I regard affiliate marketing as one of my top blog monetization strategies of all time.
It’s accessible, scalable, and has the potential to make heaps of passive income.
However, we should not view affiliate marketing with rose-tinted glasses.
The truth is, a lot of bloggers struggle to make affiliate marketing a sustainable business.
That’s why I decided to write this post — my complete guide to maximizing your affiliate marketing earnings.
But first, allow me to clarify a few things about affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Marketing Tips To Increase Sales
- 1. Write A Stellar Review
- 2. Spice Up Your Review with Star Ratings
- 3. Use Email Marketing Automation
- 4. Promote Two or More Affiliate Products in One Post
- 5. Create A Comparison Post with Your Affiliate Product on Top
- 6. Use Pop-ups Smartly
- 7. Leverage Opt-in Bribes To Generate More Sign-ups
- 8. Offer Discounts To Spur Sales
- 9. Don’t Forget To Target Keywords with Purchase Intent
- 10. Observe How Your Top competitors Do it
- 11. Play with Your CTAs
- 12. Learn To Split Test Your Landing Pages
- 13. Use Heatmaps
- 14. Utilize Word-of-mouth
- 15. Leverage User-generated Content
- 16. Improve The User Experience on your Website
- 17. Offer Freebies and Perks
- 18. Try Embedding Your Affiliate Links on Images
- 19. Start with Free Tools, But Use The Best Ones
- 20. Keep Natural, Free Content Coming
- 21. Master Your Content Distribution Channels
- 22. Promote Affiliate Links on Your YouTube Channel
- 23. Build and Sell Your Own Premium Content and Recommend Affiliate Products
What is Affiliate Marketing — Do You Need It?
If you’re doing research on blog monetization strategies, chances are you’re already familiar with advertising.
With programs like AdSense, you simply need to add a single piece of code to your website. Google will take it from there and automatically display ads that are optimized for your site’s layout.
This leads to the question:
Do I really need affiliate marketing if I already earn money with ads?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Affiliate marketing is the practice of promoting another company’s product through an affiliate link on your website. You then earn commissions whenever a sale is made from customers who used your affiliate link.
Granted, affiliate marketing involves a lot more work than showing ads on your blog to generate revenue. But if you really want to carve your way to financial success with blogging, you just can’t rely on ads alone.
Affiliate marketing, along with selling your own products and services, is the way to go.
Here four reasons why affiliate marketing beats advertising:
- Affiliate marketing demands you to be value-oriented towards your audience — Let’s face it, ads rarely do something positive to the user’s experience. Affiliate marketing, on the other hand, requires you to prioritize valuable and informative content to your readers to be profitable.
- You make more money with affiliate marketing — The profits you can make with a strategy is, of course, a deciding factor. Affiliate marketing yields bigger and more reliable returns if you play your cards right.
- Users tend to ignore ads anyway — Every now and then, you’ll find statistics on how internet users hate online advertisements. That’s why advertising isn’t ideal for the majority of bloggers who don’t get thousands of traffic per day.
- Affiliate marketing is beneficial for brand-building and networking — Lastly, affiliate marketing comes with the perk of building connections with relevant brands in your niche. Other than product manufacturers, they can also be other authoritative bloggers and influencers who developed their own products.
Now, ready for the awesome affiliate marketing tips that will bring your blogging income to new heights?
Then let’s begin.
How to Win in Affiliate Marketing — The Basics
When it comes to affiliate marketing success, there are five crucial tips you can’t afford to miss:
1. Pick Your Niche With Absolute Care
It doesn’t matter if it takes you days or weeks to pick a blogging niche. Whatever you do, don’t rush your decision.
In fact, it’s better to not start a blog at all than start one in the wrong niche.
If you choose a blogging niche that doesn’t align with your expertise and passions, you’ll only waste time and money. Your blogging tasks will also get harder and harder to stick to while being less rewarding at the same time.
