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How to Do Affiliate Marketing with Instagram to Complement Your Blogging

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Blogging is a great platform to earn money through affiliate marketing. However, it’s best to diversify your efforts to generate more revenue streams. Instagram is one of the best platforms to increase your passive income stream for your affiliate programs.

Instagram’s affiliate marketing enables influencers and brands to collaborate, thus increasing their followers and improving their reputation. Since Instagram’s start, users flocked to the platform to increase their followers, engagement, and audience.

In fact, 29% of Instagram’s top posts come from brand ambassadors and influencers. This shows how helpful Instagram in marketing your blog.

But how can you do affiliate marketing for your blog? Here are some of the ways:

Focus on a niche

Create content targeted on a niche that has a strong following. Choose a niche which has a long-term audience so you don’t need to always be on the lookout for short-term followers. Don’t create content that is geared towards the general public.

Instead, focus on a specific niche to make your content interesting for users. You want to target people who will keep coming back for your content, not those who’ll just visit your blog one time. You can do this by specializing in a certain niche.

Not only does this make you an expert in your chosen field, but this also helps you create quality content. You get used to creating content that revolves around one topic or niche, thus you become really good at it through time.

Use Instagram stories

Instagram Stories was launched in Nov. 2016, and since then, it allowed people to peek into the daily lives of popular influencers. Use this to your advantage as stories give you a closer connection to your audience.

They have a more personal feel compared to ordinary posts because you make an extra effort in opening them. Instagram stories also bring out people’s curiosity as they look forward to what story you’ll share the next day. It’s just like sharing your day’s highlights to your followers. This also makes you look approachable to your followers.

Let your blog and Instagram work together

Your blog should work alongside your Instagram account. This works best for travel, beauty, or lifestyle blogs. An example of this is sharing inspirational quotes on Instagram that link back to your inspirational blog post.

Use Instagram as an extension of your blog and as a means to promote it. You can also create a blog page which displays your offered products using Instagram photos.

Use personal photos

There are a lot of stock photo sites you can choose from. However, it’s still better if you use your own photos. It might need more time and effort, but it makes your Instagram more genuine and personalized.

Having these two traits helps conversion because people see the real brand, not something that’s grabbed from somewhere. This also lets people know that you are directly involved with your brand.

Grow your account responsibly

Acquiring Instagram likes and followers is necessary to hasten the growth of your brand. It gives a good impression on people that your brand and products are worth buying. There are many ways to get more likes and followers.

Aside from growing them organically through your content and ads, you may want to buy Instagram followers with DigiSMM. It’s an ingenious way of building your following because it complements your organic approach.

Buying followers also help amplify your influence on Instagram so you can generate more affiliate sales from your followers. At the very least, you should highly consider making it part of your Instagram strategy.

Run paid search

 

adwords

Use Google Adwords to run a paid search on your Instagram page. However, you need to have a specific conversion rate goal in mind. Also, do an accurate keyword search to target the right audience. It might mean paying more, but it’s still worth it because this assures you’ll get better figures and a higher engagement rate.

Conclusion

Follow the tips mentioned if you want to make the most out of being an Instagram affiliate influencer. Not only does this make your blog more credible, but it also helps establish yourself on Instagram much easier. Ultimately, this leads to better conversions and higher profits.

Just make sure that your blog and Instagram page work together and can stand out from the rest. Also, hasten strong connections with fellow influencers for you to know the trend and avoid mistakes.

Remember, no man is an island and you don’t need to treat everyone aside from yourself as your rivals. Yes, they might be your competitors, but you can also use their presence to your advantage.

Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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How Much Confidence Do You REALLY Have in Your Blog?

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Watch this video I recorded in Brooklyn Heights today:

Sweet view, eh? I made a powerful point too. Bloggers sometimes boast of their confidence and clarity. Puffing themselves up, they believe deeply in themselves and in their blog. Critics? Who cares? These dynamos seem unstoppable. Belief! Success is on the way, right? Awesome. Then, after mentioning their blog in front of a parent or sibling or cousin, their loved ones make fun of “blogging”, telling these idiots to “get a real job”. OUCH! Like a balloon being popped, your loved ones took a pin to your ego, deflating you. AND showing how you genuinely have little confidence in your blog. Turns out, you feel filled with doubt and pure uncertainty about your blog AND in yourself, blogging-wise. This is a good thing. Critics trigger and unearth deep fears you need to face, feel and release, to reach the next stage of your blogging career. So…how much confidence do you REALLY have in your blog? Talk about your blog to friends and family members, or to strangers. You will find out. Fast. Because these folks are non-targeted and often highly NOT interested in blogging.

I recall mentioning my blog to my fam about 10 years ago. Before doing this, I believed I felt super confident about my blog and self. I BELIEVED in myself! Wild-eyed, ignorant, deluded newbie blogging excitement covered up the fact I doubted myself and my blogging abilities, horribly. After that little chat – even though no family member seemed terribly critical – I felt like crap. Awkward, and lost, my family’s questions triggered deep fears in me. I doubted myself. I doubted my blog. In truth, I had no idea what I was doing because I refused to learn from pros. Bad idea. Naturally, I gained confidence after this session – eventually – because I faced and felt doubts eating into my blogging confidence.

The quickest way to gain blogging confidence is to discuss your blog and what you do with anybody on earth, from friends, to fam, to strangers. Never try to convince or influence or convert folks, because doing so shows your lack of confidence. Let people live their lives and make their choices. Your job is to see how shy or clear you feel discussing your blog. Shy bloggers feeling awkward chatting blogging with folks simply feel filled with fear. Blogging fears need to go for you to succeed. Speak about blogging in public. Broadcast live in a public spot. Record videos in busy spots with heavy foot traffic, as I did above, in Brooklyn. Face, feel and release self-conscious fears that need to go for you to reach the next stage of blogging growth.

One way to be a smarter and richer blogger is by facing your blogging fears routinely. Speaking to or in front of fam or strangers about your blog certainly unearths some of those deep fears. Do it. See where you are at, confidence-wise. Being straight with yourself is hands down one of the quickest ways to accelerate your blogging success. Relax, share your blogging exploits and honestly assess how you feel, to increase your blogging success.

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Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend

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Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.

Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.

All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.

Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.

Buy my eBook:

15 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!

Practice in private. Shine in public.

Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!

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Do You Assume too Much?

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One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.

These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.

This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.

A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.

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