That was when I decided to join Shopify and open a Shopify Store (mymollydoll-2.myshopify.com, mymollydoll.myshopify.com). Only one problem, I had no items to sell in the Store. That is when I started researching Affiliate Programs Online and the various ways to gain access to Stores already existing Online and sell their items from my Blogs and Websites, and earn a commission or percentage. That is when I started applying to Affiliate Programs. Two great Affiliate Programs are Shareasale and Commission Junction. I am a Member of both organizations. However, once you join you must apply individually to each Brand you wish to represent and sell products from. That’s the not so easy part. Every Brand has their own set of requirements, and listed criteria they are looking for from their Affiliate Marketers to join their Programs.
Luckily after applying to a few Brands I found Zindigo (shops.zindigo.com/mymollydoll). At Zindigo you can open up your own store on Facebook and on the Web and sell items from their Store in your own Zindigo Store and earn a commission from those sales. That’s great I thought, but then how do you drive sales. That’s where the importance of Blogging comes into play. The majority of my Web Traffic to my Shop is from Ads posted on my Twitter Blog, without which would be hard to get customers to come to my Store. Which is why Shopify is so helpful, because through Shopify you can list your items Online so that it shows up individually in a Google Search under the search terms that you input. In the same way, sometimes Affiliate Marketers will turn to ebay to sell their items, in a higher traffic zone, and listed among many like products to get more people to view and potentially buy their product.
Fast forward, it is now July. I am still in the same place, a few steps along, but re-applying to Affiliate Programs I applied to back in March, because unprepared as a Fashion Blogger, with the Following, Traffic, and Content they were looking for. It took me some time, but I finally learned how to use Wordpress. I think that will be the Blog that I apply with, my main website (mymollydoll.wordpress.com). And listed as supporting Websites from which to sell, I will share my Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Polyvore, and Weebly accounts information with them, to explain how I plan to drive traffic to my Blog and/or drive traffic to the point of sale which is their Website, or a Website I have created from which purchases from that store can be made. -That is the one thing I have yet to figure out. How to place items in my Shopify Store and create a button that sends them back to the main Store, like is done with Pinterest buy buttons. I’ll have to inquire.
Good News is that since applying I am now an Ambassador to 5 Organizations which I am proud to represent: (1) Shopify Affiliates (2) Amazon Associates (3) Zindigo Ambassador (4) Sol Theory Ambassador; and (5) LUCLUC Affiliate. With the exception of Sol Theory, I had to apply to these organizations individually and receive approval first prior to being admitted to their Affiliate Programs. Sol Theory luckily found me on Instagram and asked if I would like to be one of their Ambassadors, I gladly accepted. Similarly, Sassique scouted me on Tumblr at mymollydoll.tumblr.com and Twitter at @lesliefischman - recognized as among the Top Bloggers they have seen and asked to be one of their Style Curators. I have just signed up and look forward to contributing to the content on their Website, citing to sources (looks) that I save on my Pinterest Daily, and plan to do additional research online via other Web Channels.
For anyone currently struggling, learning Affiliate Marketing and how to start their own Business Online, you’re not alone. For many people who are just beginning in Tech, building Websites is not easy, and applying for, gaining access to Ads, and placing the Ads on your Websites is no easy task either. But stay on top of it and don’t give up, I promise you, you only get better at these steps over time, and soon enough you’ll be building Websites with ease, not confused about where to go for what, and seizing every opportunity you have to earn a living thru your Websites and the items that you sell on your Websites. Two great Ad Programs to go through are Google Adsense, and Wordpress who has their own built in Ads that come in a package upon purchasing your Website or Domain, I highly suggest both Programs.
If you have any questions along the way or need help getting started just search Affiliate Marketing on Google, like I have, and read all the articles. Shopify has some great Articles too about starting your own Business Online. Good luck ... I hope this helps!