Vanilla Dragonfruit Protein Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Vanilla Dragonfruit Protein Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

photo credit: Emily Schoof

Protein shakes are my go-to daily lunch, mostly because of their convenience, but it helps that they taste like dessert 😉 . You get an entire balanced and healthy meal in 2 minutes in the form of a tasty shake. Health, convenience and deliciousness… it’s a win-win-win for busy mamas.

But sometimes you just wanna eat something, ya know? And smoothie bowls are basically the same thing as the shakes I make, just with the liquid/solid ratio adjusted a bit for a more “spoonable” experience.

Add some crunchy toppings and you’ve got yourself an easy go-to on days when you don’t feel like drinking your lunch through a straw 😉.

So with that in mind, give this delicious recipe a try for breakfast or lunch!

Vanilla Dragonfruit Protein Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

  • 2 scoops Arbonne vanilla protein
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/3 cup frozen pink dragonfruit
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Just add all ingredients to your blender or Nutribullet and blend. Top with your faves! Pictured here is puffed quinoa, toasted, coconut flakes, coconut yogurt and berries. Yum!

 

Why I Love Arbonne Protein

In the world of protein powders, you have a lot of options. There’s whey, casein, soy, egg, rice, hemp and other plant-based sources.

Each of these have their pros and cons depending on your goals and ideals (weight loss, muscle gain, weight maintenance, health, sourcing, etc.).

When choosing a protein supplement, you’ll want to make sure your protein has a complete amino acid profile as well as taking a good look at the ingredients to make sure they’re contributing to – and not hurting – your overall health.

 

With that in mind, here’s why I choose Arbonne’s protein:

  • 100% Vegan: Contains no whey or casein (which can be hard to digest and can cause abdominal discomfort and gas)
  • 20 grams of Complete Protein: Many plant-based protein powders are not considered “complete” because they only use one source of protein. By combining protein from pea, brown rice and cranberry, Arbonne’s protein delivers a complete amino acid profile
  • Bonus nutrients: additional nutrients like vitamin B12 and Folate give me even more health benefits
  • Soy-free: I like to steer clear of soy whenever possible because of its negative impacts on health
  • Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Cruelty-free: All the -frees 😉
  • Tastes amazing: If you’ve ever tried protein powders before, then you know that most of them taste nasty. They’re either too grainy, or too artificial tasting, or too nasty. Lol. I seriously look forward to my Arbonne shakes every day because they really taste that good.

You can grab a bag of Arbonne vanilla protein here on my website. They have Chocolate and Chai flavors too 😋

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First 9 Steps to a Money-Making Blog for Total Beginners (in Just 2 Hours a Day)

First 9 Steps to a Money-Making Blog for Total Beginners (in Just 2 Hours a Day)

“Spending my free time sharing what I’m passionate about and getting paid to do it really sucks”… SAID NO ONE EVER. And that’s pretty much what you’re getting yourself into when you decide to start blogging seriously.

Is it a lot of work? Yes. Is it head-bangingly frustrating at times? Yes. Does it mean that you’ll probably have to sacrifice some of your Netflix and Facebook-scrolling time? Yep.

But it is also extremely fulfilling, rewarding and fun! Plus, if you follow the right plan (ahem, see below), you can save yourself a ton of time chasing “blogging tips” and actually start to make an impact on others’ lives and an income for yourself and your family as soon as possible. It’s a pretty great gig. But you’re already here so I probably don’t need to convince you of that!

But before we dive into this detailed 9-step plan, I need to tell you quickly WHY I wrote it, and I can do it in two words: information overload.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, when you start to Google around about how to start a blog and make money, you come head-on to a huge and heavy brick wall called “information overload”. Articles on how to start, what to write, how to write, headlines, tech, design, hosting (what’s that?!), SEO (what’s that?!), alt tags and algorithms and plugins (what the heck are all those??!!!) and before you know it your brain hurts and you just want to curl up on the couch and eat chips and watch Lifetime and never look at a computer screen again.

It’s all just too much, and it scares people away from doing something that is really quite easy, fun and lucrative. The thing is, you don’t need to know it all right now. You just need to know the basics, the right framework for getting started on the right foot.

In my network marketing business, we have a saying that “Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice” which basically just means get over yourself and get started, even if you don’t know all the steps ahead of you yet. But I’ll do you one better: I’ll give you the first 9 steps you should take after you’ve decided to start a money-making blog so you don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t matter right now. If you do these things first, in order, you’ll have set the foundation for a strong and profitable blog that will be a joy to work on.

