I like to write. So much so that I’ve done it for free for most of my life. I started out by just journaling and coming up with ideas. Then I moved on to writing a book for two years. I still want to write it, but now I’m not sure when to do it all. Then, I started blogging both on this site and on another one.
As much as I love it for the fun, I also would love to have many people pay me for it. So, I’ve experimented in all kinds of ways to make money doing it. I had a job where I wrote blog posts quite a bit, but that was about real estate and homes and other things that while closer to what I wanted to do, but still not giving the creativity I crave.
Then someone told me about affiliate links. Affiliate links are basically a way that both a blogger or vlogger can recommend a product, like something on Amazon, create a link and if someone clicks on it, they get a little percentage of it from Amazon. I’ve tried to do those as you can see at the bottom of my blog posts with Target, but unless I start gaining a huge following like the Kardashians or Selena Gomez, those will be pennies and not dollars that I will earn.
I might not be the ultimate affiliate marketer, but I’ve got the feeling that I know someone that probably is. He’s even been in the news for his impending divorce. He’s also the richest dude in the world, from what I hear. Jeff Bezos, otherwise know as the CEO/creator of Amazon has been in the news a lot lately.
My guess is that while he has all these frustrations from his personal life, he always has affiliate links. You know, he could start a blog on WordPress, start talking about you know, anything, then include an affiliate link at the end of his blog post, and boom, everyone goes to Amazon. He doesn’t even have work or care about what product he recommends. He could write a beauty post about luxurious hair, post a selfie about his bald hair, recommend the shampoo and he would still make money from the links.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this for me. All I had to do was go back into a time machine, come up with the idea for online shopping all on one site, move to Seattle, start a corporation, monopolize, and then start blogging/affiliate link things. I guess going bald would have been optional, but you know, that kind of goes with all the stress of being the richest dude in the world.
His plan included being bad at marriage too, but I think I will just skip that part and just be faithful, because 1) my wife has been there since the beginning, and 2) she is way better at handling just about everything and I would be a mess without her and 3) I’d much rather not give away half my earnings. She deserves much more than that.
Anyways, I will try to find some affiliate links that work for you, instead of trying the other way because I’m way too lazy.
What do you guys think? Have you found any good ways to make money while blogging? Have you had success with the time machine/monopoly/blog/bad marriage method? Or do you prefer just writing for free?
Bitter Affiliate Marketing Ben
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Greetings Bitter People of the Internet. My name is Bitter Ben and I started blogging when I got fed up. Talking to people, listening to them complain and blame me for things I had nothing to do with. A long time ago, I learned in marketing that you should find a need and fill it. I started noticing that a lot of people like to complain about little things, but they felt ashamed to do it, because they felt like they were being petty.
I came up with the idea to start a 900 line (1-900-BITR-BEN), where people could call and complain about all the little things that drove them crazy, but the twist was that the Customer Service Rep could also complain back. This would not only allow all the complainers to get it out of their systems, but the call would be longer and I would get more money. This lead me to come up with my tag line, “We make bitter better.” That idea failed because of a number of reasons, so instead I did the next best thing.
I started my blog www.bensbitterblog.com, and it was a huge success. I had 10,000 loyal bitter followers, but that blog was ruthlessly and painful taken from me by WordPress. Read more here and here.
A blog wasn’t enough for me though. I wanted T-shirts, Bitter Themed Restaurants, and maybe even a last placed sports team. Since my blog was stolen from me, I decided to start this one, that includes everything Entertainment, IE Bitter Entertainment Network, or BEN.
This means as soon as I get up and running. I am going to start an actual television network, via YouTube where you will see everything related to Bitterness. Buckle up, it going to be a bitter ride. For now, jump into this bitter filled environment, where you are free to complain as bitterly as you like. No matter how petty, all bitterness is free to roam these wide open bitter halls, or meadows if you prefer. Comment the heck out of every post, because you can be sure I will comment right back with more bitterness. Let’s “Make Bitter Better”.