Are you looking for affiliate programs for fitness bloggers? Here are 25 programs to get you started.
When I started blogging, I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. There are so many ways to make money blogging and I wanted to know about all of them. Not only that, but I wanted to master all of them.
That was back when I didn’t have a fitness blog – just a mommy blog without any real focus. I quickly learned that some types of monetization are tougher than others to master. I also learned that some online income streams are most appropriate for certain types of blogs. Furthermore, I learned that I prefer some types of monetization over others.
Affiliate marketing is one of my favorite ways to earn because it’s a little more passive than selling your own products. (Plus, you don’t have to create your own products!) You can earn money while you’re away from your blog and once you’ve set yourself up, your income has the potential to “snowball.” While it’s not the only way I like to earn, there’s something for everyone in affiliate marketing. Plus, affiliate programs for fitness bloggers are abundant. 😉
Note: This post contains affiliate links. For more information see my legal page.
Why is Affiliate Marketing Important?
I’ve worked with several personal trainers who were just scraping by financially. In fact, the average annual income for a personal trainer in the U.S. is about $33,000. (Not much!) These trainers I worked with knew that they might be able to use a website and social media to earn more money, but they didn’t know how. I had experience blogging and making money online, so when I became a personal trainer, I KNEW that I’d use my blog to boost my income.
Since I’m currently 8 months pregnant with baby #2, my blog has become extremely important to me. I know that I won’t be in the position to train clients in person for at least a year. But I still need to make money. Enter the blog.
People everywhere are using blogs and social media to earn money online. I personally made about $900/month on my last blog, before committing to fitness and becoming a personal trainer. So I know it can be done, and finding affiliate programs for fitness bloggers was at the top of my to-do list when I started this blog. I’ve even started to see some money trickle in on this blog already. (Read about that here.)
Here to Help Fitness Bloggers, Health Coaches, & Other Goal-Crushers
I’ve already had several people ask me about how to use their blog to make money online. These people have been personal trainers, health coaches, and regular people who want to blog about their fitness or weight loss journey. So Ironwild Fitness is partially about my own fitness journey as I venture into the worlds of postpartum weight loss and personal training. But it’s also meant to be a resource for other bloggers or business owners. The goal is to help you earn extra income, too! Part of that would be helping you find affiliate programs for fitness bloggers.
If you’re new to the world of blogging, here are a few posts to get your started.
- How to Start a Health, Food, or Fitness Blog
- Introduction to Blogging for Fitness Professionals
- How to Make Money Blogging (Fitness Related or Not)
- How I’m Using My Blog to Reach My Fitness Goals (& Make Money!)
What is Affiliate Marketing?
In affiliate marketing, you, the blogger are the “middle man.” It’s similar to word-of-mouth marketing, where you tell friends and family about products you like. Only with a blog, you tell your readers about products you like or suggest. You can use regular links, banner ads, Pins on Pinterest, and more.
In each affiliate program and for each product you tell your readers about, you’ll receive a special link that tracks clicks from your site. When your readers make a purchase using one of your links, that special link keeps track using cookies (think Hanzel and Gretel) and you receive a commission. It’s classic marketing – just online.
There are affiliate programs for almost everything, meaning that you can get a commission for telling people about your favorite jeans, tea, craft supplies, etc. But you’re here for affiliate programs for fitness bloggers, so let’s list some of those…
Affiliate Programs for Fitness Bloggers & Health Coaches
Many affiliate programs are housed and managed by bigger companies. Ex: The Jillian Michaels program is managed within shareasale.com. You must join SAS first, then join the programs you want to share links for.
Share A Sale
The American Council on Exercise (for certifications)
The Color Run
Supplement RX (My favorite protein powder & supplements.)
Amazon (A great program because you can promote ANYTHING in their marketplace)
How to Join an Affiliate Program
Joining a big affiliate program like ShareASale would be my first step, but there are others out there. (LinkShare/Rakuten, PepperJam, CJ are a few.) It’s nice to be part of one of these programs because they manage and house many of your smaller programs and you get paid from one source. There are literally hundreds of programs managed within these big programs.
However, some companies have independent affiliate programs. If they do, you’ll find information about their programs under “partners” or “affiliates” at the bottom of their website page or on their site map. So let’s say that your favorite protein powder isn’t part of a big program – you’ll have to apply on your own or contact someone within the company to find out about their program.
How to Implement Your Affiliate Links
Every affiliate program has a different commission structure and varying offers, but they still work about the same.
You can put your affiliate links to work as regular links on your blog, in your emails to readers, or anywhere on social media. The only thing you have to do is make sure that readers know that you’re an affiliate each time you post.
The rules about doing this are a little bit ambiguous, but the first thing you’ll need is a disclosure policy somewhere on your blog. I have a legal page that explains how I advertise, then I also have a notice in my sidebar for Amazon. I also include a note about affiliate links in every post that uses them before the link. That’s pretty standard in blogging.
When you post affiliate links on social media, you must use #ad at the very LEAST with each link. When I have an affiliate Pin, I usually add #affiliate or #ad, and sometimes write out a very long description that says something like this,
“This is an affiliate link. If you choose to purchase via my link, I may receive a commission. Thank you for your support!”
(I have yet to find definitive information about how to disclose affiliate links from the FTC, but better safe than sorry.)
Good luck! Let me know your experiences with affiliate programs below!