You can learn more about the delicate art of niche picking from my previous post called How to Choose a Perfect Blog Niche.
2. Get To Know Your Audience
In marketing, you can never get to know your target audience too much.
Understanding their pain points is a step in the right direction. From there, drill down to the fine details like preferred content types, social media channels, and search engine keywords.
Leverage the information you have about your audience to formulate the perfect content development and distribution strategies.
Remember, in content marketing, it’s all about building bridges between willing readers and the information they need and want. I explained the nitty-gritty of writing quality blog content in this post.
3. Select The Right Affiliate
Want to know how to write brilliant content for affiliate marketing every single time?
It’s simple: you need to believe in the affiliate products you’re promoting.
An affiliate product worth selling is something you’re excited about. It must be an item that you genuinely want to talk about and recommend to your readers.
If you’re ready to hunt for your first affiliate product, your next stop is a trustworthy affiliate network. And throughout the years, the following names consistently make it to the top list:
You may discover affiliate programs being offered directly on a brand’s website. So, if you’ve been following a particular brand for some time, check if they offer an affiliate program.
Alternatively, search for the brand you’re interested in on Google and add the phrase “affiliate program” or something similar. The resource page you want should pop right up in the top results.
4. Up Your Marketing Game
To be an affiliate marketer, you need to get your hands dirty in several areas of online marketing.
SEO, email marketing, social media marketing, influencer marketing — grab every opportunity you can get to garner readers.
If you haven’t yet, feel free to scan my website for guides that can help you hone these skills. I suggest starting with on-page SEO strategies that you can use on your website without any outside help.
Being an expert online marketer isn’t something you can achieve overnight, which leads us to the next tip:
5. Be Patient
Even if you perfectly execute your marketing strategies, it’ll take some time before your blog starts to generate recurring traffic.
That said, don’t expect to start pulling in thousands of dollars a month anytime soon.
Blogging, just like any traditional business, can take a long time before it becomes profitable. As I’ve mentioned in this post, it may take you six to twelve months before you make your first $1,000.
Perhaps the only piece of advice I can impart at this stage is to never stop learning.
You may think that you have everything figured out upon launching your blog, but you really don’t.
Affiliate Marketing Best Practices
That’s about it for the affiliate marketing basics that every blogger needs to learn.
What comes next is the fun part: actual, repeatable tactics that can increase your affiliate marketing sales.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
1. Write A Stellar Review
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably come across a number of product reviews on the web.
Chances are, the majority of those reviews include an affiliate link to the product in question.
Writing comprehensive product reviews is the go-to content strategy for most affiliate marketers. However, only a small percentage of those marketers know how to write a stellar review that compels readers to buy.
My number one rule for this is to heavily emphasize the problem that your target audience is trying to solve. More importantly, you need to explain how the product solves it.
I do this in two ways: providing an introduction of the product and showing readers how to use it.
For example, in my Grammarly review, I started off by discussing how it can solve the reader’s problems:
As I delve into Grammarly’s features, I explained the step-by-step process of how users can take advantage of them. There’s no shortage of useful information that will help readers maximize their investments right away.
How can you write all these details in a convincing manner?
Easy — just use the product yourself.
A great product review is an honest one. Don’t make stuff up about a product you haven’t even tested yourself.
At the same time, don’t forget to mention the advantages an affiliate product has over its competitors.
Normally, I focus on three angles for this: usability, price, and features.
If you have firsthand experience with the product, it should be easy to identify and write about its strengths.
2. Spice Up Your Review with Star Ratings
Star ratings do more than make your affiliate product reviews look cooler.
With star ratings in place, it’s also easier to stand out in SERPs or Search Engine Results Pages.
Here — let me show you what I’m talking about by Googling “HostGator review.”
The best part is, you don’t need to do intensive coding to have a star ratings system on your blog. If you use WordPress, just slap on a plugin like Star Ratings and you’re done with most of the work.
