Welcome to my Affiliate marketing for Dummies guide.
Affiliate Marketing is a major source of income for most bloggers. But many newbie bloggers strive to make a single dollar.
The reason they fail because they don’t have a strategy. Affiliate Marketing isn’t easy. People don’t want to buy something from a stranger until your article is ranking on the first page of Google.
When I started blogging, I knew nothing about Affiliate Marketing. I randomly wrote an article, inserted my affiliate links & expected sales to come.
But guess what, I made no sale. Even nobody clicked on my affiliate links.
It was demotivating, but I didn’t give up and continued to educate myself. Then, I practically applied these strategies on my blog and I slowly saw some sales.
I went from nothing to making over $3700 in my first 6 months of blogging. I know, it is not too much, but the happiness it gave me was priceless. As of now, my revenue is increasing monthly wise.
Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I have worked so hard to achieve it. This includes working 12 hrs/day and taking various online courses, webinars, etc.
Now, it doesn’t mean that you too have to work like me. Absolutely, No.
Because I will share all my experience with you that will give you an idea on how to Affiliate Marketing the right way.
So, sit on your couch, relax and go through all the sections which I am sharing here.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What is Affiliate Marketing?
- What are the benefits of Affiliate Marketing?
- Things to do before starting Affiliate Marketing
- Best tips for Affiliate Marketing
- How to find affiliate programs for your niche?
- Affiliate Marketing Programs For Beginners
- Types of post that make consistent affiliate sales
- Bonus Resource
WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?
Affiliate marketing is a marketing strategy where a person promotes a product or service for another company. To promote their stuff, the person receives an affiliate link from the said company.
If someone purchases the product through that affiliate link, the first person gets a commission for it.
So, it’s a win-win situation for both the person and the company because you are getting a commission and the company is getting a sale.
Still confused, let’s take an example.
You are a Digital Marketing blogger, and you wrote a post about a web host. But before writing, you signed up for their affiliate program and received a web host affiliate link.
After including that link on your post, you are getting a good amount of clicks. Now one person decides to buy the web host at your recommendation through your affiliate link.
Guess what, you will receive $50 as a commission for referring a member.
So it is a win-win situation because you receive $50 as commission and the company got a sale.
I hope by now; you got the idea behind affiliate marketing.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AFFILIATE MARKETING?
I have seen many people asking what are the benefits of affiliate marketing & why it is one of the best ways to make an online income.
Well, the answer to all the questions are below:
1. EARN MONEY WHILE YOU SLEEP
One advantage of doing affiliate marketing is that you can make passive income.
Let me ask you, how does it feel when you wake up in the morning and check your emails only to find out you made $$$ while you were asleep.
Yeah, it is a great feeling & that’s what affiliate marketing is all about.
2. NO NEED TO CREATE YOUR OWN PRODUCT
Even though creating your own product is a good way to earn money, but it takes a lot of effort to create your own stuff.
And if you are lazy like me, then promoting someone else’s product is the best option,
So, yay, you will save a lot of time from Affiliate marketing.
3. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS
Yes, you can be your own boss and you don’t have to rely on your 9-5 job once you become a pro in Affiliate marketing.
This means you can plan to take a long vacation and travel to different places without depending on the location-based jobs.
4. INCREASE YOUR INCOME
By joining multiple affiliate programs, you can multiply your income within months and it keeps on increasing as your traffic grows.
This means you don’t have to wait for promotion as in day job to increase your income.
These are some benefits you get from Affiliate Marketing. But to succeed, you should have a strategy and a good amount of targeted traffic that converts well.
Without it, you won’t see much results.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE STARTING AFFILIATE MARKETING
Affiliate marketing doesn’t mean writing a post and sticking it up with affiliate links. Even if you place them 3, 4 or even 10 times on your content, it will likely not convert.
In short, you won’t see any results.
So, instead of following this tactic, you first need to concentrate on building a proper foundation to kick-off your affiliate game.
I highly recommend below points before you even start with Affiliate Marketing.
1. SET-UP A SELF HOSTED BLOG
It’s time to say bye-bye to your free platforms and instead invest in a self-hosted blog. A self-hosted blog is a great way to appear as a professional.
