Make Money With Blogging: Affiliates For Bloggers

It’s the holiday seasons and as a blogger we have the opportunity to inform readers into buying gifts. An affiliate program is one that shares commission on products to bloggers. It’s like a thank you for directing traffic their way. Here is a small rundown to some essential affilate sites for any blogger.

Amazon Affiliates U.S.:

Ebooks/books: It’s a tiered system that starts at 4% at the beginning and goes up depending on how many items you help sale through your links. It’s easy to past the first tier of six sales. Once the seventh is sold everything gets bumped to 6%.

Amazon Affiliates U.K.:

Pretty much the same as the U.S. one. But many people only have a U.S. account. I really suggest putting both links on your site, even though I’ve gotten few hits but they are technically the second biggest Amazon affiliate.

Share A Sale:

TFAW : Comics! Comics! Comics! Oh and other things, but mostly comics. The best thing about this is as soon as you make one sale, you automatically get $5 bucks. How can you beat that deal? Plus it’s a great site for comics. I buy pretty much all my online comics from here and Mile High Comics. Oh and the Black Friday deals are the best. I’ll put up the Black Friday deals for Writers and Readers on Tuesday. Stay Tuned. You also get 14% for every sale.

Commission Junction:

For Writing Blogs:

Audible: 10% for any audio books. WE don’t use it too much on AKAQ because we deal with a lot of indie books.

Create Space: Perfect for people placing their books on Amazon.

Marvel: Now, it would be sweet to be apart of this program and even though it’s offered I don’t think they choose many people to become an affilate. I myself have had a pending status with them for over 3 months. But it would be nice because the offer at least 30% on all commissions.

Others that are useful:

Bodybuilding: Anyone running a health site would love this one. (I also write for a health blog that’s why I love this one.)

Sears: A big name with lots of deals from books to kitchen appliances. It kinda covers everything that Amazon doesn’t which isn’t really that much, since Amazon covers everything but when’s there deals it could easily make purchases cheaper than amazon. Like this one:

Exclusive Online Only Savings! EXTRA $5 off $50 on qualifying orders with SEARS2012

Conclusion:

The goal shouldn’t be to make money on your blog, it should be to inform and support your readers. But if you are trying to sell your book, use an affiliate link to make 6% more on your book. Also look around, if there’s a site that you send readers to a lot, see if they have an affiliate site. Also if there are any others I missed, let me know.

-L. Vera

Review: Lenore Swirlies

Out now! It’s the new collection of LENORE cartoons from the crazed mind of Roman Dirge. See my recent interview with him, if you haven’t already. Twenty years of the little undead girl: it’s hard to believe!

BLURB

Everyone’s favorite cute little dead girl is showcased in all her morbid glory in this new collection of the timeless comic strip from Roman Dirge. Return once against to the dark, surreal world of Lenore, the girl with a knack for unintentional mayhem and occasional wanton destruction in this fourth volume that includes the extremely rare #13, beautifully and painstakingly illustrated by creator Roman Dirge himself.

“This hardback collection of Lenore strips is beautiful, before one even opens the cover…”  – Starburst Magazine

“A wonderfully engaging read that will please fans and newcomers alike.” – Unleash the Fanboy

“I was honestly blown away by this series and became a fan instantly.” – Comic Bastards

REVIEW

What a hoot! Lenore continues to be a whole lot of fun. Along with the usual mayhem there are a few surprises: Lenore’s stalker Mr Gosh gets some hope from his would-be squeeze. Could it be that Lenore’s softening to the psychotic stalker? I would say the alternate cover pirate Lenore was the best image in this collection if it weren’t for the single panel of Ragamuffin ‘riding a rodeo monkey competing in the lil’ Miss Texas Teapot Bowl.’ Humiliations galore for poor would-be vicious vampire. Click the picture to buy.

Interview: Roman Dirge

Look at that: LENORE is 20 years old. That’s rather venerable for a little undead girl. I had a chance to chat with creator Roman Dirge about the latest collection of LENORE that’s got a lot of fun (and not just the piratey goodness). Her new adventures, SWIRLIES, will be out later this month.

