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November 22, 2018

Exciting Affiliate Programs for the Holidays to Do Now

What is eCommerce?  

  • You want to make  some money online,
  • so how do you go about doing that?
  • You want to build a store online for your small business or
  •  just start selling on a simple ecommerce site.

That sounds pretty simple but really it's quite complex.

There are many platforms online that you can choose from. The trick is to understand which one would suit your needs.

If you’re a small business owner, like I was, who wants an easy to use platform that lets you set up a stunning online store, without costing you a small fortune, then you’re in the right place.


Why are Affiliate Programs such a popular business model for generating income online?

Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you decide to purchase any of these resources, I earn a
small commission at no additional cost to you. I recommend  these products only because I have experience with them and use them for my own business. For more info, read my disclosure policy

Affiliate Programs allow you to get products together for sale on your online business for a cheap or even free price. I have found some great marketers who are doing just that now. Here are their tips on how they are doing their affiliate marketing for the holidays…

Affiliate Products

If you are looking to increase your holiday sales & holidays shopping, keep these dates in mind.

  • Thanksgiving in the USA:   Black Friday
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Cyber Monday and of course

Start your online affiliate sales programs now! Your competitors already have holiday shopping income on their minds. Time to start your affiliate advertising for the holidays… I have a few ideas for you!

Before publishing, (on any social media platform) ask yourself these quick questions:

  • Is this post unique enough to stop someone in the feed? I create my own images using Canva to make them special.  Instagram from my PC using  Instamate or just direct using my phone.
  • Does it capture their attention to read/watch/ engage/or share the post? Most shared images are quotes or subjects done on a holiday season theme. Don’t forget Holiday gifts this year.
  • Is this post a personal story /funny video? Visually does it still stand out? Family pics are always unique and if you add text to them they stand out and look great. Online family Christmas cards?

Affiliate programs for you…
This is one of the most profitable ways to make money on the internet. Particularly during the holidays. There are so many discounts and extra special prices  going around for special  days like Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday,

Editorial Planner
Holiday Celebrations

Your online affiliate programs for your holiday marketing efforts should include an investment in social media to increase commerce and strengthen your brand reach.  Socializing types of commerce,  such as on Instagram and tapping into the user-generated content on Pinterest are two options.  Facebook remains the biggest in social media in 2017.

Despite the rising popularity of other networks. Most people, from the research I have found, will PLAN ON using  Facebook during the holidays or Pinterest in combination with Affiliate Programs. You go where the customers are.

Brand your social media on Facebook easily with holiday type themes, incorporate holiday hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. Other tactics include using time-limited offers to create a sense of urgency using a countdown timer such as the day sale specials on Black Friday or Cyber Monday that inspires customers to visit your site or Facebook business page.

How To Use Affiliate Programs

How to use Affiliate links from Amazon. Get up to 10% in advertising fees Earn advertising fees from Qualifying Purchases, not just the products you advertised. It’s only a 24 hr cookie. Use the HTML link from Amazon on your blog as I have done with my planner that I am promoting.


Search on Pinterest for your niche.  “Gift guides for Christmas.”  You will see where they are affiliates for many programs. Click thru to their blogs and gift guides  or search for  terms such as things like  “Target affiliate programs”.

Bloggers and soloprenures

Amazon has a rule that you can’t use cloaks such as pretty links for the URLS Use the URL as is. They supply the HTML link for you to use.  Use that on the text side of your blog when you are applying it.

You also can’t use their images as pin images. If they change the HTML  link then it will change on your site as well. You can be shut down by Amazon if you don’t follow their TOS.

The Headlines you use are very important.  Be specific.  “Best Christmas dolls for 3-year-old girls“. Niche down as much a possible. If you purchase something you can add an image of it with little kids playing with it.  Use your keywords as an overlay on the image, in the description itself. Don’t put the year it in the URL of the image, if you want to use next year.

  Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Affiliates

  • Always disclose that you are showing images with affiliate links before they show up.
  • Use some text to get people interested in what you are selling.
  • Do a review of the product that you purchased and if you endorse it why you are doing so.
  • Know what your audience wants and how this product will help them.

Don’t show the price.   If there is no price they will have to click thru. Highlight the image, center it and connect it to a new tab. If it’s too expensive they just might see something else that they like and will click thru and make a purchase anyway. Add some other items from a few programs that you are an affiliate. What appeals to one person may not to another.

Use The End Of The Year To Your Advantage

It’s a perfect time for your fans to get to know you a little more as well as your business a little better. Post pics of your celebrations on your Facebook profile page. Feature items from your site on your Facebook Fan page/Business pages.

Finding which programs are best can be a lot of work. Which online affiliate programs should you promote? Which products do you use?  Clickbank, Shareasale, JV Zoo? Should you could be an affiliate for Aweber, GetResponse or my fav  Convert Kit?

The list goes on and on. It depends on experience. Find what is right for you.

1. How To Choose The Right Programs

The biggest mistake that a lot of bloggers make, is  in choosing what products to promote on their blog, by only depending on what programs they have applied to.
They apply to a random programs, to see what products they can promote in their programs, and then promote these products on their blog.

You need to do this the other way round: Find a product that you’re already using and loving or a product you’d like to try, and if you love it, see if this brand has an affiliate program, and if it does, apply to be an enthusiastic affiliate for it.

Whenever you want to promote a product on your blog from a brand which you’re not affiliated to, just do the steps above again; see if they have an affiliate program, and apply.

2. Are All Affiliate Program Equal?

No, not all affiliate programs are equal. There are low-paying, mid-paying, and high-paying affiliate programs, that will all benefit to you in their own way.

