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Start Making Money in Affiliate Marketing: 10 Simple, Effective Ways to Promote Affiliate Products On Your Blog

Ahh, the feeling of getting your first affiliate sale. Most never forget it. When you first start out, it may take a day, a week, a month or even a few months before it happens. The longer it takes, the more frustrating it can be though. It’s why many don’t stick it out to experience that feeling. But I’m here to tell ya, what a feeling if you do!

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Affiliate Marketing Statistics

To put this into some kind of perspective, I once read somewhere that something like 94% of affiliates never make any money. In the 2016 Affiliate Marketing Report – the latest one available as of this writing – gives a big clue as to why; namely that almost half (48.36%) earned less than $20,000 per year.

FYI, following are some more interesting affiliate marketing statistics:

Methods Used to Drive Traffic

SEO is the most popular, with 69.22% reporting usage of this. Social media is a close second, with 67.82% saying they leverage their social networks to drive traffic.

Number of Affiliate Products Promoted

42.17% promote 1-10 products
7.53% promote 300 or more

Types of Products Promoted

59.32% promote B2C products
12.43% promote B2B products

Earn More than $100,000/Year

9.58% earn more at least six figures/year
2.65% earn 50,000 to $75,000/year
2.16% earn $40,000 to $50,000/year

Age

31.86% are between 35-44
27.55% are between 25 and 34; and
22.41% are between 45 and 54

Length of Time in Affiliate Marketing

2016: 16.41%
2015: 13.48%
2014: 12.67%
2013: 6.52%
2012: 8.24%
2011: 6.30%

As you can see from this last stat, almost half (49.08%) of affiliate marketers have been in the game for three years or less (2013-2016). That’s about the amount of time it takes most businesses to fail.

I once had a business mentor who told me that if you can stick I tout the first few years, then you can pick up some steam. So sticking it out can be said to be half the battle in affiliate marketing because you start to learn what works and what doesn’t.

With that being said, following are some tried-and-true ways to seamlessly promote products and services on your blog without being overtly obvious about it. You give readers what they want (always the goal), and you earn in the process — a win, win for all. 🙂

10 Ways to Easily Fill Your Blog with Money-Making Affiliate Products

Tip: Mix and match these for ultimate effectiveness – and over time, you’ll build a successful blog that earns you thousands in affiliate sales – almost on auto pilot.

1. Create a Resources Page

I don’t think Michelle from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing would mind me sharing this tip from her course with you. This is one of the first things I did when I finished the course, as I talk about in the free report, Increase Your Affiliate Earnings: 7 Things I Did After Finishing Michelle’s Course That Can Help You Earn More, I created when you order it via my affiliate link.

I’ve been an affiliate marketer for years, and it just never occurred to me to do this. “Duh!” You’d think it’d be obvious, especially as I get questions all the time about various tools/resources I use to operate my freelance biz.

Of course, use your affiliate link for every product and/or service you list.

2. Write Tutorials

When you tell people “how” to do something, it does a couple of things right away: (I) it gives them useful information they can implement immediately; it builds trust – because if what you’re telling them works, then obviously, you told the truth, right; and (iii) it paints you as an expert – at least in the reader’s/user’s eyes.

All of this leads to sales – sales for years because if it’s well-written and useful, readers will refer back to it, bookmark it, share it on social media, reblog it, etc.

Also, it helps to build your blog as an authority source, because you’re getting all of those sweet backlinks that lead to even more traffic and sales. I ran across a post from one blogger who said she’d earned tens of thousands of dollars from one post – a tutorial.

I call this type of content “foundational content” because it forms the cornerstone of your blog. If you get 5, 10 or 15 foundational posts on your blog – eg, tutorials for the products and services you use most often in your biz that everyone who does business on the web needs as well, you can see how that can drive traffic and sales for as long as you have your blog.

All you have to do is keep the content updated. So far, I have three here – for web hosting, domain name registration, and list management – and will be adding more.

3. Link to Popular Affiliate Marketplaces

There are a lot of these. In case you don’t know what they are, following is a quick explanation.

What Is an Affiliate Marketplace?

Also known as an affiliate network, these are …

“… an intermediary between publishers (affiliates) and merchant affiliate programs. It allows website publishers to more easily find and participate in affiliate programs which are suitable for their website (and thus generate income from those programs), and allows websites offering affiliate programs (typically online merchants) to reach a larger audience by promoting their affiliate programs to all of the publishers participating in the affiliate network. {Source: Wikipedia}

I like to think of them as a mall; a place where lots of different stores (affiliate products) and services are housed. They’re all under one roof, and you can visit each one by just going to the mall. Some of the major ones are:

  • ShareaSale (one of my favorites); and
  • Clickbank (I sell a product here, as well as promote the products of others from this network); and
  • Amazon (perhaps the largest affiliate network of all). I have tons of books on this site, eg, my romance novellas, and promote affiliate products from it as well.

13 of the Largest Affiliate Markets Around Today

FYI, here’s a list of some of the largest, highest-paying affiliate networks, which gives you info on some as to how many vendors they have and products available in their marketplace.

By linking to products and services from popular marketplaces, you earn money in a couple of ways, ie, by promoting a specific product and by receiving commissions on everything a person buys once they click through from your affiliate link.

4. Create an Ebook/Ecourse around a Product/Service

Writing an ebook about a particular product/service. For example, take my ebook on selling ebooks via the e-Junkie platform. That ebook has my affiliate link in it.

Also, I have an e-course on SEO writing. The blog it’s on has a few affiliate products and I’m migrating it over to the Teachable platform, and will include some links to a few helpful products I’ve come across throughout the course.

