Blogger Experience with the Affiliate Program

Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
A lot of people might wonder how well the affiliate program works, and I'm taking the opportunity to give a little feedback about my experience, and you're most welcome to do so as well or ask questions too.

At first, when I created my blog and took an affiliate code, I was only curious to see how much money could be made and if it was worth it. In conclusion, it is, but you have to put some work in your networking, your reviews and keeping your site fresh with recent new toys that will bring visitors to your blog. Of course, I was also interested in sharing personal posts - though I barely have time to do so now - I finally returned to school full time in Nursing.

In the very beginning, I would give out my affiliate code on the side of my blog, and this is what would give me a few sales, until I finally took the courage to remove it, and rely on the links themselves. The only place where my code is given is on my profile here, and it's used once in a while at some customer's advantage. I think I make more commissions by having fewer sales but with a maximum %.

When I say it is worth it, I mean that most of my purchases here are covered by what I make in commissions, even if I have to wait for the following month to get a little expensive something. And Edenpoints barely contribute to my finances (maybe $10 a month).

It's an interesting experience having a blog for sex toy reviews, and there's nothing like being contacted by a company so that you could join their review program as well. It's flattering.
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Peggi Peggi
Thanks for sharing this with us!

I've been really interested, myself, as I've blogged on social networking sites for years, mostly personal issues involved in those, but on occasion about something important to everybody else as well.

I've noticed a lot of the users have beautifully designed sites, including your blog, but I don't have very much experience with web design, was creating the page itself difficult for you? I know that there are many free hosting sites, but I don't know how much can be done on a free server, and I know blogspot is free (or can be, at least, perhaps there are "premium" benefits on that site) so is it best to have a paid server, or do the free ones work just as well for blogging?
09/06/2011
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
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Originally posted by Peggi
Thanks for sharing this with us!

I've been really interested, myself, as I've blogged on social networking sites for years, mostly personal issues involved in those, but on occasion about something important to everybody else as well. ... More
It looks pretty, but I used a Blogger template that I edited the html code a little bit to suit my needs. Even if you do not know html, there are a LOT of sites online that give you the basics. Once you have a template, you copy it in the template section of Blogger, and then you preview, and save if it makes you happy (it's really user-friendly)

All I did was place my banners where I wanted through the blogger dashboard and then create an image that would display the name of my blog. I also renamed the sections in my menu and linked them to the appropriate pages. That's pretty much it.

As far as I know Blogger is 100% free with no paid extras. But I can't really compare my hosting with paid servers, I've only used this one and a little bit of Wordpress, in which I had html issues.
09/06/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Peggi
Thanks for sharing this with us!

I've been really interested, myself, as I've blogged on social networking sites for years, mostly personal issues involved in those, but on occasion about something important to everybody else as well. ... More
I have also blogged for EF and 3 other websites all for review items on my blog and each blog has a code I get % commission for if someone orders using it. =] I have received 1 check from EF, none from the other sites as of yet. and I am almost at the $50 point to get my payout check via mail. im excited. I love blogging and it's fun.

its easy to learn and is fun once u start!
09/07/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
A lot of people might wonder how well the affiliate program works, and I'm taking the opportunity to give a little feedback about my experience, and you're most welcome to do so as well or ask questions too.

At first, when I created ... More
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm happy that you've had a good time blogging and have made some money doing it! You're right that the affiliate program takes some work, but I feel like the cash payout is worth it. Of course, I'm a bit biased.

