31 Affiliate Marketing Post Ideas

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money as a blogger, but how do you create content that gets clicks and purchases on your affiliate links. Today I am sharing some affiliate marketing post ideas for niches like fashion, beauty, photography, and more. Use these ideas so that you can create affiliate marketing content that converts.

Before we start: X is a stand in for a number and a _____ is usually a stand in for the affiliate you are promoting (if it's not, I will provide further instructions so it makes sense).

31 Affiliate Marketing Post Ideas | Do you want to make more money as an affiliate marketer, but you don't know what to write about? Click through because I am showing affiliates for fashion, beauty, books, courses and more affiliate post ideas.

Fashion Affiliates

How To Wear _______ (Affiliates dress, shoes, pants, etc) X Ways

In this post, share one piece of clothing from an affiliate website you use three ways. Posts like these are great because it shows the versatility in the product and drives home the point that this is a needed item of clothing.

_____ Clothing Haul

People love hauls! This could even be in the form of a video (especially if it is a try-on haul) so that people can see the product on a model they trust. If you don't want to purchase all the clothes, you may even be able to contact the company to get clothes for review purposes.

Interview With The Owners Of _____

If your readers love a bit of a story behind your fashion content, contact the company and see if you can send a few questions over via email. Include their responses along with some pictures of you in their clothing. This post idea is great because it:

  • Humanizes the brand you are an affiliate for.
  • Attracts fans of that brand to your site.
  • Could likely be shared by the brand.

This works best if you are an affiliate for a small clothing company.

X _____ Pieces You Need This Season/X Pieces You Need This Season

When seasons start changing, people want fresh ideas of how to change up their wardrobe. Offer that by sharing a round-up of a couple of pieces people need from one specific brand or across the many brands you are an affiliate for.

How To Style _____ For ______ (think a special occasion like date night, weddings, graduation, etc.)

When special occasions come up, people are always scrambling on what to wear. During wedding seasons, offer wedding styles; during graduation season, offer graduation styles; keep up with holidays and special occasions because people are always looking for what to wear to certain events.

Course Affiliates

The X Best Lessons _____ Course Taught Me

People want to invest in courses, but they aren't sure if it will be worth the dollar bills it takes to purchase the course. Create a review about the course and feature 3 or so of the biggest lessons that you learned (being vague enough about the lessons so that you don't step on their intellectual property of course!)

How To Get The Most Out Of _____ Course

Another reason that a person may not purchase a course is because they are overwhelmed. If you can create a road map for them about getting through the course with ease, they may be more likely to take the course.

X Courses You Need To Invest In Right Now

If you have purchased a bunch of courses, you may want to create a round-up of some of your favorite courses. You can even give this a theme such as:

  • X Courses Beginning Freelance Writers Need To Invest In Right Now
  • X Courses E-Book Creators Will Love
  • X Courses For The Photographer In You

Anything that reaches out to a certain niche of people will make them more likely to click on it and more likely to convert. Obviously, only create niche articles if they relate to what you post on your blog.

Frequently Asked Questions About ______

You can probably find a handful of questions about the courses that you have taken just by looking in Facebook groups, blogs that the course creator has written about the course, and asking your audience what their questions are. Round up all those questions and answer them in your own way.

How ______ Helped Me _______ (grow my blog, become a happier person, whatever the course did for you) In X _________ (days, months, years, etc.)

At the end of the day, people want cold hard facts. Bring out the receipts and show them the impact that this course has had on your blog, business, or life. If you have a particularly valuable story to tell, people want to read it because it shows them something tangible versus a general "this course was great!" review.

Book Affiliates

X Books That All _____ (students, bloggers, writers, etc) Should Read

People love book recommendations. If you can offer book recommendations for various groups as they pertain to your blog, you will draw their attention in and they will be likely to purchase the books.

X Books That Helped Me Through My ______ (divorce, unemployment, childhood, etc.)

This is another recommendation post, but with a twist. In this case you are sharing some of the books that helped you through a hard time in your life. People going through a similar phase may want to check out the same self-help books that you are recommending.

X Books That I Loved This ______ (month, year, etc.)

In this recommendation roundup you are sharing the books that you have finished reading and loved the most. People love end of the year wrap-ups, and they also just love to hear what you are reading on a monthly basis.

X Books That I Am Excited To Read In _____ (month, year, etc.)

