10 Tips Starting Blog And Learn To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

10 Tips Starting Blog And Learn to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

Many of those blogging experts mentioned affiliate marketing as one of their favorite ways to make money from a blog, and so I thought it would be helpful to write a detailed article about why and how bloggers can make money through affiliate programs. If you’re looking to make more from your own blog one of the best possibilities is to increase the amount you are making as an affiliate.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

There are a lot of reasons for bloggers to love affiliate marketing. Here is a look at some of the most significant reasons.

1. No Need to Create Your Own Product

Creating your own digital product is also a great way to monetize a blog. However, creating your own product can take a lot of time, and that is something many bloggers don’t have. Probably the number one benefit of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to dedicate any time at all to creating a product. Someone else dedicates countless hours into creating their product, and as an affiliate you can start promoting it right away, and you’ll get a commission for every sale you refer.

And with digital products you commission as an affiliate is usually pretty substantial. For example, you may get a 50% commission for each sale you make. In this case you’re making as much from each sale as the person who dedicated many hours to create the product! Without the need to dedicate the time to create the product it’s possible for you to promote a greater variety and quantity of products as an affiliate than you would be able to create on your own.

2. No Time Requirement for Customer Service

Not only will you not have to dedicate time up front to create the product, but as an affiliate you can also avoid the need to dedicate time on an on-going basis for customer service. The amount of time needed for customer service will vary depending on the type of the product, but some product creators/sellers need to dedicate serious amounts of time and/or money to be able to effectively support their product.

Some of the most popular, and potentially lucrative, products to create include software, WordPress themes, and WordPress plugins. While it is possible for product creators to make plenty of money with these types of products, they tend to also require a major commitment to provide adequate support for customers. As an affiliate you won’t be responsible to provide customer service or support, you’ll just make the referral and once the sale is made support will be the seller’s responsibility.

3. High Income Potential

Although the time requirements for affiliates is low, the income potential is very high. If you have an established reputation or a responsive base of readers, affiliate marketing has the potential to be extremely lucrative for you. Just look at Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. Pat makes more than $50,000 per month from affiliate programs because he has a large audience that trusts his recommendations, and he doesn’t abuse that trust.

The amount of money that bloggers can make through affiliate marketing will vary greatly. If you have a new blog or a very small audience you can’t realistically expect to make big money as an affiliate, but if you are consistently working to grow your blog audience affiliate marketing can be a great opportunity.

4. Plenty of Products to Promote

Affiliate programs exist in just about any industry or niche you can imagine. Regardless of what topics you blog about, chances are there are at least a few products that you could promote as an affiliate that would be a good fit for your audience. The more popular your niche or industry is, the more choices you will have. Industries with a lot of affiliate products often have great terms for affiliates (most notably, high commissions) because there is a lot of competition to get affiliates. To find products to promote you can browse through sites like OfferVault, CJ Affiliate, Clickbank, ShareASale, and other major networks and directories. You can also pay attention to other blogs in your industry and see what products they are promoting. It’s also a good idea to visit the sites of products and services that you use to see if they offer an affiliate program.

5. Benefit from Your Established Reputation

As an active blogger you are always working to expand your reach and establish your reputation with your audience. Promoting products as an affiliate allows you to make some money as a result of the reputation and trust that you have built. If your readers trust you they will be far more likely to buy a product as a result of your recommendation.

Of course, you need to be very careful not to take advantage of your readers because you can blow that trust in an instant. If you only promote quality products that you know your readers will like, you can manage to grow your income as an affiliate without compromising.

6. Can Be Used in Combination with Other Monetization Methods

One of the things I really love about affiliate marketing is that it can be easily used in combination with other monetization methods. In fact, I think it is possible for just about any blog to use affiliate marketing in one way or another. Being an affiliate doesn’t require you to focus all of your monetization efforts on affiliate marketing.

For example, if your primary method of making money from your blog is to sell your own product, you can also promote a few select products as an affiliate. Ideally these products will complement your own product, or at least appeal to the same audience, but will not compete directly with your own product.

If you make money at your blog through ad sales you can use affiliate ads when you have unsold ad inventory, and you can also use affiliate links in your post content. If AdSense is your primary monetization method you can test your ad zones to see if it is possible to make more money by promoting a top selling affiliate product in those ad zones instead of using AdSense.

Regardless of what you are doing with your blog, affiliate marketing is a possibility.

7. Can Be Used to Gauge Interest Before Creating Your Own Product

If you are considering creating your own product but you’re unsure about how much demand it will have from your readers, you can test this by promoting a comparable product as an affiliate. If you’re audience is very receptive to a particular product that you promote as an affiliate, chances are they will also be interested in a similar product created by you. And if a particular product generates very little interest from your audience you may decide against using a lot of your own time to create a similar product. Short-term affiliate promotions can be easily used like this to help you determine what types of products your readers are likely to buy.