I mean, nobody wants to buy any product from websites that have URLs such as “sitename.blogspot.com” or “sitename.wix.com”.
People only buy if they trust a person and here, your website is that person.
You don’t want your site to appear as spam with such URL’s. So, make sure you invest some money on a domain name & a web host.
Still confused? Check out how to create a self-hosted blog easily.
2. WRITE HELPFUL CONTENT FOR YOUR READERS
Your content will decide whether your audience wants to buy your affiliate product or not. If your content isn’t helpful, then you might not see any conversion.
Therefore, write such contents that are helpful to your audience and provides valuable information. If your content satisfies their need, they are more likely to buy your affiliate products.
3. PROMOTION STRATEGY
Promotion is a critical part of Affiliate marketing. Think about it, what if people don’t know about your blog or your content, then how do they buy from you?
That’s when promotion plays a crucial role because it makes sure that your content is getting an adequate amount of traffic.
You need to find out where your target audience lives and that’s where you need to promote your content.
You can either promote your content on social platforms or directly rank them on the search engine.
I will suggest that you promote your content on Pinterest because it is a sure-shot way to drive tons of Pinterest traffic to your blog within a few months.
Other places are Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, Forums, Quora, etc.
4. LEARN SEO
You should at least learn basic SEO that can be implemented on your content.
Though, SEO is a vast topic but make sure you at least know On-Page SEO strategies, Off-Page SEO & backlink building which will surely help you rank your articles.
If it ranks on the first page, then congrats, you will drive highly targeted traffic to your affiliate contents which will mostly convert.
5. ADD A DISCLAIMER
The last thing you should never forget is to add a disclaimer before adding any affiliate links which make everything legal.
According to FTC, you need to inform your readers they are being compensated for anything they click on.
As an example, you can see an affiliate disclaimer at the top of this article.
BEST AFFILIATE MARKETING TIPS FOR NEWBIES
If you want to make money from affiliate marketing, then you need to target the right audience who are more likely to buy from you.
It’s better to get targeted traffic of 100 visitors per day who takes action rather than getting 1000 random visitors who take none action.
With that in mind, make sure you implement below points in your content writing strategy to see a good affiliate conversion.
1. TARGET RIGHT KEYWORD
Ranking article on Google is the best thing you can do to make affiliate sales. To do this, it is necessary you choose low competition keywords with decent to high search volume.
Make sure that you target those keywords that include buying keywords such as Best, Top, Cheap, Review, Coupon because people usually use such terms when they want to buy something.
For example, “Best headphones under $50” or “Cheap GoPro Alternatives” can be a good example.
If you can rank such keywords on the first page of Google, then its money on auto-pilot.
I have an article where you can learn how to find profitable keywords that can rank easily on Google. Check them out.
2. INCLUDE CALL-TO-ACTION
It is necessary to tell your readers what they need to do after reading your content.
Whether it is buying or signing up, you need to mention it in your content so that the readers will take the necessary action.
For example, you must have seen many YouTube videos where the creator always asks you to subscribe to their channel. Here, the subscription is the Call-to-action.
In the same way, you should never forget to add a Call-To-Action at the start or end of your post. A few examples are
- Click here to check out
- Buy from here
- Click here to know more
Most people on the internet are fast readers. They like to scan contents to save their time.
So in this case, if your article language sounds boring, then they might hit the back button and you would lose a precious visitor who could have been a potential customer.
That is why you need to opt for a different writing style through which you can connect with your target audience.
It can be humor wise or storytelling.
We feel more connected to people like us. If there is a person who is explaining something with humor and storytelling.
Then you will be more interested in listening to him rather than a person who is just explaining it straightforward.
So always implement something in your content writing that makes you unique. If that uniqueness can connect well with your audience, then you will surely see sales.
Also, use the words “YOU” & “I” in your content which makes it more personalized & your audience will get a feeling you are talking to them.
4. FOCUS ON HELPING RATHER THAN SELLING THE PRODUCT
You don’t want to sound like a Salesman who is trying to sell his product. Instead, sound like a person who wants to genuinely help his audience by suggesting great products.
