When you first start blogging, it seems like you’ll never make money from it.
But if you stick with it, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
One of the most effective and quickest ways to start making money is through affiliate marketing.
That’s what I’m going to explain in this post.
I took Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and it completely changed how I approach making money blogging.
I didn’t have a strategy before this course. I would just throw up random links. You cannot make good money by doing this, which I had no idea about before.
So, let’s dive into how to make money blogging with affiliate marketing…
1. What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is getting paid for selling other people’s products.
So, if you (as a blogger) sell someone else’s blog course and that person has an affiliate program, you get paid a percentage for the sale.
It’s totally awesome because you don’t have to create the course, eBook, or whatever yourself.
The downside is you don’t have creative control. If they stop selling the product or remove the affiliate program, you don’t make money. But you can diversify and have lots of affiliates so this doesn’t have a huge impact on you.
Lots of bloggers publish income reports where they share their monthly blog earnings with affiliate marketing. Some bloggers are making upwards of $100k / month – yes, per month. Insane, I know!
2. How do you find and apply for affiliate marketing programs?
There are a lot of different ways that you can find and apply for affiliate marketing.
Second, you can start promoting affiliates through people you know, too. For example, I know Jessi Fearon, who is an amazing blogger and friend, and I love her course Real Life Money Plan, so I promote this course and it’s a great affiliate for me. Similarly, Grayson Bell does all my tech work and he created a company and has an affiliate program to go with it. I can’t think of anyone I trust more to do my tech work, so I’m happy to promote iMark Interactive.
Finally, you can find affiliates through platforms that specialize in connecting bloggers to affiliate programs, like CJ (Commission Junction) or eJunkie. Amazon Associates is another one you can join right away and link to anything on Amazon to get affiliate income.
Once you get going blogging, the ways that you can find affiliate programs to make money blogging are endless. You definitely get out the amount of effort that you put in.
3. What disclosures to include on your site
There are certain disclosures that you have to have on your blog and on certain pages and posts if you are an affiliate marketer.
For example, the Federal Trade Commission requires that you disclose if any of your links are affiliate links.
Some bloggers do this by putting a disclosure at the top of each post.
The bottom line here is to know that you have to include disclosures on your blog, so make sure you don’t skip this step.
4. How do you get readers to convert (i.e. buy)?
To be successful at affiliate marketing, you have to have a strategy that gets your readers buying what you’re selling.
This may be the most important part of making money blogging with affiliate marketing, which I had no idea about until I took Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. That’s why it’s really hard to do it on your own and why I recommend continuing to learn and take courses to get that strategy that will make you successful.
The biggest two tips that I’ve learned for converting are: 1) always be genuine, and 2) only promote what you’re familiar with using yourself.
5. How to promote affiliate links
How to go about promoting affiliate programs is complex, but it’s sooo worth your time to learn about.
You can promote affiliate marketing links through your email list, on social media, or through paid advertising.
Again, it’s really important your audience loves you and believes in what you’re saying. The more channels you connect with people on, the more opportunities you will have to promote your affiliate marketing links in your communications to them.
Trial and error is the key here.
6. How to maintain your affiliate marketing strategy
There are a ton of different tools out there for you to use to maintain your affiliate marketing links in your blog.
I use Thirsty Affiliates to store all my affiliate links. I highly recommend using something to keep track and organize all your affiliate links in your blog.
It will make your life sooo much easier down the road.
7. What not to do
When it comes to making money blogging with affiliate marketing, there are many don’ts that you need to be aware of.
One “don’t” is that you shouldn’t promote something you’re not using or very familiar with yourself. People can tell really easily if you’re too “sales-ey”.
There are so many other don’ts that you need to know before you start monetizing your blog with affiliate links. I’m not going to go through all of them here (you can get a handy checklist in the affiliate marketing course), but just know that they exist and you should be careful to always be genuine.
8. How to kick-start making money through affiliate marketing
If you are ready to monetize your blog, take Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing before you get started. I don’t think you can really be successful with it unless you spend years learning it yourself.
This is the hard part about blogging (and starting any business, really) — you have to invest in yourself so you can make money. This gets easier once you have money in your business account to pull from, but I totally understand how hard it is at first. (Keep going!)
A Final Note!
Like I said above, the expectation to make money blogging won’t be a reality if you don’t have a strategy in place.
And it’s kind of hard to create a strategy if you don’t know what to do.
For affiliate marketing, start by taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. From there, you can learn how to promote all kinds of things that you believe in on your blog. And as soon as you start monetizing your blog, the possibilities are endless. 🙂