I am continually sharing ways in which you can earn money from your blog. One of the most effective ways is through affiliate marketing.Affiliate Marketing isn’t a new term as it is one of the oldest forms of marketing. In affiliate marketing, you refer someone to an online product, and when that person purchases the product through your recommendation, you will get a percentage of the sale known sales commission. The sales commission can be anywhere from $10 to $1000. The higher the value of the product, the bigger the sales commission will be.
There are numerous ways to generate traffic to promote affiliate products. In this article, I would like to discuss a free method which involves getting traffic from search engines (in the organic listings) and directing that traffic to affiliate offers from blog posts, pages, banners, and emails.
This is a follow up to this affiliate marketing intro article that discusses exactly what affiliate marketing is, and many of the best practices for affiliate marketing.
Getting Free Organic Traffic From Search Engines
Consider the phrases that the people in your niche are typing into the search engines. Make sure to write content that is optimized for one or more of those keyphrases. To keep the process quick and simple I use Google or YouTube Suggest to see what potential longtails are being searched. I pick one main one and sometimes a secondary one and write my content.
If you have self-hosted WordPress site then you can use Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress some of the suggestions for SEO is to: have your targeted keyword in the title of the post (which usually places it automatically in the URL and title tag as well), include the phrase in the first paragraph, and include it in the copy as well, perhaps in a subheading. See your Yoast SEO score and change the article according to Yoast.
Review posts are currently the best way to promote affiliate products. Every buyer wants to buy a genuine product that worth the money the manufacturer is asking. Hence, they will try their best to research about the product they are willing to buy. And what can be a better place than Intenet to research about something?
But note that following suggestion should be followed
- Reviews should be honest. Most of the time, people just focus on the good points about a product and fail to mention any downsides. An honest review should include both sides of the coins. Remember to also add product images, and give all the useful information you have to offer about the product.
- Write a review in a personal tone, as people are looking for a personal recommendation in review articles.
- Pick a product that you are more likely to use yourself.
- Take advantage of star-ratings in search engines to get more CTR for your review articles. You can use the Author Review plugin to add star-ratings on your blog posts. Your results in SERP’s will look like the image below:
Use Sidebar Banners
Using banner ads to promote an affiliate product is an old tactic, but it still works quite well. You can use the banner ad in the sidebar to promote an affiliate product. Create and customize the sidebar ad banner with an attractive image showing the product your are promoting. Make sure that the product you are trying to promote is related to your website and readers are interested in it. Also, make sure that you don’t promote two similars products on your sidebar. Recommend one thing that you think is the best. You may have multiple banners and multiple products, but don’t promote two similar products.
Featured posts are the article that you feature on your blog’s homepage. The featured post gets the most attention of the readers who visits your blog. So, you can write a review or article promoting an affiliate product and place it in featured posts area. When a reader visits your blog and finds the contents on the blog useful, they will look for more interesting articles. So having some really good content as the featured posts can do wonders and lead to higher conversion.
In the “edit post” section, click on “Visibility” and put a checkmark beside “Stick this post to the front page”. I have tried this with a few pillar posts at ShoutMeLoud, and it has really increased my reader base.You can feature any post doing like below image.
Absolutely! You can use the affiliate links while using Adsense ads on your blog and it is completely safe. Just make sure you don’t use excessive affiliate links within the content as Google doesn’t like links for the sake of promotion. You can see this video
Here are some ideas which will work in
- Mention Products in featured post
- Create a series article featuring the product
- Product Giveaway
- Comparison post
- Create a post when product adds a new feature
- Create an alternative products post
- Write a post on why I switched from A to B
- Create a resource page
- Create videos explaining about the product
- Create list post & include the product
- Create Coupon/deal specific post for product
Well, that’s it for now. I hope that you got enough idea about How to Running a Blog for Promote Affiliate Products. Now you can apply it to another niche that you are passionate about. Please mention in the comments if this was helpful to you and I will come back to write some follow-ups based on your questions.