Affiliate programs for book blogs? Wait, what? Can book bloggers monetise their blogs through affiliate marketing? Are there any affiliate programs for Indian book bloggers?
These two are the most common questions I get in my affiliate marketing workshop. And to my immense happiness, the answer to both the questions is yes and yes. There are several affiliate programs for book bloggers, even for Indian book bloggers and a book blog can be monetised easily with affiliate marketing.
Let me explain.
Most of the book bloggers rely on sponsored posts and book reviews to monetise their blogs. Although it is a viable option, there are lots of if and buts involved in it. You are at the advertiser’ mercy and at times, they may offer kinds instead of payments.
However, if you want to scale up monetising your blog on books, you cannot ignore affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is easy and generates more revenue than ads or sponsored posts.
In this post, we are going to talk about 5 best affiliate programs for Indian book bloggers so that you can monetise your blog.
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How to choose affiliate programs for book blogs?
To succeed with affiliate marketing, you need a proper content strategy and the right affiliate programs for your blog.
To choose an affiliate program for book blogs, you to consider three things as mentioned in my previous post on choosing the right affiliate program.
- You need to understand your niche and your readers.
- You need to choose an affiliate program that suits your location and readers.
As book bloggers, you already have a blogging niche. But what about your readers? Before you choose an affiliate program for your book blog, consider what type of books your readers like to read. Do they prefer fictions or literary nonfictions? If they like fictions, what genre do they prefer?
If they prefer nonfictions, what type of book your readers like to read? You can get all these answers by going through your comment section or what book reviews get more shares/traffic and using your social media.
Once you promote books that your regular reads frequently, you will get more affiliate sales. So, while choosing an affiliate program for the book blog, you must choose a program that has books from your preferred genre.
Once you know who your readers are, it is easy to know where they live. Check your Google Analytics to know which country they live. The location of you and your readers is important when it comes to choosing an affiliate program for your blog.
You need to choose affiliate programs for book blogs that work in your readers’ location. For example, there are more than 50+ affiliate programs for book blogs available on the internet. Most of these affiliate programs are run by independent bookstores in the United States. Naturally, if you live in India and promote an affiliate program for your book blog that caters to only US audience, it will not work for you. You may out umpteen effort without yielding desired results. So, you need to choose an affiliate program that is effective in your region.
You also need to choose a program that has a good cookie period. Now, what is a cookie period? Cookie period is the duration of the validity period when someone clicks your affiliate link.
Except for Amazon, most of the affiliate program have good cookie period. It means if someone clicks your affiliate link on January 1st and does not buy but buys the book on February 1st, you still get paid. The longer the cookie period, the more chance you have to earn from the product.
I have sorted out 5 affiliate programs for book blogs that works in India. They offer good commission and have good cookie period. However, do check the terms and conditions of each program before you apply.
Disclaimer: The following affiliate programs are shared totally on educational purpose. I do not get any commission when you join them. Also, I do not play any role in approval or their terms and conditions.
5 affiliate programs for book blogs
eBooks is one of the largest and premier online marketplace that sells only eBooks. Naturally, it works anywhere in the world and for any genre. They have more than 1.7 million books that span both fiction and nonfiction.
Their affiliate program offers a commission of 8-15% based on the tier and has a cookie period of 45 days.
Audiobooks are slowly capturing the market and every day, more and more people are opting for audiobooks. If your readers love to listen to their favourite books, you can sign up for AudioBooks affiliate program. They offer a 15 days cookie period and different commissions based on the tier.
Ok, it is not a direct book affiliate program but as a book blogger, you can promote Audible membership on your blog. Audible is the audiobook section of Amazon books and they offer 10% royalty for both free trial and premium membership for Audible.
Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle eBooks
You can also promote Kindle Paperwhite devices and Kindle books on your book blog. Amazon offers 10% royalty for every Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle books you sell.
Amazon is the go-to place for any kind of affiliate program. It is also one of the best affiliate programs for book blogs. They offer 8% commission for books and have a cookie period of 24 hours. However, if the customer adds the product to the cart but doesn’t buy the right way, Amazon extends the cookie period to 90 days. (Source)
I hope you these affiliate programs for book blogs will help you to monetise your blog. I share how to develop a content strategy, how to write an affiliate post and more than 100 affiliate programs for bloggers in my latest book YOUR FIRST $100. Check it out!
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