I usually just post affiliate links on my blog, too, instead of posting my code as a coupon.
09/07/2011
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
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Originally posted by Rockin'
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm happy that you've had a good time blogging and have made some money doing it! You're right that the affiliate program takes some work, but I feel like the cash payout is worth it. Of ... More
I think most orders are between 50-100$, so it's usually a 10$ per order. I can't really estimate an average in sales, as they vary so much from month to month.
09/07/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
I think most orders are between 50-100$, so it's usually a 10$ per order. I can't really estimate an average in sales, as they vary so much from month to month.
its 5% commissions on EF. im still at 48.10 i think, waiting to get that 2.15 more to get a check lol
09/08/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
I think most orders are between 50-100$, so it's usually a 10$ per order. I can't really estimate an average in sales, as they vary so much from month to month.
Yeah, the average order is around $60 I think, but of course it varies day to day and affiliate to affiliate.
09/08/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by mama2007
its 5% commissions on EF. im still at 48.10 i think, waiting to get that 2.15 more to get a check lol
There are two commission pathways, either through affiliate links or when someone uses your affiliate code as a coupon. You earn 20% commission on sales through your links. You can earn 5% commission when someone uses your code as a 15% off coupon.
09/08/2011
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
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Originally posted by mama2007
its 5% commissions on EF. im still at 48.10 i think, waiting to get that 2.15 more to get a check lol
If you do not give your code, it's 20% (which is the rate I usually get). While it's nice to give coupons to friends, it's nicer to get that full commission from online strangers.

Kris explained it much better than I did.
09/08/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
If you do not give your code, it's 20% (which is the rate I usually get). While it's nice to give coupons to friends, it's nicer to get that full commission from online strangers.

Kris explained it much better than I did.
oh nice well thanks for that! so if they click on my banner on my blog for EF and order something, i get 20%?? sounds good to me! lol i been just giving my code to people.
09/09/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by mama2007
oh nice well thanks for that! so if they click on my banner on my blog for EF and order something, i get 20%?? sounds good to me! lol i been just giving my code to people.
Yes, you've got it.

One other thing to remember is that the commission doesn't stack, it's either 20% or 5% but not both. So if someone clicks your link and comes to EF to order something and uses your code as a coupon, you would earn 5%. The coupon "overrides" the link.
09/09/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Rockin'
Yes, you've got it.

One other thing to remember is that the commission doesn't stack, it's either 20% or 5% but not both. So if someone clicks your link and comes to EF to order something and uses your code as a coupon, you would ... More
ok gotcha thats what i thought
09/09/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
This was very informative! I had just recently looked into this and I was trying to find something to get my blogging groove back.

Thanks all!
09/13/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
This was very informative! I had just recently looked into this and I was trying to find something to get my blogging groove back.

Thanks all!
also, i added a donations button on mine for any1 who may like my blog enough to do any amount. i just made a bank acct today. any1 in general. thats another way to make some income, may not get any, or may never know til u try
09/13/2011
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
This was very informative! I had just recently looked into this and I was trying to find something to get my blogging groove back.

Thanks all!
That's the spirit!
09/14/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
That's the spirit!
true =] im stuck at 48.20 grrr! i need like $2.15 to get a check lol. anyone have this problem too?
09/15/2011
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
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Originally posted by mama2007
true =] im stuck at 48.20 grrr! i need like $2.15 to get a check lol. anyone have this problem too?
Not really, everything I get in commissions gets recycled in purchases... I look at it like store credit, and since barely any money gets spent from my own pockets, the "technically" free toys makes me and my boyfriend happy.
09/18/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
Not really, everything I get in commissions gets recycled in purchases... I look at it like store credit, and since barely any money gets spent from my own pockets, the "technically" free toys makes me and my boyfriend happy.
cool. i just saved $84 in points AND $50 in gift cards and ordered $120 worth of items from EF i should get on tues and wed. with not having internet til neighbor pays bill, it maybe a bit til i can review it all because i have to use my dad's net with my laptop 1 or 2 days wk. but commission wise, i'm up to $71.50 or so that should come via check in the mail in November for me i had only 51.20 a week ago lol. im excited.
09/19/2011
closed account closed account
i absolutely agree about not posting aff code on blog. i was just suggesting that in a How-to that i wrote. the only time i give out my code is if it's someone that i don't want to direct to my blog. even then, if i'm emailing the info to fam/friends it's better to send a trackable url

this program is grand!
09/23/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
A lot of people might wonder how well the affiliate program works, and I'm taking the opportunity to give a little feedback about my experience, and you're most welcome to do so as well or ask questions too.

At first, when I created ... More
Interesting, thanks for sharing
09/23/2012
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