How to Make Money with the Google Affiliate Program

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Make money with the Google affiliate program on your website.
Make money with the Google affiliate program on your website. (Image: computer image by Ewe Degiampietro from Fotolia.com)

If you own a blog or a website, you can earn money through it by signing up for the Google Affiliate Network. This program allows you to connect with companies that match the theme of your website. You'll earn a portion of the sale if someone clicks on an ad from your site and then makes a purchase at that site. It's easy to make money with the Google affiliate program. The key is finding the correct products to promote.

Sign up with the Google Affiliate Network. Use the link in the resources section of this article. You'll have to enter basic information about yourself and your website. It may take a day or two to receive your acceptance email.

Log into your account. After you've been accepted, you can revisit the Google Affiliate Network site and log in.

Search for products or advertisers that fit your niche. For successful affiliate marketing, you need to match the right offer with your audience. For example, if your website is about camping, then you should look for companies that sell camping supplies. You can do this by clicking on either the "Products" or "Advertisers" buttons at the top of your screen.

Apply to the advertisers that interest you. Click on the small box next to the advertiser names, then click on the "Apply to selected" button at the top of the screen. Some advertisers will approve you immediately, while others manually approve applicants.

Get the advertising code for your website. You can view a list of your approved advertisers under the "Advertisers" and "Approved" links. You can click on the "Actions" button and scroll down to "Get links." This shows you the available ads.

Place the ad code on your website. If you're using a blog like WordPress, you can usually put it in a text-based widget. If you're using HTML, you'll need to modify the code to properly show the advertisement.

Monitor your advertising campaigns. If you aren't having success with a particular ad, swap it out for a different ad from the same company or change companies altogether.

Tips & Warnings

  • The more traffic you have to your website, the more money you can make with it. If you only get a few visitors a day, you can't expect to earn a lot of money.
  • Don't limit yourself to the affiliate programs through Google. You can try other affiliate programs as well.
  • Expect to be turned down by some advertisers, especially if you are new to the game. Simply look for similar companies instead.

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