How to make money online being you
In today’s world, everyone has an influence. Social media has allowed us to share our lives with 500 or more of our closest friends;). There is power here because our followers trust us and know us. Businesses are taking notice and have made it possible to make money online being you. Here are three ways you can do it today:
Become a brand affiliate.
What is affiliate marketing? Brands pay you to spread the word about their products. You apply for their affiliate programs and then you will be sent a trackable link. Then, when you share this link and your followers purchase through your specialized link, you get a percentage of the sale.
This is great because you are always sending recommendations to friends and family and now you can get paid for doing it. The easiest affiliate to sign up for is the Amazon Affiliate program.
The Pro to Amazon Affiliate is that you probably buy a lot of things on Amazon which makes it an easy thing to do. For Christmas, my mom asked me to send a list of toys that my kids would like. I sent her my Amazon Affiliate links and made a few bucks on her purchases. Another pro for Amazon is when you send someone to Amazon.com you get a percentage of anything they buy for the next 24 hours (30 days if they added an item to their cart) so if you can just get them onto the website and they happen to buy something completely unrelated you’ll get the money for it. Now that’s cool.
The cons to Amazon Affiliates is that the affiliate commission percentage is pretty low.
Here’s a break down of the Amazon Affiliate commissions:
Another way to use affiliates it to look at your hobbies or business and look up products specific to your hobbies. Check to see if your favorite brands have affiliate programs. For example, I’m a photographer. My favorite camera bags are from JoTotes. JoTotes has a great affiliate program and when anyone asks me about my bag, I can send them my affiliate link and get commission if they buy the bag through my link.
There are also affiliate sites that you can sign up for that gives you access to some of the bigger name brands like Old Navy, Nordstrom and other big names. The easiest one to use is Shop Style.
Or if you are looking for a non clothing place to find affiliates, check out Share A Sale. It is a site where you can search for affiliate programs quickly and easily.
The second way to make money online being you is through brand partnering. You can apply to be a brand rep for companies and then you get a special coupon code that you can give your followers. Whenever your coupon code is used, you get a percentage of their order.
I really love that brands are starting to do this because it shows that they recognize the power in you the influencer to spread the word about their products.
My favorite brand rep to be a part of is Poppy and Dot (and if you shop there and use michelleg10 you get 10% off your order–see what I did there;). They are easy to work with and they have secret deals that only their “Rockstars” know about and the “Rockstars” are able to pass the deals on to their followers.
(Look at that Poppy and Dot dress right there)
Look up your favorite brands that you already shop with and see if they offer a brand rep or affiliate program that you can join. Another one like Poppy and Dot is Posey and Pence.
Getting free products isn’t exactly making money online, but it is a really great way to benefit from your followers. There are programs you can sign up for online that ask you to take a short interest quiz and then based on your answers will send you products to try, review and post about online. I have done this and received hundreds of dollars of free product. It’s easy and fun. Some of the best free product sites to join are:
Other businesses give out free product just for asking and posting about it. Really, all you have to do is email them or fill out a form on their site and they will get back to you. We especially love these two brands for how well generous they are with their customers.
To test it out, we emailed Tubby Todd to see if they would send us some of their amazing bath products. Here’s our honest review: We LOVE Tubby Todd and are beyond happy to be a Tubby Todd Momma!
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