Affiliate marketing is an easy way to create an income online, if you are ready and willing to put in the long hours and hard work. You can signup for easy affiliate programs that don't take as much work, but will the pay out be worth it? I would much rather roll up my sleeves and put in the research to make as much money as possible from any affiliate opportunity.
Now if you already have a job and you are just looking for an easy way to bring in some additional income, affiliate marketing can work for you too.
Check out some tricks below on how to make money affiliate marketing:
Affiliate Marketing Means Knowing Where Your Traffic is Going: Where do you go to see what kind of search traffic your blog is getting? My two favorite tools are Google Analytics and the Jetpack plugin for WordPress. Either will work, though Jetpack provides more of a quick glance while you can do a deep dive with Analytics. If you don’t know where to go in Analytics to see where your search traffic is going to, follow these steps:
- Select “Visits” in Analytics and then set your chosen time frame
- Scroll down the left side bar and click on “Acquisition”
- From “Acquisition” you want to then select “Channels”
- This will bring up all your traffic sources and you will want to select “Organic Search” from there
- The final, and most important step, is to select “Landing Page” as this will tell you what pages your search traffic is landing on
This is what you’ll generally want to use to help you further determine what kind of affiliate products you can promote.
Funnel Your Readers: Having search traffic to your site is vital to making money with affiliate marketing. But, what do you do now that they’re on the site – you want them to stay longer! There are numerous ways you can do this from placing a simple link somewhere in the post to mentioning the post specifically. If it’s a “money” post, then one thing I like to do is offset the given post I want to direct readers to in a quote box. This helps it stand out more and catch the reader’s eye. It doesn’t guarantee it’ll get them to click on that post, but it does increase the chance.
Make it Obvious to the Reader: What do you do when you see an annoying flashy billboard? Yeah…you look away. It can be the same thing with links and affiliate marketing and generally not get the desired result. Beyond that, make it obvious to the reader. I like to think of it as ‘what is going to get me more likely to click on the link?’ and go from there.