When I started this blog, I started to look into every possible avenues to monetize my website. I enrolled for multiple CPC programs and started hosting sponsored ads on my site, but of course, never realized any revenue from any of these sources. Later realized that monetizing isnt the ultimate objective of owning a blog, I gained friendship of some awesome bloggers, got added into those prestigious circles and did earn some followers to my blog.
All said and done, I still run quite a few Advertising programs on my site though I should admit that none of them have generated any promising returns on a continuous basis for me.
Affiliate Marketing on the other hand was an eye opener for me when I first enrolled to the LinkShare Affiliate Program back in June of last year – My First Affiliate Program Signup and then there was no stopping to the numerous programs I enrolled for. But I do have to say that Amazon has been quite a good revenue generator so far and their program is straight forward and easy to understand and start referrals from your site.
Why To Become An Affiliate Marketer –
The business will usually pay the affiliate marketer a percentage of the sales from their website/blog or it may even be a fixed price slabs for each sale done. It is quite easy to set up an online affiliate marketing business for a blogger who already has a website running with consistent traffic generated.
All it takes is to sign up to one of the numerous available affiliate opportunities and they will usually scan the website and see how well the site is formed and what traffic is generates before approving the application.
There is No Need to create your own product or service – this is one of the most important reasons one should get into affiliate marketing. The effort and originality involved in creating a product or service is tremendous and if one doesnt have the skill or time to do so, it doesnt really matter these days, just become an affiliate of an existing business who have their own products to offer.
All the products sold from your affiliate links will be shipped by the business to the consumer directly and you just act as a middle-man to bring them together to seal the deal. Doesnt this sound easy?
No Initial Investment Involved – To start a business of your own you will need to put up a minimum outlay upfront to even think of setting up an online store and create your product. But not everyone is blessed with the opportunity of having huge chunks of cash on hand to set something big.
For becoming an affiliate, all you need is a website and a good amount of followers and readers of your articles and posts (make sure to avoid spams of course). Getting this up and running will take a computer, a high speed internet connection and some spare time which I am sure most of us have plenty of.
Plenty of Affiliate Networks to Choose From – Getting hooked onto an affiliate network is very easy and all it takes is just fill up the application form with valid details and submit it. Once onto a network you will need to pick and choose the business/product/service you would like to promote on your website and apply for each one of them. The business will scrutinize your application form and either approve/deny your request based on their own algorithm to analyze your site statistics.
Once approved, all you need to do is promote their products on your site by writing product reviews and sharing personal experiences and thoughts on the same.
Some of the popular affiliate networks are ClickBank , Click2Sell and CommissionJunction(Vendor Approval Required). Apart from these there are several other individual businesses that offer affiliate sign-ups like Amazon which has huge potential to earn for any blog niche. Amazon also offers several banners and widgets that a blogger can include on his website to promote products like the ones below. You can choose from Amazon HomePage banners or Product Link banners where you can promote individual products by writing reviews about the same.
Amazon HomePage Banner Sample:
Amazon Kindle Fire Product Link Banner:
LivingSocial Affiliates – LivingSocial and Groupon have become the most popular sites for coupons and deals these days. Groupon affiliate is available once you sign up for the CommissionJunction network whereas LivingSocial has it’s own affiliate program. It allows 2 types of promotions, one is to promote signing up for LivingSocial and the other is to promote a specific deal in the website. They also have a very active FaceBook page where you can get all your questions answered by the affiliate managers.
If you visit my LivingSocial page, you can see that I have many promotions running which I have configured to be auto-posted to my website using the RSS Feeds from the business. It is really simple to use and it saves a lot of time for me to write up drafts and publish them daily.
Start your own Affiliate Program – Not only do bloggers become affiliate marketers, but if you have an eBook to sell or a service to offer from your website, it is easy to setup an affiliate for your site and promote other bloggers to become affiliates for you.
Recently, I got an invite from Justin Mazza of www.mazzastick.com to become an affiliate to promote his latest eBook – Overcoming Fear. See how easy it is for anyone to promote their business as well with the help of Affiliate Marketing, all you need to do is sign up as a Vendor to one these networks and start selling products/books /services.
Your Thoughts on Affiliate Marketing – Now, I would like here from you what you think about signing up for these marketing networks and promoting their products on your website. Do you think every blogger must get into this and start monetizing their websites? I would love to hear your thoughts, so do not forget to leave your comments below.