How I Made My First 1k With Affiliate Marketing


Affiliate Marketing, What is it?

Affiliate marketing is when you promote a company’s service or product. You can promote a product through a special text link or through a banner. Each link is tracked via a special link so companies know when to pay you. Every time a reader clicks your link or banner and makes a purchase, you receive a small commission, and sometimes a compensation depending on the company. It is important that you choose an affiliate partnership that is right for you and your audience.

This post contains affiliate links to keep this blog running.

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A breakdown of where I made my affiliate income from.

$550 Awin (Affiliate Window)

$250 SiteGround

$100 ShareASale

$100 Linqia

Technically I made $1050, but I just rounded it down to $1000, to make the tittle prettier. I also wanted to mention this was made over a span of one months time.

Most of my affiliate income has come from Awin, and SiteGround. Awin is an affiliate marketing network that partners you with a variety of brands worldwide. The best part about joining Awin is the opportunity to promote Etsy products. Which is where I earned most of my affiliate sales from on Awin. Click here to join Awin!

SiteGround is my hosting company which I promote here on my blog.  I have had only positive experiences with them. They are always really supportive whenever I come across a problem on my website or when something goes wrong on my site. SiteGround’s  hosting plans are very reasonable, and have amazing customer service. They are having a Fourth of July sale if you are looking for a new hosting company to join. Click here to get %70 off your hosting plan!

ShareASale is another affiliate marketing network, that works with many brands. I use them to promote Tailwind and PicMonkey.

Linqia is a blogger network that connects influencers with brands. Thy also have an affiliate (referral) program where you can earn a commission for every person you refer. Click here to sign up for Linqia!

Don’t Break Your Readers Trust & Be Authentic

This just means don’t sell out to make a quick buck. You may be tempted to write blog post full of affiliate links, so you can make as much as possible. This is not the right way to start earning, if you are pushing links on to your readers every post. It will be very transparent, and your readers may start not to trust what you recommend because it doesn’t feel genuine.  You will potentially be earning money from what someone buys during their session. So you want to make sure your recommendations are genuine. If you are recommending any old items for the sake of earning money, you may be responsible for someone spending money on a crappy product. A fun way to promote a product is to Show your readers how a product can benefit them by writing a “how-to” guide.

Promote Your Hosting Company in A “How to start a blog post”

If you are signed up with your own hosting company, you can start recommending them to others and earn a commission. My blog is hosted by Siteground, and when you sign up for Siteground’s hosting, you are automatically eligible for their affiliate and referral program. Siteground is amazing by the way, and beats out more popular hosting websites in my opinion. They install WordPress for you within minutes. They have amazing 24/7 customer service. One morning my site was down after updating WordPress in 15 minutes they solved my problem and gave me tips how I could prevent it from happening in the future. Create a how to start a blog post and insert your hosting affiliate links. Don’t forget to disclose your affiliate links.

Don’t Forget About Old Post

When I first started utilizing affiliate links I went back to old post to see if there were any opportunities to place a link. There were a lot of places where I had talked about a product, so I was able to go back and insert a link for that product. If you are just starting out, there is a high chance you previously written a post that can be updated and monetized.

Talk About What You Know

If you have a product you absolutely love, don’t be afraid to let your readers know why you love it. The best thing to do is to write a paragraph about your experience with the product, instead of just inserting a single link. Connect with readers by providing a personal experience with the company, or a photo of you using the product! This shows your readers that you actually know what you are talking about. Not only will it show them you previously purchased it, but that you actually use the item. When you write about your personal experience with the product you sound less like a commercial, but more like a friend who is just recommending a product to another fried because you yourself had such a good experience. You want your readers to trust you, not to pull away from you.

Resource Page

A resource page is a great way to make good use of affiliate links. Every niche can create a resource page, a resource page is a place your readers can get resources on a certain topic whether it be blogging, or traveling on a budget. You can monetize your resources page with relevant affiliate links. Here is my resource page if you want an example. Resource Page.

And Lastly….

Staying True

You will potentially be earning money from what someone buys during their session. So you want to make sure your recommendations are genuine. If you are recommending any old items for the sake of earning money, you may be responsible for someone spending money on a crappy product.


Have you earned anything from affiliate marketing yet?

Have any questions leave them below!

  • Perri

    You go girl! Super inspiring.. but I have a question. Your income from Awin… was that by linking within posts or did you create Pinterest pins to promote Etsy products? If you don’t mind me asking!

    • Jonnie

      Thank You Perri! I used both strategies actually!

  • This is extremely helpful. I just started working with affiliate links so this will help navigate the grounds better. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa

    Thanks for sharing this, I need to get more into affiliate marketing. So far I have only tried shareasale but I don’t really use it much. I am still learning. But I think I am going to have to try Awin!


  • Nova @ Happily Ever Hauser

    Great read! I never heard of Awin before…will be checking it out soon!

  • Sarah Johnson

    This was really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jonnie

      No problem!

  • What other companies do you promote through Awin? xx

    • Jonnie

      I work with Etsy, Showpo, Hyatt, and Swagbucks!

  • Mey Füchter

    i’m sorry but i dont understand… how do you make money with your hosting site?

    • Jonnie

      Once you sign up for hosting you are eligible for their affiliate program. You can then use your special link on your blog. When someone makes a purchase though your link you receive a commission.

  • Kelly at Unapologetically Kell

    Awesome! Affiliate marketing is really hard to master, I’m working on it too. You’ve done a great job! I use signed up for Awin- I hope it’s helpful!

  • Kaylee

    I currently only use Shopstyle Collective for affiliate marketing. I would really like to try Awin I have heard so many great things about them, I just didn’t want to put too much on my site.

    • Jonnie

      That is a great idea you don’t want to be overwhelmed!

  • Very inspirational! I’m glad that you also mentioned to utilize old blog posts or content. With a bit of an update, these posts could serve others and be helpful at increasing revenue. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • I love your first point soooo much. I want to get into affiliate stuff, but I am so terrified of turning people off and seeming inauthentic. I’ve seen a lot of blogs that are very pushy with these links or don’t disclose, and it does break my trust. So I love that you talk about doing it in a helpful way or not just jamming a ton of links in. I never would have thought about going back to old posts, either… so genius! Congrats on your $1000!!

    • Jonnie

      Thank you love!

  • Lisa

    Thanks for sharing all of this. I only currently use share a sale. But really need to look into those other affiliate links!


  • Dré Içoñîç

    Congrats on your achieving that through affiliate marketing I haven’t gone affiliate marketing yet due to my blogs just being a starter

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  • Haneef

    I think I’m going to start mentioning my siteground affiliate more often. I’m truly happy with their services and I think they are the best for bloggers. I want to help other new bloggers in the right direction.

  • Anna Harris

    Wow, this was so helpful, Jonnie! Thanks for passing along what you’ve found that works well for bringing in some doe. I like how you were doing it while you were writing it 😉 I’m interested especially in the affiliate programs that host your blog, still using WordPress! I didn’t know that was possible. How does this work, since I already have a WordPress blog going? Can I change to being hosted by one of these companies? And do you recommend SiteGround for any blogger, regardless of the blog’s subjects? Thanks for the help!

    • Jonnie

      I do recommend SiteGround they are a great hosting company regardless of the blogs niche! I am a little confused by your question but I will try my best to answer it. So when a company “host” your site that is a very different thing than working with a company and having affiliate links. So the affiliate programs do not host my blog SiteGround does. You will be able to sign up with any affiliate program as long as you have a blog. I hope this answered your question. If not feel free to email me and I can help more.

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