And that’s why I wrote this post. I recommend you read/skim this guide in it’s entirety first so you get a clear big-picture overview, then start back at the beginning and actually follow along and do the work step-by-step. You can also download this entire guide for free as a PDF so you can access it anytime. Okay, let’s dive in!

Step 1: Treat This Like a Business From Day 1

A “sometimes” blog is a hobby blog, which is fine, but it won’t make you money. This doesn’t mean you have to spend 40+ hours a week on it, but it DOES mean you have to schedule hard, non-negotiable time into your calendar to work on your blog.

10 hours a week is a great start, scheduled in 30, 60, or 90-minute time blocks. This might mean you have to wake up an hour earlier or sacrifice your evening Netflix habit to make it work, but the time has to come from somewhere.

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Action Step: Schedule 10 hours each week into your calendar in 30, 60, or 90-minute time blocks.

Step 2: Decide WHO You Want to Write To/For

Before your write a single word on your blog, you should decide who you’re going to be writing to. In blogging and online marketing, this is typically called your “Avatar” (this will come in handy when you choose your blog name in the next step).

In the beginning, you might just have a vague idea, and that’s okay, but the earlier you can narrow this down, the better since it will help you create the most relevant and helpful content for your readers.

Think about who could benefit from what you’ll teach. This doesn’t mean you have to be a credentialed expert or have a prestigious degree on your topic! Just think about topics you’re passionate about, can’t stop talking about and naturally love sharing about and helping people with.

Oftentimes your Avatar will be YOU from one or two years ago. This is a little hack I learned from Ruth Soukup in her course, Elite Blog Academy (which teaches you EVERYTHING you’ll ever need to know about running a successful blog… more on that at the end).

No need to feign authority or act as if you know it all. Just be yourself, and share tips, advice, hacks and revelations you’ve learned along the way. We’ll talk more about creating content like this in Step #5.

Action Step: Spend 15-30 minutes writing a list of things you love talking and sharing about. This can be anything from parenting to yoga to business to weight loss to crafting to psychology to fitness to… well, you get the idea ;). You’ll probably have several things written down, but choose the one that sparks the most joy (yes, I’m a huge Marie Kondo fan).

Step 3: Install Your Blog on WordPress

When you start a new blog, there are many different options for which platform to use to write on. I’m going to save you a bunch of time, frustration and money down the line and just tell you which platform is the best: self-hosted WordPress**.

Ask around to any professional blogger and 99% of them will tell you they use self-hosted WordPress. It’s the most versatile and user-friendly of all the blogging platforms and is widely considered THE go-to for anyone who is serious about blogging.

Self-hosted WordPress is a free blogging platform, but you will need to pay for hosting to make your blog “live” on the internet. There are hundreds of hosting providers out there, but I use and recommend Siteground, because of their affordable pricing & freaking amazing customer service.

It’s $3.95 per month (paid annually) and all you do is go to their site, click “WordPress Hosting” on the home page, and sign up with your credit card info for the “StartUp Plan”.

Once you’re done (takes like 5 minutes), just open a chat or support ticket there and let them know you’re a new blogger and would like them to install WordPress for you. They do it for free!

Let them know what you want your blog name to be (www.yourblogname.com). When deciding on your blog name, consider your blog topic and Avatar and make it relevant. For example, my blog’s Avatar is a stay-at-home-mom looking to make money from home, so I named my blog “SmartMomBlogger.com”. Another option is to use your own name for your blog name. Don’t obsess over this too much, just make sure it’s not confusing or hard to spell and doesn’t have any numbers, dashes or special characters in it (gets waayyyy too confusing for people).

**Quick side note: We’re talking about self-hosted WordPress here, not WordPress.com. WordPress.com is really just suited for hobby bloggers. Self-hosted WordPress is for bloggers who intend to make money with their blog.

Action Step: Set up hosting at Siteground and ask them to install WordPress on your new blog.

Step 4: Choose a Theme/Design For Your Blog

Once you get word from Siteground that your blog is ready, you can log in and start writing. BUT, hold up! There a few steps you need to take care of before you dive in, the first of which is the design of your blog (called a “theme” in WordPress).

My #1 tip for you when choosing your blog theme? Don’t spend more than 20 minutes deciding! Just choose a free theme from the gallery (screenshot below) that you like the general look & feel of.

To do this, once logged in, click “Appearance” > “Themes” > “Add New” from the sidebar menu to browse the free themes.

I know you want a professionally branded blog with amazing colors and graphics that perfectly match your vision and design aesthetic… I know. But so many bloggers spend WAAAYYYY too much time in this phase and get sucked down the never-ending rabbit hole of trying to design a logo and make their blog look perfect. The problem is, that’s the wrong thing to spend time on in the beginning.

