How to Make Money with Pet Products and Affiliate Programs

How to Make Money With Pet Products

We love our pets, don’t we? And, most of us are eager to make a little extra money from home with a side hustle. So, I found the idea of learning how to make money with pet products and affiliate programs super intriguing.

There are a ton of excellent pet affiliate programs you can partner with. Combine those partnerships with a stunning blog of your own, and you can create a legitimate online business.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make that your reality!

So, pour another cup of coffee, grab a pen, and prepare to take some notes.

Affiliate Marketing: How to Make Money With Pet Products

In this online era, affiliate marketing is a booming $6 billion industry. Almost all online retailers increase the visibility of their products by partnering with affiliates. Suppliers of pet products are no exception to this rule.

Joining pet affiliate programs is free and starting your own pet blog is much easier and far more affordable than you might believe. Combine these factors, and we start to understand why becoming an affiliate marketer is such an attractive venture.

Are you worried about not having any experience?

I know that the lack of any prior experience is a concern for many people. But it shouldn’t be. Creating your own website is a very straightforward process that anyone can learn. It doesn’t require any specialized or technical skills. I network with thousands of people who started their online business as complete Internet newbies.

What is Affiliate Marketing and How Does it Work?

Firstly, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page regarding what affiliate marketing is and how it really works. A solid understanding of these concepts is critical because I see so much misinformation on the Internet.

The role of an affiliate marketer is to promote the products of other merchants. If your promotional efforts lead to a sale, you earn a commission. If you decide to promote pet products online and you join pet affiliate programs you will not be purchasing, storing, or shipping any products.

You will also not be processing any sales transactions. Instead, your job is to provide useful and relevant information for pet owners who may be interested in a variety of supplies. Your website will contain links to vendor sites that interested customers may follow to complete purchases.

The links on your website contain an embedded affiliate code. Vendors use affiliate codes to track the source of all customer leads. If a customer that you refer makes a purchase, the vendor will pay you an agreed-upon percentage of the selling price for your efforts.

Please take a look at the infographic below because sometimes a visual representation can really help.

What is Affiliate Marketing and How Does it Work

Most online sales transactions involve an affiliate. Affiliate marketing is a brilliant system for bringing together customers who need products and vendors who have products to sell.

Is there a demand for pet products?

According to the American pet products Association, Americans spent a staggering $66.75 billion on their furry, feathered, or finned friends in 2016. We adore our pets and treat them like children.

The demand for products that keep our pets comfy, safe, healthy, and entertained is vast. That scenario is unlikely to change anytime soon. In fact, studies show that pet spending is increasing by billions of dollars each year which makes becoming a pet product affiliate very attractive.

Hopefully, that all makes sense and sounds pretty good to you. Now, let’s talk about the next essential step in the process.

Choose A Niche

If you’re interested in making money with pet products one of your first steps will be to narrowly define your audience to limit your competition. From there, you can develop a website that provides solutions to particular problems.

For example, if you create a blog about all things dog-related your competition will be insurmountable. However, a blog focused on a much narrower topic like puppy training methods has a far better chance of standing out from the crowd.  Less competition means a better chance of ranking in the search engines.

Why?

Because fewer existing blogs are addressing the specific questions of this narrower market segment.


You can use a keyword research tool to identify and compile a list of relevant search terms that your potential audience is using when they seek answers to their burning questions. Jaaxy is the best keyword research tool I have found online for developing a list of low competition search phrases to target.

So, I jumped into Jaaxy and keyed in the phrase “how to train a Puppy.” And, here’s an image displaying my results.

Jaaxy Search Results

 

Keyword Searches - Puppy Training

I see some awesome keywords on this list! Focus on the column labeled QSR. QSR stands for quoted search results. It tells me how many other websites are currently targeting this specific keyword phrase. With a brand-new website, I like to target search phrases with less than 50 competing sites.

As you can see, I have a bunch of choices. Moreover, the first column in the table (labeled AVG) tells me that each of these phrases receives traffic every month. Finally, the last column in the table (labeled Brainstorm) suggests more stellar options that I can drill into and expand my content possibilities.

Can you see the power of this magnificent tool?

If I chose this niche, I could do some research and then write informative articles explicitly targeting these keyword phrases. Due to the small amount of competition, it would not be difficult for my quality articles to rank in Google. The search engines would then start sending free organic traffic to my website.

Once your website is attracting interested readers, you’re ready to monetize. You can join reputable pet affiliate programs and recommend puppy training resources and related pet products. You can also identify popular products within your niche and write helpful, descriptive product reviews.

Honest product reviews represent a valuable online service. Studies show that most consumers read product reviews before making a purchase decision.

