Affiliate Marketing for Blogging Beginners
Affiliate marketing for bloggers can be very profitable if you know what you’re doing. Here are 7 tips to be successful with affiliate marketing especially if you’re just starting out.
If you’ve been blogging for a while and you’re ready to start monetizing your blog or if you’re just starting out and you want to monetize from the beginning, being an affiliate marketer is one of the easiest ways to start earning money.
Affiliate marketing for bloggers can be an amazing source of income and it is one of the easiest ways to start earning money.
Now don’t misunderstand me.
I’m not saying affiliate marketing is easy. It is just one of the easier ways to earn money. There are no easy ways to earn money.
Affiliate marketing is a simple way to earn money (simple not easy).
You find a product you want to promote. Sign up to be an affiliate for that product.
Get your special affiliate link.
You put that link in a blog post.
Someone clicks on the link and buys that product (or another product from that company).
That company sends you an affiliate check.
Wait, now that I typed it all out it’s sounds a little more involved than I thought.
And yet it is still one of the easiest ways to earn money as a blogger…which lets you know that blogging ain’t easy. It takes some strategy, that’s for sure.
Speaking of strategy, I have a Christian Blogging Roadmap that I created that is filled with blogging strategies for the Christian blogger.
You can download a free copy below
And now let’s discuss just a few (5 to be exact) ways you can be a more successful affiliate marketing blogger.
This post may contain affiliate links which means I get a commission if you purchase something after clicking on one of those links. But don’t worry. I’m not going to recommend something I don’t really believe it because that would just be wrong.
Affiliate Marketing For Beginning Bloggers: 5 Tips For Success
1. Make sure the affiliate products you promote match your audience’s needs
If you’ve tried to promote affiliate products and you’re not making any sales, it might be that you are promoting products that your audience doesn’t need or want.
For instance, this is Christian Blogging Academy.
The products that I promote on this site will match up with the needs of Christian bloggers who either monetize their blogs or use their blogs as a platform for their business.
It wouldn’t make a lot of sense for me to promote homeschool supplies.
However, if I was niched down to targeting Christian Bloggers who are moms, then maybe homeschool supplies would make sense.
But my target audience isn’t just for moms but for Christian business bloggers, male and female.
Therefore, I would need to find products that made sense for this audience, like when I promote Convertkit.
Convertkit is a product that bloggers need to help build their email lists.
That was an affiliate link by the way and I placed it there in case one of the bloggers reading this post is looking for an email marketing service.
That was just a casually placed affiliate link. I don’t expect to get lots of sales from it.
However, there is a better way of using affiliate links that would get you more sales…
2. Use SEO To Bring Your Target Market To Your Blog Post
If you want to sell affiliate products one of the best ways to do it is by creating blog posts that are SEO or search engine optimized.
If you don’t know what SEO means then take a look at almost any post at Neil Patel’s blog. He’s like an SEO master.
I’ll just very briefly describe what SEO is.
Search engine optimization is when you choose a keyword that you believe someone in your target audience would use to search in Google.
You take that keyword and you use it in your post to signify to the search engines that your blog post is about that keyword.
Then when someone types that keyword into Google, if you’re blog post is SEO, it might show up on the first page of Google.
This increases the amount of targeted traffic to your website.
I have made SEO sound way simpler than it really is. There are far more components to SEO than just choosing a keyword but that’s for another post.
The point is, if you can get your blog post on the first page of Google for your target keyword, you can get more traffic to your blog.
For instance, let’s say you’re an affiliate for a company selling t-shirts with crosses on them.
If you could get your blog post on the first page of Google (or another search engine) for cross t-shirts then you would be able to attract the exact people who are looking for cross t-shirts.
Those people are far more likely to buy from you than people who are not looking for cross t-shirts.
There’s other ways to attract your target audience too. Like in #3…
3. Create email list building freebies that match your affiliate products
Going back to example 2…Let’s say you are promoting cross t-shirts. A good idea would be to create an email opt-in freebie that would entice people interested in cross decor or clothing.
Or you might offer a discount on the clothes for anyone who signs up for your email list.
Just be sure that the company you affiliate for is okay with you doing that. Some don’t let you promote their products in an email or offer discounts.
You can check their terms of service.
Or sometimes, I shoot the affiliate manager an email and ask directly. And I hold on to that email for future reference.
4. Don’t Just Throw Links Into A Blog Post With No Strategy
I’ve already mentioned 3 strategies in the previous points and yet sometimes we still just get in a hurry and just put an affiliate link into a blog post and hope for the best.
Then we will get disappointed when we don’t get sales (guilty).
You can’t just put random links in a blog post with no plan, no thought of target audience and expect to make a living. Probably not going to happen.
And with that in mind, we will move on to point number 5…
5. Inform, educate, and entertain your audience to help sell more affiliate products
When I think back to when I’ve bought affiliate products from other some of the reasons why I bought from them is because they informed, educated and/or entertained me.
Examples of blog posts like that are how to, tutorials, and review products.
Different techniques you can use to make the blog post more educational is by using pictures, videos, infographics, slide shows, and quizzes.
Using these strategies really help your content stand out among the masses.
Next Steps: What should I do first in affiliate marketing for bloggers?
My advice: Sign up with an affiliate marketing network like ShareaSale and start to look for companies who sell products that your target audience needs and wants.
It’s free to join so there’s absolutely no risk involved. You should definitely check them out. They are my favorite affiliate marketing network. 🙂
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