How to Create a Blog for Affiliate Marketing [Beginners Guide]

Affiliate marketing is growing day by day and it presents easy ways to make money today which did not exist 20 years ago. Forty Percent of marketing professionals quote affiliate marketing as the most desired digital skill. 

After reading this guide, you will get started and succeed as an affiliate marketer.  

What is Affiliate Marketing?

If you are an affiliate marketer, you help companies or individuals to sell their products or services through your blog, and in return, they will pay you the commission per sale.

So basically you can use affiliate links to sell or promote other’s products or services.

Common Affiliate Marketing Terms

Affiliate Program: It can also be called an Associate Program, Partner, Referral, or Revenue sharing program.  In such a program, the merchant rewards the affiliate for web traffic, sales, or leads on a pay-per-click, pay-per-sale, or pay-per-lead basis.

Affiliate Information Page: A page on the merchant’s website that explains the terms of your affiliate program including your commission rates, affiliate agreement, a link for existing affiliates to log in, as well as a link to the signup page for new affiliates.

Affiliate Manager: The person responsible for running the merchant’s affiliate program.  This includes recruiting affiliates, establishing incentive programs, creating media for the affiliates, reporting on sales, and paying affiliates.

Merchant: The person selling the goods or service.  The merchant pays affiliates for sending traffic to the merchant’s website after a product or service is purchased.

Affiliate: A website owner or publisher that earns a commission or finder’s fee for referring clicks, leads, or sales to a merchant.

Affiliate Agreement: terms between a merchant and an affiliate that governs the relationship.  This includes the terms on which the affiliate will be rewarded for the traffic sent to the merchant’s website.

Affiliate Link: A URL tracking link that identifies the affiliate and sends traffic to the merchant’s website.  For example, a link might look like http://www.yourdomain.com/yourpage.asp?AffiliateID=34267.

These links are unique to track the traffic coming from the Affiliate Site.  Typically these links can be simple text links, images, product links, etc.

Recurring Commissions: The process of rewarding an affiliate repeatedly whenever the merchant charges a customer a recurring fee.  For example, a web host that charges customers monthly might reward the affiliate a percentage of each month’s payment from the customer.

Click-through: The action when a user clicks on a link and follows through to the merchant’s website.

Click-Through Ratio (CTR): percentage of visitors who click-through on a link to visit the merchant’s website.

Commission: Income an affiliate earns for generating a sale, lead, or click-through to a merchant’s website.

Cookies: small text files stored on the visitor’s computer, which record information that is of interest to the merchant site. In affiliate software cookies are utilized to track which affiliate the web visitor came from and which banner or link they clicked.  They can also store the date/time of the click for purposes of tracking the time elapsed between a click and a conversion to a sale or lead.

Conversion Rate: Percentage of clicks that result in a commissionable activity (sale or lead).

Pay-Per-Click: Rewards an affiliate for each unique click to the merchant’s website.  This type of affiliate program is uncommon because of click fraud or fake clicks.

Pay-Per-Lead: Affiliate program that rewards affiliates for conversions to leads.  A lead might include a signup form, software download, survey, contest or sweepstakes entry, signup for a trial, etc. Pay-per-lead generally offers midrange commissions and midrange to high conversion ratios.

Pay-Per-Sale: An affiliate marketing program that rewards affiliates based on each conversion to a sale such as when purchasing a product or service from the merchant’s website.  Pay-per-sale programs usually offer the highest commissions but tend to have the lowest conversion rates.

Tracking link:  A tracking is used to measure the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns, channels, and activities. You should always use a tracking link when you are directing traffic to your websites from an outside channel, like email, social media, PPC campaigns, banner ads, and sponsored posts, etc.

Link cloaking: A link Cloaking is a method used to turn a long affiliate URL link into a shorter and prettier one-often to the detriment of a brand. The first URL identifies the merchant, whereas the second is simply a shorter URL seen more frequently as more and more people use link shortening services.

Affiliate Marketing Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Money Can I Make?

The potential is limitless. You can earn hundreds of dollars or thousands per month depending on how you approach it. So basically, what you can make in affiliate marketing is up to you. This is why doing research and putting it to practice is your best bet in this industry.

