25 Affiliate Programs for Back-To-School Season

notebook on desk. Title: 25 affiliate programs to monetize back-to-school season

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Back-to-School season is here and if you’re anything like me, you might be freaking right now. It’s time for money out the door and shrinking bank accounts. But, as I showed you in my last post, the back-to-school season doesn’t have to be a money sucker!

For today’s post, I’ve round up a few affiliate programs you can sign up for and promote right now to make extra money from the back-to-school season!

You’d be surprised how much people spend around this season! This study found that parents plan to spend over $100 on school supplies, plus $300+ in clothing and shoes, not counting on electronics. That’s a lot!

And things are shifting now towards online retailers, with 55% of people choosing online retailers for their back-to-school shopping! The potential is all there!

So, how can you – and affiliate marketer – capitalize on this season?

The answer is, you can focus your affiliate marketing efforts on brands, products and services that cater to parents, students and professionals!

But, before I get into marketing details, let’s back up a little bit in case affiliate marketing is new to you. (If you’re already an affiliate marketer you can scroll down a little bit)

Related Post: 9 Ways to Make Money Online with Back-to-School Season

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you promote someone else’s products or services and earn a commission (a cut) when someone either buys the product you mentioned or engages with it in some way (depending affiliate terms).

If this is news to you, or you’ve heard about affiliate marketing, but are unsure of how to go about it, I suggest you learn from one of the most successful people on this matter – Michelle from Making Sense of Cents.

Michelle has made over $50K in affiliate marketing alone and she has a really good course – Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – that explains what it is, the basic pillars of affiliate marketing and how to use it on your blog or website.

Taking her course really made me more aware of the intricacies of affiliate marketing and how the whole process works. But, what I love the most about this course is that it gave me access to a community I can contribute to and learn from and it made me aware of tools and resources I didn’t know I could tap into!

Is Affiliate Marketing Only for Bloggers?

Many people often assume that you must be a blogger or have a website to earn money from affiliate marketing.

While having an affiliate website or a blog are certainly two prominent ways of doing it, you don’t need to go that way to make money with affiliate marketing.

I wrote a post specifically about this, where I explain how you can make money as an affiliate marketer on Pinterest. Click below to check it out now or pin it for later here.

Related Post: How to Make Money on Pinterest without Blogging

Let’s move on to products to promote during this season, shall we?

Product Ideas for Back-to-School/Work Season:

Relevant products to this season don’t always have to be backpacks and notebooks. There are many other related products you can monetize around back-to-school season.

The trick is to think about it as back-to-school and back-to-work season!

Here are some products that work well for this season:

  • Meal containers (for work and kids’ lunches)
  • Backpacks (think kids and university students)
  • Notebooks (not just for kids)
  • Printables (for business, for work, productivity, for moms and students)
  • Office supplies
  • Home office décor items
  • Computers and related electronics, etc.

As you can see, the list can go on and on. There is no shortage of products for back-to-school.

So, keeping this in mind, let’s look at the affiliate programs you should be promoting right now!

The Affiliate Networks I Use to Make Money Online:

For you to become an affiliate marketer for most of these programs, you will have to first sign up for their respective affiliate networks.

Affiliate networks are agencies that feature a myriad of affiliate programs from various brands and then connect them with affiliate marketers like you and me. These agencies handle all the affiliate marketing transactions for you and make it quite easy to apply and receive all your affiliate creative content.

My best performing affiliate networks are ShareASale and ShopStyle Collective, but here’s a list of affiliate networks you can join:

  • ShareASale – has a wide range of programs in various niches. Many brands have their affiliate programs with this network.
  • Awin – this is the parent company of ShareASale. Awin has a variety of programs as well but works a little differently in that it charges you a $5 application fee which you get credited back to you once accepted.
  • ShopStyle Collective – this network is fun and easy to use but is mostly focused on lifestyle and fashion influencers. While they allow non-bloggers to apply, their features are mostly geared towards social influencers with a blog. A major reason I’m still with them is that once you’re in you don’t need to apply to programs individually!
  • Pepper Jam – I use this affiliate network mostly for fashion and lifestyle programs as that’s what they have the most. I first signed up with this network very early in my affiliate marketing stages, so newbies are totally welcome here.
book on desk. Title: 25 affiliate programs to monetize back-to-school season

25 Affiliate Programs to Monetize Back-to-School Season

As I mentioned before, back-to-school is not just about notebooks and backpacks. You need to think a little broader and get into the mindset of your audience.

Here’s the list of 25 affiliate programs you should be promoting right now:

Books, Learning and Education Tools:

McGraw-Hill Education:

This is not just your traditional textbook company! They now offer digital educational resources, books and tools for students.

Commission Rate: 8% per sale

Cookie Length: 30 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


This subscription box service is on a mission to help children fall in love with reading and helping parents build a home library of carefully curated children’s books.

Commission Rate: 10% per sale

Cookie Length: 90 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Kids Discover:  

An award-winning educational publisher of non-fictional material for children ages 6-14. They also have a great website with tons of high-interest subjects kids can learn about.

Commission Rate: 10% per sale

Cookie Length: 30 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


Where students and teachers come together to get help with books and academic questions. They publish study guides, lesson plans and other educational materials for both students and teachers.

