14 Best Affiliate Programs for New Bloggers (Who Want to Earn Passive Income Blogging!)

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Want to start making money with your blog? Affiliate marketing is a great way to start earning passive income from your content! In this post, I’ll be sharing some high paying affiliate programs for new bloggers that I’ve discovered along my blogging journey.

Affiliate marketing terms you’ll see in this post

Commission rate: This is the percentage or flat rate you’ll receive whenever you refer a sale. The higher the better!

Cookie length: This is how long you’ll be able to earn credit for a sale. For example, if your reader clicks on your affiliate link, but doesn’t buy a product on the first click, you may still be able to earn a commission for the sale if they purchase within 30 days from clicking on your link.

Swipe copy: Some affiliate programs you join may provide you with swipe copy. This is copy that can be used to promote their products through social media, email marketing or on your blog.

Whether you write about food or crafting, there should be something here for you! Let’s jump into the list!

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Affiliate programs for all niches

1. Ultimate Bundles

Do you write about homemaking, financial independence, meal planning, or business topics on your blog? Ultimate Bundles is a great affiliate program for new bloggers looking for something versatile and profitable.

As their name suggests, they host a variety of bundles in several niches that are filled with ebooks, courses, and resources. One thing I love about these bundles is that you’re giving your readers the chance to snag it at 90 to 99% off what they would normally pay for everything in the bundle.

You can earn a 40% commission on all bundle sales you refer and will get access to swipe copy and banners to help you get started.

2. ShareASale

ShareASale is one of the best affiliate programs for beginners to join. They have programs for all niches, from pet care and animal accessories to blogging themes and web hosting. Once you sign up, you can apply to any of the thousands of programs hosted on their platform.

Many of the programs in this post are actually hosted on their website, so I’d recommend signing up now, and then going through the rest of the post once you’ve done that.

You can also earn when you refer ShareASale to other bloggers or business owners. At the time of writing this, you can earn $30 for every new affiliate you refer after they earn their first $20. And you can earn $150 per each qualifying merchant that joins through your link and earns their first $100.

3. Amazon Associates

With almost 200 million monthly visitors, Amazon is one of the most popular online marketplaces in the world. They offer anything and everything from audiobooks to furniture to crafting supplies and journals.

If you have a food, DIY & craft, or home decor blog, joining the Amazon Associates program is a must! They’re a reliable and easy shopping option for millions of readers and a great way to start earning money with your content.

Two downsides to the program are the short 24 hour cookie period and relatively lower commission rates. But! On the other hand, your commission will be based on the order total.

Wondering how much you could make promoting products from Amazon? Dale from Blogging Her Way went from making $2.26 per month to now earning over $1,000 per month just from her Amazon affiliate income. All within the span of a few months of fine-tuning her marketing strategy.

How cool is that?!

If you want to see exactly how she was able to skyrocket her earnings with Amazon Associates, she has a helpful guide available on her shop. I’ve personally read through it and think it has some great advice and practical examples!

4. Rakuten Marketing

Similar to ShareASale and MagicLinks, Rakuten Marketing hosts thousands of affiliate programs you can apply to. You can easily browse through their programs and filter them by category.

Here are just a few niches they have programs for:

  • Business & Career
  • Health & Beauty
  • Food & Drink
  • Home & Living
  • Family

No matter what your niche is, there are some great programs to choose from. My favorites are The Honest Company, Sephora, and Udemy.

diy and craft affiliate programs

5. Etsy

Aside from Amazon and eBay, Etsy is one of the largest online marketplaces and may be one of the best affiliate programs for new bloggers to apply to. Their sellers are creatives and small business owners from all over the world. And they have a huge selection of products to choose from, no matter your niche!

Also, if you ever plan on writing a post with gift ideas, becoming an Etsy affiliate is a must! I’ve personally noticed that I earn more affiliate sales from smaller products like printables and excel spreadsheets.

Commission rate: 4% per purchase

Cookie length: 30 days

6. darn good yarn

Have a blog centered around knitting, crocheting, or weaving on your blog? If you answered yes, Darn Good Yarn may be the perfect program for you to join! When you become an affiliate, you can earn a commission on all knitting and crocheting kits, ribbon, yarn, and monthly subscription boxes.

Commission rate: 12% per sale

Cookie length: 60 days

7. Brit + Co

Whether you blog about cooking, home decor, travel or tech, Brit + Co is a wonderful affiliate program for creative bloggers. When you become an affiliate, you can promote any of their helpful video courses. They have classes for things like calligraphy, cake decorating, Photoshop for bloggers, designing your own fonts, and illustration lessons.