Affiliate marketing is perfectly legal. It is also not harmful; in case you’re wondering.

Do I Need a Blog?

No. You can earn some money in affiliate marketing without a blog/niche site. But having a blog will present you with more possible income avenues. Additionally, some affiliate networks require that you own a website before advertising their products.

Is There a Cost in Signing Up for an Affiliate Program?

No. If you join a program as an affiliate, you generally won’t be required to pay a fee. Your expenses, however, will depend on your approach. For example, using Facebook ads or other paid advertisement methods will cost you some money, but blog posts won’t cost you anything except the hosting fees which are as little as $2.75 per month at Bluehost.

What Qualifications Do I Need?

There’s no qualification required, but you will need to write well and sell.

Don’t know how to write? No worries. Not all successful affiliate marketers are great writers, but they hire good writers.

A blog post must be engaging and done in the right tone and style to keep your audience reading and eventually get them buying.

What Is a Product Data Feed?

A product data feed is a list of products and their attributes, organized and displayed in such a way that buyers can make buying decisions based on the information provided. This is provided to a publisher by the merchant.

This type of simplified information makes it easier for an affiliate to market products to site users. A product data feed can be converted into descriptions, image links, and clickable links that visitors can use to make informed purchasing decisions.

What Does EPC Mean?

EPC stands for earnings per click. This is an important metric for affiliates. It typically shows how much an affiliate might expect to earn after every 100 clicks through to a link.

What Does EPM Mean?

This refers to the earnings per 1,000 impressions provided by a publisher.

Can I still Use AdSense with Affiliate Marketing?

You definitely can because AdSense Terms of Service are okay with it. Affiliate marketing has a higher earning potential, but you can still use both.

The cookie duration depends on the merchant. Some affiliate programs or networks allow cookies to store and transmit information for up to 90 days, while others only track the data for 24 hours. The latter is unpleasant from an affiliate’s point of view.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Works?

To make it clear, I want to break it down into what parties are involved here?

The Merchant

The Affiliate (You)

The Consumer

The Affiliate Network

With affiliate marketing, all these four parties are happy. 🙂

The Merchant

By merchant, I am referring to the product owner. What she cares about is selling her products or services.  However, she is aware of the fact that in today’s world, with high competition, she must advertise and promote her products, and that costs money. She then decides to spend let’s say 30% of the product value for marketing.  But she might not be able to do the marketing alone or effectively, so she partners with affiliates and offer them let’s say 30% every time they bring in someone and ends up buying her products.

The Affiliate

The affiliate or publisher doesn’t have a product but she is talented and knows how to advertise through content marketing. She gives value to her followers and recommends products that she has used and trusts those who need them.  She tries, by all means, to attract and convince potential customers of the value of the merchant’s product, so that they end up buying it. When they buy, she earns a commission.

The Consumer

The consumer is the buyer or customer. All she cares about is spending her hard-earned cash on a product or service that solves her problems.  The Affiliate/ publisher shows her how it works, gives her information about the product and if convinced, she will then decide to buy it.

Whether the consumer knows that they are part of an affiliate marketing system or not, it is mostly up to the affiliate.   But most importantly, the consumer will not typically pay a higher price to the affiliate, as the cost of the affiliate network is already included in the retail price.

The Network

Unlike many affiliate marketing guides, I decided to include the network in the affiliate marketing equation. This is because in many cases, a network works as an intermediary between the affiliate and the merchant. The network charges the merchant for using their platform. That’s how they make money.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

Unlike in the past, people connect and interact very easily regardless of their location.  You don’t need to meet in person to influence or inspire another person. This was made possible by the increase of social media such as Facebook and Instagram which has changed the way people congregate, influence, and are being influenced.

The soaring of E-commerce, and the internet, in general, has made it possible for each of us to make money online regardless of our physical location. The best opportunity that was presented by technology is the possibility of making a living from any passion from anywhere, accompanied by the gratification of making an impact in others’ lives by giving them value.

It is now possible for small players like bloggers to build their brands by giving quality customer care and thus getting more followers. This presents them with a competitive advantage and can, therefore, compete with bigger brands on a tight budget.

