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Those of you who know me personally will know that I make money from my blog, a full time wage. There are a number of ways that I make my money online, including my blog. However, if I did nothing else but blog now I would be making a respectable wage for myself. I’m someone who likes to share with my readers ways to make money. I want to talk to you today about how you can make money from your blog with affiliate marketing.
Make money from your blog with affiliate marketing
You’re here, reading my work. Maybe you visit me regularly?! I hope so! This probably means that at some point I have exposed you to affiliate marketing.
Basically affiliate marketing is the act of having people click on a link to buy something, sign up to something or just be exposed to an advertisement on a website. Companies pay people, usually via affiliate marketing agencies. Anyone with a fan base, no matter how small, could be trying to use affiliate marketing to generate some revenue. Today I’m sharing to share my personal opinion on ways to make money from your blog with affiliate marketing.
Know your fanbase
Think about what you write about. If you are someone who writes about living on a tight budget you’re possibly going to struggle to implement affiliate marketing links. However, you could look at creating meal pans from Tesco Groceries or another cheaper supermarket. You could link to products on the Amazon store to make it possible for people to bake their own bread. Maybe you could link to free trials of subscription boxes or products. Often you can earn money just for having someone click a link. There are multiple different campaigns that retailers offer so you don’t have to have people buying things to help you make money from your blog with affiliate marketing.
Personally I like to inject myself into this website. I write about things that I use, things I eat, books I’ve read etc. This means that I feel quite confident sharing affiliate marketing links here. People are being directed to things that I have used myself and I try to offer quality links. Just because a brand is paying highly for a campaign that doesn’t mean I will advertise their links if I haven’t used their services/products myself.
Look for affiliate links for everything you write about
I try to write my posts naturally. Once the post is prepared then I think about affiliate links that I could add. For example if I write a recipe post then I can link to the ingredients on the Tesco website and any kitchen gadgets I used from the Amazon website. On occasion I have wrote posts centred around specific affiliate links but this is usually for a money making website that I have used. As such these posts are still quite natural as I’ve used the companies myself for the most part.
Find quality companies for your affiliate marketing links
There are a number of fantastic agencies out there that will help you find affiliate links. Payment terms vary but on average you can expect to wait 60 days for any payments. This is subject to meeting minimum payment terms too. My personal *favourite affiliate marketing company is Affiliate Window. When you sign up you need to make a £5 payment, to provide validity of your details. However, this is added to your account and you will receive it back when you hit the payment threshold.
There are a number of other affiliate companies out there. What I do personally is have a search on Google. I will look for ‘company name affiliate scheme’. I have also found that some affiliate links are registered with more than one company. Obviously in this case I will go with the highest paying one. Also, I’ve asked for increases in the past and have been surprised at the positive results from this. Say an affiliate link is paying £2 per sign up this can be doubled, or even higher, just by asking! Don’t ask don’t get and all that!
I know that affiliate marketing isn’t for everyone. Some people have even looked down their noses in the past because I use affiliate marketing to boost my income. However, I see some of those people advertising their referral links for websites on their social media, which is really no different to what I’m doing! I think as long as you are honest with your readers and refer services that you personally use or trust then you can’t go too far wrong. I like to stick to companies that I know and trust.
There are a number of high paying affiliate schemes, such as website hosting, that I don’t advertise as I don’t use those specific companies. This works for me. Also, if somebody signs up to something via one of my links, and needs help, then I know the companies and how things work. This means I can offer support to my readers and not leave them high and dry now they have made me some money!
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