Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to earn a passive income from your blog, when you know what you’re doing. I am in awe of affiliate marketing. I learned years ago how truly effective it can be, and it never ceases to amaze me how easy it can be to implement, and make real money.
Lots of bloggers struggle to earn more than a few dollars using affiliate marketing, simply because they don’t know how to do it. They think that all they have to do is put links on their blog, and people will just click on that link and buy whatever product they’re promoting.
I cannot tell a lie; I kind of thought that’s how it worked too when I started my blog.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but it takes a little bit more ‘elbow grease’ than that to make money with affiliate marketing.
If you’re just getting started, and you haven’t implemented affiliate marketing on your blog yet, I absolutely suggest that you start like…yesterday.
One of the biggest myths about affiliate marketing is that you have to get mega traffic to be able to make more than some small change with it, but that’s just not true.
Anywho…let’s get to the meat of this thing;
Do NOT use a free blogging platform. If you want to monetize your blog (with affiliate marketing or anything else), you need to look professional and get that blog set up on WordPress, or something else that you’re comfortable using (I know that WordPress can be frustrating). It is possible (now) to use affiliate ads on a free blog host, but using a self-hosted blog, especially for monetization is just the standard.
Your blog is much more likely to be seen by a wider audience if it’s self-hosted. More traffic = more potential money.
You own your content with a self- hosted blog. Your free blog host can decide to yank all your hard work down at anytime, and there’s not a damn thing you could do about it…except curse, and rebuild. Total waste of time.
You can monetize your blog any damn way you please with a self-hosted blog
Brands want to work with bloggers who take their blogging business seriously. Having a self hosted blog, shows them that your work is more than just a hobby
Killer Money Requires a Killer Headline
In order to make money with any affiliate program(s) you’ve joined, people have to read what you’ve written. How to get potential readers interested in what you have to say? How do you do that?
Think about what you’re looking for when you’re searching the web. When you click on a blog post, you’re thinking what we call “WIIFM”, or What’s In It For Me. Your post titles have to scream “I’ve got what you need, and you need it NOW” to your readers, so that they HAVE to click and read your post. They HAVE to. I mean, isn’t that what we all want? The solution to our problems? When writing for your audience, think in terms of the possibility that you have the exact answer that they’ve been hunting for, so when they find your article, it HAS TO draw them in. Otherwise, they’ll never know that you can help them! You HAVE to convince them to click! And once they click, you need to make sure you deliver the goods! No one likes to click on a blog post because the title drew them in, only to find fluff. Ick. Nothing pisses me off more than feeling like I got tricked into clicking on something that wasn’t at ALL what I thought is was. Don’t do it.
Make sure that the thing you’re writing about is something that you actually use, and can recommend to your reader because actually like it (or in the case of not liking it, tell them so, and tell them why).
Choosing the Right Affiliate Programs
In the world of affiliate marketing, no two affiliate programs are the same. There are low paying programs, and there are high paying programs. Typically, the low paying programs are the ones that require you to do nothing more than throw it up on your blog and wait for people to simply see it. They require very little of the reader too. Maybe a click. No biggie.
The higher paying programs require more from you. Actual work.
When you’re choosing which programs you want to affiliate yourself with, find out if the products that you already use and like, have programs associated with them. It’s much easier to sell something that you love, than not.
The affiliate programs that I’m currently using (because of products that I happen to like):