Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Share Your Affiliate Links

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thank you for helping me keep this blog going!

So you signed up to be an affiliate (hopefully with the Sunshine and Spoons affiliate program!)...now what do you do with that referral link?

Obviously the goal is to share it with people so they'll make purchases and earn a commission for you.  To make that a little bit easier, here are 6 ways for you to share your affiliate link along with 5 affiliate companies I recommend joining.

How to Share Your Affiliate Links

First, the most important thing you need to know about being an affiliate is that you must always disclose in a clear and conspicuous manner that the link you're sharing is an affiliate one.  This post from Tricia Meyer gives an easy-to-understand overview of the FTC's disclosure guidelines.

Basically, if you include affiliate links in a blog post, you have to include a disclosure at the beginning of your post.  See the top of this post for an example of how I disclose.

If you're sharing on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, there are several ways you can disclose.  I've seen some people use hashtags such as #ad #aff at the beginning or end of their post.  Others start their post with "Disclosure: Affiliate link."  It's up to you...just make sure you disclose it in some way!

There are several ways you can share your affiliate link.  You can either share the whole website/shop or a specific product.  To share a specific product, you may need to use your affiliate website's link generator.

Join the Sunshine and Spoons affiliate program!

Okay, on to the fun stuff.

1. Share an your affiliate link or a specific product from your affiliate on your Facebook profile or page.  Here's an example of a post from my page where I shared an affiliate link from Amazon.

2. Share your affiliate link in Facebook groups.  The best way to do this is to take a picture of you wearing or using the product and then post it in the group with your affiliate link to the shop.

3. Share your affiliate link on Twitter.  Here's an example of one I shared on Twitter.  Make sure to use hashtags!

4. Share your affiliate link on Instagram.  You can put your affiliate link directly in your profile and share a picture of the website or product, directing people to click on the link in your profile.

5. Pin your affiliate link on Pinterest.  This post from Just a Girl and Her Blog details how to do it.

6. If you have a blog or website of your own, that's a great place to share your affiliate links!  One way to do that is to write a review of your affiliate website and/or a product from it, making sure that you include your affiliate link in the post several times.  You can also place banner ads on your blog/website-just check your affiliate's site to find and download one.

How to share your affiliate links: http://bit.ly/2iyLz86

Now that you know what you're doing (or are starting to figure it out!), it's time to join some more affiliate programs!  Here's a list of the ones I recommend.

1. ShareASale
    ShareASale is awesome because it hooks you up with TONS of different companies.  My favorite affiliate I work with through ShareASale is Gymboree (and yes, that <---- is an affiliate link!)

2. Affiliate Window 
    Affiliate Window also connects you to many companies.  I love that you can be an Etsy affiliate through them!  The best part of Affiliate Window though is their Convert-A-Link feature.  Once you've installed the Javascript on your blog/website, it automatically converts all links, old and new, to affiliate links.

3. Amazon
    Amazon is another affiliate program I love.  Lets face it, if you can't buy it on Amazon, it probably doesn't exist which means that you can create affiliate links for pretty much anything.  Once you've been approved as an affiliate, an Amazon Associates Sitestripe will appear at the top of the page when you're signed into Amazon.  It makes it easy to share links, check your earnings, and more.  
4. Commission Junction 
    Commission Junction also does all the work of connecting you to many different companies.  I don't work with them much, but I know a lot of bloggers who do and love it.

5. Ebates
    Ebates is a really cool site where you earn cashback on your online purchases.  As a bonus, you earn money every time someone signs up for Ebates using your referral link.

How to share your affiliate links: http://bit.ly/2iyLz86

Are you ready to take the plunge into affiliate marketing?  A good place to start is with my affiliate program!  You can learn more about it here.   

You might also enjoy:

Join the Sunshine and Spoons Shop Affiliate Program

So guess what?!?

You can now earn money by referring your friends to my shop.

Join the Sunshine and Spoons Shop affiliate program!

That's right.  You can earn money in your Paypal account or gift cards to my shop just by showing your friends (and enemies too, because why not?) the awesome shirts in my shop so they can buy one for themselves.

All you have to do is click here and register to be an affiliate.  It's easy and free, and you'll be sent your own personal referral link to share with others.

Join the Sunshine & Spoons Shop Affiliate Program & earn money/gift cards! http://bit.ly/2ixNdah

As an affiliate for Sunshine and Spoons Shop, you'll earn a 4% commission on all orders placed using your referral link with a 7 day cookie.  There's no limit to how much you can earn!

Want to know more about sharing your affiliate links?  You can about it here!

What are you waiting for?  Join the Sunshine and Spoons Shop affiliate program!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Special Needs and Chronic Illness Medical Binder Printable

When Davy was in the thick of his medical complexities, I put together a binder full of information and notes that I took with me to every appointment.  I used the binder to track Davy's symptoms, log his meds and hospitalizations, record questions for upcoming appointments, and more.  It was pretty basic...loose notebook paper shoved in plastic sheet protectors and held together in a 3 ring binder.  Nothing fancy, but it helped me stay organized and on top of Davy's care needs, especially when we switched health care providers.

Special Needs and Chronic Illness Medical Binder Printable

Then, last year, Davy along with two of his siblings and I, were all diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How To Save Money With the $5 Method

If you've been on Facebook or Pinterest lately, you may have seen the 52 week saving challenge.

I tried it once.

I got to day 11 and realized that it wasn't working for me.  I usually didn't have the right amount of cash on me so short of writing myself a check each week, it just wasn't practical.

How To Save Money With the $5 Method

But, I still wanted to save money so I wracked my brain and came up with a different way to do it.

Monday, January 2, 2017

My Kids' 2017 New Year's Resolutions

I asked my kids what their New Year's Resolutions were.

They looked at me with blank expressions and turned back to playing with their new toys.

Soooo, being the awesome mom I am, I helped them out a little.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Setting Goals for 2017

Let's talk New Year's Resolutions and how easy it is to keep them all year long.


Scratch that.  I'm not doing New Year's Resolutions anymore.  Instead, I'm going in a slightly different direction.

Setting Goals for 2017 plus a free printable to track your own goals!

I'm setting goals for 2017.  I'm not sure why, but a goal seems more achievable than a resolution.

So here goes...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Easy No-Bake Sin Bars Recipe

These easy no-bake sin bars are Hubby's favorite dessert, and they're so easy to make even though they have three layers.  The only problem I have with making them is that I really like them too and low-calorie they are not!

Easy No-Bake Sin Bars Recipe

Monday, December 12, 2016

What Is a Spoonie?

You may be wondering why I named my blog Sunshine and Spoons.  I gave a brief explanation here, but decided it was time to go into a little more detail on the "spoons" part of it.

You see, I am a spoonie.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Unboxing My ChronicAlly Box

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. 

Unboxing My ChronicAlly Box

I've been hearing a lot about subscription boxes with various themes; crafts, Christian living, pets, clothes, etc.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dress for Christmas With Gymboree

This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thank you for helping me keep this blog going!

They may hate me for it when they get older, but I love dressing my kids in matching or coordinating outfits.  And seriously, Christmas is the BEST time to do that.

Which is why I love the fact that Gymboree makes it easy to shop for coordinating outfits for siblings so easy and fun. 

To inspire you, I put together complete outfits for each of my kids.  Since I have four of them to dress, you'll probably see most of the Gymboree Christmas pieces here...