You now have a viable online business that will gradually start earning a regular income. It won’t happen overnight because growing traffic and building customer relationships takes time. But with commitment and persistence, you can absolutely make this happen.

How to Start a Pet Blog to Promote Pet Products

Successful affiliate marketers need a blog to communicate with their niche target market and showcase their unique content. Interaction takes place in the comment section allowing bloggers to respond to further questions. This dialogue encourages loyal readers.

So, without further delay let’s delve into how to start a pet blog. Here are the four steps that are necessary to create a blog:

1) Brainstorm and acquire a domain name

2) Obtain Hosting

3) Install a blogging platform

4) Choose an attractive theme

Brainstorm and Acquire a Domain Name

Train Those PuppiesYour domain name must be registered and unique because it tells your readers where to find your site on the Web. I always purchase my domain names through SiteRubix, but there are many other registrars to choose from.

I decided to check out the availability of TrainThosePuppies.com, and it turns out that domain is available. You could purchase it from SiteRubix for $13.99 per year.

What are your thoughts on a great domain name?

Obtain Hosting

There are numerous web hosting providers available with the necessary servers to store your files and the ability to offer access to your site to your viewers. In making your choice, you will want to assess factors such as reliability, security, storage limitations, and the ability to handle your traffic as it grows.

One thing to be aware of is that many hosting providers are also able to supply domain names. That’s true in my case because SiteRubix is an all-inclusive platform.

Install a Blogging Platform

I highly recommend going with WordPress as your blogging platform. As the most popular platform on the Internet, WordPress offers amazing power and flexibility. Many hosting providers, including SiteRubix, offer one-click installation of WordPress.

Choose an Attractive Theme

Themes are just one of the superb features of WordPress. There are more than 2,800 free themes to choose from. You can make your site your own. Naturally, there are also many premium themes available, but I strongly suggest you go with a free theme to start. You can always change it later.

There you have it. Complete those four steps in less than five minutes and your new website will be live!

View the image below to see how these four steps can be completed in four mouse clicks using the SiteRubix platform.

How to Start a Pet Blog Using SiteRubix

Notice in the image above that SiteRubix lets you create a website on either a domain that you own or on a free domain. Ultimately, you will want your own domain to properly brand your business. However, why not try a free domain first to explore the WordPress environment before making a firm commitment?

SiteRubix is fully integrated into an online affiliate marketing training program called Wealthy Affiliate. I’ve been a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate for two years and can’t say enough positive things about the community.

They are the best training program in the online space. And, I invite you to read this post to get a complete picture of everything that Wealthy Affiliate Has to offer aspiring Internet marketers.

But please don’t take my word for that. With nothing more than an email address, you can join the platform as a Free Starter Member and explore the resources and training at your leisure. Build a free, hosted website and complete 10 video-based training modules to see if affiliate marketing is a good fit for you.

===>Click Here to Explore Wealthy Affiliates Offerings Now

To see an example of what the video-based training sessions are like, view the video below. This video will walk you through the process of creating a new website in real time.

Build a Website on SiteRubix

How to Find Pet Affiliate Programs

Now that you know how to start a pet blog and how to generate exceptional content ideas, you’re ready to seek out pet affiliate programs to partner with.

So, how do you find programs?

Here’s one approach you can readily use. You can get help and information from Google. Go to a Google Search Box and type in the following:

“puppy training methods” + affiliate

As of the date of this post, here are the top 3 programs returned by this query:

Pet Affiliate Programs - Google Results

You can now do your due diligence and investigate these organizations and their product offerings. And, there are far more vendors on the list, so you aren’t limited to these top results. This is just an illustration.

Partnering with Amazon is also a possibility in almost any niche. Amazon’s commission rates (at approximately 4%) are lower than most other programs. However, they do offer the benefit of being a household name with a reputation for fast delivery and good customer service.

Amazon has established trust amongst consumers which is not a factor to take lightly!

Summing Up

I sure hope you found this post on how to make money with pet products to be both interesting and informative. There is no doubt or question that affiliate marketing is an integral part of today’s world. It’s a legitimate and exciting path to earning a side income or even a full-time income on the Internet.

Thanks for joining me today and I wish you the very best as you pursue your goals. If you still have questions, please ask me in the comment section below. It will be my pleasure to respond to all questions!

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14 Comments on “How to Make Money with Pet Products and Affiliate Programs”

  1. I like the idea of a pet blog. I have actually toyed with this idea for a while, having two wonderful dogs of my own. I feel experienced in several areas and seems like a great niche for me. Do you know if most of the affiliates are thru CJ? I am not with them, nor do I desire to be for personal reasons. So this limits me on my choices for affiliates.