Many businesses including startups are grasping opportunities of growing their businesses through affiliate marketing and have their in-house affiliate programs instead of being part of big affiliate networks. This offers more choices for bloggers. Also, because there are more affiliate programs, the affiliate can get as much as 75% in commission.  Sigh.

Lastly, research has proven that many people are becoming more and more comfortable and willing to buy online, in the comfort of their homes. They are therefore relying on reviews and information before making any purchase decisions. As a result, bloggers can easily sell to them through content marketing.

Looking at the above facts, one can confidently say that Affiliate Marketing is the best business model you could have at this point. If you learn how to scale and grow it, it can easily become your main source of income, giving you financial freedom.

Get Started With Affiliate Marketing

Below are the steps you need to follow to get started with Affiliate Marketing:

Step 1: Choose a Niche To Focus On

A niche is a targeted, proven topic/keyword that you should focus on.  It is a group of people who are very interested in what you will have to offer in your blog/niche site.

If you want to make more money and live off Affiliate Marketing, I highly recommend that you stick to the following evergreen niches that have the potential to attract large audiences:

 Food

Travel

Health/Fitness

Beauty

Finance

Education

Dating

Gaming

These niches are solid and can make job-killing income. You can easily get traffic and pivot. 

When you can solve a problem, you can make money. The BIGGER the problem, the MORE you make.

Think of big problems solvers in “regular jobs” like doctors and lawyers, there is a reason why they are the big income earners, they help solve big problems.

They help people from getting into big trouble in difficult ways.

As a marketer, you can find problems in the marketplace to deliver solutions and use software to help you scale. Someone out there has a problem they need to tackle or maybe a desire they want to be fulfilled.

Step 2: Build an Audience

Here are a few ways to build an audience that you can pick from:

1) Start a Blog Site

Blogging is a very good and legitimate method to start making money as an affiliate. There are many bloggers out there who are earning millions and even billions of dollars from blogging. If you share your expertise through blogging and offering value to your followers, you can become a successful blogger.

With this Business Model, you are marketing knowledge by developing a solid content strategy. Back up fantastic content with amazing design to enhance your credibility and give your users the confidence in your skills to apply innovative techniques to their industry. Then use this to promote a product or a service as long as you do it with the problems and desires of others in mind.

People can find your blog but only stay if your content has value. It is insanely great content that nurtures a blog community. Providing value is the core foundation of being an affiliate marketer since you don’t have physical products. What you sell are informational products. The values you leave behind are like business cards or flyers in traditional marketing.

2. Types of Blogs that Make Money

There are three main business models to choose from when setting up your affiliate marketing site:

Review Blog Sites

With this business model, you first need to use the products. Once you have tried the products or services, you will write a review in which you talk about the benefits of using the products and rate them to help your audience decide what to buy. In each review written, you leave a link or a banner ad that clicks through for sales on your merchant partner’s site.

Resource Blog Sites

A resource site consists of how-to articles. You then provide affiliate links or banner ads for your audiences to click to get more information. Depending on your niche, it is important that you update those articles now and then to provide value. This encourages your audience to visit your site frequently which will help you convert more.

Hybrid Blog Sites

It is common nowadays to find sites that use both the two above business models. In these sites, you find a review of products used and how-to articles or posts. As in the above models, you want to make sure that your affiliate links are visible so that your audience follows the links and tries out the products, which means a sale for you.

3. Drive Targeted Traffic to Unique Landing Pages.

Another method you can use to promote affiliate products or services is by driving traffic to a landing page where you are going to capture the visitor’s emails with software.  Instead of driving traffic straight to the offer, you want to capture those emails to build an email list. This is important if you want to build a lasting affiliate marketing business.

For the capturing software, I recommend that you use Convertkit and you will be fine. These guys have a free plan of up to 1000 subscribers. I am sure if you manage to get 1000 subscribers, you will be able to make enough money to upgrade. There is zero investment there.          

Don’t hesitate; Sign up for their free plan.

This strategy can ridiculously be very profitable and will surely help you make more money from your leads.

