Top 6 Affiliate Marketing Sites To Monetize Your Blog

April 10, 2017

Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize your blog while providing a good user experience to your readers.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize your blog if you are looking to earn income from your website but do not want to run display ads.

Top 6 affiliate marketing sites
An affiliate marketing banner from Travelbook that I used

Top 6 Affiliate Marketing Sites To Monetize Your Blog

    My personal journey in affiliate marketing


    When I first set up a blog, my primary objective was to have a personal space in cyberspace where I can share my thoughts and travel experiences. It was purely a hobby that allowed me to pursue my love for writing. 

    When I was just beginning, I used a free blogging platform so maintenance was really no-frills. As I grew more serious about blogging, I decided to buy a domain just to add a touch of professionalism to my blog.

    While the cost of buying the domain was minimal, I still signed up for Google Adsense in hopes of earning a little to offset the expense.

    Google Adsense runs display ads in blogs and is a great way to earn a little extra when a visitor clicks on one of your ads. However, you can only run a few ads on your site if you want to keep the user experience and site speed as your priority.

    As I gained some more experience in blogging, I discovered affiliate marketing as a great monetization tool alongside Google Adsense. 

    Affiliate marketing allows bloggers to sign up and promote the products and services of partner companies. Site owners have the option to run ads or integrate affiliate links within their articles. 

    The main advantage of affiliate marketing is that you are promoting products and services that you like or have tried, which meant that the links and ads integrate naturally within your articles. 

    The first affiliate program that I signed up with was the now-defunct Travelbook Philippines. I liked it because it offered mostly local tours and affordable hotels and inns. I reached my first payment threshold in a few months. 

    I even won a Caramoan tour when I signed up with Travelbook. Sadly though, it eventually closed shop. 

    My recommended affiliate marketing sites


    Aside from Travelbook, I discovered other affiliate marketing sites that have become my favorite. I always include links to their relevant products and services when I write my articles. 

    They are easy to sign up with and implement, so if you are also considering to go into affiliate marketing, here are some of the platforms that I recommend for you to check.

    1. GPSmyCity


    GPSmyCity is also one of the very first affiliate marketing programs that I signed up with. GPSmyCity smartphone application that lets travelers download city guides for free. 

    GPSmyCity affiliate marketing program
    GPSmyCity

    These city guides are actual articles written by bloggers and converted into easy-to-use travel apps. For a minimal fee of around US$2, you may avail of an upgrade that comes with an offline map and a GPS-enabled guide. 

    When you want to visit an attraction, a landmark, or a restaurant, simply click the “Go There” button next to the name of the place. You’ll have an offline map plotted for that place which you can follow either on foot or by vehicle.

    GPSmyCity allows travelers to discover other travel blogs and hence, see destinations from a variety of perspectives. For details on signing up as a partner, please click here.

    2. Agoda


    Agoda is one of the largest online hotel booking sites today. I actually use it a lot if I wanted to get a comprehensive list of available hotels in an area as well as good booking rates.

    Agoda affiliate marketing program

    To sign up as a partner, look for the “Affiliates” link under the “Partner With Us” section. Creating an account is pretty straightforward. Moreover, Agoda does not have any minimum traffic requirements. Once approved, you may already run ads such as search boxes, banners, and text links. 

    For more information about the Agoda Partner Program, you may click here.


    3. Involve Asia


    Involve Asia is an affiliate marketing agency that focuses on the Asian market. This is currently my most favorite platform because its advertisers are mostly from Asia, which meant that my readers are most likely to buy from them. 

    Involve Asia affiliate marketing program
    Sign-up portal for Involve Asia

    Think of brands like LAzada, Shopee, Gawin PH, Metrodeal, and Zalora, just to name a few. You have the option of implementing banners, coupons, and deep links which are my favorite. With deep links, you can directly promote products and official stores from, say, Lazada. 

    Just use the deep link generator, enter the link to the product, and store, and this will be converted to an affiliate link that you can use on your site or on your social media.

    To sign up for Involve Asia, click here.

    4. Lazada


    Lazada is probably the most popular online shopping platform in The Philippines. It is perfect for lifestyle bloggers as well as travel and tech bloggers. 

    Lazada affiliate marketing program
    Lazada sign-up portal

    You can sign up directly by clicking here or through Involve Asia since Lazada is also one of their most active advertisers. 

    What's better with signing up directly though is that you have more options in terms of products to promote. Furthermore, Lazada gives recommendations as to the top-selling items and deals, as such, you are mostly to gain success when you sign up direct.

    5. Awin


    Awin is similar to Involve Asia as both platforms act as a marketplace or middle-man between publishers and advertisers. The only difference is that Awin has more brands outside of Asia. 

    Awin affiliate marketing program
    Awin affiliate marketing program

    The advertisers are also categorized per niche (i.e. food, travel, electronics, etc.) and per region (i.e. North America, Europe, Asia Pacific), so publishers have more ability to filter out the brands that they can work with it. 

    Honestly, I haven't had much success with Awin because my audience is mostly from the Philippines and Asia.

    To sign up for Awin, click here

    6. Klook


    Klook is a tour and attraction booking site that is has gained much popularity over the years because of the affordable packages that it offers.

    Klook affiliate marketing program
    Klook affiliate marketing sign-up portal

    According to Klook, they make it simple for travelers to plan their itineraries keeping the best price in mind.

    Bloggers have the flexibility to use banners, search boxes, links, dynamic widgets, and promo codes. You can even enter into a co-brand partnership with Klook.

    You can join the Klook affiliate program here.

    Epilogue


    These are just six of the affiliate marketing programs out there. You can look at other blogs to see what they are using and read more information about the programs that you are interested in to see if these are a good fit for your blog and editorial style. 

    Keep in mind as well that affiliate marketing does not give you instant income. You have to build your traffic and reputation over time don't be discouraged if you do not get any income for months or even years. Just keep writing and honing your craft.

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    2 comments

    1. Hi Ivan Jose,
      Thank you for such a great post. I was searching for articles on affiliate marketing startup and i ended up here.
      Hope you do not mind but i would like to ask you about something relevant to affiliate programs.
      I am a blogger myself and it's been over an year that i got fully engaged with my contents and built nice followings and traffic that helped me a lot earn a little through adsense but the thing is it's not cutting it. It has crossed my mind many times about introducing my webs to affiliate marketing but i was waiting for right moment, and now when i have the traffic built up and trusted following, i feel like i should start promoting products related my niches now. But finding the products of different niches in one place/platform or even getting approved in a program that might just refuse the starters is hard. I've been searching on my own and found this program here in UK that is offering those kinda services and stores data with free CMS tools and 100% commission on sales which caught my eye and i feel like i should try joining them but that would be nice to gain some advise from some professionals on this. any suggestions or recommendations are welcomed.
      Thank you in advance

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    2. Thank you so much! Just try joining these programs. There's nothing to lose, anyway.

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