Many bloggers skip over affiliate marketing. They either think it's too hard, that it's a waste of time, that they will turn followers away, or that their followers just won't be interested.
Some even said $0.
This included several bloggers who receive 1,000,000 page views or more every month.
These bloggers all have the same problem. They don’t realize how much money they are leaving on the table, and they have no clue how to approach affiliate marketing the correct way.
This is just crazy to me, because I've never really had a crazy amount of page views. Even when I had less than 100,000 page views a month I was still earning a decent amount of money through affiliate marketing.
Last month, I earned over $50,000 through affiliate marketing, and I expect that to stay stable or increase well into the future.
Plus, no follower has ever complained.
This is one thing that often scares bloggers and social media influencers away from affiliate marketing. They are afraid of what their readers will say, and they are afraid that they will come across as slimy sales people.
That's just not true. I haven't had a single person complain about the affiliate products that I promote on my blog. Some people have even told me to promote affiliate products even more because they don’t notice what I am promoting.
When done the correct way, affiliate marketing can be a great form of income. Plus, you can do this without turning your readers away! If it's done the right way your readers will actually prefer to see what products you are interested in, and they will have no problem making purchases through your affiliate links.
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Affiliate marketing is great for many reasons, as you will read below.
Affiliate marketing is somewhat passive income.
Affiliate income is great because you can create a post, review, etc., and that post may earn you money years down the line with minimal work needed to maintain it.
But, It's not entirely passive. You will need to build a following, publish content consistently, built trust, and more. You can earn income from one affiliate link or one blog post for a long time, with little work needed to maintain it.
In fact, I've earned over $300,000 from a single blog post – How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost.
There's less work than creating your own product.
Affiliate marketing isn't easy, but there are things you don't have to worry about when comparing affiliate marketing versus creating your own product.
You don’t have to ship anything, create the product, handle cancellations, manage customer service, and more. Yes, you will have to build your following and earn your readers' trust, but it can be a great way to increase your income, especially if you already have loyal followers.
The affordability of affiliate marketing is another reason it’s a great way to grow your income. You don't need to create any products or spend time building a product.
You don't even need a website, as you can start promoting affiliate products on social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you do decide to have a website, that can also be relatively affordable, because starting a website doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own for cheap, starting at only $3.49 per month (this low price is only through my link) for blog hosting. In addition to the low pricing, you will receive a free website domain (a $15 value) through my Bluehost link if you purchase at least 12 months of blog hosting.
You can get paid for promoting products you believe in.
I'm sure there are many products that you love. So, why not get paid for telling others about them?
Plus, if you truly enjoy a product, it will be easy to promote. You'll already know everything about the product and you'll have no problem being enthusiastic about it. If the product has helped you, it will probably help others as well, and people will appreciate your honest review.
There are many options for products to promote.
There are so many different products, services, and companies to promote. There’s something for everyone!
Products you could promote to your following include:
- Financial companies
- Cell phone apps
- Digital products, such as online courses, ebooks, and more
- One of the millions of items on Amazon
- Travel booking websites
- Blog-related products, such as website design, website hosting, and more
- Home decor
- Craft items
- Outdoor gear such as bicycles, tents, backpacks, and more
Now, I'm not saying that affiliate marketing is a get rich quick scheme, because it's not. You will have to build a loyal audience who trusts what you have to say, and this is not always easy. However, if you are able to build a following that is interested, then you may be able to earn a great living promoting products that you already enjoy and believe in.
You can work from anywhere.
One of the best benefits of affiliate marketing is that you can do it from anywhere. As long as you have a loyal following (even if it's just a few people), a laptop, and an internet connection, you can grow your affiliate income well into the future.
Due to my blog and affiliate marketing I am able to travel full-time. It's really a great thing!
Are you interested in affiliate marketing? If you have a blog and are brave, please share what you earn through affiliate marketing as well as your page views. Sharing will help everyone!
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