When I started blogging, I want to wanted to earn money from my blog right away. But I didn’t know that blogging takes much time, commitment, lots of work, learning, and frustrations.
These things did not stop me from achieving my goal of earning money online while staying at home. No matter how tough is the going, don’t quit because you’re not alone.
I’d never made money from my blog if I didn’t understand the power of growing an audience and monetize it through affiliate links.
Note: The easiest way to earn money from your blog as a beginner is affiliate marketing. You will be promoting other products and earn a commission on each sale made through your affiliate link.
This is not the only way to make money blogging but it is the most profitable for beginners. Here’s how it goes, you recommend affiliate products and services and get a commission for your sales. It is just simple, join the high-paying affiliate programs and start promoting products and services on your blog.
In this article, I am going to take you through all the steps of making money online as an affiliate marketer, even if you have never made a cent before, started a blog, or even don’t have an audience. The challenge is not having enough traffic, this post will teach you how to make money through affiliate marketing even if you’re a new blogger.
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using one of the links in this article, I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you.
There is a lot more to learn here, so let’s get going.
What is affiliate marketing?
It refers to the way how someone earns a commission for recommending products or services to friends or services.
This is all you have to do;
- You find a product you want to promote
- Do a search for the “product name” affiliate program. If it’s on Amazon, you can also promote it
- Sign up for their affiliate program
- You get a special link that allows the merchant to track the people who clicked your link
- If they buy the product, you get a commission.
Yes! That is it
Affiliate marketing might be something border but in this post, I am going to take you through the fundamentals of affiliate marketing and finally take you to the point where you can get your first affiliate commission.
8 Steps to start Affiliate Marketing with your blog
- Create a Website or A Blog
- Choose an Industry, and then Niche Down
- Research Products in Your Niche that You Can Review
- Sign Up for the Amazon Affiliate Program
- Find affiliate programs for the other products you want to review
- Create content in the form of tutorials, review posts, resource pages, or emails, and use your affiliate link
- Optimize the page and track your rankings in Google
Pretty simple! Right?
How much money can you make as an affiliate marketer?
The money you can make from affiliate marketing can vary widely. Honestly, it can be from Zero-Million of course.
Your income will be directly proportional to the type of offers you promote, how much traffic you get to the site, and your grasp of other online marketing skills like email marketing and SEO. By the end of this post, you will get a pretty good sense of the earning potential from different affiliate programs.
Join high-paying affiliate programs. Digital products like ebooks, courses, and printables pay as much as 50%.
How do you become an Affiliate Marketer?
Here’s the thing, you can pick just about any product that you can buy online, and there will be an affiliate program that will pay you a finders fee for referring a sale. However, just because you can promote anything, doesn’t mean you should.
The most important thing to consider when selecting a product to market is, “is it relevant to your audience?”
For instance, for me to try and advertise for Kids Clothing or toys on Branics Blog probably isn’t the smartest thing, because 99% of my audience could care less about them.
However, for me to promote, say, Bluehost a Web hosting company – makes much more sense, since almost every one of my readers either has or has considered starting a website.
Here are questions to ask yourself before promoting an affiliate product or service
When wanting to promote affiliate products always ask yourself the following questions.
- Do I use this product?
- Will the vast majority of my readers benefit from using this product?
- Is the buying process easy?
- Is there a good affiliate commission rate? (Not always necessary)
The answers to all the above questions should be yes and then you’re good to go.
Make a list of products that you use that you think your blog audience would benefit from using as well. Try to think of as many as you can.
And remember, these can include complementary products as well. If you write about travel, for instance, you can include tons of complementary products like luggage, headphones, backpacks, and clothing too. Hope am communicating! Right?
Now let’s get started!
How to get clicks on your affiliate links and make sales?
Well, there is more to learn from your traffic. You should know what they like, need, or want. Know the affiliate products you can recommend to them that are probably going to change their way of life and ease their struggles. All promote affiliate products according to your reader’s needs.
You can promote your affiliate products through social media, email, Pinterest, and mainly your blog.
Sprinkling affiliate links into your blog posts and waiting for sales notification is not just going to work. Remember that someone needs to buy through your affiliate links so you can earn your affiliate commission.
You still have to get people to read your affiliate posts, make them realize that the affiliate product you mention is exactly what they have been looking for.
Here’s how to make Affiliate sales when your traffic is not good
If you’re new to blogging, you definitely don’t have enough blog traffic, but still, you can make sales with the little traffic you have. Just be specific with your goal and be laser focus on your affiliate marketing strategy.
I know you have a goal! And it might be making $20 per day and this is 2 affiliate sales making $10 each or maybe you want to make more than that.
