Would you like to earn money with affiliate marketing? Do you want to learn real strategies that can be used to increase the earnings of your site? Are you eager to learn tested affiliate marketing tips and techniques?
If you answered “YES” to any of the questions above, you are in the right place. In this article, I will show you how to earn money with affiliate marketing on your blog, why it’s so important and some useful tips that will help you succeed.
What is affiliate marketing?
There are many definitions for affiliate marketing, but I like to go with this simple one. It’s the process of promoting someone else’s product for a commission.
All you have to do is recommend products to your audience. Tell them about the product you are trying to promote and when they decide to buy it after clicking on your link, you would earn a commission.
Now that you understand what affiliate marketing is all about, let me tell you 4 reasons why you should do affiliate marketing on a blog.
Why do affiliate marketing on a blog?
It’s more profitable than google AdSense
There are many reasons why I would recommend you do affiliate marketing on your blog. I know you might have heard of google AdSense and you might be trying to get approval to your own blog.
The truth of the matter is, you can make a lot of money with google AdSense if you have lots of visitors to your website. But you can make a whole lot more with affiliate marketing with the same amount of traffic. Here are some other reasons why you should do affiliate marketing on your blog.
Free organic traffic
The second reason why affiliate marketing should be done on a blog is, you don’t need to pay huge amount of money to get traffic to your blog.
If you do the basic SEO requirements, your blog will be raking in free traffic for you on autopilot.
Just think about it, you have some of the articles on your blog ranking on page 1 of google while some people will be paying money for their ads to show up on that same page, if they stop paying their traffic dies down, but yours is organic and will continue to get traffic.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
It can be a source of passive income
Isn’t this another source of passive income? Well, with free traffic coming into your blog every day, don’t you think it can be monetized? Of course, it can. If you add your affiliate links on those articles that are ranking on google, you will start seeing sales every single day.
It’s a digital asset
If you’ve read rich dad poor dad by Robert T. kiyosaki, then you already know what an asset is. If you haven’t read that book, go and get it.
Anyways, to summarize what you’ll learn in the book, rich dad said that anything putting money in your pocket is an asset, while does things taking money out of your pocket are liabilities”
Since your affiliate blog will be putting money inside your pocket, do you think we can call it a digital asset? Well, I do.
Now that you’ve seen the various reasons why you should start affiliate marketing on your website and why you create an affiliate marketing website (if you haven’t already) I want to show you the “how” of the entire process.
Are your ready, let’s jump in!
How to do affiliate marketing on a blog
This is the meaty part of this article, so pay close attention and if possible, take some notes.
Just like every other thing, there are different ways to do affiliate marketing on your blog, below I listed some of the best methods and their level of importance.
Reviews are one of the best ways to get affiliate sales. People searching for product reviews on google already know about the product and might just be looking for some insights about the product before they buy.
They require less convincing before they say yes, so your review page will have a higher conversion rate. But this usually has higher competition because there are other affiliates trying to rank for that same keyword.
With comparisons, you can help many people save time and also make a lot of affiliate commissions. Here’s how it’s done. Find two similar products. Signup for their affiliate programs.
Then create a comparison article that will talk about the differences between the two products.
The benefit of doing this is both sides. Before people buy things online they compare two similar products to see the winner. They check the price differences, and the features, so when you create such articles, it will help you get a lot of traffic and make commissions.
When people read your comparison, they will make their choice on which product to go for. Since you are an affiliate for the two products. You will make money irrespective of their choice. It’s a really cool affiliate marketing strategy.
3. How-to tutorials
People search for how-to articles all the time. How to create a website, how to make money, how to start a YouTube channel, how to do affiliate marketing, and so on.
Creating a tutorial that will show someone how to do something is a surefire way to promote affiliate products especially when you make the tutorial about the product you are trying to promote.
Let’s say you were promoting a laptop, you might create a tutorial that will show people how to find the best laptop online. Inside the tutorial, you can share your affiliate links as recommended laptops.
If you don’t know how to anything about the product you are trying to promote, spend some time online and learn about it. Read other tutorials and become the expert.
This is a very simple way to promote affiliate products. It requires less work on your path and will help you get some affiliate commissions as well as beautify your website.
Although banners are not our main focus on Gideon Empire, using it can be of great help to you as an affiliate marketer.
Before using banner ads on your website, make sure you are getting a lot of visitors and your hosting is of very good quality. This is because, when you use banners, it increase your page load time as the banners will also try to load themselves.
5. Recommendation pages
One of the best ways to promote affiliate products. Recommendations page on your website serves your website visitors well as it helps them to find the best products that will be of help to them.
Although it hardly ranks on google, you can be sure that it does convert like crazy. Whenever someone clicks on your recommendations page, they are definitely looking for good tools to use.
If you want your recommendations page to get a lot of visitors. Always link to it from your blog posts. It doesn’t have to be too fancy. Just list a bunch of useful tools that you feel will be of help to your website visitors and tell them about it. As an affiliate marketer, you want to add your affiliate links there instead of the original website URL.
Success tips for affiliate marketing on a blog
Use internal linking
Internal links are the best ways to get conversions. You could be writing about a tool like getresponse, wouldn’t it be nice to add your affiliate link to it.
Whenever someone reads your article they would, see that it is a link and could click on it and buy the product.
Internal links works great for both reviews and how-to articles.
Give value, don’t spam your links
That is a very wrong strategy. Don’t practice it. It will only get your banned from most of those groups and people will see you as a spammer.
The best way to do it is to give value to others. The more value you provide the better. Do it consistently and tell people about your freebie to get them to join your email list. Once they are part of your email list, they are now traffic that you own. You can now send them emails as much as you like and make money with email marketing. It’s a good strategy.
By now you already know what affiliate marketing is all about and how to earn money with it on your blog. Go back up and take notes if you didn’t do that the first time.
I love affiliate marketing so much because it is a very simple business model and you can start with little or no money at all. Before you read the next article, I want you to understand this.
If this is your first online business, I want you to dedicate yourself and focus on doing this thing. You might not see results the first month or even the first six months but once you start making some sales, it will be very easy to scale.