If you ever write about fitness, sports for kids or adults, or clothing/shoes for kids or adults, you might want to check out the Reebok affiliate program. They often have great sales and occasionally offer blog post bonuses just for posting about their events on your blog. Through my affiliate link, you can sign up with the Reebok affiliate program. Once you’re an affiliate you’ll also be able to refer other blogging friends for referral bonuses. Now through 8/9/15 you’ll earn an increased referral amount of $15 for each approved affiliate!
Have you been pondering the idea of starting your own blog, but aren’t sure how to get started? We know there are lots of potential bloggers out there, but taking the first step isn’t always easy. To give you a bit of a helping hand, we’re starting a Blogging 101 series to give you that little push you might need. To kick things off easily, lets start at the beginning with Blogging 101: Why Start a Blog?
There are a lot of reasons you might want to start a blog. It could be anything from earning an income to promoting a cause special to you, to sharing with friends and family and more. Whatever your reason is, you need to have it figured out before you start your blog. If you don’t have your reason set before hand, you’ll likely end up blogging about a million and one topics and eventually end up confusing your readers.
If you’re starting your blog specifically to make money, don’t. You won’t make money if you’re trying to. Blog readers are very observant and they will pick up on the fact that you’re only trying to earn from them. Its fine to have a desire to make money, but making that your only reason will cause you to fail. Instead, work on building lots of quality content and THEN about monetizing.
Personal causes and charities are a fantastic reason to start a blog. Pick a topic that you’re passionate about and get to writing. Passion always resonates with blog readers, so be sure that you’re truly passionate about your topic. You are going to be writing about it on a regular basis after all!
You can also start a blog to keep long distance friends and family updated. This type of blog would include things like regular updates on what the family is doing, updated photos, and more. With this type of blog, you may want to consider password protecting each post for privacy…especially if you have pictures of your kids you don’t want available to the general public.
Another reason you might consider starting a blog is to help teach someone a new skill. DIY and food blogs are very popular and can grow to be huge. Before you start, brush up on your photography skills and make sure that you’re at least proficient in the crafts or recipes that you’ll be blogging about. No one wants to visit a food or craft blog where the blogger doesn’t know what they’re talking about and the pictures look horrible.
No matter why you’ve started your blog, know that if you want it to be successful, it will take work. LOTS of work. Big blogs don’t happen overnight, but with enough work, perseverance and of course, high quality content, you just might see growth like you’ve never imagined.
We have mentioned the Warby Parker affiliate program in the past, but now is an extra great time to become an affiliate. If you’re not familiar with the company, they make gorgeous eyeglasses for both men and women. They make sunglasses too! Right now they are looking for more bloggers to join their affiliate program. They have a great commission structure and you can also regularly earn $10 for every site you refer to join the Warby Parker affiliate program that is accepted. (Like I’m doing here!) Plus, through 8/15 you actually will receive a $20 bonus for all affiliate referrals. Join the Warby Parker affiliate program today!
Recently I have been seeing a lot more videos in blog posts. One thing that really bothers me is to see the videos over on the left side of the page when all of the pictures are centered in the post. There is a VERY EASY way to center your blog posts and it only takes two tiny pieces of HTML code before and after the embed code for your video. Here’s what you do:
Pretty easy, right? By keeping your videos with the same alignment with your photos your post will have a much more professional and uniform look.
Do you ever stumble across a blog post or an online article that shows an image of a tweet and it give you the option to retweet it right from that page? It’s a pretty cool feature and looks like some type of crazy difficult coding. BUT, it is actually crazy EASY to do.
To embed your own tweet, just follow these few simple steps:
1. Find the tweet in your Twitter stream and click on the date/time.
2. At the bottom of your tweet, click “More”.
3. Select “Embed Tweet”.
4. Copy the displayed code and paste it into the HTML editor for your blog post.
What you will end up with is something like this:
How to Embed a Tweet in Your Blog Post http://t.co/McI0v3xnBa
— Chrysa Duran (@ThriftyJinxy) August 23, 2014
Readers will be able to retweet you or to follow you (as well as favorite or respond) directly from that imbedded image. Now isn’t that easy???
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, Mabel’s Labels could be a great choice of program for you. They sell VERY cute labels for just about everything you can think of. They have labels for all of your kids’ stuff, plus labels to help get things around your house organized. Another great bonus with their program is that they occasionally offer bonus blog posts where they will pay you a flat fee (usually $5 to $15) just for creating a post with your affiliate links. Of course you still receive your commission on any sales through that post as well. Sign up with Mabel’s Labels here. Once you’re an affiliate, you can also refer your blogging friends and receive $10 for each one who is approved (like I’m doing with this post.)
Update: For Cyber Monday, use the following codes to snag a discount:
- Use code CYBERATLANTA to get $75 off your annual pass!
- Use code CYBERVEGAS to get $25 off your bootcamp pass!
Have you been thinking about attending Type-A this year? If so, then FRIDAY is the day to buy your pass because they are having a Type-A Parent Conference Black Friday Sale! You can score a discount on either (or both of) the Annual Conference or the Vegas Bootcamp. Details:
Save 30% on your 7th Annual Conference Pass
Visit HERE and use code BLACKFRIDAY at to save 30% on your Type-A Parent Conference annual pass starting at midnight EST on Friday. Type-A Parent 7th Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta October 8-10. Type-A Parent offers top notch learning and networking with some of the world’s smart bloggers and most beloved brands.
Save 20% on your Type-A Bootcamp Las Vegas Pass
Visit HERE and use code BLACKFRIDAYVEGAS to save 20% on Type-A Vegas Bootcamp #typeavegas (focus: Make More Money). All of the Type-A Parent bootcamps sell out in advance, so discount codes like this one are rare. Bloggers and brands attending will learn from top speakers about monetizing on your blog and off, maximizing your existing revenue, balancing your blog’s focus on revenue streams with your readers’ interests so you can respect your audience while making a paycheck (yes, it IS doable!), finding untapped income sources, and making more money while you sleep. Then, stay over for Affiliate Summit (a free pass is provided to all Type-A Bootcamp attendees!) where you can learn about earning through affiliate marketing and connect with some of the top brands who offer affiliate programs.
I will be at both of these conferences this year. So, if you grab your pass let me know so that we can say “hi” at the conference!!
Even if you’re a lifestyle blogger who doesn’t usually work with affiliates, Flirty Aprons is a great program to check out. Their aprons are so cute and they are a big hit with readers who like to cook and bake! Right now they are also have a 3 day flash sale with ALL aprons 70% off. It’s a great time to promote. Sign up for the program HERE.
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Have you heard of Warby Parker? They make gorgeous eyeglasses for both men and women. Oh, and sunglasses too! They are looking for more bloggers to join their affiliate program. They have a great commission structure and you can also earn $10 for every site you refer to join the Warby Parker affiliate program that is accepted. (Like I’m doing here!) Join the Warby Parker affiliate program today!
Another affiliate program to check out with Share-a-Sale (my favorite affiliate network by far!) is GroopDealz. The have awesome sales every day on all kinds of adorable items from clothing to accessories to home decor and more! My affiliate link to sign up is HERE. Once you’re signed up, you can also refer your blogging friends to become affiliates. Through 8/20 you can earn a $10 bonus for each friend who joins.