Once you have captured their emails, you must start nurturing your contacts. I recommend that you first send them five emails before you start selling to them, but anyway, it depends on your products. Just don’t start selling to them straight away.  Why? Before they buy from you, they need to trust you, so you need to give them time to trust you.

Once they trust you, try to build a relationship with them. Besides them seeing the authoritative or expertise in you, they also need to see you as a friend. Someone who is there for them.

On your part, try to know your audience, let them know you care, and are there to help them. By doing this, you will build a long-term relationship that leads to your business success. You are likely to retain customers.

Once the above was attained, it is time to sell to them. This can be informational products such as video training, books, or anything from your affiliate programs.

Even after you start selling, you must still offer them freebies or bonuses such as pdf, free videos, bonus audio, or free report. Many vendors have freebies available for affiliates to give out as bonuses.

Overall, you need to give them more value to boost your credibility. The trick is to use phrases that are time-sensitive such as a limited time bonus, expiring at midnight tonight, only a few more hours to claim it. Try by all means to reiterate the benefits of the product or offer a link out to the vendors.

While communicating to your audience, you don’t have to be so serious/formal all the time, be casual sometimes.

For example, you can write:

Hey, I came across this, it’s about this, and maybe you can check it out.

I also want to give you this extra book, check it out.

Just be creative.

4. Create a YouTube channel

YouTube is a free video platform. You can make a connection much faster through video. Create videos on how to’s, reviews, or opinion pieces that also promote products or services. Just make sure the video is packed with helpful content that educates your followers.

Step 3: Choose a Perfect Affiliate Program/Network

There are several affiliate networks that connect merchants with affiliate site publishers who can help sell their goods. Do not be greedy and join hundreds of affiliate programs hoping that you will make fortune overnight. You need to make sure you are promoting products that make sense to you and which fit well in your niche site content(if you are a blogger) before you endorse it. If you’re in the health and fitness niche, for instance, becoming an affiliate for Yoga training programs, Gyms or Sports programs or gears may be appropriate.

Important Tips for choosing an affiliate program

Tip 1: Research Affiliate Programs

You must spend some time researching the right affiliate programs. You want to make sure that the affiliate programs that you promote can be trusted and have a good reputation because this can put your reputation at stake. 

Tip 2: How You Get Paid

There are many ways to get paid in affiliate marketing programs like CPS, CPL, CPC, and CPA. You should check wisely before you get started with an affiliate program to establish if it is profitable or not.

Tip 3: Payout Day

Each affiliate marketing program has its way of paying affiliates.  Some pay on the same day sale is made, while others pay after a while or after reaching a certain minimum threshold.  Also, the way of payment may depend on the country where you are.  So, make sure to get clarity on all these things.

Tip 4: Customer Support

This is one of the most important factors that you should consider as an affiliate.  If you do proper research, you will find out whether you may get the necessary support when you need it.  You should look and research about customer service the merchant provided to their affiliates before.

Tip 5: Apply to be Part of an Affiliate Marketing Program

Some Affiliate networks require that you apply to become an affiliate but normally, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. You just have to be honest and send them an email like this:

Dear Sir/ Madam

My name is Petrina.

I am kindly requesting permission to promote your product(s)! Although I am new to Affiliate Marketing, I am learning fast and is well equipped with the necessary skills needed to succeed as an affiliate.

I would like to review your products on my blog, Create and leave.

I promise to abide by your product promotions’ rules and regulations in place.

Thank you in advance

Kind Regards

Petrina

Some affiliate networks may take 48 hours or even more to respond, but some might do it within minutes. 

Once you are approved as an affiliate, save your affiliate link and you are ready to go. You might consider shortening it with a FREE tool called Bitly as many affiliate links are long. Bitly even allows you to customize your link as per your needs.

Tip 6: Consider Top Affiliate Network/ Market Places like:

JVZOO – Does not require approval and you can get high commissions (Internet Marketing Niches only)

Amazon – Has earned the trust of many shoppers worldwide.

ClickBank – Offers high commissions to affiliates and has earned trust.

You can also check out offervault.com which is a good resource for products to promote.

JV Zoo and Muncheye: helps you promote products upon launching (Launch Jacking).

