantile here to provide you with the pans, picks, shovels, wheel barrels, whiskey, and maps you need to succeed in this lucrative business.

 

How you can help:

You can help make this the number one authority site on the highest paying affiliate programs by:

  • Participating with your comments and feedback. (I’ll be happy to publish your backlink to your site with your comments as long as you’re not posting an affiliate program listing. That’s my job. If you have a suggestion on a program to add just contact me. Thanks!)
  • Linking to my site and sharing my information on social media channels
  • Letting me know if you find a non-functioning or irrelevant link
  • Buying products and services you need through my affiliate links on this site
  • Alerting me to big ticket programs not yet already included
  • Letting me know if you’ve had any bad experiences with any recommended programs so I can begin to weed out the bad guys and recommend only the good guys
  • Finally, liking us on our brand spanking new Facebook page:

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Wedding Dress Affiliate Programs: For Better or Worse?

I’ve already done a Niche of the Week post on weddings, specifically, wedding speech affiliate programs. But, I decided to take a look the the wedding niche again. This time my focus is on wedding dresses.

Weddings have gone from celebrated, sentimental events to being a billion-dollar industry. A survey by popular wedding website TheKnot.com revealed that couples spent on average USD $28,427. And on average, $1,200 of that goes to the wedding dress.

The wedding dress is not a prerequisite to a wedding, but tradition and culture typically dictate the bride wear a specific garment to the ceremony. In Western countries, that usually means a white wedding dress, while many Eastern nations require brides to wear traditional costumes. Brides and mothers of the bride tend to pull out all the stops when it comes to wedding dresses, as nothing is too good for the bride on her special day.

And that explains why brides spend thousands of dollars on their dresses, and why there is such big drama over picking one. Think TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress.”

Traditionally, brides go to a bridal store to pick a design and get fitted. These days, more and more brides go online to get their wedding dress, mostly for the convenience, but also for the great prices.

The Keyword List

The results I pulled up in AffiloTools prove there’s plenty of demand in this niche (Yay!), but as with high demand, there is often high competition too (Boo!). There are keywords that are in the mid-50% range (moderate competition) with good monthly searches that you can also target.

You can always go to Ubersuggest.org for more keyword variations. If you’re using AffiloTools, you can use the Related Keywords tab within the Research module to look at related keywords to your search.

Wedding Dress Affiliate Programs

I had a feeling that there would be no wedding dress affiliate programs in ClickBank. To my dismay, I was right. There were a few wedding-related affiliate programs, but none that are specific to dresses. So, I went online to look at different online bridal stores.

House of Brides

House of Brides is an online bridal store that began in Chicago in 1929. It has now expanded into a chain of stores in Chicago. HouseofBrides.com is the global website, offering brides-to-be and their entourage a wide selection of dresses and accessories.

The site runs its own affiliate program. House of Bride affiliates enjoy a 4 percent commission on each sale.

ElegantGowns.com

ElegantGowns.com offers a wide selection of wedding dresses, both for the bride and the bridal party. The site carries designer labels but also offers affordable yet fashionable pieces.

At 10 percent commission per sale, the site has one of the highest rates among the affiliate programs in this niche. The affiliate cookie does not expire so your site visitor can make a purchase after clicking your affiliate link 3 months ago, and you still get the sale.

The program is offered through the ShareASale network.

TheCelebrityDresses.com

TheCelebrityDresses.com offers gowns that are similar to what celebrities have worn at various events like the Oscars and the Met Gala.

The site manages its own affiliate program, and affiliates enjoy a commission between 10 percent and 20 percent per sale.

TiffanyRose.com

TiffanyRose.com is a UK-based online store catering to expectant mothers. Its line of maternity wear includes maternity wedding dresses.

The affiliate program is offered through Affiliate Future, an affiliate network also based in the UK. The site does not disclose the exact commission per sale, so be sure to get in touch and ask before you commit.

Girl Meets Dress

Another UK-based online store, GirlMeetsDress.com, offers women a selection of wedding dresses along with other formalwear. Unlike the other online stores in this niche, GirlMeetsDress offers a rental service that allows you to select, fit and wear any of the dresses in its catalog. After the event, you simply pack the dress in the box it came in and send it back.

The site offers affiliates a commission between 4 percent and 10 percent through the Linkshare affiliate network.

Ways to Announce Your Site

The next big challenge after getting the site up is driving traffic to it. There are plenty of methods to do this, both paid and free. It’s easy to get caught up trying to figure out which methods to try first, so think about your link building and inbound marketing strategies as you go into the niche. Having a strategy, even just a rough draft, will help you escape an analysis-paralysis episode when building links for your site.

Social Media Marketing

Pinterest is a great social media site to promote on. Share images of your favorite wedding dresses with your affiliate links. Or you can send them over to your site for more information.

You can do the same on Facebook and Twitter, but visual sites like Pinterest and Instagram, which are based solely on images, will likely be more effective.

Amazon Kindle Traffic

You can also write a small e-book on how to pick the perfect wedding dress, with an emphasis on picking a dress online, and share it on the world’s biggest e-book store: the Kindle marketplace.

For a broader approach, the e-book can cover anything related to weddings. Just make sure it contains links back to relevant articles on your site so that users who download it will know where to go for more information.

Link Indexing

Don’t let any backlinks you’ve made go unnoticed by search engines. Make sure to have these links indexed. You can do this by submitting your links to sites like Pingler.com. You can also use Twitter or Facebook to index your bigger and better links.

Wedding Dress Affiliate Programs: To Have and To Hold?

Despite the tough competition, the wedding dress niche is a fun one and I would pursue it, given the chance. Before I get to building my site for this niche though, I would make sure I do some thorough niche and keyword research. I’d have a link building strategy laid out too.

The commissions aren’t that high, but they are good enough, especially given how much some dresses can cost. If you have a wedding or wedding-related site, then you can monetize it with any of the above-mentioned wedding dress affiliate programs.

I hope you find this week’s niche interesting and insightful. Would you consider going into this niche? Are there any niches you would like to see featured as Niche of the Week? Let me know in the Comments section below!

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