Affiliate marketing is one of the ways to make money online in which you promote other company’s products or services so that they can be sold out, and you get a commission. This kind of sales network is also called as referral network.
I have been making money with affiliate marketing for years using my different projects, and as per my experience I can say that it is one of the best monetization ways bloggers must not miss.
I have learned a lot of things working for years with this awesome marketing technique.
There are many blogger friends of mine who ask me which affiliate program they should join to make a lot of money
Let me tell you that it’s not the affiliate program that makes money automatically but your skills do. Those programs are just the platforms; you have to use your marketing and copywriting skills to sell products on your blog.
Below are few sure fire ways to make money with affiliate marketing:
Generate traffic and engagement on your blog
When you like to be an affiliate of some brand, you need to apply for that with your blog. They mainly review your blog’s stats content, and popularity to decide either to approve or disapprove. Thus, the very first step you need to take is to generate traffic and engagement on your blog.
Organic traffic has been the winner for me because most of the purchases happen with this traffic source only. So, you have to generate huge organic traffic from your targeted keywords.
Engagement is the second thing you should work on because when you work on this part, you actually make friends with bloggers and readers who read and comment on your blog most frequently. There are many sure shot ways to build engagement like…
- Build email list, so send regular mailers to subscribers.
- Run contests once in a while.
- Use short surveys to ask readers about their feedback on blog content quality.
- Have your picture on the blog – this helps in association of visitors with the man behind the show.
- External high quality relevant links where ever applicable does a great job in building relevance for the reader and leads to engagement.
- Embed videos at suitable spots – This can be about the product details or demonstration or may be un boxing if it’s about a device.
As the relationship grows, trust stats building up too. So when you recommend something to buy they are likely to buy or further share your recommendation. It really works!
Though Organic traffic is the most important source, you must work on other traffic sources as well. Never put all of your eggs in one basket! Spreading your income sources is required to be on the safer side.
One most important thing is, work hard to get targeted visitors because targeted visitors are most likely to buy products. Non-targeted users mostly come and bounce back thus no monetary benefits you get.
Apply for different Affiliate Programs
Though the number of sales you make is not program specific, I would still like to list out the best affiliate programs. Number of sales mostly depends on the number of targeted traffic, your compelling content, and your authority in your niche.
You should join Commission Junction, Shareasale, Amazon and Clickbank to start with, there are many more but it makes lot of sense to work with few and get the most out of them.
Make sure to build a good blog, and generate some good amount of traffic before applying to any affiliate program.
Choosing the Right Product
Most of the affiliate marketers do mistake by choosing every kind of products to promote. You must choose the right products to promote which are relevant for your blog content. Affiliate marketing success heavily depends on this factor because if you don’t promote the right product to the right audience then don’t expect the sales.
If you want to promote a product, make sure you have a Range of articles related to your product. Suppose I have this blog in technology niche. If I want to convert more sales, I should be focusing on 4-5 articles on related subjects to draw user’s attention, rather than one single post with affiliate links. It’s important to show up as a authority in a niche.
The reason for above is that a single unrelated product will not pull much organic traffic while a related product can get organic traffic and can be interlinked to get maximum exposure.
Now this one is the final and the most crucial part of affiliate marketing. Right kind of promotion can get your more sales. There are many ways you can promote the products to maximize the sales.
The First thing you should keep in the mind is that you have to get the affiliate link of products to link while promoting. You may get these from the affiliate dashboard of the program.
Below are the ways to promote affiliate products
Putting up affiliate banners is a nice way of promoting the products or services. Most of the Merchants offer creative banners, you just need to get the code and put on your blog. If you find those banners are not so attention grabbing then you may design a good one, and then put wherever you want on your blog; then add the affiliate link to the banner.
Tip: You should work day & night to build authority in your niche so that when you recommend something, audience take that seriously.
Writing reviews of a particular product and services is getting popularity as it works like a charm for most of the affiliate marketers. This works in most cases because when you write a product review, you write everything about the product like an intro, features, pros, cons, and even pricing. So the audience get to know all the details, and if they feel satisfied, they would click the link (you must add product’s affiliate Link somewhere in the review copy) to buy the product.
Check this post published on Shoutmeloud in which SEMRush tool has been reviewed in a great way. There you will find an affiliate link as well which is added there to direct people to the signup page, and if they buy a plan, the commission gets earned.
Mostly good affiliate marketers add the link at the end of the review to use it as CTA (Call To Action).
Creating a post with a list of Products
Sometimes you may write a post with a list of products with their short descriptions, and give buy now links there for every product. One more tip to convert more readers is to provide good in-depth details about the products you list. This way the reader will be convinced whether to buy or not. If you are writing smaller list posts, link each product to a review of the product you have covered previously. This will help the readers and ultimately you.
To give you some idea posts can be like:
- 10 keyword research tools
- 10 gadgets for your office
- 8 best micro sd cards for your smart phone.
- Top 5 laptops under RS 35,000
In such kind of posts, try to list products with smaller prices. To be more specific, I would say you should analyze your traffic sources and the audience type at first. Then you should write about products they usually use and need. This way you can convert the visitors more.
Send Newsletters mentioning the affiliate products.
Many a time, when there are great deals & discounts are being offered by the merchant, you may make use of your email list by sending them emails which talk about those offers. You should add your affiliate links to the mentioned products in the email. This works well!
No doubt, Affiliate marketing is one of the finest and the most lucrative ideas to make money online, but you must opt for the right approach.
One important thing I would like to recommend you that don’t promote affiliate products in every post you publish on the blog rather do it on regular intervals. Suppose if you publish 5 posts within 10 days then you should promote affiliate products in one of those articles or after those 5. Means write a post to promote affiliate products after every 5 general posts. [Not necessarily, you can publish such posts whenever you want.]
I am sure; this blog post helped you know some of the important steps to take to make money with affiliate marketing.
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