Thursday, April 2, 2015

Why I Love Affiliate Programs

It is a win-win for everyone!

I've slowly been adding affiliate links to my posts + need to do a blog audit to clean up + polish my old posts + add in appropriate links to make each post better.    My goal for these affiliate links is to increase my blog income (without costing you anything!) so that I can remove the Google Ads between posts.  Wouldn't that look so much nicer??
If any of these programs interest you, just click on one of my links.  It doesn't cost you anything but it helps me out a LOT.  In some cases you might even get a bonus by using a referral link instead of just signing up with their website!  Coupon Apps usually offer this incentive (interested to learn more?  Comment below + I'll write about it next).

SWAGBUCKS

I fill out surveys, print grocery e-coupons, watch videos + answer polls to earn points which can be redeemed for gift cards.  My current favorites are Home Depot, clothing stores, and Amazon.com.  How does this relate to knitting + crocheting?  AMAZON SELLS YARN!  I only just discovered this myself (duh, me!) and it has opened up a whole new level of shopping at home (uh oh).  It is where I have found my latest favorite, new baby mitten colors.  But best of all - it now means I can get my yarn for free or very cheap because of swagbucks + Amazon Prime's FREE 2-day shipping!  
Once I earn 450 points I redeem them for a $5 amazon gift card.  It takes a couple weeks to get the card so I make sure to redeem the points right away so that I have the gift card code when I'm ready to make a purchase.  Even better?  Once you have the gift card code, you can go to your amazon account + enter that code to use later.  (They make it way to easy to have a shopping spree...)
Click here to sign up for SwagbucksIf you'd like to know more of my strategies to earn swagbucks quickly, you can email me @ knittedhome @ gmail + I'll send you an email with everyone I know!

EBATES

Ebates is my favorite way to earn cash with all my online shopping.  It reminds me of a cash-back credit card.  For my yarn friends, Ebates offers cash back to Michael's + JoAnn's, Fabric.com (I just bought tons of yarn from this awesome shop!) + Hancock Fabrics + some Amazon.com departments!  Just type the name of the store into the big green search bar at the top.
Once I have all my purchases in my online shopping cart, I close the store's window and open ebates.  I select the store I'm shopping at + it opens a new window to that store.  Stay in this window to complete your purchase.  Select your shopping cart + complete your purchase as usual (enter any promo codes + gift cards as usual; your credit card info is safe + Ebates will never see it).   Ebates will track your purchase in this window in order to give you a percentage back of your total (minus tax + shipping).  That's it!
Sometimes Ebates will have a daily double deal where they offer double cash back on a particular store.  You can sign up for those emails (one a day) if you do a lot of online shopping + want to maximize your cash back.
Sign up here for Ebates
Did I mention you can also use your Swagbucks giftcards to pay for your purchases you make through Ebates?  What a great way to double-up + maximize your savings!

AMAZON

If you are doing a lot of Amazon.com shopping (like all those new crochet hooks + knitting needles + yarn), this savings add up QUICK!  You can sign up for Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial to get FREE 2-day shipping .  If you like it (which who doesn't love getting something in the mail in 2 days for free?), you can sign up for a whole year with Prime for only $99.


I hope this post helps shed some light on my use of affiliate links in my posts.  I also hope it will allow you to keep your confidence in me as well as allow you to support this little blog without spending any money out of your own pocket.  I'm right there with you in wanting to save money.

Did I miss anything?  How do you save on your hobby?

Referral + Affiliate links help me bring you valuable content without ads.  I recommend products + services that I use myself or that come highly recommended by peers.  
Any sponsorships that you see in my sidebar are handpicked by me because I believe in their products + services and think they could benefit you.

7 comments:

  1. My favorite affiliate is Shareasale although I do well on Linkshare too. Amazon is helpful but I don't love it quite as much.

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  2. Hi Brittany, there's so much out there on affiliate programs it can definitely feel overwhelming. These are the first programs I joined + they have definitely passed the test of time. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you with your affiliate programs :)

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  3. Hi Ashley, I haven't tried Shareasale or Linkshare. Do you have a referral link you'd like to share? I might try giving them a go. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. Sure do! I hate sharing links in comments because it feels wrong without permission but Linkshare is http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=XmD1o*Pq*XA&offerid=311675.10000091&subid=0&type=4 and Shareasale is http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=69&u=952433&m=47&urllink=&afftrack= Hope you like them!

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  5. Love ebates!

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  6. Me too! The check in the mail is such a nice perk! :)

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