So here is the first installment of my 'Behind the Scenes of Beauty Blogging' series which I'm hoping will be helpful to other bloggers and not just the make-up obsessed ones! I don't claim to know everything, so if I have got anything slightly wrong then I do apologise in advance. But hopefully a few of you will find this series helpful!
Cookie Period? Huh!
Cheap Smells also mention about a '60 day cookie period' or sometimes it will be referred to as a 'cookie window' (something that will vary between programs) which really is there to help you. As not many people read a review, click the link and buy the product straight away. Instead they may click the link, look at it and then a week or so later or even a month later will go back and purchase that product. Which is exactly what the 60 day cookie period means. So if some clicks the link in your review/post their cookies are stored for 60 days so if they do go back to the product (through whatever means - their history or google etc) after say 17 days have passed and they purchase that item then you will still receive commission. So even though the commission you will get it per product is very low, over time it can add up because of this.
I won't go into every aspect of affiliate programs as I would be here all day but you could also include an advert for Cheap Smells in your sidebars which if someone clicked and made a purchase then again the commission would be yours.
The problem with joining lots of affiliate programs
Skimlinks Affiliate Program
Of course there are many other affilate networks such a Webgains (here) which I have used in the past and Affaliate Window (here) but Skimlinks (here) is the only one that has made me any money... which is what it is all about!
So how much have I actually made?!
Now I was debating whether on not to include this, but really as this series is all about telling you what I know and being open I felt it was only right to give my own figures* as an example! So I joined Skimlinks in the last week of June and made just over £1.00, which of course got carried over to July and by the end of July I had earned £12.10 in commission which meant I had reached the payment threshold - I know earning £12.00 isn't huge by any means but for doing nothing (not having to maintain or e-mail anyone etc) I was pretty pleased. Since then each month the commission I earn has increased and what I have earnt since July is now into triple figures and each month I am fairly happy with the commision I make.
The commission I earn from Skimlinks is definitely never going to pay the bills but for doing what I have always done, which is including links to products in reviews etc it is a nice little perk to blogging about the products I really like.
*like I mentioned this is only an example of the commission I have made, you made find that you earn a lot more if you general talk about more high end beauty products or clothing or even a lot less if you don't blog that often or forget to include product links in reviews.
Don't get stung?!
I have recently been hearing about people receiving e-mails about signing up to an affiliate network and actually having to pay to join or putting money up front first. This definitely isn't a good thing and isn't at all needed! If/when you decide to join a network or a program it should be as simple as signing up and applying come code into the html of your blog - at no point should you ever be needing to pay them!
Let me know what you think so I can get typing/rambling again!