You need to focus your time on creating amazing blog posts and getting them in front of the right people. Otherwise you’ll have a perfect-looking blog that no one ever sees.

So just pick a theme you generally like, skip the logo for now (your blog name will still show at the top), and move on to the next step! You can – and should – upgrade your blog design later once you start to get readers… but focusing on this in the beginning really is a waste of time. Just trust me on this one 😉

Action Step: Choose a design (theme) for your blog from the free WordPress gallery. Don’t obsess. Just pick one and move it along!

Step 5: Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas

I always tell people that a good blog post (the kind that gets shared) will focus on the reader, as opposed to being about you. This is one of the fundamentals of a successful and profitable blog: make it about your readers.

It should help them do one or more of the following: solve a problem, reach a goal, inspire them to action, or help them shift their thinking.

With that in mind, make a list of at least 25 problems or questions that your readers might have.

For example, if your blog topic is health & wellness and your Avatar is a millennial mom, the items on your list might look something like this:

  • How to find time to workout with a new baby
  • How to get your newborn baby to sleep through the night (so you can too!)
  • 5 easy mommy and me exercises
  • 10 foods that will increase your energy
  • How to get rid of your mommy pooch
  • How to (safely!) lose weight while breastfeeding
  • How to create a morning routine when you’re a new mom
  • How to make time for self care with toddlers in the house
  • 7 screen-free activities to keep toddlers busy while you work out
  • An easy 10-minute home workout for new moms
  • How to create a routine for your toddlers (and bring peace back into your home!)
  • 21 common health mistakes stay-at-home-moms make
  • Time-blocking for millennial moms (how to actually get stuff done!)

Okay, I think you get the idea 😉 Just make a list of 25 things that you can help your ideal reader with. These will be your very first blog posts!

Action Step: Make a list of 25 problems or questions your Avatar has.

Also! Be sure to grab this freebie download that has 120 blog post ideas for more inspiration:

Step 6: Start Writing Posts

Now that you have plenty of blog post ideas to get started… get started!

As you sit down to write your first post you might find yourself struggling with how to start, what to actually say, how long it should be, and how to end it all off.

It’s the curse of the blank white screen. It can be intimidating for anyone, and especially so for new bloggers! But I’ve got a fix for that, and it’s another trick I learned from Elite Blog Academy.

It’s called the F.O.C.U.S. method.

When you use the F.O.C.U.S. framework to write your blog posts, writer’s block pretty much disappears and it helps the words just flow through your fingertips and onto the (digital) page. To use the F.O.C.U.S. method on your blog posts, just follow the instructions in this post.

One final piece of advice on writing before we move on: be consistent!

This doesn’t mean you have to write every day, but it does mean you should be posting consistently on a regular schedule, not sporadically whenever you feel like it. 1-2 x per week is great.

I can’t stress this point enough: your blog will not grow if you are not consistent.

So plan out your content (use your list of 25 + the freebie with 120 additional post ideas) and plug those titles into your calendar so you know exactly what you’ll be posting and when.

You can use Google calendar, post-it notes on your paper wall calendar, or whichever method you like, but DO PLAN IT and BE CONSISTENT.

Action Step: Write and publish your first post using the F.O.C.U.S. method.

Step 7: Start Using Pinterest

Okay, so now you’re all set up and writing amazing blog posts consistently. What’s next? Can you guess?

Readers! You need people to actually read your blog! In the blogging world, you might hear this referred to as “traffic” or “pageviews”, but it all basically means you want eyeballs on your blog.

But how do you find them? First, let’s shift that question around because it’s actually a matter of how they find you.

There are many, many, many strategies and tactics to getting readers to your blog, but I’m going to share with you the #1 best way to start: Pinterest.

I’m sure you’ve already heard of Pinterest, but probably think of it as a place to save recipes, kids birthday party ideas and DIY projects for your home. And it is that.

But it’s also the successful bloggers’ secret weapon for getting massive traffic to their blogs.

It’s impossible to explain Pinterest blog marketing in one bullet point, but the basic gist is that you create “Pin” images for each blog post (super easy with a free tool like Canva) and pin them on Pinterest for others to find.

You can see my “Pin” image for this blog post at the top of this page. If you hover over it with your mouse or click on it from your smartphone, you’ll see that you can share it on Piinterest. Now that “Pin” is on Pinterest for others to find and “Re-pin” and it links back to my blog.

When you’re ready for this step, take McKinzie’s free Pinterest course so you make sure you do it right (and save yourself time and frustration trying to “wing it”).