If your audience likes to keep up with new books you may want to share books that you are excited to purchase when they come out the next month or next year. You can usually pre-order books so even leading them to a pre-order page could land you some commissions.

My Opinion On  _______ (insert author's) Book Catalog

If people want to get into an author, they may not know where to start. If you have an author where you have read every book they have written (or a good portion of them) you could create an affiliate post on your site where you give a synopsis of each of the books as well as your opinion on it.

31 Affiliate Marketing Post Ideas

Travel Affiliates

How I Use _____ To Get The Cheapest ____ (Flights, Hotel Rooms, Rental Cars, etc)

Cheap travel is the bee's knees for so many people. If you can show them how you get cheap flights, hotel rooms, etc. using an app or website they will likely click on your content and see what you have to say about the program.

X Things You Need To Have In Your Carry On Bag

Traveling is difficult and it seems that we always forget something in our carry-on. Use this idea to create a round-up of some of the products that you always have with you when you travel.

Battle Of The Travel _____ (Backpacks, Carry-Ons, Suitcases)

Investing in a suitcase or backpack for travel is the worst because you aren't sure which is good versus just looking good online (or even in-store). If people can find a review from a blogger they trust, it can be helpful for them. Round up some pieces you already use or look for a number of pieces on a site like Amazon or Target to review for your readers.

My Go-To Travel Outfit

If you don't mind bringing a bit of fashion into your travel blog, share your go-to travel outfit with your readers. We all have an outfit that makes us feel comfortable when we travel, so share your outfit and links to shop it.

X Things To Do In _____ (City, State, Country)

Travel guides are all the rage. It may be difficult to monetize this, but it is possible. See if you can find some local affiliate programs or contact the company directly to see if they would be willing to set up an affiliate program so you can feature them in your travel guide.

Beauty Affiliates

My X Favorite ____ (Lipsticks, Blushes, Foundations)

We often have a TON of different favorites as far as makeup is concerned. Roundup some of your favorites in a category and showcase them all on your blog. Don't be afraid to do a swatch tests and tell your readers why you love the products so much.

Recreating ______ (Famous Celebrities) Makeup

Recreating looks is so fun! If you get inspired my celebrity looks often, consider recreating their looks with cheaper products or just the random products you are an affiliate for. Using the celebrity's name will definitely get the attention of the fans who love that celebrity and potentially get your post seen by more people. Take advantage of their schedule by releasing your content around the time of new television show, movie, music, and other release dates they have.

X Makeup Bag Essentials From _____

People are nosy, and they are also starting their makeup collections--this post gets both of those audiences. Capture the attention of your fans who want to know what you keep in your makeup bag and the potential fans who are wanting to know what products they should buy for their makeup collection by writing up a post featuring products you think all make-up bags should have.

_____ (Lipsticks, Blushes, Foundations, etc) At X Different Price Points

Have you ever seen an episode of Buzzfeed's Worth It? On the show they go to three different restaurants (a cheap one, a moderately priced one, and an expensive one) they taste the food and then they declare the restaurant that they think is the most worth it at it's price point. If you have access to a bunch of different lipsticks, blushes, etc you can try the same concept on your blog.

My Go-To ______ (date night, wedding, every day, etc) Look

We all have the one look that we create over and over for date nights or weddings. Use that routine to create a picture or video tutorial showing your routine and how you use the products in that routine.

Photography Affiliates

My X Favorite Lenses For  My _____ (Canon, Nikon, etc)

Beginner photogs are usually at a loss for which lenses to purchase (trust me, this beginner photog knows this!) Creating a list of some of your favorite lenses is bound to get some views and purchases, especially if you let your readers know why you love the lenses you share so much as well as photos you have taken with the lenses.

How I Edit My Pictures With _____

People are always looks for new editing techniques. Many picture editors like Adobe Creative Cloud, PicMonkey, etc. have affiliate programs you can join. Teach your audience how you use the programs, and they will likely want to join along.

x Photography Books/Courses You Should Purchase

People love learning and books/courses are a great way to learn. If you have read a few books about photography or have taken some courses, share those with your audience so they can get better at photography just like you have.

Homegoods Affiliates

X _____ (Pillows, Lamps, Art Pieces, etc.) That Will Make Your House A Home

People want to decorate their home, but there are so many pieces that it can be difficult to look at all the pieces. Find some of your favorite pillows, lamps, and more to share in a listicle with your readers. This will give them a nice list of products to sift through, without having to look at all the pillows on the internet and being indecisive.

