Please note that this post contains one affiliate link, to The Writers Den. If you choose to purchase a membership through my link, I will make a commission. For our full affiliate disclosure, please click here.
If you’re a blogger who would like to make a living as one, it’s time to consider monetizing your blog. There are many ways to do this, from selling your own products on your site, to selling ad space, to becoming an affiliate for products your readers might be interested in purchasing.
Done right, affiliate marketing can be a profitable endeavour, bringing you extra income regularly. Here are some partners you should consider if you’re a multi-talented blogger and/or writer.
If you write about writing, here are some affiliates to consider:
1. The Writers Den
Although I’m not currently a member, I have been part of The Writers Den in the past (and will be part of it again in the future). The Den offers great information and actionable steps, a discussion forum, and excellent courses to its membership. It also happens to have a great affiliate marketing program.
Carol Tice, also known as “The Den Mother,” has long been an advocate of fair pay for writers, and she’s a tough lady who says it as it is. She also puts her money where her mouth is, and pays for guest blog posts. Her affiliate program offers a generous commission to those who refer her books and services.
You can be an affiliate for The Writers Den even if you’re not a member. You’ll receive 50% of the first monthly fee your referral pays, plus 25% for every month your referral stays in the den (after the first month). In other words, you get paid for every single month your referral stays in the den. Tice also offers 50% commission on all her eBook sales that you refer as well.
To learn more and to sign up, click here.
2. The Creative Penn Courses on Teachable
Please note that as of this update, on October 28, 2020, Joanna Penn’s affiliate page states she is no longer taking affiliates for her courses.
I love Joanna Penn, and not just because she has an awesome name for a writer (come on—Penn! How perfect is that?). Penn has long been an advocate of self-publishing and, more specifically, indie authorship. She has the numbers to prove that self-publishing can be an excellent option for those wanting to make a living from their writing. I know that self-publishing is a divisive issue (you can read all about that here), but there are several advantages to being an independent author. What I like about Penn is that she’s living that reality, and not only making a living as an author—she’s making an excellent living as one. I also like that she didn’t start out writing about writing. Too many people on the Internet these days make money by teaching others how to make money, or make money by teaching others how to write and get published, when they never actually went through the process themselves. I feel like that’s false advertising. But back to the affiliate program: Joanna offers several courses through Teachable, and you can make 50% commission on sales that you refer. To find out more and to sign up, please click here.
3. Writer’s Digest
The Writer’s Market, published by Writer’s Digest, is my number one go-to resource for information about selling articles and getting published. I buy a copy every year, and I feel strongly that anything Writer’s Digest publishes is worth referring. They have an excellent blog as well.
The affiliate commission for Writer’s Digest is low (in my opinion) at 12%, but every little bit helps. There is more than one way to become an affiliate and several products to refer, so please read this link in detail prior to signing up.
5. Write to 1K
Elna Cain is a fellow Canuck and fellow mom, and she offers a course called “Write Your Way to Your First 1K.”
You can earn 30% for referring writers to her course. To find out more and to sign up, click here.
7. ProWriting Aid
I have an issue with editing software. Namely, it often doesn’t work. I’ve used a very popular one and gave up on my second try, because I had to spend an hour correcting the software’s corrections both times I used it.
I provide editing services, and while of course, I’ll run a spellchecker through a document, the actual editing happens manually, and all I use is me and my expertise as a former English teacher, in addition to my experience editing hundreds of documents since 2003.
Having said that, I looked at ProWriting Aid, and if you are going to invest in an editing software, so far this looks like the best choice. That’s not to say that if you buy this, you should bypass hiring an editor. Trust me, nothing will ever replace a real human going over your work.
If you do choose to use editing software, this would be the one I recommend. You can try it free for 14 days if you prefer to give it a try before becoming an affiliate for it. If you’re ready to become an affiliate, click here to find out more and to apply. You’ll earn 50% on every sale your refer.
