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“Congrats! You’ve just made a sale”.
How happy will you be whenever you see this message in your inbox?
What if I say you can earn money even while you’re sleeping??
Have you understood what I’m talking about?
Yes, it’s affiliate marketing.
This the best way to make money from your blog.
Here are few steps to better understand affiliate marketing to earn decent amount from your blog.
Are you READY?
What is affiliate marketing?
It simply means, selling other people products.
You can sell others stuff by promoting at your blog.
You will be paid by the merchant(affiliate program) if your readers/customers make a sale. In other words, you’ll be paid if anyone of your readers buy something which you refer on your blog.
Understood? I hope so. Let’s get into the next step.
How to become an affiliate?
Affiliate marketing is the best way to monetize your blog rather than making money with any other programs like Google AdSense, BSA, infolinks etc.
There are thousands of merchants which have affiliate programs that they want to sell their stuff. You’ll earn money if you sell their products.
Few things to keep in mind while doing affiliate marketing
- You can make more money by using email list
- Before you recommend, use it personally and write an honest review post
- Choose relevant products to promote
- Use affiliate links at your email links, blog posts, sidebars etc
- Track your affiliate sales using bit.ly
Top affiliate programs you might want to join
Clickbank: Clickbank is one of the top affiliate programs. You can make decent money using this affiliate network because it pays very good commissions.
You can find tens of thousands of digital products to promote through your blog.
E-junkie: If you want to sell your own products like eBooks, podcasts or videos then this is the best choice.
Few features of E-junkie
- Just $5 per month(you’ve to pay 5$ every month to E-junkie)
- No transaction limit
- No transaction fee
Amazon Associates Program: You’ll find all kinds of products here. No matter which blogging niche you’re in, you can still find relevant product for your blog using this program. Though it pays less commission, still you can make good money.
Share A Sale: Most of the top internet marketers are using this program. You don’t need to pay single penny to join this program because it’s FREE to join the ShareASale network.
You can use following individual products to do affiliate marketing
You can also promote individual products like
- AWeber(aff. link)
- Premium themes like Thesis, Genesis etc
- eBooks like 31DBBB, other useful resources
- Membership programs and the list goes on.
I personally recommend using individual products if you’re just starting. Because you don’t need massive traffic to make decent amount in the early days of your blog monetization process.
How to promote affiliate programs to earn money from your blog?
Though there are many ways to promote affiliate programs, the following are the best ways to make more money without selling your soul!
>>By writing reviews: If you’re using few products, then write reviews about them.
Ex: If you’re using AWeber, you can write a review about it and use affiliate links to it.
If you’re good enough to convince your readers about the product, the chances of their purchasing rate will be high.
>>Using banner ads: You can use 125*125 or 728*90 banner ads to promote products. Placing them in the right places is really important and it totally depends on your skills. The more you are into affiliate marketing, the more skills you can gain!
>>Promoting through email lists: As I said before, email list should be your weapon to promote your products. If you’ve built a great list, the chances of getting paid via affiliate programs will be more. You can send affiliate links in your emails using AWeber. You can’t do this through MailChimp!
Two words about affiliate marketing from my side
If you want to start affiliate marketing, don’t rush! Be honest and recommend those products which you use.
And try to grow your blog’s credibility by promoting top notch products!
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Over to You
What would you suggest additional to the above? Which programs have you used?