They have a large selection of affordable classes, and from what I’ve seen, even the pricier ones are still under $85.

Here are a few fun classes you could promote as a Brit + Co affiliate:

Commission rate: 10-50% per sale

Cookie length: 60 days

affiliate programs for food bloggers

8. Pinch of Yum

As a Pinch of Yum affiliate, you can earn a 50% commission on either of their popular ebooks. One is called: Tasty Food Photography, and the other is: How to Monetize Your Food Blog.

If your readers want to learn how to make money blogging or take mouth-watering photos for their blog, this could be a great program for you to join.

Commission rate: 50% per sale

Cookie length: 6 months

9. Food Blogger Pro

Food Blogger Pro is a membership site filled with videos to help beginner food bloggers start and grow a profitable blog. It’s also one of the best affiliate programs for new bloggers in the food niche!

You can also earn a recurring fee for every month the person you refer remains a member.

Commission rate: 20-40% per sale

Cookie length: 180 days

10. WP Tasty

Does your reader want to optimize their food blog for success? As a WP Tasty affiliate, you can promote any of their premium WordPress plugins. They currently have Tasty Pins, Tasty Links, and Tasty Recipes.

This is the perfect affiliate program for you to join if your readers want to:

  • Optimize their food blog for more traffic from Google and Pinterest
  • Increase affiliate income by populating their affiliate links across all their blog posts
  • Easily style and share recipes within their content

Commission rate: 30% per sale

Cookie length: 90 days

11. Nutrifox

Nutrifox is a nutrition label creator designed to help food and fitness bloggers easily share detailed nutritional info with their audience. You can earn a 30% commission per sale. They currently have a monthly and annual payment option, so you could receive recurring affiliate income for as long as your referral stays a member.

Commission rate: 30% per sale

Cookie length: 90 days

Blogging related affiliate programs

12. The She Approach

Ana from The She Approach earns a full-time income from her blog and shares valuable resources for beginner and intermediate bloggers.

She has several low-cost blogging courses and ebooks you could promote. If your audience wants to learn how to make money with affiliate marketing, start a profitable blog, or start earning passive income with ebooks, then this is a great program to join!

Commission rate: 35% per sale

Cookie length: 30 days

13. creative market

Creative Market is one of the best affiliate programs for new bloggers! They have a massive selection of digital products you can promote, and offer free products each week that you can share with your readers.

As a Create Market affiliate, you can promote things like:

  • Premium WordPress themes
  • Social media graphic templates
  • Styled stock photography
  • Beautifully designed fonts
  • Creative WordPress plugins

Commission rate: 10% of every purchase

Cookie length: 30 days

14. Restored 316 Themes

Picking out a beautiful WordPress theme doesn’t have to be hard. Help your readers find the perfect theme for their blog with a free quiz from Restored 316.

I personally use their Captivating theme and can vouch for how easy their themes are to install and how helpful their customer support is! Another plus is that they have a solid selection of WordPress themes for bloggers and business owners in any niche.

Commission rate: 20% per sale

Cookie length: 60 days

the best ways to earn with affiliate marketing

Maybe you’ve already tried your hand at affiliate marketing, but didn’t see the results you were looking for. If that’s the case, try going through the steps below to make sure you’re checking some important boxes.

  1. Ask if your reader needs this product or service. When you’re writing an affiliate post, be mindful of what your reader is looking for. What do they need help with, and how can the product or service you’re promoting help them solve their problem?
  2. Be passionate about the product(s) you’re promoting! Readers can tell when you really care about a product, brand or service. Enthusiasm is contagious and can be a good way to connect with your readers.
  3. Write a review detailing your experience. Sharing your honest experience with a product can be a great way to build trust with your readers.
  4. Create a roundup post. Have a list of tools your audience would love? Include them all in a post and become an affiliate for each product you mention. List posts are a great way to help your reader find several things they may need, all in one place.
  5. Increase page views to your newly written affiliate post! Not sure how to get more traffic to your blog? Lena has a superb free training called Traffic Blast. It covers strategies to help you optimize your blog for traffic from both Google and Pinterest.

looking for more affiliate programs to join?

If your niche wasn’t included in this post, check to see if Ana covers it in her massive list of 500+ affiliate programs for bloggers. It could save you hours of searching for the right program and quickly help you find some hidden programs for your niche!

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