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Affiliate Marketing Advice for Newbies: 3 Money-Making Ideas for Your First Blog Post

As you may know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, one of the ways I’ve put my writing skills to use to make money online as a freelancer is by doing affiliate marketing.  I belong to a couple of Facebook groups to get answers to the never-ending questions that surface as an affiliate marketer.

FYI, this is an excellent way to get help with any kind of question you may have if this way of making money online appeals to you. But, I digress.

In these groups, there are all levels of affiliate marketers, so all kinds of questions are asked – from the very basic, to the ones that only high-level marketers would know the answers to. I chime in where I can, as I think I’m on the upper lower level in my knowledge.

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3 First Blog Post Ideas

Anyhoo, one of the questions that came up is, “What should my first blog post be about?” This question has popped up on numerous occasions, which gave me the idea for this post. Following are three ideas for your first blog post as an affiliate marketer.

1. Foundational Products3 Ideas for Your First Blog Post as an Affiliate Marketer

Blog about foundational products. What are these? These are posts almost every affiliate marketer should have on their site because they are about the basic products and services that you can start promoting right away.

First Blog Post Examples

Things like:

What do all of these products have in common? They are needed by everybody who does business on the web and is serious about making money – no matter what their niche is. They are the “foundation” of an online business; hence, foundational products.

When you first start out as an affiliate marketer, you will be rejected by a lot of the programs you want to join because they’ll have site traffic minimums and other guidelines you must meet.

As a new blogger, you won’t qualify. But many of the foundational products programs are pretty easy to start promoting. And I think it’s because they know that almost every blogger needs their products/services, so they aren’t as strict about who they allow in.

If you clicked through any of my links about, you’ll see that I wrote full-fledged tutorials and/or in-depth posts about these products. It’s because I know they’ll forever be a part of my site and because I know that many need direction on how to use/get going with these products when they first start out.

When you provide in-depth information like this, you make it easier for someone who’s on the fence about purchasing to go ahead and buy. And, because also given them a step-by-step tutorial on what to do after they purchase – well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

How Many Posts Should You Have Before You Launch Your Blog?

So if you’re stumped for your first post, start with foundational products like these. “How many posts should I have before I launch my blog” is another common question I’ve seen in Facebook groups.

A bonus of writing about foundational products is you can launch your blog with two, three or four posts instead of just one (if you decide to write a post on more than one foundational product). And by the way, there is no right or wrong number of posts to start with to launch your blog. The main thing is just to get started and to adhere to a regular posting schedule. This is very important, because it goes to how successful you’ll be in getting and growing traffic.

The worst thing you can do is post inconsistently. Many new affiliate marketers start out all excited and post frequently, eg, every day or three or four times per week. Then, when the money isn’t rolling in instantly, they get discouraged and drop off. Before you know it, weeks or a month or two have passed before they post again.

It’s hard to attract and grow traffic when you’re inconsistent like this. So start slowly. Quantity of posts is less important than quality and consistency. Keep this in mind when you start. Affiliate marketing is not hard, but it does take a sustained, consistent effort over a period of time. You most likely won’t be earning thousands of dollars in weeks or months.

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Tip: One more thing about writing foundational posts — check them every three to four months to make sure they contain the most updated information. Again, as these are most likely going to be evergreen products you promote, you want to make sure they’re always 100% accurate.

Now, on to the next kind of post you can start with as a new affiliate blogger …

2. Tell Your Story

One of the best ways to start building a loyal audience is to be relatable and transparent – tell your story to your audience. Why did you start your blog? This is extremely effective – and it’s because you’re never selling a product or service, what you’re selling is what that product or service can do for a prospective person. So selling is all about the personal; the human element. Never forget this.

I’m sure you’ve watched those late night shows that have movie stars on promoting their latest flick. But do the hosts just jump right into talking about the film/TV show? No. They usually chit chat for a few minutes – about life stuff completely unrelated to the project – then go to a commercial break, and then come back and talk about the film/TV show. This is a classic example of personal selling.

Turning Your Story into Dollars: Make Sure These 3 Elements are Present

We all have a story to tell, and starting with yours makes for an excellent first blog post. People do business with those they know, like and trust. When you open up to people, they get to “know” you a little. Over time, they come to like you (hopefully), and then they start to trust you.

How to Get a WordPress Blog in MinutesOnce all three of these elements are in place, sales follow – when you’re promoting something they like, can use and is within their price range.

Many times, even if what you’re promoting is more expensive, a prospect who’s come to know, like and trust you will still purchase from you over a competitor – and it’s because you’ve bonded with them; they know you.

One thing I do in most of my newsletters is put in a “On a Personal Note” section. Usually it’s just a few paragraphs about what’s going on in my life at the time, eg, training for a marathon; the ups and downs of living internationally; tired from working too much – all of this gives insight into who I am; it “personalizes” me to my blog readers.

You don’t have to be an open book, ie, reveal intimate details of your life (if that’s not what you want), but giving your readers some insight into who you are as a human being (not just a businessperson) can pay off big over time.

3. In-Depth Product/Service Review

Have you used a product or service that you absolutely love and would recommend even if there was no affiliate program attached to it? Then you have the making of a great first blog post – though try to make it one that is attached to an affiliate program. FYI, one of the reasons Amazon’s affiliate program is so popular is because you can make money promoting anything on the site.

So for example, if you bought a new outdoor BBQ smoker that makes you drool in anticipation of using it, then do an in-depth post about the pros and cons of it, grab your Amazon affiliate link, and post it on your blog.

The great thing about Amazon’s program is that even if someone clicks on your link about your smoker and don’t buy it but go on to buy other stuff, you will earn a commission on everything they buy (within a 24-hour period) – even if it has nothing to do with barbecuing.

Conclusion

So there you have it – three ideas for (profitable) posts to start your blogging / affiliate marketing career. Once you start, you’ll have so many ideas for posts that you’ll scarcely be able to keep up. You’ll wonder, “Why did I ever have trouble coming up with an idea for my first post?!

Blogging Tip: Keep an “Ideas” file. Mine is a simple rich-text document that I keep open throughout the day. When an idea for a post pops in my head, I write it down in there and on those days when I can’t figure out what to blog about, I’ll open it up and select one. This way, I’m never stuck for blog post ideas.

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Which Idea Do You Like the Best?

I hope the information here helps you. If so, leave a comment below. Which idea did you decide to go with? One of the three mentioned here – or something else? Let me know, ok?

Related Post: How to Write Your First Blog Post (16,000-word Guide + 63 Expert Tips). This article just may be the definitive post on this subject.

Til next time,
Yuwanda

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