For those of you with the ‘gift of gab’, or just an insane ability to write a lot, then affiliate marketing is one of the primo ways to go when it comes to making money online.
But, the only way you are going to see money rolling into your bank account from your affiliate marketing blog, is if you set it up correctly and you do it consistently. Basically, if you mess up the set up, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Luckily, it isn’t too hard. Just very tedious.
You have go to do your research before diving head first into an affiliate marketing endeavor. Research will be what keeps you in the green, and keeps your future audience happy.
You need to figure out EXACTLY what YOU want to sell. No, these will not be your products, but you are going to be the one promoting them. Do it wisely. You want to make a good name for yourself, and the best way to do that is to not promote crappy, junky products.
Figure out what you are passionate about and start there. If you like something, you’re going to want to write about it much more often than you would if you hated the products. One of my advisers just did this with his new blog at: TheWPMillionaire.com. He loves him some WordPress! So it’s natural and easy for him to blog about the hosting plan he uses, the most SEO-friendly WordPress theme and so on.
Also, try to focus on products that are in demand. Pick markets that you know EVERYONE generally wants something in. Think of it this way: can you name one person that honestly doesn’t want to be rich, skinny, and loved? No? Didn’t think so. So, try to focus on stuff like making money, the health industry, or dating sites. Those are what is referred to as ‘evergreen’ markets.
So, once you have finally decided on the WHAT of your selling game, you need to focus on the WHO you are selling it to. Really narrow this one down. Not every product is great for every person. So, figure out who is best for your product and find out how to target them.
For example, if your product is in the ‘make money’ niche, and focuses on working at home, then your target audience probably won’t be that rich CEO with a billion dollar income. Instead, you should find a way to target families, specifically moms, with young kids. Stay at home parents, or parents with young kids who want to stay at home, are the primo audience for a ‘making money online’ niche.
Now, comes the HOW part. You know exactly what you are selling and who you are selling it to. Fantastic. Now, how are you going to get them to see what you have to sell? You absolutely have to get your words in front of their eyes. So, you have to market your content where they are.
If you use that earlier example, and are marketing to parents who want to stay at home with their kids, then you need to be where the moms are. Moms read mom blogs, visit parenting forums, and comb through a variety of parenting groups on social media sites. Which means that is where you also need to be.
The best way to do that, is to get your blog off and running. Add content, then add some more content. When you think you’ve added enough, then you should keep going. Honestly, this is going to be an ongoing process. So, you should probably get used to it now.
Write about your products, why they are great, why you use them, and how they have bettered your life. Go into great detail. And I mean tons of detail. Make sure to include everything. The more info you give upfront, the higher probability you will have of those who read your sites actually trusting the info you give.
Now, once you’ve started doing that, join some discussion boards and forums. Get your info in front of the parents there. Use social media as well (seriously, parents love social media. Moms especially love Pinterest). This will all ensure that the right people are seeing the right info.
Affiliate marketing can be rewarding and lucrative, if you do it correctly. Keep your mind open and keep the content flowing. Before you know it, your bank account will be slamming in the dough.