If you’ve been blogging for a while, you may be ready to begin monetizing your content. While there are a number of different ways to monetize, earning from affiliate programs is one of the easiest to implement. How successful you’ll be with affiliate programs depends on your blog and your readers. Following these simple tips will get you started.
Simply stated, an affiliate program allows you to earn a commission on products that people buy through the links on your blog. Each time a person orders a product after clicking on an affiliate link on your site, you will earn a percentage of that sale. What you earn depends on the affiliate program.
Don’t only use one affiliate program. If it closes or the terms change, you may lose all of your affiliate income. Instead, join a variety of different affiliate sites and alternate what links you place on your site. It’s never good to put all of your eggs in one basket.
Make sure that the affiliate programs you join are a good fit for your site. If you write about recipes, you may not want to join an affiliate program for tires. It’s probably doubtful that readers who visit your blog for your latest bread recipe will be clicking on a link for tires. Although, anything is possible.
When people are interested in purchasing something, they often look for recommendations or reviews. They want to know what you thought of that new blender or whether or not that sweater still looks good three months later. Include affiliate links to products you’ve tried and recommend.
When you make a sale, you want to know where it came from. That will allow you to see what blog posts or what types of affiliate ads are working for you. Most affiliate programs will allow you to create a unique link so that you can track sales.
Once you’ve tried using affiliate programs for a few months, you’ll be able to see what’s working for your blog and what isn’t.