Joining with a brand as an affiliate can make profits for you long after a sponsored content piece is over.
As an affiliate, your goal should be to inspire and motivate your readers to click to the retail partner’s link to purchase the items you are endorsing.
However, before your begin your affiliate marketing success venture, I recommend you read the “1 Big Thing to Know Before Starting an Affiliate Marketing Opportunity”.
No matter what your subject focus is, from fashion, to health & wellness, to family vacations, you can easily integrate affiliate marketing to make some additional income from your blog.
However, to have real affiliate marketing success, the product or service you are promoting should be relevant to the content of the website you are promoting from.
For example, if you write a blog about let’s say “Bass Fishing” then your affiliate links and banners should appeal to bass fishermen.
If you have links and banners for food and wine, health & wellness, or cruise lines on your bass fishing blog, you may accidently get the rare click and purchase – but it will be very rare.
Whereas, if your links and banners were to a business that sells bass boats, rods and reels and bass fishing guides, then your opportunity for increased earnings goes up significantly because it is relevant and congruent with your existing content.
Here are five quick tips to help you increase affiliate marketing success with your blog.
5 Quick Affiliate Marketing Success Tips
Start with Existing Content
One of the fastest means to start combining affiliate links with your blog is to work with content you have already published.
Add links to shopping lists, link to tools and resources you actually use in a tutorial, and link to affiliates you are highlighting.
Ideally, you want to begin with your most popular content from your blog if possible and then add a mixture of text links and visuals to raise the chance for a click.
Using Googles Search Console/ Webmasters Tools is by far one of the easiest ways to research the most popular content on your blog.
Think Past the Banner
Promoting or endorsing a brand, product or service as an affiliate is more than simply adding a banner to your sidebar on your blog.
As an alternative, make use of your copywriting to create a conversation about the products you are promoting or endorsing.
Testimonials, reviews, tutorials, and insider secrets are perfect content types to integrate with a retail partner.
I have actually found that sharing a shopping list not only helps promote the products, but really increases the value of the content for the readers not having to search down the items you’ve pointed out in other places.
Understand Affiliate Marketing Agreements
Blog owners should pay careful attention to the affiliate marketing agreements they enter.
This is important because some companies may place restrictions on the usage of a link to their website.
This may include restrictions like avoiding objectionable content and misleading advertisement.
Failure to follow their guidelines will result in the blog losing affiliate privileges and the blog owner being denied any compensation.
Share Like a Friend
Rather than pushing products like a sales rep, talking and sharing information about products, services and brands needs to be done like you’re talking with a friend.
Tell your readers specifically why you love the products you’ve mentioned.
Share ideas, tips and tricks about the product or talk about the features you like best and why you’re specifically recommending it.
I like to share images, infographics, and occasionally some videos of items I’ve actually taken or used or making a short video of myself working with the product to add my own personal touch to the promotion.
Get To Know Your Affiliate Manager
A good affiliate manager will be happy to take the time and review your site, give you feedback and work with you to promote their brand.
If you can consistently generate a few sales per month, ask for a bonus or commission increase.
Then use that bonus to increase your marketing spend and drive even more sales! It can be a win-win for both you and the affiliate you are promoting.
Regardless of what industry or specific niche you focus on, there are likely affiliate marketing opportunities you can incorporate into your blogging efforts.
Search for brands you know, like, and trust, then share that passion with your readers.
Affiliate marketing success with your blog takes time to grow, so don’t expect the sales to come overnight.
As with any other business venture, you have to put in the effort in order to reap the rewards.
While many “get rich quick” affiliate programs state that all you have to do is become an affiliate and you’ll be an instant millionaire, those always come with a catch and you should probably run away… quickly.
But by following the above 5 tips Affiliate Marketing Success Tips for Bloggers and work hard at it, you can be very successful at affiliate marketing.
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