As a online business owner, no matter if you’re just starting off or already a seasoned veteran, in order to build income you’ll need to build your audience.
Curate and build stuff your audience can use almost immediately. Believe in giving your content for free in order to gain a loyal following.
But does that mean that you can’t make money from them?
In fact, they’d love to buy things from you. That’s if you’ve been treating them right.
So, do you have to create your own product?
How will you make money then?
Well, that’s where affiliate marketing comes in.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
How Bloggers Can Earn With Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the easiest way for you to earn money. Especially if you already have some traffic coming in.
And below, I will show you how to make money as an affiliate/blogger.
Before you even think about promoting products and making sales, there’s something important you’ll need to do.
Choose a Quality Product
The first step to becoming a successful affiliate is to choose a product.
But, it cannot just be any old product.
It’s got to be great. It’s got to help the customer solve his or her problem.
It’s got to have a good affiliate program. It’s got to have a good commission rate. And, it’s got to have a trustworthy merchant.
Don’t worry about how much it costs. If it’s awesome, people will buy. Your commissions will stack up on top of each other until they’re taller than the Empire State Building.
And most importantly…
It’s got to relate to your blog’s topic. You can’t be trying to sell video game accessories to people who’re interested in losing their belly fat.
When you’re choosing a product to recommend to your readers, follow these guidelines:
- Make sure the product is nothing short of great. If you can give at least a 4/5 rating (based on your experience), that’d be awesome.
- Make sure that it has a good affiliate program. A good one will have tools like custom link tracking and etc.
- Make sure the price and/or commission rate is worth your while.
Now you’ll need a way to promote that product.
1. Write a Product Review Post
Product reviews are one of the best ways to get people to click your affiliate links.
According to a source, about 70% of consumers rely on reviews before making the purchase. And 72% will take action if it’s a positive review.
They’re even highly searched in the search engines. Particularly Google (obviously).
Seeing as how most of your potential affiliate product customers will come from organic search traffic, this is a big deal.
2. Write a Product Comparison Post
Another great, but hardly used, affiliate technique is the product comparison post.
It’s almost like the product review, but instead of reviewing just one, you review several. And, you don’t go all out or in-depth like you would with a normal product review post.
It’s also very similar to the product roundup post, which we’ll get into in a minute. But with 2 differences:
- You’ll talk a lot more about the products. More than roundups, less than reviews.
- You’ll go more specific. Instead of “best marketing tools” you’ll go with “best email marketing tools”.
3. Create a Recommended Resources Page
Perhaps the most underrated affiliate marketing tactic of them all, the “resources” page is one of the most visited pages on a lot of websites.
Why? Because people love using stuff the people they look up to use.
A Resources page is where you talk about your favorite tools or the tools you use to achieve success.
For example, if you’re a blogger you would recommend resources like your web host, favorite WP themes, the plugins you use, and more.
4. Sprinkle Links Throughout Your Content
This is simple. And could get you a sale here and there. But the link will still have to be relevant.
If you’re talking about anything related to the product you’re promoting, 90% of the time you’ll get to sneak your affiliate link in.
You can link to it when you mention the product itself, or even when you mention the product type.
Sometimes, you can even add a little note section where you recommend the product to the reader. It’s something like this:
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5. Create an Expert Roundup Post
Instead of asking the expert contributors for some sort of advice, you would ask them what their favorite tools are.
For example you could ask affiliate marketers which is their favorite affiliate program or how do they do their marketing, etc. You get the drift.
Compile all the replies into a post and you get a fully comprehensive, laser targeted and detailed post which will reach out to most in your niche.
Find opportunities and this is where you can link to your affiliate links.
6. Product A vs Product Z
What about the regular comparison posts where you compare product A with product Z?
Sure. But today, you rarely see them.
The reason? No clue.
Perhaps it’s because there are too many popular products in every category. Or maybe consumers already know which product they want.
You know what I mean?
With that said, you can still compare A vs. Z and see some success. But you’ll have to feature the right products. Otherwise, it’ll just be a waste of time.
Doing a “top ten” product roundup works wonders as well.
One thing I’d highly recommend, though, if you do create one of your own vs. a post, create a comparison table to go along with it.
CodeWP has one for theirs and it looks amazing. And I bet at least half of their visitors don’t even read the rest of the post.
Affiliate marketing is easily one of the best ways for bloggers to earn money.
It’s easier than most monetization methods because you’ll never need to create your own product or process orders and deliver.
All you need to do is choose the right product for your audience, introduce it to them using the methods above and you’ll get some success.