3. Use Email Marketing Automation
A lot of bloggers nowadays underutilize email platforms in their affiliate marketing campaigns.
Sure, sending an email blast may send a spike of traffic to your affiliate marketing content in a snap. Email marketing platforms, however, have so much more to offer under the hood than content distribution tools.
With email marketing automation, you can optimize the timing of your campaigns.
This will allow you to send the right kind of content to subscribers — just when they need it.
For example, you can automate a “welcome” email that sends new subscribers links to your top recommended resources. Naturally, it should include links to content that contain your affiliate links, be it a review or an in-depth guide.
Top-tier email marketing platforms like ActiveCampaign can help you configure a welcome email automation workflow within minutes. You can also utilize its site and event tracking features to re-engage visitors who lost interest in your content.
Let’s say you published a video review of your affiliate product on your website. With ActiveCampaign, you can automate a follow-up email to viewers who left your site after watching 75% of the video.
Other than welcome emails, here are other email automation workflows you can use for affiliate marketing:
- Birthday emails
- Automated emails to users who tried to claim a coupon code
- Upselling and cross-selling emails to recent customers
- Follow-up emails to users who completed an online course module
4. Promote Two or More Affiliate Products in One Post
Want to maximize the ROI of your content? Try promoting multiple affiliate products in one post.
It’s not a strategy you can always apply in your content development efforts. But when you can, it will not only reward you with more sales, but also more engaged and dedicated readers.
Here’s an example: suppose you are an affiliate of a hosting service provider, keyword research tool, and a premium theme.
Looking at these products, you can write about “improving your site’s SEO-friendliness” — a topic where all of them fit.
You just need to structure your content logically and figure out the right way to introduce each affiliate product.
If I had to decide, I’ll write a listicle of on-page optimization strategies. I’ll then add recommendations to important sections — that’s where the affiliate products come in.
It’s all about finding content ideas where your affiliate products can prove valuable to readers.
5. Create A Comparison Post with Your Affiliate Product on Top
A crafty way to put affiliate products in the best possible light is to compare it against a competitor.
Writing comparison posts is a great way to highlight the pros of any product. Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to win customers who are considering a different brand.
To create a killer comparison post, you need to focus on four things:
- Readers — Who will read your comparison post? Be sure to use a writing tone they will understand and enjoy.
- Their priorities — What do they want to accomplish? Explain how the affiliate product does it better than the competitor.
- The products’ pricing — Which option is more cost-effective? If your affiliate product is more expensive, justify its cost by emphasizing unique features and benefits.
- Results — How effective are the products in terms of delivering results? At this point, you can put up a side-by-side comparison of results and let your product speak for itself.
If you can, use a transparent scoring system to make the comparison post as unbiased as possible. I did this in my post about the best keyword research tools, where I recapped the comparison with an infographic.
Another advantage of a comparison post is that it attracts potential customers who are already near a purchase decision.
In an average customer’s buying cycle, the evaluation of vendors and alternative brands come in last. A comparison post makes sure that the affiliate product is in their minds by then.
6. Use Pop-ups Smartly
A lot of negative things may have been said about pop-ups in the past. But with the right implementation, they are effective tools that can supercharge your lead generation and affiliate marketing campaigns.
You don’t need to be a marketing expert to know that pop-ups increase the visibility of any CTA or ad.
What a lot of bloggers don’t know is how to increase the impact of pop-ups through proper timing.
A practical use of pop-ups, for example, is to present an offer just when the user’s about to leave. These are called “exit-intent” pop-ups, which may promote a coupon code, freebie, or down-selling offer.
“Scroll” pop-ups, which only appear after users scroll to a certain point in your content, also help increase affiliate sales. These pop-ups are less intrusive while making sure that readers are engaged enough to receive whatever offer you have.
7. Leverage Opt-in Bribes To Generate More Sign-ups
Speaking of pop-ups, website owners also use them to ramp up subscriptions to their mailing list.
