Why in the world I would even want to write about earning money with Amazon?
You may not “get it”, and that’s okay. Since some of my favorite things are of the geeky variety, and blogging is at the top of my geeky list, I thought I would share with you a few reasons why I (and others) become affiliates of various companies.
1. To supply some extra cash for those little “extras”.
It’s the little things, like coffee with a friend or those cute shoes she has her eye on but never the spending money to get them.
2. To take a niche she’s already in and make it work for her, without going out of her way or being false.
It’s so easy to spot the bloggers who are really trying to “sell it” but don’t seem to have much interest or investment in what they’re selling.
3. To start a business and enable her to work from home instead of away from her kids.
When the need is there, but you still have kids at home, you’re nursing a tot, or homeschooling, working from home is a good option.
4. To help pay for site maintenance fees.
Most people don’t realize that this (and others’) blog costs money to keep running. The baseline (for me) is my $150/year hosting and domain name fees. Those don’t just pop out of thin air, so I help them along. I am pretty tech-savvy and can handle most of my own admin maintenance but once in a while something gets messed up, and then I have to hire a geek. And geeks ain’t cheap.
5. To develop a working relationship with a certain company.
Some companies won’t consider working with a blogger for a sponsorship or other things unless they are an existing affiliate. From digital homeschool curriculum to travel club memberships, companies prefer to work with bloggers who believe in the product, and investing time to work an affiliate program demonstrates this.
6. Just to see if she can do it.
If you’re a blogger but haven’t yet taken the dive into using affiliate programs to earn money, I encourage you to do your homework first and learn as much as you can about blogging. I wholeheartedly believe in (and use, and recommend) ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. I got it when he first released it several years ago, but I bought the new edition last year when he revised it. It is SO worth it! This is a daily challenge, a workbook, and an education all in one tidy package. It’s not the cheapest ebook out there but I promise you that it’s worth the money. And yes, that is my affiliate link. 😉