Remember, you need to SHOW THEM & not TELL THEM.
Showing means you are introducing them to a product and you are not forcing them to buy it from you.
Whereas telling them means you are asking them to buy this product from you. It sounds more like an order.
Therefore, always remember this approach while writing affiliate contents.
If they trust you and finds your content helpful, they will automatically buy your stuff.
5. MAKE YOUR CONTENT UNIQUE
There are many similar articles like yours on the internet and I am pretty sure your audience might read the same stuff from different sources.
Now think about it, why will they get attracted to your content if they have read the same stuff?
If I want to buy a toy car and most of them have the same design, I won’t be much interested. But, if there is another car with a different design, it will surely catch up my eye & that’s what you need to do.
You need to make sure that your article is unique to keep your readers engaged.
For this, you can include infographics, YouTube video, add different research or personal experiences to make it more legit & different.
6. PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY CONTENT
This is one of the most important things you need to consider while writing your content. You need to provide high-value content that your audience will love to read.
Normally, if you search anything on Google, the first-page search result articles are usually over 1000 – 2500 words.
That’s because these are filled with lots of information which Google thinks is the right choice for the search keyword.
If you write a well-detailed content with a proper SEO, then your chances for ranking on the first page is more.
What this means is, your article will automatically drive targeted traffic from the search engine and it will most likely convert.
I have repeated this multiple times, but still, “always write content intending to rank it on the first page of Google”.
Let me give you an example:
There is an article which I wrote about “how to receive payment from Amazon as a Non-US citizen”. In this article, I targeted “Payoneer” service.
As you can see, here is the Google search result page for the same keyword.
You can see, it is ranking on the first page which drives automatic targeted traffic to my blog.
Now I don’t promote this article, but still, it is converting well. I have 17 unpaid conversions around $595 worth.
There is another article of mine which is also ranking on the first page for the keyword “Tubebuddy Review”. Though it doesn’t have a high search volume, still, it is giving me sales on autopilot.
So, these are all the strategies you must implement to see better conversions. If you pay attention to all these details, then I am sure you will make more bucks than usual.
HOW TO FIND AFFILIATE PROGRAMS FOR YOUR NICHE?
Many bloggers have a hard time finding the right niche related affiliate programs for their blog. Even, I too faced the same problem during my early days.
However, with time, I came to know some genuine ways you can use to dig out profitable affiliate programs for your blog. Here are 3 methods:
1. JOIN AFFILIATE NETWORKS
This is the first way through which you can find affiliate programs that are niche based.
Affiliate networks act as a bridge between the publisher (you) and actual programs. You need to join them and then find products related to your niche. (I have mentioned Affiliate networks below)
2. GOOGLE IT
This is the simplest method which you can do to find affiliate programs based on your niche.
All you need to do is type “Affiliate programs for Gardening” (Replace Gardening with your niche name) & search it.
Google will then show all the affiliate programs related to your niche. Also, if you know any company, then you can type “Company name affiliate program”.
This will show the affiliate program of that company if they have any.
3. STALK BLOGGERS ON YOUR NICHE
Hold on, here stalk word does not mean in a wrong way.
What I am trying to say, is that there are many successful bloggers in your niche who are making thousands of bucks from Affiliate marketing.
You only need to visit their blog and check out what are the programs they are promoting through their content.
This will give you a clear idea about which programs to join and what are their potentials.
AFFILIATE MARKETING PROGRAM FOR BEGINNERS
Following are some of the best affiliate networks and programs which you can join to make some affiliate income. I have been using a few.
- Amazon Associates
- Rakuten Marketing
- CJ Affiliate
- Awin (you will need to make a deposit of $5 before joining which is refundable)
TYPES OF POST THAT MAKES AFFILIATE SALES
After they approve you for affiliate programs, it’s time to write blog post’s promoting your affiliate products.
But writing a post will not give you many sales. Instead, you need to concentrate on certain types of post that will give you the most results.
If you are not good at writing or don’t have enough time, you can always hire writers from the Hirewriters website to write articles for you.
