Creating a blog is one thing, but making a profit is another. Here are 5 steps that will help you to create a profitable affiliate marketing blog.
Get ready to turn your affiliate marketing blog into a cash cow?
Affiliate marketing enables virtually anyone to receive a commission from sales made for products advertised on their site.
Many first-time affiliate marketers begin with a blog. Blogs enable marketers to generate the content they love--all while supporting cool products and making money!
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of crafting your affiliate marketing blog. But what happens when it's time to make an actual profit?
In this post, we'll discuss what you can do to create a profitable affiliate blog. Read on for insight!
1. Choose the Right Market
One of the best ways to make a solid profit in the world of affiliate marketing lies in your capacity to reach a specific market. Your market is your target audience, the group of people you are attempting to reach with your content.
It can be tough identifying a niche market, particularly if you are new to the world of blogging (and marketing itself).
We recommend doing some internet-browsing. Begin with general categories like "politics" or "food" and narrow these topics down by visiting forums, news articles, and social media.
Note what people are talking about. What questions are they asking on online forums like Quora, for example? How are people responding? What needs can you identify? Passions? Obsessions?
Someone who starts with a search for the term "food," for example, may find themselves joining a forum discussion about "adaptogenic superfoods." That's a great niche!
Be sure that you have some authority in the niche that you identify. Your market is more likely to respond to your content positively if you can indicate some fluency, expertise, or experience in a specific industry.
Once you've identified your niche market, spend some more time getting to know these people. Stick around on forums and do more research to identify what interests people in this particular niche.
This is a great way to come up with first-time blog content.
2. Invest in a Solid Platform and Domain Name
Now that you have your market in mind, it's time to craft your affiliate marketing blog itself. Yes, the platform and domain you choose for your blog do play a role in its future profitability!
A cheap platform and web host may lead to slower-loading content, unreliable support, and generally poor hosting. These can all impact visitor retention and Google rankings.
As an affiliate marketer, you should aim to impress your visitors with quick loading speeds and user-friendly templates. In fact, choosing a host and platform that can deliver in this regard can help you stand out from other affiliate marketers who are looking at similar hosting solutions.
Research web hosts before selecting, prioritizing the ones that offer multiple packages and have high customer reviews. Do the same for platforms like WordPress or Squarespace.
Be careful when choosing your domain name. Your domain name (web address) is an important part of your personal branding. It should be concise, memorable, and easy to enter into Google.
It should also be intimately tied to your niche. Avoid any domains that are obscure or don't automatically inform visitors about your specific market.
3. Generate Optimized Content
Building content that attracts consistent traffic will take time. Be prepared to be patient in this regard.
As you start generating your first posts, continue to research your niche market. Come up with topics based off of what people are talking about within your market. Think about ways to approach these conversations with your own unique voice and perspective.
When writing content itself, be sure to optimize it for greater visibility on Google. This is an imperative part of building your own online presence.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) involves optimizing your content for keywords your ideal visitors are likely to type into Google. If you use WordPress, you can install an SEO plugin like Yoast to ensure that you are following basic SEO principles.
You will also want to research keywords through your own organic searching or by using Google's Keyword Planner. Aim to optimize individual posts for distinct keywords.
Check your keyword performance regularly by linking a Google Analytics account to your affiliate marketing blog.
4. Apply to Affiliate Marketing Programs
Before you apply to the right affiliate marketing programs, it's important to have a solid content base and general viewership. These will both increase your odds of getting approved for specific programs.
Companies and businesses are more likely to accept affiliates who can prove their viability as marketers. In other words, they will want to run ads on sites that have high traffic and potential for conversion.
There are scores of affiliate marketing programs out there. Choose the ones that resonate with your niche market. Any ads that are not related to the content you promote may turn visitors away.
If you aren't sure to start when it comes to affiliate programs, apply for Amazon Associates Affiliate Program. It's one of the most well-known and viable programs out there.
Otherwise, search for products and services related to your content and locate available affiliate programs. You may even wish to reach out to certain companies asking about affiliate marketing opportunities.
5. Market Your Site
Once you're running affiliate ads, don't stop there. It's essential to market your site in order to drive organic traffic and the possibility of earning a commission.
Set up profiles on social media, particularly Facebook and Instagram. Whenever you publish a post, share it on your social media platforms.
If you acquire email subscribers, send out a monthly newsletter including product reviews, new blog posts, and relevant updates.
Take your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts to the next level to improve your Google search visibility. You may even wish to invest in paid advertising.
Continue to reach out to affiliate programs to gain new offers. Because your content is likely to change over time, your relationship with certain programs will also need to adapt.
As you do all of this, you may find yourself drawn to a certain type of affiliate marketing model. Perhaps you're really good at writing product reviews with affiliate links. Or maybe you like including lots of banners advertising products on certain pages.
Hone your model as you proceed, sticking within program guidelines as you do so.
Opportunity, Knowledge, Execution
Finally, a profitable affiliate marketing blog requires much due diligence. But don't let this dissuade you from your future as an affiliate marketer!
Be sure to address a specific niche market, one in which you have some fluency. Choose the right platform and domain for this market, and write content that your audience is likely to find relevant.
Reach out to affiliate programs once you've built a powerful platform with great traffic. Stay on top of marketing your own site to keep generating profit.
At Be An Affiliate Marketer, we have all of the resources you need to plunge into the affiliate marketing world. Learn about the beginner affiliate marketer mistakes to avoid here!