how to earn $1000 a month selling my books on your blog (plus a sugar-free almond butter fudge recipe)

Posted on January 24th, 2013

You might not be aware of this, but each month more than 300 people out there on the interweb are earning extra cash – up to $1000 a month – by sharing the I Quit Sugar message among their readers. Some of you have been asking how this affiliates set-up works. And how you can do the same. So I’ll share. I’m also taking a little moment to thank the affiliates out there who’ve supported me over the past year or so.

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This is a sugar-free creamy almond butter freezer fudge from Megan at Detoxista’s site. Her efforts have made her the top affiliate last month.

From time to time I like to give gifts to the most enthusiastic affiliates – last month the sleek Maria at Scandi Foodie was that enthused person (thank you thank you!) and I am sending over $500 worth of vouchers and prizes to say…thank you thank you! Check out how she does it so well here. And also scroll down below to see how a couple of other affiliates are doing it…in a way that’s helpful and effective and not…sell-in-ish. If you know what I mean.

Firstly, what IS an affiliate program?

A clever way for you to take part in spreading the sugar-free message with me. If you liked the ebook/s,  share your thoughts on it/them with your readers, and I’ll help you make some money for your efforts.

Can anyone be an affiliate?

Yep! You can. You can run your affiliates through your website, as well as a newsletter, magazine, put it in your email auto-signature, or share on your social media sites.

What do you get?

For my affiliate program, 30% commission on every sale that goes through your site. This means you make $8.70 on the bundle deal (both ebooks in one), $4.50 on the I Quit Sugar: an 8-week program, $5.70 for I Quit Sugar Cookbook. You can also make $3.60 on the I Quit Sugar Christmas Meal Plan.

Some helpful tricks for selling to your readers…

I really recommend sharing not selling. That is, tell your readers what you really reckon about my ebooks. Be honest. Not Pyramid sell-ish.

The easiest way is by writing a review of the ebook on your site. It’s always best that you read the books first – affiliates work via genuine recommendations. Readers can “smell” inauthenticity. Trust me. Then tweet, facebook etc your post.

You could also email the information to your contacts. Or include advertisements for the affiliate on your website. Or, any other clever way you can think of to include the affiliate link!

The best way to make the most out of being an affiliate is by actively engaging your readers, explaining the ebook, and getting people motivated. Share how you found things, what happened for you. Be personal. No hard sell, just clever helpful stuff for your readers. Here are some stellar examples of how it’s being done:

Kate over at Kate Quit Sugar did a few posts geared at helping her readers (check out some of her posts while you’re clicking over!). First, a review of the I Quit Sugar: an 8-week program.

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Then a review of the I Quit Sugar Cookbook here.

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Kate also runs affiliate ads down the right hand side of her page. Another clever way to maximise the affiliate.

And then Megan from Detoxinista‘s post:

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Also followed up by a second clever post here:

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One other thing

I like to be upfront and very clear about everything I do on this site and recommend this to everyone. When you do an affiliates post, you might like to find some nice wording to let people know you will be making money from it and that it’s not just a random review. Your readers will appreciate this. As an FYI, It’s actually law in the US to disclose affiliate links.

If you’re not happy to be so upfront, you might like to include it in your terms and conditions statement. Either way, it’s important to cover it off. If you want to have a read about how I go about this kind of thing, click here.

And if you missed it above, here is Detoxinista’s sugar-free creamy almond butter freezer fudge recipe!

If you’re keen to become an affiliate, and make some money selling my ebooks, you can find all the details here. Or post your questions below and Jo and I will answer them as best we can. 

* And stay tuned for some Australia Day long weekend discounts!

 

Posts on sarahwilson.com may contain links to sponsors and affiliates with the capacity to receive monetary compensation, which helps to support the growth and development of this site. Giveaways are sponsored promotions and will always be stated as such on the post. Books, eBooks and other products that align with my site and ethos may potentially be accepted for review, but please respect my desire not to clutter my life with “stuff” before you send your wonderful product or press release. I am not a medical professional; rather, a wellness advocate, therefore anything written by myself on this site is my own (researched) opinion and not advice from a trained doctor. Here is a full breakdown of my position on sponsored posts and advertising. (link on the words “my position on sponsored posts and advertising” sarahwilson.com/2012/11/soul-selling-my-position-on-sponsored-posts-advertising/)

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  • http://www.takechargenow.com.au Becc

    Thanks Sarah, I have had this on my to do list for, well too embarrassingly long. It is a timely reminder to get my butt into gear and get your affiliate link up and running.
    Great that you gave advice on how to get the best out of the affiliate link program.
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

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    Nicole Phillips Reply:

    Hey Becc,

    Were you able to get yours working? When I signed up for the e-junkie affiliate program everything went smoothly until I got to the affiliate admin page and then I can’t select a product to promote. Did you have this problem?