Note: Be careful if you write an ebook with Amazon affiliate links in it and upload it to sell from the site. Apparently that is against their terms of service.

5. Interviews

I do exhaustive research on a product/service before becoming an affiliate for it – especially if it’s created by a person I don’t know (as opposed to say something like a WordPress theme).

Interviews are great because they’re first-hand info from the program creator. It helps those considering purchasing learn more about the product/service – right from the person who created.

3 Examples of “Affiliate Interviews”

Buying on the web can seem so impersonal sometimes. It helps to know who the person is behind a product or service, why the created it, and how it can help you. Interviews are great vehicles for this. Here are few examples.

Michelle from the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Ecourse; and

Gina from the How to Start a VA Services Business.

I’ve also been interviewed for my ebook that sells on Clickbank. BTW, if you become an affiliate for this ebook, send me your questions. I’ll be happy to answer them for you.

You can use these interviews to get an idea of the kinds of questions to ask a product creators.

Tip: Think about the buyer – what would they want to know to help them make up their mind about whether or not to purchase the product?

6. Comparisons

Comparisons are GREAT ways to market affiliate products because you’re, in essence, doing the work for someone who’s thinking about purchasing a particular product or service.

And the bonus is, you can capture more sales because you’re promoting more than one product at at a time.

7. Tell Your Story (Why I Use)

My HostGator story is a good example of this. When you detail your personal experience with a product, it automatically ups the trust factor in prospective buyers. Trust = sales.

8. Do a JV Offer

In case you don’t know, JV is the acronym for joint venture. In affiliate marketing, it’s very common for product creators and promoters to join forces.

I’ve entered my first JV partnership; a deal I’m working on with another freelance, online writer. We’ll be doing a joint offering of our product. These types of deals come together between two affiliate marketers see mutual benefit from working together. They’re usually more or less “equally yoked,” for lack of a better term.

For example, if you have a mailing list of 5,000 and just a few hundred Facebook followers, and someone else has a FB following of 6,500 and just a few hundred on their subscriber list, then you all might consider joining forces. That way, you can increase your social media reach, and they can grow their subscriber list.

As you can see, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. If mine goes well (and I have high hopes that it will), then I’ll be looking to do more. I’ve already received some offers from others in a couple of affiliate marketing groups I belong to on Facebook.

FYI, here’s a very detailed post on joint venture partnerships and what to expect when you enter into one.

9. YouTube!

If you’re not on YouTube, you’re missing out on tons – TONS! – of traffic. How much? According to their stats page:

  • YouTube has over a billion users — almost one-third of all people on the Internet — and every
  • day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views.
  • You can navigate YouTube in a total of 76 different languages (covering 95% of the Internet population).
  • The number of channels earning six figures per year on YouTube is up 50% y/y.
  • As of July 2016, YouTube has paid out $2 billion to rights holders who have chosen to monetize claims since Content ID first launched in 2007.

I have to admit, I need to do a much better job of leveraging this network in my affiliate marketing efforts. I hate being on camera tough (hate it with a passion!). But, I know I’m going to have to overcome this in order to make inroads here.

Some of my most popular videos on my YouTube channel are my trips to the mineral springs in the Blue Moutains in Jamaica. I don’t mind appearing on camera like this, because I’m basically doing my own thing – not being the central focus on the video. Hmmm… maybe more like this.

You can do demonstration videos, interviews, product descriptions, tell jokes – almost anything will work. And, as Google likes to return mixed media results, just having a presence there that’ll pop up in search results helps you to drive traffic.

10. Roundup Post

The possibilities for roundup posts are limitless, eg:

  • The Best of ____
  • The Worst Of____
  • ___ Things You Must Do While in ____
  • ___ Reasons to Try ____

You get the idea, no? And again, each product/service/idea you list can be an affiliate link.

BONUS Tip

Do what I call “look for link opportunities” in your posts. If you belong to an affiliate marketplace like Amazon, it’s easy to find an affiliate product to link to in almost every post – because they sell almost everything. It truly is the “world’s shopping place.”

For example, see how I linked to the Sony cyber-shot camera in this post. It’s a series I write about living in Jamaica, and as I’m a photography neophyte and people were complimenting my photos, I just shared the type of camera I use.

These days, I use my Samsung phone to take pics. Even though I still have my camera, I rarely pull it out. Cell phones have come a long way in the photo department.

I like this Samsung because it has a duel SIM card holder, which works great for me because when I come back to the states, I just switch over to that SIM card. And when I go back to Jamaica, I switch back to Digicel (the major carrier throughout the island). Also, this phone is compatible with a lot of international carriers, which means I can use it in lots of places without having to worry about buying a new phone every time I land in a different country.

Marketing Tip: Travel posts are especially easy to monetize because there’s so much to talk about, eg, food, hotels, clothing, beauty products, technology and photography gear, etc. I’ll be going back and monetizing all the posts in my Jamaica series. Those posts get a lot of traffic, and I’ve been writing it since 2010.

Conclusion

The most important thing to remember about promoting affiliate products and services – no matter how you do it – is to be honest. Don’t promote something just because of the payout, or you read that so-and-so blogger earned this much with it, or because it seems like it’d be an easy sale.

Buyers can sense insincerity, and you’re building a business. You want it to be built on a foundation of honesty. As your business grows, this will pay off more than any thing you can do because when you have the trust of your customers, you have the number one thing it takes to make sales.

Your Strategy? Do You Have One?

How do you promote affiliate products on your blog? Feel free to share in the comments section below. And if you found this post useful, please share it on Pinterest. It’s so easy. Just click the graphic embedded here and pin away!

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