Monetize Your Blog Through Affiliate Marketing
So, we hope you found our last blog easy to follow? if you didn’t get a chance to see it, have a look here. In our last blog, we may have got you up and running with Bluehost, an extremely well-known hosting and domain site, that guides you from start to finish, when starting out.
Now that your well on your way with the way your blog is working, let’s get you one step closer to earning some cash with Affiliate Marketing. After all, if you’re not earning from it, then its just a hobby.
So, What Is Affiliate Marketing Anyway?
Affiliate Marketing, we hear you say? Well, let us tell you. Affiliate Marketing is directing readers to a product or service in exchange for a commission on the sale (or other action) when it occurs.
Advice on Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers
1. Choose Relevant Affiliate Programs
Affiliate ads pay per click and some pay per referral, which means that readers will need to click on the ad and then either sign up or register for something or make a purchase before you get paid for that action carried out.
The more relevant the ad is to your content, the more chances you have of visitors clicking on the ad. Which is exactly what you want.
So, think carefully, what type of affiliate program will provide the most relevant ads for your blog?
If you’re focused on a particular topic, you will want to join affiliates specifically associated with your content. For example, if you have a Food & Drink site, you might apply to be an affiliate with Tescos, or Marks & Spencers and so on. Or, if you’re into travel like us, then you could join the Jet2 affiliate program.
When we started out, we signed up with Amazon Associates Bluehost and Viglink ( a well-paid affiliate lining platform) that thousands use to earn money daily from clicks. We loved the fact that people can shop for anything they like through our Amazon affiliate link and Viglink, it searches your website for relevant links that work best for you. This offers your viewers a wide range of products, making you more likely to make commision on a sale.
Amazon sells millions of diverse products, so its a perfect starting point for bloggers. See here the total Commission from Amazon. They also pay 4% to 15%, depending on volume and product type sold.
Amazon is not the only one you can join. There are literally tons of affiliate programs available. Do some research for which one suits you best. I can tell you though that Commission Junction Rakuten and Bluehost are very popular. Although you need to sign up individually for each one.
When you have joined a few, think about other affiliate programs that are not directed at your niche. There are many other programs that would be suitable on your blog, think of a few other products your audience may be interested in, variety is good.
See below the commision from Just a Few
While it may not be as user-friendly and organized as the other two above, it is still widely used by style and beauty bloggers.
Here are a few blogger favorites from their list of popular retailers:
- Ulta (5%)
- Free People (4%
- Forever 21 (4%)
- Urban Outfitters (5%)
- Lululemon (2.5%)
The commission will vary with each retailer
If you serve an audience of fellow bloggers, they may be interested in WordPress hosting services. If so, Bluehost has one of the most popular affiliate programs out there.
Commission: $65 for each user sign-up, pretty impressive hey!
Through Rakuten global affiliate network, they empower marketers to engage shoppers across the entire consumer journey, making you a good spot to be in.
Often voted as the best affiliate program for fashion, travel and beauty bloggers, Linkshare has unsurprisingly become the most popular affiliate program within this niche.
Here are a few blogger favourites from their list of popular retailers:
- ASOS (7%)
- Birchbox (5%)
- Nordstrom (2%)
- Bloomingdale’s (2%)
- JC Penny (3%)
2. Think About an Affiliate Aggregator Service
If your blog topics are more diverse, you might want to consider a program such as VigLink, which automates access to more than 30,000 affiliate programs, we know amazing hey, it also monetizes the links on your site for you, what more could you want?
If you’re unsure about an Affiliate Aggregator then here is some information about it:
If a blogger is writing about a new bikini they found on Bikini Luxe, instead of having to sign up with the Bikini Luxe affiliate program directly, they can work with VigLink, which will automatically append the affiliate code to the link and pay the blogger their earned commissions.
In addition to automatically monetizing existing links, VigLink can also optionally insert new, ordinary links where none existed before, a smart way to work we think. For example, if a blogger mentions a brand or a particular product or store, they don’t have to worry about linking to it themselves: VigLink does it all for you with its link insertion technology, clever hey! which optimizes for both user experience and revenue.
For most websites, link insertion lifts VigLink revenue by more than 90%,” pretty impressive we think, and that’s why you will love Viglink as we do. So, give it a whirl, what have you got to lose?
3. Create Content That People Want To Read
To get somewhere, accomplish something, or become someone, you need to figure out how. That’s where your content comes in. The power of a blog is that it’s easy to aggregate a lot of loyal fans for niche topics.
This lends itself to making recommendations and providing affiliate links to those recommendations. But, think wisely, as joining and sending out links everywhere will certainly put your readers of and will send your visitors away.
When blogging, be sure to talk about the item you are trying to sell. The reader needs to be able to trust what you are saying to make a purchase. Imagine, if you were browsing a website and you saw an advert offering a cool box for picnics, you’re not going to click on it and buy it outright, you’re going to need more recommendation and information than that to buy it.
Maybe a little of what size it is, what weight it holds and maybe an indication of the range colours it comes in, along with a review on how they got along with it when they bought one and used it? See, the explanation needs more detail. People don’t just buy for the fun of it, they need to know more details to gain trust in the product offered.
4. integrate Affiliate Links Appropriately
When you are sat thinking about where to place your ads, think about what you see when you land on websites that are jam-packed with adverts. Does it look good? not really! Decide how many and where you’re going to place your affiliate links. Keep it minimal, you don’t really want more than three on a single blog.
So, depending on the length of your blog, remember less is more. You have a style to adhere to, after all, you have put in tons of effort to make it look good, why ruin it with too many adverts.
What we would recommend to people is to think of 5-10 great pages that you could use to promote affiliate offers related to your niche.
We hope this blog has given you a little insight into Affiliate Marketing. If you have any questions we are happy to answer them. Happy Marketing!