**Quick side note! You’re going to be tempted with many other traffic strategies you hear about, such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Facebook pages and groups, live video, YouTube videos, blog networking, Facebook ads, and many others, but I implore you to put your blinders on and just focus on Pinterest to start. It’s the easiest and fastest way to gain traction in the beginning, and if you split your focus onto other things you’re going to get overwhelmed and make very little progress. Stay laser focused!

Action Step: Set up a Pinterest account for your blog and sign up for McKinzie’s free Pinterest Primer marketing course.

Step 8: Set Up Your Email Newsletter

Having an email list is suuuppper important! You should get this going as soon as you can as it will help you leverage your sporadic and unpredictable blog traffic and convert it into loyal readers and fans who come back to your blog again and again.

To start, you can use a free mail service like Mailerlite or Mailchimp until you reach your first 1,000 subscribers. Just sign up and follow the instructions to create an email sign up form to place on your blog.

Email marketing for your blog is a whole other topic, and when used effectively, can help grow your blog and income by leaps and bounds. But for now, just keep it simple.

When you’re ready to dive into the details of email marketing and making money with your blog (here are the 6 ways most bloggers actually make money), then you’re probably also ready for Step #9, so here we go…

Action Step: Sign up for a free account at Mailerlite or Mailchimp and create an email sign up form for your blog. Place it in your sidebar and footer for now.

Step 9: Invest in Your Blog

Here’s the part where I give you advice that you don’t really want to hear.

As we talked about in Step #1 above, if you think you can create a successful blog by working on it for a few hours every once in a while – you’re wrong. You need to invest time into this and commit to it for the long haul.

But you also need to invest money, specifically in training or you’ll just end up spinning your wheels following endless “blogging tips” and getting nowhere. You need a cohesive blog growth plan.

After all, we’re treating this like a business, remember? I love the way Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter puts it:

“Whatever job you have now, you probably trained for right? Maybe you went to college, maybe you interned, or maybe your predecessor trained you. Well, trying to blog without investing in training is kind of like trying to do your job without anyone ever telling you what your job is. Without investing BOTH time and money into your blog, this isn’t going to happen.”

Books and courses on blogging, marketing, running an online business are all great investments.

I’ve mentioned several resources throughout this article to help you start your blog and take your education further, but my #1 recommendation is Elite Blog Academy. It’s the only complete blogging program I know of that covers every single thing you need to turn your blog into a successful business.

The catch? It’s only open once a year. The creator, 7-figure blogger Ruth Soukup, is dedicated to making sure each year’s students get the attention and training they need to really make their blog successful.

Just take a peek at these bloggers’ stories… aren’t they fall-out-of-your-seat amazing?! So even if right now you’re thinking there’s no way you can afford to invest in your blog, just get on the free waitlist anyway, because you never know what could happen between now and the time it opens up again and I would hate for you to miss out and have to wait for another YEAR to really take your blog to amazing levels!

Action Step: Sign up for the free waitlist at Elite Blog Academy.

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Okay, I know that was a lot of information packed into these 9 steps! Your head is probably spinning with ideas and information, but just pause for a moment and take a deep breath. The fact that you’re still here reading this means that you’re serious – congratulations!!

Just take things one step at a time… the really great news is NOW YOU KNOW WHICH STEPS TO TAKE! Doesn’t that feel great?! Isn’t that a relief?!

But now, you have work to do. Knowledge isn’t enough to start your blog or make any money; you need to take action!

So let’s quickly circle back to the beginning and commit to completing Steps #1-3 THIS WEEK to make this happen. Will you do that for me? For YOU? I hope you say yes.

How To Create Your Own Website With WordPress

How To Create Your Own Website With WordPress

How to Create Your Own Website (It’s Easy!)

If I were writing this guide 10 years ago (or even 5!), it would be super loooong and complicated with a gazillion steps on how to create web pages, use HTML to code things, and use Photoshop to create a logo and graphics.

Lucky for you, this isn’t 10 years ago. It’s TODAY and it’s actually super easy to create your own website!

There are a lot of different platforms you can use including Wix, Weebly and Squarespace, to name a few. BUT, I don’t recommend any of those. They’re easy enough to start with but super limited when it comes to design and functionality options and you’ll end up very frustrated, very quickly.

So instead, I always tell people to use WordPress! It’s a free platform (you will need to pay for hosting – more info on that below) and it lets you do anything and everything with the design and usability of your site.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to create your own website THIS week (and have it look like a pro did it).

Step #1: Choose your website name

Your website name will be your domain name (like www.mywebsitename.com).