    Nicole

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    Dani @ fitness food and style Reply:

    Yes me too! I am super keen to get this up and running on my blog as well but the html codes are just not doing what they are supposed to. Pity that, it must be the person driving it!!! I am so hopeless with technology :-(

    XxDani

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    Sarah @ My First Little Place Reply:

    Me too Dani, I thought I was a bit tech savvy though but I can’t get it to connect to my blog!

    Coconut Health & Healing Reply:

    I’m having trouble too girls. Can’t get through. grr!!

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    Christie Reply:

    Totally me too! I’m glad I’m not the only one. Hopefully Sarah or someone else will see all our comments and sort it all out. I get all the way up until copying the code for my blog, but the link never takes you anywhere ?!?!

  • http://www.secretsocietea.com Secret Societea

    Hi Sarah,
    What I love about your site is that you are upfront and honest. And I think the affiliate program is a great way to keep spreading the word.

    Keep up the great work x

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  • Jess

    Can we buy the book in bookshops as of today?

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    sure can

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    Jess Reply:

    Just bought my copy from About Life in Bondi! Beautiful photos and layout, can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I must be the only person in Sydney who hasn’t quit sugar yet! I have quit alcohol and coffee though, which is a huge start. Congrats on the book!

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  • http://hailtothenihilist.wordpress.com Hail To The Nihilist

    Thanks for being so open about your desire to promote the books. Do you still feel that you do not have a vested interest in the anti-sugar movement?

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I totally have a vested interest – I sell books. My point is that I’m open about this. It’s not hidden. I don’t come out and talk about the effects of sugar without mentioning that I sell ebooks.

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  • Ian

    Once again sowing goodness, Sarah… amazing how much an affiliate can earn…

    Fabulous example for others to replicate.

    Bravo!

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  • http://www.lucytravers.com Lucy

    Hi Sarah,

    Does this apply to international blogs? I’m Australian but currently living in NYC. Would love to be an affiliate (my blog is currently being built and is not yet live). Is this possible given I am not in Australia?

    Thanks!

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  • http://www.katequitsugar.com Kate Harris

    Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for mentioning my little piece of the internet.

    I love the affiliate program not only because I get a little bit of money (who doesn’t love to splurge on some new shoes every now and again!) but also because I get to talk about what really changed my attitude and outlook towards food and my health. Honestly quitting sugar was the turning point for me to evaluate the food I was eating and begin fresh. It was the first step in my journey to health and wellness.

    I plan on writing a post about how I set up my blog and used it to get a little shoe money! Love it Sarah, keep up the amazing work, keep changing minds about the benefits of taking control of your own health!

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  • http://influidflow.com/ Life, streamlined

    This sounds like a great idea Sarah – my blog is new, but you have to start somewhere eh?!

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  • Frankie

    I thought IQS would be getting its own platform in 2013? So those of us who enjoy other elements of your website would not be constantly getting bombarded with your marketing?

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    It’s only January….

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  • http://www.lifeplusrunning.com Calee

    I would love to be an affiliate! This sounds awesome. Sign me up.

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  • http://www.theorganicstore.com.au Amanda Bromley

    Sarah – will be in touch soon, very keen – about to launch The Organic Store website end of February, been a fan of yours for a long time….. Amanda x

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  • Nerida

    Just keep up your good work Sarah. It is very much appreciated.

    I am trying anatabine (not the trading name – no advertisements here) which is showing some good reviews as a powerful anti-inflammatory for hashimotos. I will let you know how it goes. Numbers are up in the 1000s at the moment. Best wishes

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  • http://Holistichealthandbeauty Yvette Sinclair

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m Yvette from holistic health and beauty. I would love to so this!! How can I get started!

    http://www.facebook.com/Www.holisticbnut.com.au

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  • http://www.dennisselisseth.com Dennisse Lisseth

    I can’t seem to find on your website where to get a link in order to be an affiliate. Can you please point me in the right direction?