Be on the lookout for companies with in-house affiliate products or services. This means they have their affiliate programs and are not part of the affiliate networks discussed above. To find out, check on their website home page, usually in the header or footer.

Tip 7: Always Read Terms and Conditions

You must read the terms and conditions on how to promote affiliate products of every affiliate network.  If you don’t, you may be disqualified for violating rules.

Some are very strict and require that you have a website to promote their products.

Tip 8: Select the Best Affiliate Product to Promote

Now that you have chosen affiliate programs, the next step is to find the right products to promote.

Many Affiliate networks have different products in one niche.

The first thing is to find out what people in your niche are buying. You want to promote products that will solve your audience’s problems. By doing this, you will play an essential part in the life of your target audience and they will value your content more. 

Additionally, choosing a good product will be easier to sell because it will be easy for your prospects to buy into it. So, more work is done for you.

For every network, you must look out for indications that a product sells more. 

For example, for ClickBank, you must promote products with more than 30 gravity. The gravity gives you an indication of the number of unique and separate affiliates who sold the product in question. The good side of it is that even if one affiliate sold many, let’s say 100 products or services, s/he still gets one point. So, more gravity clearly indicates the product was sold by many. That alone is a good indication that the product is in demand and is a good choice.

Step 4: Drive Traffic and Increase Affiliate Sales

To increase your affiliate sales, the basic thing you need is traffic. More traffic, more sales.

There are two main strategies that you can use to drive traffic to your Affiliate site or Lead Magnet:

Free traffic strategy

Paid traffic strategy

A. Free traffic strategy

There are four free traffic generation methods you can use:

Search Engine Optimization

By optimizing your content for search engines, you can target organic search traffic, mainly from Google, BING, or YAHOO. This can be achieved by thinking like search engines. You should incorporate relevant keywords in your articles and content on your blog site, lead magnet, or even in your videos.

Commenting

One good strategy that you can use to bring traffic to your niche site or channel is commenting on online platforms such as social media. These platforms allow people to express their problems, desires, need without being asked/ judged. Take time to look at it then produce free valuable content to help them advance. Leave a link to your channel, blog, or landing page. If you give them confidence, eventually they will buy a solution from you.

Guest Posting

If you opt for an affiliate blog site, consider guest posts and collaboration by reaching out to others in your niche. With this strategy, you create articles and instead of posting them on your blog site, it is published on someone else’s blog, with a mention of you, the author, and a link to your blog at the bottom of the post. Since their followers are interested in what they are doing and you are in the same niche they are likely to follow you and hopefully become your customers at a later stage.

You may not be accepted to publish your articles on every blog, especially big ones because they get a lot of requests. So be prepared to send out a lot of emails.  You never know, one article published elsewhere may be a game-changer. Just don’t forget to give value.

Social Media

The true power of social media is influence. Social Media provides an avenue for content marketers to not only engage with audiences but also influence them with the right content that helps them make a decision.

There are many ways you can use social media to bring traffic to your affiliate offers. However, succeeding in this area depends on which platform is best for you and your audience. Here are some ideas for getting more visitors using social media:

  • Place social media buttons sharing buttons on your affiliate blog site.
  • Post content on Pinterest and join group boards.
  • Post photos on Instagram and make use of Instagram stories.
  • Set up a Facebook page or group for your niche and help others/give value.
  • Join Facebook groups where you help others and refer them to your blog for more information.
  • Reach out to social media influencers and ask them to mention your blog or channel.

In addition to the above, you must leverage the power of social media to the best of your abilities, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any other.

By checking statistics on the number of times the articles in your niches are shared, you will be guided as to which Social media to focus on. One tool I found extremely useful for this is BuzzSumo. When you search here using your targeted keyword, you’ll not only see what topics other content marketers have tackled but where they also share those pieces of content.

Just a piece of advice, focus on a maximum of four social media. Why? So you have enough time to master them. To find out what works and what doesn’t.

By focusing on a few, you will be able to give value consistently when your target audience discusses a topic related to your niche.

You just need to maintain consistency and be patient, because earning trust can’t happen overnight.

