How to Make Money through Audible from Your Blog or Podcast – TAP094

Become an Audible affiliate

Monetizing your blog or podcast is a wish for many content-creators. But now it's a lot easier with an Audible affiliate program that can earn $15 per person!

Join the Audible affiliate program today!

An affiliate program where everyone WINS!

I've previously shared several ways podcasters can make money with their podcasts, including a simple iTunes subscription link. But I do truly love the Audible affiliate program because I think it is a win-win-win!

Your listeners win because they get something free that they will enjoy.

Audible wins because they get a new customer, and most people end up being thrilled with Audible's selection.

You win because you earn money from even a free trial, and you get to refer your audience to relevant content.

How the Audible affiliate program works

1. Sign up as an Audible affiliate

It's easy to setup your account and get a selection of banners, generate links, and track immediate results.

2. Promote a FREE trial

Audible will give you your own, easy affiliate link, like (that's mine). But I recommend that you use Pretty Link or Pretty Link Pro to make an easy, trackable link for your Audible referrals. For example, mine is You could use “/audible,” “/audiobook” or anything easy to remember, say, spell, and type.

Making your own link for this or any other affiliate will make it easier for your listeners. Think of links I frequently share in the podcast:

Because these all use the same domain as my website, it's easier for you to remember, because you'll start to assume any link of mine is “… .” So all you'd have to remember is the “/word” part.

Sincerely recommend an audiobook that your audience would like. Maybe it's something you've recently read and were inspired by (like the Steve Jobs biography), maybe it's something relevant to your content (like an audiobook of fair tales), or maybe it's something new and motivational (like a productivity book).

  • Promote the trial in your podcast with your speakable URL.
  • Place a link in your shownotes.
  • Consider adding banners to your site.

3. Listeners signup and get a FREE audiobook

There really is no “gotchya!” to this! It's a 30-day free trial during which time your listeners can find and download almost any audiobook of their choice for free.

Even if they cancel their trial within the thirty days, they get to keep the audiobook and you still get paid.

4. You earn $15 per FREE trial

Immediately after someone joins Audible through your affiliate link, you'll see the $15 instantly in your affiliate account.

There's no waiting period or delay until their trial passes (like many web-host affiliates have)!

You'll get paid via check or direct deposit once a month as long as your earnings are $30 or more (which is only two trials).

Start making money with the Audible affiliate program. Join today!

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This post may contain links to products or services with which I have an affiliate relationship and may receive compensation from your actions through such links. However, I don't let that corrupt my perspective and I don't recommend only affiliates.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored endorsement, but I do get compensated for every blogger or podcaster I refer to Audible's affiliate program. This post contains other affiliate links that benefit D.Joseph Design and Network.

About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

14 comments on “How to Make Money through Audible from Your Blog or Podcast – TAP094

  1. Keeper Dan says:

    Thanks for the info on how this works, Daniel. Now I understand why I hear Audible ads on so many of my podcasts. $15 a head is an amazing amount.
    I’m glad to hear that they don’t require you to do ads in every episode. I may sign up with Audible as long as I can control when and how I mention them.

    1. Audible does sponsor some podcasts on a CPM basis (paid x per thousand qualified downloads). But there are high requirements to this.

      But this is Audible’s affiliate program, which is completely separate from their sponsorship. In a sponsorship, you have a contract to advertise in a particular way, on a certain schedule. With an affiliate program, you just have some rules to follow but then you can promote almost however and certainly whenever you want!

      Depending on the size and engagement of your audience, this could pay a lot more than a sponsorship—if you would even qualify.

      If you assume that Audible’s requirement is 10,000 downloads, then that could be far out of reach for many of us. So if you’re anywhere below wherever their limit is (even ONCE podcast is below 10,000 right now), then the affiliate program is much more available.

  2. Jessica says:

    I’ve recently signed up for this program, but I’m a little confused. So far I’ve added banners on my site, however, where do you find your “own easy affiliate link”?? I’m a little confused. I want to direct people on Twitter and Facebook to my affiliate link for free trails, etc. Not just my blog with the banners and things. Do you know how to do that?

    1. Use the URL that the banners are linking to. Your code will look something like href=”URL.” The URL inside the “href” will be your affiliate URL.
      Or you can use the tools they give you at

  3. I think we agree. A blogger or podcaster shouldn’t blindly promote every affiliate they have with every post/episode. But I think they should join as many affiliate programs as possible and promote the relevant ones when they make the most sense.

  4. Lorane Rhoden says:

    Hi .. Mine says “session time out” and it wont allow me to sign up. Is there another link?

    1. I keep contacting Audible to get it working. I’ll let you know when that is.

  5. Justin says:

    I submitted this with everything filled out but the fax number (because I don’t have one) how do I know if they accept me? I submitted this a day ago how long will it take for them to contact me?

  6. Chelsea says:

    Hi! Do you know if you need to be a paying customer to Audible to sign up for the program?

    1. Good news! You do *not* have to be a customer to be part of their affiliate program.

  7. eromania says:

    For most of you, the name of your blog, or the name of your brand along with podcast will make the most sense, but you also have the opportunity to add a few extra words to target specific keywords that you d like to rank for in iTunes.

    1. Adding a few extra words to a podcast title or author tag is now forbidden on Apple Podcasts and can get a podcast kicked out.

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