I just had my first official pay-out from Awin the affiliate marketing company I use, woohoo! It’s actually my second, but the first was a little different. My first payment was over £200 as I’d won a blog competition through them with Etsy. I’d signed up to their affiliate scheme through Awin and entered a competition they’d emailed about. I won and had £200 paid into my Awin account. This was over the payment threshold and paid into my account soon after.
So this second payment is officially from affiliate marketing only! I was just paid over £25 out of the £60+ I have in my account. Payments show in the Awin account but have to clear before they become payable. The payment threshold is £25 so as soon as you reach this you’ll be paid directly into your bank account. They do two payment runs a month so if you earn a lot then you’ll never have to wait long to be paid.
I don’t earn loads as I’ve not yet mastered affiliate marketing. It’s something on my to do list and I really need to up my game. The best thing about Awin is there are over 6000 retailers on their books. They all have their own terms and commissions, but you can earn for all of them (well, the ones that accept you) in one place. This means you can earn a £1 from so and so, then £5 from so and so, and as soon as the total is £25 from all the schemes you’re a member of, you’ll be paid.
They also have a marketplace where you can offer your other blog services, such as reviews and collaborative posts. I did receive a paid blog post thanks to their marketplace as someone found me on their and then chose to contact me directly.
The best thing to install is the Awin browser extension. It’s the easiest way to grab links to products or websites you’re signed up to as an affiliate through them. You can also shorten links and share them directly to your social medias from the extension.
The only downside is you have to apply to join and pay a £5 sign-up fee. I’m not entirely sure why they need this, but they pay it back to you. It’s added to your first pay-out and is visible in your account as soon as you are approved.
It might take a while like me, but if you’re serious about monetizing your blog through affiliate marketing then I’d definitely recommend giving Awin a go.
If you need help with the publisher sign up process, check out their handy help page here: http://wiki.awin.com/index.php/Signing_Up_As_An_Affiliate