The game plan here is pretty straightforward: present an opt-in form as a pop-up to encourage users to sign up.
Once you get users to subscribe, leverage your mailing list by broadcasting promotions and drip-feeding content. Of course, you shouldn’t forget about the email marketing automation tactics I discussed earlier.
To generate more conversions, provide an “opt-in bribe” like:
- Free eBook
- Exclusive discounts
- Free month for subscription-based products
- Access to an email-based course
8. Offer Discounts To Spur Sales
Behind every sale, there’s a customer who believes that they’re getting a worthwhile deal.
You can convince your audience to think this way by offering special discounts.
In the world of marketing, discounts work due to two principles: urgency and exclusivity.
The sense of urgency can be instilled by offering time-limited discounts. As for exclusivity, you can offer special coupon codes tied to your brand.
If you wish to use coupon codes, you can use a plugin like WP Coupons and Deals.
Sharing coupon codes directly on your page also prevents customers from looking for codes elsewhere.
Why is this an issue?
Picture a customer clicking the “buy” button on your site and arriving at the affiliate product page. There, they find an empty coupon field — encouraging them to look for codes online.
After they find another site with the code, they may click on that site’s affiliate link and purchase from there. That means you’ve just lost the sale to a competitor.
9. Don’t Forget To Target Keywords with Purchase Intent
Keyword research is one of the topics that I’ve covered in Master Blogging multiple times.
The reason for this is simple: keyword research is just that important.
Targeting the right keywords will make sure you’re getting the right kind of traffic for your goals. And if your goal is to make sales, you need to target keywords with purchase intent.
These are keywords with terms that customers use when they’re looking for products or services to buy.
Some examples are:
- Hire freelance photographer
- Order shoes online Canada
- Buy Grammarly premium account
However, adding words like “buy” and “for sale” isn’t the only thing to do when looking for profitable keywords. What you need is a keyword research tool that can dissect metrics, like SEO difficulty, average search volume, and CPC.
To learn more about the best keyword research practices, I suggest you read this post.
10. Observe How Your Top competitors Do it
Serious question: why would you spend hours doing research if your top competitors already have a proven marketing formula?
I’m not saying you should get lazy and straight-up copy everything your competitors do.
But if you’re given a chance to spy on your competitors’ tricks and borrow ideas, take it. Doing so will save you hours upon hours of your precious time on research.
Start by looking at their most effective content formats and topic ideas. Afterward, you need to dig deeper by spying on their target keywords.
11. Play with Your CTAs
You’ve probably read a number of guides when you made your first CTA or call-to-action.
If not, the rules are somewhat easy to remember:
- Be action-oriented — If you want the user to make a purchase, be upfront and insert the word “buy.” The same applies if you want them to download something, subscribe to your mailing list, and so on.
- Capitalize on their fear of missing out — Just like when offering discounts, try to give potential customers a sense of urgency with your CTA. Start with phrases like “start your free trial today” as well as “reserve your spot now” and improvise along the way.
- Understand colors — When creating CTA buttons, it’s imperative that you pick a color that contrasts well with the background. For example, if blue is the dominant color on your page, try an orange or yellow CTA button.
- Write persuasive supporting text — A CTA without any supporting text is nothing more than visual clutter. If you want to compel your audience to take the next step, concisely describe the benefits to them.
With the rules above, creating a CTA that works should be easy-peasy, right?
Unfortunately, a CTA is one of the things in marketing that requires trial and error.
The only surefire strategy is to keep testing multiple versions of your CTA, measure their performance, and compare the results. Better yet, perform an A/B test or split test to evaluate the performance of different CTAs at the same time.
There are various testing tools you can use for this, which takes us to the next strategy:
12. Learn To Split Test Your Landing Pages
The best thing about split testing is that they can be used on things other than CTA buttons.
