Would you like to make money while you sleep?
If the answer is yes, you should start using affiliate marketing on your blog right now.
When I started blogging 6 years ago, I didn’t even know it was possible to make money blogging. In fact, my blog was just a creative outlet that I wrote for fun. Since then, I’ve changed my blog name 3 times and completely rebranded it a year ago.
It wasn’t until then, that I discovered the possibility of earning a passive income even while you’re literally sleeping.
Don’t worry if you’re new at this, or if you’re not even familiar with the “affiliate marketing” concept itself. In this post I will show you the exact strategy I used to gain over $500 on this blog by using a few links.
WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?
Affiliate marketing is a way of earning passive income. It consists in promoting brands and companies by using their special links on your site. Every time someone clicks on your links and makes a purchase, you earn a percentage of the income.
WHY IT’S THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MONEY
Since I started monetizing my blog just a few years ago, it has been my main source of income. And I really regret not starting earlier, because I know this would have led me to make even more money.
The best thing about it? Any blogging niche can make money with affiliate marketing. No matter if you own a lifestyle, fashion, parenting or travel blog. Every blogger CAN MAKE MONEY with affiliate links, if you know what you’re doing, obviously.
This means you can’t just write a blog post, add a few links here and there and expect to become rich in one day. There are some steps you need to take in order to make things the right way.
HOW CAN YOU USE AFFILIATE LINKS TO MAKE SALES?
Step 1: Know Your Target Audience
First of all, you should figure out who is your audience and what are their interests. After that, you should choose brands and products to promote that fit in with your niche and target.
For example: If you write about beauty, your audience will mostly be people that are looking for beauty product reviews and self-care tips. That’s what you should give them. Don’t try to sell them a parenting book or a blogging ebook, because this will lead you to lose followers and visitors.
Tip: As I said, there are affiliate programs for every niche. Make a list of the brands you would like to work with and then find if they have an affiliate program you can join.
Step 2: Choose The Best Affiliate Program for You
Here’s a list of the best affiliate paying programs:
- Amazon Associates – perfect for every niche. This is the most trusted affiliate network, and pays you based on items that people order with your link. Everyone knows and uses Amazon, so your readers won’t hesitate about clicking on an Amazon link.
- ShareASale – they have a partnership with a lot of fashion and lifestyle brands. You can use it with most niches: fashion, beauty, travel, parenting, etc.
- Awin – Aside from using their affiliate links, brands can also reach out to you and offer you collaborations. I used Awin to make my first collaboration with Etsy.
- Bluehost – It’s the affiliate program for their self-hosting service. This is perfect for bloggers who write about business, marketing and blogging.
Step 3: Only Recommend Products and Services You Love
Don’t just throw out a bunch of links and expect people to click on them.
Use as few affiliate links per post as you can, otherwise people will get an overdose of information and see you’re just trying to make money. The best way to market an affiliate is to write a review about a product or service you like.
If you create and share content that provides a value and offer an honest opinion, people will trust you and eventually buy what you’re selling.
Tip: Traffic is important, but engagement is key. You can have millions of visitors every month, and still not make a single penny if you don’t have an engaged audience. Promote products and services as you’d promote something that you created.
Step 4: How To Use Affiliate Links
Don’t sell a lot of products or services in just one post. Try to keep it to a maximum of 2 products per post.
Some tips on how to use affiliate links:
- Be specific and accurate when giving information
- Always tell the truth
- Give lots of details
- Tell people why you love it
- Prove that this product or service worked for you (use graphics, statistics or photos)
As an example of this, check out How To Start a Profitable Blog in 2018. I created a long 2.000 word post about Bluehost hosting because I wanted to give people a detailed resource that they couldn’t find elsewhere. It took me more than 6 hours to write, but this proves that I truly believe in Bluehost hosting and the service they’re providing.
Step 5: Use All Your Social Platforms
Diversify your traffic sources to bring people to your blog.
The Internet can be a really uncertain place, which means everything can change from night to day. Maybe “method A” is working today, but this might not last forever (and it probably won’t), so you should have a “method B” ready, in case the first one fails.
Don’t just rely on Instagram or Google, try to expand your blog posts to other social platforms like Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter. This will increase your blog traffic, which will also lead to more potential buyers.
MORE PLATFORMS = MORE TRAFFIC = MORE SALES
Step 6: Learn From People Who Have Done Well
When I started using affiliate links on my blog, I was completely lost. I didn’t know what I was doing and, obviously, I wasn’t making any money as well.
After so many mistakes, I finally decided to invest in myself and my business, and purchased a course called Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 hours by Elise McDowell. She is the blogger behind House of Brazen, and she’s making over +$500 in passive income every month from affiliate marketing. Her results show that it is a good time to get into affiliate marketing!
I totally recommend her course. It’s super comprehensive and teaches you everything you need to know to get started with affiliate marketing.
It helped me to make my first affiliate sale, even though I was just starting on this blog and knew nothing about the affiliate market!
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Note: This posts contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small comission if you purchase through them (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend products and services that I have personally used and love. You can read about my disclosure here.