By now, you probably already know that there are so many viable ways you can earn money online. So far, a lot of people started blogging in hopes of reaching monetary independence. Now, while blogging leaves you with numerous ways you can make money, joining an affiliate program proved to be the best one.
However, how exactly you can earn affiliate income from blogging is still a subject many don’t fully understand. That’s why we’ve prepared a little guide.
In order to start making money…
You should first start a blog. If you don’t know what it takes to start a blog, you can find numerous valid guides online. Once you choose your preferred blogging platform and decide on the niche you feel most comfortable in, you should start promoting your content. Every blog will take some time before it reaches a decent following. But once it does, there will be no problem finding an appropriate affiliate program to join.
How to choose a program?
You should look for programs that are best suited for you depending on the scope of your interest and the level of your knowledge regarding a certain niche. Most importantly, you want to ensure that the affiliate program you’ve chosen is relevant to your niche and audience. Trying to push something that just doesn’t fit in will come off as too money-grabby. So, for instance, if your content mostly revolves around the iGaming industry, checking out affiliate programs and casino affiliates only seems like a logical step. However, if you’re not in this niche, it would be better to look for affiliate programs elsewhere.
Where do you go from there?
Once you’ve identified your niche and set your heart on a particular program, the work is not yet over. To truly become an affiliate, you will need to find a certain topic to write about. In that post, you can choose to promote a product or a service you think your audience might like or find useful. To start earning a commission, you will have to include an affiliate link in your post. If any of your followers decide to follow your affiliate link and actually make a purchase using it, you will get a commission. Of course, the more people follow your link and the more of those follows result in transactions the better off you will be.
Things to keep in mind
One of the reasons people seem to like affiliate marketing is because it really goes nicely with one of the most popular forms of marketing – conversational marketing. Simply put, conversational marketing enables businesses to talk to their audience in whichever way possible. So, that being said, it’s safe to say that affiliate marketing will only complement it nicely. However, it’s important to note that you should always try to stay as honest as possible when promoting something. It’s very easy to lose the reputation you’ve built with your audience if you’re not being entirely honest. And building that reputation back up may even be borderline impossible.
Some other things worth mentioning
Finally, one of the reasons so many people find affiliate programs to be the best way to earn some extra cash is the fact that it’s quite easy to do it. To put things in perspective, people usually feel much more comfortable talking about someone else’s amazing product or service than they’d feel talking about their own. That’s why, for instance, travel bloggers do so well when promoting other people’s services. However, if they ever try to get in the business and promote their own products, the majority of them does it way too clumsily. Additionally, people are generally more prone to believe someone else promoting your business than they would believe you. The reason is similar to the one where people don’t quite trust their moms that they’re “the prettiest child in the world”.
Initially, just like with any other business, you will need to dedicate quite some time to both your blog and the affiliate program you’ve chosen. But, over time, you will be able to turn your affiliate efforts into a sort of passive income. Basically, since affiliate links include cookies which tag referral sites you will be able to earn a commission even if the person following your link doesn’t make a purchase straight away. Also, there are many companies that track cookies for weeks or even months, which is excellent news for all the affiliates out there. Moreover, some companies even offer to send their affiliates free products to somewhat help them out with their promotional efforts.
So, if you’re a blogger looking for ways you can monetize your blog and earn some money off of it, give affiliate marketing a shot. If you do it right and stay true to your fan base, you’ll be able to really earn a pretty penny.