8. You’re Probably Promoting Products Anyway

As a blogger you are probably promoting some products whether you are an affiliate or not. It’s only natural for you to mention, recommend, or link to products and services that you like so your readers can also benefit from them. As an affiliate you can continue to do the same thing, you’ll just be using an affiliate link and you’ll be compensated for the referrals that you make.

How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing Through Your Blog

Ok, so now that we’ve looked at some of the most convincing reasons why you may want to include affiliate marketing in your blog monetization plan, let’s take a look at how you can have success with it.

1. Choose a Few Main Products/Services to Focus On

Although you can promote countless products as an affiliate, it’s usually best to have one or a few main products that you promote the most aggressively. These products will serve as the cornerstone for you affiliate revenue, even if you make smaller amounts of money from many other affiliate programs as well.

Having a few products that you have designated as a priority will allow you to focus your efforts and ensure your success at promoting those products. You can keep these products in mind when you are deciding what types of content to publish at your blog, how to design or layout your blog, and what you should include in emails to your subscribers.

Ideally, these main products should:

  • be a product/service that you use or have used in the past
  • be of interest or relevant to a high percentage of your audience
  • offer a high payout to affiliates (this is nice, but not absolutely necessary)

2. Promote These Main Products Prominently

The amount of success you have in promoting affiliate products through your blog will be greatly impacted by how and where you promote these products. If you want to maximize clicks on your affiliate links, sales, and ultimately your income, you will need to promote affiliate products where they will be seen. Prominent locations may include a header bar, within post content, at the end of posts, or even at the top of posts. Typically, sidebar promotions and banners will not get as much attention because most blog visitors tune out your sidebar and don’t even really notice what is there.

An example of this comes from Blog Tyrant. Ramsay uses a sticky header bar (as you scroll down the page the header bar will stick to the top of the browser) with a message that says “Start a Blog in 5 Mins (& Get a Free Domain)” and it includes a button that says “Show Me”. That link leads to a page with a 4-step process for starting a blog, with affiliate links to Bluehost and AWeber.

Once you have decided on the main products that you want to promote, think about how you can get the most exposure for them on your blog. Promote them in a prominent location (or as Ramsay showed, promote other content on your site and use that content to funnel visitors through your affiliate link).

3. Collect Email Addresses Aggressively

One of the best ways to make money with affiliate marketing is through your email list. While it is certainly possible to make good money with affiliate links in your post content or at other locations on your blog, it’s also possible to make a lot of sales through your email list. When someone subscribe to your email list you will be able to stay in contact with them and develop trust through your emails and the blog content that you promote in your emails. When you occasionally promote products your subscribers will be more likely to trust your recommendations because of that relationship that you have developed.

So you’ll want to make list building one of the main priorities of your blog. This means you’ll need to be more aggressive than simply including an optin form in your blog sidebar. I have a post that showcases 15 different WordPress plugins that you can use to grow your list quickly. Choose one, or a few, of these plugins to help you maximize your conversions.

4. Promote Through an Autoresponder Sequence

If you’re using a email marketing provider like GetResponse or AWeber you will have access to an autoresponder (one of the reasons I don’t recommend the free plan from MailChimp is because it does not include autoresponder functionality). With an autoresponder you can set up emails to be sent to your subscribers automatically at specific intervals based on when they subscribe. So you could have a series of 10 emails set to automatically go out to each person that subscribes. Each email would be set to go out a certain number of days after they subscribe.

Setting up an autoresponder sequence is a great way to increase traffic to your site (assuming you include links to your blog content in at least some of the emails), and you can also use the autoresponder to help with your efforts as an affiliate. You could set up an email specifically to promote a certain product, or you could use it to link back to a blog post that includes affiliate links or a promotion of a specific product. Once you have the autoresponder set up it will continue to work on autopilot leading more visitors back to your site and getting more clicks on your affiliate links.

5. Don’t Rely on Banner Ads

One mistake that many bloggers make is to rely on banner ads to generate income as an affiliate. Most affiliate programs that you sign up for will offer banners that you can use at your blog with your affiliate link. While banners can produce some clicks and sales, they will not be nearly as effective as other types of promotions. Affiliate links that you include in your blog post content (especially when you are specifically recommending a product) will almost always outperform banners. Links within emails or promotions that are set up through your autoresponder will also typically outperform banner ads.

It’s not a bad practice to use banners as an affiliate (in moderation), but you don’t want to rely on it exclusively. Be sure that you are promoting affiliate products in other ways that tend to be more effective. One of the problems with banner ads for affiliates is that they tend to look just like paid banner ads, or even AdSense. Part of the reason that affiliate marketing can be so powerful for bloggers includes the aspect of a personal recommendation, and banner ads rarely have the feel of a personal recommendation.

