Can You Join More Than One Affiliate Program?

Can You Join More Than One Affiliate Program


One of my students who I personally mentor through Wealthy Affiliate asked me – Can You Join More Than One Affiliate Program?

Absolutely you can join multiple affiliate programs promoting various products and services. Now wanting to join an affiliate program is one thing, getting approved is another thing. But don’t worry I got you covered on how to get approved for affiliate programs. Keep reading…

Ok, you’ve decided that affiliate marketing is going to be the revenue model that you’re going to use to make money online.

First off – Great Choice!!

Like any legit method for making money online, affiliate marketing takes hard work and determination to become successful. But out of the many options you have for staking your claim online.

Affiliate marketing is not only one of the most profitable revenue models to use. It’s also the easiest online business to get up and running.

Now obviously you need to join affiliate programs to be able to make money as an affiliate.

So today I’m going to share with you what I shared with my student regarding affiliate programs. Plus answers to a bunch of other questions she had. Including: how to get approved for affiliate programs.

Starting with…

Can You Join More Than One Affiliate Program?


Yeah, I know just answered this question at the beginning of this post but I want to go into a little more detail.

As I mentioned, yes you can join as many affiliate programs as you want. I am affiliated with just over 50 affiliate partners. I have affiliate friends who are affiliated with over 300 affiliate partners.

There is no limit to the number of affiliate partners you can have.

But remember, make sure they are niche-related.

What do I mean by that?

Here’s a simple example let’s say you have a website all about dogs. This means you can partner with companies that have products and services that are for dogs.

So this could be…

  • Food
  • Clothes
  • Toys
  • Training
  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Collars, Leashes, and so on
  • Grooming
  • Etc…

So everything you have is related to the lovable loyal dog. So that means you’re not going to promote products that are for cats, fish, or reptiles because they are not niche-related.

Ok, back to being partnered with multiple affiliate programs. Karen then asked ok, let’s say I have joined 50 affiliate programs.

How can I manage so many different affiliate links?

Great question.

Like most people, your website uses the WordPress platform and because of that, you have several different types of WordPress plugins that can help you manage your affiliate links.

Best Affiliate Link Management Plugin


Now you do have a lot of these affiliate management plugins to choose from. But the ones I recommend taking a look at are:

With Pretty Links, you can add links to your posts, cloak links, social links, URL redirects, and QR Codes.

You can also set up redirects. They also have an auto-link feature that automatically creates short links for certain keywords for all your pages and posts.

And you can see how all your links are doing right from inside your WordPress dashboard.

With Thirsty Affiliates, you can auto-link keywords, cloak links, easily insert links into your posts and pages, and create redirects.

You can sort your affiliate links into categories which makes things really easy to organize your affiliate partners.

And link pretty links you can manage everything inside your WordPress admin dashboard.

Ok, the next question she asked, which I get asked a lot is…

How Do I Get Approved For Affiliate Programs?

Getting approved for most affiliate programs is very straightforward. But despite that, you want to be sure you have things in place before you apply to any affiliate program.

Ok, before we get to that, here’s something that you need to consider.

As an affiliate, you’re going to need traffic coming to your website in order to make money – Duh!

But here’s where a lot of new affiliates fall off the rails. They focused on wanting to make money first. While that’s not a bad thing and the reason you’ve got into affiliate marketing it’s not the thing you should be focused on first.

You MUST be focused on developing traffic first.

Because without any traffic you have no business. It’s that simple.

Now if you’re like many affiliates you’re going to develop that traffic through SEO. This means the majority of your traffic is going to come from organic search results (search engines).

And to get this organic traffic it all starts with doing keyword research. And these are the keywords people are using to find what they are looking for.

So in your research, you’re looking for low-competition keywords that have good traffic volume.

Once you’ve made a list of keywords you now go about writing helpful, informative engaging content around these keywords. And if you’ve done the right research and created great content.

Your content now has the opportunity of ranking on the first page of the SERPs (search engine results page). And when that happens more people see your content and come to your website.

Now developing traffic through SEO takes time but it’s also the best long-term traffic you can develop. This free traffic can keep coming to your site for years to come. So it is well worth the investment into this type of traffic.

And because it can take time before traffic comes to your website there is no point in joining affiliate programs right out of the gate if no one is coming to your site.

You could have the best website on the planet, but if no one knows about it, it’s useless.

So, when starting out focus on developing traffic, you can join affiliate programs at any time.

Ok, back to how to get accepted to affiliate programs.

1) You Need A Website

Despite the handful of affiliate programs that don’t require having a website. You’ll find that the vast majority of reputable affiliate programs require that you do.

Your website is the hub of your whole business. This is where you’re going to be conducting business day in and day out.

You’ll also find when filling out your affiliate application that affiliate partners typically ask you for your website’s URL. They want to know where you’re going to be promoting their product or service.

2) Have Your Site Built Out

So, what do I mean have your site built out?

I mean, have a nice professional design and look to your site. Now it does not have to be super fancy. A nice simple clean site always looks best.

You certainly don’t want the default WordPress “Hello World” page showing. So this means you have everything that needs to be in place all set up.

So your pages, your menu, footer, sidebar, and logo (if you have one). Set the colors of your site and so on. Now all of this can change and usually does over time as your business grows.

Now, this can be easily accomplished by using a nice clean WordPress theme. The pro theme I use for all my websites is Generate Press. It is lightweight, clean, and very easy to customize.