    1. Yes, I suspect there are some exceptional possibilities within the pet field. And, dogs rule in the US so a site crafted around specific dog topics is a great choice. Some affiliate programs in the industry, such as Petco, are managed by Commission Junction. But, there are a number of organizations that run their own affiliate programs. If you type “pet affiliate programs” into Google you will see a lengthy list.

      Good luck and thanks for commenting!

  2. It’s funny I am through WA too but found your site through a organic search looking to reconfirm my website niche as “doable”

    Anyways I like your site 🙂 I am glad I found it .

    1. Hi Christina,
      Thank you so much! I hope you’re finding WA as helpful and enjoyable as I am. I’m firmly convinced that any niche can be extremely profitable. We need only share an interest with others, connect with people in meaningful ways, and do our best to be helpful. You have an amazing pet site and I wish you all the best!

  3. I’m very interested in the pet niche and my biggest desire is to build a niche site about pet food. Thank you for taking the time on explaining the steps that I should follow in order to get my site up and running. I appreciate a lot also the fact that you mentioned the affiliate programs I may join for this specific niche. I’m a little bit worried if I will have success, as this niche is highly competitive, but It’s a niche in which I feel very competent, so I will give it a try.

    1. Hi Leo,

      Many niches are highly competitive but I don’t worry about that. I’m convinced that if you do your keyword research and focus on creating informative articles around queries that will draw targeted readers, you will ultimately achieve success. If you have an authentic interest and expertise to share on the topic, filling your site with quality content should not be difficult.

      Good luck and I hope you’ll pop back and give us some updates on your progress!

  4. I think this is a great idea! Combining a hobby with a way of making money must surely be the way to go. If you enjoy what you do, then you can hardly call it work. The question you asked about what makes a great domain name is an interesting one. Myself, I think it must be relevant to the niche you are in, and it should be memorable or even funny. 

    1. Hi Mark,

      Yes, I believe that finding something you love and can enjoy talking about endlessly is the key to success. I see too many folks choosing a niche solely because they’re sure it’s profitable. In my experience, any niche can be profitable. But you have to keep the momentum going and that’s often a function of passion for the topic.

      A memorable domain name will certainly help with branding and repeat readers. Some topics will lend themselves to a funny name and I think that’s true of the pet niche.

      Thanks for chiming in and sharing your ideas!

  5. Great post and good info!

    I knew that the pet industry is also growing along with other major ones, as you see how many cats and dogs are being bought.They need toys and lots of other supplies.

    My experience in it is quite good, as we already had a lot of pets, so that is a big advantage.

    But it is good you also mentioned you can do it without experience and you will learn it.

    Affiliate marketing is a huge market with a big potential, so don’t miss out!

    1. Hi Emmanuel,

      I’m convinced that a sincere interest, even fascination, in the topic of your website is key. Experience can be helpful but I believe we can develop expertise through research and exploration of the subject matter. Affiliate marketing does indeed have enormous potential. 

      It sounds like you’re ready to dive in. Good for you and I wish you well!

  6. Hi Linda. 

    You have an amazing blog. The very idea to combine together  such different things: the love of pets and the urge to help others to start their business online deserves respect and admiration.

    I have  two little kitty cats of my own, so you gave me a lovely idea  both to make a blog about them and start my online business for free.

     Thanks.

    1. Hi Alex,

      I’m glad I could inspire you. I love blogging and I hope you’ll enjoy a similar experience. The free Starter Membership at WA is something that everyone who has contemplated building a website should try. What a great learning experience with absolutely no risk whatsoever. 

      Please drop me a line if you decide to join WA and I’ll be happy to help. Good luck!

  7. Hey Linda,

    Amazing Article! l agree that all online business starts with a niche that you’re passion about. You have explained the whole affiliate marketing process in detail from how to pick a topic, build a website and monetize it via affiliate programs.

    I’m a puppy owner and love toying with them but it’s sometimes difficult to get what I want from the local pet store. Your idea of selling pet products via affiliate marketing has sparked my interest to set up an online affiliate marketing site to serve the local pet lovers, as well as internationally since the internet space is unlimited.

    I enjoyed reading your post and visiting your site with a lot of valuable info.

    Best wishes.

    1. Hi Zayn,

      The global nature of the Internet (not to mention the 24/7 availability) is very appealing, isn’t it? I ind myself doing more and more of my shopping online because of the convenience. And, the stats show that I’m not alone. The affiliate marketing field is exploding!

      I wish you well as you pursue an online business in the pet niche. Thanks for commenting and for your kind words about my site!

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