The X Coolest ______ (Art Pieces, Coffee Table Books, Candles) You Can Get From _____ (Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc.)

You would be surprised what you can find on sites like Amazon or Target. Come up with a list of some of the coolest products you have found or some of the highest rated and let your readers know where they can find the products.

X Things Every New Homeowner Needs

New home owners are scared. They want to make sure they are 100% prepared to move into their new abode, and that is where you come in. Let your readers know a list of things you wish you had brought to your house when you moved in as well as the link to purchase them so they are extra prepared.


Conclusion

Affiliate posts don't have to be boring. I hope that I gave you some awesome ideas on the type of affiliate posts you should create so that you can start bringing dollars into your blog through affiliate marketing.

How To Balance Multiple Sponsorship Opportunities

When you are trying to make blogging your business, chances are you will take on multiple sponsored post opportunities at once. Once you start taking on multiple opportunities, though, it creates a lot of issues with time management. Today I am sharing my thoughts on balancing multiple sponsorship opportunities so you can make more money and share brands with your audience.

How To Balance Multiple Sponsored Post Opportunities | If you are serious about making money as a blogger with brand work, chances are you will pick up multiple sponsored posts at once. How do you balance those opportunities? Click through to find out!

1. Create a Spreadsheet To Track Your Sponsored Posts

If you know me, you know that I am all about my spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are so helpful and they help you easily see everything you need to see at a glance. I have a big spreadsheet that helps me keep up with all of my freelance work, sponsored work, and my posting schedule.

My sponsored post spreadsheet includes the following categories:

  • Company/Product: This is where I list the company I will be working for and the product that I will be discussing.
  • Notes About Partnership: This is where I make notes about the partnership and any ideas I have for making the partnership awesome. I write ideas for photo shoots, story ideas, etc. here.
  • Payment: This is where I write the payment I am getting for the post.
  • Product Reimbursement: Sometimes I work with companies who reimburse me for product purchases I make at a later date. I have a category on my spreadsheet specifically for product reimbursements so it goes somewhere besides the payment section.
  • Site: Some of my sponsored post opportunities come to my inbox directly, but not all of them. For those that don't, I make sure that I note the site the sponsored post opportunity is on so that I know where to go to turn in my drafts and/or final products.
  • Blog: While I don't have many sponsored posts up on this blog right now, in the future I would love to create sponsored posts here. So, I like to denote whether the sponsored post is for this blog or The Happy Arkansan.
  • Contact(s): Keeping up with your email contacts for your campaign is key. I have a couple of slots in my spreadsheet dedicated to email contacts so that I can contact them if I have any questions.
  • Live Date: Once the campaign is officially a-go I like to add a live date for the campaign. This way I can know from a glance what needs a date attached.

These are obviously the categories I think are important, and my spreadsheet is constantly changing. You may not consider all of these categories important, but for the moment this is what works for me. Have any ideas you think I should add? Let me know in the comments below!

2. Create A Schedule For Keeping Up With Contacts

Sometimes when you are working on sponsored posts, things happen. Email correspondence that was once daily, turns into weekly and you could lose a valuable sponsored post because you didn't follow up.

Until the money from your sponsored post is securely in your bank or Paypal account you need to be communicating with your email contact.

So, what does that mean?

Well, you don't have to be in contact with them every single day, but having a few follow-ups are necessary to making sure that your conversation becomes a partnership.

You can get so far in your talks and negotiations and all of a sudden, you don't have a partnership anymore.

I encourage you to create a line in your spreadsheet as soon as you start communicating with a company. Even if the partnership falls flat, you want to be able to remind yourself to follow up and follow through with each company that you are excited to work with.

How To Balance Multiple Sponsored Post Opportunities

3. Batch Your Work As Much As Possible

If possible, you need to get into the act of batching your work.

What does batching all of your sponsored post content look like in just a couple of days?

Planning (A Few Hours)

Batch your planning process. Look through the spreadsheet at all of your upcoming collaborations. Take a look at what you need to accomplish and decide the best course of action for each sponsored post.

  • What story will you tell for each sponsored post?
  • What do you need to photograph for each sponsored post?
  • What do you need to purchase (if anything) for each sponsored post?
  • How long does each post need to be?

Creating a document with all of your sponsored post plans should only take a few hours of brainstorming. After you are done planning and putting your thoughts on paper, it's time to move to the next step.

