Welcome to YOUR guide to affiliate marketing! Or, as I also like to call it – an easy way to earn your first bit of income as a blogger!
Back when my mind was fresh and my fingers didn’t cramp from consistently typing, I was but an itty bitty blogger with NO source of income. Then one day, it hit me! (Or it popped up in an FB group)
It finally clicked why people would link products on their pages! All those amazon links, course ranking posts, and reviews made sense! It’s INCOME!
To be honest: it still didn’t all click in my brain. I was still slightly (okay, very) confused. I mean,
Where did they get the links?
Can anyone get them?
Is my blog popular enough to get approved?
Will I finally be able to earn income from my blog?
After a few hours of research and months of practice, I’ve finally seamlessly integrated affiliate links into my blogs!
But, you’re not here to listen to me chat. So, how about that guide I promised? It’s right down below:
Affiliate marketing is a type of passive income.
Passive income = Unlimited Income.
Passive income is income that takes little to no effort to earn or maintain. Which means less work for you in the long run!
Earning passive income through affiliate marketing essentially means that you’re promoting someone else’s products on your site and earning a commission when a visitor purchases said product. How, you ask?
Through links that are specific to you.
When you join an affiliate program, you’ll receive links, HTML coding, or a partner code which is how you’ll get credit for the sale. These can be used as:
Personally, I stick to in-text links and photos – I’m not very tech-savvy! Even so, it still depends on the programs you sign up for (more on that later).
The #1 thing you need when starting affiliate marketing (at least the type I’m talking about) is a website. Most affiliate programs require a website and will check your website’s traffic to determine if you’ll be a good fit for the program.
Ah, but if you’re only a beginner…
Don’t worry! There are plenty of programs that are willing to take the risk, at least partially. I signed up for my first affiliate account when my website was only three months old. I had maybe 50 unique visitors per month?
Now, if you’ve been around awhile…
You have quite a few opportunities! Hopefully, since your blog/website has seen a few things you’ll have a history of consistent traffic. You’ll be able to apply to more exclusive programs with less competition.
If you do plan on adding in a few affiliate links on your website, you’ll need to create a disclaimer. Get a free disclosure and disclaimer template here.
Time for the fun part! Here are a few programs that are perfect for beginners:
Programs for Content Creators:
Programs for Fashion Bloggers:
Don’t misunderstand, there are still HUNDREDS of other affiliate programs out there – these are just some to get you started!
As it says above, use common sense when using affiliate links. You know what I mean. No shady stuff, keep it honest! Try and keep it clean, trustworthy, and appropriate. Here’s a few tips:
Always add your disclaimer where readers can easily locate it.
Don’t recommend products you know knowing about.
Don’t sell products that have nothing to do with your blog.
Learn to understand what your audience needs, not what you want to sell them.
Keep it relevant to your niche and expertise.
If it makes you feel weird, consult the internet! Ask your friends, family, or post in a blogger group… shh… just gonna leave a link to my group Grammar Girls right here… but anyway, getting a second opinion will help you in the long run, so don’t be shy! We’ve all been there.
Enough information to get you started? I hope so!
Now, YOU have to decide what to do next. Should you mix in a few affiliate links, or should you keep your website free of ads.
I 100% believe that it is a personal decision and preference. There is no wrong or right answer. YOU are the owner of your blog and only YOU can determine if you’d like to try this method of revenue.
In my personal opinion, if you can live without links – do it. If you’re struggling to get visitors or views, you should spend more time on the quality of your content rather than building content to get sales. Money will come later.
In you can’t hold off or you have a well-established website, go for it!
Obviously, do it tastefully. Readers take time to adjust, don’t spam them with links right off the bat! That’s an easy way to lose the trust they have in you. Remember:
You can’t make sales without an audience.
Don’t forget to get your FREE disclosure and disclaimer templates!
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