Congratulations on 20 years of Lenore: did you ever imagine you would have such a success with the little undead girl?

Nope. I created her as a magazine filler. She had other plans though, apparently. Also, she has sharp objects.

I know Mike Mignola likes to watch films while he draws, while many other artists prefer to listen to music while working. Do you need silence or do you like some kind of music or film playing? Is it a distraction or inspiration?

I’m more of a film and TV guy. I constantly have something playing on my computer while I work. I do seem to pick the crappiest movies, so I have something going but I don’t have to pay too much attention. When I go the music route, it’s almost always movie soundtracks. Life is a movie if you pretend hard enough.

Do you have any idea where Lenore will go next? How much of a plan have you had all along — or have you just been winging it for two decades?

I have a plan. I’ve even known how Lenore will end when it’s time for years now. I’ve sketched out more issue idea then I will ever be able to draw in my lifetime.

After so much frustration, did you think Mr. Gosh deserved a little bit of hope?

I feel bad for Mr. Gosh. He deserves better. I have stories that involve him for later dates, but I don’t have it worked out how he’ll return after the last heartbreak he suffered under her. That poor, poor bastard.

Roman Dirge (via Wikipedia)

I would say the pirate Lenore was the best image in this collection if it weren’t for the single panel of Ragamuffin ‘riding a rodeo monkey competing in the lil’ Miss Texas Teapot Bowl.’ Do you take especial glee in finding humiliations for him?

I dooooo. I could have done a whole book of JUST Polaroids that Lenore and Pooty took of Ragamuffin while he slept. I’d still like to do it if it’s possible.

What is the best way to tempt a hair hobo to take up residence on your head?

Pee in your hair. It’s fun, mathematically difficult and surprisingly liberating.

LOL! Seeing your German beer adventure I have to ask, have you not tried Belgian beers? Even better than German!

I was in Germany, so it was appropriate. Plus, I’m German ancestry, so I’ll never admit Belgium beer is better. I’ll NEVER EVER talk about how amazingly good Belgium beer is. Nope. I certainly won’t talk about the way Belgium beers have such a perfect aroma and utilize complex flavors to compliment each other. Just not gonna do it. Back off.

Hee! Thanks for the interview.

Reserve your copy of LENORE: SWIRLIES by clicking this picture. We’ll have a review up on the release date, August 21st.

~ K. A. Laity

Review: Batman Earth One


Batman Earth One

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Gary Frank

The Review:

You can re-write Batman’s origin so many times. Of course I feel like there is somethings that have to stay the same:

  • His parents die in an alley behind a theatre.
  • He needs to see a bat somewhere to inspire his costume traits.
  • He needs to be rich.
  • He needs to be in the spotlight.
  • He needs inventions.

Which is what we get here. Another interpretation of the usual. Which I guess is fine, any drastic changes and people scream bloody murder. What I did like about this is the change from being invincible. I personally believe Batman to be written as a “invincible” character. He’s written to win. Of course we have instances where he loses, KnightFall, No Man’s Land (kinda), and R.I.P. Those were the times when things changed and people paid attention, then Batman goes back to normal, being invincible. I liked all those story lines mostly because a good character isn’t invincible, he’s like us just scarred. Here in Earth One, he’s weaker and makes mistakes. I like that.

Watching Batman’s toys break is a cool little move Geoff partakes in. After all Batman should be able to adapt, move – when are we going to get a parkour Batman. I didn’t like they way alfred was portrayed but everything else fell together nicely and most importantly Geoff stayed away from using the Joker. Instead we find Mayor Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin running the show.

The artwork is amazing. I’ve always liked Gary Frank’s art. It’s modern and clean. Every page is amazing. I think maybe some of the detail boxed work could have been enlarged or made more noticeable. I found myself going back once to find out why something happened. I happened to read comics fast, kinda skipping over art unless it’s in my face.

I liked this book. I also liked Superman: Earth One which I preferred the art over the story, but here it’s pretty equal and tells a great story. I would liek to see something wore risque, even though I read Stan Lee’s Batman and thought that was horrible. So maybe sticking to what works, we keep us readers satisfied, eitherway, I liked to see Batman get beat the hell up more often. Maybe lose some fingers or an arm. “Adapt Batman! Adapt!”

