You must always be searching for knowledge. You must always be curious about the cutting-edge. You must always be willing to learn from leading influencers within the industry.
There are a ton of general marketing blogs out there (think; social media and content marketing). What we need to learn from are the blogs and publications that offer actionable resources and tactics that drive real results for affiliate marketing professionals.
With that said. Here are 25+ affiliate marketing blogs you should add to your reading list this year.
Taking your blog from nothing to earning over $40,000 per month in just two years is no small feat but it’s exactly what blogger John Chow did. His blog which features daily (or more) updates, looks at a range of topics that could be of interest to the budding affiliate marketer including analysis of new ideas, SEO tips and tricks, and some affiliate program reviews.
Check out: Skip straight to the good stuff by starting with the Top Posts.
2. Luke PeerFly
With an entire blog dedicated to helping affiliate marketers and entrepreneurs make more money online, checking out Luke Kling’s blog is well worth your time. The affiliate marketing blog content focuses on staying ahead of trend and bringing you timely news that can directly impact your affiliate marketing strategies. He also offers some interesting insights through his personal posts.
Check out: The easiest way to navigate this site is by visiting the guide so you can narrow down to a specific topic of interest.
3. Charles Ngo
Starting out in a new venture can quickly overwhelm your senses. First, you’re excited about the new idea but you quickly get bombarded with info and start floundering around. Charles Ngo’s blog is focused on building systems and automizing the processes involved in affiliate marketing. This helps clear things up and allows you to build some structure into your everyday actions so you don’t lose sight of the end goal. His weekly email is full of business advice and affiliate marketing tips and provide a good perspective of what it’s like being an affiliate marketer.
Check out: Throughout the site you will find multiple eBooks, downloads, and guides all free if you sign up to his email newsletter.
The ShoeMoney blog started as the lifestyle blog of Jeremy Schoemaker and now has numerous contributing writers adding posts on a regular basis. This blog covers most things internet marketing – from Search Engine Optimisation to email marketing.
5. High Paying Affiliate Programs
As the name suggests, this website is a great resource for identifying a bunch of different affiliate programs suitable for further inspection. There is also a blog section which contains some great articles. A key one to look out for is the State of Affiliate Marketing 2017 which gives indepth insight into the affiliate marketing industry, focused on the year ahead.
1,000 real life, experienced based articles is pretty impressive. That’s what Zac Johnson has accumulated on his blog and what you can access just by visiting his site. His posts have a strong focus on adverts, as well as the sharing of new trends and resources to help grow your own company.
7. Sugar Rae
Although there’s no new posts since July 2016, SugarRae’s blog still has some interesting content in past posts. You’ll find articles covering SEO, blogging, and of course, affiliate marketing.
8. Finch Sells
New posts ended in early 2016 with the author stating that he was not going to carry on creating new content. After scanning through this blog we decided it was still worth an honourable mention for some of the posts and resources available. One key feature about this blog is that it was targeted at ‘paid traffic’ affiliates, so is a bit more niche than many of the other ones out there.
9. AM Navigator
From the perspective of an affiliate marketing management company as opposed to affiliate marketers themselves, this blog offers a lot of the same content (trends, stats, product reviews) but from a different angle.
There are often interviews or comments from well know industry managers which can provide you with insight into how they think and where they’re planning to move in the future – which all adds up to your advantage.
Check out: the Affiliate Program Management section of the blog to get a really good look into the other side of the affiliate marketing world.
Follows the life of Lynn Terry who’s a professional blogger, super affiliate, and full-time internet marketer, operating for more than 18 years. Her blog is full of marketing ideas, tips, and reviews aimed at helping her readers succeed in their online businesses.
11. Affiliate Tip
Shawn Collins, the writer of this blog, is an industry expert and co-founder of one of the leading industry conferences for affiliate marketing – the affiliate summit. His blog has very regular updates and for those who prefer visual content, you can check out his affiliate tip TV channel on youtube.
The other half of the co-founding duo who created Affiliate Summit back in 2003 – now a privately held, multi-million dollar media company that produces conferences, tradeshows, and a bunch of other content (FeedFront magazine and GeekCast.fm.) Missy Ward has a blog that covers a lot of general marketing advice as well as some personal insights.