These are the most important conversion elements you should watch out for when running split tests:
- Unique selling point or points
- CTA buttons
- Opt-in form
- Hero shot
- Color combinations
When running split tests, pay close attention to the performance of individual elements as well as pages as a whole.
Just because an element didn’t perform well in a page variation, doesn’t mean you should scrap it altogether. Try creating more page versions and pairing it up with other elements to see if conversions improve.
13. Use Heatmaps
Now that we talked about CTAs and landing pages, here’s an extra tip just for you:
Use heatmaps to skip the number crunching and dive into the actionable insights.
Put simply, a heatmap is a visual representation of a page or interface’s “hot” and “cold” spots. Hot spots are where people tend to click stuff, whereas cold spots are areas they tend to ignore.
By generating your landing page’s heatmap, you can check if crucial conversion elements are getting the exposure they need.
The experience optimization tools I mentioned earlier, namely AB Tasty and VWO, both have heatmap features baked in. However, it’s worth mentioning that heatmap platforms like CrazyEgg and Hotjar have more refined feature sets.
For instance, Hotjar features a couple of heatmap tools you can use to measure different user behavior. Regular “click heatmaps,” for example, measure the likelihood of clicks while “scroll heatmaps” measure how far users scroll on average.
Use these insights to fine-tune the positioning of crucial conversion elements on your page.
14. Utilize Word-of-mouth
Word-of-mouth marketing as numerous benefits for hopeful affiliate marketers such as yourself.
For one, you don’t have to depend solely on your own authority to convince customers.
According to statistics, 89 percent of millennials trust product recommendations from their family, friends, and peers.
How do you utilize word-of-mouth as an affiliate marketer?
These are the strategies that come to mind:
- Run a hashtag contest — A hashtag contest benefits an affiliate marketing campaign in two ways. Apart from boosting your presence with a branded hashtag, it will also strengthen your relationship with your existing community.
- Run a sharing contest — Another social media contest you can run to multiply your reach is a “sharing contest.” The mechanics are simple: followers can join by sharing your post while you pick a winner at random.
- Work with an influencer — Social media influencers may be willing to promote your brand in exchange for money, free products, and so on. Just bear in mind that influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers may charge thousands of dollars per project.
Bear in mind that you may not be able to promote your affiliate links directly with the strategies above. However, they will definitely have a positive impact on your site’s traffic, authority, and trustworthiness — thus, leading to more conversions.
Also, be careful if you plan to share an influencer’s testimonial about an affiliate product. Your readers might end up checking out their original post and clicking their affiliate link.
By the way, an influencer’s testimonial is one of the many forms of UGC or User-Generated Content that marketers use.
This brings us to the next affiliate marketing strategy:
15. Leverage User-generated Content
Leveraging UGC is another way to cash in on the popularity and reach of others.
Customer reviews, Instagram posts, Twitter updates — any piece of content that involves brands is a form of UGC.
The first thing I’d do is look for UGC already available. This includes customer reviews and social media posts about you and the affiliate products you’re promoting.
A tool like Brand24 can speed up your search and keep you informed whenever you get mentioned in the future. You just need to create a project and input your name as well as the affiliate product to find out what customers have to say.
Not ready to buy Brand24 yet? If your blog is relatively new, skip it and just use a social network’s internal search function.
After all, most users today already know how to tag brands in their social media posts.
As far as leveraging UGC goes, just feature their opinions or reviews in your affiliate marketing content. If they left comments on your site, respond to them to improve your relationship and encourage others to join in.
16. Improve The User Experience on your Website
User experience and sales go hand in hand.
It’s not that complicated. If your website is riddled with ads, crashes often, or has confusing menus, you’ll have a tough time generating sales.
For first-time bloggers, here are a few quick reminders on how you should build your website:
- Focus on readability — Forget about fancy animations, colorful background images, and overly stylish fonts. To give users a meaningful experience, design a website that makes it easy to read and consume your content.
