Monday's are also blogging days. I have been playing around with my blog and trying to clean it up for a neater appearance. I believe less is more when it comes to blogging now. Long gone are the day's where blinking and scrolling text is acceptable. I am not a professional designer by any means. My header is a little fuzzy as I just whipped it up in my basic paint program. I will be browsing etsy for some buttons for this blog and there are some really talented sellers with beautiful designs.
I have also been working on monetizing my blog. I know a lot of you have blogs of your own. It's no secret that I have ad's on my blog. We write about what we love so why not get paid to do it as well. I recently joined Share-A-Sale. See how I did that? I placed an affiliate link there.
Share-A-Sale..see I did it again. Ok, now back to what I was explaining. Share-A-Sale is just one of many affiliate marketing websites. People like us bloggers can join for free and select products that we like or that match what we blog about. We earn a portion of the merchants sale for the visit. There are other way's to make money with affiliate marketing. There is pay-per-click, pay-per-sale etc.
For instance if you blog about vintage style dresses and fashion, you would put that search term in the search box. I searched for "vintage dress". A couple of merchants that came up in my search were: Sammy Dress and Vintage Trend's.
Sammy Dress sell's great vintage themed dresses as well as jewelry, maternity, plus size clothing and gifts. Vintage Trends sell's true vintage clothing as well as vintage military clothing.
Some programs take a day or two for approval when you apply. Vintage Trends has 100% approval rate so you could apply today, get accepted and place your chosen text, banner or coupon on your blog.
I have also joined the Ebay Partner Network and this happens to be my FAVORITE as I can choose from millions of items to promote. I love browsing Ebay for vintage everything and that's what I choose to promote.
While being part of the Ebay Partner Network I have access to the Half.com affiliate program as well. Amazon does not offer an affiliate program to my state due to tax reasons. I have chosen Half.com as a source of finding great cookbooks and books to review.
I have found a book on on half.com about affiliate marketing
Quick Start Guide to Affiliate Marketing : Answers to the Questions You Should Be Asking by Evgenii Prussakov (2014, Paperback)
If you don't know much about affiliate marketing there are many more books about it on half.com. I personally like a "printed" book to read while I sit and have tea.
Whew...there is quite a lot to blogging. I hope I haven't overwhelmed or bored you. I will say that I have been playing it safe with my blog posts and I will be writing "meatier" postsin the future. I am pretty candid and now feel that I can be more open in my posts. Subjects like remarriage, being a stay at home wife, mother, self esteem, anxiety, and basically most topics I have stayed away from. I'm also excited to announce that I will be having monthly or weekly giveaways. I haven't decided just yet. Stay tuned!
I must get going on my housework as I am way behind already.
Thanks for Reading!