My Experience with Affiliates……………A Lesson In Reality!
In 2015 i underwent a 6 month trial of trying out affiliates on my blog. It was part of a drive forward for my blog in 2015.
I know that as a general rule, affiliates will make very little return unless you are a famous blogger with a few million followers. So my expectations were very low. I just saw it as a way to highlight my blog. As we all want to do. A ‘you scratch my back and i’ll scratch yours’ situation.
I found it to be an interesting experience and quite shocking too.
The Inbox Bombardment.
First of all, the emails were never ending; offering percentages off, free delivery on all the beauty brands i featured; etc.
Being a busy woman, i should have thought this through a little more. It was a lot of hard work to constantly update my side bar just to give beauty brands free advertising space. (They don’t pay you for this). In fact, i didn’t bother updating sometimes because i would have been doing it on a daily basis, leaving little time to write posts.
They change their banners constantly for you to update all the time. This is to entice your readers to click on the links and buy the company products, in turn giving on average, 8% commission on every sale to the blogger.
Bearing in mind, the programme i was on, wouldn’t pay out on anything less than £50.00 commission earned.
My attitude towards affiliate links were, If it worked out. Great! If not, delete the programme and the banners in my side bar. Nothing ventured! Nothing gained!
I managed to get a fair amount of commission over the holiday period from one large US brand. Please feel free to guess who they were in the comments bar below, if you remember the affiliates i used at the time.
My monetary payments from this high end brand suddenly started to increase quite quickly. I was heading right up there to the minimum payment mark and it was only the beginning of the holiday season too.
I was chuffed. Maybe this affiliate business was worth the hype after all!
I couldn’t quite believe my little blog was showing successful results.
Then I got an email from this very famous high end brand to tell me my account had been temporarily suspended. What! Why! I hadn’t broken any of the rules in any way. Oh Yes, i broke the golden one. I wasn’t supposed to be paid!
I couldn’t quite believe it; or, should i say, i should have believed it.
A Lesson in Business.
Please be careful what you sign up for. Nothing is ever what it seems.
For me, it seems a good way for companies to get advertising space at minimal cost, if any, to them.
Don’t get me wrong, it was only one company that did that to me. Ironically, the most successful one in my side bar. This doesn’t mean they will all do that. Some brands do have professional integrity.
I’m not upset though because, i chose to have them on my blog for a few months and the trial didn’t work so, i deleted them.
I’m sure there are great affiliate programmes out there. (Please let me know if you have had a great experience with them).
I hope you are more fortunate if you sign up to any. Me personally, I think they were a waste of time and an unnecessary distraction from writing great posts.
I am more than happy to negotiate with beauty brands if they want to advertise on my blog. though 😉
Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