Affiliate Program Tracking Pages for Bloggers {free printable}

Before I get started I would like to take a moment to thank everyone reading this. This is my 200th post here and I would not still be here if it weren’t for my fantabulous readers. So thank you for that.

Free printable affiliate program tracking pages for bloggers.

Last week, I told you what affiliate links are. This week, I have something for the bloggers among us. You see, I have this one inch binder where I track all my blog related business. And since I use affiliate links on my blog, I needed a place to track all my affiliate related information.

Some of the programs I use are part of an affiliate network where I have one login and password for many programs. For example, in one affiliate network, I am a part of Zulily, Signing Time, Answers in Genesis, and Shutterfly affiliate programs. Other affiliate programs are run individually. Teach Them Diligently is an individual affiliate program, for example.

Can you see how this could get confusing for a blogger? So I created some printable tracking pages for my blog. As soon as I replace my printer, I’ll print them. Remember how I told you about my ink woes? Well now the printer is refusing to load paper right. Sometimes 4-year-olds are like that, you know?

Affiliate Network Tracking Page

This is the page I will use to track what affiliate programs are in what network.

Track what affiliate program is in which network with this free printable from the @vicki_arnold blog.

Download the Affiliate Network Tracking Page.

Affiliate Program Tracking Page

I will be printing out 20 or so of these. I will be using them like an address book, putting my affiliate programs in alphabetical order. This is why there is a little gray box in the upper right corner. I will be putting the letters there. If you don’t have as many affiliate programs, you can simply use the gray box for numbering the pages if you add more than one, but not 20.

Keep track of your affiliate program login information and other details with this free printable for bloggers.

Download the Affiliate Program Tracking Page.

Pinterest Boards for Bloggers

If you are interested in making money with your blog, I have a Pinterest board you may be interested in following. Actually, I have a whole series of blogging boards. I have boards for graphic design tips, blog memes and link-ups, content writing, planner printables, branding, and more. Be sure to check out all my Pinterest boards to follow the ones that interest you.

Click on the image below to see my Blogging: Making Money Pinterest board.

Blogging: Making Money - my Pinterest board for articles related to making money with your blog. Like affiliate marketing and selling ads.

Do you have any blogging questions?

Leave them in the comments or use the contact page to email me. I love hearing from my readers!

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Blog 101 – What Are Affiliate Links?

Blog 101: What are affiliate links? Why do bloggers use them? Here are your answers.

Disclosure of Affiliate Links

At long last, here is my post explaining affiliate links! The FTC recently changed some of the rules of disclosure for bloggers. What it means for readers is they are seeing terms like affiliate links and sponsored posts on the blogs they read more often. When I shared a link on Facebook and disclosed that it was an affiliate link, it dawned on me that other people may have no clue what I mean. So I asked. And, yep, most non-bloggers had no clue.

As bloggers, we are now required to inform our readers in each post, in an unavoidable way, before they reach any link that we may profit from. In other words, if we are getting paid, we have to tell you. It doesn’t matter how much we earn, we just have to tell you. Keep reading to see what I mean by “it doesn’t matter how much we earn”.

So What Are Affiliate Links?

An affiliate link is a link to a website that has been encoded with a tracking cookie. What that cookie does is note if you make a purchase after you clicked on the link. The website you bought from keeps track of the dollar amounts purchased, organized by the unique codes. The “owner” of those codes will then receive a commission for referring the sale.

Two things I want to note right away: 1) no one but the website you buy from sees any of your personal information and 2) this does not cost you anything extra.

I will give you an example. When you click on an Amazon link (like on book list posts) on my blog, you will see be using my affiliate link. When you hover over one of those links, you will see “tag=behthebeawitl-20” at the very end of the link. That is my tracking ID. When you click through that link, Amazon puts a cookie in your browser that stays there for a few days (unless you delete your cookies) and gives me a commission for anything you may purchase.

Here is where I tell you the gobs of profit I am making off these links. I earn anywhere from 4-10.05%. Amazon’s affiliate system is tiered so the more sales you send, the higher your commission percentage. So if you buy a $2 dollar ebook through my link and are the only one to do so that month, I will earn 8 cents. You can see how this get rich quick scheme is really working for me now, right?

Tell Me More About These Affiliate Links

Are all affiliate links the same? No. Every website has it’s own affiliate program and they are all set up differently. Some cookies are set to count orders for only the original click and some count for days, weeks, or months. The commission rate is different with each program. There are affiliate programs that pay a set dollar or cents amount per click or sale; some pay only 3%; while others may pay 50%.

If they only pay pennies, why bother with them? It’s a numbers thing. If I only have a sale or two each month, it will take me a very long time to reach the payout level. For example, I joined Amazon’s affiliate program in 2008 and am just now reaching their $10 payout threshold. Not exactly a good ROI for my time. The thing is, with blog posts, these links are there until I delete them so as my traffic grows, so do my clicks/sales.

Why do affiliate links exist? Because it is a win-win situation. Websites only have so much advertising money to work with. With an affiliate program, they get more advertising that they don’t have to pay for until AFTER they actually sell something or otherwise benefit. It gets their name, logo, and website in front of more eyes, more often, and is more effective when coming from a personal recommendation.

Please note I am not saying that every affiliate link is a personal endorsement. I pass along resources that I have not personally used as a service to those who may be looking for those resources. For example, we have not read every one of the books on the composer study list, but I know that many homeschool families do composer study and might appreciate my taking the time to put the list together.

It is a win-win situation for bloggers like me who want to bring in “extra” money to support their family’s goals, but don’t want to leave their children or homes to do so. There are bloggers out there who make a full-time income from their blogs, BUT they are putting in full-time hours to do it. In the beginning, it can be more than full-time hours. The benefit most see is the flexibility to be home with their family and set their own hours.

So you blog for money? Well, yes and no. I blog because I enjoy it. I enjoy sharing my journey, encouraging others in their journey, and I LIKE social media. Except Pinterest, I LOVE Pinterest. 😉 It takes time to write good blog posts. It takes time to review products and share them with you. It takes time to pull together resources (yeah, this takes a LOT of time). It takes money to blog, too. While my costs are fairly minimal, they still exist.

This is why I use affiliate links: it is a way to financially support this blog (and my family’s goals) without costing my readers anything extra.

So the next time you see a disclosure from a blogger using affiliate links, you’ll now know what they are and why they use them.

Do you have any other blog-related questions?

Leave them here in the comments or contact me via email.

12 Fun Free Fonts

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I like fonts. I pin those to my Bloggy Stuffs board, in case you would like to know. Here are 12 fun fonts you can download for free.

To use these on a Mac, dowload to your Fonts folder (Library>Fonts). If it was a Zip file, then navigate to the folder and double click on it to open the font. If it was a TTF file or such, just put it in the folder. That’s it. You can then use the fonts in Pages or Photoshop or whatever you use pretty fonts for.

If you use a Windows based system, I’m not sure how it works for you, but a quick Google should solve that.

Click on the name below the graphic to go to each font.

12 Free Fonts!

5th Grade Cursive101! Star StuddedWhite BirchWho Needs ConsistencyUrban SketchTuna and Hot Dogs on RyeEmma SophiaThe Girl Next DoorType Me TwoThe Only ExceptionButterYugly