3 Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginner Bloggers

Some of my blog posts include affiliate links.  If you purchase an item from one of my links I may receive a commission.  Please read my disclaimer for more details.  

Affiliate marketing is a way to earn a commission on referrals for other company’s goods or services. The 3 Affiliate Marketing Programs I started with were helpful to me and offered me a starting place for my blogging journey.  However, make sure that the affiliates you choose work well with your niche. You want to offer recommendations and options to your reader that have something to do with your expertise and knowledge in your niche.

Do you want to dive into affiliate marketing? Are you a beginner blogger? I have listed 3 Affiliate Marketing Programs that helped me get started.


ShareASale – allows access to thousands of retailers.  You will have to apply to join ShareASale to access the many other retailers.  Some of these retailers include accounting software, baby clothing, beauty supplies, calendars, wines, shoes, and more.  Through ShareASale, I have personally used Tailwind for Pinterest (which I love).  If you need help growing your Pinterest views, read How Tailwind Helped My New Blog.

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

Rakuten Marketing

Rakuten Marketing – is considered to be one of the largest affiliate network programs available.  As with ShareASale, you need to apply to Rakuten Marketing.  Rakuten Marketing has access to some major companies like WalMart, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Coach, and Sephora.  Not every company will accept you right away, but you can retry at a later date.

Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates – is very easy to join.  With Amazon, you can promote with banners or targeted links.  Amazon just like the other affiliate programs, have requirements to sell so be sure to read through all of the information provided to you.  With Amazon, you can promote gift cards, Prime, grocery, books, electronics, and anything else that they sell.

Other Affiliate Marketing Programs

I have gone on to partner with companies like CJ Affiliate, ConvertKit, Shopify and SiteGround because I use them for my businesses and I would recommend them to anyone getting started.  They have proven to be excellent tools for my two very different companies.  I use Shopify for my automotive website and SiteGround for my blog.  For more information on SiteGround read How to Start a WordPress Blog Using SiteGround

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I would recommend starting with a minimum of 5 to 10 affiliates.  You want to maintain a professional image while marketing affiliates that you would recommend to others.  Therefore, just remember when getting started you are not going to get accepted to every affiliate program or company.  Remember to choose affiliate programs that work for you.  And one last tip that I learned from Oh, She Blogs! is to apply as a Publisher not as a Merchant when you are applying to affiliate networks.


  1. Finding companies that all products and services geared toward your target reading audience is helpful too

    1. Hi Amy – You are exactly right! When I made my first attempt at affiliate marketing for this blog I was unable to get approval from all of the companies that I thought I would work well with and promote. I did not have enough traffic and popularity to be approved. The three affiliate marketing programs I write about were the first to help me get started.

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