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Music Bloggers – Make Money with the iTunes Affiliate Program

If you write a blog about music or the entertainment industry, then this post is for you!  Even if you just occasionally write about music, podcasts (that are available on iTunes) or simply have your iTunes playlist published in your blog’s sidebar, you can make some passive income from that content with the Apple iTunes affiliate program.

To join the iTunes affiliate program, you simply have to apply using the iTunes affiliate application, which is administered by LinkShare.  When you’re application is approved, you’re directed to log into your new account with LinkShare where you can manage your account, access your ad code, and so on.  You’ll receive a second email from iTunes within a few days notifying you whether or not your blog was accepted into the iTunes affiliate program.

The earnings potential for the iTunes affiliate program isn’t huge at just a 5% commission on qualified revenue generated from affiliate links on your blog or in your emails.  However, if you’re already talking about music or podcasts on your blog and you’re already linking to content on iTunes, why not include your affiliate ID in those links and make a bit of money from them.

Keep in mind, the iTunes affiliate program is only valid for the U.S. iTunes store, so make sure most of the visitors to your blog are likely to make their digital music purchases from the U.S. iTunes site before you take the time to apply, insert your ad code, and so on.

You can get more information on the iTunes affiliate website or on the program’s FAQ page.

Of course, if you don’t qualify for the iTunes program or would prefer not to join it but still want to earn a passive income from digital music links on your blog, you can always link to music downloads as part of the Amazon Associates affiliate program.

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  1. Hire joomla web developer says: 9/14/2010

    That sounds really nice affiliate programs and It seems that we can get good profit. I had used an affiliate program these before but I cound make a penny from it unfortunately..


  2. Andrei ) says: 10/13/2010

    Thanks a lot for sharing this. I just started a blog about music and technology, and i thought i’d give this a go.

    Cheers, Andrei


  3. Global iTunes Links - GeoRiot says: 1/30/2011

    Great article.

    I just wanted to make a quick clarification. There are actually 19 iTunes affiliate programs set up around the world. LinkShare just manages the one in the US. There are also programs in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.


  4. Casey ) says: 11/21/2011

    You’d have to sell an awful lot of songs in order to make a decent amount of money with this. You might be better off promoting more expensive downloads such as complete albums, tv shows, and movies.


  5. music4 Cash ) says: 12/21/2011

    I think Itunes is a great way to make cash with promoting and selling you music. This is a very nice blog!
    I would tweet this 4sho and like on facebook too!
    Here are some more Idea’s for marketing you music:

    Create Compelling Video
    Don’t just focus on creating audio. You should be creating compelling video as well during your creative periods.
    Sites like YouTube are great hubs for artists to display their live performances, music videos, tales from the road and more, in order to keep fans engaged.

    Remember to create shareable content in order to help your videos spread to even larger audiences.

    Try Pod casting:
    Pod casting is a relatively simple technology that is being taken quite seriously by some Fortune 500 companies. And all you really need to get started is a decent microphone, a digital recorder and editing software.
    Podcasts allow you to make the most of your inner impresario, plus, your show and the subscriber audience it may lure can give you an edge over competitors.


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