How do you make a sale? Are you following a strategy from a course you just finished? Are you trying a strategy you created?
Endeavor to have a specific goal and a strategic plan to achieve it.
Reasons for choosing Affiliate Marketing over other types of Monetization.
Most new bloggers assume that advertising or banner ads are the best way to monetize your site.
Up until a couple of years ago, I’d say you couldn’t be more wrong.
Because you needed a ton of traffic in order to make a significant amount of money, and the ads themselves would devalue your site and make it look horrible.
These days, this isn’t exactly true.
If you get to the point where you have 50k views a month, you’re able to qualify for certain ad networks (I like Mediavine) that actually pay pretty well for display ads.
They’re still ugly, but you can make some serious money as your traffic grows.
But this post is about affiliate marketing.
So why would I choose affiliate marketing as a primary revenue stream over display ads?
A lot of reasons, but a few of them are:
They won’t clutter up your site and ruin the aesthetics
You can get started even if you don’t have a ton of traffic
When done the right way, affiliate links can help build trust with your audience, rather than detract from it
You can get paid for products you already use and love
Over time you can get free products to review
These are just a handful of the reasons affiliate marketing is such a good way to monetize your site, but they certainly aren’t the only ones.
And keep in mind, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You can have display ads and affiliate links. Just be sure you’re not trying to hard to make money that you’re losing trust in the process.
Here’s the Affiliate marketing plan you can follow
Never waste your energy and time on promoting all your posts
Keep a close eye on your top-performing posts on your blog. You can find your top-performing posts using Google Analytics. Optimize your top-performing posts by adding affiliate links and lead magnets to collect your reader’s email so you can follow up.
Promote on Pinterest
Pinterest is one of the major sources of traffic to your blog so give it close attention. Create 5 pin versions for your top 5 performing posts and keep pinning them on Pinterest. This means you have 25 pins pointing to your top 5 blog posts.
Replicate the version of the pin that getting the most clicks. Pay attention to the headlines that get the click. This strategy can bring huge and targeted traffic to your affiliate posts.
Create more than one content that promotes the same product
This should one of your favorite strategies for attracting traffic to your top-selling affiliate product. If you’re a beginner, focus on 2 or 3 products instead of working so hard to get traffic to all of them.
Say, for example, the daily planner that you are promoting is getting good sales conversions. Can you write more blog posts promoting this specific planner? Can you create a relevant opt-in freebie and promote the planner to your new subscribers? There are three types of affiliate posts you can write quickly, these include, list posts, review posts, tutorial posts.
Don’t stop learning
Don’t stop taking free and paid courses, read as many blog posts as you can about the topic you need help with, Yes! Try to invest in yourself.
Learn what makes a profit by focusing on one skill or strategy.
If you need help with getting traffic to your affiliate links, dedicate an entire week or month to learning about it.
I was not good at creating pins. My pin designs were so bad, color and fonts were not complimenting each other. But my goal was to increase clicks on my pins, so I had to learn about creating clickable pins.
I created a Pinterest board where I saved beautiful pins that I liked on Pinterest for my inspiration. I read a lot about branding your pins and creating viral pins. Over time, creating viral pins became so easy for me and my pins started to go viral and my pins were getting clicks.
Don’t be fooled by urgent things
We tend to finish urgent things that do not really matter in a long run. Instead, focus on small things that help you make people click on your affiliate links or tasks that bring your blog to the next level.
Instead of spending an hour on Facebook groups why not learn about keywords? Or craft eye-catching headlines that get the click on Pinterest. These small tasks will bring huge traffic to your affiliate links.
Instead of following people on Social Media why not brainstorm your next freebie to get your readers onto your email list? This gives you an opportunity to check in with your readers and remind them why the affiliate product you mentioned in your blog posts can help them.
Most people don’t buy the first time they hear about a product. You need to remind them by sending follow up through emails.
Here is how to get affiliate links.
After signing up for any affiliate program, you will be able to login into your dashboard with the email and password you set when signing up. The Affiliate like is always available in your affiliate dashboard. It doesn’t a minute to get your affiliate link when you sign up for any affiliate program.
Don’t forget this when sharing your affiliate links
Do not forget to disclose that you are getting commissions from the products you are promoting. If it is a blog post, a simple note that your posts have affiliate links will do. The same goes for emails. On Pinterest, you can simply add #ads, #aff link into your pin description. This is to show Loyalty to your readers.
I would love to hear from you and your feedback on this post is highly appreciated. Kindly feel free to let us know the affiliate marketing programs you’re currently enrolled in, they could help my readers too.
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