As a matter of fact, there are many ways to monetize your blog but I think Affiliate Marketing is on top of the list. The last time I calculated my earnings from my blog, a huge portion of it came from Affiliate Products.
I do promote and sell some of my products directly on my blog too but the earnings are just about half the income from promoting other products and earning commissions. In this post, I want us to examine some tangible reasons why as bloggers, we should focus on this money making model.
First, you need to know that doing Affiliate Marketing on your blog with a great dose of success is not easy. You have to come up with a strategy and not do like others. A lot has changed and simply pasting banners on sidebars or linking to affiliate products from within blog posts no longer generate excellent results.
You need to check out Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers, an ebook purposely written for bloggers ( in any niche) who want to generate income doing affiliate marketing on their blogs.
Top 10 reasons why Affiliate Marketing is best!
1 – You don’t worry about creating any product!
If you’ve authored before, you’ll agree with me that it’s not an easy task. Whether you are writing an ebook on a topic you have expertise in, it’s still not bread and butter.
Sometimes, folks decide to hire coders, designers or writers to create their products in an industry they are completely blank about. While those you hire may be expert, you will have to spend a lot of money getting things done.
With Affiliate Marketing, you just pick a product that’s ready and start driving traffic and making the money.
2 – You don’t worry about maintenance and update!
Any product that’s created and release to the market must be maintained and updated. That’s purely the responsibility of the creator. Maintaining and/or updating requires time and some times money. As an affiliate, it is never your duty to do any of these. Once you generate a sale, the customer deals directly with the product creator, not you.
3 – No after-sales services!
Once a sale is generated, someone has to deal with delivery and customer service. Though delivery of electronic products has been heavily simplified, customer service remains a big service in any industry.
If you are promoting physical products on Amazon (or similar platforms), it’s never going to be your responsibility to answer calls from satisfied/unsatisfied customers or handle their support tickets. You drive traffic, generate sales and earn commissions. The product creator handles all the after-sales services.
4 – A wide variety of products!
One beauty with Affiliate Marketing is the fact that you can never be limited by the number of products to promote. You have a plethora of wonderful offers in every industry.
As an affiliate, your duty is to select the right products that will convert well. If you promote something and you feel it’s not working, you can stop it and move to the next. You have that freedom to chose what to promote any time.
5 – Recurring earnings – money on auto-pilot!
Affiliate marketing becomes sweeter if you promote subscription products and generate sales. Once a sale is made, you get paid over and over again.
The reason is that each time the customer is billed, you are paid your commission. The more of such products you promote, the more money you make on auto-pilot.
6 -You can hide your identity!
Some people don’t want to be seen in some industries. The adult products industries generate a lot of income and some people want to take the opportunity and make the money without leaking out their identity. They don’t want readers to know they are the owners of that blog promoting a certain XXX product.
You simply signup to any affiliate marketing platform, grab your affiliate link and use on your campaigns. No one forces you to expose your identity at all.
7 – Start today, make money today!
Once you have your blog that’s getting traffic, you can start promoting products today and within the next hour, you may be making sales. There is no time to wait!
8 – No contract, no engagement!
In Affiliate Marketing, you don’t sign any contract with the product owner. You come in when you want and you signup, cancel your account and abandon at will.
9 – Negotiate your commission!
Affiliate Marketing platforms today have features to allow managers to create special commissions for different accounts. You can contact the affiliate manager for the product you chose to promote and negotiate special commissions. That will help you to make even more money.
10 – Promotions materials done for you!
In order to do any form of business online, there is always need for professional promotions materials. In affiliate marketer, the product creator takes care of the banners, sales copy, email templates and much more! You don’t have to worry about any of these things.
You see, there are many reasons you should be doing affiliate marketing on your blog. If you want, you can start right now.
Let me know what you think in the comment box
1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific
I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.
I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.
A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.
Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.
Not super shabby.
I am kinda prolific.
If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.
Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.
Do not wait to create.
Do Not Wait to Create
The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.
Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.
Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.
I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.
Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.
No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.
All because I chose not to wait to create.
Being Prolific Impacts Folks
Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:
awesome!! Congrats Ryan – one of the hardest working bloggers on the planet you are!!
— CoreyHinde-GoodOil (@thecorsta) July 16, 2018
I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.
Tips to Be Prolific
- Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
- Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
- Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
- Do not wait to create
- Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.
Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.
How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck
I lose blogging momentum sometimes.
You may be in the same boat, being human and all.
But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.
I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.
You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.
1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive
I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!
Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.
What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.
If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.
2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles
Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.
Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.
I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.
Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.
3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers
I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.
Each day I:
- do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
- exercise for 1 hour
- usually take an icy cold shower
- focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes
I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.
You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.
Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.
Wrapping it Up
Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.
1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting
Have you missed me?
I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.
A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.
Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?
I did. For a minute.
Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.
If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.
Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.
Google Image Search
The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?
5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.
The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.
I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.
Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.
Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.
Why this Strategy Is So Powerful
I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.
This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.
Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.
Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.
Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.
I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.
If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.
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