Affiliate programs for MultiTalented People
1. Puttylike.com Book Affiliate
Puttylike.com is a website for what I call MultiTalented people and for what Emilie Wapnick calls “multpotentialites.” In other words, it’s for people like us—people with multiple talents, multiple interests, and those of us who don’t fit into any neat niche box.
Emilie has literally written the book on how to make a business out of your multi-talented nature, and you can make a generous 50% commission for referring sales. To find out more and to sign up, please click here.
2. Changing Course
2020 Update: Please note that Barbara Sher unfortunately passed away on May 10th, 2020. Her affiliate programs seem to no longer be running, as the previous link shared here is 404’ing. Her website is still up and her programs still active. Barbara will be dearly missed not just by her family, but by the legions of fans whose lives were changed when they realized they weren’t alone in their multi-passionate way of life.
Barbara Sher was one of the first people to write a book about what she calls scanners (in other words, MultiTalented people). I highly recommend her book, Refuse to Choose!, if you’re still having a hard time accepting that yes, it is OK for you to have multiple interests and not “one true calling” in your life.
I greatly admire Sher—at 82 years old, she’s still inspiring people to follow their dreams and embrace their true, multi-talented nature. She teaches courses, gives seminars, and runs highly engaging Facebook groups.
Sher has written several books and developed several courses revolving around her conviction that some people—those she calls scanners—are made to dabble in various fields.
She has some excellent training courses, and offers hefty affiliate commissions for referring them. For example, you get $250 for every referred sale to “Profiting From Your Passion Coach Program,” or $37 for the “Making Dreams Happen” audio program. To find out more and to sign up, please click here.
I frequently say that if I had unlimited amounts of money, I’d spend it on two things: travel and all kinds of courses. I have a feeling that most multi-talented people are also interested in taking courses about a variety of subjects. Enter Coursera.
One of the first MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) platforms, Coursera offers a huge number of free university-level courses in a variety of subjects, and these courses often come from highly reputable universities, such as Harvard and Duke, among others.
People can choose to explore the lectures for free; however, if they would like graded assignments and certificates, there is a fee for each course, and you can make affiliate commissions for referring to these paid courses. You will earn anywhere between 20-45% of the sale price if someone purchases the course via your affiliate link. To find out more and to sign up, click here.
These are only some of the affiliate marketing programs you should consider if you’re a MultiTalented Writer. There are various others, and if there’s a particular one you recommend, please let us know in the comments.
One important thing to note: In the US & Canada, it’s illegal to “hide” affiliate links. If your blog post mentions products and contains affiliate links, you must disclose this on your blog post, before the link is presented. A simple “this post contains an affiliate link to [insert company]” and a short description of affiliate links is usually enough.
I choose to have a whole page dedicated to explaining my involvement in affiliate marketing, which I link to whenever I include affiliate links in a post, and of course I also clearly identify affiliate links before they appear.
What other affiliate programs are you interested in? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll create new posts based on what you write!
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10 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing for Writers: Partners You Should Consider”
Udemy also has a decent affiliate program and plenty of writer courses or courses on just about anything.
Thanks for the heads up, Heidi!
Here i have a question as there are a lot of tools for affiliates and publishers in the market and for newbies it is hard work to chose appropriate one. I am also new in affiliate marketing and want to setup my new website but i am unable to decide what tools I should use to start and i am thinking about revglue.com as they are providing free tools for affiliates and publishers with free wordpress plugins and templates. I am not sure if i have selected right for me, if anyone have experience with revglue.
I don’t have experience with RevGlue; however, I’d advise that if your website is new, you don’t need to set up any affiliate marketing yet, for two reasons:
1. If you don’t have an audience yet, you won’t be getting any referrals to your affiliate links. Many programs shut down affiliates who don’t refer sales within a set period of time, and you’ll also get frustrated because you won’t be getting results.
2. You may not even be able to join several affiliates in the first place, if you don’t yet have traffic.
My advice is to set up your website, create your sales funnel/mailing list strategy, promote your website, do guest posting on large blogs, and install Google Analytics to track traffic. Once you have at least 5,000 views per month, that’s the time to start implementing an affiliate strategy.
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