They deliver high-quality content at a very cheap price.
Anyway, following are 3 types of post that do well with affiliate marketing. Targeting your product by using any of them will surely give you better results.
However, I will suggest writing all the 3 of them for each of your products to increase your chances of conversion.
1. REVIEW POST
People only land on this post if they are in a buying state which means they are ready to buy that product but needs more confirmation.
In this post, all you need to do is write a review about the product. The review must be genuine and it shouldn’t sound like as if you are trying to sell something.
You need to portray both the good and the bad side of the target product. And this can be possible if you have already used that product.
So make sure you write this post only if you are a genuine user of that affiliate product.
Rest all depends on your content writing strategy and the ability to convince your audience to take the desired action.
You can download a Review article template from my Resource Library. Click here to download.
List-post are those posts which mention all the products that help in satisfying a particular need of the user.
For example, “10 Best WordPress plugins you must install for your blog” is a perfect example of a list post.
In this post, basically, you are suggesting 10 WordPress plugins important for blogging. If any of them has an affiliate program, you can surely insert your affiliate links into this.
List post is known for multiple conversions because you can target over one product in a single post
Also, when you write this post, always mentions the important features & benefits that the product can give to your audience. In this way, you will have higher chances for conversion.
3. COMPARISON POST
In this post, you basically compare two products which do the same work.
For example, a comparison post between Bluehost & Siteground or a comparison post between Namecheap & Godaddy will be the perfect example of a comparison post.
This post is especially useful to target those people who are having confusion between products. Such type of people is really into a buying state, but couldn’t decide which one to choose.
So, if you write an article showing the comparison between different products, then you can definitely convert those people into your customer.
4. HOW TO GUIDES
“How to guides” are basically those guides which come in the form of tutorials. Such types of post mainly show the complete procedure of doing something.
For example, a guide that shows how to remove acne from the face. In this post, basically, there will be a procedure which shows the removal of the acne from the face.
Now, you might think of how it can target affiliate products?
You see in the above example if I suggest a cream that can easily remove acne. Then, I have a solid chance to sell that cream.
So, in this example, I am targeting a problem (acne removal) and then giving a solution in the form of an affiliate product (cream). Thus, a solid reason to make sales. Isn’t it?
BONUS RESOURCE – WEALTHY AFFILIATE
Wealthy Affiliate is an online business building platform that offers you everything you need in one place to create, grow and manage your businesses online.
It is a total package platform where you can take 1,000’s of training modules with a lot of support from fellow entrepreneurs.
If you are someone who is looking to grow his online business in terms of traffic, money or anything related to blogging, then this is the best place to go.
You can get help from the 1,000’s of experts at Wealthy Affiliate, it will be your new home.
Here are some of the advantages of joining WA
- Completely FREE to Get Started! (with no catches)
- Getting Started Training (the process is completely SIMPLIFIED!)
- Video training, Tutorial training, Classroom training, and Courses
- Become a part of 700,000 HELPFUL community members
- 13+ Full, Interactive Classrooms
- Live & Interactive Help (even at 2 am in the morning!)
- 2 Free, Beautifully Designed Websites
- State of the Art Secure and Fast Hosting
- Access to Industry Experts & Millionaires
- A strict spam-free environment.
Joining them is completely free and you are going to be granted instant access to the Wealthy Affiliate community.
This includes over 500 training modules, access to live chat, 3 classrooms, networking, commenting, 2 free websites, access to the keyword tool & so on.
There is also a premium membership which includes more benefits but if you are thinking to join them, start with the free one.
WRAPPING UP – AFFILIATE MARKETING FOR DUMMIES 2019
So that’s it. I hope my Affiliate marketing guide will surely give you a better understanding of how to implement affiliate marketing.
You need to first concentrate on building a strategy and then implement it on your blog which will surely give you success for the long run.
Whenever you target any product, write a review post (if you have used it), List post & comparison post so you are targeting a single product in multiple ways to see a better result.
If you have any question related to Affiliate Marketing, you can either contact me or you can comment here. I will be more than happy to answer your queries.
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