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  • Ness

    Hi Sarah

    This yummy Creamy Almond Butter Freezer Fudge that you said was sugar free actually has raw honey in it, which I always though contains fructose. Can you please confirm, because if it doesnt, I’d be so happy to put honey back on my food list, as I had been totally avoiding it cause I thought it was off the IQS list.

    Thanks!
    Ness

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  • http://doiabelle.blogspot.com Amy

    Creamy Almond Butter Freezer Fudge (stevia & rice malt syrup version) is in the freezer ‘cooking’! Can’t wait to try it :P
    Also am excited to link up with the affiliate program when I get a few hours on the weekend to give my blog a bit of an update!

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  • http://www.fabnannies.com.au Kristy

    Can you please advise how I take the next step to become an affiliat?

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  • http://www.nicolejeanentte.com Nicole Phillips

    Hello! I’d LOVE to become an affiliate, but I signed up and after I went to the affiliate admin page, I can’t select your book at all. When I click the dropdown arrow, nothing happens. Can you please help? Thanks!

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    Dani @ fitness food and style Reply:

    Same here babe. I am sure they are working very hard on this especially with this amazing offer this weekend!!!! Work your magic Sarah Wilson and team. Love your work! XxDani

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  • http://www.fitnessfoodandstyle.blogspot.com.au Dani @ fitness food and style

    Love this!!! This will work hand in hand with my blog, FB and IG challenge next month!! I have over 12,000 followers and I never gave it a thought to make a little $ on the side for me and our little family of 6!!! Thank you so much Sarah xx

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  • Kathy

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m interested in starting a sugar free lifestyle. I eat clean meals but then my love of a ‘sweet treat’ always lets me down. I’m concerned about one thing though, I have a nut allergy, do a lot of your recipes contain nuts? Can I substitute them for something different? I really want to purchase your book, but want to make sure I can eat all of the recipes!
    Thanks,
    Kathy

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  • Lauren B

    Hi Sarah!

    I bought your bundle book deal and just finished my 8th week of quitting sugar! It’s amazing how little I crave sugar now and how big stacks of cookies and a table full of cakes and pies doesn’t do much for me anymore!

    Question though: I continue to feel very bloated all the time and I’ve cut back on gluten, maybe 70% less than what I used to eat. Sometimes I worry if it’s the dairy, or maybe the increase in fat (healthy fats, of course), or maybe something else? What are your thoughts on this?

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  • samantha joy

    i was uhmming and ahhing about buying your book and then i saw the australia day special… and i was sold! i can’t wait to read the books :)

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  • http://beccibird.blogspot.com Becci

    Great idea to spread the word with a little incentive. Not that I’ve needed an excuse to spread the word. I’ve been telling everyone how much weight I lost in the first 3 weeks. I started about 6 weeks before Christmas but fell very heavily off the wagon over the holidays. Now back to work and will begin again. Would love to become an affiliate
    but will do so after a few weeks of going back on the IQS program.

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  • Sharon

    Sadly I missed out on the Australia Day special as the page suggested that you need a computer to download the books and all I have at home is an iphone so I couldn’t take advantage of the bundle offer.

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  • http://www.Ingredientsofwellness.com Angie

    Sarah, what a great offer. Thanks for the opportunity. I started my blog this month (www.ingredientsofwellness.com) and was looking for affiliate that I connect with and provide the same message as what I am trying to portray. I am a graduate of a wonderful Masters of Wellness program out of RMIT and am keen to keep researching, writing about and sharing wellness, hence the reason for the blog. You have been one of my favorite bloggers for a while now, so much so that I became a quite sugar convert pretty quickly. The affiliate link gives me the opportunity to talk about my own experiences on your program and about this the wellness benefits of life without sugar / fructose. I am also a rep for Miessence, some products of which I know you endorse.
    thanks again, love what you do

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  • Cat

    That fudge recipe is yum! I swapped honey for RMS and used a tspn of natvia.

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  • http://weekendsxp.com nitika

    hello sarah,
    I would love to be a affiliate but have few ques first that if i help you made a sale for one of your book then how would you come to know that the sale has been made through me (or my website).

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