You first have to lead with service to build trust with your audience. 

B. Paid Traffic Strategy

If you want to drive traffic to your affiliate blog site or landing page faster, and you have some money to spend, you can try the paid traffic route.

While you have several paid advertising options, the three most effective options by today’s standards include:

  • Google Ads( for affiliate niche site)
  • Social media advertising
  • Influencer marketing
  • Email Marketing

Google Ads, AKA Google AdWords, is Google’s advertising system in which advertisers bid on certain keywords for their clickable ads to appear in Google’s search results. Since advertisers have to pay for these clicks, this is how Google makes money from searches.

Before you start using Google Ads to bring traffic to your affiliate blog site, you must open a Google Ads account.

Social Media Advertising

Don’t get confused here. Social media can be utilized in both free and paid traffic strategies.

Paid social media advertising is very different from traditional outbound advertising. Big data and machine learning allows you, the advertiser to find, target, and reach your audience with ease.

Here are Four Main benefits to using paid social media advertising for your small, affiliate marketing business:

Firstly, Paid ads are guaranteed a place in the user’s feed.  Irrespective of the noise of the larger social platform, this gives you a straight channel to drive leads to your offer and eventually make sales.

Secondly, most social media uses the pay-per-click (PPC) payment model, which allows you to pay only if the user takes the action you want.  This gives you a chance to engage with your niche markets at a discount.  You also have a chance to refine your targeting after a few ad cycles, to drive greater results.

Another benefit is that Paid advertising on social media gives you complete control over who sees your ad. You get a plethora of targeting parameters. These include user demographics and psychographic factors such as interests, hobbies, personality types, and more. You can easily leverage these targeting options to hook the attention of leads throughout your funnel.

Lastly, if your brand name appears in their news feed regularly, people will start to recognize it. It is this recognition that will enhance your credibility, and drive engagement and purchasing behavior among your audience.

Influencer Marketing

According to Wikipedia, influencer marketing is defined as: “A form of marketing in which focus is placed on influential people rather than the target market as a whole.

A successful influencer marketing strategy helps you increase brand exposure, build authority, and connect with new audiences. It also drives traffic to your niche site(or channel) and leads new customers to your affiliate products or services.

Tips to consider when getting started with influencer marketing:

Find and follow influencers in your industry. Focus on influencers who are active on the social network where you have a presence and whose views are aligned with those of your brand.

Use an “ego bait” strategy to engage them. In my opinion, Ego Bait is just about attempting to engage influencers to further amplify your work and build links. It’s a very basic marketing principle – the element of reciprocity. If you positively feature another person, they’re more likely to return the favor.

Reach out to Influencers directly.

Email Marketing

Driving leads to your affiliate niche site, landing page, or channel requires effort. After getting traffic to your landing page, it is only fair that you ‘capture’ your visitors’ email addresses. Research has shown that people are likely to take the offer after being exposed to it three or more times. Don’t expect your leads to turn into buyers straight away. 

By capturing their emails, you will be able to communicate with your leads, offer value until they can trust you enough. You can thereafter sell to them over and over.

BONUS: Affiliate Marketing – What to Expect

Before I come to the end of this guide, I want to make sure that you know exactly what to expect to avoid disappointments. This will help you to remain focused and be as authentic as possible while laying a foundation to build a long-term business. It should also serve as a reminder and motivation to look forward when things are not going according to plan.

Affiliate marketing, just like any other project requires proper planning. By establishing what is it that you want to achieve (goals) and implementing strategies to achieve it, you can become successful at affiliate marketing.

There are different strategies you can adopt in your affiliate business, depending on the stage where you are in your business:

Now that you understand what affiliate marketing is and how it works, it would be unrealistic if you expect to make millions in a day, just because someone who has been in affiliate Marketing for years is making fortunes.

Think of a brick and mortar business. When you start you will not make as much as uncle B who has been running the business for a long time. The reason is simple and I am sure you understand it very well. Uncle B has been in the industry for long and has, therefore, build  relationships and earned trust from many.

