Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blogging Thoughts...

I know a lot of you out there who read my blog are also fellow bloggers. I can tell you that one thing I've appreciated lately as a new blogger is getting tips and information from other bloggers out there--mom bloggers in particular! Lately I've been looking into the inner workings of blogging and am finding lots of interesting tidbits out there about website statistics, site design, and monetizing your blog to make a little bit of money on the side!

I figured that since I'm interested in this type of topic, there must be some of you out there who are too! I've decided that from time-to-time, I'd love to share some of these little gems that I've found with you so that hopefully they can be useful (and maybe even profitable!) to you, too :)

Lately I've been looking into affiliate programs and what they mean exactly. Affiliate programs let you join your blog into part of an advertising network. Merchants use your blog as a platform for getting the word out about your website or product. Rather than being paid to place an ad on your site, you agree to place an ad on your site of your own accord, and then you typically earn on a pay-per-click basis when people click on the link to follow through to more information by the merchant. There are plenty of these affiliate programs out there, and all of us have likely seen hundreds of banners scattered across the web.

Lately though, I've been interested in one new affiliate NETWORK, shareasale.com, which is much more widespread than your typical single-webpage affiliate program. I first discovered SHAREASALE through clothdiaper.com, who runs an affiliate program under shareasale.com. I never realized that there were larger programs helping to consolidate a variety of affiliate programs out there. With shareasale.com, you can sign up to be an affiliate for a VARIETY of merchants (that fit your site's needs), all under your one account. The especially nice thing with this is that all the commissions you make through all your different affiliations will count towards your singular account balance, meaning that you will hit the minimum payout balance ($50) much faster than through running 10 smaller, separate affiliate programs. I know that when you spread yourself too thin with too many programs, it can take forever to reach the minimum balance.

The other thing I found interesting is that you can (obviously) sign up with SHAREASALE from a merchant's point of view as well. Although I myself am not a vendor, obviously many of you WAHMs ARE, and maybe you are looking to START an affiliate program for your own small business in order to help spread the word. I know that you can sign up through shareasale.com and they will do the managing of affiliates for you, so you don't have to worry about maintaining that whole angle of the program on your own. If I were a vendor, I'm sure this would take a huge load off but still provide me with lots of publicity across the web.

So, there you go! Hopefully another mommy blogger out there will find this handy. I'd love to hear what you guys think! Also, let me know about other tips and programs out there because I'm having a great time learning more about all of this stuff right now :)

-Lisa

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