Affiliate marketing is just one of the many ways that you can earn money from your blog. You can sign up to many affiliate programmes but today we are going to be talking about one of my favourites, AWIN.
First off, I’m going to briefly explain what affiliate marketing is, and how you can use it to earn money from your posts. It’s a very simple process once you know how!
*This post contains affiliate links which means I will get a small profit at no extra cost to you. Thank you for helping this little blog.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is simply just linking to a brand’s product within a post or on your social media. You can include links to both their website and their products. These are ‘tracked’ which means that any sales that come from people clicking on the links are noted as yours. You make a commission from the purchases that people make. It doesn’t cost them any more money to purchase through the links.
However, it is very important that you disclose if you are using affiliate links. You do have to declare within the post that you are offering affiliate links, which is the law.
I only recommend linking to products that you actually like as you wouldn’t want your name linked to a bad product as this won’t look good for your blog or business.
What is AWIN?
AWIN is an affiliate marketing network which provides you with access to different brans and their affiliate programmes. They have hundreds and thousands of different brands which means that you can work with all your favourites.
As a lifestyle, kawaii blogger, I love the variety of brands that you can work with through AWIN. Some of the brands I am affiliated with include Pop In A Box, Simply Be, Holland & Barret and Superdrug. As you can see from the few brands that I named, there are many that you can join from a whole range of niches.
Sounds great, how do I sign up?
To sign up, all you need to do is create an AWIN account here.
Scroll down and you will see a section that looks like this:
Scroll down and click on register as a publisher.
Once you have clicked ‘register as a publisher’ it will take you to a form where you have to fill out all of your personal details. On the next screen you will enter your avenues of promotion – such as your blog and your social media accounts.
Click the options and have a look at the types of promotion you can select. Really think about this because it’s important!
The next screen will enable you to enter your blog URL and a description for what your blog is all about. This information will be displayed on your profile so take your time with this part. If you can’t think of something great to put, don’t worry as it can be changed later on.
Once you have entered all of the information, you will need to pay £5.00 to set up your account. But don’t worry about spending the money. You will get it credited to your account so you get the money back once you earn enough money for your first payment.
AWIN will ask you to confirm your email address and then you can sign in for the first time. AWIN will take some time to verify your account with them. They will email you once it’s done.
That’s when the fun can begin!
How do you join advertisers and what are they?
For you to start earning money, you need to join advertisers. These are brands and companies that you wish to promote to your readers and followers.
Joining an advertiser is simple. You will need to head to your AWIN dashboard and you will see a menu bar across the top that looks like this:
Hover over where is says ‘advertisers’ and click on the Join Programmes option from the dropdown menu. From here, you will be able to search for programmes that you can join. You have to request and be accepted to each programme.
There’s a few things to take into consideration when joining programmes. There will be a multitude of programmes available and information relating to each of them.
How to actually join a programme?
Once you have had a look and think about al the available programmes, and you have found one that works for you, you need to request to join.
You can send the advertiser an email if there’s something that you want to ask first of you can simply click ‘join programme’. A pop up will load and that will show you all the terms and conditions for the advertiser. Make sure that you read everything and are happy with the terms before you enter your details in the boxes. You are given the option to leave the advertiser a message along with your request to join.
All that you have to do then is wait to be accepted! You can request to join as many programs as you like but I recommend sticking to brands and companies that you love and actually use yourself.
Once you have been accepted onto programmes, you can start making all the money using AWIN.
How to make money?
You can use a tool named ‘link builder’ to create links to products that you can share on your blog and social media. This is the most important part for you to make money. You can find ‘link builder’ from the menu bar at the top of your dashboard under ‘links & tools’.
If you are writing a post and you want to include an affiliate link, you need to hover over the Links & Tools option on the AWIN menu, and click on the link-builder option. You will be taken to this screen:
Paste the URL for the page you want to link to in the destination URL box. This would be the product page or the home page for example. You don’t need to enter anything into the click reference box. Once you paste the URL in, the system will automatically generate a deep link for you to use, which is the trackable link as mentioned previously. Simply copy the link and then paste it into your content! It’s best to change text into a link, rather than just posting the link in full.
For example, this:
looks better than this:
As you can see, the first link looks a lot prettier and way more people are going to click it!
The other great way to make money on AWIn to to promote brands using the My Creative option. It is where advertisers provide you with banner and images that you can include in your content.
You will find this option under the Links & Tools header, and you can search via advertiser to find the right one for your content. This is an example of one of the latest ones from MenKind:
By clicking on the banner, you will be taken to the advertisers website and you will be able to buy products through my link meaning that I will gain a small profit.
Will I make money fast?
Affiliate marketing is not a make money fast kind of scheme. It will take some time and it will take a lot of perseverance as you keep trying to promote your links.
So that’s all that there is to it! Now you know how to make money even with just a little blog!