Low-paying programs are the ones that require the less from your readers.  Low-paying programs start adding up when you have a certain amount of traffic on your blog, but even a  new or small blog can make a few dollars with them.

High-paying programs are the ones that give you the most money for every sale. They often require more money from your readers that you’re promoting.  So sales will not be as many as lower paying programs, but when someone does click and buy  you feel it!

If you don’t have a lot of traffic on your blog, then you should definitely focus on high-paying programs. You could make a few hundred dollars with just a few sales!

3. Affiliate programs you can join today

There are a variety of affiliate programs out there, for every niche! I created a list of 35 affiliate programs just for you. Some of them can earn you up to $75 per sale!

Affiliate  Programs

Those programs can earn you from a few cents to $75 per sale! Just pick the ones that fit best to
your blog, and start promoting them on your blog today!


SHAREASALE $65+commission http://www.shareasale.com/

AMAZON 1% – 10% commission https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

EBAY 50% – 70% commission https://partnernetwork.ebay.com/

TARGET 2% – 8% commission http://affiliate.target.com/


SITEGROUND monthly start at 100€ commission  https://bit.ly/321QgcY

BLUEHOST $65+ commission https://www.bluehost.com/affiliates

CONVERTKIT 30% commission https://bit.ly/2m0V67v

MAILCHIMP $30 commission (credit) https://mailchimp.com

TAILWIND 15% – $15 commission https://bitly.com/2MBXYXz

BLUCHIC 25% commission https://www.bluchic.com/affiliates/

SEND OWL 40% commissiion https://www.sendowl.com/

Bitly Link Shortening free and signup to start scaling your links.
Get started tracking and measuring audience interaction
with your short links https://bitly.com


I have a page with all of my  RECOMMENDATIONS   here for Products that I use on my site and some that I am an affiliate for,  are FREE.

Happy Holidays to you and your family and Happy Affiliate Sales! 


About Kathryn Maclean  https://marketingofflineonline.net/hello/
A certified Social Media Campaign specialist using Facebook, Twitter Pinterest & Affiliate  Marketing.



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  1. Hello Kathryn, I came across your comment on one of my blogs @ onaplatterofgold.com and I think I should return the favour. I like this post on affiliate programs for the holidays. I think I have never heard of PAC before but I am surely going to give it a try. Thanks for the good work!

    1. Hello Adeyemi,
      I comment on many many blogs. Glad to see you visiting mine.
      PAC is almost 4 years old now. I am the welcome lady there.
      We are closed for the Holidays at present. Open in Jan.
      Do check us out then. Happy Holidays to you.

  2. Hi Kathryn, I enjoy affiliate marketing. At one point I thought I wouldn’t but it gave me so many options throughout the year to be creative and share products and services. Thanks for this informative article.

  3. Hi Kathryn ,
    with all the offers for Christmas and black Friday and….
    it is really an opportunity for affiliate marketers to make
    good sales . I think it is a great Idea to buy from PAC and
    help other members to make some sales.
    You give good advice how to make offers for this season.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Erika,
      Yes a good idea to buy from our friends at PAC. We also should note that there are specials from time to time that
      need to be included at PAC too. Thanks for commenting!

    1. Hi Ed,
      Gee thanks. I own an offline business that is part-time so it gives me lots of time to spend on my online business.
      Suzi Whitfield is to thank for many of the ideas in my article. Thanks for your comments, I appreciate you!

  4. Hi Kathryn,

    I think affiliate marketing is great because you can have such a wide rage of products under your belt for all seasons of the year.

    I wish I had started with affiliate marketing instead of developing my own product. It took me weeks to do that and then I realised there was a much better one I could have marketed as an affiliate. And not just one, loads of them!

    Thanks for sharing some extra tips that were new to me too.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

    1. Hi Joy,
      Yes, nice to have a range of products for the year. So many great affiliate marketing products out there. I like products that I have bought and tried myself rather than something on Clickbank etc. Check out Amazon for books to recommend. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Wonderful ideas Kathryn. I’ve really only dabbled in affiliate marketing but you’ve provided some serious inspiration in your post so I’ll have to give it some thought. If not for the holidays, surely for the coming year. Thanks!

    1. Hi Marquita,
      Thank you for your encouragement. Yes do think of doing some affiliate marketing in the new year. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it.

  6. Hi kathrynruth,
    Excellent stuff here!!

    A lot of strategies there for affiliate marketing. I mostly like the FaceBook marketing and Pinterest. I didn’t know about Pinterest but I know now. All thanks to you. Yes, the year-end opportunity we must take advantages. I will follow your strategies and hope will able to fund some extra money in my pocket. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi TI,
      I like Facebook marketing and Pinterest the best myself. I hope my strategies help you with your marketing. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Hi Taiwo,
      For once I was ahead of the holiday for my affiliate marketing. Thanks for remarking on my cool strategy. I appreciate your comment.

  7. Hi Kathryn,

    One can’t go wrong with affiliate marketing. No matter what business we are in, we can always add affiliate products and/or services to it.

    I love the “Amazon” idea especially during the holiday season.


    1. Hi Donna,
      Yes for sure, adding some affiliate links especially around the holiday period for our own products or our services or products we use and love, makes a lot of sense. Amazon is so huge!! We are vying to have Amazon come to Ottawa in the new year. It would create an extraordinary amount of jobs. Thanks for your comments!

  8. Hi Kathryn

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday both are amazing festive season for bloggers to make EXTRA DOLLARRRRS and you have mentioned some of the best affiliate products.

    I came here late but maybe in next time… I will hurry. 🙂

    1. Hi Umesh,
      Thanks for your comments. Now that you are aware of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, plan to have something ready for next year.
      Try using some kind of calendar system to plan ahead. I will also be planning ahead for next year.

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