Choosing a name often trips up newbies, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are a few dos & don’ts for choosing a website name:

  • DO: Use your business name. If you already have a business, this is the obvious choice.
  • DO: Use a name that describes your website topic or audience. This helps make it crystal clear what your site is all about. My site – SmartMomBlogger.com – uses this method.
  • DO: Use your own name. This is a great choice if you are a coach, consultant, or want to establish a personal brand. Here are a few websites that use this method: MarieForleo.com and ChrisPowell.com
  • DON’T: Use numbers, dashes, or alternate spellings in your blog domain name. This makes it hard for people to remember or type your domain name (or even get it right in the first place).
  • DON’T: Be too clever or cutesy. Even though you may “get it”, someone else might not. It’s too confusing and can make people feel like they’re not “part of the club”.

Step #2: Set up a self-hosted website

Alright – here we go! In this step, you’ll be setting up your hosting account and installing WordPress. If you’re not tech-savvy, don’t worry! It’s a lot easier than it sounds & I’ll walk you through it all, step-by-step.

Every website requires hosting in order to be “live” on the internet. Don’t worry too much about the technical details – just follow along with the screenshots and instructions below and you’ll be on your way!

Set up your hosting

Click here to get set up with website hosting from Siteground. While you can use whichever hosting provider you choose (there are hundreds available), I use and recommend Siteground because they’re super affordable, reliable, and have excellent customer service. You can get start your own blog for just $3.95 per month.

Select the StartUp plan

It’s the cheapest and will work great for a new website. You can upgrade later if needed if your business or website traffic grows, but for now, the StartUp plan is perfect.

Choose or transfer website domain name

Enter your website name (from Step #1) right here! If you already have a domain name that you purchased somewhere else already (like GoDaddy), just click the “I already have a Domain” option and SiteGround will transfer it to your account for free (another reason why I love them!).

Enter account info and payment details

Next, you’ll need to enter your account details and credit card information. Be sure to pay attention to the options at the bottom and check/uncheck the upgrades as desired.

Unlike many other hosting providers, SiteGround discounts apply to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process, which is a great bonus (most other hosting providers only apply the discounts to the longest sign-up periods, costing you unnecessary extra upfront expenses).

Step #3: Install WordPress on your new hosting account

Once you’ve created your hosting account, it’s time to actually install your website. In this step, you’ll install WordPress on your new hosting account. The really cool part about this is that SiteGround does it for you for free! It’s yet another reason I use and recommend them.

Just contact SiteGround via chat after you set up your hosting account and let them know you’d like their free WordPress website installation service on your new hosting account. They’ll be happy to do it for you and you can save yourself the time and hassle of doing it yourself (especially if you’re not techie). You’ll get an email once it’s completed (typically in under 48 hours).

If you want to do it yourself instead, you can just select the “WordPress” option from your cPanel once you log in to your new account (will look like the screenshot below), and follow the on-screen prompts.

Once you get word from SiteGround that your site has been installed, that means your new blog is LIVE!

Step #4: Choose a Design Theme

Once you view your new website, you’ll see that it has a basic look or “design” to it. This is called a “theme” and you can change it to look like whatever you want!

WordPress has thousands of free and premium designs to choose from, and you can try several out to see what matches the overall style and feel you want for your business.

To access all the themes and back-end “dashboard” area of your website, you can log in at www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin (just add the /wp-admin after your website name in the url). You’ll also get an email from SiteGround with this info, so make sure you file it away so you can access it whenever you need it.

Once inside your dashboard, you’ll see a menu on the left side with all your options. Click Appearance > Themes > Add New to view and test different designs.

This is the fun part! Don’t obsess over things or try to make it perfect (not gonna happen anyway), but give yourself some time – a couple hours or so – to play around with designs and customize your website to look awesome.

If you need to find stunning imagery for your website, try a site like Pexels or Pixabay which have thousands of free, high-quality images.

Step #5: Publish & Publicize!

Once you’ve found a design you love and have all your website copy dialed in, it’s time to publish that design! Go you! It looks fab 😉

And don’t forget to share your new pro-looking website with the world! Here are a few ways you can publicize your website and business:

  • Email your list
  • Share on your social media
  • Use Facebook ads
  • Create Pins for Pinterest
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Spread the word in person to friends, family and acquaintances

After all, the whole “If you build it they will come” concept works great in the movies, but not so much on the world wide web. You’ve gotta get the word out!

Conclusion

If you’re wondering how to create your own website or are intimidated by the thought of it – don’t be! By following the steps outlined above you can absolutely do this.

If you have questions or need help, let me know in the comments below.