It is the same in the affiliate marketing world or any other online business. To make a living from your affiliate Marketing Business, you need to build an audience and earn trust. This cannot happen overnight. Rome was not built in a day. It requires hard work and stumbles here and there to build a long term business. You will fail now and then. Your journey to succeed online will not be a smooth one because you need to learn. Be therefore prepared to fail sometimes and learn from your mistakes.

Your mindset is important here. You need to have realistic expectations. You need to set goals for your business that are attainable to avoid disappointment.

Below, I will share with you three stages your affiliate marketing business can go through if your goal is to live off affiliate marketing. 

Stage 1

At this stage, the goal is to make anything between $ 1 00 – $5 000 per month. How long your business stays in this stage will be determined by factors such as financial resources, affiliate network commissions, and the strategy you adopt as well as the time you have for your business.  As a newbie, you are likely not to know the best tips and tricks you need to succeed as an affiliate. 

How to market your content at this stage?

1. Best A for B.

With this strategy, you want to recommend goods or services for specific tasks or situations. These must be products or services that you have used yourself just as you would have recommended to friends or family members. When you recommend these products or services, make sure you include your affiliate link in your article or video description, so that your audience can check them out.

2. Product A vs B

The other way to promote your affiliate links is by reviewing an alternative to a certain product in your niche. You want to be clear enough in articulating the best features of the alternate and provide value by showing exactly how much the alternate solves your prospects’ pain point.

3. Big Occasional Content

People from different parts of the world observe certain days of every year’s calendar. Take note of these days and see if you can create content around them in a way that you would provide value to your prospects. Don’t forget to include your affiliate links where possible.

Pro Tip: Maintain the affiliate programs that you are promoting and add more as time goes. Try to re-invest the money you make in your business

Stage 2

 The main goal at this stage is to make $ 5 000 – $10 000 per month. By then, you are way better at audience building and can make direct sales easily. Having more audience will bring stability to your business and make your business look authoritative, hence attracting even more followers.

New activities that you can add to your business at this stage:

1. Frequent posting on social media.

2. Creating more content.

3. Email Marketing regularly (just don’t overdo it).

4. Effective advertising e.g. retargeting in Facebook.

5. Optimize your content for search engines like Google.

6. Collaborate with others from your niche.

7.  Guest posting at other sites.

Stage 3

At this stage, you can come up with your digital products and offers that are in demand. The goal is to make 10 000+ a month. Here are the reasons why:

1. You have built millions of audiences.

2. You have enough funds to develop higher-quality products.

3. You have built relationships and earned the trust of many.

4. You have resources to automate your business.

Add more value to your affiliate business by.

1. Creating more Audio/Video content.

2. Designing powerful sales funnels.

3. Considering affiliate recruitment.

How to Scale Your Business

DON’T quit your job – YET

No matter how you hate your 9-5, you need to be patient. Also, in the meantime trick your brain to like what you are doing and excel at it! If you do, it will create momentum that will take you forward.

Hassle in Your Free Time

Starting an online business while working full time is not easy. But whether you get 2 hours or 4 hours a day to dedicate to your online business, it can make a difference. Just be consistent.

If you are a mom or dad, take the children to sleep and work. Remind yourself of how exciting it will be when you live your life on your own terms. The freedom you will get is worth it.

Re-Invest

Don’t be tempted to spend the money you start making at the beginning. Instead, maintain your current lifestyle for the time being and re-invest the money in the business to scale up. However, do not forget to spoil yourself now and then, just to get the motivation needed to work even harder.

Once your online business exceeds your 9-5 income consistently, the time to quit has finally come.  Escape the 9-5 monster and enjoy your new life. Live life on your terms with freedom and abundance!

CONCLUSION

Affiliate marketing is not just a trend but a real business you can engage in. It is not a get rich quick scheme, it takes a lot of hard work to make it work, but it is worth it. 

It is one of the avenues where you can earn a thousand dollars without having to worry about disobedient workers, bad bosses whatsoever.

There are a lot of people out there who have already attained financial freedom because of affiliate marketing. They must act as your encouragement for the following suit.

There are so many free resources out there you can take advantage of, so get down to it already.

Well, that’s it for my guide on how to make money in Affiliate Marketing. Keep pushing and all the best!

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