As a matter of fact, there are many ways to monetize your blog but I think Affiliate Marketing is on top of the list. The last time I calculated my earnings from my blog, a huge portion of it came from Affiliate Products.
I do promote and sell some of my products directly on my blog too but the earnings are just about half the income from promoting other products and earning commissions. In this post, I want us to examine some tangible reasons why as bloggers, we should focus on this money making model.
First, you need to know that doing Affiliate Marketing on your blog with a great dose of success is not easy. You have to come up with a strategy and not do like others. A lot has changed and simply pasting banners on sidebars or linking to affiliate products from within blog posts no longer generate excellent results.
You need to check out Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers, an ebook purposely written for bloggers ( in any niche) who want to generate income doing affiliate marketing on their blogs.
Top 10 reasons why Affiliate Marketing is best!
1 – You don’t worry about creating any product!
If you’ve authored before, you’ll agree with me that it’s not an easy task. Whether you are writing an ebook on a topic you have expertise in, it’s still not bread and butter.
Sometimes, folks decide to hire coders, designers or writers to create their products in an industry they are completely blank about. While those you hire may be expert, you will have to spend a lot of money getting things done.
With Affiliate Marketing, you just pick a product that’s ready and start driving traffic and making the money.
2 – You don’t worry about maintenance and update!
Any product that’s created and release to the market must be maintained and updated. That’s purely the responsibility of the creator. Maintaining and/or updating requires time and some times money. As an affiliate, it is never your duty to do any of these. Once you generate a sale, the customer deals directly with the product creator, not you.
3 – No after-sales services!
Once a sale is generated, someone has to deal with delivery and customer service. Though delivery of electronic products has been heavily simplified, customer service remains a big service in any industry.
If you are promoting physical products on Amazon (or similar platforms), it’s never going to be your responsibility to answer calls from satisfied/unsatisfied customers or handle their support tickets. You drive traffic, generate sales and earn commissions. The product creator handles all the after-sales services.
4 – A wide variety of products!
One beauty with Affiliate Marketing is the fact that you can never be limited by the number of products to promote. You have a plethora of wonderful offers in every industry.
As an affiliate, your duty is to select the right products that will convert well. If you promote something and you feel it’s not working, you can stop it and move to the next. You have that freedom to chose what to promote any time.
5 – Recurring earnings – money on auto-pilot!
Affiliate marketing becomes sweeter if you promote subscription products and generate sales. Once a sale is made, you get paid over and over again.
The reason is that each time the customer is billed, you are paid your commission. The more of such products you promote, the more money you make on auto-pilot.
6 -You can hide your identity!
Some people don’t want to be seen in some industries. The adult products industries generate a lot of income and some people want to take the opportunity and make the money without leaking out their identity. They don’t want readers to know they are the owners of that blog promoting a certain XXX product.
You simply signup to any affiliate marketing platform, grab your affiliate link and use on your campaigns. No one forces you to expose your identity at all.
7 – Start today, make money today!
Once you have your blog that’s getting traffic, you can start promoting products today and within the next hour, you may be making sales. There is no time to wait!
8 – No contract, no engagement!
In Affiliate Marketing, you don’t sign any contract with the product owner. You come in when you want and you signup, cancel your account and abandon at will.
9 – Negotiate your commission!
Affiliate Marketing platforms today have features to allow managers to create special commissions for different accounts. You can contact the affiliate manager for the product you chose to promote and negotiate special commissions. That will help you to make even more money.
10 – Promotions materials done for you!
In order to do any form of business online, there is always need for professional promotions materials. In affiliate marketer, the product creator takes care of the banners, sales copy, email templates and much more! You don’t have to worry about any of these things.
You see, there are many reasons you should be doing affiliate marketing on your blog. If you want, you can start right now.
Let me know what you think in the comment box
Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory
I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.
Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.
I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.
I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.
Which road do you prefer to take?
How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product
Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.
Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.
I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.
I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.
All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.
Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations
Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.
Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.
Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.
If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.
Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.
Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.
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