Prep Work (A Few Hours)

Next, is all the prep work that you need to do leading up to your sponsored post photography sessions.

This is when you need to:

  • Purchase any props you need
  • Make sure that you have all the necessary products
  • Make sure all your outfit changes look good together, are clean, and ironed.

The day of your photo shoot you may also need to do your hair, make-up, nails, etc. to get ready for the shoot.

Prep work can take a good few hours across the days leading up to your photo shoot.

Photography (Half A Day)

Most sponsored posts require some amount of photography. Plan a day where you will shoot multiple pieces of content in one day.

For example, if you will create a different outfit for each post, how will you transition between each outfit? You may want to create something with a dress and then a couple of shirts and a pair of jeans. Why? It's easy to wear the same pair of jeans in two outfits in a row, not so easy to wear the same dress.

So you can start with the dress outfit, then put the pair of pants on under the dress, take the dress off and replace it with a top for the second outfit, and then replace the top again for the third outfit. Fashion blogger hacks, but it works and helps you feel less exposed while filming content.

Overall, though, you should make sure that you are planning this out so that you can do multiple photo shoots in one day. Make sure you think about the transition between your photo shoots as well.

Depending on how organized you are, you could knock out the photography process in half a day and still get gorgeous photos.

Image Editing (Half A Day)

Once you have filmed your photos, you need to edit them.

One of my favorite time saving hacks when editing is to create presets for your editing process. I mainly edit my blog photos using PicMonkey and I love the site because they have the ability to save your effects. If you have certain effects that you use in tandem with each other frequently you can save that effect and use it again and again. I have an effect saved that makes my images brighter and it's usually the only thing I use on images now that I have set up that filter.

With a preset or saved effect you can easily edit tons of images in half a day.

Writing (1-2 Days)

Some people start writing early on in the process, but some people wait for their images to come in first. I personally work best after I have my image picked and settled on. 

I like to knock out as many posts back-to-back as I can. So spending a day or two writing content is a great way to batch all of your content. 

Text Editing (A Few Hours)

Another important part of the process is text editing. You want to spend a few hours total scanning all your content.

To move the editing process along I love to use an extension called Grammarly. Using this extension helps me edit my content faster and more efficiently. Grammarly recognizes more than your average spell checker. Grammarly helps me vary my word choices, helps me with spelling errors, helps me spot and get rid of all the times I say the word really, which is often.

Overall, if you are looking to knock down the time you spend editing on any post so that you can get more done, Grammarly is right for you.

Social media Scheduling (A Few Hours)

Another important part of the sponsored post process is scheduling out your social media updates.

Social media is a huge part of many sponsored posts. 

I encourage you to get programs like Buffer or Hootsuite to help you schedule out your social media shares. This is important because it helps you set it and forget it. 

Before you forget it, though, make sure that it is set up and running properly. Sometimes we think that a scheduler is set to go off, but it turns out it is not as set up as we think it is. You may want to test the scheduler to make sure that it can handle less important messages first.

4. Vary The Types Of Sponsored Work You Do

Last but not least, vary the types of sponsored work that you do.

Take some blog related sponsored work but also take some social media only work. I do quite a few Instagram only collaborations on my blog The Happy Arkansan.

You can do a lot more sponsored work if you aren't forced to include it all on your blog.

You would be surprised how many different types of sponsored content there is out there. Some people just want to sponsor your Twitter account or your Instagram account while others want a blog post and social shares. You can usually do a lot more social media sponsored work than you can do blog sponsored work because social media goes by so fast.

This is a great tip if you want to work on more projects every month.

Conclusion

Juggling multiple sponsored posts doesn't have to be difficult. It's a matter of organization, keeping up with your sponsored post opportunities, and getting things done.

I hope that this article has helped shed some light on balancing multiple projects as well as batching content.

5 Quick And Easy Ways To Be More Productive As A Blogger

If you want to be a full-time blogger, freelancer, video creator, or anything else--you must be productive. Today we are going to chat about some quick and easy ways to be more productive so that you can accomplish more every single day as a blogger.

Related Reading: 40+ Bloggers Discuss How They Stay Productive While Blogging

5 Quick And Easy Ways To Be More Productive As A Blogger | Do you struggle with productivity? Check out these 5  quick and easy tips so that will help you be productive as a blogger. From creating to-do lists to creating a healthier lifestyle, these tips will help any blogger be more productive.

