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New Blog – When to look into affiliate marketing?

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7:44 pm
September 20, 2013


RootofGood

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Post edited 8:01 pm – September 20, 2013 by RootofGood


I'm just getting started at blogging and looking at the different affiliate marketing programs to diversify my income streams a little.  
Any advice on when in the life of a blog one should pursue relationships with affiliate marketers?  I have heard if you apply too early (when your blog is new) with too little traffic you might get denied and not be able to re-apply for six months.
 
Any insight into what level of traffic or age of blog will lead to good chance of getting approval at affiliate marketers?  100+ unique visitors/day, 300+ pageviews (that's about where I am now 1 week into blogging)?  
 
I'm still looking at different programs, but I am initially focused on affiliate networks along the lines of Flexoffers and Commission Junction.
 
Thanks for any help you can provide.  I have to say, this looks like a great forum and I look forward to receiving help here, and one day providing it back in return!  
 

Justin @ Root of Good

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9:11 am
September 21, 2013


martin

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posts 199

Wait until you have some readers and longevity. Affiliate programs might be skeptical of a complete newbie. No need to rush it.

2:21 pm
September 21, 2013


RootofGood

North Carolina

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posts 47

Is there a good rule of thumb or absolute minimum age?  Should I just wait till 1 month at least?  

 

Any idea if 300 visitors/day or 500 or 1000 pageviews or some other metric is suggested?

 

And does the affiliate marketing company give blanket approval to you to publish all their advertisers (that you pick and choose) or might that depend on traffic stats and longevity as well?

Justin @ Root of Good

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8:48 am
September 23, 2013


jonrhodesuk

UK

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Hi Justin. There is usually no minimum age or traffic level to get approved to sell affiliate products. However most people leave it a while when they have set up a new blog or website. The reason is that they are unlikely to sell anything anyway. Many instead focus on making their site look good, function well, and gain some good quality content. After a few months they then start to try and make money from it. 

 

However there is nothing stopping you from putting affiliate products on you site now, if that's what you want to do. As long as your site is ethical then you should be fine. If you want to make sure, simply check out the rules on the individual affiliate program. Businesses with affiliate programs usually want as many affiliates as they can get. This increases their visibility and chances of gaining sales. However they might not be keen if your site is excessively spammy and might tarnish their image.

 

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9:40 am
September 23, 2013


RootofGood

North Carolina

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jonrhodesuk said:

 

How are you thinking of selling affiliate products on your site?

 

Thanks for the response, Jon! I appreciate the advice.  

 

I don't intend to get spammy at all.  I may throw up some affiliate links as ads (instead of or to complete google adsense type ads).  I'd like to promote companies I like that I already do business with, or there may be some I'm not as familiar with that I can try out and then promote (if they are decent). 

 

My real focus initially would be on a couple of credit cards or bank account sign ups.  I have made a boatload of money or mileage/rewards points from these bonus offers over the years and wanted to share these with my readers since it is something that is relatively easy and generally tax free (for CC's) money for my readers.  

 

For example, we recently flew our family of 4 to Chicago for 4 days, stayed in a nice hotel and ate out every meal at decent restaurants for under $250 total.  Airline, hotel, livingsocial/restaurant.com/groupon, ebay, etc were all involved to make what would have been a $2000+ trip into a nearly free trip (and we didn't use many airline or hotel points). 

 

Like many here, I want to bring value to readers and provide advice and links to specific programs that work well.  And in exchange, make a buck when possible.  

 

Writing a solid blog post and getting affiliate revenue from most or all of the vendors I already use would be awesome as well since I like to support businesses that do a good job. 

Justin @ Root of Good

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4:33 pm
September 23, 2013


divya

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posts 22

Hi Everyone, 

 

I was reading through all of your comments and concerns regarding affiliate links and advertising. I have been on the other end of this for over 10 years now, being an advertiser. Heading several marketing departments my strategy always used to be to reach out to the sites that have the most traffic. 

 

Though this is common practice, you'll often see many advertisers are short lived on this primarily due to lack of quality. Yakezie has brought together the top personal finance bloggers in the nation. Advertisers are looking for such traffic, be it small or large. 

 

The best way to start gaining momentum on your site and generating revenues for your efforts is to test the financial products that are available in the market. YakezieNetwork has done that for you. We're working hard to bring you the top performing, highest paying financial offers in the market today. 

 

I've also come on board full time to help. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns, divya@yakezie.com 

 

I'm happy to help everyone get set up, and help you make the most of your blogs. It's a passion of mine and will happily provide help as needed. 


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