Affiliate marketing is one of my favourite ways to make money through blogging. It’s a really simple way of generating income and actually requires very little work.
Affiliate marketing is essentially you recommending a product or service to your readers and, when your readers choose to purchase the product or service based on your recommendation (through your link), you get paid a commission.
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The main reason affiliate marketing is my favourite is that I don’t have to do anything different to my normal blogging routine. It’s a really simple way of making money.
You have a great deal of flexibility with affiliate programmes. You can sign up to as many programmes as you like and you’re free to promote as much or as little as you like to. The potential to earn a lot of money through affiliate links is huge and, even better, once you’ve included the link in your blog post, it’s essentially long-term, passive income.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as registering with as many programmes as you can and just dropping affiliate links everywhere. Trust me. I tried that when I first started blogging and it didn’t work.
I was spending a lot of time reading my posts looking for every affiliate link possible for each post. I went crazy with the affiliate links. And, you know what? I didn’t get a single sale through any of my links!
So what changed?
I came across an amazing ebook – “How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in Less than 24 hours”
This ebook was a real game changer for me. It taught me so much and in such a short space of time. It guides you through how to make affiliate sales in a step-by-step manner that means you can implement the advice immediately.
It also taught me how to use affiliate links on Pinterest which I had no idea about before reading the eBook. And that was the biggest win for me when it came to monetising my blog.
And the best part? The book only cost $25 which I made back within a couple of days!
So, how do I go about making money from affiliate links on my blog? Please note that this is just an overview, for more detail I would recommend reading the full eBook.
The idea of affiliate marketing is to only promote products and services that you truly believe in and use yourself. I strongly believe in this and I’m very strict with myself in this regard. For example, if I write a post about the pros and cons of a self-hosted blog, I could add an affiliate link to the hosting service that I use (which, if you’re interested, is SiteGround). I would never add a link to a hosting service that I’ve never used or that I had used and wasn’t happy with.
Finding affiliate programmes is really simple. Just Google whatever it is you want to link to + “affiliate programme”. Alternatively, when you’re on the main website of the product or service that you’re thinking of promoting, scroll down to their footer as there is often a link there called “Affiliates”, “Affiliate Programme” or “Referral Programme” that you can click through to.
The other method that I really like, is signing up to affiliate networks such as Share A Sale, Affiliate Window or Commission Junction. One network that I am using the most at the moment is SendOwl – it’s super easy to use which is probably why it’s my favourite right now!
Each affiliate programme has its own terms and guidelines. Make sure you read them thoroughly before using any links. Alongside terms and guidelines, you’ll also find instructions on how to create and insert the affiliate links into your post. It’s that simple.
Okay, I lied, it’s not really that simple. At the start, I just thought I could add affiliate links in everywhere and people would click on them and buy things just because I liked them. That’s really not how this works. Your readers need a bigger reason to buy something than “just because I like it”.
First, you need to write posts that do well in search engine results and that attract the right readers. The best way to do this is to include your links in “How to…” posts. You see the thing is, when people are out there Googling “How to…” they want help and they’re open to ideas (and probably willing to spend money on the answer).
Next, you need to promote your post to get traffic and readers. Without readers, there won’t be anyone there to click on your beautifully placed affiliate links. As I mentioned earlier, the “How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in Less than 24 hours” eBook sets out, in detail, how to use Pinterest to make more affiliate sales.
Most affiliate programmes have a minimum threshold you have to reach before you can withdraw the money. Depending on how successful your links are, you might have to wait a little while before seeing the cash!
As with sponsored posts, you should fully disclose to your readers where you have used affiliate links. I add a line at the top of the post telling readers that affiliate links have been used.
There are loads of options out there, so have a look around and see what works best for you. Once you’ve signed up for a few, look back through your old posts and see where you can add some links in. Just remember not to force it and add links everywhere!
For more detailed information on making your first affiliate sale within 24 hours, don’t forget to grab the eBook here:
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