Top Fashion Affiliate Programs- to Monetize Your Fashion Blog
Who says that you can’t make money from your blog?
Fashion is one of the biggest industries today. It has a wide interest and following, and many fashionistas are following blogs for their style advice over print magazines. This puts any fashion blogger in with a perfect opportunity to make money from their blog through displaying ‘Fashion Affiliates’ Products and programs.
This article talks about how a Fashion Affiliate Program works, the key questions to ask, top programs that will give you a great commission, and how to make the best use of your affiliate program by using social media. So- here goes…
What is a Fashion Affiliate Program? How Does it Work on Your Fashion Blog?
A Fashion affiliate program is basically a program where a fashion company offers a % of commission for representing their brand.
Usually fashion affiliate programs offer graphic banners that you can put on your blog, with a ‘hop link’ that goes back to their site, where the customer can buy something.
If your blog follower buys something as a result of seeing the banner, to clicking on a link from our blog- you get paid a % of the sale.
The way the sale is tracked back to you- is through what they call a ‘hop link’. This is a special link coded to your blog, so when its clicked- the affiliate program knows that the web traffic can from your site.
Hoplinks are super easy to install on your blog- you can embed the hop link in a description about the product on your site, or link a picture like a banner to the hop link.
Once you set up a ‘Banner Ad’ on your site, with the hop link – you can just sit back and relax- and wait for the money to come in!
That’s whats so great about an affiliate program- you don’t have to do any of the selling, the shipping, or any other work- you are just drawing traffic to another company that does all that for you- and just pays you an affiliate commission!
If you’re planning to set up a fashion blog or you might already have one, you’ll be more than happy that you can actually turn your fashion blog into something that will generate money.
Everyone wants to earn, right? Especially if it is from doing what you really love. In fact, most people who have fashion blog are already making a decent amount of money each month. So the problem for you now is how will you be able to achieve this?
Top Fashion Affiliate Programs
Each of the fashion affiliate programs and networks generally work in the same way – you apply directly with fashion retailers you’re interested in. If you’re accepted, you’ll get access to banners, links and other tools. You get your own unique hop link that tracks back to your site, and you get permission to use their banners and graphics on your site.
In terms of getting paid, Payout times and terms vary by fashion program. It can range from a low 5% of sale to a high percentage such as 50% of each sale.
The hardest thing when applying for a fashion affiliate program is getting approved by the retailer- or getting accepted into the affiliate program.
Quite often they analyse your site, want to see that the branding and image of your fashion blog is a good fit to their brand, and they also want to see that you are an established blogger.
This can be hard when you are first starting out on your blog. Its catch 22 really- more affiliates on your site can make your site look more professional, but how do you get accepted into fashion affiliate programs in the first place?
You have to start somewhere!
If you want a really great fashion affiliate program that pays a high percentage, and you automatically get accepted into the program ( no approval process) La Mode fashion school offers a great affiliate program for promoting their fashion design ebook and courses.
To apply for their fashion affiliate program- all you need to do is signup here: www.fashion-design-course.com/affiliates.html
You will also get paid a high 50% per sale- making on average $22 per sale! ( some of their top fashion blogs are making $200 per week from just displaying their banner ads!!! Now that a great shoe budget per week! It could even pay your rent each week!!)
The great thing is – it is really relevant to your site- your followers love fashion, and obviously may be interested in finding out more about starting their own fashion line, or doing some sort of fashion course.
Retail Fashion Affiliate Networks
If you prefer to represent fashion retailers, here is a list of clothing affiliates:
Fashion Affiliates on LinkShare
- The Outnet
- Alexander Wang
- Luisa via Roma
- Brooks Brothers
- Banana Republic
- Free People
- Ann Taylor
- Old Navy
- Nasty Gal
The Downside to Working With Fashion Retail Affiliate Programs
Chances are you see retailers in a lot of different networks that you’d like to promote. Unless you have a large amount of traffic, or do very well with one program on each, chances are the time it takes to build links, keep up with promotions, and even research specific products to link to will start to take a significant amount of time.
Almost all of the networks offer an email contact to the program manager. If your site is initially rejected, but you think that your blog and audience would be a good fit for the advertiser, send an email to the program manager outlining your traffic, popular posts that relate to the products or brands they carry, and ask them to reconsider. Most of the time, this will turn any initial “no”s into acceptance. If it doesn’t, you’ll usually at least get a more detailed explanation on the reason your site wasn’t improved, which can be valuable for improving your blog.
Alternative Fashion Blogger Affiliate Programs
If the above fashion retailer affiliate programs aren’t working for you, or you can’t get accepted, you can try the below fashion programs:
1. Fashion Traffic
Operates across payment types, and offers publishers CPC, CPM (cost per thousand impressions) and CPS (cost per sale) payments from multiple advertisers in one program.
2. ShopSense by ShopStyle
Payments are based on a CPC model, relative to website traffic quality. Specifics aren’t issued in terms of website quality, but ratio of visitors who click to visitors who go on to make a purchase probably plays a role.
Prominent publishers using ShopSense/ShopStyle: the Popsugar group of sites, The Fashion Bomb
3. Reward Style
Payments are on a CPS basis, meaning publishers are paid only if visitors purchase something after clicking an affiliate link.
Prominent publishers using RewardStyle: Vogue.com, Man Repeller, Fashionista, Gabi
4. Fashion Affiliate Program By -Fashion-design-Course.com
This program offers 50% of each sale, and pays you weekly. Many fashion design blogs have had success with this program by displaying a banner ad in a prominent spot, as well as doing a blog post about the product. Some affiliates are earning a passive amount of $200 per week from this program.
Top Questions About Fashion Affiliate Programs
You probably already know that affiliate programs are one of the easiest ways to monetize fashion related traffic.
Here are the top questions that I get asked about fashion affiliate programs:
1. How many clicks does it take before someone buys something?
2. Is one type of affiliate program faster to pay out than another?
3. What can I do to make more money from affiliate programs?
Obviously if you choose a program that has a higher % commission per sale, you will make more money. Most programs design their banners in the best possible way to get the most amount of interest and traffic. The below article gives you some ideas of making more money from an affiliate program.
Making the Most Out Of Your Fashion Affiliate Program
Once you are approved with a fashion affiliate program- its up to you to draw traffic to that site with your special coded link or hop link.
You can do this several ways:
- Place banner ads at the top of your blog, under the header graphic
- Place banner ads in the side column/ bar of your blog
- Use a variety of banner graphics- and place them in a few different spots on your blog
- Pinning- through Pinterest ( use the banners of your affiliate program and upload them to pinterest- putting them on your own boards, with a description. )
-Facebook and twitter- highlighting the product on your blogs Facebook page, with a review of the product- and why you think its worthy…
- Write a blog post/ review on your blog with the pros and cons of the products that your affiliate represents..
Remember- be persistent and never give up! Keep on blogging and building your followers and remember to keep your ads relevant to your followers interests!