- Optimize your website’s internal link structure — To ease the navigation experience on your website, use internal links that connect related pieces of content. While it sounds simple, there are internal linking pitfalls you should avoid like keyword over-optimization and inserting too many links.
- Don’t keep your audience waiting — A slow website is one of the most notorious killers of user experience. Fortunately, there are plenty of loading speed optimization strategies you can do yourself, like code minification and image compression.
- Think about mobile-friendliness — By now, every blogger should know how important it is to create an intuitive experience for mobile users. If you don’t know where to begin, I recommend using the Mobile-Friendly Test for actionable advice tailored to your website.
Ultimately, the best kind of online experience is an educational one.
Everything you put on your site must be geared towards helping users gain the information they came for. Whenever you have to make design decisions, remember that your audience always comes first.
17. Offer Freebies and Perks
Special bonuses never fail to increase the perceived value of a sale.
It’s entirely up to you to decide what to offer your audience. The only rule here is to make the item relevant to their purchase.
However, combining freebies with affiliate marketing requires a strategic approach.
Since you’re selling affiliate products, offering physical products as freebies will be impractical.
What you need to do is develop your own, digital bonus product that can be easily distributed at zero cost.
For example, imagine you’re promoting a marketing analytics tool as an affiliate. You can offer a free, in-depth eBook about the marketing metrics they should watch and how to improve them.
What’s the easiest way to know if someone purchases the affiliate products you’re promoting?
There are many ways to reward freebies to new customers as an affiliate marketer. You can automate a “thank you” email with the bonus or build a private resources section on your website.
An old-school strategy is to ask new customers to forward their receipts to you via email. You can then send them their bonuses yourself — tedious, I know, but it works.
18. Try Embedding Your Affiliate Links on Images
As a blogger, you will experience several wake-up calls.
One of which is the realization that more traffic doesn’t automatically equate to more sales.
You may have split testing and heatmap tools to help you make adjustments over time. But if you just can’t seem to get readers to click your affiliate links, here’s something different you can try.
Here’s the thing: we all know that images are naturally more eye-catching than text. So, why are you depending solely on in-text affiliate links to push sales?
With an image affiliate link, you can significantly increase its exposure and, in turn, chances of getting clicked.
There are just three things to remember when using this strategy:
- Disclose the fact that the image contains an affiliate link — I’m not encouraging you to use image affiliate links to be deceitful. That said, inform your audience beforehand or on the image itself.
- Embed affiliate links in images that make sense — Websites like Amazon allow their affiliates to download and use their product photos for promotion purposes. Use them in your content to have better spots for your affiliate links.
- Promote image affiliate links on Pinterest — Unlike Instagram, Pinterest allows brands to attach links directly to images. If you’re in the beauty, food, fashion, or crafts niche, you may want to consider creating a Pinterest business account.
19. Start with Free Tools, But Use The Best Ones
Money saved is money earned.
If you’re new to blogging, you’re not obliged to buy all the premium tools and services that other websites recommend.
Yes — that includes the tools that I’ve recommended in countless posts here in Master Blogging.
Use free tools and trials as much as possible to help you understand how certain strategies must be implemented.
The good news is, plenty of tools out there, even the top-tier ones, have “free” plans. There’s no shame in relying on them for the time being while you wait for your efforts to bear fruit.
Only once you start seeing results should you consider upgrading to a premium solution.
20. Keep Natural, Free Content Coming
I get it — blogging takes a lot of work and it’s sometimes discouraging to produce content without promoting something.
But if you think about it, that’s the reason why people who are genuinely passionate about writing succeed in blogging.
Even if they don’t have a product to promote, they are still excited to write and publish their next piece.
That’s what blogging is all about.
21. Master Your Content Distribution Channels
Don’t believe every inspirational quote you see online.
In blogging and affiliate marketing, the quote “build it and they will come” isn’t true.
After you build quality content on your blog, you don’t just sit there and wait for readers to arrive. You must put in the extra work and promote your content like crazy on various content distribution channels.
