Wouldn’t it be nice to earn a hundred dollars a day? If you can have this steady stream of income from your online ventures, then you can quit your day job and be your own boss. Well, what if I tell you it’s possible? With affiliate marketing, the sky’s the limit to how much you can earn from your website.
How It Works
If you want to learn how to promote affiliate products and make money, then you first need to familiarize yourself with Affiliate Marketing. This type of marketing is basically used by companies as a way to generate revenue. It’s a blogger’s marketing of a particular product (not their own) with a specific link containing a tracking code. So if you’re promoting Product A, for example, and then someone buys it because of your recommendation, by clicking the affiliate link, then you will be paid a commission on that sale.
Building a Website
Before anything else, you need to know that this is the very same method I used when I first started out. Right now, I’m using Wealthy Affiliate which is a really good network for anyone who’s serious about making money promoting affiliate products.
Step 1: You need to decide what kind of products you want to promote. A good way to start is by thinking about what interests you – your hobbies, passion, etc. Once you’ve figured that out, then it’s time to create a blog. Initially, you’ll have to spend around $50 to pay for your domain name and hosting, but that’s basically all you need for your initial investment.
Step 2: Do your research. You have to know more about the topic/niche that you’re going to enter into. What do people talk about under this niche? What products are popular? Once you’ve gotten a list of products and related information, you can start creating content.
Step 3: Creating content. A crucial requirement for creating content is keyword research. You have to know which keywords to rank for, which keywords your competitors are using (other bloggers) and which keywords are getting a lot of search volume. You’ll then need to incorporate these keywords into your articles.
Step 4: Building traffic. The amount of money you’ll make from affiliate marketing depends largely on how much traffic your website receives. Ideally, you should have at least a thousand visitors a day to make any decent income from affiliate marketing. But if you have just established your blog then this is going to take a while and you’ll need to use certain methods that can help boost your traffic.
One such method is Search Engine Optimization. Neil Patel has explained in detail how you can implement OFF PAGE SEO here. You should also ON PAGE SEO which is still important for ranking your pages. Take a look at Brian Dean’s newbie-friendly guide here.
So let’s assume you’ve implemented a few of these SEO strategies and now you’re getting a good amount of traffic to your website… What’s next?
Promoting Affiliate Products
There are many ways you can promote affiliate products on your website. In fact, you can even promote them without a website, but that’s something I’ll talk about in another post. For now, let’s focus more on website affiliate marketing strategies.
Your first option is to write product reviews. The key here is to make your reviews as comprehensive as possible and do not be afraid to be honest. In fact, I would fully recommend that you make your review as objective as possible because, frankly, your readers can see through the lies.
You want to build trust, and you want to make them feel that you’re not just doing this for the commission – you actually want to help them. So list down all the good points and bad points of the product, and then write a recommendation. If it’s a great product, say it. If it’s not, then let them know why you think so.
You can write an eBook and offer your readers a great deal of information about your niche. It can be a how-to guide or an informational article about a particular topic, and within that ebook you can then highlight some affiliate products that you think is relevant or best suited to the topic.
If you’re interested to buy a new smartphone then you’ve probably been comparing two or three products like the Samsung S7 Edge and the iPhone 7. So why not make it easier for your readers by providing them a comparison article of your affiliate products? You have to be as in-depth as possible when comparing two products and just like with reviews, you also need to be objective.
Other Ways to Promote Affiliate Products
I can think of a dozen other ways to promote products but I will just focus on a couple of them. First, you can tap social media. This is a tricky one because people can easily get annoyed by marketing tactics implemented on Facebook and Instagram. So a rule of thumb to follow is to make your content fun 80% of the time and keep your promotional messages to just 20% of your posts.
Then, you can also do email marketing. It’s basically sending promotional emails to people in your mailing list. You can offer a freebie to entice people to subscribe to your list. You can also send out a broadcast every month promoting a great product that you’re using. Tell them why you think it’s great. If they want to be part of your email list then they’ll be more receptive to your suggestions. Just make sure you don’t spam them with offers frequently.
If you want to try your luck with affiliate marketing but feel stuck and no idea where to learn? Then I highly recommend you Wealthy Affiliate– The best affiliate training out there.
You can use several ways to promote the products and make a commission for every sale. The key is to find a good affiliate network with a wide range of products, and then test various marketing strategies until you can find one that suits you. Read this how Sarah succeed working Full-Time on her online career.
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