By all means, you can use a free theme. Generate Press has a free version. Or you can use any of the free default themes that come with each WordPress install.

3) Have Content

I guess I could have included this in the have your site built out part.

But, you don’t want to have a blank website when applying for affiliate programs. You want to have some published content on your site.

This not only rounds out your site being built out, but it shows that you are serious about building your affiliate marketing business.

Now you don’t need a ton of published content. However, I feel you should have at least 10 to 20 blog posts published.

4) Don’t Use A Free Email Address

This may seem like a little thing but you want to use an email address that’s associated with your website, not a free email address.

You’ll look a lot more professional using a domain email address such as contact@yourblogname.com.

Then a free mail address such as contact@gmail.com.

5) Only Apply To Relevant Affiliate Programs

I did speak about this earlier but I want to mention it again. To increase your chances of being approved for an affiliate program be sure the programs you’re applying to are related to your niche (website).

So if you have a food blog you’re not going to apply to an insurance affiliate program. Anyone that reviews your website is going to find that confusing and could be the reason you get denied.

Simply put – be mindful of the affiliate programs you apply for.

TIP: The way to increase your results when applying to affiliate programs. Apply to affiliate programs for the products and services you’re already using.

6) Have Your Promotional Plan Outlined

You’ll find that many applications have a section where they ask you how are you going to promote their product/service.

You don’t have to go into deep detail in this section, all they want to know is what you’re going to do.

So you could say something like:

I will be using SEO content marketing and social media. As well as through email marketing.

Simple and to the point.

7) Your Payment Method

You want to be paid right? Of course, you do.

Now the majority of affiliate programs pay through PayPal. So, you will need to have your PayPal account set up. All the affiliate program needs is the email address associated with your PayPal account in order to pay you.

Now you will find that some affiliates also offer bank transfers and/or cheque. I’m even seeing some affiliate programs offering to pay via cryptocurrencies.

Personally given any of these options I always choose PayPal. It’s easy and straightforward. No fuss no muss.

8) Make Sure Your Application Is Complete & Error Free

I know this sounds pretty obvious but before you hit the submit button read over your application and make sure you have entered all the required information, especially the tax information. And check for spelling and grammatical errors.

Affiliate managers look for those things. So, you want to be 100% sure you’ve submitted a complete and error-free application.

9) Read The Affiliate Agreement

Just as it’s important to have a complete application form so is reading the affiliate agreement, which sometimes they will call the TOS (Terms Of Service).

I know it’s boring but it is something you must do. When I first started as an affiliate marketer I was guilty of not doing this. Not anymore.

But you really need to read the agreement of the affiliate program you’re applying for. This outlines the do and don’ts of the affiliate program. You need to know the rules of the game.

It also includes information such as what is considered eligible for commission. It can also include information regarding the use of Trademarks. Proprietary Rights, Termination, Limitations of Liability, etc.

It also includes what websites are allowed to join. Maybe you have a coupon site and some affiliate programs don’t allow sites like that into their program. Or maybe the country you live in is not eligible.

Regardless – read the affiliate agreement every time.

How Long Does It Take To Get Approved For An Affiliate Program?

When it comes to how long it takes to get approved for an affiliate program, each program is different.

Some programs have no real approval process and you can become an affiliate right away.

However, with that said you’ll find that for the majority of affiliate programs, it usually takes 3 to 5 days before you’ll be notified one way or another.

What Can I Do If I Don’t Get Approved?

Now if you do get rejected it does not mean things are final. If this is a program that you feel aligns really well with your niche and they have a great product/service to promote through your website.

Then you can always contact the affiliate manager and politely ask him/her why your application was rejected.

If they give you a legit reason then take that as a learning moment and move on.

However, if you feel there has been some sort of misunderstanding then this is your opportunity to state your case. You can provide them with more information and details as to why you would be a good fit for their affiliate program.

Now you’ll notice I said politely. You don’t want to contact them with guns blazing. If you do that, you’ll pretty much guarantee that you’ll not be approved.

Now if you still don’t get approved, again take it in stride. I know you may have had your heart set on that particular affiliate program and sure it sucks if you don’t get approved.

But remember there are thousands upon thousands of other affiliate programs with quality products/services that you can become a part of.

Also, keep this in mind as you build your business and you gain more trust and authority you can always reapply for any affiliate program. I’ve done that, and I got approved when I reapplied to the same program 6 months later.

The Most Important Thing I Told Karen

Never, ever pay a fee to join an affiliate program. Affiliate programs are free to join.

Now with that said there are some exceptions. For example, the Awin affiliate network, which by the way is a great affiliate network and one that I am part of.

They will ask you for a $5 deposit to join the network. And the reason they do this I to confirm your banking details as well as minimize the risk of unethical activity.

And they don’t keep your $5. As soon as you make a sale your $5 is returned to you.

But I will say it again with the odd expectation such as the Awin affiliate network NEVER pay to become an affiliate.

If you have to pay a fee or buy a product to become an affiliate chances are you’re getting involved with an MLM or worse some sort of pyramid scheme.

Alright Wrapping It Up

Ok, that’s pretty much all there is to the conversation I had with Karen. I hope you found it helpful.

Of course, if you have any questions about affiliate programs please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you right away.

And if you’re looking for more information on how to start a thriving affiliate marketing business.

I did a review of one of the best online resources that have helped over 2 million people (including myself) build widely successful online affiliate marketing businesses. And I know they can help you as well.

I believe in you!
Leo

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