If you found this guide helpful, please share on Facebook or Pinterest! When my readers share my content, my blog grows. I’m so grateful!

 

5 Best Affiliate Programs to Boost Your Blog Income

5 Best Affiliate Programs to Boost Your Blog Income

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Want easy-access to 5 passive income affiliate programs to boost your blog income? You’re in the right place – read on!

Blogging is fun and all, but at some point you’re going to want to actually some make money at it, am I right?

So let’s get rolling with some Affiliate Marketing! IMHO, it’s the #1 best place to start because it’s super low-hassle and low maintenance.

No products to create or store, no services to provide (huge time suck!), no customer service to provide and no need for huge amounts of traffic.

You just need to create helpful, value-packed content (read: not sales-ey) that clearly explains the benefits of the product, and be sure to use your affiliate link so you get the commission. This content can be in the form of blog posts, tutorials, emails, social media posts, videos or anything else you can think up!

>> Also Read: 5 Super Simple Ways Mom Bloggers Can Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

Here’s a short list of some of the best affiliate programs to boost your blog income:

Each of the 5 programs below can be applied to many different blog niches and have at least 20% (or $25) commission! Be sure to download your free $100 Affiliate Marketing Cheat Sheet to use the profit equation to easily plan, calculate and predict your income!

1. CreativeLive Affiliate Program

CreativeLive is an online platform that hosts tons of top-quality classes taught by experts in their field. From family photography to online business to personal growth and so much more, there is something for almost everyone.

Program Highlights: 

  • 20% commission on new customer purchases
  • 10% commission on return customer purchases
  • $1 lead payout for every new member registration (this means when someone signs up top their free email list, you still get paid!)
  • 30-day tracking cookie
  • Large selection of text links and banners
  • Newsletters with program updates, promotions, contests and incentive opportunities

SIGN UP FOR CREATIVELIVE AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>

 

2. Craftsy Affiliate Program

Craftsy is an online platform for creatives, aspiring creatives, and families who want to encourage a culture of exploration and creativity. From physical products like project kits for kids and baking supplies, to craft, creative and family online classes, Craftsy is a perfect affiliate program for Family/Parenting Bloggers and Craft/Creative Bloggers.

Program Highlights: 

  • 75% of first-time class or DVD purchases by new customers
  • 15% of class or DVD purchase by existing customers
  • 15% of physical product purchases by new customers
  • 4% of physical product purchases by existing customers
  • $5 Bluprint trial signup (similar to the CreativeLive program above, you get paid even when someone signs up for free)
  • $15 Bluprint monthly membership signup

SIGN UP FOR THE CRAFTSY AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>

 

3. Ultimate Bundles Affiliate Program

Ultimate Bundles is a unique resource that offers huge digital bundles on a range of topics including parenting, homemaking, blogging, photography, healthy living, essential oils, handmade crafting, and meal planning

Program Highlights:

  • 40% commission on every bundle sold through your unique link
  • Most bundles are only available once a year, so there’s a built-in sense of urgency when you tell your readers about them (increases sales)
  • Huge value for your readers since the bundles are 90%-98% off the retail price of the products
  • Top-quality affiliate marketing training built right in. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest perks to the program: they give you access to an entire course on affiliate marketing including videos, swipe files, email templates and more.

SIGN UP FOR THE ULTIMATE BUNDLES AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>

 

4. Ebates Affiliate Program

Ebates is a website that pays you cashback on purchases you make online and is a perfect to promote to your readers if you are a budget, lifestyle or mom blogger.

Program Highlights:

  • You get $25 for every qualifying referral you send through your affiliate link
  • You gift your readers with $10 automatically when they sign up through your link
  • Vacation Giveaways for affiliates! As of this email, the current giveaway is the Maui Prize Package and includes Roundtrip airfare for 4 (up to $4,000 value), a 5-night stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani ($4,000 value), Roundtrip transportation to and from airport, and Food and entertainment stipend!

SIGN UP FOR THE EBATES AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>
**When you sign up for an Ebates account, you automatically get access to your unique affiliate link. Just go to the “Refer & Earn” link at the top of the page.

 

5. Elite Marketing Pro Affiliate Program

Elite Marketing Pro is an online training program for people who are doing (or want to do) a Network Marketing business (eg. Arbonne, DoTerra, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc.). It teaches them how to generate leads and sales online so they don’t have to harass friends and family to try and grow their business.

Program Highlights:

  • 20% – 70% commission on every sale (depending on which affiliate level you are)
  • Lots of free resources and training you can offer your readers that lead right into a sales funnel for effortless sales.
  • Residual income potential. This perk is HUGE! This means that you get recurring commissions month-after-month on autopilot.

