Anyone out there want to share the affiliate programs that have been successful. I haven't gotten into this area. Not not sure if it's worth the time.
Successful affiliate programs(4 posts) (4 voices)
The most successful affiliate programs I have had are e.l.f. and Endless Shoes. Obviously, these have nothing to do with writing or travel writing. However, you do need good walking shoes and women do like to bring makeup with them when they travel
It might be better to look at affiliate programs in a different perspective...I personally feel that if you aren't driving massive amounts of traffic to your website/blog - then you will probably not have a 'successful' affiliate program.
I personally use a combination of the following at Tourfolio:
* Google Adsense - sidebar text
* Chitika - for search engine traffic only (for my posts only)
* Amazon Associates - for specific products
* Commission Junction - for ad images
It also can greatly help that you are placing relevant ads on your travel website (or any website for that matter)...so make sure that Google Adsense isn't placing advertisements for weightloss supplements on a travel blog dedicated to touring Canada. It just won't do a great job at converting the reader into clicking on the link.
Just remember to write for the passion of writing and not to just monetize your travel blog/website. The second you focus just on monetization - you will lose the passion and sooner or later give up on your site as it won't be making the profit you hoped for. There are way to many websites and ebooks out there that make promises of striking it rich and making travel a way of life from affiliate programs. It can happen but it is rare.
I hope that helps!
Excellent advice Bryan!
I would add that some of the smaller affiliate programs for ebooks do tend to do well also, and they pay a pretty good percentage of the sale price (typically 40-50%).
So as you're cruising around the 'net, keep an eye open for various ebooks that you think your readers would be interested in - remember to keep relevancy and value in mind - and then find out if the ebook author belongs to an affiliate program (like e-junkies.com). Most of them do, so it's just a matter of joining as an affiliate, and then promote the ebook to your readers.
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