On Joining My First Affiliate Network

Monday, February 1, 2016

If you came here looking for my usual "where is my life going/why am I so lost/everything is garbage" Monday post I've become so fond of lately, you're not getting it!

Not today. Because today is February 1st and I'm in a good mood. We made it through another January and that feels like a victory to me.

I'm in the type of mood where I walk around with a dopey ass smile on my face while wearing a dainty little sequin heart sweater I bought in the childrens section at Target!  So take that, mean preteen boys who called me pancakes and bug-bites in middle school! I still get to buy $15 sweaters made for children.


I didn't even know I was the type of person to wear a sweater with a heart on it until I did. And now I might order a few more because they make me feel jolly.

And speaking of clothing stuff, I'll go ahead and address what a few of you already mentioned last week and that's the fact that after eight years of blogging, I've finally joined my first affiliate network.

*For non-bloggers: an affiliate network means that when you click on something a blogger has linked the blogger will get a commission if you make a purchase. 

Right? I think so. As most of you can probably tell I'm not extremely savvy with this type of thing, thus the reason it's taken me 100 years to finally figure it all out.

So when I link something on my Instagram and you see "@liketoknow.it #liketkit" ext ext, I'm not just doing that to make you roll your eyes. I'm doing that so if you see something you want and you "like" the photo, you'll get an email sent to you with the direct link to the product. But in order to get those emails you first have to sign up at LIKEtoKNOW.it

As it turns out, a few of you really don't like LIKEtoKNOW.it. And that's fine, I get it. When it first came out I didn't really like it either. But then I realized if I didn't sign up for the emails, it didn't matter anyway.

So I guess my thought is this, if you want the ease of getting links sent directly to you rather than searching for an item you see that you like, sign up. If you don't want the emails, then carry on as normal.

My goal for 2016 isn't to become Jenny Fashion Blogger. (Or maybe it is!) But I seemed to have found myself in the world of creating t-shirts and sweatshirts so taking more style friendly photos goes along with the territory. Also yes, I won't deny I'm getting some jollies off the stupid faces/poses/pics I've recently been taking. It's all in good fun, anyway. #bloglife.



It's good to do things that make you uncomfortable, right? So if that means standing in my alley two feet from a dumpster while Chris snaps pics and says things like, "your hands are being weird," and "you're probably not going to like this one," and "just be a person." Well than so be it.

2016 is weird and wonderful already.

What do you think of affiliate networks? More specifically RewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it? All things aside, I have to say I think it's pretty cool RewardStyle was started by a woman my age. Yes to more powerful women running huge companies.

21 comments:

  1. I'm technically a member of a couple of affiliate networks but I literally haven't done a single thing with any of them. I probably should start...

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    1. I know there's a lot of good ones! I was just too lazy to ever get started. But I Finally decided to get things going this year!

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  2. Ok so this is why so many people have liketoknowit at the end of instagrams! lol - I had no clue :D

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  3. I think it's awesome! You need money for your wedding girl! I'm all about fellow bloggers figuring out how to monetize their work to support themselves, especially if it helps them keep on doing what they're doing!

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  4. Welcome to the club! Haha I've been part of rS since the end of 2013, but I haven't yet made enough to get paid, but I also haven't put much effort into it, which I've been trying to change lately. I also really like it as a consumer because it is a handy way to find out where I can get products, and it's not forcing me to buy anything, nor does it cost me extra if I do make a purchase. I'm all about ladies supporting ladies!

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  5. Way to go! I've been wanting to join RStyle but I don't think my Instagram is big enough yet.

    Her Heartland Soul
    Herheartlandsoul.com

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  6. It's about time! Affiliate networks are great and rS is definitely my favorite. Bloggers put a lot of work into sourcing items, putting together outfits, doing photo sessions, writing posts, and maintaining their websites, so it makes total sense to get paid for all of that effort. Plus, I love being able to know exactly where I can get an item that I see in an Instagram!

    Heather
    Pineapples and Pearls

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  7. I don't have any style. Most of the affiliate programs I'm a part of have to do with technology or coffee. Fashion? I have no clue.

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  8. I didn't like 'liketoknowit' at first. If I saw a cute outfit on IG I just wanted to know who made it. But then I realized by liking the pic and getting the email that sends me DIRECTLY to the item, it was way easier than trying to find it myself. I've actually bought several things from it. However- THIS IS WHAT I HATE (and likely won't pertain to you): when I like a post cause I see an adorable dress or top or something, only to get the email and see that shit is like $600. Um, no. Now I'm just sad. (Insert Bridesmaids "HELP ME I'M POOR" meme here)

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  9. I have a hard time figuring out how like to know it works. But I think I'm going to investigate further because it sounds awesome!

    elainea
    toast the girl almighty

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  10. I don't mind it at all--shit, I'm addicted to online shopping. This kind of fuels it-so bring it on.

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  11. Ha! My husband says the same things when we take photos

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  12. I totally agree - if you don't like it, don't join. With that being said, I JUST signed up to receive emails from liketoknow.it but sometimes I am just liking a picture just to like it and that's just one more email I have to delete. BTW I am totally heary-eyed emoji over that brunch shirt!

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  13. I totally agree - if you don't like it, don't join. With that being said, I JUST signed up to receive emails from liketoknow.it but sometimes I am just liking a picture just to like it and that's just one more email I have to delete. BTW I am totally heary-eyed emoji over that brunch shirt!

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  14. I love liketoknow.it, and most of the time i don't even know that it's linked cause i just like a photo to like it. Then it's a pleasant surprise when I get an email later in the day.

    I love your blog, and your instagram photos. Everything. You're just awesome!

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  15. I like to have a purse on with my fashion pictures so I can like hold onto a strap or something, one less hand to do awkward poses with ;-)

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  16. I'm still torn as to whether or not I like LiketoKNOW.it. I certainly like getting the emails telling me where your stuff is from, but I also really like when people just tag the brand so I can go right to their site instead of checking my email. I'm getting used to it though. We'll see if I start to like it enough to start doing it on my own posts.

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