To sign up for the Elite Marketing Pro affiliate program, you first need to be a customer, but the entry-level product is only $27 so it’s definitely worth it if you have an audience of readers who are interested in starting a side-hustle or working from home since the commissions are so generous and you get recurring income every month.

SIGN UP FOR THE ELITEMARKETINGPRO AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW ($27 purchase required) >>>

 

And that’s a wrap! You may not be able to use ALL of these affiliate programs on your blog, but I’m willing to bet that at least ONE of them will work for you!

And that’s really where you should start anyhow… with ONE affiliate program. If you try to incorporate a gazillion affiliate programs into your blog all at once, it’s going to get confusing and overwhelming… to you AND your readers.

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87 Best “Consumable Product” Network Marketing Companies for Moms

87 Best “Consumable Product” Network Marketing Companies for Moms

IMPORTANT: If you want to learn how I’m growing my own network marketing business ONLINE and getting leads from the internet (instead of constantly hounding my friends and family), you should grab this free “Attraction Marketing Bootcamp”.

If you’re looking to make money from home or start your own home-based business, Network Marketing is a fantabulous option.

(Super quick side note: Network Marketing businesses are also sometimes referred to as “Multi Level Marketing”, “Direct Sales Business”, “MLM” or “Social Marketing Business”.)

And as much as I’m obsessed with Blogging and Affiliate Marketing to make money from home, Network Marketing has nudged its way in as one of my favorite “side hustle” ideas for busy moms.

Here’s my quick story on why I started a Network Marketing business.

Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Work on your own schedule, as much or as little as you want
  • Low start-up costs (most are under $100 to start)
  • Get “on the job” training in marketing and business while you earn
  • Start making money right away
  • Time leveraged business model (no more trading hours for dollars)
  • Become surrounded by a community of ambitious people that elevate your life
  • No cap on earning potential (make as much as you want)
  • The ability to make a real impact on others’ lives through training and mentorship

There are SO MANY more advantages and life benefits to owning a network marketing business, and as I write this quick list above it makes me realize that I need to write a whole blog post on it (“Why Every Busy Mom NEEDS To Start a Network Marketing Business”… working title ;)).

Okay, that’s a post for another day. If you’re reading this I’m going to assume you already WANT to start a Network Marketing business, or are at least curious and interested, so I’ll move on to the good stuff!

I’ve combed through a BUNCH of different companies (hundreds!) and compiled this list of what I feel to be the 87 absolute best network marketing companies for moms. (I also made a downloadable PDF for you so you can reference it anytime… just sign up to get it for free below 🙂

I chose the below as the “best Network Marketing Companies” for 2 reasons:

1. Consumable Product Line

If you’re starting a product-based business, you want a consumable product line. All this means is that once someone runs out of something, they’re going to need to buy more. These are things like skin care, nutrition, and cosmetics (as opposed to things like jewelry, handbags or kitchenware).

If you start a consumable product network marketing business, you will earn residual income as people continually re-order more products month after month. In my opinion, this is really the only way to go if you’re looking to get the most profit out of the time you put in to your business.

I’d also highly recommend choosing a company that gives you your own website that people can purchase products directly from so you don’t have to carry any inventory. Most forward-thinking network marketing companies are operated this way these days, so this shouldn’t be hard to find.

2. Relevant Product Line

Since 99% of my readers are moms (not an actual statistic, but probably spot on), the network marketing companies I chose are ones with products that I feel most moms would be interested in.

For example, skin care, essential oils, food-based products, nutrition, and health and wellness as opposed to body-building supplements or legal services. Not that there aren’t some moms that are in to that stuff (cooler moms than me for sure), but I tried to keep it generally applicable to the majority of moms.

And even with that said, a few made it on to the list that aren’t particularly “mom-ish” but that looked too cool to leave off (like a Jerky company and a Pet products company). Okay, let’s jump in!

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87 Best Network Marketing Companies for Moms

As noted below, I am a consultant for and personally recommend Arbonne and Monat. I have not researched each brand on this list in depth and, as always, please do your own research before joining any business opportunity.

Aihu: healing skincare and body products.

Aloette Cosmetics, Inc.: scientifically based skin care and makeup.

Amway-Quixtar: health and wellness products.

Arbonne: the #1 global brand for healthy living inside and out. Sells botanically-based beauty and nutrition products.

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Avon: Beauty, anti-aging skincare, fragrances.

Beauty Counter: chic, safe and effective beauty products.

Beauty Society: skincare line offering the “treasure not trash refill program”, with refillable items sold at 15% – 30% savings.

