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Make Money From Your Blog Affiliate Style – The Introduction

This is an introduction post to a mini series I am putting together on affiliate marketing. Sign up to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (top right..) and stay tuned for the rest of the series. Proposed series topics are at the bottom.

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So you have a blog, you are starting to get your traffic up or maybe you don’t even have any traffic yet, but you want to know what to do once you have some traffic. Affiliate marketing is a great way to draw some cash out of your blog while also helping others at the same time. I have bought some great products which I may have never known existed if another affiliate marketer hadn’t pointed them out to me.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Basically it’s selling someone elses stuff. You promote their products on your blog and if you generate sales you get a commission from everyone you send their way. Some rates are better than others. For example some will pay you 50% per sale while others will only pay 5%. Some will pay you only when you make the sale, others will pay you a commission for the life of that customer. So every time they make a purchase or a pay a monthly membership you get a percentage.

How Does It Work?

You simply sign up to the affiliate program of choice and they will give you a unique link. The link will redirect to the actual site and place a tracking cookie on the persons computer. The cookie will remember that user for the next 60 days or so depending on the affiliate site and will attribute any sales to you. This means that even if a person doesn’t buy straight away you will still get the sale if they return later.

Once the sale goes through the affiliate program will credit your account to the value of your commission and you usually get paid monthly.

Why Are Blogs Good For Affiliate Marketing?

You know when someone comes to your door and tries to sell you something, lets say restaurant vouchers. They always end up trying to sell to you based on how much money you’ll “save”, because you can’t trust them when they say the food is great. However if a friend recommended the same restaurant, and told you the good was great you’d instantly add it to your mental list of restaurants to try. Blogs are kinda the same when it comes to affiliate marketing.

To some degree you have a relationship with your readers, and if you are constantly sharing good information and promoting valuable products people will trust your suggestions. Even better if you actually use the product yourself. When you tell them about a product you found useful they might just go and buy it too.

Stay Tuned

As mentioned at the top this is an introduction post to a mini series on affiliate marketing. Make sure you subscribe and check out the posts as the are published:

Choosing Affiliate Products
How to choose the right affiliate networks and products to get the best results.

How To Write A Successful Affiliate Post
Covers the ins and outs of writing a post about an affiliate product. What annoys people and what makes people trust you.

Sell Affiliate Products Without Destroying Your Reputation
Having a good reputation is powerful online and too many damage it with their attempts at affiliate marketing.

Add Value And Increase Affiliate Sales
If you can add extra value to your readers they WILL be more likely to buy from you.

Using CPC To Drive Affiliate Sales
Using CPC can be an easy way to drive quality leads to your affiliate post, but make sure you do the math.

How To Get The Scoop On New Affiliate Products
Selling new products is much easier than selling products that everyone already has.

How To Write Titles That Don’t Sell
Why people don’t like clicking on links that look like a sales pitch and how you can use this to your advantage.

Any More Topics That Come Up Along The Way
I am more than open to write extra posts to cover any questions people have. Add me on twitter and send me a tweet with any q’s!

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