How to Earn Extra Money Blogging Online – The Best Affiliate, Ad and Publisher Networks


How to Earn Extra Money Blogging Online

I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I should write about how to earn money online blogging for ages, but since I pride myself on transparency when it comes to how I earn money for blogging and I’ve been doing this for awhile now and like to think I’ve found some thing that work (and some that don’t), I thought it was finally time to do it.

As you may know, I use affiliate links, banner ads, and occasionally do sponsored posts on the blog. It didn’t start out that way; I originally blogged all by my lonesome and made no money. I’m happy to blog for free – it’s my hobby and one I thoroughly enjoy, but there came a point where I was doing a lot more blogging and would like to see some income from it, if not for profit, then at least to cover expenses for giveaways, hosting, and blog designs. This led me to look for posts on affiliate networks, ad networks, and publisher networks and I’ve had some success. I’m not a top blogger at the moment, but I have made some money on my blog and I’ve done a lot of research into what works and what doesn’t. I hope this helps any of you beginner bloggers or even mid bloggers who just want to find better networks that are the easiest to use and actually help you make extra income whether it’s to feed your beauty addiction (been there) or supply you with extra income to help support your family.

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What Are Affiliate, Banner Ads and Sponsored Posts?

These networks include ones for affiliate links where you can find brands you already blog about and use customized links that will earn you a commission should someone click through your link and purchase something. Other networks include ad networks – the same concept as affiliate only with banners – and also publisher networks which focus more on sponsored content. If you don’t already know, sponsored content is where a company or brand compensates you to write about their products and/or a specific topic pertaining to their market. Some people hate sponsored posts, some people do them all the time. Personally, I’ve had bad experience in the past with them, but I’ve experienced good things through publisher networks so it’s just a matter of weeding through the shady companies and representing only the brands and companies that you actually like. Don’t sell your soul (or your blog) for a dollar; it’s just not worth it.

Examples of sponsored posts I’ve done: Dove Hair  and Royal Canin. Per FTC disclosures (and for my own good conscience), I always share when a post is sponsored and when it includes affiliate links or banner ads.

One thing you need to know about these networks is that a LOT of them are utter crap. A lot of them are just time sinks in which you will put a ton of effort with very little return so I’ve come up with a list of what I think are the best networks online for you to earn money from. These are from my own personal experience and ones I think will benefit you the most in the long run so I hope you find this helpful!


 The Best Affiliate, Ad and Publisher Networks You Should Join

  • Clever Girls Collective. Clever Girls is, by far, my favorite network! They focus on sponsored content so no banners or affiliate links to bother with. Once accepted into the network, you can apply for any open sponsored campaigns they have available. If selected, many of the campaigns often pay anywhere from $100-$500 for blogging, doing a sponsored video, or a combination of doing a blog post and promoting it on your social channels. They also offer something called content seeding which involves promoting a sale, campaign or deal for a specific brand via social media exclusively. Often times, they usually take place on facebook or twitter and most of these pay around $40 or so. Sponsored content opportunities are often from big brands across the board, but many of them include lifestyle brands, home brands, electronic brands, beauty brands, even video games, so there is something to fit almost every blogger’s niche. The only downside to this network is that you have to wait 60 days or so before you get paid, but all payments are processed via Paypal and no paypal fees are deducted from the payment so you get the full amount.
  • RewardStyle. Reward Style is my favorite affiliate network because it’s so seamless. You will find (if you haven’t already) that many affiliate networks require you to sign up with each brand individually and go to their specific brand page in the affiliate manager in order to get links. For RewardStyle, once you sign up and are accepted, all of their brands are at your disposal. This is the perfect affiliate network if you happen to blog about fashion, shopping, sales, etc. and you want to input affiliate links into your posts. They have a TON of websites you can use including those from big brands like Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Sephora, and more. The payout threshold for this network is $100 and they pay out 2 times per month so as long as you have $100+ each time, you’ll receive a payout via paypal. The only downside to this network is commissions can take up to 120 days to clear so your payment threshold might take a few months before you see any of the money you make.
  • Link Share. Link Share is my second favorite affiliate network for the simple reason that it’s easy to use and find what you’re looking for (not easy on affiliate networks – many are SO hard to navigate!) and the payout threshold is lower than most affiliate networks. For affiliate networks, you have to make a certain dollar amount before they will cash you out. My LS account is set to $20 so I can cash out pretty often.
  • Affiliate Window. This is a pretty recent discovery of mine, but I really like it! It’s a lot like Link Share, but a little less user-friendly. I mainly like it because it offers more brands to work with like Beauty Bay which is a site I’ve loved for ages and now I can finally get a commission on the products I share from their site.
  • Fohr Card. I haven’t made any money from this site, but I really love it anyway. One of the big reasons is that it helps you create a profile page that showcases your pageviews, unique views, followers across social channels, etc. all on your profile page. It’s really helpful to have everything in one place so even though I haven’t gotten any leads from this yet, I keep it just for the pure fact that the profile page helps me out. The actual function of Fohr Card is you can write to large beauty and fashion brands like Kate Spade and Clinique with pitches for sponsored posts, partnerships, etc. Nobody ever writes me back, but you can try your luck haha.
  • Collectively. Collectively works a little different than all the other sites in that, you sign up and once you are accepted, you don’t really visit their site. They just email you when you qualify for a sponsored campaign, you fill out a survey with questions about your blog and following, and then you get contacted if you’re selected for the campaign. It’s very convenient to use and requires little effort on your part once you sign up.
  • Mode Media / Glam Media. This is a brand new one for me as I was recently accepted. They do a mixture of banner ads and also sponsored content. So far, I really like the layout as it’s super user-friendly and it’s one of the few networks that, just by being a part of, will help increase your influence and also connects you with brands and opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have.

