How to Monetize Your Blog Through Affiliate Products
As an online marketer, creating your blog is one of the first steps you should take. It doesn’t matter whether it’s related to your campaigns or not because a blog will help you build your brand and reach an audience. It might be even better to have one that’s separate from your other websites which, in turn, diversifies your potential earnings while reducing risks to other ventures.
With that in mind, we’re not advising you to make your blog all about the services or products that you want to promote and sell. After all, the best blogs focus more on building an audience and relationships rather than building an audience only to make money. Even so, we’re going to share a few tips to monetize your blog through affiliate products so that you can earn money from your hard work.
When Should I Monetize My Blog?
At first, your main goal is to build an audience for your blog. Even a dozen people subscribed to your Facebook or RSS feed or a mailing list counts for more than 50 or 100 random visitors brought in by Google, for example. That’s why it’s essential that you start by building great content and good relationships with your audience.
Make a schedule so that you upload new content each week, and make sure to answer any questions or respond to comments as fast as possible. Moreover, you should also try guest posting on other websites, and in general, build an audience that wants to read everything you write, not just what a search on Google gives them. Once you reach this point, you can try to monetize your blog with affiliate links.
If you want some hard numbers, we suggest that you have no less than 50 subscribers on an e-mail list and at least 100 Facebook fans which are good signs that you’re readership is growing. Another good indicator is when you have over 100 hits daily and more than 30% return visitors.
How To Monetize Your Blog
Honesty is the best policy here if you ask us. Some of the top monetized blogs are transparent and, as a result, have a loyal and active user base because they offer excellent value to each visitor. On the other hand, burying affiliate links into a post, writing poor or misleading reviews, and so on, can be detrimental to your blog as it erodes any trust you might have acquired. To help avoid that, here are a few excellent strategies for every affiliate blog:
Review Only the Products That You’ve Tried
Never used a particular product? Not a problem, but don’t review it as if you have. And if a company gives you something to review, disclose it to your audience.
Mark Your Ads Clearly
Any ads placed near your content should be marked clearly. The last thing you want to do is confuse visitors.
See Which Products Are High-Performing
Don’t forget to remove reviews or ads for products that have few clicks or that your audience doesn’t like. This step is simply a matter of offering the best value for your reader.
Offer Deals and Discounts
Once you get some traction in terms of traffic on your website, you can contact vendors to look for deals, promo codes, and special offers. However, it’s not enough to give your visitors the same discounts found on many other blogs, try to do better than your competition.