Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to monetise a website. Blog owners, agencies and big corporate companies all leverage the power of affiliate marketing to generate referral income on their web properties.
In this post i’m going to show you beautiful ladies how you can make money from a simple blog by using affiliate marketing.
But first lets cover the basics, what the hell is this thing called affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a form of referral marketing where the person promoting a product or service (the affiliate marketer) gets paid a commissions every time someone purchases something through one of their links.
This infographic I came across on Visually breaks down the fundamentals of affiliate marketing:
What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is the thing that merchants setup for affiliate marketers to promote their products and services. Without an affiliate program, affiliates wouldn’t have the opportunity to promote products. The affiliate program sets out the rules and guidelines for promoting products and services. Some affiliate programs provide training for affiliates, among other things like ad creatives and tracking software.
One of the toughest things about affiliate marketing is finding the right affiliate program. Which so many to choose from, it can be hard to separate the good and bad. As a general outline, the best affiliate programs are ones that offer high-ticket products. So these are products and services that are sold for thousands of dollars a pop.
This is how you can generate a significant income from affiliate marketing without having to sell five million ebooks!
Great resources for learning more about affiliate marketing
Getting The Rankings For Traffic
Traffic is THE most important thing for any business that has an online presence. Without traffic, there’s no leads and without leads there’s no sales.
Funnily enough it’s the one thing that most people struggle with the most. Plenty of bloggers have fantastic content, great on-site SEO optimisation and a captivating call’s to action all over their site but nobody is landing on their pages.
How do we rank a website in a short space of time?
Link building is something that has changed significantly over the years. You need high-quality backlinks from trustworthy domains to rank your website.
Think of each domain that links to you as a vote for your site. This is how the search engines determine where to rank your content. The more votes you have, the higher you will rank.
The biggest caveat to that is not all votes are the same. 1 vote from a super authoritative website is worth 10 votes from websites with a lower authority.
There are so many ways to get high-quality links for your website but you need to focus on one thing at a time when you’re first starting out. SEO is overwhelming enough as it is, if you try and focus on too much, you’ll probably go nuts!
That said, one of the fastest ways to start acquiring high-quality backlinks to your site is guest posting. Find out who the influencers are in your industry and build that relationship. Don’t cold email them and ask to guest post on their blog because that won’t work. Find out where they are on social media and get to know them. See what they talk about and engage with them on social as well as their website.
Once they get to know you they will be much more receptive to your guest post pitch.
How do I pitch someone for a guest post on their site?
Here are some great resources for guest post pitching:
So why guest posting?
Two main reason…
Increased exposure – Guest posting allows you to leverage someone else’s audience to build your reputation in your chosen industry.
Backlinks – Most bloggers will allow you to add Dofollow backlinks to your post, giving you the much needed SEO juice that will help you rank higher in the search engines.
Guest posting alone can be a great way build your following by leveraging someone else’s audience and skyrocket your rankings by getting links from authoritative websites in your industry.