Grab it on:

Amazon U.S.

Amazon U.K.

TFAW.com

Review: The Goon vol. 1: Nothin’ But Misery

L. Vera

Let me introduce you to best comic since . . . well since . . . Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. Eric Powell is a madman working in the zombie resurrecting lands of crazy town and this is his baby. Say, “Hi,” to The Goon. He’s a face bashing, mob enforcer with his trusty friend Franky, who loves to stab people in the eye.

When I talk comics with anyone, I recommend this collection to everyone. It’s a classic Goon Story. Goon chases zombie thugs, beats them to death and Franky stabs someone in the eye. You got talking spiders, monsters, grave diggers, canibal hobos and a whole lot more.

The volume collects the first self-published issues THE GOON, THE GOON COLOR SPECIAL, and THE GOON short story that’s included in DARK HORSE PRESENTS. And it’s a great way to get introduced to a comic series that doesn’t care about selling comics but about delivering the best, craziness in comic book form. These aren’t the first Goon issues. If you want those you need to shell out some big bucks or buy vol. 0.

The story line is summed up in the first comic in the volume. Where a young Goon works for a mob boss/ loan shark named Labrazio and after some terrible events ends up murdering him and finding his little black book of people who owe him money. The Goon assumes the role of his “enforcer”, even though he’s dead, and becomes the feared, hulking bastard of a man in the small zombie infested town collecting money from anyone who borrowed from Labrazio.

We also meet Buzzard, a former sheriff who is now cursed to eating the flesh of the dead. The character’s are full of this obscene mind blast that has you liking if the weirdest of the bunch. I’ve alwasy like the spider in the bowler hat named Spider, who The Goon hates and constantly beats up, and Merle who’s a gun-runner and a werewolf. But overall I like Goon and Franky, the slack-jaw punching duo.

The art is great, the writing is beyond witty. It’s all done by one man, Eric Powell.

You can read the whole first comic here.

Grab it on Amazon

or TFAW (My favorite place to get comics, cheap and fast. Use SHAZAM for fre shipping over $50)

Review: Róisín Dubh

by K. A. Laity

I know a lot of Irish folks who get a little tired of seeing outsiders plunder their mythology without careful study, so it’s a delight to be able to share a new comic series that digs into the darkness of Irish myths for some grand storytelling. Rósín Dubh is an original graphic novel from Atomic Diner, the publisher of Irish titles such as Freakshow and Atomic Rocket Group 66.

The team includes:

Story: Rob Curley and Maura McHugh
Script: Maura McHugh
Covers and Lettering: Stephen Byrne
Art: Stephen Byrne (Issues 2 & 3)
Stephen Daly (Issue 1)

Synopsis: It’s 1899, and the cusp of a new century in Ireland. 18-year-old Róisín Sheridan harbours ambitions to become a rival of the magnificent English actress Ellen Terry, if she can persuade her father that a career on the stage is ladylike. Her plans are destroyed one horrific evening when she and her parents are viciously attacked by Abhartach: a neamh-mairbh who has been released after 1,400 years in the ground. To survive and seek revenge Róisín must take up a new calling, one determined by ancient Gods whose agendas are not clear, and which will place her entire existence in jeopardy.

Review: The story grabs you from the start, flipping back and forth between Róisín and her parents inside a coach and the wild hunt going on outside in the black night. We get the bloody back story of the Abhartach, who sought ever darker means to gain power and paid the price by becoming a monster: neamh-mairbh means ‘half dead’. Although the people got together to subdue him for centuries, there are always those who seek out that kind of power and release it once more into the world. Róisín and her family pay the price of that release — and she gets a harsh introduction to the supernatural history of the Abhartach and his blood-thirsty ways. In the second issue, Róisín returns from the dark journey into the west with new gifts: a sword, a cloak and a hooded crow Fainche who will guide her. The art thrusts you into a moody world, almost Mignola-esque in its noirish tones but identifiably Irish in its sensibilities. The pacing of the story grips you immediately and rips right along. Good stuff — I’m counting down the days to the next issue.

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