Crushing the Affiliate Marketing Game

I have two main goals for participating in Amazon’s Affiliate Program on this blog.

1. Pay for the annual cost of my blog URL by linking to items on Amazon, thereby removing any and all mom guilt for having purchased something for myself.

2. Make someone laugh.

I’m 1/8 of the way towards goal 1 which is straight up baffling to me because I’ve put way more effort into goal 2. And goal 2 largely negates any progress towards goal 1.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make some extra pocket change, and to spread a little happy.

For example, in a review of my most clicked Amazon Affiliate links, number 1 by a long shot was a Pirate Treasure Chest Pinata. You know, a pretty standard everyday necessity. According to my records no one has purchased the pinata, which is a real missed opportunity, but I enjoy that so many people at least for a brief moment considered it. You people are clearly my kind of people.Number 2 on the list was the BottleKeeper that keeps beer bottles cold. Which means so far readers are putting together a pretty great Cinco De Mayo party and I hope that I’m invited.

Number 3 links to a product that apparently doesn’t exist anymore which just highlights my marketing skills. I’m sorry Boston College. I promise I was paying attention in my marketing classes and I genuinely enjoyed them. But I also genuinely enjoy being ridiculous. And I think there was at least one philosophy class that taught me to really know thyself so let’s call that lesson learned. Also I’ve blogged a shout out to your residential life department AND made my alumni donation so we’re probably fine right?

Rounding out the top 5 affiliate links are ankle boots designed by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, because yes of course, and Lactaid Original Strength Caplets. Lactose Intolerants unite! Lactose thinks it is going to hold us back from pizza, queso, ice cream, and happiness? Most certainly not. We just needed a hero. We were holding out for a hero.

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Super Lactaid! (AKA The reason I was too busy to empty the dishwasher the other night. #BuddingGraphicDesigner)

So I hope you didn’t come here for tips on affiliate marketing because if so I’m guessing this was largely disappointing and you’re shaking your fist at me for taking five minutes of your life that you’ll never get back. But to make up for it, here’s a link to the Amazon coupons page so that you can save some money. And a link to a post that actually has helpful information about affiliate marketing. And the Charlie Bit Me video because that will never not be funny.

Thanks for humoring me by checking out these links and for your support of With love and a little self-deprecation! I promise to keep focusing on goal 2 if you promise to keep reading. And if you ever need to pick up a fire extinguisher or some taco seasoning from Amazon, I’ve got you covered.

With the secret wish that my children will marry British people and very real confusion about what this post was originally supposed to be about,

BeccaWith love and a little self-deprecation

P.S. Thanks so much for the shout out, Monika! Dig movies and lovely, genuine people? Go check out The Mo-Mo Talk.

Shop the post things that I’ve recently had in my Amazon cart. Affiliate links.

25 thoughts on “Crushing the Affiliate Marketing Game

  1. Engagement is the key I guess. If you CAN make people click on links on your blog, then you’ll earn a lot this way, but if people just read your posts and move on, then it won’t give you any returns. Usually, people are interested only until the point everything is free.

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  2. I feel like you glossed over a real opportunity for some investigative journalism: who the hell hires Carlos Santana to design boots? Next you’ll tell me there is a Donald Fagen brand fishing rod.
    Personally, I’m only dropping dollars down on boots designed by Carlos Santana w/Rob Thomas, because…”Smooth.”

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    • That’s an excellent point, Ryan. And actually would be a really fun post topic. Celebrity products that make you go “What? Really? Who approved this?”

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