Affiliate marketing has been seen as a big game changer in marketing. Many businesses now are taking advantage of affiliate marketing in promoting their products and services and boosting their sales. As a matter of fact, 80% of U.S. businesses use affiliate marketing, spending more than $5 billion.
On the other side of the coin, bloggers earn a lot of money from affiliate marketing. Approximately, 15% of the digital media industry’s revenue comes from affiliate marketing. Most affiliate programs fall into fashion, sports, health and beauty, and travel niches.
For first-timers, of course, we wouldn’t let you do it not right the first time. Consider these top six tricks in making money through affiliate marketing:
First and foremost, you need to stay legal as an affiliate of the company. In promoting businesses, you need to disclose that your link is an affiliate link. Position the affiliate disclosure near the link, not at the bottom of your post or anywhere far.
Typically, affiliate links are messy. They consist of random letters, numbers and characters combined. In short, it doesn’t look attractive. We suggest you install plug-ins that enable you to shorten or alter the affiliate link. In WordPress, they have Shortlinks by Pretty Links. By modifying the affiliate link, people will trust your domain compared to the spammy-looking link.
Promote what you trust
We know that your goal in being an affiliate is to sell the products or services. On the other hand, it would be better if you personally tried the product or service so you can recommend it to other people. It’s easy to say good things about the product. But it is a burden on your conscience to be not 100% genuine about promoting the product or service to your readers.
Take advantage of your strong posts
Take time in reviewing your posts and identify those that rank better among others and has a good readership. Use these posts as the host of your affiliate links. You do not need to alter everything in the post. You just need to be strategic on how to insert the affiliate link in a creative way.
Dedicate a page
You can also create a sole page that is dedicated to all the products and services you promote. If you are a fashion blogger, collate the dress, jewelry, makeup, bags, and shoes you promote together with the affiliate links. This will make it easier for your visitors to know all the things you recommend.
Consider your audience
Do not just accept any products and services without considering your audience. Always remember, you made a blog for the people. It is them who will benefit from your posts. Thus, make sure that the affiliate products are related to your audience. For instance, if you are a health blogger, you should market vitamin, supplements, and dietary products instead of travel deals, makeup, and SEO services, among others.
We hope you get an idea on how to effectively make money through affiliate marketing.