13. Adam Reimer Marketing
Providing content suitable for affiliates, bloggers, and SEO professionals in their daily marketing activities is what Adam Reimer’s blog excels at. He is another of the well-known industry figures who regularly speaks at Affiliate Summit, Pubcon, and Think Tank – amongst others. As well as being published in a variety of magazines and news sites.
These guys specialize in “aggregating affiliate content and making it available to affiliates and bloggers through a series of services and tools.” Basically, they compile all of the info you need as an affiliate into one easy to use platform. Their blog offers lists. Lots of lists. From market trends and future predictions, to hundreds of new merchants you can become affiliates for. They started out by creating a software to fix and categorise the coupons and deals for their own site and FMTC grew from there.
Check out: their affiliate tools section – it’s ideal for those who are already established and looking for the next advantage. Newcomers could also gain some value by seeing another type of affiliate strategy/software that’s available.
15. Tricia Meyer
Founder of cashback site SunshineRewards.com, Tricia has been involved in the blogging and affiliate marketing industry for at least a decade and has the awards to prove her expertise. The articles on her site are easy to read and full of useful affiliate marketing information for all levels of reader.
Targeted at beginners, Ron Cripps site AffiliateXFiles is full of free content to help those starting out find their way around the affiliate marketing world. You can find information on all the basic matters – how to find niche markets and opportunities, how to optimize content, and how to find keywords that will convert.
17. Work in my Pyjamas
Every affiliate marketers end goal, no? A reality for Kim Rowley whose coupon clipping hobby in 1999 became a full time job as companies started to pay her for promoting their products on her site. She now has multiple business websites and started her blog to create a space where she could answer all the questions from other budding affiliate marketers looking to get out of their suits.
This all-rounder in the affiliate marketing field offers advice and solutions for merchants, established affiliate marketers, and newbies. There’s plenty of content for those looking at getting started in affiliate marketing.
Check out: the top resources for a list of all the software, platforms and items used by AffPlan. Even more interesting, take note of how each of these items is also an affiliate link, earning AffPlan income whenever someone purchases. Affiliate links really are everywhere!
19. Amazon Associates
Probably the oldest online affiliate program around, Amazon Associates kicked things off way back in 1996. You’ll get the most use out of their blog if you’re already signed up as an affiliate as they share a heap of affiliate discount codes and special product offers. It’s an easy way to stay on top of the latest deals and items you can be sharing with your audience.
Check out: just take a look at their blog to get an idea of what promotions are available when you become an Amazon Associate.
20. Smart Passive Income
More of a lifestyle and online entrepreneur motivation site, Pat Flynns blog is still a great resource for affiliate marketers. Some articles relate specifically to affiliate industry while others serve a more general purpose and might be a nice break from all the marketing content you’re consuming. His Smart Passive Income podcast is a great on the go motivator as well.
21. Matthew Woodward
Matthew Woodward tackles the affiliate marketing industry from the blogging perspective and as such, you’ll find plenty of great articles to increase your affiliate activities through blogging. Like most of these blogs, you’ll find a bunch of interesting free resources to help you make tracks in the world of online marketing.
Check out: the roundup of monthly income reports. This is probably the most exciting feature we’ve drawn your attention to across all these blogs. Every month, Matthew does a report on 15-20 different blogs and tracks their monthly revenue with a short write up about what’s been happening. It’s super interesting and covers an extremely broad range – from those losing $60 per month to one making $100,000! It’s incredibly inspiring for anyone interested in earning money online so make sure you really do check this one out.
22. Avant Link
This affiliate marketing network itself has a blog, with a lot of focus on best practice and general industry news. A good alternative to the ‘how to’s’ and free guides put out by all the affiliate marketer blogs.
Check out: their weekly roundup posts which are scattered through the blog. They feature a new merchant every week which could be a good opportunity to learn of a new product to promote.
Another of the industry networks, ShareASale’s blog is similar to Avant Link in the sense that the articles are more focused on news and featured merchants. However, these guys also have some interesting post series (i.e. how to start a blog) and tip of the day guest posts.
24. What Does Joe Think?
There are a lot of posts featuring ShareASale so we’re sensing some kind of relationship between the two however, Joe’s posts provide a lot of value nonetheless – with lists, actionable tasks and interesting insights.
With content for both affiliates and merchants, Apogee has a blog that covers a broad spectrum. For the affiliates they mostly cover relevant industry news and highlight interesting merchants.