6. Publish Product Reviews

If you want to use your blog content to promote specific products as an affiliate, one option is to write and publish product reviews. Through the review you’ll share your own personal experience and opinions related to a product. You’ll want to be honest and share the pros and cons, and if the product is high quality and you can honestly recommend it to your readers it may lead to some affiliate sales. You can see an example from my SiteGround hosting review that I wrote a couple of months ago. Reviews can also generate some search traffic as many people will search for reviews before buying a product.

There are several WordPress plugins that can help to make your reviews more user-friendly and effective. For my SiteGround hosting review I used the free version of WP Review, which allows you to give a few different types of ratings (stars, points, or percentages) and display the data attractively on your post/page. If reviews are a bigger part of your monetization plan you may want to invest in a more robust plugin like Author hReview.

7. Publish Tutorials That Focus on Specific Products

This approach is somewhat similar to the previous point, except that instead of writing and publishing a product review you would write a tutorial that shows your readers how to put the product into use for themselves.

Matthew Woodward is a master at this and you can follow the example from his posts like Revealing My Dirty Little Secret to Unlock Thousands of Social Media Shares. So in your post you will basically just introduce your readers to a certain product, explain how it can help them, and show them how to use it. This is a great way to promote a product and help your readers at the same time.

Like reviews, these posts can also be good for attracting search engine traffic when people are looking for info on a product that they are considering buying. These types of posts are also ideal for including in your autoresponder series because they can be very valuable for readers while still earning some money for you.

8. Work Affiliate Links into Your Posts

Affiliate links can also be used in your typical blog posts. You don’t always need to specifically create a post to highlight a product in order to be able to work it into your post content. As you are writing and editing your posts look for opportunities to mention the products that you promote as an affiliate.

You can also go back through key posts in your blog’s archives and look for opportunities to include some affiliate links where relevant. This is especially true if you are a part of Amazon’s affiliate program. One of the main strategies to make money with Amazon is to simply get people to click on your affiliate links. With the massive variety of products that Amazon offers and with the number of people that buy from Amazon on a regular basis you my benefit from simply getting visitors to their site. Once they are there they may wind up buying something, even if it is not the product that you linked to, and you can get a commission.

9. Promote Your Key Posts That Include Affiliate Links

Once you have published a post or added affiliate links to old posts in your archives there is still more you can do. In some cases simply publishing the post and adding the links will be enough to get some results, but a little extra promotion can help a lot. There are several ways that you go about this, whether you are promoting new posts that have just been published or older posts from your archives.

Promote through your social profiles – Of course, sharing your posts through your social profiles is a great way to get some exposure. Most bloggers promote their new posts, but not very many go to the trouble of also promoting older posts. If you have key posts in your archives that promote affiliate products, why not share these posts through your social profiles as well?

Automate sharing for the future – With the help of tools like HootSuite and Socialoomph you can easily promote your key posts repeatedly over a period of time. This is a great way to keep your posts with important affiliate links in front of your followers, and to keep getting clicks on those affiliate links within your post content.

Get others to promote your posts – You can use tools like JustRetweet and Viral Content Buzz to get more shares for your posts with your affiliate links. And again, you can promote older posts from your archives through these sites, not just your new posts. You can also use plugins like Social Locker to encourage your visitors to share a link to the post, which of course can lead to even more exposure.

Include links in your new posts – As you write and publish new blog posts take some time to read through the post and look for opportunities to link to your key posts that promote affiliate products.

Include these posts in your autoresponder – I mentioned this earlier, but it is worth mentioning again. Your email autoresponder is a great tool to keep your key content in front of targeted readers. If you have key posts on your blog that generate affiliate revenue for you, find ways to link to these posts through emails that are in your autoresponder sequence after someone subscribes to your list. If you are constantly gaining new subscribers you will also constantly have this important content in front of subscribers as they receive your autoresponder emails.

Set up a “Start Here” page – Many blogs, this one included, have a start here page that serves as a starting point for new visitors. At this page you can link to some key posts on your blog that not only provide helpful info for new visitors, but also promote certain products as an affiliate.

Get links – Acquiring links from other websites and blogs is a great way to get more exposure to your key content. Links can lead to more clickthrough traffic as well as improved search engine rankings.

10. Ask for a Higher Commission

If you consistently have success with a particular affiliate program, consider contacting the affiliate manager to ask for a higher payout. It’s very common for successful affiliates to be paid at a commission that is higher than the amount that is listed publicly. Affiliate managers will often approve this in order to reward and incentivize top performers, as well as to prevent losing those affiliates to a competitor that is willing to pay more.