Become Beauty: anti-aging cosmeceutical skin care products.

Black Box Cosmetics: bath, body, and skincare products.

Body Wise: meal replacement shakes and nutritional products.

Celadon Road: high-quality natural, eco-friendly products for everyday needs.

Daisy Blue Naturals: natural bath and body products.

Direct Cellars: Wine club. Delivers new wines each month.

doTERRA: essential oils.

EVER: botanically-based skincare products. A Stella & Dot family brand.

Forever Living: health & wellness products, essential oils.

For You: hair, body, skin and nutritional products

Forever Green:  natural energy drinks.

H2O at Home: natural home care products, organic personal care products, natural home fragrance.

Herbalife: Weight loss products

Homemade Gourmet: gourmet food products.

Isagenix: healthy weight loss products.

It Works: weight loss body wraps.

Jafra: cosmetics and beauty products.

Jamberry Nails: nail wraps as well and nail lacquer.

Java Momma: organic fairtrade coffee, loose leaf tea, cocoa, and accessories.

Jerky Direct: beef jerky.

Jeunesse: Anti-aging skincare and supplements

Jordan Essentials: bath and body products.

Kyani: a superfood juice.

L’BRI Pure N’ Natural: natural aloe vera skin care products.

Life Force: nutritional supplements.

Mannatech: nutritional supplements.

Mary Kay: cosmetics, skin and body products.

Metrin: skin care products.

Modere: Clean & cruelty-free health, wellness, nutrition, supplements, household and personal care products.

Modicare: laundry, auto, and personal and home care products.

MONAT Global: first and only anti-aging, naturally-based hair care products.

***I am a Monat consultant and currently accepting new team members. If you’d like to join my team and receive personal coaching and training from me, click here to sign up.

Nature’s Sunshine: health and wellness products.

Nerium International: science-based skincare products.

Nikken: wellness products.

Noevir: skincare, haircare, body care and cosmetics.

Norwex: environmentally friendly cleaning products and personal care products.

NuSkin: skin-care products.

NYR Organic: organic haircare, body, cosmetics, aromatherapy, herbal remedies and more.

pawTree: pet food seasonings, food, supplements and accessories.

PeoplesWay: wellness products.

Plexus: all-natural, healthy solutions to help people lose weight.

Pola: cosmetics, skin, hair, and body care products.

Princess House: products for your home.

Pure Haven Essentials: safe personal care products.

RBC Life Sciences: nutritional supplements and natural personal care products.

Reliv: nutritional products.

Rodan + Fields: dermatology based skincare for men, women, and teens. From the creators of Proactiv©.

Saba: smart coffee, appetite control and energy supplements.

SeneGence International: long-lasting cosmetics. Best known for lip color.

Shaklee.com: wellness products.

Simply Aroma: essential oils.

SkinnyBodyCare: all natural weight loss supplements.

Soul Purpose: bath and body products.

Spa Sensations: spa products for the home.

Sportron International Inc: wellness products.

Steeped Tea: loose leaf tea, gourmet mixes, and food accessories.

Sunrider: health and beauty products.

Sweet Minerals: all natural, mineral-based makeup and skin care products.

SwissJust Corporation: natural Swiss products for body and mind.

Tahitian Noni: wellness juice, skin care, essential oils.

Tealightful Treasures: gourmet teas and food mixes.

The Gourmet Cupboard: gourmet food mixes and coffee.

Thrive Life: food, seasonings, sauces, snacks, beverages, and more.

THRIVE W: wellness supplements.

Traveling Vineyard: wine.

TriVita sells herbs and nutritional supplements.

Unicity International sells nutritional, personal care and wellness products.

Usana: Nutrition, weight management, energy and skincare products.

Valentus sells health and vitality supplements and drinks.

Via ONE Hope: mission centered company selling wine and other gourmet products with donations to charities for each product.

ViSalus (Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge) sells weight loss and fitness products.

Watkins Online sells home care and personal care items.

Willing Beauty is a direct sales company for young girls. They sell healthy skincare products and makeup.

Wine Shop at Home: wine and wine accessories.

YOR Health: nutritional products and supplements.

Young Living: essential oils, nutrition, and personal care products.

Youngevity: health and wellness, beauty, and food products.

Younique: makeup and accessories.

YPCK: pet treats, food, toys, gear, and spa products.

Zermat International, LLC: skincare, body care, and makeup.

Zrii: wellness, skincare, and liquid nutritional supplements.

And there you have it! My picks for the 87 best Network Marketing companies for moms. I’d love to hear which company you decide to partner with… let me know in the comments and let’s chat network marketing!

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