List of Networks I Tried, but Didn’t Like: IZEA, Linqia, Ebay Enterprise Affiliate Network, Brandcrumb, and others I forgot I tried because I abandoned them right after creating them LOL. Feel free to ask me specific questions and I can talk about my experiences because it’s too much to mention in this post!

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37 thoughts on “How to Earn Extra Money Blogging Online – The Best Affiliate, Ad and Publisher Networks

  1. February 2, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Great and informative post! I recently applied to Clever Girl Collective, but was not accepted…totally bummed because I’ve hear such great things!

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  2. Anna
    February 3, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    Thank you so much for your post. I’ve had some great results with clevergirlscollective, especially with sponsored posts. Another network which is good is SeedingUp, they pay out monthly which is great. It’s then much like collectivley, you sign up, set up an offer and wait for an advertiser to write you.

  3. February 3, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Thanks for this great post. We’ve thinking about plunging our blog into the advertising abyss but it’s tough to wade through all these networks out there and decide which are good or bad. Very informative! Xx

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  4. February 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll be bookmarking this. So far, I only use Amazon for affiliate ads, and I’m looking to add another option or two in the future. I wasn’t sure where to start though.
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    1. February 3, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      of course! I’m glad you find it helpful. I know I’ve read so many posts on this topic and always felt they were kind of lacking. I hope this helps people to not waste time on crap that doesn’t work and get the work in on things that do. It’s always nice to make extra money on something you put so much time and effort into and it is great to be able to do more for my readers.

  5. February 3, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Thanks for such a comprehensive breakdown! I blog for fun as a hobby/outlet too, but some extra money to subsidize hosting and living expenses would definitely be nice too! :] I’ll be looking into these for sure! :] Much appreciated! <3

    1. February 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      of course Farrah! I hope you found it helpful! It definitely is nice to get extra money to help with expenses, giveaways, and extra cash for you. I hope these help you make it happen ♥

  6. February 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Thanks for the info. Several of these are ones I have not heard of.
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    1. February 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      of course – I hope it helps you out! thanks for visiting Jamie 🙂

  7. February 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    I’d not heard of several of these so thanks for sharing. Totally agree on IZEA-useless. Share-a-sale hasn’t been great for either, completely not user friendly.
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  8. February 16, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Great post! Most of these are sites I’ve never heard of but I am for sure going to look into them. Thanks xo

    1. February 17, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      thanks for stopping by Anastasia! I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

  9. February 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Have you used Amazon affiliate program?
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    1. February 26, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      I have not signed up for Amazon affiliate directly, but I have used their links via RewardStyle before. In my experience, Amazon is a good place to find good deals, but I don’t much like their company ethics (or lack thereof) so for that reason, I try not to use links from them when possible. I would rather promote more ethical businesses and sites with a better commission percentage. hope this helps!

      1. March 4, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        Thank you I really appreciate yr feedback. I spent time reading that contract and the commission break down and wasn’t sure if it was for me. 🙂
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        1. March 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM

          Of course – Yeah honestly, some affiliate is totally crap and it only favors and works well for brands in my opinion. Amazon is kind of crap because even though they offer good deals to customers, their affiliate levels are so low. glad I could help you out ♥

  10. February 26, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    I haven’t had any luck making money with affiliate links, but have made money with Linqia, Vibrant Nation and Social Fabric.
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    1. February 27, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      I definitely recommend Clever Girls Collective – it’s a great network and lots of community which I like. I didn’t have much luck with Linqia and I don’t like their model it feel spammy, but I will check out the others. thanks for stopping by!

  11. March 12, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    SO helpful! I am looking to monetize my blog occasionally and this was a great resource.

  12. ani
    April 12, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    What do you think of the Her Campus Blogger Network and Blogger Babes?

    1. April 14, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Her Campus is great if you happen to be a young college student, but if you’re a mid-20’s student or older, it doesn’t really cater as much to you. I like it for the community, but not so much the sponsored opps or networking. It’s great to meet other bloggers and discover fun content so I enjoy that. Blogger Babes I’m not familiar with so I can’t say. Hope this helps!

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