We already covered most of them in this post — from email to social media. What I haven’t mentioned yet, however, is a Q&A website like Quora.
Previously in this blog, I wrote about the steps involved in generating traffic from Quora.
The information there can be condensed into three key steps:
- Make your Quora profile authentic — Use your own name, pick the right interests, and fill out your profile.
- Start looking for relevant questions — Look for questions or problems that can be solved by the affiliate product.
- Write an answer that includes a link to your content — Lastly, write a comprehensive answer that has a link to your affiliate marketing content.
Promoting your website on social media groups follows the same principle as promoting them on Quora. All you have to do is to look for Facebook groups in your niche and answer questions posted there.
22. Promote Affiliate Links on Your YouTube Channel
YouTube is another content distribution channel used by high-budget bloggers.
Remember that YouTube is already a crowded platform.
You may be able to garner some views and perhaps a handful of sales on a budget setup. But if you want to make YouTube a practical content distribution channel, you should invest in professional video recording equipment.
How exactly can you promote affiliate products via YouTube?
A popular tactic is to upload product review videos with affiliate links in the description.
YouTube creator Dave Lee is among the top channels I follow for tech reviews and advice. You can check out his channel and observe his videos for inspiration.
He also occasionally promotes time-limited discounts to boost conversions.
Here’s one more YouTube marketing tip for the road:
Never underestimate the effectiveness of sharing your videos — be it on your blog, social media accounts, or mailing list.
As a brand-new YouTube channel, you simply can’t count on the site’s internal search engine for views. You need to get the ball rolling by relentlessly promoting your videos to every other distribution channel you have.
23. Build and Sell Your Own Premium Content and Recommend Affiliate Products
Before I discuss the final tip, I’d like to congratulate you for reaching this part of this article.
It takes a blogger with patience, dedication, and learning desire like yours to make it big in this industry.
Nevertheless, the final affiliate marketing tip involves a ton of work — just like building a YouTube channel.
To put it briefly, you need to develop your own premium content and endorse affiliate products to your loyal audience. It can be an eBook, audiobook, or a whole online course.
Developing your own premium product may sound daunting, but it does come with a couple of great benefits:
- Profits — Building and selling your own product is an excellent monetization strategy by itself. Being able to squeeze more affiliate sales on the side is just a bonus.
- You’re selling to your most dedicated audience — Affiliate product promotions on your online course or eBooks are guaranteed to reach your most engaged readers. By purchasing your product, they’ve already shown some level of trust in you — don’t miss out.
- A foundation to sell more products — Selling something like an online course allows you to amass a large audience base and establish your credibility. Both of which can be used as a springboard to sell other products in the future.
Affiliate Marketing Frequently Asked Questions
How do bloggers make money online with affiliate marketing?
Bloggers get paid in commissions whenever a customer uses their affiliate link to make a purchase.
How much money can I make with affiliate marketing?
When it comes to your potential income as an affiliate marketer, the sky is the limit. If you want concrete figures, there are polls online that reveal income brackets up to over $2,000,000 a year.
Do affiliate networks have special requirements for bloggers?
Yes, although the requirements may vary from site to site. Affiliate marketing networks and businesses should mention their terms on their site.
4. Do I have to pay anything to be an affiliate marketer?
No — affiliate networks and businesses don’t normally charge bloggers to become affiliates.
5. What are some of the best affiliate networks?
The reputable affiliate networks you should check out are: Amazon Affiliates, Commission Junction, ShareASale, Impact Radius, Rakuten, and eBay Partners.
Ready to take your affiliate marketing to the next level?
With the tips above, I’d say you’re more than ready.
But as with everything else in blogging, you need to take one step at a time. Don’t rush, stay focused, and remember to shoot for the stars.
Finally, don’t forget to leave a comment below if you have any feedback, questions, or experiences to share.
Thank you and good luck!
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