If you’re a new blogger, you might be wondering what is this thing called affiliate marketing that everyone keeps going on about, and why the heck do you need to know about it for your blog?
In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is when you get paid a commission from successful conversion of products that you promote on your website. If someone clicks on a link from your site and ends up buying the product (or performing some other action, like signing up for a free trial or whatever,) you get paid an affiliate fee from the product vendor for referring the sale/driving the action.
There’s nothing dodgy about this, and it’s how most websites earn money. Even when websites sell their own products, they sometimes make affiliate commissions by recommending or having links from their site to other people’s products as well.
There are a lot of courses about affiliate marketing to get you started, but once you understand how it works it’s not that hard to get the hang of it. There’s one course a LOT of other bloggers promote, that costs $197, and I’m sceptical that it’s worth that amount. In my opinion, it’s promoted so much because the bloggers are getting a large affiliate commission from anyone who buys that course through their link. Please, don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying the course isn’t good, just that it’s not necessary to spend that much to learn about affiliate marketing, especially when you’re just starting out. One you’re started making some money, and want to step things up to the next level, then by all means reconsider it then.
A much more affordable alternative for anyone who wants to monetize their blog quickly is the Affiliate Action Plan mini-course by Gemma over at Seaside Sundays, that will have you up and running in no time.
Here’s what you can expect to learn:
- How to brainstorm products that work for your niche
- How to join affiliate programs and determine which ones are the most profitable
- How to maximize your profits on and off your blog
- How Amazon Associates can end up being your biggest earner
- Four must-do strategies for increasing your sales
- How to capture your audience without cheap sales tactics
- What types of posts you should focus on to engage and grow
- Which affiliate networks are best for your niche
- Affiliate marketing Checklist
It’s a quick read and straight to the point, and is a great resource for anyone not familiar with the different Affiliate networks put there, and which ones you want to be focusing on depending on what your niche is.
Gemma is also really friendly and approachable if you have any questions or need any help, and grew her blog income to several thousand dollars a month with four months, so she knows what she’s talking about!!
Click here to try out Affiliate Action Plan now, and get started right away on making money for your blog with affiliate marketing!!
P.S. An important thing to remember, if you have affiliate links on your blog, is the FTC requirement to disclose the fact that you have a material interest, (i.e. you will earn money), from the content promoted on your website. An example of the required disclosure is the Hustle Like a Mom Earnings and Affiliate Disclosure page here.