In order to be able to justify a higher commission you’ll probably need a track record that demonstrates you are more effective than most affiliates. If this is the case, getting an increase in your commission could make a big difference to your bottom line, and it could give you more incentive to promote that product.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
How to Develop Mindfulness to Become A Millionaire? (part 2)
What is the secret to become a millionaire? In Part 1of How to develop Mindfulness to become a Millionaire? I explained to you that most people don’t know how to become a millionaire and that is why most never become financially successful. You won’t believe it but you are able…
By: Michelle27 in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   May 18, 2016  
  Likes: 1

How to Develop Mindfulness to Become A Milllionaire?
What is the secret to become a millionaire? Most people don’t know how to become a millionaire and that is why most never become financially successful. You won’t believe it but you are able to attract money by changing how you think….. Sit back and enjoy the journey of How…
By: Michelle27 in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   May 10, 2016  
  Likes: 1

How To Make Money On Fiverr
As the name suggests, all administrations offered on Fiverr begin at just $5. It is a mainstream stage for new specialists, understudies, and those looking for some low maintenance profit. Whether you are as of now a specialist or you are considering beginning, Fiverr can bring about various positive advantages…
By: Saurav in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   May 10, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Creating pages with categories were big blow to me when i started creating my first website. Although i took the training perfectly well but i was still not figuring the difference between pages and categories.I sort for answers everywhere but did not find any until i sat one Saturday that…
By: Roland Wiredu in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   May 04, 2016  
  Likes: 0

The Wealthy Affiliate Testimonials
Scams are a part of life whether online or offline. Let's face it where ever there are humans, there will be scams! And online, there are hundreds of thousands of them. So it's quite obvious that the sheer number makes it difficult to identify and avoid them. But now and…
By: Vik  in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Apr 08, 2016  
  Likes: 1

What To Do After Publishing A Blog Post
If you have been blogging everyday without any results, this might be a game changing article for you. So, let's get something straight. As a new website, your going to need to do most of the promoting if you want your content to be seen. Established websites don't have to…
By: Tomas Bishop in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Mar 20, 2016  
  Likes: 0

When Should You Start to Monetize Your Blog?
There are so many blogs out there that it's a safe bet that many people you know have some type of blog, whether business or personal. So the question about monetizing a blog is probably in most people's minds. Blogging has made the world very small. With Internet access and…
By: Juan Rademacher in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Mar 11, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Dell B1265 Laser Driver Download
Dell B1265 Laser – This printer prints at a pace of 29 pages per minute, simply the quickest among the many all-in-one printers we reviewed. Even when you have a paper-dependent workplace, the B1265 must be quick sufficient to maintain up. Moreover, its month-to-month responsibility cycle is rated at 20,000…
By: rafsanjani in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Feb 26, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Starting A Successful Blog,successful Blogging
A blog is a site published on the World Wide Web that is informative and it consists of discrete entries that are displayed in a manner that the most recent entry appears first. This means that a blog is a post that is public and should be credible enough. Anyone…
By: Emma14 in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Feb 23, 2016  
  Likes: 1

Sticks And Stones...Power
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. I remember that popular phrase from my early childhood days and often wonder who the idiot was that originated it and if he or she still believes it. Although words won't physically cause harm directly they can…
By: ken15 in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Nov 24, 2013  
  Likes: 1

A Few More Branding Tips
Just a few more words about how to improve or strengthen your branding and bearing in mind that the whole point of this is to reinforce the reliability of your brand in the mind of the end-user. In the previous post I touched on the fact that you don't really…
By: Chris Hooker in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Jul 21, 2015  
  Likes: 2

's Kitchen
Welcome to my kitchen! My name is Siena. I'm a number cruncher by profession, an entrepreneur by vocation and an excellent cook by heart. I love coffee, fresh spices and anything with coconut! I'm a passionate participant of life so I try to live and eat healthy each day. I…
By: Siena in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Jul 14, 2015  
  Likes: 0

Illusions Of Life
Illusion on the grandest scale beyond the comprehension of the puny human mind may have been in progress since the beginning of our concept of time. Consider that nothing is real in the way that we consider reality but everything may be an illusion created my a masterful supreme being…
By: ken15 in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Jan 12, 2014  
  Likes: 14

How to Be Productive As A Blogger
If you are a blogger, you are likely tickled to have found work that you are in control of. For once, you do not have a boss who is threatening to cut your hours if you do not work fast enough. Instead, you are your own boss. You get to…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Apr 14, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Learn How to Set Up A Blog for Free And Give Voice to Your Thoughts
In today’s era, what is written in the virtual domain is treated with absolute importance. By saying so it is a reference to the fact that anything posted on the net reaches out to millions of people within the shortest possible time. With the gradual increase in Internet usage things…
By: julia bennet in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   May 17, 2015  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1362    Report this Article