1. Create Daily To-Do Lists

To-do lists are really important.

Each night before I go to bed I sit down and create a list of things I want to accomplish the next day.

Sometimes things get moved around and I have to re-arrange an overly ambitious to-do list, but just having one makes me feel better.

You don't have to create this list on anything fancy. It can be on a Trello board, on Asana, or even just a regular sheet of paper. The effects of having that to-do list will be so helpful for you as a blogger though.

Keep your to-do list short and reasonable. You shouldn't expect yourself to create an entire course in one day. On the other hand, don't create a to-do list that is so simple that it doesn't challenge you to get out of your business comfort zone. You shouldn't just be scheduling easy to accomplish task on your list.

2. Use The Pomodoro Technique

One of my favorite ways to keep myself accountable and productive is The Pomodoro Technique.

This simple productivity method has saved me countless times. It is one of the most flexible productivity methods.

So, what makes this so special? This method has built in breaks for you. It works best when doing things like:

  • Writing blog posts
  • Editing blog photos
  • Scheduling social media posts
  • Answering Emails

Essentially, it does well with any solo activity you do as a blogger. It wouldn't work well as a group method, unless of course, the whole group was on board with the breaks. So much of the work we do as bloggers is by ourselves, though, so you can use the Pomodoro Technique quite efficiently as a blogger.

With the Pomodoro Technique you have a set of 4 pomodoros. Each pomodoro is at least 25 minutes long. Each pomodoro is followed by a quick five minute break. The fourth pomodoro is followed by a 25-minute long break. So, it goes like this:

  • Pomodoro 1 (25 Minutes)
  • Short Break 1 (5 Minutes)
  • Pomodoro 2 (25 Minutes)
  • Short Break 2 (5 Minutes)
  • Pomodoro 3 (25 Minutes)
  • Short Break 3 (5 Minutes)
  • Pomodoro 4 (25 Minutes)
  • Long Break (25 Minutes)

Then you continuously repeat this process for as long as you want. Each of these pomodoros is dedicated to one particular task in which you should be extremely focused. If you have set aside a pomodoro to check email, your goal should be to check email until you are finished with the pomodoro. Obviously, sometimes we finish a task during a pomodoro so I would have a back-up activity or two already planned so that you don't have to worry about wasting precious pomodoro time.

My favorite app to keep up with all of my pomodoros is called Focus Keeper. It's an awesome app that helps me stay on target with pretty colors, chimes to remind me of the different pomodoro sessions and breaks, and so many more features.

3. Create Office Hours For Yourself

As a business owner it's easy to be on 24/7. Don't get me wrong, there will be days where you have to grind all day and into the night, but that shouldn't be everyday.

Don't use the entire day for your blogging business. Section the day off. Treat this like a full-time job that you can take time away from. Don't let your blog consume your entire life or you will burn out quickly from it.

Create a 9-5 work environment and make sure that you are at work (aka blogging) when you are supposed to be.

4. Work In A Designated Area

Everyone knows that you shouldn't work where you sleep. The same thing goes for blogging because you are treating this like a business.

Create a designated work area in your house where you do all of your blogging, editing, video creation, etc.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I recently finally picked up a desk from Walmart and it was just $44 with tax. It's not much, but it's a dedicated place and it holds all the important things like my computer, my candles, my planner, etc. I also have plenty of space on it to bring up my computer while planning or writing things out at the same time, which was important to me so that I could have space to do what I need to do.

5. Stay Healthy By Eating And Drinking Right

Monday morning I wanted to get so much accomplished but I ended up spending half of my day nursing a cold with vapor rub all over my chest. Not cute.

Nothing dips into your productivity more than any kind of sickness.

As a blogger this is even more difficult because you don't get paid sick days. Anytime that you spend away from your business is time that your business isn't running effectively (unless of course you have a team of people behind you that you have trained.)

Some things aren't avoidable, but eating good and drinking the right drinks is a great way to keep yourself healthy-ish.

Related Reading: 5 Tips For A Healthy Entrepreneurial Lifestyle by Entrepreneur

Conclusion

Being productive doesn't have to be difficult.

If you follow these five quick tips you will be well on your to creating a more productive business life.

As you get more in the groove of your business you can start creating more expansive productivity tips for yourself so that you can grow your blog to the next level. These tips are quick, easy to follow, and get results for your business.

How do you stay productive while working on your blog?