Commission Rate: 20% per sale

Cookie Length: 45 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Preschool Box:  

Designed by kindergarten teachers to help prepare little ones for their first school experience. This is a fun subscription box full of engaging activities for preschoolers.

Commission Rate: $5 per sale

Cookie Length: 90 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


An online teacher learning community providing training and professional development to 800K teachers and administrators from over 45 different countries.

Commission Rate: 20% per sale

Cookie Length: 90 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Reading Eggs:  

Interactive online literacy program designed to get children from 2-13 years old reading with enthusiasm and proficiency. Designed by a team of teachers, this program combines animations, games and rewards.

Commission Rate: 12%-35% per sale

Cookie Length: 35 days

Affiliate Network: Awin, Pepper Jam


Help university/college students save some money on their textbooks by sharing with them this great resource. eCampus is a website where you can students can get textbooks for cheaper.

Commission Rate: 6% per sale

Cookie Length: 45 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


Their catalogue includes notebooks, planners, digital tools, bags and other school and artists’ supplies

Commission Rate: 20% per sale

Cookie Length: 60 days

Affiliate Network: Awin


The largest global children’s publishing and media company with more than 80 years in business. They also have games and new software and tools.

Commission Rate: 6% per sale

Cookie Length: 30 days

Affiliate Network: Pepper Jam

Keeping Organized & Productivity Tools:


Recognized by the Today Show as the #1 app to make life easier, Cozi helps families manage everyday life with a shared calendar, shopping lists, to-do lists and more

Commission Rate: $1.50 per lead

Cookie Length: 60 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


Promote funny and trendy planners for students, along with books, wall art and other easy-sell products. 

Commission Rate: 10%-13% per sale

Cookie Length: 45 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Erin Condren:  

Erin Condren is a lifestyle brand revolutionizing the world of paper planning. They have an array of gorgeous and fun planners and organization products that will have every mom smiling while scheduling their days.

Commission Rate: 10% per sale

Cookie Length: up to 30 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


This is a cute shop on a mission to help organize busy moms with unique and elegant day planners. momAgenda has been featured in Real Simple and The New York Times and featured in The Today Show.

Commission Rate: 10% per sale

Cookie Length: 180 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Back-to-School Apparel:

My Kid’s Threads:  

This shop sells cute clothes for both kids and expecting moms, with a little twist – they also include consignment options and have discounted clothing perfect for back-to-school savings!

Commission Rate: 8% per sale

Cookie Length: 30 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


Help people be comfortable while stylish at work by promoting really cool and innovative shoes for work and daily life.

Commission Rate: 7% per sale

Cookie Length: 30 Days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


Cleatskins covers all cleated shoes from football to soccer, to golf, baseball, lacrosse and many other sports. Now that both kids and adults are resuming their sports activities, this is a great program to promote.

Commission Rate:  15% per sale

Cookie Length: 60 Days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

For School Supplies & Accessories:

Mabel’s Labels:

Mabel’s Labels creates cute and award-winning labels for babies, kids and grown-ups to keep personal belongings like jackets, water bottles and lunch bags safe.

Commission Rate: 10% on all sales

Cookie Length: 90 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Dollar Tree:  

Help parents and teachers save during the back-to-school season by promoting Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree is perhaps the largest single-price-point store in the U.S and now people can also purchase online.

Commission Rate: 5% per sale

Cookie Length: up to 30 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


I love checking out back-to-school stuff from this Zipit! It has super fun backpacks and bags for kids!

Commission Rate: 15% per sale

Cookie Length: 45 Days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

ACCO Brands US:  

The ACCO Brands family has been of the world’s largest suppliers of business, consumer and academic products. Think Mead and Fiver Star, some of the most popular brands in school/office supplies category.

Commission Rate: 5.5% per sale

Cookie Length: 30 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

Discount School Supply:  

Offers tons of supplies for school, arts, crafts, even teaching supplies at very affordable pricing.

Commission Rate: 4% per sale

Cookie Length: 7 days

Affiliate Network: Pepper Jam

For Work and Home Offices:

Wayfair Professional:  

A one-stop shop for business and home office furniture and accessories for professionals. This is a great program to promote if you cater to young professionals and even solopreneurs with home offices.

Commission Rate: $40 per sale

Cookie Length: 45 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


You may already be familiar with Freshbooks. It is the #1 cloud accounting solution for small business owners. This is a great accounting software for parents who run their own business.

Commission Rate:  $55 per sale

Cookie Length: 120 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale


A new and fast-growing administrative software for freelancers. With Bonsai, freelancers can go from proposal to payment to tax season without any hassles.

Commission Rate: $3 per lead

Cookie Length: 90 days

Affiliate Network: ShareASale

As you can see, there are many different programs you can benefit from during this back-to-school season.

I would keep in mind your own niche to pick programs that best match your audiences’ interests.

Bloggers and influencers in the parenting, kids and teaching niches would likely do better during this season, but even business and entrepreneurial niches can tap into the back-to-school season.

Just take me for example, I blog about making money online and yet I’m tapping into the back-to-season potential by creating a series of content around this season for affiliate marketers and other online entrepreneurs.

I’m also pinning a few business and mompreneurs planners on Pinterest because this is the perfect time to get your productivity on.

What about you? How can you – as an online entrepreneur at your specific stage – monetize the back-to-school season?

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